Longform Features

“How to End a Life”Toronto Life, May 2017. “A year after assisted suicide became legal, only a small number of physicians are willing to perform the procedure, and their numbers are shrinking. Taking a life is harder than they thought.”

“The Autism Wars” – Toronto Life, December 2016. “When Christian Thorndyke misbehaved at school, he says his teachers confined him to a tiny room for hours at a time with no food or water. They called it an alternative learning environment. Christian’s mom called it prison, and she’s suing the school board for $16 million”

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

“The Crowdsourced Liver” Toronto Life, December 2015. (NMA nomination, Reprinted in The Guardian and Reader’s Digest) When the billionaire sports magnate Eugene Melnyk was diagnosed with liver failure, he crowdsourced a new organ and kick-started a trend.

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

For Kids, By Kids – But Not For Long” – Hazlitt Magazine, December 2014. What happens when teenage YouTubers grow up? (National Magazine Award winner)

“The Family That Won’t Leave” – Toronto Life, September 2014 (NMA nomination)“Like hundreds of other Hungarian Roma, Jozsef Pusuma and Timea Daroczi came to Toronto seeking asylum. The refugee board believes they’re bilking the system. The Pusumas say they’re avoiding certain death”

“The Wizards of Opera: how two dapper Germans made Toronto fall in love with opera” – Toronto Life, March 2014

“Grow Industry: Marijuana prohibition is destined to end. Who will become the Seagrams of weed?”The Walrus (cover story), April 2013

“Mixie Me: A Mixed-Race Generation is Transforming The City” – Toronto Life, February 2013 (Cover story, 2 NMA nominations)

“A Life Interrupted: Hassan Rasouli’s journey from an earache to a high-stakes battle over end-of-life decisions”  – Toronto Life, November 2012 (NMA nomination)

“The Anti-Ford: Profile of Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam”  – Toronto Life, February 2012 (NMA nomination)

“Cop Out: Profile of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair” – Toronto Life, August 2011 (NMA Nomination)

“The Housekeepers Revolt” – Toronto Life, April 2011

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

“What the Elephants Know”Toronto Life, July 2010

“Everybody Must Get Stoned” – Toronto Life, June 2009 (National Magazine Award nomination)

“Lost in Translation” – Toronto Life, August 2008, (Included in the anthology The Best Canadian Essays 2009)