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Meteor show. Photo © NASA

Watch for celestial cookie crumbs this season

Watching the night sky from the western edge of the continent at this latitude at this time of year presents a gamble. Announcements that a full moon would light the way for midnight mass-goers this year overlooked our forecast rain showers and our understandable preference for warm, lit, cosy quarters Read more →

Dog Mountain Fire, Vancouver Island, July 2015. Photo © BCFLNR2015

B.C.’s wildfires have long-range effects

For a week, Nature Boy gasped and panted under dense skies. He flopped from sweaty seat to shade-enshrouded room in search of hints of coolness. He marveled at a sun that glowed orange throughout the day and lit everything with a buttery, evening light at midday. The hot weather over Read more →

Old Person's Home, Saatchi Gallery, London. Photo © Jim Limwood, Creative Commons via flickr

Seniors need more than 12 minutes of
physical activity each day

Take 12 minutes. Twelve minutes represent less than one per cent of a day. If you work full-time, commute, ferry kids around, do chores, 12 minutes of free time allows you to catch your breath, prepare for the next crisis, or give your kids some undivided attention. Or 12 minutes Read more →

Poison Hemlock has purple-splotched stems. Photo © Jerry Kirkhart, via creative commons & flickr

Hemlock’s poison part of plants’ arsenal against being eaten

Our benign climate welcomes yet another uninvited transplant to the region. Poison hemlock joins hundreds of other invasive plant species that make themselves at home here. Like some of those other plants, it contains toxins. Unlike most of them, it resembles a common cooking herb, and can be easily mistaken 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 →

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