Articles

Check out some of my published articles that I’ve written for the St. Albert Gazette, Hinton Parklander, the Calgary Journal and The Reflector.

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Residents evacuated following gas leak

When Tanner Wilson opened his front door, the last thing he expected to see was a firefighter standing on his doorstep.

“The firefighter came rushing to the door,” Wilson said. “He was in full bunker gear, so I thought it must be pretty serious, and he looked pretty frantic. We gauged that and thought, ‘OK let’s get out.’” Read More.


Council breaks down barriers for cannabis stores

Once legalized, pot shops could be coming to a daycare near you.

Council agreed to remove distance barriers between the two on Monday while talking about changes to the land use bylaw. Council is currently in the process of having cannabis regulations added to it, which will determine where pot shops can be located in St. Albert.

If the thought of cannabis stores and daycares co-existing on the same street is concerning for some, in the mind of the mayor there’s an easy solution for the problem: good parenting. Read More


Young entrepreneur turns trial into triumph

Not many 11-year-old’s can say they’re successful entrepreneurs, but that’s exactly what Sydney Martinson is. It all started when her mother, MaryAnne Martinson, bought her a fleece tie blanket as a pet project. Soon the house was spilling over with blankets, headbands, jewelry and other crafts which lead to the 11-year-old starting to sell her projects as products. Read More


Pine Beetle wreaks havoc in region

Ryan Zapisocki swings a leg over his skidoo, fires up the engine and rides into the forest. The snow is melting and a warm breeze is blowing through the pines, causing them to sway slowly against each other. Some needles on the trees are tinged red, others, deep auburn. He slows as he arrives at his destination: a gathering of trees marked with ribbons. These are the ones that will be cut and burned come this February. Read More


GYPSD approves gender-diversity policy

Tough talks about gender-neutral bathroom use continued at the GYPSD public board meeting on March 16. The board discussed and approved the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression policy with a few amendments to the document. Read More


Link between cyber-bulling and suicide rates on the rise

Alone, isolated, unwanted and outcast are just some of the words that commonly cross the mind of someone who’s being bullied. According to Canadian Children’s Rights Council (CCRC), suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10 to 24-year-olds in Canada. Read More


Voter turnout on campus depressingly low

It is not a new concept that most young adults today simply don’t vote. The lowest voting age demographic is 18 – 24 years old. According to Elections Canada, last year only 38.8 per cent of those aged 18 – 24 voted. Each year, voting rates within this demographic are expected to drop. Read More


Mount Royal University may see further tuition hikes

Mount Royal University students sat in their seats shaking their heads as they listened to Kathy Shailer, provost and academic vice-president of Mount Royal University, talk about so-called “market modifier” proposals at a university “consultation” on Oct. 2. Market modifiers are tuition increases based on the perceived market value for that course and on indicators such as applicant numbers. This means students could pay more for some courses than others.  Read More


De Grood’s psychiatric evaluation may have publication ban

According to an article released by Global Calgary, Matthew de Grood’s psychiatric evaluation results could be banned from publication. De Grood is accused of five counts of first-degree murder. He is charged for the murders of Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, Josh Hunter, 23, Kaitlin Perras, 23 and Lawrence Hong, 27. Read More


Calgary woman says 19 years in the foster system didn’t break her 

Novy, a single mom in Calgary, grew up in multiple foster homes. This is a story about how she has remained hopeful despite years of abuse. Put into foster care by authorities after police claimed her home life was unfit for children, Novy was placed in a loving home for the first time. While this placement was short-term, Novy remained close with her first foster mom. Read More