Cubs fans

By Reid Eccles A computer monitor flips between different angles on what might be a forest floor, if it weren't surrounded by cement blocks. There are logs, a pool of water, a wooden den. The screen flips again and a groggy black bear stands up, its motion having tripped the camera’s sensors. This video feed is the only interaction humans are allowed with these bears at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, BC. Even when workers do have to enter the bear enclosures, no … [Read more...]

Gaming Goes Indie

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 turn a six-colour, 280x192 resolution sprite into a convincing minotaur, another guy who could force the occasional beep-bip-beep out of a one-bit audio digitizer, and a 30-pound textbook on 6502, the programming … [Read more...]

The Raven and the Oysters

By Louis Stevenson The controversial Raven Coal Project began its life in the Comox Valley in 2009, when the Compliance Coal Corporation applied to the BC government for an Environment Assessment Certificate. Public meetings were held and lines drawn in the sand; specifically the sand on the beach of Baynes Sound where half of the value of the commercial shellfish in BC lies on the shore and suspended from rafts and floats in the water. The project's proponents contend that it will create … [Read more...]

Archery’s new cool

By Diane Bolt  Archers and archery have been a hot commodity in Hollywood lately. Pixar’s Brave, the super hero film The Avengers, and teen blockbuster The Hunger Games have all featured characters making their way based on prowess with a bow and arrow. Taking aim at the trend, Incline decided to head out and see if archery’s new cool has spread to Vancouver Island. Parksville-Qualicum’s Fish and Game Association operates a busy archery club called the Arrowsmith Archers. Over 35-years … [Read more...]

Home Again

By Alexandria Stuart Nanaimo was in the middle of a heat wave as my boyfriend Sean and I set out on our "nearcation" to northern Vancouver Island, A/C on high. The familiar landscape of coastal British Columbia flew by: Moss-draped forests alternated with scabs of clear-cut, blanketed in pink fireweed as the land tried to heal itself. It was the same scenery I’d been looking at my whole life. A "nearcation" is a variation on the "staycation"; we would travel  farther north on the Island … [Read more...]

Home Again (Part Two)

The village of Sointula, Malcolm Island’s main port, looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Brightly coloured sea shacks dotted the waterfront and the homes lining the main street, sitting on small, tidy fenced lots, were gaily painted. Sointula, meaning “place of harmony," was settled in the early 1900s by Finnish immigrants fleeing the harsh conditions in Nanaimo’s coal mines. They envisioned a utopian socialist society with communal property and equal participation/equal voice for … [Read more...]