Darren was born and raised in B.C. and has lived in Vernon for the past 24 years.

After bouncing from job to job in his younger years, he spent two years working in a sawmill and quickly realized that was not the career for him.

After getting laid off for the third time, he went to college where he took journalism and photography which formed the basis for a career he has been enjoying (most of the time) for the past 25 years. He wrote a slice-of-life column for a daily newspaper for eight years and still writes articles for his blog, therudemonkey.blogspot.ca.

He is a middle-aged father of three children. He has one dog and shares his home with two cats (although he's not exactly sure how that happened.)

He is losing hair where he wants it and is growing it where he doesn't need it. He has a love for motorcycles and enjoys martial arts.
Latest Articles from Darren Handschuh

Another homeless challenge

Mar 30, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh There are no easy answers on how to resolve homelessness. Lack of affordable housing, poorly paid jobs and programs stretched to the limit all make it a challenging issue to address. But when you add mental

Police confirm murder

Mar 29, 2017 / 2:50 pm

Photo: Facebook Police have confirmed the death of a man whose body was found on the side of the road last week was a murder. “RCMP investigators can confirm that the death of 26-year-old Dustin Josef Rogers is a homicide. Rogers

Calling all artists

Mar 29, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Photo: DVA Calling all artists: the DVA wants you. The Downtown Vernon Association has issued a call for proposals from artists to create a participatory public art piece that will be revealed Sept. 23 as part of the North Okanagan

Money back from the gov't

Mar 29, 2017 / 1:06 pm

Photo: Contributed Employers may soon be getting money back from WorkSafeBC. The province has announced it plans to amend the Workers Compensation Act to establish a new policy requiring WorkSafeBC to return funds to employers when it has

Feeding furry friends

Mar 29, 2017 / 10:58 am

When the Vernon Pet Soup Kitchen launched in 2012, it was helping an average of 15 families. Now, they are helping more than 50 and volunteer Donna Webb expects that number will be even higher. “By summer it will be 90,” said Webb.

Money to stop nasty plants

Mar 29, 2017 / 9:25 am

Photo: Contributed Purple looosestrife The B.C. government is putting up some cash to battle invasive plants. In the latest in a flurry of Liberal cheque presentations, $61,600 was given to three organizations to help manage invasive

Getting artsy downtown

Mar 28, 2017 / 2:50 pm

Photo: Contributed Downtown is getting artsy with the help of the City of Vernon. City council approved the use of $15,000 to assist with a participatory public art project being facilitated by the Downtown Vernon Association this

TRU expands nursing

Mar 24, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Photo: Flickr/BC Gov't Thompson Rivers University is getting bigger. The Kamloops university will be home to a new $30.6-million Nursing and Population Health Building that will help meet the need for nurses in B.C. The province will

Buzzkill: bees need help

Mar 24, 2017 / 1:55 pm

Researchers estimate bees play a vital role in one-third of all food humans consume. But those same bees have been in decline over the past decade to the point it is becoming an international topic of concern. Local bee expert and owner of Planet

Bannister best in the biz

Mar 24, 2017 / 1:50 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh Many car dealerships claim to be the best, but Bannister Honda can prove it. The Vernon auto store won the 2017 Canadian DealerRater Honda Dealer of the Year Award, beating out more than 200 other Honda dealerships