Here are a few highlights from my work over the years. I have a particular interest in municipal politics and urban issues, especially around “smart cities,” but I have also covered court, crime, arts, sports and more. Community newspaper reporters get to cover a variety of topics, and that variety is one of my favourite parts of being a journalist.
A council divided against itself
St. Albert Gazette, November 5, 2014
The 2013-17 St. Albert city council was coming up on its first anniversary. Already the impression was of block voting and a deep divide. With the help of a colleague, who helped make the data visualization, I took a dive into the numbers and what council members had to say about co-operation and their relationships.
Get Smart: cities embrace new ideas
St. Albert Gazette, April 23, 2016
I had been thoroughly covering St. Albert’s Smart City concept for a few years when I attended the second Alberta Smart City Symposium in 2016. It was a fascinating two days that gave insight into the possibilities for the cities of the futures – from intelligent traffic systems to street lights with “plug and play” options with everything from detecting parking spots to detecting gunshots.
The cars of the future?
St. Albert Gazette, December 27, 2014
Now it’s nearly impossible to see a week go by without an article about autonomous vehicles, but here’s a piece about the possible impacts of the autonomous and connected cars from a few years ago.
Let me tell you ’bout the birds and the bees
St. Albert Gazette, June 10, 2015
Planning the cities of the future doesn’t just involve data and technology. There’s a move towards sustainable living and a huge interest in urban agriculture, and that interest (and the accompanying controversies) didn’t pass St. Albert by. I took a feature-length look at the push to allow urban hens and bees in that city back in 2015.
Pop culture and leisure
A 50-year voyage
St. Albert Gazette, July 20, 2016
One of the greatest joys of being a reporter is occasionally getting to write about things you love. I went out and found local citizens who shared my love of Star Trek to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s first airing.
Pickleball: serving up a good time
St. Albert Gazette, February 20, 2016
Pickleball is becoming wildly popular. I’ve always been terrible at racquet sports. I got local club members to show me the ropes of the game. I definitely suck at racquet sports, but it was lots of fun.
General news and politics
The challenge of independence
St. Albert Gazette, September 30, 2015
Brent Rathgeber left the Conservative caucus in 2013. He served the remainder of his term as an independent – speaking out and pursuing legislation – and decided to run again in 2015. As the city hall and politics reporter for the St. Albert Gazette, I spoke to Rathgeber often. As he began to form his election team, I was fascinated to see how people of all political stripes were lining up behind him to try and put him back in the House of Commons.
Thousands gather to mourn
St. Albert Gazette, January 28, 2015
The community and the country were shaken by the death of Const. David Wynn after a casino shooting. I had the honour of covering his funeral, an emotional experience that remembered a giving family man.
Widow makes powerful plea
St. Albert Gazette, June 18, 2016
Const. David Wynn’s widow appeared before a Senate committee, urging them to pass a proposed law named in her husband’s memory. It was a powerful appearance, though ultimately the Liberal government did not let the bill become law.