Photo Essay: Hummingbird nest

It’s spring, and bird nests are popping up everywhere in Nanaimo. Some, however, are harder to spot than others. A mere one inch tall, Anna’s hummingbird nests are well-camouflaged, made of leaves, moss, cattail, and other plant materials.…

New year, new Nav

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But what about a university press that switched from newspaper to magazine format after 49 years? Please, I’m begging you: judge us by our beautiful, glossy covers. The content behind…

What’s ableism?

I first heard the term “ableism” at the Nanaimo Women’s March last January. VIU’s Student Union was handing out pins. One said, “Unlearn racism,” another said, “Unlearn ableism.” It’s hard to unlearn something you don’t know, I remember…

The Founder movie review

A patriotic biopic on the rise of McDonald’s—the multi-billion-dollar restaurant empire that pays starvation wages and sells food causing a range of trademarked digestion symptoms, from McBloating to McHeartburn—is a strange concept to…