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Cars leaving ferry in Nanaimo

Urban Refugees

Posted: April 15, 2018 at 10:53 pm   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Laurie Jones Top photo: Richard James Milne With the continuing trend of rapidly rising home prices in Canada’s major centres, particularly Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, many hard-pressed urbanites are looking to smaller towns for affordable properties. To their delight, Vancouver Island has turned out to be a prime place to buy. “Vancouver Island will […]

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Sign in woods pointing to various trails

Hikes to Lose Yourself On

Posted: April 11, 2018 at 7:44 pm   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Anika Michaux Do you know that feeling of getting lost in nature? Losing yourself among the pine trees that coat British Columbia? I was born in Nanaimo, and grew up with mountains and forests only a short distance away. This temperate rainforest will always be a place I call home, not only because of […]

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Young man in hoodie smoking a joint outside

Weed Etiquette

Posted: April 3, 2018 at 10:43 am   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Zachery Cooper A plume of pungent smoke puffs out of the person walking down the street ahead of me. It makes my nose twitch, my brow furrow, and my mouth say Maui Wowie. It’s a common enough smell on Vancouver Island, which may be weed central in Canada. But with marijuana use set to […]

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Bear cubs in enclosure

Cubs Fans

Posted: May 26, 2016 at 2:38 am   /   North V.I., Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Reid Eccles A computer monitor flips between different angles on what might be a forest floor, if it weren’t for the cement blocks enclosing it. 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 […]

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A wolf silhouetted against an evening sky

Searching for Staqeya

Posted: April 20, 2016 at 2:44 am   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

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 […]

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An IMAX 3D projector

Now Showing: The Future

Posted: April 16, 2016 at 6:52 pm   /   South V.I., Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Antony Stevens In the back corner of the projection booth at IMAX Victoria is a rack of 70mm film reels, each weighing between 250 and 500 pounds. The largest is Interstellar which, at eight-feet wide, touches the brim of the platter it rests on. There are nearly 30 of these films, collected over the span of 10 years, sitting […]

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Dolphins surfacing

Starboard spectacles

Posted: August 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

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 […]

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Kid walks into a bar . . .

Posted: August 22, 2014 at 2:21 am   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Jessica Key When BC premier Christy Clark announced that the Liberal government was supporting a revamp of “antiquated licensing rules,” the province’s imbibers put down their pints and listened up. The 73 changes stemming from “The Liquor Policy Review” led by Parliamentary Secretary John Yap are already appearing in pubs and lounges, but it […]

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In the Rough

Posted: April 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Ben Chessor The game of golf has been played for centuries, back to the days when the Scots knocked balls of sheep skin around with sticks. Today, it has changed greatly. Golfers now use finely made varieties of metal and steel clubs to hit multilayered balls around perfectly manicured courses. On Vancouver Island, however, […]

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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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