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Preview: Freshwater Scientists Go to the Mattresses: The Political Fight to Save Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area (The first section in my completed Master’s research project)

Visiting scientist and PhD candidate Diane Orihel pored over data samples from a long-term algae study on Lake 227. It was the Thursday morning before the Victoria Day long weekend in 2012. The samples came from one of 58 lakes that comprise the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), a federally funded freshwater research station 300 kilometers … Continue reading

In Photos: Super Moon, June 23, 2013

It wasn’t the best night for moon watching on Sunday. There were brief moments in my area in the Annex in Toronto when the clouds didn’t succeed in obscuring the moon’s magnificent light. Nor was it the location on the continent to see the moon when it is at its closest to the earth during … Continue reading

Breezy Point, Queens five months after Sandy: a preview

As a journalist who was in New York City when Hurricane Sandy hit, I went back at the end of March to see how Breezy Point, Queens, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods, was doing after the storm destroyed an entire part of the seaside neighborhood last October. When the giant wall of rushing sea … Continue reading

Got sheep?

Niagara-on-the-Lake in the Niagara Region wine country is a beautiful place. You can cruise for hours down stretching gravel drives that clip stones at the metal underbelly of speeding cars. The crisscrossing concrete concession roads link motorists and cyclists alike to the plethora of verdant vineyards. The region has giant wineries — Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs … Continue reading

Cars, expensive cars: Yorkville exotic car show

I was walking on Toronto’s Bloor Street this afternoon, and stumbled on the Yorkville Exotic Car Show. I like to drive. I’ve sometimes wonder what it’s like to drive a fast car such as a Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette, or Lamborghini. I can pick them out in a crowd. But the thought of driving fast cars … Continue reading

Photojournalism Portfolio

Photo captions from left to right:  Recent articles containing my photography: http://www.guelphmercury.com/news/local/article/919585–symposium-uses-magic-dance-to-teach-kids-about-bullying-suicide http://www.guelphmercury.com/news/local/article/923551–guelph-public-school-pilots-community-art-project http://www.guelphmercury.com/news/local/article/921596–guelph-s-green-energy-plan-draws-national-attention

Climate of Doubt – from PBS Frontline

CNN’s Anderson Cooper Experiences Incredibly Loud Explosion

Another video has been gaining media attention. This time it is of CNN’s Anderson Cooper reporting live in Gaza when an incredibly large explosion takes place. Cooper was standing out on what looks like a balcony or rooftop in the besieged Palestinian city, addressing the camera when the explosion booms through the area. Whoa,” he … Continue reading

Science Behind Sandy By Robin Grant

Science Behind Sandy By Robin Grant Written for a Science Reporting Class, Carleton School of Journalism ——– When Hurricane Sandy made landfall south of Atlantic City, New Jersey late on October 29th, it had barreled north toward the East Coast from the Caribbean, leaving disaster in its wake. Around the same time, a cold front moved … Continue reading

Ad Company Responds to Facebook Post

A video that went viral in the past two days is popular because it’s about a sanitary pad company apologizing to a guy on Facebook who said the company misled him about women’s periods. “Why does your advertising make ‘time of the month’ look like so much fun when it’s not?” read part of the guy’s comment. The guy, … Continue reading