February 2013
Fan holding sign: "Hockey is Canada's game"

Hockey Night *is* Canada

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm   /   The 401

By Meagan Dyer “Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.” — Stephen Leacock The National Hockey League entered its third work stoppage in just […]

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Hockey Night *is* Canada (Part Two)

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm   /   The 401

Hockey and geopolitics meshed differently but with just as much emotion nearly three decades later, during the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Canada had not won a tournament in 20 years, mostly because the rules prohibited NHL players from taking part. That left our energetic but definitely B-list national team to battle Soviet […]

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Scene from "The Good Life

Out to Lunch

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 11:27 am   /   The 401

By Diane Bolt Dirk Becker’s farmhouse in the seaside village of Lantzville on Vancouver Island is warm and rustic, with weathered wooden furniture and a crackling fire in the background. It’s early November and the kitchen floor is covered in patches of squash being readied for distribution. The scene reminds me of the classic British […]

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Out to Lunch (Part Two)

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 11:00 am   /   The 401

In the recently released documentary Genetic Roulette, Jeffrey M. Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, an organization that educates policy makers and the public about genetically modified foods, says that GM crops in the US amount to 94% of all soy, 90% of cotton, 90% of canola, 95% of sugar beets, 88% of […]

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St. Michael's Residential School, Alert Bay, BC

Home Again

Posted: February 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm   /   North V.I.

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 […]

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A gaily painted house in Sointula (photo:Sointula Resource Centre)

Home Again (Part Two)

Posted: February 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm   /   North V.I.

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 […]

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The ponies from My Little Pony

Nothing Phony About Bronies

Posted: February 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Drew McLachlan In 2010, an epic war of good vs. evil was waged. You may have missed it. The battle was fought in the land of Equestria, where its denizens — ponies, unicorns, and pegasuses with names like Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie — managed to stop the evil alicorn Nightmare Moon from casting their […]

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Calendar with yellow highlights

Seizure Salad

Posted: February 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Katelyn Ross Looking at the calendar, I’m reminded it’s been a stressful month. Many of the days when I should have been at school are marked with a yellow highlighter. The semester is ending and I’m under pressure and scrambling to catch up. I’ve missed my Creative Writing class almost every week. Today I […]

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Gottacon gaming convention

Gottacon plays on

Posted: February 1, 2013 at 10:25 am   /   South V.I.

By Michael Calvert An assembly of nations is coming to BC’s capital, Victoria, February 1st through 3rd. Five fervid subcultures will gather in the Pearkes Recreation Centre, each with its own jargon and essential accoutrements. They will come to fraternize, to glean new strategies, to prove their skills in tournaments, and, of course, to play. […]

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