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.
In 2007, I created Lailayuile.com and began blogging – 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 independent writer to bring my readers the best of this new media, by reporting honest stories on levels of government. I’ve broken many compelling news items that have been distributed,re-printed and covered by community papers all over the province. I like to ask the provocative questions that the people of British Columbia want answers to and do my best to find those answers.
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. 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 and CKNW.
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 joined the talented team of columnists at the daily newspaper, 24hrs Vancouver, for the weekly debate feature, The Duel. Join fellow columnist Brent Stafford and myself as we battle over the issues of the day, every Monday, as readers vote to determine the winner!
(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