Favourites

Low Stakes Forever” Hazlitt, April 2016. An essay on nostalgia culture and a profile of my childhood hero, kids author Gordon Korman.

“Hockey’s Puppy Mill”Walrus Magazine, December 2015. A teenager takes the Canadian Hockey League to court for exploitative labour practices. He finds out what happens when you go up against a country’s national mythology.

“The Crowdfunded Liver” – Toronto Life, December 2015. “When the billionaire sports magnate Eugene Melnyk was diagnosed with liver failure, he crowdsourced a new organ and kick-started an alarming trend.” Rebpublished in the Guardian Longform and Reader’s Digest.

For Kids, By Kids – But Not For Long – Hazlitt Magazine, December 2014. A fun dive into the world of YouTube. What happens when teenage YouTubers grow up? (National Magazine Award winner)

“The Sex Ed Revolution”Toronto Life, September 2015. A feature on a new and surprising political coalition fighting against sex education in Ontario.

“The Family That Won’t Leave”Toronto Life, September 2014. A Roma family fled Hungary, seeking asylum in Toronto. They spent the next three years in sanctuary, battling a crooked immigration lawyer and living in a church. (NMA nominee)

“What if the Royal Baby is Chinese?” – a Hazlitt humour piece.

“Grow Industry: Marijuana prohibition is destined to end. Who will become the Seagrams of weed?”The Walrus (cover story), April 2013. Going out west to find grey-market entrepreneurs all desperately trying to get rich or, at the very least, stay out of jail.

“A Life Interrupted: Hassan Rasouli’s journey from an earache to a high-stakes battle over end-of-life decisions” – Toronto Life, November 2012. A father goes into a hospital for a seemingly straight-forward operation. When he falls into a coma, he becomes the subject of a Supreme Court case that decides who gets to pull the plug.

“Pattern Recognition: Unpacking the Teachings of Will Smith” – trying to understand the Smiths, for Hazlitt

Hell House: Inside the Don Jail”Toronto Life, December 2010 (National Magazine Award silver medal)

“What the Elephants Know”Toronto Life, July 2010. Tracing the history of a zoo through a few of its elephants. (Best Canadian Essays, 2010)