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Rising from the Ashes: My Journey to Quit Smoking

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm   /   The 401

By Sarah Torgerson Nestled in the heart of Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus is one of about a dozen designated smoking areas, where you are likely to come across a handful of generally unhappy-looking smokers wreathed in plumes of grey. I’m often among them. This mecca for the stressed-out and nicotine-addicted is where I take my […]

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From camp to campus

Posted: February 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm   /   V.I.

By Natalie Gates Noor Mohamed Maalim, 23, breezes in two minutes late in a crisp, white button-up shirt. With an easy grin and friendly greeting, he plops down two boxes of pizza on a table before his fellow club members. He grabs a marker and struts to the whiteboard where he jots a list of […]

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Is Toque a Real Word?

Posted: February 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm   /   The 401

By Chelsea Mark “Where are you headed, and how long?” “Pullman, Washington, a week.” “Pullman?” The customs agent looked at me confused. “Yes, Pullman, it’s right on the border of Idaho—“ “I know where it is. Why?” Anyone who knew anything about Pullman had reacted in the same way when I told them my travel plans. Apparently […]

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Starboard spectacles

Posted: August 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm   /   V-I-Yi-Yi

By Ben Chessor The ocean has always been an important part of Vancouver Islanders’ livelihoods. It fuels local tourism — including the whale watching industry — and gives flavour to our best restaurants. An orca even appears on the logo of the province’s most popular sports franchise, the Vancouver Canucks. Because the ocean plays such a large […]

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9/11 in Nanaimo

Posted: August 23, 2014 at 3:40 am   /   Central V.I.

By Anja Hamerski Screams. Panic. Dust. Shrapnel. That was a Tuesday morning in New York when the two main towers of the World Trade Centre were destroyed. September 11th claimed 2819 lives, of which 23 were police officers and 343 were fire fighters. In memory of those who died, and to honour the brave fire […]

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Kid walks into a bar . . .

Posted: August 22, 2014 at 2:21 am   /   V-I-Yi-Yi

By Jessica Key When BC premier Christy Clark announced that the Liberal government was supporting a revamp of “antiquated licensing rules,” the province’s imbibers put down their pints and listened up. The 73 changes stemming from “The Liquor Policy Review” led by Parliamentary Secretary John Yap are already appearing in pubs and lounges, but it […]

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Good times in the Snoezelen room

Posted: August 19, 2014 at 7:03 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Leah Myers Almost everyone has a schedule they need to adhere to, whether for school, work, or otherwise. But during a busy week, who doesn’t want an hour to rock out to AC/DC or fall asleep in a large ball pit? Visitors to Nanaimo’s only Snoezelen room have the opportunity to do just that. […]

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In the Rough

Posted: April 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm   /   V-I-Yi-Yi

By Ben Chessor The game of golf has been played for centuries, back to the days when the Scots knocked balls of sheep skin around with sticks. Today, it has changed greatly. Golfers now use finely made varieties of metal and steel clubs to hit multilayered balls around perfectly manicured courses. On Vancouver Island, however, […]

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Gaming Goes Indie

Posted: April 5, 2014 at 3:27 am   /   North V.I.

By Drew McLachlan Thirty years ago, if you wanted to create a video game, you started by clearing space in your garage. You had to make some room — for a couple Apple II’s, a BBC Microcomputer (if you were lucky), or a Tandy TRS-80 (if you weren’t). You also needed a guy who could […]

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Powerful, and Stigmatized, Breeds

Posted: March 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm   /   The 401

By Sheena Gnos Imagine walking in a park on a beautiful day. The sun is shining and you’re basking in the summer heat, minding your own business. Suddenly, from around a corner, comes a Rottweiler. He’s bounding across the grass in great leaping strides, ears back, mouth gaping wide. What do you do? Is your […]

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