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Michelle K Allan

Michelle K Allan

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Invasive ‘murder hornets’ found in Langley, B.C., prompting fears for rest of Western Canada

An invasive species dubbed the “murder hornet” has been found in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, leading experts to believe the Asian giant hornet may have spread farther than initially thought possible.
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City of Calgary votes to ban conversion therapy

Calgary’s city council voted overwhelmingly on Monday to ban conversion therapy, becoming the latest jurisdiction in Canada to prohibit the practice as Parliament considers national legislation.
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Due to COVID-19, low attendance at supervised drug consumption site in Calgary may increase risk of overdoses

Visits to Calgary’s supervised drug consumption site have dropped by a third after the facility cut its capacity because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which experts say has increased the risk of overdoses.
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Nanaimo, B.C., expert who dealt with ‘murder hornets’ agrees threat is small, but can’t be ignored

Beekeeper Conrad Bérubé headed into a wooded area on Vancouver Island with some colleagues last September on a mission to destroy a nest of Asian giant hornets.
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Experts prepare for risk that ‘murder hornets’ could spread from B.C.

Invasive-species experts are preparing for the possibility that insects dubbed “murder hornets,” which have been found in British Columbia, could spread elsewhere in the country, endangering people and honeybees, though they say the risk still appears low.
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Alberta’s retreat on billing changes does little to heal damage in rural doctors’ dispute

The Alberta government’s attempts this weekend to reverse a policy that doctors warned would push many of them out of their practices hasn’t helped restore their confidence, physicians say.
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Researchers at University of Calgary examine human to animal coronavirus transmission

Researchers at the University of Calgary examined the potential for COVID-19 transmission between humans and animals as the origins of the novel coronavirus fuel speculation about any risk posed to people by their pets.
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Racist and anti-semitic graffiti found on Queen’s and St Lawrence College campuses

Reports of vandalism surfaced on the morning of Friday, April 5th, with several instances of racist and anti-semitic graffiti found on both Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College campuses. Kingston Police confirmed that they were aware of multiple acts of vandalism at the BioSciences complex, Arch St by the park, Summerhill, Theological Hall, Mac-Corry, and Jeffery Hall.
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PM’s speech lauds party and supporters for accomplishments while protestors clash outside

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Kingston’s St. Lawrence College yesterday for Liberal party fundraiser.
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Construction of new high school draws concerns about tar fumes

“It left a film on your teeth,” Kehoe said, detailing the impacts on the students, “Kids are physically vomiting.” She said there was no warning from the school or school board about the possible effects of the roof tar, and her requests for information were largely ignored.
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Resident petitions to close Gord Downie Pier at night

Phillip Brown took to Change.org to petition Kingston’s City Council to “protect our youth and our assets” by closing the pier at night.
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Fourth Rembrandt Donated to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

“Head of an Old Man with Curly Hair was one of my father’s favourite paintings. It hung in his living room, where he spent hours admiring it, until he gave it to me in 2001,” said David Bader.
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About

Michelle K Allan

Hello! My name is Michelle and I’m a Master of Journalism candidate at Ryerson. I am also a Junior Fellow at the Centre for Free Expression, where I study Canadian extremist groups.

I interned as a general assignment news reporter at the Globe and Mail during the Spring of 2020. Topics I covered included the Nova Scotia shooting, “murder hornets”, conversion therapy legislation, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before starting my Masters, I was the lead reporter at Kingstonist. I care deeply about local news, and working full-time in immersing myself in and sharing Kingston’s stories was incredibly rewarding.

I have a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Queen’s, where I majored in English Language and Literature. I held a wide array of jobs and internships throughout undergrad at publications such as The Beaverton, The Queen’s Journal, The Undergraduate Review, and Inquire. I also completed a foreign reporting student program at the Reuters offices in Prague with Transitions Online, an online media organization covering politics and news of Central/Eastern Europe.

If you’re interested in collaborating or hiring me for freelance work, I can be reached at contact@michelleallan.ca.

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Skills

  • Excel
  • Tableau
  • Editing
  • Writing
  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • FinalCut Pro