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Marcus Hondro

Digital Journalist based in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, Canada. Joined on Dec 14, 2011

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It's over! Tentative deal reached, B.C. kids soon back to school

It is only tentative but the B.C. teachers and the government have reached a deal to get the province's kids back to school. Mediator Vince Ready emerged from a hotel in Richmond at 4 a.m. Tuesday to tell a tired group of media a breakthrough had come.

Italian football Serie A club advertises movies on team's jerseys

A football club from Genoa that plays in the Serie A league, Italy's top soccer league, is becoming an advertiser for movies. The club announced this week that they will advertise movies on their jerseys starting with their next match on Sunday.

BCTF, government bargain until 2 a.m., now talking in same room

While the B.C. Teachers' Federation, government negotiators and mediator Vince Ready are mum on how talks are going, Mr. Ready did say the two sides are now bargaining in the same room. He made that admission after 2 a.m. Monday morning.

Strike: Parents hopeful as teachers, government talk into night

It ain't over until it's over and while it ain't over, there is a growing optimism that the labor dispute between B.C. teachers and government could be over soon. For the second straight night Sunday negotiators talked late into the night in Richmond.

B.C. teachers, government, mediator, talking in Richmond

The B.C. Teachers Federation and the government, with mediator Vince Ready, are back talking, working toward an end to their labor dispute behind closed doors in a Richmond hotel. The BCTF acknowledged a restart of talks but said little else.

Black bear cub does funny dance with pole at Canadian golf course

A family of black bears made up a foursome when they wandered onto a golf course in the Kootenays in B.C. Monday and golfers captured a cub on camera playing around with a flagstick on a green. As Mom and siblings ate grass, the little guy pole-danced.

Op-Ed: Change? What change? Can Toronto Maple Leafs win this year?

Maybe the more ardent Toronto Maple Leafs fan among you can provide the reasoning behind the notion that the team has made the kind of changes that will show up in the standings. That will vault them into the playoffs for the 2nd time in umpteen years.

Beer-league goalie answers tweet, plays with Vancouver Canucks Special

For Vancouver's Tristan Jones, a beer-league hockey goalie and a professional goalie instructor, last Monday started out a typical day. It didn't end that way though, not by a long shot, as the 27-year-old wound up playing goal for the Vancouver Canucks.

Op-Ed: In B.C. teachers' strike BCTF sings Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

Striking teachers in British Columbia seem to have a binding affinity for that 1975 Freddie Fender song 'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.' Why? Because wasting time is exactly what they did with their vote on arbitration.

NFL Madden glitch has Cleveland's Chris Kirskey shrunk to 1 ' 2 '

There are glitches and then are big glitches, like the one in the 'Madden NFL 2015' video game. In the game not only is Cleveland Browns rookie Chris Kirksey playing for the wrong team, he's doing it while very small. Like 14 inches tall small.

On-again off-again Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez romance on - maybe

The on-again, off-again romance that is Canadian popstar Justin Bieber and American popstar Selena Gomez might be back on-again. Mind you, it could be that after being briefly back on-again it is now back off-again. Or it could be they're just friends..

Comic Kathy Griffin does ice-bucket challenge in the nude

If you had thought about the ice-bucket challenge and comedian Kathy Griffin you might well have predicted that she would do it buck naked. And that's what she did, while standing by her pool. She then went on a nation-wide TV show to show the clip.

Talks break down between B.C. teachers and ministry, Ready leaves

For all those parents in the province of British Columbia who hoped their kids would start the school year on time this Tuesday, the news late this afternoon is not good. Talks have broken down and much-touted mediator Vince Ready has walked away.

Naked News: Nudity is newsworthy as people parade in the buff

There is Dating Naked and the real estate show Buying Naked and of course The Naked News. There's a naked bike ride and topless march. Nudity is showing itself off of late, making the news and in doing so displaying just how prudish we can be.

Porn stars allowing men to fondle breasts for charity at Boob-Aid

For 24 consecutive hours, 10 female Japanese porn actresses will allow men to fondle their boobs. The boob gropers must first make a donation to the fight against AIDS, however, and while they're doing it they'll be on TV.

Marijuana legalization fight in tiny Washington city of Fife

The tiny city of Fife is emerging as a legal battleground in the ongoing war on legal marijuana in Washington state. While the state has legalized growing and selling pot the city council of Fife, and of other Washington towns, have said no way.

Ukrainian ambassador to Canada asks country to help fight Russia

Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, Vadym Prystaiko, asked Canada and her allies on Thursday to help his country fight Russia, even including troops as a part of the aid. Mr. Prystaiko made the remarks to the Canadian newspaper, 'The Ottawa Citizen.'

U.S. brother and sister jailed for having sex together in tractor

A brother and sister in Savannah, Georgia have been charged with incest, aggravated sodomy and prowling. Police there say the two admitted to having sex with one another in a tractor trailer parked in a Effingham County church parking lot.

Yuck! American saves his nail clippings in a jar for 36 years

The next time that you go about clipping your nails, fingernails, toenails, whichever, consider Richard Gibson. Mr. Gibson, of Lafayette, Louisiana, has saved each and every clipping from his fingers or toes he has clipped since 1978.

Hockey writer tweets NHL expanding by 4 clubs, including Toronto

According to a tweet from a noted sports business writer, the NHL will expand over the next four years by 4 teams, with new franchises planned for Seattle, Las Vegas, Quebec City and Toronto. Yes, a second team in Toronto.
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