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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.

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Recent Work by Mario

'I had to check again': Coquitlam man hits $500K lotto jackpot on the last ticket in his pile

'I had to check again': Coquitlam man hits $500K lotto jackpot on the last ticket in his pile

Coquitlam's Roueintan Avali bought his winning ticket at a variety store in Burnaby.
Why Port Moody wants to be looped in on pier demolition in Burnaby

Why Port Moody wants to be looped in on pier demolition in Burnaby

Trans Mountain will begin decommissioning an old loading facility at its Westridge Terminal in 2025 or 2026.
A developer wants to build a condo complex right above Port Moody's SkyTrain tunnel

A developer wants to build a condo complex right above Port Moody's SkyTrain tunnel

The proposal by Porte Homes is the second time the company has applied to build on the site on Charles Street in Port Moody
Photos: Giant First Nations canoe leaves Coquitlam to complete special healing journey to New West

Photos: Giant First Nations canoe leaves Coquitlam to complete special healing journey to New West

The Grandmothers Healing Journey travelled by canoe from Spences Bridge to New Westminster.
Port Moody looking at registering lobbyists

Port Moody looking at registering lobbyists

Port Moody council tasked staff to report back on the logistics and requirements for a lobbyist registry after a councillors raised concerns about a tour with a developer.
Conservation officers rescue bear from leg-hold trap along popular Coquitlam trail

Conservation officers rescue bear from leg-hold trap along popular Coquitlam trail

The bear was tranquilized and moved to a wilderness location away from the city.
Orcas, dolphins and sea lions: Lots of wildlife in the waters off Port Moody this spring

Orcas, dolphins and sea lions: Lots of wildlife in the waters off Port Moody this spring

Here's possibly why a variety of marine animals have recently been spotted in Burrard Inlet near Port Moody.
Video: Port Moody dragon boaters have close encounter with visiting orcas

Video: Port Moody dragon boaters have close encounter with visiting orcas

A small group of orcas visiting Burrard Inlet was captured on video by Port Moody dragon boaters.
National Pharmacare plan is 'life-changing,' says Port Moody woman living with Type 1 diabetes

National Pharmacare plan is 'life-changing,' says Port Moody woman living with Type 1 diabetes

Port Moody's Linda Zumm was speaking at an appearance by federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
Posts prompt Port Moody council to reconsider Middle East motion

Posts prompt Port Moody council to reconsider Middle East motion

Port Moody council passed a motion on Tuesday supporting Canada's official position advocating for peace in the Middle East.
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