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Volunteers at Loaves and Fishes

Wasting not

Posted: April 1, 2020 at 2:07 am   /   V-I-Yi-Yi

By Lys Morton Food banks in Canada find themselves playing a numbers game. In March 2019 alone, 2326 food banks across the nation recorded a total of 1,084,386 visits — down marginally from the previous year, but still a staggering statistic. Like other food banks, Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes has struggled to keep up with the demand. Founded in 1996, the organization initially used […]

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Starting a community garden in Totnes

Transition ambitions

Posted: March 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm   /   V-I-Yi-Yi

By Patrick Wilson It’s 2020 and society is facing the reality of climate change. The effects can be felt daily around the world, including on Vancouver Island. Rising sea levels, heat waves, and other abnormal weather patterns are predicted by the B.C. government to continue. The outcomes feel closer than the 2050 date given. In […]

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Maria Elsser running

Run Maria, Run

Posted: March 13, 2020 at 10:48 am   /   The 401

By Maria Elsser My mother would get up every morning at 5 a.m. to run 10 kilometres along the sleepy streets of Salt Spring Island before the sun rose. It wasn’t enough that she was raising four wild children, or that she single-handedly ran a three-acre farm. It wasn’t like she had endless time at […]

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swag produce keeper

Living Green on a Budget

Posted: March 12, 2020 at 12:02 pm   /   V-I-Yi-Yi

By Kristen Bounds It’s no secret that the planet needs and deserves our immediate attention (“climate emergency” was Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2019), but it’s easy to feel helpless with the abundance of depressing information about the environment we receive every day. Many people respond by trying to adopt more sustainable habits […]

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waterfalls

Welcome to Utopia

Posted: February 21, 2020 at 1:54 pm   /   The 401

By Kaleigh Studer A drop of water slithers down my spine and into the crevice of my lower back. The brain freeze has worn off from my icy dip. The sun is striking my porcelain skin. I’m riverside in Croatia with Selly, my best friend. I often get jealous of the way the sun’s rays turn her skin […]

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