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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

Here's what happens when a Coquitlam football player challenges his NFL teammates to pronounce his hometown

Here's what happens when a Coquitlam football player challenges his NFL teammates to pronounce his hometown

Jevon Holland is heading into his second season with the Miami Dolphins.
Someone in Port Moody returned this book to a library in England — 48 years overdue

Someone in Port Moody returned this book to a library in England — 48 years overdue

The late fee amounts to $6,934.88 CDN. Fortunately the library has a maximum fine of £8.50, or about $13.37 CDN
Lacrosse is back: WLA set for its return from the pandemic, but worries cloud its future

Lacrosse is back: WLA set for its return from the pandemic, but worries cloud its future

A professional field lacrosse league in the United States says players under contract can't also play box lacrosse at the same time.
United Rugby lets the girls play

United Rugby lets the girls play

United Rugby Club is offering girls a chance to learn the sport through a unique program that keeps them playing together as soon as kindergarten age.
Port Coquitlam teen’s painted rocks bring comfort to premature babies

Port Coquitlam teen’s painted rocks bring comfort to premature babies

Insiyah Dharsee has painted thousands of smooth rocks to raise money for special artificial hands to bring comfort to premature babies at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.
Vintage 'gangster's car' completes circle of destiny for Coquitlam collector

Vintage 'gangster's car' completes circle of destiny for Coquitlam collector

A Coquitlam car hobbyist is getting ready to fire up a 1929 Hudson Super Six that was once beloved by gangsters as a getaway vehicle. He acquired the car from Gerald Hobbis, whose late father, Cap, collected vintage cars in the basement of his New Westminster bike shop.
BCJALL to showcase players in special summer tournament

BCJALL to showcase players in special summer tournament

The BC Junior A Lacrosse League has announced its teams will play a "summer showcase" series of games beginning in early July to give players a chance to show off their skills to scouts and college recruiters.
Mann Cup, WLA season cancelled again by COVID-19 pandemic

Mann Cup, WLA season cancelled again by COVID-19 pandemic

The Western Lacrosse Association has cancelled its 2021 season after Lacrosse Canada announced Tuesday it is pulling the plug on the Mann Cup senior national championship that was scheduled to be played in Ontario in September.
BCJALL girding for possibility of delayed season

BCJALL girding for possibility of delayed season

After the BC Junior A Lacrosse League wasn't able to play last year because of COVID-19 health restrictions, the league is preparing for a delay to its season this year.
'Writing's been on the wall for months': High school basketball championships cancelled

'Writing's been on the wall for months': High school basketball championships cancelled

BC School Sports has officially cancelled championships for winter sports because of COVID-19 public health restrictions. Some coaches say they're not surprised.