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Browse our growing collection of articles from current and previous issues of both the Comox Valley Collective and Strathcona Collective magazines by topic.

ALL FIRED UP

ALL FIRED UP

“I take a lot of my inspiration from the natural world around me,” says Gordon Hutchens, Denman Island’s ...

Award-winning potter Gordon Hutchens may be in his seventies, but he’s still got plenty of clay to shape, students to teach, and ideas to pursue.

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FEATURED WORDS: DISTANCE

FEATURED WORDS: DISTANCE

The fire that forged the earth holds the space between us  ancient atoms in our blood and bones pulled to the ...

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PLAYING WITH FIRE

PLAYING WITH FIRE

“All along the way, where the deep green forest used to stand, lies a waste of mangled trunks and branches, enough ...

On a hot summer day in 1938, a few sparks from a locomotive caused Vancouver Island’s largest blaze.

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COURTENAY AFTER COVID

COURTENAY AFTER COVID

The third in our series imagining how the Comox Valley’s communities could look 20 years from now. ...

Twenty years after the pandemic, a local historian looks back.

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DRAWN TO THE FLAMES

DRAWN TO THE FLAMES

Earth, air, water, fire. In the extreme, these elemental forces can be either ineffectual or catastrophic. They ...

Because our personal relationship with fire is a cautious one, we love the excitement of fire shows.

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ART, A HARVEST, AND A BLESSING

ART, A HARVEST, AND A BLESSING

Burning sage, summer heat, and the vegetal scent of the plants in the traditional Indigenous tea garden of the ...

Public Place / Sacred Space leaves a meaningful legacy in downtown Courtenay.

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SWEAT IT OUT

SWEAT IT OUT

True story: my first-ever sauna experience included pitchers of gin Caesars and a waterslide—a really steep one. ...

Bathing in the benefits of hot-cold rituals.

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VERACITY OF THE VESPIDS

VERACITY OF THE VESPIDS

Before the headlines were screaming “Murder Hornets!!!” (officially known as Vespa mandarinia, aka “Baskin bees” ...

Wasps are a family of insects truly to be loathed. Or are they?

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ALL FIRED UP

ALL FIRED UP

Award-winning potter Gordon Hutchens may be in his seventies, but he’s still got plenty of clay to shape, students to teach, and ideas to pursue.

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Trish Weatherall