Suburban Staff

 

EDITORS

 

 

Beryl Wajsman - Editor-In-Chief

editor@thesuburban.com

Beryl Wajsman is editor-in-chief of The Suburban Newspaper Group and founder and president of the Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal. He holds two law degrees from McGill University, and has spent over thirty years combining the worlds of politics, community activism and media.

For three years he broadcast the critically acclaimed “Last Angry Man” radio newsmagazine on the Corus network and then hosted a weekly news hour on Astral Media’s CJAD. He has won many Quebec, Canadian and North American newspaper awards including two Bob Philips Memorial Awards for Best General Editorial Writing and the Charles Hawkins Memorial Trophy for Best National Ediorial. He also placed first in the LMA North American competitions for Best Editorial Writing and and Best Opinion writing.

Mr. Wajsman is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for the promotion of human dignity, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service, and a Parliamentary Certificate of Recognition for contributions to Canadian democracy .from MP Marc Garneau.

A regular commentator on television and radio, he has appeared on CNN as well as all major English and French television and radio news broadcasts and talk shows. His views and opinions have been published in The New York Times, The Jerusalem Post, Time magazine, The National Post, The Globe and Mail and the journal of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.


 

Anthony Bonaparte - Associate Editor

anthony@thesuburban.com

Anthony Bonaparte has been The Suburban’s associate editor as well as the features and special sections editor since 2006. Anthony studied Pure and Applied Science and then Interior Design in CEGEP before delving into History and Political Science in university. Anthony has won numerous North American (SNA/LMA), Canadian (CCNA) and Quebec (QCNA) Community Newspaper Awards for his writing and editing, as well as countless others for the editorial cartoons he has published for the past 20 years under the pen name, Napoleon.

 


 

Mark Lidbetter- Sports Editor

sports@thesuburban.com

Mark is a seasoned veteran of chronicling sports, both at the amateur and professional levels, having joined The Suburban in 1975 while still a student at Concordia University. From that start Mark has grown with The Suburban as the paper expanded its editions.

An award winning writer, he was appointed sports editor in 2002 and along with his team has produced award winning sections. Mark has also been a wire service reporter for Sportsticker, ESPN Stats and the World Football Desk out of England. Mark is a minor hockey referee and plays for the Pointe Claire oldtimers hockey league.

 


 

JOURNALISTS

 

 

Joel Goldenberg - Journalist

joel@thesuburban.com

Joel Goldenberg was born in Montreal and graduated from McGill University’s Political Science program and Concordia University’s Journalism program. Joel joined The Suburban in 1989. His coverage includes municipal affairs in Côte St. Luc, Hampstead, Montreal West and St. Laurent, provincial and federal matters, Jewish community issues, and Quebec’s ongoing language-related controversies. Joel is also an avid fan of the music of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and writes the online Retro Roundup column. Joel has won journalism awards from the North America-wide Suburban Newspapers of America, now the Local Media Association.

 

 


Kevin Woodhouse - Journalist

kevin@thesuburban.com

Kevin Woodhouse is the West Island Bureau Chief and has been a reporter with the paper since 2008. He was former editor of the West Island Times. He admires the advocacy approach taken by The Suburban. "I am proud to be one of those voices and to be on the same team as the incredibly talented journalists and writers at The Suburban." Kevin likes to act, write and enjoy the outdoors in his spare time.

 

 


Robert Frank - Journalist

frank@thesuburban.com

Robert Frank began his career with CBC Television News and hosted the CBC current affairs morning radio program in Iqaluit, Nunavut. From 1999 onwards, he reported on terrorism for The New York Times. He also writes on business and economics for a number of commercial publications. In addition, he is currently chairman of the Montreal Press Club and a prominent advocate for news people who experience traumatic stress while on assignment.

 

 

 


Tracey Arial - Journalist

A non-fiction writer with a passion for business, history, social justice and politics—covers LaSalle and Verdun for the Suburban. Her books include I Volunteered, Vietnam Vets Remember, several guides to active transportation in Ontario, and a freelance writers’ handbook. She’s also a permaculture designer and helps run an urban agriculture coop (CAUS) and a non-profit (Grand Potager) in Verdun. She’s a member of the Quebec Writers’ Association, the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), the Montreal Press Club and the University Club of Montreal.

 

 

 


 

Kristine Berey - Journalist

kberey@gmail.com

Kristine Berey was born in Budapest, Hungary and grew up in Montreal. A graduate from Concordia University (BFA-Music), her previous experience includes teaching piano and working with special needs kids and adults. Since 2001, as an independent journalist, she has contributed articles on a range of subjects to several Montreal publications.

 

 

 


Joel Ceausu - Journalist

ceausu@thesuburban.com

Joel Ceausu has been writing for The Suburban since 2008. A Laval native and Concordia J-school graduate, Joel snagged minors in History and Political Science before going on to spend his adult life scribbling. For two decades he freelanced for more than a dozen trade publications and various periodicals across the globe, writing on topics as diverse as home decor, HR, agricultural and defence technologies and more, including small business and real estate issues for a major North American daily.

 

 


 

Irene Chwalkowski - Journalist

Ireka@videotron.ca

Journalist Irene Chwalkowski started freelancing for The Suburban 12 years ago under former editor Jim Duff, covering West Island issues, including the police and court beats as well as municipal politics. She also wrote about environmental and mental health issues, did book and theatre reviews, as well as profiles and features on local people, businesses and events in the community. She grew up in Pierrefonds and now lives in Beaconsfield.

 

 

 


 

Mitch Gallo - Journalist

Mitch Gallo grew up loving sports and now that he’s grown up he’s writing and talking about what he loves. You can hear Mitch on TSN Radio 690 on weekday afternoons from 3-7 p.m., striving to improve and evolve in every moment.

 

 

 

 


Walter J. Lyng - Journalist

walterlyng@gmail.com

Walter Lyng is a graduate of Concordia University's Journalism program and, since then, has spent the better part of a decade writing for multiple publications, focusing on arts and entertainment reporting. Walter also performs and promotes stand-up comedy in Montreal and elsewhere. In addition, he acts on occasion, co-hosts one of Montreal's top podcasts (Go Plug Yourself) and is an avid professional wrestling enthusiast.

 

 


Felicia Parrillo - Journalist

feliciaparrillo@hotmail.com

Since a young age, journalist Felicia Parrillo always knew she wanted to write. Born and raised in the West Island, she completed a DEC at John Abbott College in Creative Arts, a BA Specialization in English Literature at Concordia and then went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Journalism. After getting an internship with The Suburban in 2014, she has been writing for the paper ever since. Felicia is also a freelance reporter with Global News Montreal. During her free time she likes to watch sports, eat good food and talk, of course.

 

 


 Linda Zlatkin - Journalist

lindazlatkin@gmail.com

Linda has been a contributing writer for the Suburban since 2007. She says the position has given her the opportunity to be involved in the community she is a part of. It has brought so many unique and interesting people her way, people she says she may have not met otherwise. “I love to write the stories they wish to share. I especially enjoy writing about and attending charity events and admire the people who are working on these causes,” says Linda.

 

 


PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

 

Rob Amyot - Photographer

rob.amyot@me.com

When he’s not taking pictures for The Suburban, photographer Rob Amyot is training hard at the gym and spending time with family and friends. Hockey is a big part of his life and, although he was born in Montreal, Rob is a hardcore Leafs fan. Rob majored in Economics at Concordia University and is now studying to become a personal fitness trainer. Where the future takes him, he doesn’t yet know. But he says he’s looking forward to the journey.

 

 

 


Philippe Serafino - Photographer

phylou67@videotron.ca

Philippe Serafino graduated in 1985 from EPSE Arts and Communications School with a Diploma in Photography, Cinema, Radio/T-V. Since then he has worked as a photographer for various newspapers, magazines and news agencies in Montreal and Quebec City covering events from fashion shows to rock concerts and sporting events, including the Montreal F1 GP, Carabins Football, QMJHL, Alouettes (CFL), Impact (MLS), Canadiens (NHL), World Hockey Championship, Womens’ World Cup (FIFA) and World Cup Speed Skating (ISU). With The Suburban sports section since 2006, Phillipe enjoys every assignment — from a Novice hockey to Blue Jays games at the Big O.

 

 


Rob Taussig - Photographer

fotoimage@videotron.ca

The photo bug bit Rob Taussig when his parents gave him an Instamatic camera for his 10th birthday. Rob got serious when he acquired his first “real” camera — a Nikon — and got even more serious after completing a photography program at Dawson College. Rob was hired by The Suburban in June 2000 and has covered everything from sports to news, but what he really enjoys is covering feature stories. Rob says he loves people, he loves his job and he hopes it shows in every picture he takes. In May 2012, the QCNA awarded Rob second place for best feature photo. Smile when you see him.

 

 


COLUMNISTS

 

 

Judie Amyot - Columnist

dollsndogs1@hotmail.com

Born and raised in Montreal of Russian and Irish heritage, columnist Judie Amyot has been married for 27 years and is the proud Mom of two adult children and an adorable rescue poodle. She has gone from stockbroker to stay-at-home Mom and now enjoys doll collecting and volunteering at Animatch, a non-profit dog adoption service. Judie has always loved writing and is a self-proclaimed grammar nerd. Her bucket list consists of a return visit to Hawaii to see those active volcanoes — from a safe distance of course — and to hopefully live as long as her late father, who passed away at 101.

 

 


Mike Cohen - Columnist

mcohen@thesuburban.com

Columnist Mike Cohen began his career at The Suburban in 1979, covering amateur sports. He left the newspaper in 1988 but returned in 1996 as a city columnist and features writer. These days he is particularly proud of his Suburban blog. By day, Mike serves as the communications and marketing specialist for the English Montreal School Board. In 2005, he was elected to Côte Saint-Luc City Council where he presently oversees the portfolios of Library and Culture, Sponsorship and Animal Protection. Mike is also involved with a number of community organizations in a volunteer capacity, notably the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors and the McGill IBD Group.

 

 


Jennifer Cox - Columnist

Jennifer@thesuburban.com

Jennifer Cox is a full-time, work-from-home freelance journalist and the busy Mom of a toddler. Working as the Canadian Editor of CraveOnline as well as a regular contributor and columnist with The Suburban, Jennifer is now contributing blogs and working with some of Montreal's most in-the-know writers and photographers to bring readers fun, timely information that matters.

 

 


 

Frank Kermit - Columnist

frank@franktalks.com

Frank Kermit, MA, is a Relationship and Dating Coach in private practice who offers coaching to singles, couples and the match making industry. He is a regular media correspondent for TheSuburban.com and CJAD 800AM radio as a regular co-host of the Passion radio program monthly feature, Dating Dilemmas. He is the author of over 10 books and 50 CD lectures.

 

 


Marc Lalonde - Columnist

marclalondefitness@gmail.com

Columnist Marc Lalonde is an award-winning writer who graduated from Concordia University's journalism school in 2001. After many years at the helm of the West Island Chronicle, Marc left the paper in 2014 to found Flex Fitness, a mobile and corporate fitness training service that operates in Montreal. He joined The Suburban in September 2014. A former offensive lineman turned personal trainer and strength coach, Marc seeks to help every client reach their full potential and achieve their goals. He is married and is the father to two very active kids aged six and 10. He lives in Pointe Claire.

 

 


Paula Lorimer - Columnist

info@epcenter.ca

Paula Lorimer is a psychologist and the founder of Evolution Psychology Center; an integrative mind-body center which promotes a whole person approach to health and wellness. She is passionate about helping individuals gain a better understanding of themselves, resolve emotional injuries, find solutions to their most difficult challenges, and develop a large toolbox of strategies to use throughout their lives. With her down-to-earth and common sense approach, Paula has been helping people transform their lives for over 15 years.

 

 


Gregory Lynch - Columnist

greg@themantis.ca

Gregory Lynch holds a Masters Degree in Energy and the Environment from the University of Luxembourg. He has worked for non-profits and charitable organizations in environmental education and community development in Canada, Europe and Central America. Currently, Gregory runs Mantis Environmental, a small environmental education and consulting company based in Montreal.

 

 

 


 Bernard Mendelman - Columnist

riben@videotron.ca

Bernard Mendelman grew up on St. Urbain Street and while attending Fairmount Public School, he spent hours reading comic books and listening to The Green Hornet and The Shadow on the radio. While studying at Baron Byng High School he wrote a column for the Mount Royal YM-YWHA Beacon and also wrote a humour column for the defunct Canadian High News, a weekly newspaper distributed throughout Canadian High Schools. Graduating from McGill College with a Chartered Accountant’s degree, Bernard went on to a business career, as a partner in a custom brokerage firm and later with a textile wholesaler. Retiring in 1990, Bernard resumed his writing career and has been a columnist at The Suburban since 1994.

 


Suzanne Reisler Litwin - Columnist

suzgirl@videotron.ca

Suzanne Reisler Litwin is an author, writer, columnist and educator. An instructor at Concordia University in the Centre for Continuing Education, Suzanne is also a freelance contributor to The Suburban newspaper and TheSuburban.com with a column called Living in the Now. She is the author of the children’s book, The Black Velvet Jacket. Suzanne lives in Montreal with her family. You can visit her website www.suzannereislerlitwin.com to read more of her published articles, books, and poetry.

 

 


Elaine Sanders - Columnist

solutionsjardins@sympatico.ca

In 2001, Elaine Sanders left a secure but unfulfilling career to pursue her passion for gardening — and she never looked back. She obtained a certificate in Gardening and Landscaping and her own first garden was featured in Gardening Life magazine after winning a nation-wide contest for best border. Her past professional experience as a landscape designer includes Weal and Cullen and Sheridan Nurseries, in the Greater Toronto Area. She now freelances as a landscape and garden consultant and offers her customers garden coaching and she designs and gives workshops to new gardeners whenever possible.

 

 


Tracy Satov - Columnist

tracysatov@thesuburban.com

Tracy Satov is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master’s degree in Science from New York University. She is a member of both the Canadian Dietetic Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She lived in New York City for nine years where she worked as a consultant dietitian for hospitals, assisted living, and long-term care facilities. Before moving back to Montreal she was a college professor and worked in private practice. Since moving back she has helped hundreds of clients to resolve dietary challenges that range from weight loss, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and pre/post natal nutrition. Tracy has vast knowledge base and experience with all types of clients. She has created a unique and innovative way of helping people achieve their dietary goals.

 


 

 Dr. Mitch Shulman - Columnist

m_shulman@hotmail.com

Dr. Mitch Shulman is an Assistant Professor, Dept. of Surgery, McGill Medical School and an Attending Physician, Emergency Department, McGill University Health Centre. He's also the CJAD AM 800 Medical Consultant.