A blog on media, ideas and life





I’m Hayley Woodin: an international journalist currently based in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. My bylines are primarily in Business in Vancouver, and my thoughts get posted to this blog.

This year, I reported from Central America on Canadian mining companies and the communities they affect. I was the first international journalist to visit Tahoe Resources’ silver mine in Guatemala, and one of a handful to investigate both sides of the controversies surrounding Goldcorp’s mines in Guatemala (Marlin) and Honduras (the reclaimed San Martin mine).

I’m passionate about a variety of international, environmental, political and cultural issues. Mining is among them, as are terrorism, human rights, the rights of corporations versus sovereign states, civil liberties and climate change.

I graduated with distinction from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. While completing my bachelor of journalism, I spent six months studying international journalism, terrorism and political Islam at the University of Central Lancashire in England. I also spent six weeks undergoing conflict-zone reporting training at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta.

I’ve travelled to 13 different countries, and have big plans to grow that number over the next few years. I’m as much an aspiring traveller as I am an aspiring foreign correspondent, and I’m excited for the journey to becoming both.

It feels like a lifetime ago, but I was Miss White Rock in 2008, and a Miss British Columbia Ambassador when the Olympics came to Vancouver. These were both extensive ambassador positions that included hundreds of hours of fundraising, public speaking and volunteering. Two lifetimes ago, I rocked out in an all-girl band.

I speak French fluently and am learning Arabic. The blog is in English and has tended to fall halfway between being somewhat personal and semi-professional: a dedicated space for thoughts on what I read, see and hear.