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John Thomson

John Thomson writes and produces current affairs television for CBC, CTV and Discovery Channel. Based in Vancouver he has recently expanded his resume to include independent film and article writing. His stories have appeared in the Vancouver Courier, Cobblestones, Travelmag and Hackwriters UK.

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