Diary of a Foster Kid By Peggy

Diary of a Foster Kid By Peggy

Dear journal, Today is my birthday. I wish Mom and Dad were here. This is week two of being in foster care. My Little sister, Angel, and my foster sisters will throw me a party. I hope the foster mom will let me call home and say hi, and I really hope I get lots … Continue reading

Hierarchy, Heroines and Hags By Amy

Hierarchy, Heroines and Hags By Amy

Marked, by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, is the first book in the ‘House of night’ series. The book starts off with the very normal and realistically funny perspective of a teenager in high school but soon turns into a whirlwind of vampirism and romance, with a fair bit of girl-drama as well. Marked was … Continue reading

Lightning Bolt Action By Sam

Lightning Bolt Action By Sam

The Metal Gear franchise has always been known for its stealth-based gameplay. Against better armed enemies, it’s been routine to hide in a vent or cardboard box instead of facing the threat directly. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance takes a departure from that tried and true gameplay, and wants you to not only face the threat … 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

The Garden in Our Minds

The Garden in Our Minds

A new day is birthed, beckoning me forward swathed in promises of unknown excitement. Budding strings of paranoia are pulled from my head, I should knit them into something more useful. My only hindrance is myself. Occasionally ignorant to the beauty of bliss, occasionally negligent in finding the bliss in simplicity. This leaves me clouded, … 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

DMC Redesign is Dramatic

DMC Redesign is Dramatic

This year in gaming has been a marvelous display of franchise redesign. The number of HD remakes released in 2012 is a large one, with things like the Zone of Enders HD collection, the Ratchet and Clank Collection, and the Jak & Daxter collection. Now, in the first month if 2013, the newest edition of … Continue reading

Classics Revisited: Sega’s CD Experiment

Classics Revisited: Sega’s CD Experiment

If you ask anyone who grew up in the 16-bit era what the best video game company was, chances are they’ll say Nintendo or Sega. The companies were rivals during the early and mid-90s, each with their distinct mascot. Nintendo had Mario, and Sega had Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega released the first Sonic game on … 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

Help! I’m Trapped in a Boring Robot Life!

Help! I’m Trapped in a Boring Robot Life!

Dear Dr. Salubrious, I went to high school in Nanaimo and now my parents are making me stay in Nanaimo for University. I need a new place, a fresh start but I can’t afford to move anywhere. I am going to live the same dummy life here my whole life and not be a flourishing … Continue reading

Within

Within

Love like a Pacific bliss Heartbeats lost in waves Here we watch the sky go black Stars come out, no turning back Staring at a forgotten sky Filled with heretic constellations Here we fade from all regrets Blackened chaos in a peaceful face Reaching for a lovers embrace Here we sing the hymns of the … Continue reading

What are your hopes and dreams for 2013?

What are your hopes and dreams for 2013?

Taryn:  “A world full of less fear and more love, and everything that encompasses.” Megan:  “Happiness, there is nothing more important, and nothing that I strive for more.” Vegas:  “I just hope I get accepted into university.” Julie:  “Wisdom – that’s for me. I need the wisdom of writing.” Gabrielle:  “A productive and creatively fulfilling … 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!