Jason Markusoff

Jason ‎Markusoff writes about Alberta, from the stubbornly flat parts to the magnificently bumpy bits. He has lived in Edmonton and (currently) Calgary, and spent 12 years reporting for the cities' largest newspapers.

The hunt for B.C.’s most notorious fisherman

Scott Steer made a career flouting Canada’s commercial fishing laws and the officers who enforce them. One dreary night in Vancouver, it all caught up to him.

Kim's bagels are a hot commodity in the Gangnam district of Seoul (Photograph by Jun Michael Park)

This Alberta man brought the Montreal bagel craze to Korea

Wayne Kim fell in love with Montreal’s signature food from three time zones away. He brought it halfway across the world.

Ukrainian servicemen eating dinner last week after their duty at the frontline near Svitlodarsk, in eastern Ukraine. (Evgeniy Maloletka/AP)

Canada’s government is sending body armour to support Ukraine. So is this group of activist fundraisers.

Friends of Ukraine Defence Forces Fund is getting an influx of donations—and calls from people asking how they can help

(Jostein Nilsen/EyeEm/Getty Images)

Jet fuel is bad for the environment. Contrails are even worse.

Airplanes constantly emit the trails every time they fly, blasting pollutants into the atmosphere. The industry behind them doesn’t know how to fix it.

Fipke at his home (Photograph by Kathleen Fisher)

A developer is building condos in a Kelowna millionaire’s front yard. Let the battle begin.

Diamond-mining magnate Chuck Fipke is launching a lawsuit against the developer and the City to save his slice of the waterfront

Trucks at the Canada-U.S. border crossing at Coutts, Alta. on Feb. 2. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

The Coutts blockade and controlling the narrative

From Ottawa to the border blockades, everyone’s fighting storyline battles. In Alberta, truckers realized the weapons arrests battered their cause.

Cowessess First Nation held a vigil where 751 unmarked graves were discovered at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School (Amru Salahuddien/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

We failed to hear them when they lived. We are obliged to hear them now.

The residential school children who rest in unmarked graves are lost to their communities. But the shared knowledge of their fates has its own compelling power. That is why they top our 2022 Power List.

(Photo: iStock)

Red Cross swimming lessons have been a rite of passage for 76 years. They’ll soon be history.

After serving tens of millions of Canadians, the swimming program will be shuttered by the end of 2022. So what becomes of those beautiful badges?


Eight charts to watch on climate and energy in 2022

Chart Week 2022: Electric car sales are supercharged, climate change is scorching crop production, and women are underrepresented in Alberta’s energy sector


Five charts that will define Canadian real estate and housing in 2022

Chart Week 2022: The price of housing is ballooning; and demand is up but construction is down


13 charts to watch on health, families and population in 2022

Chart Week 2022: Global vaccine trends, quantifying how the jabs saved lives, the next child care crunch, and more


23 charts to watch on inflation and the economy in 2022

Chart Week 2022: Canadians spend more on homes than Americans, food prices will reach new heights, why rising interest rates will be in our future, and more