Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

It’s hot outside and the car doesn’t have air conditioning. I am adamant about stopping at the next small town. The kids are hungry, too, whining audibly about wanting ice cream. We’re coasting down the windy Highway 3 south into Christina Lake, the popular B.C. vacation spot. Our eyes search for any signage that says, […]

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Fresh Treads

A SCORE OF nine-to-12-year-old kids untangle their bikes from the Crystal Pool rack as camp leader Carson Sage reminds them to stay in a line. August sunlight beams through the chestnut trees, and junior camp leaders check helmet straps and dole out sunscreen. A nervous energy animates the chattering voices. They’re about to set off […]

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Losing Ground

As you drive Blenkinsop Road, past fields strewn with contorted Garry oak trees, along the southwesterly side of Pkols—also known as Mount Doug—you quickly forget you are just 15 minutes from downtown Victoria. The fertile land would have been subdivided and developed into another suburban neighbourhood long ago if it were not for the Agricultural […]

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