James R. Poling Sr.


Journalist and writer, fiction and non-fiction, books and magazines. Private corporate research and investigations. Owner Shaman's Rock Communications Inc.

Selected Work

Bears in the Birdfeeders (Dundurn Press, April 2013)
Smoke Signals: The Native Takeback of North America's Tobacco Industry (Dundurn Press, 2012)
Tecumseh: Shooting Star, Crouching Panther. (Dundurn Press, November 2009)
Waking Nanabijou (Dundurn/Natural Heritage Books -- October 2007)
Killer Flu: The world on the brink of a pandemic (Altitude Publishing, Canmore, Alberta, Nov. 2005)
Tom Thomson: The Life and Mysterious Death of the Famous Canadian Painter (Altitude--Fall 2003)
Lights in Dark Forests
(Shaman's Rock--short stories--Winter 2003)
The Decoy
(Key Porter Books Fall 2001)
The Canoe: An Illustrated History
(Key Porter Books Nov. 2000; Countryman Press, April 2001)
Northern Journey: The Poling Family in Canada (December 1999)


Published by Outdoor Life, Reader's Digest, Ontario Out of Doors, and Cottage Life.


Page 1: 50 Years of Excellence in Canadian Journalism (Canadian Newspaper Association)
From See to See: 50 Years of Canadian photojournalism (Canadian Newspaper Association)

Special Investigations:
Writer/researcher for the principal investigative report into the Bre-X gold mining scandal.
Editor/writer Spring of Fear, report of the Campbell Commission of Inquiry into the 2003 SARS outbreak in Ontario.
Journalism Career:

Sault Ste. Marie Daily Star, seven years. Reporter, columnist, city editor.

The Canadian Press: 28 years with postings in Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto. Indian and Northern Affairs writer. International assignments Cuba, Scandinavia, Russia. Chief of Bureau Vancouver; Deputy Chief of Bureau Ottawa; Managing Editor and Vice-President, head office Toronto. General Manager.


Journalism instructor Sheridan College, Trafalgar Spring 2008.
Journalism instructor Langara Community College, Vancouver.
Lecturer journalism writing and reporting for Canadian Newspaper Association.


Certified at two senior levels of Toastmasters International; a past president of Toronto No. 1 Toastmasters (oldest TM club in Toronto).
Has studied Italian, French, Ojibwe.
Certified recreational aircraft pilot.


Canada Council award for mid-career writers.
Kortright Award for outdoor writing.
Canadian Authors Association 1999 lst Honorable Mention short story contest for The Cabin at Ghostly Point, plus 2002 Honorable Mention for short story, Sniffy.


Member Canadian Owners and Pilots Association
Member Writer's Union of Canada
Member Canadian Association of Journalists
Honorary Life Member: Canadian Managing Editors' Conference

References: Provided on request

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