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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.

GOING PUBLIC

GOING PUBLIC

Armed with a limited budget, dedicated volunteers, and a substantial amount of exuberance, the Downtown Courtenay ...

Collaborating towards a beautiful future through art initiatives in the Comox Valley.

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TOUGH LOVE

TOUGH LOVE

GALLERY PHOTOS BY SARAH KEER & KAIN MCCOLLUM There is a well known Western idiom that “work is a means to ...

Four artists collectively known as the Wood Vibe Tribe are refreshing woodworking traditions and using the power of camaraderie to shape their own identities.

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THE SWEET SPOTS

THE SWEET SPOTS

Shinrin-yoku, sometimes known as “forest bathing,” is simply the act of being mindful and present in the forest ...

Using Shinrin-yoku and the beauty of our surroundings to heal during times of transition.

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FIELD OF DREAMS

FIELD OF DREAMS

“I just want to wake up one day, open the company’s books, and not see the Field Sawmill property there,” John ...

Turning the tides to de-industrialize the estuary in the heart of our community.

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HEROES,  BIG AND SMALL

HEROES, BIG AND SMALL

YANA’s Executive Director Marcie Dumais has agreed to meet me at their office in Tin Town. I’m a few minutes ...

For over 30 years, YANA has been assisting Comox Valley families struggling to cope with their children’s medical emergencies. The organization, and the passion of its volunteers, is as strong as ever.

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THE SCIENCE OF SAFETY

THE SCIENCE OF SAFETY

Avalanche forecasting on Vancouver Island is getting a boost this winter thanks to the installation of two remote ...

The progression of a local Avalanche Centre.

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THE CONSTANT GARDENERS

THE CONSTANT GARDENERS

I grew up in a cheaply thrown together subdivision in Fort McMurray, erected during Alberta’s oil boom. Surrounded ...

A determined settler and a reflective musician find solace in a single piece of land, decades apart.

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THE FIRST SNOWFALL

THE FIRST SNOWFALL

In my 20s I was thrilled by the promise of a blank slate. I moved often, believing each new location was rich with ...

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STONECROFT FARM

STONECROFT FARM

Back in the seventies, Glen and Kathy Beaton got married then saved enough money to buy 47 acres in Black Creek. ...

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COFFE AND COASTLINES IN PERU

COFFE AND COASTLINES IN PERU

My first impressions of Peru came on a domestic flight between Lima and Cusco. Bleary eyed after 20 hours of ...

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TOUGH LOVE

TOUGH LOVE

Four artists collectively known as the Wood Vibe Tribe are refreshing woodworking traditions and using the power of camaraderie to shape their own identities.

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Dave Nowak

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KAIN McCOLLUM

HEROES,  BIG AND SMALL

HEROES, BIG AND SMALL

For over 30 years, YANA has been assisting Comox Valley families struggling to cope with their children’s medical emergencies. The organization, and the passion of its volunteers, is as strong as ever.

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April Trigg

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Karen McKinnon