Morgan Modjeski


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, 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


Grieving family of Ahmedsadiq Elmmi anxious for answers after 5-year-old drowns near school

Family members of a five-year-old who drowned in a retention pond near Saskatoon’s Ecole Dundonald School have identified the youngster as Ahmedsadiq Elmmi. The young boy, who was born in Prince Albert, had transferred from the Prince Albert Public School division earlier this year. In an interview with The StarPhoenix on Tuesday, his father, Hussein Elmmi, described the boy as a joyful child who “was full of life.”.
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French immersion teachers 'most difficult positions to fill' for school divisions

Demand for French immersion continues to grow in Saskatoon schools and may soon outpace teacher supply. University of Saskatchewan staff say they may have a solution. The number of students in French immersion programs in Saskatoon’s major divisions jumped by more than 300 students between Sept. 30, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017, with 5,490 enrolled.
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Bessborough removes painting after concerns raised over colonial context

A painting that has hung on the walls of Saskatoon’s iconic Delta Bessborough hotel for decades has been removed. On the second floor of the hotel on Thursday, a massive black sheet was draped over the large space where a painting by the artist Leon V. Solon used to hang. The painting, which depicts French explorer Samuel de Champlain looking over the Chaudiere Falls on the Ottawa River, standing with one hand on his hip and the other on his rifle, occupied an entire wall at the hotel.
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'I thought I was dead' — Fond du Lac crash survivor tells his tale

Fifteen-year-old Lyman Fern says he’s grateful to be alive after the plane he was on crashed outside the northern community of Fond du Lac on Wednesday night. who survived with several cuts on his hands, a gash on his head and a headache — was one of 22 passengers and three crew members on board when the West Wind Aviation flight went down near Fond du Lac’s airport on Wednesday evening.
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Application process for Rental Housing Supplement frustrates family helper

When she tried to help a Saskatoon family apply for a provincial program to help with their living costs, Anna Cole wasn’t expecting the process to be so difficult. Cole is part of a group called the Bridge City Neighbours that sponsored a Syrian refugee family. On Jan. 5, she tried to help them apply for the Family Rental Housing Supplement, which offers benefits to help with rent costs for parents of minors who have low-to-moderate incomes.
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A bloodline of bravery: How history honoured descendants of a Saskatchewan soldier

Margaret Joan Looby has always been able to keep herself together at Remembrance Day ceremonies. Through the speeches, the ceremonial march and the moment of silence, she’s able to fight back tears. It’s a sense of pride she inherited from her father, she says. But when a lone bugle plays The Last Post, the 86-year-old starts to shake.
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Accessibility Aggravation: Patrons want improvements at SaskTel Centre

When Paul Gustafson wants to see a concert at Saskatoon’s largest entertainment venue, it’s not always as simple as buying a ticket. Attending shows at SaskTel Centre in a wheelchair can be difficult, he says. Although he’s had good luck getting seats for sporting events, taking in a concert isn’t as easy or enjoyable.
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Unclaimed Saskatchewan: Caring for unclaimed cremated remains

Compared to a person’s lifespan, cremating a body doesn’t take long: About 180 minutes. However, at some funeral homes in Saskatchewan, urns containing cremated human remains have been waiting to be picked up for years — in some cases, decades. Numerous factors may be at play when this happens. Another death, like that of a partner, can leave an urn without a destination.
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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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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, where he covered the 2009 British Columbia provincial election.

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