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

Suspicious death in East Van

Jun 22, 2017 / 9:41 am

Photo: CTV Emergency personnel at scene of possible homicide. Vancouver police are investigating a possible homicide in East Vancouver. Police were called after a man was found in the parking lot of Kingsgate Mall at 370 East Broadway

The gift of being scammed

Jun 16, 2017 / 11:52 am

Photo: Contributed A new pyramid scheme is making the rounds in B.C. Called a "gifting pyramid scheme," the latest variation of the scam has popped up in Coquitlam. RCMP investigators are hoping to put a stop to the scheme,

9 years for park shootout

Jun 16, 2017 / 11:30 am

Photo: Contributed Jacob Lowes was handed a nine-year sentence for the Polson Park shootout. A man convicted of participating in a gunfight at Vernon's Polson Park in 2014 has been sentenced to nine years in jail. Justice Peter Rogers

Shooter to be sentenced

Jun 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Jacob Lowes is to be sentenced in Supreme Court today for a gunfight in Polson Park. A man found guilty for his part in a shootout at a local park should find out Friday how much time he will spend behind bars. Jacob

Getting the lead out

Jun 15, 2017 / 3:18 pm

Photo: Contributed Officials in the Kamloops school district have come up with a protocol to get lead out of school water systems. School officials in Kamloops are working on getting the lead out. After studies found elevated levels of

Milestone for historic site

Jun 15, 2017 / 2:33 pm

As the nation gears up to celebrate a Canadian milestone, Historic O'Keefe Ranch was celebrating one of its own a little bit earlier. On July 1, Canada turns 150, two weeks after the North Okanagan ranch reached the same age. On Thursday,

Stamp of approval

Jun 15, 2017 / 9:25 am

Photo: Contributed A stamp honouring the 150th anniversary of Historic O'Keefe Ranch has been designed by an Okanagan stamp collector. A stamp honouring the 150th anniversary of Historic O'Keefe Ranch has been designed by an Okanagan

More wind on the way

Jun 14, 2017 / 11:44 am

Photo: Milton Black Shoreline damage in Peachland from recent windstorm. It looks like Okanagan residents are going to have to batten down the hatches once again. Environment Canada has issued a weather warning, as another storm is expected

Historic party planned

Jun 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed On Thursday, June 15, Historic O'Keefe Ranch will celebrate turning 150. It's a party 150 years in the making. On Thursday, June 15, Historic O'Keefe Ranch will celebrate turning 150, making it two weeks

Get bowled over at event

Jun 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: nixonwenger.com JCI Vernon’s Lawn Days of Summer delivered by BDO” tournament will give young professionals a chance to mix and mingle while having some outdoor fun. Networking with business peers and lawnbowling may sound