First update in a while but things have been busy over the past few months. I’m wrapping up my year at kings and just finished a month-long intership with the National Post in Toronto. I had the amazing opportunity to work under Rob Roberts, Senior Producer, and Joe Hood, World Editor, on a number of stories and projects that I’m really proud. I’ll be using all I learned to better my blog here and do more in-depth reporting going forward. I currently have a few other projects on the go that will see the light of day in the coming months, and will be working freelance for a bit, so expect more articles here.
For now, here’s some of my work that appeared in NatPo over the past month.
A new comic debuting in July is exploring what happens when two of the world’s closest neighbours turn on each other. We Stand on Guard, a limited six-issue series published by Image Comics, is set 100 years in the future and sees giant American-made robots stomping across the 49th parallel and laying waste to Canadian landmarks. The series follows a young adult named Amber who joins up with a Canadian guerrilla group known as the Two-Fours who fight against the American occupation. Writer Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Y: The Last Man) and artist Steve Skroce (Jupiter Ascending, The Matrix) spoke with the Post’s Adam St.Pierre about their vision of the sci-fi invasion.
A bright red, but not all that well hidden, piece of Canada remains intact on a remote island off Indonesia’s coast.
Travel blogger J.M. Cressman, along with his fiancée, stumbled upon the Canadian Beer Fridge depicted in the Molson Canadian ads, which aired during the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
They keep their hair in pigtails, wear bright red skirts and sing about chocolate, but don’t call them pop-stars. Babymetal, the massively popular “kawaii-metal” band from Japan, are stopping in Toronto on May 12 as part of their world tour. The band is made up of three teenage girls: Suzuka “Su-metal” Nakamoto, Yui “Yuimetal” Mizuno and Moa “Moametal” Kikuchi. They range in age from 15 to 17, but they headbang and jump around the stage like they’ve been doing this forever. They have toured with Lady GaGa, Metallica are considered fans, and they were the youngest act to perform at Loud Park, the biggest heavy metal music festival in Japan. The Post’s Adam St. Pierre spoke with the group about all things metal.
In a scathing, top-to-bottom indictment of Toronto City Hall’s security apparatus, Ontario ombudsman Fiona Crean says former mayor Rob Ford abused his power and privileges, and municipal security personnel lapsed in their duties.
Staff was severely under-trained and at times fearful of retribution from the then mayor if security rules were not skirted, the ombudsman’s report found.
“My findings find that there are faults on the front line, but also fault at the top in terms of management,” Crean said in an interview with the National Post on Thursday.
One chair. One camera. One country.
That’s the idea behind Kalman Kallai’s latest YouTube video, Cross Country Chair. In six minutes, Kallai documents a nine-day trip he took from Borden, Ont., to his new apartment in Comox Valley, B.C. And just to make things interesting, he lugged a sixty-pound, teal coloured armchair he found for free on Kijiji along with him.