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THE BIG ONE

THE BIG ONE

The stopwatch on the computer screen read four minutes and counting until the Great British Columbia ShakeOut. ...

In 1946, Forbidden Plateau was the epicentre of the Island’s last big earthquake. The Comox Valley experiences minuscule tremors all the time—are we due for another big one soon?

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BRAVO FOR BUCKET OF BLOOD

BRAVO FOR BUCKET OF BLOOD

It’s two in the morning. I just turned the last page of Kim Bannerman’s book, Bucket of Blood. I flip through ...

This is the first of a series where the book-loving Nora Bingham will recommend books by BC-based authors, often with an Island connection.

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YOU’LL BE GLAD TO HEAR: UNION BAY 2040

YOU’LL BE GLAD TO HEAR: UNION BAY 2040

This year, we’ll be exploring possible futures for the communities of the Comox Valley based on current community ...

A local writer imagines the letter his daughter will write him about her return to Union Bay 20 years from now.

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LIFE BEGINS AT 40

LIFE BEGINS AT 40

A quick Google search on turning 40 will tell you everything from “You’re on the brink of a mid-life crisis” to ...

The resort heads into its fifth decade with plans for many more bluebird days ahead.

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A BACKCOUNTRY, MODULAR ROOM  OF ONE’S OWN

A BACKCOUNTRY, MODULAR ROOM OF ONE’S OWN

Gaining popularity in the mid-1950s, the modest A-frame, with its inherently simple aesthetic, defined a way of ...

How one award-winning company is reinventing a classic design for modern adventurers.

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PROFILE OF COMMUNITY IN ACTION SPONSORED BY NORTH ISLAND UROLOGY

PROFILE OF COMMUNITY IN ACTION SPONSORED BY NORTH ISLAND UROLOGY

The first thing you need to know about Glen Alwin Farm is that nobody involved is named Glen. Or Alwin. The people ...

Think you’ve lived in the Comox Valley a long time? These women run a farm that’s been in the family since John A. Macdonald was prime minister.

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THE SONSHINE LUNCH CLUB: A LOCAL LIFELINE

THE SONSHINE LUNCH CLUB: A LOCAL LIFELINE

It’s a Tuesday, and when the doors of St. George’s United Church hall open at 11:30am, Gail, who is 70, comes in ...

Turns out there is such a thing as a free lunch. Five days a week, the Sonshine Lunch Club in Courtenay provides a nutritious meal and a gathering place for people who need a little help.

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THE ORIGINAL SPIN SESSIONS

THE ORIGINAL SPIN SESSIONS

Driving north out of Courtenay on an October day, one really notices the changing seasons. The wet leaves and ...

Black Creek’s spinning community has nothing to do with stationary bikes, and everything to do with the art and craft of wool.

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WAIT ’TIL THE SUN SHINES, NELLIE

WAIT ’TIL THE SUN SHINES, NELLIE

While looking at a 1931 photo of a crew of men seated on a logging raft, long-time Cumberland resident Karl ...

The hard work of logging Comox Lake—by hand and raft.

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THE SEASON OF EARTH

THE SEASON OF EARTH

Almost all the ancient civilizations identified four similar basic elements: earth, air, fire, and water. I ...

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THE BIG ONE

THE BIG ONE

In 1946, Forbidden Plateau was the epicentre of the Island’s last big earthquake. The Comox Valley experiences minuscule tremors all the time—are we due for another big one soon?

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Andrew Findlay

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Ron Pogue