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PKols sign-Mt Doug, Victoria, BC

Names contain identity, culture, history and geography

When University of Victoria anthropology and computer science students joined forces in 2011 with the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group out of Ladysmith and local Elders to develop a video game, they were furthering the concept that names confer power and presence. In the game, players embark on a virtual journey through Read more →

Pathway from Mildred Street to Wilkinson slips between backyards.

Rights of passage serve as rites of passage

A little-known network of shortcuts and passageways knits many of the region’s urban areas together. These connecting pathways—they’re too short to be called trails—pass unobtrusively among municipalities’ houses and yards. They stitch residential streets to other residential streets, quiet parks to formal trail systems, seemingly dead-ends to pedestrian-only exits, and Read more →

Gaps remain between provincial and municipal
hazardous-spill proposals

The B.C. government is seeking public comment on a proposed preparation and response system to protect the province’s environment from land-based hazardous spills. It’s all part of Premier Christy Clark’s five conditions for blessing any new pipeline development through the province. As such, the proposed initiative currently focuses on industrial-scale Read more →

Young girl in nature. Photo © Julie Morris, www.BuffaloLucy.com

Nature schools put the kinder back into the garden

Nature schools are popping up like mushrooms around here. The preschools and kindergartens immerse kids in local parks and green spaces for half-days and full-days at a time. The kids play outside. They stay outside. They learn about plants and animals, they look at bugs and pond critters, they make Read more →

Spring greens grow. Photo by James Mann, www.backyardgardeningtips.com

New generation goes back to the garden

As a child of Depression-era children, I experienced the annual toil of backyard gardening early on. Mostly reluctantly, and only because the alternative to spending summer Saturday mornings outside among the lettuces, carrots and beans was spending that time scrubbing toilets and cleaning the weekly hairball out of the shower Read more →

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