Saskatoon Expo photo gallery

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Photos from the first annual Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo.

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Apologies for the lack of microphones or intros. I just wanted to catch some of Su’s thoughts on video, but you can check out a much more extensive Q&A with Su here.

I also wrote a story about the the comic book culture in Saskatchewan, a theme that directly ties into the expo.

The entire weekend was a blast. The expo is certainly something I’ll be attending next year.

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Saskatchewan native gets to play Rob Ford in musical | Estevan Mercury

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Regina-based actor/comedian Sheldon Bergstrom recently obtained the role of Toronto mayor Rob Ford in the musical comedy called Rob Ford The Musical: The Birth of a Ford Nation, and much like the media frenzy that has surrounded the infamous mayor over the past year, the 42-year-old actor finds himself in a similar situation.

I interviewed Bergstrom, who talked a lot about his time in Estevan and the numerous performances he had at the Souris Valley Theatre in town.

Stories I’ve written for The Mercury, and some other feels

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Here are a few stories I wrote recently for the Estevan Mercury since I began working there three weeks ago. I’ve been busy writing a lot of stories, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it so far, but these are some of the ones I’ve had a lot of fun with. These were the community-oriented stories I was hoping to do once I arrived to the small market environment, and the following fit that description perfectly.

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1. This is the first feature story I wrote during my first week. It’s about the higher than normal trihalomethane levels in surface waters across Saskatchewan. THM’s are a chemical byproduct of the our water’s disinfection process, and when exposed to it over time at higher levels, they can potentially cause negative health effects.

2. The Souris Valley Theatre in Estevan holds several performances throughout the year. To kick off the summer, the Marvelous Wonderettes will be playing from July 3 to July 19. You can read the full story here.

3. Estevan’s inaugural Energy Expo was held at the city’s rec centre, and I had the chance to write a general overview of the event. The crowds weren’t huge, and that was something I focused on in this story, and whether the event itself met the city’s expectations. Read more about it here.

4. Patt Lenover-Adams, who was the Envision Counselling And Support Centre’s executive director for 19 years retired a few weeks ago, and her office held a retirement party. It was a pretty emotional gathering, and dozens of people crammed into the small building to say goodbye. She accomplished a great deal during her time there, and it’s been one of my favourite stories so far.

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The newspaper out here seems to be thriving. It’s something that the community embraces, and there’s no indication that it’s fizzling out. It’s interesting to note, because during college, the death of the newspaper was always on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

I’m super lucky to be able to interact with a community that is so tightly knit, and is thriving with stories to tell through a newspaper that is still going strong after 100 years.

I look forward in helping them further establish their online presence, but it’s just nice to know that there’s reason to still believe in print.

 

Mayor Hazel McCallion, and the future of Mississauga | Humber News

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I had the opportunity to interview Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion for Humber News.

She offered some advice for those hoping to enter the political scene, while expressing her concern over property taxes, and talked about her plans for the future.

The mayor also talked about a wide range of other topics, from her early years in office, challenges she’s faced over the years as mayor, and even hockey. You can watch the three minute piece I put together below:

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Watch the full-length interview with Hazel here:

 

Check out Humber News for more

 

Featured image taken by Victoria Quiroz

 

TTC simulator puts you in the driver’s seat | Humber News

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I wrote a story today about an online simulator that allows users to operate the Toronto Transit Commission’s subway system.

I spoke with its creator Weilan Huang, co-founder of the digital media production company T2PO, who shed some light on the simulator. You can read it here.

Toronto citizens need a place to vocalize concerns

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This is an op-ed I wrote for our campus newspaper. I forgot it was already posted on the paper’s website last week, which is why I’m only posting it now.

I wrote about how the people of Toronto could still use an outlet like the one Speaker’s Corner offered the city several years ago. The show, which ran from 1989 to 2008, was a very unique concept that allowed anyone with a dollar to enter a booth, and sing, rant, do whatever they wanted for two minutes. The show’s crew back at the station would then compile the most interesting pieces into a 30-minute show.

You can read the full op-ed here.

Feature image courtesy of Benny Lin via Flickr

Crazy Town movie will cover all angles, producer vows | Humber News

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I wrote a story for Humber News about the movie adaptation of Robyn Doolittle’s recently released book Crazy Town. I spoke with Daniel Iron, the producer of the movie, and head of Blue Ice Productions -the studio which purchased the movie adaptation rights to the book -who talked a little bit about his inspiration for going forward with this movie, and what he finds interesting about the story in general.

You can read the full story here.

Google Glass Games not entirely new, but still compelling | Humber News

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For Humber News, I wrote a story about a Google Glass and the mini-games Google showed off on Monday. I took a look at how the product will compare to other virtual reality platforms like the Oculus Rift. You can click on the link here and read the full story.

Cosplay Power

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I recently wrote a story for Swept about the X-Men of Toronto. I also covered the Toy Mountain Show, a toy drive organized by Neil Haden and his friends. You can view the highlight reel of the show, which I put together, and read the full story on Swept’s website. Big thank you to my girlfriend Kara Matthews for helping me film some of the action.

You should also check out issue number three of Swept, which you can download for free by clicking here.

Subways can change neighbourhoods

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I wrote an article for Sweptmedia.ca about the Sheppard-Yonge subway line. I grew up in North York before the line was built, and going back there recently, I came across noticeable differences in the area in terms of culture and overall look. I talked to several people, who had some interesting things to say, including Toronto Council member John Parker. You can read the full story on Swept’s website by clicking here.