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Katie Smith

Reporter / Editor / Photographer

Location icon Canada

I'm a journalist from Prince Edward Island, Canada.
I write about news, politics, current events, features and everything in between.
Here are a few of my published pieces...enjoy!

Portfolio
The Free Press
Election 2015: Candidates discuss TRC recommendations - The Free Press

The candidates for the 2015 election, from left: Bill Green, Green Party; incumbent MP David Wilks, Conservative Party; Wayne Stetski, NDP; and Don Johnston, Liberal Party. - image credit: SUBMITTED The issue of reconciliation with First Nations people is on the radar of most of the political parties as the fall federal election continues.

The Free Press
09/04/2015
Fentanyl hits East Kootenay streets - The Free Press

A new form of synthetic Fentanyl is being sold in East Kootenay communities and health officials have issued a community warning about the drug. While the drug itself is an opiate used for pain management, the tablets being found on the street are illegally manufactured and are more toxic than the legitimate medication.

Miramichi Leader
07/01/2015
Maritime entrepreneur helps create bionic knee brace

Entrepreneur uses know-how to help improve people's lives Miramichi Leader Wed Jul 1 2015 Page: B6 Section: Business Byline: Katie Smith A young entrepreneur from Miramichi is designing a bionic knee brace that could change the way people with an injury or permanent disability get around.

Miramichi Leader
05/15/2015
Filipino man says sacrifice worth effort

Filipino man says sacrifices worth effort Miramichi Leader Fri May 15 2015 Page: A1 Section: Main Byline: Katie Smith Nothing worth having in life comes easy, as the saying goes, and for one immigrant living in Miramichi, the act of sacrifice is all too familiar. Joel Ligad landed in New Brunswick from the Philippines in...

The Free Press
10/01/2015
Education is key to understanding vaccinations - The Free Press

School has been in full swing for a month now and parents will soon be faced with the question of whether or not to vaccinate their children. Dr. Trevor Corneil, the chief medical health officer for Interior Health (IH), said when it comes to vaccination and vaccination uptake, IH would ideally like to see the majority of children in a community get vaccinated.

The Free Press
Election 2015: Ladies and gentlemen, meet the candidates - The Free Press

The candidates for the 2015 election, from left: Bill Green, Green Party; incumbent MP David Wilks, Conservative Party; Wayne Stetski, NDP; and Don Johnston, Liberal Party. - image credit: SUBMITTED The Free Press sat down with the candidates for the Kootenay-Columbia district. Here are the interviews.

The Free Press
10/07/2015
Election 2015: Candidates debate in Sparwood - The Free Press

Kootenay-Columbia candidates debated in Sparwood on Oct. 5 and discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. From left: Bill Green (Green Party), Don Johnston (Liberal Party); Wayne Stetski (NDP); incumbent MP David Wilks (Conservative Party). Photo by Katie Smith.

The Free Press
10/15/2015
Editorial: The Niqab Debate - The Free Press

The battle of the sexes, or perhaps more accurately, the inequality between men and women, continues to be an issue in this country; a country we like to believe is the land of equal opportunity and respect. However, it's 2015 and women in Canada are still fighting for their rights.

The Free Press
10/01/2015
Dancer brings unique styles to Fernie - The Free Press

A former professional dancer who has overcome a lot of pain and loss in her life has found herself in Fernie teaching her craft - or rather, Fernie found her. Melanie Jolicoeur, who teaches a variety of dance styles at The Castle studio, said she is happy she's able to share her love of music and dance with the people of Fernie.

The Free Press
09/17/2015
Editorial: Electoral reform/proportional representation - The Free Press

In a democratic society, the people have a say in who governs the land. Every vote is equal; every vote counts. But considering the way our electoral system is set up, it's not hard to see why going to the polls on Election Day might feel like a waste of time.

The Free Press
09/21/2015
Fernie held candlelight vigil for murder victims - The Free Press

Fernie residents gathered at Rotary Park on Sept. 16 to show their support for the murdered father and daughter from Blairmore. The community of Fernie gathered last week at Rotary Park to show its support to the families, friends and neighbours of the murdered father and daughter from Blairmore.

The Free Press
10/07/2015
Election 2015: Candidates debate in Sparwood - The Free Press

Kootenay-Columbia candidates debated in Sparwood on Oct. 5. From left: Bill Green (Green Party), Don Johnston (Liberal Party); Wayne Stetski (NDP); incumbent MP David Wilks (Conservative Party). The four candidates for Kootenay-Columbia met in Sparwood on Oct. 5 for their ninth debate on the election trail; this one organized by the Chambers of Commerce for Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood.

Miramichi Leader
04/30/2015
Pulamoo would like to see more students discover fun of rugby

Pulamoo would like to see more students discover fun of rugby Miramichi Leader Wed May 6 2015 Page: B1 Section: Sports Byline: Katie Smith The game of rugby has had a bad reputation, likely since its beginnings in the 19th century. This might have to do with a match's many tackles and hits - by...

G! Magazine
06/01/2014
Searching for Wild Treasures

By Katie Smith It's not every day you meet someone who loves what they do, so when you find one who speaks with such conviction and passion about their livelihood, it makes you sit up and take notice. Charlottetown resident Sylvain Cormier is one of those people.

Miramichi Leader
02/13/2015
Editorial: Concerns around physician-assisted death

[Originally published in the Miramichi Leader on Feb. 13, 2015] Canadians now have the right to choose death over suffering. Well, sort of. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned a ruling that will now allow for physician-assisted death in Canada.