Sunday, 29 April 2007

Bono spreads wings


Toronto Sun readers who can't get enough of Mark Bonokoski's prose will be pleased to hear the veteran columnist is dabbling in freelance projects.

Mark has a four-page freelance story in the May 7 issue of Maclean's magazine, now on sale, and he is working on another freelance story for Reader's Digest.

"The Maclean's piece is the first (freelance article) in a long while," Mark told Toronto Sun Family. "I've also got a piece coming out in July in Readers Digest called Requiem for a Beaver. It (freelance writing) is not a new direction for me, just a change in pace.

"I no longer play sports because of my hectic driving schedule, have slowed down the life style, and find a bit of joy in doing freelance pieces that require no deadline and are long enough to allow me to spread my writing legs a bit."

Mark says he has never considered writing freelance full-time, but "I admire guys like (former Sun reporter) Ian Harvey who are able to do it."

Mark has also found a sideline in broadcasting.

"I am also doing commentary on the Haliburton Broadcasting Network out of Bracebridge. Three a week. I record them myself at Moose-FM in Bancroft. It's fun, and a bit on the edge. There are about a dozen stations in the north that pick them up - from Parry Sound to Bancroft, North Bay, Muskoka, Elliot Lake and the Kap etc."

Mark's Maclean's story, about a Toronto private school teacher who sexually abused his students at his Bancroft-area cottage, is not online at the Maclean's site, so look for the current issue, the one with a green-eyed Prime Minister Harper on the cover.

Update: This column by Mark tells of the reaction of the St. Catharines Standard in learning the convicted pedophile is now living in St. Catharines.

"According to the Standard, the Niagara Regional Police didn't issue warnings to neighbours because (John) Inglis' assaults were historic sexual assaults going back to the 1970s and 1980s, and that he was now considered a low risk to reoffend," Mark says in today's column.

Mark's Toronto Sun columns are published Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The word master is not slowing down and that is a big bonus for Bono fans.

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