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Brandon Barrett

Brandon Barrett

Brandon is an award-winning journalist for Pique Newsmagazine. Originally hired by the now-defunct Whistler Question, he has lived in the resort since 2012, and now serves as Pique’s crime and food reporter, as well as features editor. He was the 2018 recipient of the John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism, and won gold at the 2021 B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Awards for best feature article over 10,000 circulation. He holds a criminology degree from Carleton University and a journalism diploma from Algonquin College.

Prior to his time in Whistler, he worked as a reporter in Medellin for English-language news site, Colombia Reports.

In his free time, Brandon is a performer, theatre producer, improv instructor and playwright. The co-founder of sketch show Comedy Quickies, he has written or co-written three feature-length plays: 2016’s Between Two Tall Mountains and 2018’s All Relative, part of the Flag Stop Theatre & Arts Festival, as well as 2019’s family comedy, A Whistler Vacation, which premiered at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

Email
bbarrett@piquenewsmagazine.com

Recent Work by Brandon

Opinion: What does Whistler owe the world (aside from a good time)?

Opinion: What does Whistler owe the world (aside from a good time)?

"I think our debt to the wider world is a more personal one, one that asks us to use the inherent privileges we all possess—freedom of speech, freedom of mobility, freedom of religious expression, freedom to love who you want to love—for the benefit of those who don’t."
Fire dancers miffed at being left off Fire & Ice show after 18 years

Fire dancers miffed at being left off Fire & Ice show after 18 years

Troupe says lack of communication from WB around decision ‘felt like a slap in the face’
The hard truth about housing nobody seems to talk about

The hard truth about housing nobody seems to talk about

"Each provincial or national election cycle, the candidates come out making grand promises to build more housing, but by the time a project filters its way down to the local level, far too often  it’s met with opposition from neighbours and community interest groups."
Five years after landing in Whistler, ‘Man at the Airport’ Hassan Al Kontar is a Canadian citizen

Five years after landing in Whistler, ‘Man at the Airport’ Hassan Al Kontar is a Canadian citizen

With passport in hand, the Syrian refugee plans to visit his family for the first time in 15 years
RMOW launches interactive community monitoring portal

RMOW launches interactive community monitoring portal

Community Monitoring Dashboard was designed to support data-driven decision-making and transparent reporting on municipal goals, muni says
How will Whistler’s foreign homebuyer ban exemption impact the resort?

How will Whistler’s foreign homebuyer ban exemption impact the resort?

Realtors say the distinct nature of Whistler's housing landscape should make other Canadian markets more attractive.
How will Whistler’s foreign homebuyer ban exemption impact the resort?

How will Whistler’s foreign homebuyer ban exemption impact the resort?

Realtors say the distinct nature of Whistler's housing landscape should make other Canadian markets more attractive.
Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police officer under investigation for ‘criminal wrongdoing’

Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police officer under investigation for ‘criminal wrongdoing’

Member placed on administrative leave while RCMP and Office of Police Complaints Commission investigate allegations
Whistler Community Foundation secures $145K in recovery funding for Sea to Sky groups

Whistler Community Foundation secures $145K in recovery funding for Sea to Sky groups

One-time federal injection means charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies can apply for grants aimed at improving efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of services they provide
Whistlerites’ sense of belonging remains strong, while trust in municipality dips to record low

Whistlerites’ sense of belonging remains strong, while trust in municipality dips to record low

The 2022 Community Life Survey offers a snapshot of a community in recovery following lean pandemic years
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