Photo by Jesse Winter

Photo by Jesse Winter

Contact

You can reach me by email at ainsliecruickshank@gmail.com.

I am currently working as a reporter for the Toronto Star.

Previously, I covered Queen's Park for iPolitics, pent a summer reporting for the Edmonton Journal/Edmonton Sun as I completed my master's research project, which examines the impact of the Yukon's governance structure on First Nations food sovereignty/security, and worked for two years as the Whitehorse Star‘s political reporter. In that time I covered five legislative sittings, two territorial budgets and a host of social issues, including health care, education, food security, First Nations governance, resource extraction, and environmental protection.

Amidst digging into government policies, I also had the opportunity to explore the wilds of Canada’s western-most territory. I had the opportunity to join a group of junior rangers from across the North on a white water rafting trip down the Tatshenshini River. Not only was it my first white water adventure, it offered me a glimpse at the value of the Canadian Ranger program to remote, northern communities. For another story I traveled the Dempster Highway, past the arctic circle and into the Northwest Territories, with government road crews in February.

Freelance magazine work has taken me underground at Yukon’s Minto Mine and to the Aurora Mountain Farm, just outside Whitehorse, where I spent the day butchering chickens and learning about the importance of local food.