Posts Tagged ‘Brent Wittmeier’


I’m on CBC’s Tapestry: Sunday, January 9, 2011

January 8, 2011

A long time and no posts.

I’ve had the pleasure of covering some interesting stories the last few months, but with other obligations and commitments, I haven’t been keeping up the blogging habit. Tsk.

I hope to return to my semi-regular posts here. And there’s no better occasion than to announce that an audio essay I began writing in the summer during an internship at CBC Tapestry will air on Sunday (2:05 ET; 4:05 MT; 3:05 PT). I recorded it in late summer, and it’s finally airing. Here’s the clip in its entirety. For those who want to hear the entire episode, it’s available as a podcast (about 40 minutes into the episode).

The essay is about being a Bible school graduate.

Back in 1998, I was a depressed 2nd year University of Calgary student with an intense dislike of my choice of study: biological sciences. Having grown up going to church and not really understanding the religious underpinnings of Christianity, I decided to launch myself headlong into the world of faith. In my young thinking, I thought if faith was going to be part of my life, it would be everything in my life.

I wanted to take God as seriously as God deserved. I decided to go (felt led to go) to Moody Bible Institute, an evangelical Bible school in downtown Chicago.

It was a choice I feel some ambivalence about at this point in my life. But it was fulfilling in many ways as well, and opened up an intellectual faith that I knew nothing about. Going to Bible school is not something I usually talk about, and with the prodding of Mary Hynes (who facetiously said, “But you’re so normal!”), I decided to explore the statement: I’m a Bible school graduate.


Reading Week + Tweeting = Neglecting the Site

February 21, 2009

For those of you who follow this blog, you may notice I haven’t been writing much lately.

It’s been 10 days since my last post, and I’m starting to develop a deep-abiding shame at my neglect.

There are several perfectly good reasons I’ve been away. For one, it’s reading week and I was back in Edmonton for the past few days, reading Robertson Davies novels and eating my mother-in-law’s delicious cooking. When I came back to Vancouver a couple of days ago, my wife and I cleaned and entertained some visiting friends en route to a Whistler ski trip.

I’ve also developed BFS (blogging fatigue syndrome). I just finished my 4-week blogging stint for the UBC School of Journalism’s website, Blogging twice a week on a single topic taught me to respect the legions of people who keep up their blogging habits for years and years. It takes determination to keep focused and looking for new material. The advantage of having a personal website/blog is that I can talk about whatever strikes me as interesting, even if it’s as unrelated as the Pope and stranded horses.

Perhaps the biggest reason is that I’m becoming addicted to Twitter. At 140 characters each entry, I can sum up my feelings and opinions concisely and superficially, and instantly reach my fellow tweeters.

Thinking about my online habits has gotten me to thinking about how the past year in journalism school has changed me:

– My attention span has shortened considerably. Thanks to RSS feeds and Twitter, I’m constantly wondering what’s happening, instead of thinking about what I might say.

– I’ve become a shameless self-promoter. In the olden days when I studied theology, I was perfectionistic and didn’t want anything I’d written to see the light of day. I would have been appalled at the prospect of having my own website, much less the vanity of googling my own name.

But fortunately, I also think I’m becoming a better writer, which is why I came here in the first place.

J-School makes me think about better ways to say what I say. Could it be punchier? Less complicated? Funnier?


NPA Candidate Geller Responds to Story

October 30, 2008

Vancouver Non Partisan Association candidate Michael Geller has responded to my story on the Tuesday night city council debate. I had reported on Geller’s comments about Vancouver’s city workers.

As comments tend to get buried, and for the sake of fairness, I’ve decided to reproduce his complete response here:

Thank you for very faithfully and accurately recording my comments. Let me again say I do regret my comment which was prompted by the two year construction works along Blenheim Street.

But I generally believe that ‘if you make a mistake, at least make a feature of it!’ So I would welcome suggestions from your readers on how they think the city might reduce costs and become more efficient. I would particularly like to hear from people working at City Hall.

In running for Council, my goal is not to create partisan battles or conflict. Rather, it is to work collaboratively with people from all walks of life, and political parties, to make this a better city. I hope this response will help contribute to this discussion.