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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

Port Moody curlers use video game to reach nationals

Port Moody curlers use video game to reach nationals

The foursome out of Port Moody curling club bond away from the rink by playing a video game called Rocket League
Photos: Residents of these Port Moody neighbourhoods are on edge after coyote kills dog

Photos: Residents of these Port Moody neighbourhoods are on edge after coyote kills dog

Dog was off leash when it was snatched by a coyote that carried it in its jaws down a trail into a ravine
Newest brewery on Port Moody's Brewers Row inspired by acts of courage

Newest brewery on Port Moody's Brewers Row inspired by acts of courage

The new brewery takes over at the former Bakery Brewing, which announced in September it had changed ownership and would rebrand
This new bakery in Port Moody puts a flavourful twist on traditional confections like croissants

This new bakery in Port Moody puts a flavourful twist on traditional confections like croissants

The new bakery features flavours like Ube Halaya, that's made from purple yams native to the Philippines
A new sign in Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park brings light to a dark chapter of Canada’s past

A new sign in Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park brings light to a dark chapter of Canada’s past

Installation of the sign was championed by Raj Singh Toor, whose grandfather was aboard the ship
Is it time to rename Indian Arm? Port Moody thinks so

Is it time to rename Indian Arm? Port Moody thinks so

Belcarra Regional Park was renamed təmtəmíxʷtən last year; should Indian Arm also get a new name?
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
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