I’ve been covering the Jean-Talon–Namur Revitalization project for Actualites CDN-NDG (read articles here and here) and CBC’s Daybreak decided to devote some of their show to the issue. I was called in as a resident of the borough (error there because I’m actually in Westmount) but primarily as a journalist who has covered the project’s development extensively. I have edited the 11-minute segment to include only my parts—the other guests were Peter McQueen, the city councillor for NDG, and Charles Hammer, the owner of Uptown Volvo which is currently right in the middle of the project area. Enjoy my first foray into professional radio! (Apologies for the initial static, goes away after a couple seconds)
Click here to hear the segment in full.
Here I am interviewing the NEW councillor of NDG, Peter McQueen. He is a member of Projet Montreal and the only councillor who is not from Union Montreal in the CDN-NDG borough. He is lively and enthusiastic and it should actually make the borough council meetings a bit more interesting!
Last Sunday was Election Day in Montreal and in municipalities across Quebec. I had a busy night covering the events for Actualites CDN-NDG. My editor and I had hoped to get to all three major party celebrations but Tremblay’s re-election came so quickly we couldn’t make it out to Vision Montreal’s convention. Check out my article here.
So you have probably realized I haven’t posted in over a month. With school being over, and me being on vacation, I did very dull things! Hey, I was on vacation. But I was also planning ahead. I have been setting up my freelancing work with the Cote-des-Neiges and NDG newspaper, Actualites. It’s primarily a French paper, but it has expanded to include about four pages of English. I will be one of the English reporters for the paper. It’s ironic since more than a few community papers in Montreal recently had cutbacks to their English content. Lucky, I guess?
My first two articles are published in the latest edition of the bimonthly paper. You can find them here and here.
I have also started my job at the Canadian University Press (CUP) as Features Bureau Chief. What I do is take a look at the features from the Canadian university papers who are members of CUP, I edit them, and put them on the national wire. From there, other Canadian papers can pick up the feature to run. It gives me a chance to flex my editing muscles and to read about all these great things going on around Canada. I’m super happy to be a part of the CUP team!