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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

All aboard: The Coquitlam Express hockey team now has its own beer

All aboard: The Coquitlam Express hockey team now has its own beer

The beer is a collaboration with Coquitlam's Mariner Brewing.
The voice of the Coquitlam Express is moving on

The voice of the Coquitlam Express is moving on

Eddie Gregory became the voice of the Coquitlam Express in 2001.
Festival brings life back to Ioco ghost town in Port Moody

Festival brings life back to Ioco ghost town in Port Moody

The townsite used to be home for workers at the nearby Imperial Oil refinery.
Better hurry, this beloved Port Moody restaurant is closing soon

Better hurry, this beloved Port Moody restaurant is closing soon

Rosa Gabrielli started her Italian restaurant 22 years ago with her mother, Anna
Port Moody's newest brewery will take you back to the future

Port Moody's newest brewery will take you back to the future

Rewind Beer Co. will be the sixth addition to Brewers Row on Murray Street.
Port Moody woman primed for Canada's debut at butcher Olympics

Port Moody woman primed for Canada's debut at butcher Olympics

The international butcher competition was originally scheduled for 2020, but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic
Port Moody beer and music festival on the move after community raises concerns

Port Moody beer and music festival on the move after community raises concerns

Residents were worried about the impact the Brewhalla Beer and Music Festival might have on the healing garden and tree canopy at Pioneer Memorial Park
Here's what happens when a Coquitlam football player challenges his NFL teammates to pronounce his hometown

Here's what happens when a Coquitlam football player challenges his NFL teammates to pronounce his hometown

Jevon Holland is heading into his second season with the Miami Dolphins.
Proposed seniors complex in Port Moody would be like 'living on a cruise ship’. But at what cost?

Proposed seniors complex in Port Moody would be like 'living on a cruise ship’. But at what cost?

Some councillors are concerned about the potential project's impact on the surrounding neighbourhood
Someone in Port Moody returned this book to a library in England — 48 years overdue

Someone in Port Moody returned this book to a library in England — 48 years overdue

The late fee amounts to $6,934.88 CDN. Fortunately the library has a maximum fine of £8.50, or about $13.37 CDN