Wolf silhouetted aganst sky

Searching for Staqeya

Posted: April 20, 2016 at 2:44 am   /   V-I-Yi-Yi, Vintage V.I.

By Shanon Fenske The 25-foot Amanda Anne plows through the frigid February waters of the Juan De Fuca Strait. Somewhere in the darkness ahead of us are islands inhabited by a wolf many in the Songhees First Nation believe is sacred. Campers were the first to report a lone wolf on Discovery Island, five km. east […]

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Now Showing: The Future

Posted: April 16, 2016 at 6:52 pm   /   South V.I., V-I-Yi-Yi, Vintage V.I.

By Antony Stevens In the back corner of the projection booth at IMAX Victoria is a rack of 70mm film reels, each weighing between 250 and 500 pounds. The largest is Interstellar which, at eight-feet wide, touches the brim of the platter it rests on. There are nearly 30 of these films, collected over the span of 10 years, sitting […]

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Old growth trees in Walbran

Watchguards in the Walbran

Posted: April 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm   /   Featured, South V.I.

By Rob Wilson “RESCIND 4424!” reads a hand-painted banner adorning the plywood wall of the camp’s kitchen and main shelter. It’s a crudely constructed building made of 2x4s, tarps, and ropes, standing a few metres from the Walbran River bridge. Inside are cluttered tables and counters piled with power tools, a 3,000 Watt power inverter, pots and […]

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family

The Man in the Pictures

Posted: April 1, 2016 at 9:15 pm   /   Central V.I.

“Hard to look at these, I miss him still.”

My mother’s sad tone seeps through as I read these words in her e-mail, accompanied by photos of a man who wears the same smile that she often does. The build of his body is similar to that of my Aunt Joan — tall and lanky. The man sits surrounded by friends in the myriad of photos, […]

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New SPCA under construction

Pet Project

Posted: March 30, 2016 at 6:20 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Sarah Torgerson If it weren’t for all the signs hanging on the chain-link fence gracing the perimeter, one might mistake the building at 2200 Labieux Road in Nanaimo for just another time-worn house from the ‘70s (albeit one oddly located in a light industrial area). Inside, however, the crowded reception area is a bustling […]

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Tiny home being towed

Living Small, Thinking Big

Posted: March 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm   /   Central V.I., Featured

By Jessie Zhang In 1999, Jay Shafer, an American house designer, and owner of a 96 sq. foot home, published his first article on the merits of simple, compact living. Since then, the tiny home movement has spread throughout North America. Kate Beddows and Nico Rhodes are two of its Vancouver Island proponents. Video produced […]

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Purple Lips Close Up

Not Everyone Can Do It

Posted: March 15, 2016 at 9:39 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Molly Barrieau “Bonnie and Clyde?” “Honey and Bunny,” adds the other, laughing. Two women sit across from me in a bustling joint downtown, contemplating pseudonyms for the purpose of this article. I tell them I’ll make something up. Jordyn, 19, sports a new purple lipstick, while Erin, 22, wears burgundy-framed glasses around her kind […]

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In One Word: Vancouver Island

Posted: March 7, 2016 at 9:49 pm   /   V.I.

They come from Germany, Egypt, Greenland, Finland, the United States — you name it. International students from all over the world arrive to study on Vancouver Island, whether at Vancouver Island University, the University of Victoria, or other of the island’s post-secondary institutions. They each experience their new, if temporary, home in their own way. Their perceptions are often shaped by the huge […]

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Deadly cocktail

Posted: March 5, 2016 at 11:08 am   /   V.I.

By Benjamin Everett Over 40 fentanyl-related overdoses have been reported in Victoria and Nanaimo since December 20, 2015, 12 of them fatal. The victims have come from all walks of life, but Paul Hasselback, Medical Health Officer for Central Vancouver Island, says that “it’s the younger ones that are the most tragic.” Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate […]

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AbOut Tier 3

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 2:18 am   /   Central V.I.

by Natalie Gates Walking through the bustling hallways of Nanaimo District Secondary School (NDSS), Brett Hancock offers easy smiles and fist pumps to almost every student he passes. Smirks form on their faces as they greet him back. “I learned a lot traveling, but I sure as hell didn’t learn much in high school,” he says. […]

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