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Morgan Modjeski

Reporter

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Morgan Modjeski

Morgan is a reporter based in Saskatoon, Sask. He's worked as a freelance reporter for a number of publications including thetyee.ca, GawkerTV, Huffington Post Canada, VICE Canada and many others. He's held staff positions at the Fort McMurray Today, Metro Saskatoon, Metro Calgary and now works as a staff reporter with The StarPhoenix. Follow him on Twitter: @MorganM_SP

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Card-writing campaign sends messages of hope to Northern Sask.

As communities in Saskatchewan’s north deal with the loss of six young girls to suicide, a Saskatoon woman has started a card-writing campaign to deliver messages of hope to the region. Fran Forsberg, who is co-ordinating the campaign, said her idea “snowballed” as people from across Saskatoon and the country expressed interest in sending their own messages.
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Investigator calls riot at P.A. prison 'devastating'

Canada’s prison watchdog is investigating the deadly 24-hour prison riot that left one inmate dead and several other injured at Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert. The riot started Wednesday afternoon, forcing the federal institution to lock down its medium and maximum-security units. Canada’s correctional investigator, Howard Sapers, said his office has dispatched two staff members to collect information from the scene.
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Student expulsion sees substantial drop in Saskatchewan

The number of students being expelled by Saskatchewan schools has fallen over the last decade. According to data from Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education, the 2015-2016 school year saw 17 students expelled, 63 per cent fewer than the 46 expelled during 2005-2006. A total of 260 students have been expelled since 2005.
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La Loche shootings: 'It's very difficult for all of us,' says La Loche shooting victim Charlene Klyne, speaking out for first time

Charlene Klyne’s life changed forever on Jan. 22, the day a teenage boy stood outside her classroom’s doorway at a school in La Loche and opened fire. Klyne was one of seven people injured in shootings that left four people dead and sent shock waves through Saskatchewan and across Canada. Speaking Wednesday for the first time since the shooting at Dene High School in La Loche, the supply and probationary teacher said life has been a challenge.
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FSIN chief wants 'face-to-face' with Prime Minister Trudeau on northern Saskatchewan suicide crisis

Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says he wants to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “face-to-face” to develop a plan to address the suicide crisis in northern Saskatchewan after four youths took their lives this month. Cameron, who spoke to The Saskatoon StarPhoenix after mayoral forum hosted by the FSIN on Wednesday, said the meeting is needed to develop a full-scale plan to address the issues that result in First Nations youth feeling hopeless.
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Northern suicides 'big priority' for Sask's new children's advocate

As the province reels from six recent suicides in the north, Saskatchewan’s new children’s advocate began his first day on the job by saying he’ll make the safety of youth on First Nations and in northern communities a “big priority.”
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Anti-overdose kits will save lives, says ex-opiate addict

Watching her sip coffee in the Starbucks on College Drive, you would not peg Sabra Letourneau as a user of a deadly and toxic drug. The Saskatoon local has been struggling with addiction for roughly 10 years, and for the last five she’s been dealing with an addiction to opiates. Her drug of choice: Fentanyl.
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Complaints at Saskatoon jail skyrocket

The number of inmate complaints filed at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre has jumped drastically over the last seven years and experts say the increase is indicative of a larger problem at the facility. The Ministry of Justice says offenders filed 562 complaints during the 2014-15 fiscal year, a jump of more than 70 per cent compared to the previous year and an increase of 561 per cent compared to 85 complaints received during the same six-month period in 2008-09.
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Inmate claims quality of food causing tension, violence among offenders at Saskatoon jail

As inmates at the Regina Correctional Centre end a hunger strike, one Saskatoon inmate is speaking out, claiming he lost his job for bringing leftover food to inmates at the facility who he feels are malnourished and underfed. Tyler Pickering has been in and out of the Saskatoon Correctional Centre more than once over the course of the last three years.
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Syrian families in Saskatoon get crash course on life in Canada

Several Syrian families got a crash course on Canadian culture when they attended a briefing on services offered by the Saskatoon Open Door Society. Families were given information about school registration, conversation circles and the society’s mentorship program, with many travelling to the Westside Community Centre from hotels in the city where they’re being housed.
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Big growth in Saskatoon’s tiny homes

Saskatoon local, Dustin Main, speaks with the StarPhoenix about why he decided to join the tiny home movement. He also provides us some insight into the formation of a tiny home group in the city where those avoiding the larger lifestyle can share information and tips on how to build, live and thrive in a tiny home.
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Demolition plan for historic home angers residents

Residents in Saskatoon's Nutana neighbourhood are concerned about the potential demolition of one of its historic homes and are now taking to social media to express their distaste. Residents of Saskatoon’s Nutana neighbourhood are concerned the planned demolition of one of its older homes will have a negative effect on the community.
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About

Morgan Modjeski

Covering everything and anything for the StarPhoenix, Morgan is a journalist interested in municipal and provincial affairs, Canadian crime and Canadian politics.

Covering a variety of beats, Morgan has worked as a staff reporter for Metro Saskatoon, Metro Calgary, the Fort McMurray Today and now works as a reporter for Postmedia at the StarPhoenix in Saskatoon.

Originally from Winnipeg MB, he has worked as a freelance reporter for a number publications including the Portage la Prairie Daily Graphic, the Winnipeg Sun, Metro Winnipeg, VICE Canada, the Huffington Post and a variety of other publications.

He's also interned at the award winning Vancouver based publication, thetyee.ca where he covered the 2009 British Columbia provincial election.

Alongside writing the news he enjoys photography, reading and a great cup of coffee.