Philip McLachlan

Philip is freelance photojournalist and writer based in Victoria with a passion for telling stories about the human condition that spark healthy conversations. Since 2016 he has worked for Postmedia and Black Press Media as a reporter and editor in small towns around Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C., and moved home to Vancouver Island in 2021 to pursue stories in the backyard of where he grew up. His recent work, tackling social issues, youth mental health, LGBTQ2+ rights, and the environment have appeared in The Discourse and Capital Daily. He is a multi-time BCYNA Ma Murray Award winner, CCNA winner and Jack Webster Award nominee for photojournalism, community reporting and news coverage. When he’s not reporting he spends his time shooting film or getting lost on overnight bikepacking trips. He has an extensive green thumb and lives in an idyllic jungle apartment with over 60 plant companions.


Canadian Blood Services may loosen rules on gay men. Where does that leave transgender donors?

Members of Victoria’s trans community are advocating for the elimination of ‘discriminatory’ and ‘fear-based’ blood donation policies