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HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM

Words by Jen Groundwater
Exploring family connections where farm meets sea, at Hornby Island’s Fossil Beach Farm.     On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Fossil Beach Farm...

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THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH

Words by Nora Bingham
Hunger Moon is a shining read for a season of strangeness.     Full disclosure: I am a Traci Skuce fangirl, but because one of the things I love...

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FROM FENCE BOARDS TO SURFBOARDS

Words by Dave Nowak
Photo by Sara Kempner
No foam here: old cedar takes on new life in handcrafted heirloom surfboards.     When you first look at a Waterman surfboard, you wouldn’t...

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GREY TURNED GREEN

Words by Ryan Stuart
Comox, British Columbia, tops the list of Best Communities to Live in Canada 2040.     The third in our series imagining how the Comox...

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MORE THAN KUS-KUS-SUM

Words by Jennifer Sutherst
and Dan Bowen
Article photo by Angela Spooner
Gallery photo by Jennifer Sutherst
Project Watershed is using a federal grant to restore the salmon highway:the Salish Sea's nearshore habitat.     The famous French oceanographer...

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THROUGH THE VENEER

Words & Photo by Lisa Graham
Getting creative in the place between water and air, where the perspective is elastic and welcoming.     “Now gently let your breath out and...

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MOVING THROUGH CHANGE

Words by Jen Groundwater
Photo by Allan Sawchuck
Early in 2020, our editorial team envisioned the general look and feel of the covers and themes for the year ahead: four issues, four seasons, four...

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INFLUENZA'S DEADLY TRAIL

Words by Dawn Copeman
At the close of World War I, the so-called Spanish flu claimed lives all over the world, even in the Comox Valley.     By all accounts,...

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ON SMOKING AND PICKLING

Words by Darren Howlett
Photos by Jennifer Brazil
Simple preservation techniques provide food security—and flavour.     There’s something that connects me to a greater world when I fire up...

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EAT YOUR MEDICINE

Words by Shannon Simpson
Photos by Meredith Rose
On a mission to teach all kids that healthy food can taste great.     One of my twins’ favourite meals is tacos. They are easy to prepare and...

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THE BEAUTY OF THE BURN

Words & Photo by Sarah Seads
Buddhist wisdom tells us that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Try telling your body that.     Oh my god, this hurts so bad... Why...

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ALL FIRED UP

Words & Photo by Trish Weatherall
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...

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FEATURED ARTIST: RICHARD MRAVIK

Richard Mravik was born in 1973 in the city of Nove Zamky, Slovakia. Of Hungarian descent, he was noted from a very early age as a gifted artist. Richard...

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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: GLYNNIS GREY

Glynnis was raised on a hobby farm on Vancouver Island by parents who were "hippies" of the day.  Their sustainable lifestyle allowed her to spend a...

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GLOBAL BUSINESS, LOCAL IMPACTS

Words by Meaghan Cursons
Article Photo by Sarah Barrie
Gallery Photo by Cade Stewart
When is it better to do something by half? Allow AquaQuest to demonstrate.     One of the many big questions of 2020 is how we adapt and evolve...

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DISTANCE

Poem by Meaghan Cursons
Photo by Scott Bell
The fire that forged the earth holds the space between us ancient atoms in our blood and bones pulled to the safety of flickering light Our...

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THE MYSTERIOUS FAROE ISLANDS

Words by Kat Craats
Photos by Kat Craats
and Ivar Eythorsson
Two adventurers discover the quirky magic of a cluster of volcanic islands located halfway between Norway and Iceland.     The rising sun cast a...

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PLAYING WITH FIRE

Words by Christa Petch
On a hot summer day in 1938, a few sparks from a locomotive caused Vancouver Island’s largest blaze.     “All along the way, where the deep...

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COURTENAY AFTER COVID

Words by Ryan Stuart
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
Twenty years after the pandemic, a local historian looks back.     The third in our series imagining how the Comox Valley’s communities could...

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THE SUSPENSE WON'T KILL US

Words by Andrew Findlay
Photo by Kat Craats
COVID-19 has changed global tourism forever. Here on the island, local operators and residents need to imagine a new future for the...

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DRAWN TO THE FLAMES

Words by Lisa Hamilton
Photos by Ali Marie Parker
Because our personal relationship with fire is a cautious one, we love the excitement of fire shows.     Earth, air, water, fire. In the...

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ART, A HARVEST, AND A BLESSING

Words by Spencer Sheehan–Kalina
Photo by Cassidy Gehmlich
Public Place / Sacred Space leaves a meaningful legacy in downtown Courtenay.     Burning sage, summer heat, and the vegetal scent of the plants...

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SWEAT IT OUT

Words by Bevin Clempson
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
Bathing in the benefits of hot-cold rituals.     True story: my first-ever sauna experience included pitchers of gin Caesars and a...

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VERACITY OF THE VESPIDS

Words by Neil Borecky
Photo by Curtis Parker
Wasps are a family of insects truly to be loathed. Or are they?     Before the headlines were screaming “Murder Hornets!!!” (officially...

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PUTTING THE SUN TO WORK

Words by John Gower
Photos by Luke Phillips
Vancouver Island’s first Passive House Plus is healthful, comfortable, beautiful—and costs nothing to heat.     From the expansive windows...

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FORGED IN TOUGH TIMES

Opening Introduction by Jen Groundwater
Photo by Kyle Hansen
When I wrote the last Editor’s Letter, things were still reasonably normal in the Comox Valley. But some time between our spring issue heading off to print...