Eva Salinas

Growing up in Sault Ste Marie and Owen Sound, Ontario, Eva Salinas was raised to appreciate a tightly-knit community, the beauty of rural Ontario, and the comfort of family. But after moving on to bigger adventures, she also learned to love the multiculturalism of big cities and the kindness of strangers.

Eva discovered a passion for asking questions (and writing her findings down) while studying journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. She also spent a year studying international news at City University in London, U.K., where she worked part-time with the Wandsworth Prison radio project.

After working as a reporter for The Globe and Mail’s B.C. bureau based in Vancouver, Eva became passionate about human rights. Some of her most coveted stories are those about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the “live-aboards” evicted from False Creek, and the many immigrant communities.

The international struggle for human rights soon came calling. Eva spent a year living in Accra, Ghana, working with Journalists for Human Rights, promoting social justice in local media coverage, traveling the country, and working with passionate, inspiring local reporters.

She has since worked as a writer and editor for various publications including This Magazine, The Toronto Star, The National Post, Habitat International Coalition, and Metro Canada.

Latin Americans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations (2012) is her first book. She began to work on the project while living in Santiago, Chile, where she was the editor of The Santiago Times. Her first days doing research for the book were spent alone in a small cabin in rural Chile, surrounded by the Andes Mountains and valleys filled with cacti. At night, there were thousands of brilliant southern stars to keep her company. It was the perfect place to delve into the history of the Maya, the Inca, and the many rich cultures in between.

The project was part of the exploration into her own Latin American roots, which she continues to do as a journalist, and while starting her own family back in Canada.