Archives for March 2016

Pet Project

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 hub of friendly hellos, visiting pet-seekers, and a handful of roaming pups, searching out dangling hands for a pat on the head. It’s a warm and welcoming place, … [Read more...]

Living Small, Thinking Big

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 by Jessie Zhang and Reid Eccles The couple have contracted Nanaimo's Rewild Homes to build their tiny house. Rewild specializes in custom-made, portable … [Read more...]

Not Everyone Can Do It

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 blue eyes. Both are dressed in mid-winter hooded coats and leggings; one leans in to the other and says something, then the two get up to order in … [Read more...]

In One Word: Vancouver Island

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 differences between life here and life where they are from; each brings a unique and often … [Read more...]

Deadly cocktail

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 analgesic, most often compared to morphine, though its effects are over 50 times more potent. Typically used to treat severe pain, or to … [Read more...]

AbOut Tier 3

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. “The goal with these programs is to let them learn valuable things — like the acceptance of others, empathy, and respect.” Hancock wears pointy leather shoes with an … [Read more...]