Author: islandword

That DT Thing

by Serena Patterson I have always been a romantic about Iowa. I blame this on a number of things, including my father’s profession. Rural pastors in that part of the world are so revered that it is commonplace for their children to mistake them for God. In my pre-adolescent years I breathed in the benevolence of my dad’s congregation like sweet, clover-scented air, and I played under the attentive gaze of adoring old women who dispensed lemonade, peppermints, reprimands and local history lessons from front porches. I also blame the understated beauty of the place. I looked out my...

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“Oroville”: A Relevant Measure of Current Environmental Paralysis

On the West Coast, what happens in California is a reliable foreshadowing of things to come at home. Geologically, the 1000km Cascadian Subduction zone and the terrains associated with it link us to Northern California, whose flora and fauna extends well north of the 49th parallel. Most of BC’s residents live in the southern edge which is a climatic extension of the Sonoran desert and Northern Californian ecosystems. Every year, the weather systems that first show up in California make themselves felt along southern BC’s coast. When California suffers an extreme drought, BC may not experience the same duration, but it too experiences at least prolonged droughts of three months or more, as we did over the past years. The general consensus is that Canadian weather is shifting to extremes. (1) Over the past decade BC has experienced with unprecedented frequency “pineapple expresses”, high winter temperatures and high southern winds that come with record precipitation, which are atmospheric rivers.(2) Just how much California’s predicament is similar to ours has been brought home by a report prepared by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium for Metro Vancouver (Climate Projections for Metro Vancouver.)(3) Based on the “business-as-usual” scenario, which is very likely given the inability of various levels of government to take meaningful action, projections indicate that the Lower Mainland is on track to have weather similar to San Diego’s current weather...

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Food Not Bombs

Every Sunday- St. George’s Church, Courtenay, 2 pm to 4 pm by Danny Zanbilowicz Food Not Bombs was founded in 1980 in Cambridge, Massachusetts by anti-nuclear activists. Members have provided free good food over the years at many antiglobalization, anti-poverty, and anti-war events including Occupy Wall Street. It is a loose network of hundreds of chapters around the world. Ernie Yacub has been involved locally with FNB from the beginning. He says- “It started here about ten years ago, outdoors in front of the court house for a couple of years, in the basement of St. George’s Church for...

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From Mowing to Growing

Urban Agriculture Catching On By Danny Zanbilowicz James McKerricher and his partner have transformed their corner lot in the City of Courtenay into a dense productive garden. “This is my first time owning a home, just over a year,” he says. “Before I worked seasonally and travelled, lived in temporary places.” The point is to feed themselves, perhaps provide income, and the fun of it. James says- “It’s all I think about, and want to do, in the greenhouse or in the rain.” With a relatively small area, the task is to maximize the usefulness of space: “My girlfriend...

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Spring Equinox Launch Celebration @ The White Whale
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You are invited to celebrate the launch of the The CV Collective Volume 10 – Spring Edition! Pick up a special preview copy of the magazine and enjoy some live music from fiddler extrordinare Cam[...]
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Membership Drive: Young Professi... @ The Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar
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7:30 pm Guys and Dolls @ Sid Williams Theatre
Guys and Dolls @ Sid Williams Theatre
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 26 @ 10:00 pm
Three Legged Dog Productions presents Guys And Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway. Presented by Carla Arnold – Royal LePage in the Comox Valley. Join us for Frank Loesser’s celebrated musical comedy about rolling the[...]

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