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.

 

Moving on

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I mentioned earlier that over the past few weeks I was busy with life. To be more specific, I was offered a full time reporter position at the Estevan Mercury, and as a result, I had a lot to think about, and a lot to prepare for, since I accepted the position.

This also meant I had to move out to Saskatchewan. I touched down in Regina last night, where I was picked up by one of my colleagues, who was kind enough to drive two hours from Estevan to meet me.

This is the first thing I want to acknowledge, the kindness I’ve been confronted with in Estevan. People here are insanely nice. From my colleague, to my landlord who explained how I was now a part of their family, it’s been a pleasant transition from one province to another. I miss my family, friends, and girlfriend greatly, but the pain has been lessened with people being as nice as they are, and making me feel welcome.

Graduating from Humber’s journalism program, I was confident in the skills I had obtained, but it still didn’t prevent me from feeling the pressure of finding full time employment. The journalism market is super competitive, and I had sent out dozens upon dozens of applications before I heard back from anyone. I am very lucky to have found a full time job in my field, a job that also offers health benefits.

Me in my new room. Wee!

Me in my new room. Wee!

I officially start work on Wednesday, and I’m really looking forward to it. Though my parents are going to help me over the next couple of weeks until I actually receive some pay cheques, it’s encouraging to know that I’m on my way to sustaining myself entirely. They’ve done so much for me, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repay them completely, but it makes me happy knowing that in time, they’ll be able to just live the way they want to, and not worry about keeping me alive. Times haven’t been that tough of course, I’ve done pretty good when it comes to graduating and not spending too much money, but you know what I mean.

It’s going to be fun.