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

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

Former prime minister says Canada lacks commitment in solving international refugee crisis

Terrorism has caused a massive refugee crisis in Syria and Jordan, and Canada needs to step up its humanitarian response. That was former prime minister Joe Clark’s message at a recent Calgary fundraiser hosted by the Mennonite Central Committee. Clark suggested Canadians have been lacking in global leadership, and it’s time for the nation to stand firm in its national identity. 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

Freedom Harbour helps Calgary youth in need

As music fills the room, dancers are moving gracefully to the beat, spinning and swaying to the melody. Across the hallway, teenage boys are drawing and painting on paper. Downstairs, guitars are strummed loudly and erratically. Listening closely, a blues melody begins to appear. These youth are all part of Freedom Harbour Foundation, a Christian organization that just launched in the northwest community of Bowness. Read More

Progressive Conservative Party candidates looking to reclaim Calgary-Glenmore

The Progressive Conservative Party is fighting to regain the placement of an MLA in the riding of Calgary-Glenmore, after losing it to Wildrose Alliance candidate Paul Hinman in the 2009 by-election. Currently, there are two PC candidates competing to run for the PC party in the Calgary-Glenmore riding; Byron Nelson, a lawyer, and Linda Johnson, a community worker. 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