Sabrina Nemis

Freelance reporter | Radio host

Ottawa, Ontario

Sabrina Nemis

Freelance journalist | Master of journalism student

Writer, editor, reporter, afraid of Australia

Ottawa, ON


Beavers reported on the Yukon tundra for the first time

Canada’s national animal has been turning up in some unexpected places lately, and while there are different theories about how exactly the beaver has managed to gain a foothold in the Arctic tundra, a recent report says climate change is likely a factor. In 2008 and 2009, Inuvialuit hunters reported seeing beavers on two northern Yukon rivers, near the Beaufort Sea.

517 species in Canada on global at-risk list

You’ve probably heard of wood bison, blue whales and whooping cranes, each an iconic wildlife species that makes its home in Canada. Chances are, however, that you haven’t heard of Ungava seals, kleptoparasitic wasps or Yukon Draba, three of the country’s lesser-known species. But what do these six have in common?

New Canadian research confirms polar bears use crosswinds to sniff out their food

It’s an idea that seems as plain as the nose on a polar bear’s face. But researchers at the University of Alberta have proven that the animal uses its sense of smell to track prey, marking the first time that crosswinds have been shown to play a role in how a mammal hunts. Researchers Ron Togunov and Andrew Derocher recently published the results of an 11-year study that merged polar bear movements with wind patterns on Hudson Bay.

Stranded climber rescued from Mount Logan

Climber Natalia Martinez photographed from a plane during her solo traverse of Yukon's Mount Logan. Earlier in her expedition, Icefield Discovery Tours delivered a new crampon from the sky after hers broke. Earthquakes and poor weather forced her to abandon her push for the summit, and she was rescued by helicopter Thursday night.

The Capital Builders: How Can Le shaped Ottawa's Vietnamese community

A lab accident in the late 1960s changed a young man’s career plans, his life and eventually the city of Ottawa. Can Le has a quick smile and exudes energy as he shows a visitor around. The retired economist and president of the board of directors of the Vietnamese Canadian Centre on Somerset Street has spent the past 40 years growing and nurturing the Vietnamese community in Ottawa.

Waterloo astronomers create first image of dark matter

In the time since dark matter was first hypothesized in 1922, it’s been a substance of mere theory; the matter doesn’t shine, reflect or absorb light, so astronomers could not see it. Until now. Astronomers at the University of Waterloo have published the first image of dark matter. It confirms theories that there’s a web of dark matter between galaxies.

Working Healthier, Not Harder

Cassandra Boville was afraid. She hung back, wishing she was more fit, but not sure she could do it—not sure she wanted to do it. She’d taken a year off school, after being overwhelmed by the stress of working while studying full-time. It seemed counter-intuitive to add to her schedule, but there was something missing.

Larry Bagnell, a man who goes to the people

On Nov. 15, Maclean’s celebrated the best of Ottawa with the ninth edition of our Parliamentarians of the Year awards, which were handed out based on the results of a secret-ballot survey of their peers in the House of Commons. Liberal MP Larry Bagnell was honoured as the MP who best represents constituents in 2016.

Marilyn Gladu, the pragmatic rookie


Safety first in Sri Lanka

Every story he tells seems to have a disastrous ending. He isn’t trying to scare you though, he just wants you to take what he’s saying seriously. Safety is important. Malcolm Fan​ is a charismatic speaker and his scary stories are all examples from his work as an advanced care paramedic in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

The Urinal Problem: Privacy, probability and pee

With your bladder about to burst, you rush into the men’s room to find two people already at the urinals. If there are five urinals, which do you choose? For most men, the answer is simple — you leave at least one space between you and everyone else. It’s this nearly universal experience Evangelos Kranakis ponders in The Urinal Problem, a study about privacy and probability.
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Artist hopes Ottawa lab can help him grow sex hormones with tobacco plant

Smoking it could kill you, but genetically modifying tobacco could change someone's life for the better. Ryan Hammond is an artist from Baltimore who's trying to come to the Pelling Lab at the University of Ottawa next year to work on genetically modifying tobacco plants. Hammond is part of a growing and potentially controversial do-it-yourself science movement.
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Sabrina Nemis

I like unusual stories that matter.

This includes tobacco plants that grow sex hormones, cat shows that help bring a community together, researchers who link urinals and chemical bonds and lawyers who work at Walmart.

I've written for Canadian Geographic, Maclean's Magazine, the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa Sun, Paste Magazine, Daily Xtra and CUP.

I've also worked as a communication advisor for AlivEducation and WUSC Sri Lanka, a radio host for CHUO 89.1 FM, and a bureau chief for the Canadian University Press (CUP).



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