Work

I’ve worked in communications and media for over 20 years and written everything from magazine articles and book essays to TV episodes and radio documentaries. I’ve posted some of my favorite projects here. Hope you enjoy them!

Television

I spent one year with the human rights NGO Jamaicans for Justice in 2011, scripting a 13-episode TV series called Justice For All. Each 7-minute episode examined a rights-related issue and was broadcast on local Jamaican TV. 

Books

I really enjoy writing for young people. Here are some books projects I’ve  worked on.

Media Madness: An Insider’s Guide to Media 
A media literacy primer for readers aged 10 to 14.
Written by Dominic Ali and illustrated by Michael Cho
(Kids Can Press)

Download PDF (5.5 MB


From Discord to Discourse:  A Collection of Contemporary Canadian Essays

I contributed a humor piece to this anthology for high school students. (McGraw-Hill Ryerson)
Download PDF (4 MB)


Newsletter Editing

In my current communications work, I oversee all aspects of online newsletter production. This includes interviewing sources, taking photos, editing the final draft, and scheduling the publication to go out to subscribers.

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Monthly bulletin
Download PDF (374 k)
 

 

City Building Bulletin
Monthly newsletter
Download PDF (437 k)

 


Radio documentaries

Here are some of my favorite radio pieces. For these documentaries, I pitched the story idea, researched the topic, interviewed sources, and edited the piece for final broadcast.

Wah Wah
A cultural history of the wah wah pedal.
(Studio 360)
Download MP3 (8.2 MB)

 

 Girls Don’t Play Pan
A Caribbean love affair between a girl & her steel drum.
(CBC Radio One – The Sunday Edition)
Download MP3 (5.6 MB)

Print articles

I was a freelance journalist for many years, and still take on the occasional assignment when time allows. Here are some articles I really enjoyed writing.

Polar Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs didn’t just live in tropical swamps!
(OWL magazine)
Download PDF (4 MB)

 

Taking It to the Trees
A cabin that both Mies and Zelig would have loved.
(Dwell magazine)
Download PDF (1.1 MB)

 

Windsor Forest Primary School, Jamaica
Visiting the spiritual home of Calgary’s Reggae Festival.
(Calgary Herald’s Swerve)
Download PDF (168 k)

 

World-Class Non-Smoking (Humor)
Comparing Vancouver’s world-class competition.
(Geist magazine)
Download PDF (604 k)

 

Are We Losing Our Minds? Or freeing them up?
What it means to turn our memories over to machines.
(Western Living magazine)
Download PDF (3.2 MB)

  

Home, Noisy Home
Our world is one loud place.
(OWL magazine)
Download PDF (8 MB)

 

Rear View
Solving the mystery of Winnipeg’s plug-ins.
(Azure magazine)
Download PDF (1.3 MB)