March 2014
Young girl hugging pit bull

Powerful, and Stigmatized, Breeds

Posted: March 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm   /   The 401

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 […]

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Firehouse No. 2, Nanaimo

Prettynormal Activity

Posted: March 18, 2014 at 4:18 am   /   Central V.I.

By Drew McLachlan “I could feel . . . something — like I was being watched.” Willow Friday opened Iron Oxide, an arts supply store in Nanaimo, on January 6th. It wasn’t her first business — she has operated the House of Indigo Boutique since 2002 — but she was nonetheless excited to see a […]

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Liquor store - distorted view

What the hell was I thinking?

Posted: March 9, 2014 at 4:50 am   /   The 401

Editor’s note: This powerful account of an alcoholic binge contains graphic images and language that may be disturbing to some readers. For some, it may also provide inspiration to change. The author’s name is a pseudonym. By Jack Craig Believing even a little that I’m just like those fun people I‘ve seen drinking in television […]

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Ivy Johnson with ventriloquist dummy

The Youngest Ventriloquist in the World

Posted: March 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm   /   The 401, Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Alexandria Stuart The air in England’s West Midlands in 1907 was thick with the dust of coal fires. Once-white bedclothes, hung to dry, took on a shadowy tinge of grey. In a Birminghan home, in a spartan bedroom, the figure seated in a straight-back wooden chair towered over Ivy Johnson. The little girl stretched […]

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