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Undersea Gardens no longer operates in Victoria, B.C.'s Inner Harbour. Photo © Brian Chow, via flickr & creative commons

Our heritage sites need love, attention and money

Picture a community hall on a weekday evening. About 40 people sit in rows. Official-looking sorts look back over the audience. The people have gathered at this fictitious meeting to discuss the fate of a nearby fictitious historic site/nature centre/community museum/natural or cultural heritage site. Like so many real sites Read more →

Grape clusters. Photo © Scott Mair

Microbes make the wine: A toast to them

We rarely see grapes being crushed by foot these days, but visitors to the Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival earlier this month witnessed an old-fashioned grape stomp. Seven teams, dressed in costume, with grape juice soaking the hems of their trousers, shorts, gowns and dresses, competed against each other to Read more →

Parks like East Sooke Park help make nearby residents happier and healthier. Photo by Logan C (flickr's LoganTech)

Parks make for happy, healthy people

Back when Nature Boy worked at a big California museum, I flew down to visit on a semi-regular basis. I remember looking out over the city as the aircraft made its final approach to L.A.’s airport. Below me stretched mile upon mile of concrete: buildings, roads freeways, parking lots. Few Read more →

Clear in East Sooke Park; Cloudy at Rocky Point

East Sooke Park: Hiking the Coast Trail to Beechey Head, March 29 2013

Waves breaking on the Ogden Point breakwater, Victoria, BC. Photo by Stewart Butterfield.

We can’t escape effects of rising sea level

Someday, our hilltop house may be waterfront property. It won’t happen soon—certainly not this century, and maybe not even this millennium. However, if global warming continues, the surf may indeed break at the bottom of our driveway. Nature Boy can’t wait. When I point out the timelines don’t work with Read more →