Mark Brownlee


Digital Marketing Strategist. Novelist. Blogger.

From the cutting room floor: My worst-ever summer job

In 2012, while working for the Ottawa Citizen, I was asked to write a piece on the “worst summer job I ever had” as part of a series all the reporters were supposed to take part in. It was designed to be a rebuttal to then-Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who had recently claimed there are no bad jobs while trying to sell changes the government … Read More


On Sparks Street, maybe it’s time we just gave up

The tenure of Les Gagne as the head of the Sparks Street Business Improvement Area always did have the air of a last-gasp effort. If his ideas to bring a zipline to Ottawa’s pedestrian mall or to have tourists down a shot of liquor and then kiss a beaver in the shadow of the Parliament buildings seemed kind of kooky, … Read More