How Jen Gerson Became One of Canada’s Most Popular Political Pundits

“Gerson’s omnipresence appeared sudden and explosive, but I wanted to know how and when her journalistic fuse was lit. She agreed to meet with me last spring even though she was coming off a rough week. Gerson was recovering from strep throat, and her 18-month-old son had also been sick and spent the previous few nights in Gerson’s bed kicking her in the face. She had just recorded an episode of Oppo from inside her closet because it is the most soundproof place in her house. “You have to picture me in my closet still, in my pyjamas, shaking back and forth because I haven’t slept,” Gerson said. “And I’m on antibiotics. I am so exhausted.” Still, she sat down with me to run through what has gotten her to this point.”

Marcello Di Cintio – Avenue Calgary – August 2018

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The Great Wall of Montreal

“A fifty-year-old fence built of chain links and steel posts separates the Town of Mount Royal, one of Montreal’s most affluent neighbourhoods, from Parc-Extension, one of the poorest. The l’Acadie fence stretches for 1.6 kilometres in the middle of the city, along the west side of boulevard de l’Acadie from rue Jean-Talon to the Rockland shopping centre. The barrier has been referred to as ‘apartheid fencing’ and ‘Montreal’s Berlin Wall,’ but in spite of the hyperbole the fence is almost invisible.”

Marcello Di Cintio – Geist – Fall 2011

Head Bangers

“This was likely not Rice’s first concussion. He started playing tackle football as a 10-year-old Pee Wee, and bumped a lot of heads as he grew into a teenage O-lineman and football star with both the Centennial High School Coyotes and Calgary Colts. “I’m sure I’ve had a few other concussions that weren’t that bad, and I played through them,” he says. One can hardly fault Rice’s sense of invincibility—the 17-year-old stands 6’4″ and weighs 270 pounds—but even he could tell this concussion was different. He suffered headaches and occasional loss of balance for about two weeks. Bright lights and loud noises made him flinch. Some consider Rice not merely the victim of a hit, but of an epidemic.”

Marcello Di Cintio – Alberta Views – September 2017