I am happy to consider media requests for commentary on US and Canadian issues relating to: drug and health policy; party politics; elections; and political history.

Over the past few years, I have been a regular contributor to news outlets, including CTV News, CBC News, Global News, and local newspapers, including the Star Phoenix and Regina Leader-Post. I have also gotten more involved in providing commentary on health and business issues. For instance, I’ve published a series of Viewpoints and Opinion-Editorials and have been a writer for Alternet.org as well as Activehistory.ca.

Here’s my recent appearance on the The Radical Therapist podcast.

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 OP-ED PIECES:

* ‘Why Aren’t we Regulating E-Cigarettes?,’ Regina Leader-Post [May 16, 2016]

* ‘Clarify Pot Policy for Veterans,’ Saskatoon Star Phoenix [May 6, 2016]

* ‘Plasma Donation System Needs Vigorous Debate,’ Saskatoon Star Phoenix [February 18, 2016].

* ‘Paying for Plasma Contentious in Health Care,’ Saskatoon Star Phoenix [February 1, 2016]

* ‘Future of Marijuana Blurry,’ Saskatoon Star Phoenix [December 4, 2015].

* ‘Pot Problems Have a Familiar Ring,’ Saskatoon Star Phoenix [September 18, 2015].

* ‘Saskatchewan in Middle of Pot Predicament,’ Saskatoon Star Phoenix [July 6, 2015].

* ‘Let’s Get Proactive with E-cigarettes,’ Saskatoon Star Phoenix [April 24, 2015].

* ‘Lot of Smoke and Mirrors with Vape Policy,’ Saskatoon Star Phoenix [November 28, 2014]

* ‘Politics of Pain and Pills at CMA,’ Saskatoon Star Phoenix [August 21, 2014].

INTERVIEWS: 

Interviewed for Global Television Evening News, ‘Changes to medical marijuana rules allow authorized users to grow their own,’ by Jacqueline Wilson [August 14, 2016].

* Interviewed for Canadian HR Reporter, ‘Increasing use of marijuana could cause problems on the job,’ by Sarah Dobson [June 13, 2016].

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* Interviewed for Saskatoon Star Phoenix, ‘Pot may curb alcohol abuse in P.A., report indicates,’ by Charles Hamilton [April 14, 2016].

* Interviewed for Global Television Evening News, ‘Mixed reviews for federal marijuana court decision,’ by Jacqueline Wilson [February 25, 2016].

* Radio Broadcast. Blue Sky with Garth Materie. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [February 25, 2016].

* Interviewed for Saskatoon Star Phoenix, ‘Legal pot won’t affect workplace drug testing, expert says,’ by Alex MacPherson [February 11, 2016]

* Interviewed by Global Television Evening News, ‘Saskatoon pot dispensary owner calls police gutless after raid,’ by Joel Senick [October 30, 2015]

* Interviewed by CBC Evening News, ‘Saskatoon top place in Canada to be charged for marijuana possession,’ by Kathy Fitzpatrick [September 30, 2015]

* Interviewed for Reginal Leader-Post, ‘Federal Election further clouds Saskatchewan’s marijuana industry,’ by D.C. Fraser [September 11, 2015].

* Interviewed for The Sheaf, ‘What’s in a Flag: UofS Perspectives,’ by Zach Tennant [August 30, 2015]

* Interviewed for CTV News Evening News, ‘Store owner pulls Confederate flags,’ by Matt Young [August 23, 2015]

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Dried Buds

Here is a link to my co-edited web series on Canadian cannabis. It’s called Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana’s Past and Future in Canada

 

TV PRODUCTION: THE RISE OF BIG CANNABIS

 

 

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HERITAGE

Last, but not least – I have been very interested in issues of heritage in Saskatoon and beyond. As such, I had a number of newspaper articles published on historic buildings.

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Rugby Chapel on USask Campus

Newspaper Articles

2014/08 – ‘President’s Residence a city landmark’ (Saskatoon Express, 15)

2014/05 – ‘Broadway Theatre’ (Saskatoon Express, 18)

2014/04 – ‘King George Hotel: A Jewel in City’s Crown Lives On’ (Saskatoon Express, 20)

2014/03 – ‘Wilson School and Adaptive Reuse’ (Saskatoon Express, 11)

2014/02 – ‘Ghost Sign Debate is Alive and Kicking’ (Saskatoon Express, 16)

2012/03 – ‘Century Old Landmark in Jeopardy’ (Saskatoon Sun, 21)

2012/02 – ‘Revived Rugby Chapel a Campus Treasure’ (Saskatoon Sun)

 

MISC

2015/06 – ‘Ryan the Recycler: Some Strange Things End Up in Recycle Bins’ (Saskatoon Express, 21)

2015/05 – ‘The Lumbersexual Look: Cultural Phenomenon Comes to Saskatoon‘ (Saskatoon Express, 1)