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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

Got an idea to improve snow and ice removal? Port Moody wants to hear it

Got an idea to improve snow and ice removal? Port Moody wants to hear it

A special town hall will be held Feb. 27 at the Inlet Theatre and galleria
Coquitlam Express tumble down standings after loss to Surrey Eagles

Coquitlam Express tumble down standings after loss to Surrey Eagles

The Express play divisional rivals Chilliwack Chiefs on Wednesday at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex
Photos: Bulldogs take a bite out of the Coquitlam Express

Photos: Bulldogs take a bite out of the Coquitlam Express

The Express are now just a point ahead of the Bulldogs in the BCHL's Coastal conference standings
Girls just wanna play ball hockey, too — now they have a league of their own in the Tri-Cities

Girls just wanna play ball hockey, too — now they have a league of their own in the Tri-Cities

The Tri-City Minor Ball Hockey Association is planning to launch three all-female divisions this season
Passport program might be just your ticket to visit Brewers Row in Port Moody

Passport program might be just your ticket to visit Brewers Row in Port Moody

Drinking beer could pay off with a prize package
Massive Coronation Park plan meets Port Moody’s needs, says developer as it applies for rezoning

Massive Coronation Park plan meets Port Moody’s needs, says developer as it applies for rezoning

The project includes 2,665 units in six condo towers and a rental building right across from the Inlet Centre SkyTrain Station.
Photos: Port Moody’s Kent Johnson is ready to play his first NHL game in Vancouver

Photos: Port Moody’s Kent Johnson is ready to play his first NHL game in Vancouver

Kent Johnson is playing his first NHL game in Vancouver on Friday, just two days after he scored the winning goal in overtime against the Edmonton Oilers
Port Coquitlam gets a junior hockey team — again

Port Coquitlam gets a junior hockey team — again

It will be the first junior hockey team in Port Coquitlam since the old Buckeroos left for Port Moody in 2004.
There's a tasty new exhibit rising at Mackin House in Coquitlam. Here's what it's about

There's a tasty new exhibit rising at Mackin House in Coquitlam. Here's what it's about

Bread has played an ongoing role in the economic and cultural evolution of Coquitlam.
The boat ramp at Port Moody's Rocky Point Park is going to be closed. Here's why, and for how long

The boat ramp at Port Moody's Rocky Point Park is going to be closed. Here's why, and for how long

The dredging of the navigational channel and areas around the docks was last done in 2016
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