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Exploring Shingle Bay, Pender Island’s newest park

Exploring Shingle Bay, Pender Island’s newest park

Digging into a shell-and-pebble beach flanked by steep slopes of arbutus and other evergreen trees, the first campers to test the region’s newest national park search for buried treasure.
Our History: Nanaimo an early melting pot

Our History: Nanaimo an early melting pot

This excerpt from the second volume of Jan Peterson’s trilogy on the history of Nanaimo profiles the multicultural face of the city at the turn of the 20th century.

Nellie McClung: There is still beauty to be found this spring, so seek it out

This column first appeared in the Victoria Daily Times on May 18, 1940.
Coal fuelled Nanaimo’s early days

Coal fuelled Nanaimo’s early days

In this excerpt from Black Diamond City, author Jan Peterson reveals scenes from the earliest days of coal mining in the area, before the massive influx of foreign labour that was to come, when members of the local Snuneymuxw First Nation worked in p
Our Community: Walk takes stand against violence

Our Community: Walk takes stand against violence

Three First Nations women embarked on their Miyo-wicehtowin (Cree for “living in harmony together”) walk across Canada this week to bring awareness to lateral violence in aboriginal communities.
The night Victoria rioted

The night Victoria rioted

How the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, sparked anti-German violence
Around Town: Orange County travel show pays us a visit

Around Town: Orange County travel show pays us a visit

After seeing all those orange balloons and matching goodie bags at the Empress Hotel on Wednesday, I almost felt as if I’d inadvertently crashed an NDP victory celebration.
Robert Amos: Artists’ gathering a celebration

Robert Amos: Artists’ gathering a celebration

Such happy memories: Sitting beside Toni Onley on the dock, as he stoked his pipe and considered his next brush stroke; watching Maarten Schaddelee peel off a curl of cedar for a delighted child; looking on as Nancy Slaght worked on a pastel painting

Nellie McClung: How the dream of the Red Cross became a reality

This column first appeared in the Victoria Daily Times on May 4, 1940 The Red Cross is one of the few humanitarian ideas that has ever become a reality. Above the barbarism of our times, it stands out as a great monument to the 19th century.
Author challenges the stereotypes of albinism

Author challenges the stereotypes of albinism

Recently, Emily Urquhart, a Victoria writer and folklorist, took her four-year-old daughter Sadie to a birthday party. As a treat, all the little girls were given “princess” hairdos. One adult made a comment about Sadie.