Editorial portfolio

 
From features to front-of-book service pieces, I write for some of Canada’s top publications. I’m an editor at the award-winning Hakai Magazine, where I write and edit stories about coastal science and societies. I also cover health, culture, lifestyle, and parenting for publications such as Today’s ParentChatelaineMONTECRISTO, and the Globe and Mail. Here are some samples of my recent work and a few old favourites.

How Climate Change Is Making Us Sick

Chatelaine

April 2019

From smog to ticks, the damage we’ve done to the planet is coming back to haunt our health. Here’s how to protect yourself.

Pregnant and afraid: When expecting moms suffer at the hands of their partners

Today’s Parent

December 2018

When you’re expecting and your partner becomes violent, both your and your baby’s lives are at stake. But leaving is anything but easy. 

Is it safe to use weed during pregnancy?

Today’s Parent

October 2018

Sure, weed might help with morning sickness, but experts warn that it could lead to poor pregnancy outcomes and long-term neurodevelopmental effects.

How to tell your kids a loved one has cancer

Today’s Parent

February 2018

“It was heartbreaking, but I was also bursting with pride that my girls could be so articulate and have a conversation about cancer.”

Designing for disability

MONTECRISTO

Autumn 2017

Alleles Design Studio in Victoria, B.C., is leading the way in inclusive design, creating stylish prosthetic covers that help people feel comfortable and confident.

The story of the Nanaimo bar

MONTECRISTO

August 2017

“The Nanaimo bar is a bit like a Kardashian: it’s famous for being famous,” says Canada Research Chair Lenore Newman, who has studied the history of the sweet treat.

Amplifying data through art

Hakai Magazine

August 2016

Five artists who make meaning out of science by translating hard data from the world’s oceans.

You Might Have a Drinking Problem—And Not Even Know It

Chatelaine

January 2019

Why risky drinking is on the rise for women.

The halibut hook revival

Hakai Magazine

October 2018

An ingenious Indigenous fishing technology with spiritual significance is making a comeback.

Shelagh Rogers

MONTECRISTO

Spring 2018

The beloved CBC host has been a vocal advocate for mental health since coming out with her story in 2005, an experience that has informed her other passion project: promoting truth and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

We need to stop discriminating against plus-size pregnant women

Today’s Parent

November 2017

Weight stigma is widespread in healthcare and can lead to anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, and negative body image.

Chevy Stevens

MONTECRISTO

Autumn 2017

The New York Times bestselling author, who lives on Vancouver Island, tapped into her feelings for her father when she wrote Never Let You Go.

CanopyStyle

MONTECRISTO

Spring 2017

The CanopyStyle campaign strives to stop the use of endangered forests in the production of fabrics like rayon and viscose, and kick-start the production of sustainable alternatives.

WOODS on Pender

MONTECRISTO 

September 2015

“When I think of wanderlust I automatically think Airstream: the iconic design, the history, the freedom of the open road with no specific destination in mind,” says Curtis Redel, owner of a unique campground in the Gulf Islands.

Why isn't anyone talking about maternal suicide?

Today’s Parent

January 2019

Untreated mental illness can lead pregnant women and new moms to take their own lives. While their deaths are often preventable, shame and stigma sometimes stop them from getting help in time.

Behind the scenes at the Royal BC Museum

MONTECRISTO

Autum 2018

While museum visitors explore two floors of permanent exhibits reflecting British Columbia’s human and natural history, the majority of the collection is tucked away.

Intersex: When a baby isn't quite boy or girl

Today’s Parent

March 2018

Being intersex is almost as common as having red hair, yet no one ever talks about it. Here’s one family’s story of raising an intersex child.

The ecolabel fable

Hakai Magazine

November 2017

Buyer beware: sustainable seafood programs can’t guarantee ocean-friendly choices.

Pregnancy is the eating disorder trigger that no one ever talks about

Today’s Parent

September 2017

For those with a history of eating disorders, there is a high risk of relapse during the prenatal and postpartum periods.

The Witness Blanket

MONTECRISTO

October 2016

Kwagiulth master carver Carey Newman’s arresting large-scale installation depicts in agonizing detail the atrocities of Canada’s residential school system.

‘They’re like living art’: Why people are dismantling and rebuilding old barns as spectacular homes

The Globe and Mail

September 2015

The tall timber aesthetic is timeless and transcends trends. That’s according to Dale Lehmer, who has been deconstructing antique barns and rebuilding them as storied family homes since the 1970s.

Halloween costumes are sexualizing our youngest trick-or-treaters

The Huffington Post

October 2014

After spotting sexualizing costumes for children as young as four, I wrote an op-ed and challenged retail thrift giant Value Village to pull the costumes from their shelves. They did.