Emma Gilchrist on adoption and DNA testing

In the sixth episode of this season’s Pull Quotes, Emma Gilchrist spoke with co-host Rahaf Farawi about her feature Genetic Mapping, published in Maisonneuve. 

Dos and Don’ts

Mike LaPointe darts back in from the cold, flexing his fingers to warm them up as he sits down to write. One hour inside, then back out to report some more. He pens just 100 words, then goes back to covering the story occupying the heart of Ottawa—the trucker protests.

Alex Boyd on journalistic responsibilities when reporting abroad

In the fifth episode of this season’s Pull Quotes, we spoke with Toronto Star reporter Alex Boyd about her recent three-part digital series, “Fighting for a Shot,” looking at the global vaccine rollout for COVID-19 and how it left some countries behind.

Geoff Dembicki on cops infiltrating climate justice movements

In the fourth episode of this season’s Pull Quotes, investigative climate reporter Geoff Dembicki spoke with Gabe Oatley, the podcast’s editor and co-host, about his recent VICE story, How a married undercover cop having sex with activists killed a climate movement.


Jesse Brown didn’t fight his shop’s unionization. The brash publisher of Canadaland, a leading digital podcast company, welcomed his staff’s effort to form a union in 2020, and took the same approach to hammering out their first contract, which was announced publicly by the union on January 20.

Review of Journalism 2022 Diversity Report

The Review of Journalism strives to create a workplace and publication that reflects the diversity of both our readers and the stories we tell. As a new measure in 2022, we have chosen to publish an anonymous breakdown of the race, gender, sexuality, and disability representation of our staff.

Adam Feibel on building a career in music journalism, Billy Talent and why punk’s still cool

For this week’s episode, Pull Quotes’ Guest Podcast Producer, Annika Forman, sat down with music journalist Adam Feibel to learn more about his Exclaim! Magazine feature Billy Talent Are More Relevant Than Ever along with his path to music feature writing and a fun story of how he interviewed the band.

Nicholas Hune-Brown on international students, vivid scenes and reporting from a distance

In season five, episode two, we take you behind the scenes of Nicholas Hune-Brown’s feature The Shadowy Business of International Education. In this episode, Hune-Brown talks to co-host Rahaf Farawi about what drew him to the story, how he gathered rich scene material over Zoom and how this became the longest story he’s ever worked on.

Richard Warnica on art fraud, fragments and anxiety

In the season opener of Pull Quotes, Toronto Star feature writer Richard Warnica joins Gabe Oatley, the podcast’s co-host, to discuss his recent feature Rothko at the Inauguration. This season’s podcast takes you behind the scenes of Canada’s top long-form stories. In this episode, Warnica talked about his half-decade long journey to write this story, his method for writing great scenes and vivid descriptions and how anxiety has affected his writing.

We Are Not The Virus

Aliya Pabani and Allie Graham on how their four-part audio-doc counters the media narrative on unhoused people by centring the lived experience of Toronto’s park encampments’ residents