CBC TV, Evening News

29 December, 1996

Location: 68 Corporate Dr., Scarborough, Ontario

CBC TV, Evenening News, Late Evening News

TV Anchor: Ron Izowa

Reporter: Lorne Matalon

Videographer: Craig Sansom


Ron Izowa: A former member of the Bulgarian Military is trying to assemble a team of rescuers in Toronto. Rescuers would help people in very specific dangers. Dangers that involve high altitude rescues from buildings or stuck in the elevator shafts. Loran Matalon and photographer Craig Sansom spend a rough day of showing town.

Lorne Matalon: Usually videographer Craig Sansom is on this side of the camera, and I am on that side , but not today. To tell the story of a man who scales tall buildings to rescue people. Craig joined him literally at the hip. Craig was with self-styled Spiderman Ivan Kristoff. A former paratrooper from Bulgaria, he has been working with the Ministry of Labour on guidelines for high-rise rescue. So far the Ministry has approved Kristoff’s plan to drill anchors into the side of high-rises. He says:”…Anchors prevent what is called a ‘swingstage’ – meaning of platform being swept off the building

He once dropped himself from a Don Valley railway bridge to practice what he calls his “art”, but the Police did not see it that way. He was fined $ 50.00. But incidents like that have done a positive result. He is acknowledged expert now in the safe use of ropes for rescue. Next week Kristoff meets with a group of mechanical engineers, all of whom are part of a Labour Ministry task force to finish the standardization of high-rise anchor placements.

In the meantime Kristoff is just hanging out outside of the office…