Watchguards in the Walbran

By Rob Wilson “RESCIND 4424!” reads a hand-painted banner adorning the plywood wall of the camp's kitchen and main shelter. It's a crudely constructed building made of 2x4s, tarps, and ropes, standing a few metres from the Walbran River bridge. Inside are cluttered tables and counters piled with power tools, a 3,000 Watt power inverter, pots and pans, and, near the stove top, a bouquet of dandelions in a mason jar. Covering nearly everything: mouse droppings. A few meters back up the … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

From camp to campus

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 priorities to be covered at the VIU World University Service of Canada (WUSC) meeting. He has obviously done this before. WUSC is a Canadian non-profit organization working in international … [Read more...]

“They may put the aquaculture industry in Baynes Sound right out of business.”

To the Introduction: The Raven and the Oysters: Mathew Wright is the Marketing and Communications Manager for the BC Shellfish Growers Association. LOUIS:         How many or what percentage of the oyster growers in the Baynes Sound area does your organization, the British Columbia Shellfish Growers Association, represent? MATHEW:   Sixty per cent. LOUIS:         How many full time jobs does the shellfish industry in Baynes Sound provide? MATHEW:   About 600 full time … [Read more...]

“The water treatment will assure that the quality of this water will protect the shellfish.”

To the Introduction: The Raven and the Oysters: John Tapics is the CEO of Compliance Energy Corporation which has a 60% interest in the Raven Coal Project. The remaining 40% interest is owned by I-Comox Coal Inc. which is a subsidiary of Iotochu Corporation of Japan and by L.G. Investments Canada Limited which is a subsidiary of L.G. International of Korea. LOUIS:           How will the Raven Coal Project be designed to protect ground and surface water? JOHN:            It starts … [Read more...]