A British Columbian by birth, I grew up in a lovely and wild area north of Prince George. Although I now make my home on the west coast,I deeply value the unique perspective gained from my rural upbringing.
I love the freedom of blogging. It’s an interactive medium that is ever-changing and unpredictable at times, but allows me to combine my love of writing with my affinity for my fellow British Columbian’s.
I’ve made a strong, personal commitment as an indie writer to bring my readers the best of this new media, by reporting honest stories covering every level of government.
I’ve broken many compelling news items that have been distributed,re-printed and covered by papers all over the province. I ask the provocative questions that the people of British Columbia want answers to and getting to the bottom of a story can take months. It requires patience and dogged persistence but I do get the answers our readers want, and deserve.
The lack of accountability and transparency within our provincial and federal governments has been the driving force behind the bulk of my research and reporting. That’s why I’m always looking for the facts at the heart of a story, whether it’s through writing, listening, asking the right questions or discovering the best way to talk to different people.
We are on the cusp of an exciting new era in independent reporting, where real people and real stories merge in a way that complements, not competes, with traditional reporting. My goal is to continue to work with each to bring the best of my work to British Columbia and the rest of the world.
I have been a contributor to The Rossland Telegraph, The Boundary Sentinel, The Castlegar Source,The Nelson Daily, Pacific Free Press, Abbotsford Today and Chilliwack Today. My investigative work has been covered nationally in the Globe and Mail and locally by provincial news outlets. I’ve provided political commentary for CBC TV and radio,CKNW and Global.
In the summer of 2012,I was very proud to have been asked to join the team of extraordinary bloggers at the HuffingtonPost BC to share my views on the changing political landscape in our province and was honoured to appear as a featured blogger in the launch edition.
In January 2013, I moved on and joined the talented team of columnists at 24hrs Vancouver in the weekly full page debate feature, The Duel. For two years, columnist Brent Stafford and I battled over the issues of the day, as readers voted to determine the winner.
Recognizing growth personally, and feeling that I was part of the problem in perpetuating the great divide and partisanship in politics in that column, in April 2013 I made the decision to leave the Duel in order to further the discussion on how to bring people back into the political process.
I was surprised and pleased to be offered the opportunity to take over the civic affairs column, and haven’t looked back. My new role in this column allowed the opportunity to shed some light on civic politics and process, hold civic politicians accountable and hopefully engage readers in the level of politics that impacts them most.
Despite having developed a growing relationship with thousands of readers, in August of 2015 I made the decision to leave 24Hours Vancouver to take a stand against the ‘death by a thousand cuts’ style of dealing with dropping revenues, Postmedia had taken. You can read about that decision, here: http://lailayuile.com/2015/09/17/sometimes-losing-an-illusion-makes-you-wiser-than-finding-a-truth-ii/
A few doors have opened and I am exploring them all,but no decisions yet. Until then, enjoy the blog, join the discussion and thank you for all the support!
(I also hold the dubious honour of being the first CKNW talk show idol winner,and hosted a show, briefly…that is a long story…but I’ve never forgotten the view from the big chair.)
I would like to thank the lovely and talented Diane Babcock of http://www.cool-tech.ca/home.php for taking some of the best photos I’ve shot around British Columbia and creating the stunning montage featured as my site header! Quality design work, right on time!
“To strive, to seek, to find.. and never to yield.” ~ Ulysses