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Mario Bartel

Mario Bartel

Mario Bartel has been a journalist for over 30 years. More than half that tenure was spent peering through the viewfinder of a camera as a photojournalist.

As they suffered the brunt of a contracting industry, he started spending more time at the keyboard, covering everything from civic affairs to features to sports.

Over the course of his diverse career, Bartel has covered visits by prime ministers, championship junior hockey teams, the early morning toil of a tug captain, late-night fires, the 106th birthday celebration of a community icon, the challenges of a professional hockey player trying to come back from triple cancer diagnoses and more election night celebrations in dark, crowded pubs or community halls than he cares to remember.

Alas, he's yet to have the opportunity to ride in a blimp.

When Bartel's not pounding out Port Moody council stories, setting up lights for a feature portrait, or shivering in the cold rain shooting high school soccer, he is riding his bike, usually out to the Fraser Valley, up Mt. Seymour or along urban routes that take advantage of Vancouver's extensive cycling network. Often those rides involve a stop at a coffee shop, even though he doesn’t imbibe in hot beverages. But he does enjoy a good pain au chocolat and he can attest Blacksmith bakery in Fort Langley makes the best this side of Paris.

Email
mbartel@tricitynews.com

Recent Work by Mario

'We need to protect our renters': Port Moody to pitch for B.C.-wide rental maintenance standards

'We need to protect our renters': Port Moody to pitch for B.C.-wide rental maintenance standards

Port Moody councillors say most property standards are now set and policed by local bylaws.
Update: Missing person found

Update: Missing person found

Coquitlam company boosting N95 mask production with the province's help

Coquitlam company boosting N95 mask production with the province's help

Novo Textiles pivoted in 2020 from manufacturing pillows and dog beds to making surgical masks to help with the COVID-19 crisis.
Video: Cougar family on the prowl in Port Moody 'a beautiful sight'

Video: Cougar family on the prowl in Port Moody 'a beautiful sight'

The video of four cougars walking along a trail was captured by a wildlife surveillance camera near the Mossom Creek hatchery.
Video: Wandering bear gets a frosty reception at Port Coquitlam home

Video: Wandering bear gets a frosty reception at Port Coquitlam home

The bear went on its merry way after its encounter with an inflatable snowman at a north Port Coquitlam home.
Repair of collapsed shoring wall at Coquitlam construction site expected to begin this week

Repair of collapsed shoring wall at Coquitlam construction site expected to begin this week

Nobody was injured in the collapse that occurred Nov. 29.
Collapse at Coquitlam construction site possibly caused by poor engineering or sloppy workmanship: professor

Collapse at Coquitlam construction site possibly caused by poor engineering or sloppy workmanship: professor

The collapse of a temporary shoring wall into the excavation for a new Coquitlam condo complex was captured on video.
Developer to hire third-party engineer to supervise repairs of collapsed Coquitlam retaining wall

Developer to hire third-party engineer to supervise repairs of collapsed Coquitlam retaining wall

The collapse of a shoring wall at a Coquitlam construction site didn't come to light until almost 24 hours after it happened.
'There's a bear in the van': How a Port Moody family's vehicle was torn apart by an early-morning visitor

'There's a bear in the van': How a Port Moody family's vehicle was torn apart by an early-morning visitor

The bear may have been attracted by a snack bar inadvertently left inside the 10-year-old Honda Odyssey
Video: Chilling Port Coquitlam bear encounter a timely reminder to stay aware

Video: Chilling Port Coquitlam bear encounter a timely reminder to stay aware

The recent footage showed a black bear approaching a boy on a scooter in a Port Coquitlam townhouse development.
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