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Adrian Lee

Reporter and web editor for Maclean's Magazine

Location icon Canada

Previously with The Canadian Press, Agence France-Presse, TheWire.com (formerly The Atlantic Wire), The Globe and Mail, CBC News, and more; editor at The Globe and Mail and The Canadian Press.

I'm a journalism polymath who can edit and shoot video, edit and record audio/podcasts, copy edit and work with websites, and I have hosting and on-camera experience; I have written on pop culture, hard news, arts, business, health, and I've produced opinion pieces on arts and politics.

All inquiries can be directed to my email, at [email protected]

Portfolio

Music

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Video: Laura Jane Grace on hitting a wall as a performer

You might believe that it was brave of Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of punk band Against Me!, to begin her transition away from life as Tom Gabel and come out in 2012 as a transgendered woman-but she doesn't think so.

Film & Television

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02/18/2014
Putting the fun back in 'functional'

Bob's Burgers is a prime-time cartoon about a happy, loving family – which makes it one of the most radical animated shows on TV.

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04/12/2014
Mad Men Season 7: An elegy for an elegy

AMC's artful, stylish show enters its final season. But the end of the series doesn’t really matter–and that’s kind of the point.

Metro News (The Canadian Press)
08/21/2013
Director Edgar Wright's trilogy meets its 'End'

"The World's End" may complete the trilogy that began with zombie rom-com "Shaun of the Dead" and was followed by the police-parodying "Hot Fuzz," but it's not doomsday yet for the three friends who made the films.

Business

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Lululemon boardroom fight is a corporate culture war

Yoga is about mindfulness-the pursuit of mental clarity and a spiritual life. B.C. apparel firm Lululemon Athletica has traded on that ideal for years, earning fans not just for its high-end athletic wear but also for its commitment to yoga's high-minded principles. This is, after all, a company that hawks not sweaters, but "enlightenment pullovers."

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05/23/2014
Inflation is back and Canadians are about to pay the price

About a year ago, while Canadian shoppers and the retail industry were obsessing over the arrival of Target-and the question of whether the giant U.S. chain would play champion to consumers frustrated by cross-border price gaps-another American outfit, Tommy Bahama of Seattle, quietly reacquired its nine Canadian stores from a franchisee who'd operated them for several years.

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04/29/2014
A Q&A with Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson

Etsy now boasts more than 30 million members and more than a million sellers around the world–and it's starting to deal with the backlash that comes with that degree of scaling within an intimate community.

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04/08/2014
Why can't youth and unions see eye to eye?

When Jeff Sloychuk was 17, starting out as a summer student reporter at the Alaska Highway News in Fort St. John in B.C., he had no real idea of what a union was-where his dues went, or what he got in return. That changed when a shop steward came to meet him and shake his hand.

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02/02/2014
Jobs Report: Can mining recover? - Macleans.ca

For years, job seekers saw the mining industry as flush with promise. A skills shortage made for plentiful job opportunities, generous salaries and lots of chances to travel. "That's actually what attracts them: money first and travel second, by a huge proportion," says Scott Dunbar, the interim head of the University of British Columbia's mining engineering department, citing frequent inter-program surveys.

Punditry and Commentary

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06/30/2014
TV APPEARANCE: Adrian Lee on CITY's Breakfast Television

Maclean's writer Adrian Lee speaks to Breakfast Television's Kevin Frankish about Rob Ford's return from rehab, his real chance for re-election and mayoral candidate John Tory's new call for Ford to resign.

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Five takeaways from Toronto's mayoral debate-Rob Ford and all

We're still eons, really, from Toronto's election day on Oct. 27. So what made this debate special? It's only the second to feature all five of the major candidates, and the debate-put on by the Canadian Tamil Congress in Scarborough-is late enough in the campaign that the candidates have had time to firm up their talking points and identities.

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How to fix the Junos

The Juno Awards are this Sunday night (9 p.m. EST on CTV) but if you didn't know, you can be forgiven. Undeniably, the awards are Canadian music's biggest night, and the ratings have generally held strong.

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06/27/2014
Rob Ford's back from rehab, but that misses the point

He's baaaaaack. On Monday, Canada's most controversial mayor returns to work-in the later part of the afternoon, of course-with city council facing two more meetings before the end of the season. The feeling is like a ticking time bomb-a feeling in no way allayed by Ford's own campaign Twitter account, which has been breathlessly ticking down the days since June 10 with an ominous (and arbitrarily set) countdown.

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Robin Thicke makes a terrible breakup album-and that's a good thing

Mawkish, thy name is Robin Thicke. There's nothing blurred about his lines these days: The dual U.S.-Canadian singer who owned the song of last summer is dead-set on reuniting with his wife, Paula Patton-estranged since alleged infidelities in February-and is using every tool in his toolkit to do so.

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02/08/2014
In appreciation of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Hoffman was the beige of our cultural wallpaper, the postman on his regular route, the bus driver that picks you up when you leave work, the friend of a friend you hung out with on occasion and you wish you saw more.

Maclean's Magazine
01/18/2014
Why Neil Young should speak out

There's a sentiment that floats around whenever we think about culture. And that sentiment is this: we believe that artists should just stick to their one thing.

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01/15/2014
Hey, Oscars: It's time to do away with Best Original Song

Much ink will be spilled today bemoaning the snubs (Idris Elba!) and celebrating the underdogs (Her!) named by the Academy as this year's Oscar nominees. But it also makes it even more difficult to spot an extreme inefficiency in the already plodding Academy Award ceremony: the profound lack of surprise in the least exciting of categories, Best Original Song.

Arts, Books & Style

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07/20/2014
Is menswear getting too casual?

Talia Brown has been a personal shopper in Toronto for about a decade, and she's gotten all kinds of unusual requests. But when a man approached her earlier this summer looking to attend a wedding in Italy wearing a shorts suit-a Frankensteinian fusion of a blazer with cropped trousers-it took her aback.

News

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06/13/2014
PC supporters respond to Tim Hudak's resignation

Shellie Correia lives in West Lincoln, Ont., and volunteered for Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak's campaign in Niagara West-Glanbrook, saying only he listened to her complaints about wind turbines that affected her son. She says she's grown to know Hudak and his family, and says that when Hudak tells her a story, she gets the sense that "it's not just because it's what you want to hear.

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04/22/2014
The five victims of the Calgary stabbings

Early one April morning, in the Brentwood neighbourhood of northwest Calgary, five young people between the ages of 22 and 27 became victims of the worst mass homicide in Calgary's history. Here are their stories.

Agence France-Presse
11/14/2013
Wild night on St. Patrick's Day for Mayor Rob Ford

A tick-tock play-by-play of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's activities on St. Patrick's Day in 2012, which allegedly involved cocaine, partying with a prostitute, use of racial epithets, according to court documents.

Sports

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02/26/2014
Collins isn't first openly gay athlete in pro sports - Macleans.ca

The ascent of Jason Collins is a wonderful, inspiring story. It's the story of a gay man breaking a huge barrier in the major sports leagues, of a player who-when he signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, and stepped onto the court that same day against the Los Angeles Lakers-became proof that the claims that professional athletes would dissolve into a heap of ineffectual terror if a gay man were let onto the playing surface were as preposterous as they sounded.

Health

Yahoo! News (The Canadian Press)
12/02/2013
Dance/movement therapy enjoying growth spurt in Canada, but more research needed

She pursued her love for the art form through her studies, attending York University for a bachelor's degree in dance. But when she came across dance therapy in her fourth year, while looking to simply fulfil a thesis project, even she didn't foresee dance being involved in helping her deal with some mental health issues that had begun to creep in.

The Chronicle Herald (The Canadian Press)
07/15/2013
Retinal detachment rare, but an emergency

TORONTO - Pat Sedgwick awoke earlier than usual on an August morning last summer to a rolling curtain of black dots blocking the vision of her right eye. A 79-year-old from Toronto, Sedgwick had been anticipating a rare day of complete solitude in her P.E.I cottage. But that's not the way the day unfolded.

The Globe and Mail (The Canadian Press)
06/04/2013
Rural mothers-to-be see different care from urban ones, study finds

Mothers-to-be in rural and remote parts of Canada face a different experience than their urban counterparts when they are giving birth, with longer trips to hospital and less access to the specialist doctors that women in urban centres might see.

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