The one year contract is funded by the Local Journalism Initiative

By James Rose
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Hey Pioneer readers, it’s been a minute. I am excited to announce that I am back writing for the Pioneer.

Earlier this month, funding was secured for the Pioneer from the federal government for a full year of reporting on multicultural affairs. The funding comes from the government’s Local Journalism Initiative, which supports the creation of original civic journalism, covering the diverse needs of underserved communities across Canada. Naturally, I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to resume writing about this valley I care so deeply about. I’ll be picking up where Breanne Massey left off reporting on Indigenous affairs, and, new this year, my coverage mandate has broadened to include the many other cultures calling the Columbia Valley home. This includes but is not limited to the Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Swiss, Mexican, and Indonesian communities.

I last wrote in earnest for the Pioneer from August to October of 2020. My primary focus then was on examining the local impact of the Columbia River Treaty. You may have seen the odd freelance piece from me as well since then. Otherwise, I kept myself busy over the winter and spring by skiing, publishing my third novel Run For Roses, skiing some more, and enrolling myself in an intensive one year screenwriting program at the Vancouver Film School – I graduate in December.

If there are any story ideas that you may think relate to multicultural affairs in the Columbia Valley, drop me a line at I am eternally grateful to any and all suggestions. Anyway, that’s enough from me. Have yourself a great May long weekend!