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Claudia Goodine

Claudia Goodine is a Vancouver-based writer and journalist specializing in environmental journalism.  She has written about tankers in Vancouver for The Walrus and about “fracking,” peak oil and clear cutting of old-growth forests for Canadian Geographic. She has also written music reviews for the Vancouver Observer, book reviews and articles for Ricepaper Magazine and produced stories for Day 6 on CBC Radio One. Her background in sociology draws her to stories that offer historical, social and political context. She has a Master in Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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