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...]

Searching for Staqeya

 By Shanon Fenske The 25-foot Amanda Anne plows through the frigid February waters of the Juan De Fuca Strait. Somewhere in the darkness ahead of us are islands inhabited by a wolf many in the Songhees First Nation believe is sacred. Campers were the first to report a lone wolf on Discovery Island, five km. east of Victoria, in 2012. Conservation officers dismissed the sightings as mistaken identity. Perhaps a dog had been abandoned on the island? While coastal wolves have been known to … [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...]

Starboard spectacles

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 part in the lives of Island residents, whenever some of the Salish Sea's most majestic inhabitants make an appearance, their neighbours are bound to … [Read more...]

Powerful, and Stigmatized, Breeds

By Sheena Gnos Imagine walking in a park on a beautiful day. The sun is shining and you're basking in the summer heat, minding your own business. Suddenly, from around a corner, comes a Rottweiler. He’s bounding across the grass in great leaping strides, ears back, mouth gaping wide. What do you do? Is your heart in your throat? Do you step back and look around frantically for the owner? Now imagine that same scene -- park, sun--  but this time from around the corner comes a golden … [Read more...]