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Getting Grounded By Peggy Sue

Getting Grounded By Peggy Sue

For those of you who haven’t yet broken ground, preparing the soil ahead of time will help flowers and veggies grow exponentially better than just plopping them into the soil would. To do this you will need a bare patch marked out for garden, preferably broken ground (grass removed). You will also need either, peat … Continue reading

Spring Cleaning by Peggy Sue

Spring Cleaning by Peggy Sue

Spring in the garden has fully set in, with summer closing in fast. Weeds are large and abundant in unplucked gardens, and plentiful even in manicured ones. Spring is when the plants come out and you can finally decide the dead from the hiding. As Martha stewart says, “There are few rites of spring more … Continue reading

Encounters with a Younger Canada by Alyssa

Encounters with a Younger Canada by Alyssa

When I first heard that I was going to be spending a week with 116 total strangers in Ottawa, I wasn’t so excited. Considering that I’d signed up for Arts and Culture week, I was a little scared I’d be stuck with a bunch of moody artists. When I arrived at the Terry Fox centre … Continue reading

Quick Facts: BC General Election 2013 by Jay

Quick Facts: BC General Election 2013 by Jay

Election Date: May 14th 2013  Voter Eligibility: To be eligible to vote, you must be: age 18 or older a Canadian citizen a resident of BC (lived in BC for at least 6 months prior to the election) Major Parties: BC Liberal Party (Incumbents) Leader: Christy Clark (Premier) Current Seat Count: 45 2009 Popular Vote: … Continue reading

A Voter’s Guide to BC Mud-Slinging by Sam

A Voter’s Guide to BC Mud-Slinging by Sam

With the 40th British Columbia general election looming closer, it is important to know the political battlefield you are about to step into. If any of you have watched the news during the past four years, it is likely you have seen some aspect of our volatile political climate, from the resignation of former BC … Continue reading

The Trudeau Persona and the Media by Jay

The Trudeau Persona and the Media by Jay

If anyone caught my thirty-second appearance on “The National” last Monday, it would have seemed as if I gave a glowing review of the federal Liberals’ decision to open up their leadership election to non-members of the party. Indeed, it is a remarkable thing for a party to grant the public access to what is … Continue reading

What’s the Story? March Break Short Fiction Contest

What’s the Story? March Break Short Fiction Contest

  Supernatural creatures, sharp realities, distant lands, other dimensions, days gone by, ecstasy, heartbreak and intrigue.  We all love a good story.  If you like writing them as much as we like to read them, enter the “What’s the Story?” short fiction contest this March break.  Stories can be about anything as long as they … Continue reading

Empathy NDSS: Surviving High School With Heart

Empathy NDSS: Surviving High School With Heart

Surviving high school is one of the greatest challenges of growing up. Amongst a diverse and complex group of peers, teenagers are discovering who they are and what they want their future to look like. The walls of a high school witness children becoming young adults. With this transition comes first loves, first heartbreaks, countless … Continue reading

Idle? Know More

Idle? Know More

Idle No More is a grassroots movement that’s been gaining momentum since the beginning of December. It was sparked as a response to bills C-45 and C-38 which both attack environmental laws within Canada and undermine Indigenous treaty rights. However, there’s been a lot of confusion about what the reason for this movement is and … Continue reading

Celebrate Being Single

Celebrate Being Single

Singles Awareness Day Single this February 14th? NO BIG DEAL. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and start living it up. A few years ago, on Valentine’s Day, a couple of single friends and I decided that we were going to have an anti-Valentine’s Day and picked the most ridiculous comedy at the theatre and made … Continue reading

Growing Plants in Shady Spaces

Growing Plants in Shady Spaces

With the chill of winter turning our beautiful gardens to frozen mush and bare sticks, our attention draws inward, to the green gems that brighten our homes and offices. Most indoor plants are tropical shade-loving “garden” plants that survive our summers outdoors, but must follow us indoors when we retreat indoors at summer’s end. The … Continue reading

An Exercise in Justice

An Exercise in Justice

Human beings are not creatures content to let the world pass them by. Whether they be politicking or protesting, they are apt to change their environments. On December 10th, Canada saw one such statement of action: the emergence of Idle No More, a movement that has been gaining momentum not only at home, but all … Continue reading

Win Tickets to Said the Whale

Win Tickets to Said the Whale

We’re giving away tickets to Said The Whale. To win them, you must be ready to tell a dramatic story inspired by the West Coast. You can interpret that in any way you want. Your story can contain forest adventure, sunset romance or the crash of surf against the cold steel of a robot future. … Continue reading

Green New Year’s Resolutions

Green New Year’s Resolutions

The following seven New Year’s Resolutions are easy to make and keep. Their objective is to simply have a smaller impact on the earth.   Help make 2013 a sustainable year!

Upcoming Apocalypses For Doomsday Fans

Upcoming Apocalypses For Doomsday Fans

If you’re reading this, the apocalypse has likely passed and society has not collapsed. But if you’re like me, you’ve already sold your stocks, cancelled your cable and grafted a chainsaw onto your arm in preparation for the oncoming Zombie invasion.  Thus, I have compiled this useful list to restore hope to my apocalyptic readers. … Continue reading

Top Ten Surprisingly Good Movies of 2012

Top Ten Surprisingly Good Movies of 2012

2012 was a great year for movies.  A lot of blockbusters came out and many of them would be obvious to put on this list, such as the Dark Knight Rises or The Avengers, but I wanted to showcase some great movies that people might have missed. 10. This is 40. This is a movie … Continue reading

10 Things that Gave me Hope in 2012

10 Things that Gave me Hope in 2012

2012 was a year of victories and losses. In writing this column for the last quarter of 2012, I have made it my goal to maintain a healthy sense of cynicism while staying optimistic about my material. It might be less challenging to compile a list of twelve acts of deplorable cruelty or political indifference … Continue reading

How to Have a Green Christmas

How to Have a Green Christmas

Although arguably the most wonderful time of the year, Christmastime is a season of over-spending and over-consumption.  It is achievable and increasingly necessary, to have a sustainable Christmas. Here are some ideas: 

Reason Not to Lose Faith in Humanity #3: Crowdfunding

Reason Not to Lose Faith in Humanity #3: Crowdfunding

In the Age of Information, critics of the World Wide Web are quick to bemoan the many faults and failings that (they claim) the Internet is likely to engender. The web is making us insular creatures who spend all of their time huddled in front of the dim glow of a computer screen, vehemently whispering … Continue reading

Top 10 Christmas Movies to Watch Again

Top 10 Christmas Movies to Watch Again

10. Gremlins Gremlins is overlooked as a Christmas movie because of the little monsters running around everywhere but the entire film is centered around Christmas and even though it’s kind of dark, it still brings me a little bit of Christmas spirit when I watch it. 9. Fred Claus Fred Claus is a fairly new … Continue reading