Tag: environment
A tree trunk wrapped in a ribbon reading "Culturally Modified Tree"

When Trees Tell Stories

Posted: May 17, 2018 at 11:29 am   /   V.I.

By Sheena Robinson Photo top: seawolfadventures.ca Walking through the forests of Vancouver Island, it’s easy to become entranced by the density and beauty of the tall trees towering above you. Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, and Western Red Cedar are the most common coniferous giants here. They are a big part of what makes […]

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Hand holding glass globe

Treasures Above the Tide Line

Posted: April 3, 2018 at 6:15 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Rose Willow The spectacular beaches in the Parksville, BC area entice strollers and beachcombers with an array of driftwood, rocks, shells, sand, and seaweed. You’re not supposed to remove these items from the beaches. However, if you find a small glass disk left by a Float Fairy, feel free to take it home. No, […]

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Trees in the Walbran

Watchguards in the Walbran

Posted: April 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm   /   Featured, South V.I.

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 […]

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Tiny home on the road

Living Small, Thinking Big

Posted: March 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm   /   Central V.I., Featured

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 […]

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Oyster leases in Baynes Sound

The Raven and the Oysters

Posted: June 13, 2013 at 5:06 am   /   North V.I.

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 […]

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

Posted: June 13, 2013 at 5:01 am   /   V.I.

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 […]

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

Posted: June 13, 2013 at 4:58 am   /   V.I.

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 […]

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Cob Home

My cob is my castle

Posted: March 16, 2013 at 12:58 am   /   Vee-Ai-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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