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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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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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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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The Youngest Ventriloquist in the World

Posted: March 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm   /   The 401, V-I-Yi-Yi

By Alexandria Stuart The air in England’s West Midlands in 1907 was thick with the dust of coal fires. Once-white bedclothes, hung to dry, took on a shadowy tinge of grey. In a Birminghan home, in a spartan bedroom, the figure seated in a straight-back wooden chair towered over Ivy Johnson. The little girl stretched […]

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Moving day for VIU’s sturgeon

Posted: April 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm   /   V-I-Yi-Yi

By Alexandria Stuart  It’s a warm, sunny day and I’m taking a refreshing swim in Cameron Lake,  just outside of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, when something grazes my leg. It’s smooth but not scaly. Its texture is more like rows of firm, bony plates. I flash back to every horror movie I’ve ever seen […]

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My cob is my castle

Posted: March 15, 2013 at 12:58 am   /   V-I-Yi-Yi

By Meagan Dyer Out with the old, in with the alternative. That’s the sentiment of many Vancouver Islanders who have opted to build out-of-the-ordinary homes that suit their lifestyles and values. Alternative housing projects are growing in popularity across the West Coast. In an era of soaring real estate costs, exorbitant energy prices, and environmentally-conscious home […]

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