Editorial Samples

While she specializes in local food, the environment and healthy living, Megan can turn her considerable reseach skills to any subject.  Here is just a small sampling of some of her recent work.



Ocular Albinisn

Ellen Venner-Hiltz knew her two-month-old son wasn’t focusing as well as her other children had, but when she lay Griffin next to his newborn cousin, the difference was obvious. Her week-old nephew looked steadily at objects, but Griffin’s eyes were darting around, as if he couldn’t decide what to look at. His eyes were unsteady…

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Soul Food

Nova Scotia offers a breadth of quality for those who appreciate authentic local food experiences. by: Megan Venner First appeared in Nova Scotia Open to the World, Spring 2012 Allison Maher might be the co-owner of thriving Dempsey Corner Orchards U-Pick and farm market, but she is a self-described city girl.  “I had never met…

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Medieval Wines Meet Modern Wineries

Good Taste Magazine, November/December 2009 For many, the word mead brings to mind medieval feasts or Viking plunder. It implies a rough and pagan drink that seems out of place in this modern world. The image, however, is far different from reality. Now considered a specialty drink with a growing audience, Mead is a surprisingly…

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Want a real Nova Scotian Christmas feast? Keep the menu close to home.

Halifax Magazine, December 2010 Editor’s Note:  With Christmas upon us we wondered if it was really possible to prepare a special meal using solely local ingredients.  Rather than do the usual story on the subject, we decided to take a more hands on approach, giving writer Megan Venner a budget and a challenge.  It seemed…

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Colorectal Cancer: Curable if you catch it early

Lynne FitzGerald hadn’t even hit her 55th birthday when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. It was devastating news. A single mom with stage four cancer— meaning the cancer had spread from her colon and multiple tumours now riddled her liver—she was given a year to live. “My life had just been turned upside down,”…

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Healthy Homes

Saltscapes Magazine, November/December 2007 It can be a scary world out there. We’re bombarded with messages about dangers to our health and happiness from what seems like all corners these days. Rates of diseases like cancer, asthma and chronic diseases are allon the rise and then we’re told culprits can range from our food to…

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How Soon Is Too Soon? Knowing if your four-year-old is ready for school.

The excitement, the nervous stomach, the feeling of never wanting to let go; the first day of school is unforgettable, at least for parents. While they’re hiding in the mini-van trying to talk themselves out of watching through the window all day, most of the kids have moved past their initial reservations and are happily…

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Raising a Green Family

As parents we’re torn.  We want the best future for our kids but in the midst of our jam-packed lives we have little extra time for change.  We know our wasteful ways of living is degrading our quality of life but as busy parents it can be hard to know where to start. Making change…

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