An auctioneer declares a set of cross-country skis sold at the 21st Annual Amish School auction hosted on two adjacent farms in Linwood, part of Southwestern Ontario's Amish and Mennonite regions. July 16, 2016. (Steven Goetz/STEVEN GOETZ STORYTELLING)

2016-07-16 — An auctioneer declares a set of cross-country skis sold at the 21st Annual Amish School auction hosted on two adjacent farms in Linwood, part of Southwestern Ontario’s Amish and Mennonite regions.

Hi there.

My name is Steven Goetz and I am a freelance reporter and photographer based in Toronto.

You can follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook or scroll to the bottom to find my email and PGP info.

Potential employers can find my resume and writing samples here.

Lots of my work is still caught in a netherworld between this site and its many former permutations, but it will all slowly be added and available soon.

In the meantime, here are eight things to look at right now:

1 — Welcome to Trumptown.

Visiting delegates to the Republican National Convention sit on a patio in downtown Cleveland, July 18, 2016. (Steven Goetz/For Metro).

2016-07-18 — Visiting delegates to the Republican National Convention sit on a patio in downtown Cleveland. (For Metro).

The fears before the convention got underway were that protestors for and against Donald Trump’s candidacy would clash in the streets or the Dallas and Baton Rouge murders of police officers would inspire similar lone wolves attracted to the Trump Show’s big stage.

That didn’t happen and the number of protestors in the street never reached more than a few hundred. But from up close, the conviction of those who see Trump as an antidote to American malaise and those who see echoes of fascism in Germany circa 1932 in his rise, a battle for the country’s very soul reveals itself.

2 — Remember the G20?

Witnessing the police mobilization in Cleveland got me thinking of my experience as the G20 came to downtown Toronto in 2010.

 

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Read my recollections from the police attack on peaceful protestors on Instagram here.

 

3 — Algonquin.

boys discover high falls 2016-07-03 High Falls, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.

boys discover high falls — 2016-07-03 — High Falls, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.

We spent four days camping in Algonquin Park over Canada Day weekend and I snapped a few vacation shots.

4 — Canada’s great magazine storytellers.

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Portrait Series: National Magazine Awards Storytellers | PUBLISHED: NMA Foundation, July 13, 2016

The National Magazine Awards Foundation had me take portraits of some of the big winners backstage at the 2016 gala in Toronto.

5 — Florida is no place to spend Christmas.

Hollywood, Florida, Dec. 23, 2015. (Steven Goetz/STEVEN GOETZ STORYTELLING)

2015-12-23 — Hollywood, Florida.

Don’t end up in a KOA campground in a Miami suburb on Christmas Eve. Just don’t do it.

6 — Want to dispatch a reporter to the Western Hemisphere’s biggest story?

Not a day goes by I don’t think of the things I’ve seen and heard on my visits to this beautiful country, now falling apart under the weight of inflation and scarcity.

If you’re an editor, lets talk about how we can tell this story in unique and provocative ways.

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2007-03-10 — A family walks home at the end of the day in the 23 de enero barrio, a stronghold of political support for President Hugo Chavez Frias.

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2007-03-10 — A man watches the sun set from an apartment block in the 23 de enero barrio, a stronghold of political support for President Hugo Chavez Frias.

2012-10-08 Apartment blocks meet barrios in Caracas, Venezuela.

2012-10-08 — Apartment blocks meet barrios in Caracas, Venezuela.

2012-10-07 Pepitos vendors work late into the night in Caracas as Venezuelans wait for results of the presidential election.

2012-10-07 — Pepito vendors work late into the night in Caracas as Venezuelans wait for results of the presidential election.

2012-10-07 A pepito is a Venezuelan hot dog overloaded with toppings. Vendors often have dozens of sauces to choose from.

2012-10-07 — A Venezuelan pepito is a marinated beef sandwich overloaded with toppings. Vendors often have dozens of sauces to choose from.

2012-09-29 Miss Pole Dance Venezuela 2012 competition, Caracas, Venezuela. You can see the lights of the city's massive barrios or slums flowing in the background.

2012-09-29 — Miss Pole Dance Venezuela 2012 competition, Caracas, Venezuela. You can see the lights of the city’s massive barrios or slums glowing in the background.

2006-12-03 On election day in Caracas, Venezuela, a man wears a mask of former president Hugo Chavez

2006-12-03 — On election day in Caracas, Venezuela, a man wears a mask made to look like president Hugo Chavez.

7 — Nathan Phillips Square was transformed into a grand cathedral 5 years ago in honour of Jack Layton.

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Toronto mourned for NDP Leader Jack Layton, a former city councillor here, by turning Nathan Phillip’s Square into a memorial on the scale of a grand cathedral.

The leader of the official opposition died Aug. 22, 2011 from complications arising after a cancer diagnosis. By order of then-prime minister Stephen Harper, Layton received a full state funeral.

The public outpouring of support was overwhelming.

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Toronto mourned for NDP Leader Jack Layton, a former city councillor here, by turning Nathan Phillip's Square into a memorial on the scale of a grand cathedral. The leader of the official opposition died Aug. 22, 2011 from complications arising after a cancer diagnosis. By order of the Prime Minister of Canada, Layton will receive a full state funeral.

8 — One of my better stories this year:

fallen star — 2016-05-17 —  Tenants told me they deal with mould, bad plumbing, broken elevators, warped floors, caved-in ceilings, and crumbling balconies." — 1501 Woodbine Ave., Toronto. (For Metro)

fallen star — 2016-05-17 — Tenants told me they deal with mould, bad plumbing, broken elevators, warped floors, caved-in ceilings, and crumbling balconies.” — 1501 Woodbine Ave., Toronto. (For Metro)

This 1960s-era high-rise was once known as the “Gem of East York” but since 2014 has the second-most violations handed down by city inspectors.