Melissa Handford

Hi! I’m Melissa Handford and I’m a second year forensic psychology student as well as a news writer for The Sputnik! You can usually find me hanging out with friends, drinking some tea, or watching a movie. News writing is important to me because it allows people to get info on what’s going on in the world around them and I love being a part of that.

Soup Challenge Raises Money for Homeless Youth

a bowl of soup on a table

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY JEREMY VYN / SPUTNIK PHOTOGRAPHY Get your taste buds ready for St. Leonard’s Community Services’ 17th Annual Soup Challenge.   Each year, restaurants and organizations across Brantford go head-to-head in a battle of the soups.    The […]

Where are the COVID-19 Tests?

The contents of a COVID-19 rapid test

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY SERENA ANAGBE / SPUTNIK PHOTOGRAPHY In the midst of the fifth wave of the pandemic, COVID-19 testing feels impossible to find.   Pharmacies and other locations across the province have been struggling to receive and administer both […]

Students hunt for summer employment

PHOTO BY SARA SHEIKH / THE SPUTNIK PHOTOGRAPHY   March 2020, the economy took a tumble due to the COVID-19 pandemic and left many people out of work and relying on financial support from the government.  As the pandemic progressed, […]

Are students driving the second wave?

PHOTO BY TEJAS SINGH / THE SPUTNIK PHOTOGRAPHY   On Sept. 28, the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, declared that Ontario had officially entered the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.   On Oct. 13, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus […]