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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

Headlines from the past: A Coquitlam book store where no order was too obscure, no magazine too niche

Headlines from the past: A Coquitlam book store where no order was too obscure, no magazine too niche

Cody Books moved to Coquitlam's Westwood Mall in 1981.
'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.
This Port Moody woman helped write the book on Zoom meeting style. Then her cat started acting weird

This Port Moody woman helped write the book on Zoom meeting style. Then her cat started acting weird

Port Moody's Jessie Bahrey is one half of the Room Raters X (formerly Twitter) account that went viral during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Port Moody woman is an emissary for German cuisine. Now she's taking over an iconic New West restaurant

This Port Moody woman is an emissary for German cuisine. Now she's taking over an iconic New West restaurant

Amelie Janzen has been taking her MunChi traditional German foods to farmers markets around Metro Vancouver since last June.
Tough times in the toy business as giant Coquitlam store closes

Tough times in the toy business as giant Coquitlam store closes

Posters on the windows of the Toys 'R' Us store on Lougheed Highway advise shoppers to visit the company's other stores or to shop online
'Port Moody deserves to have a good doughnut shop': Sweet Talk opens Saturday

'Port Moody deserves to have a good doughnut shop': Sweet Talk opens Saturday

Sweet Talk Donuts has been testing flavours and building excitement in Port Moody for more than a year.
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.
The old IGA in Port Moody will reopen as a new Asian supermarket

The old IGA in Port Moody will reopen as a new Asian supermarket

Meiga Supermarket in Port Moody is expected to open early in the new year, complete with take-out options, barbecue and a juice bar.
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