The quest for inspiration

As the semester intensifies it’s difficult, on some days, to keep motivated and remain inspired to push forward. There’s the key: inspiration. Inspiration is a bit of an airy-fairy concept—the lack of is often invoked as an reason for artists, writers, etc. to remain stuck until “inspiration strikes.” But what is pure inspiration—the kind that … Continued

Humanity vs. weather: What Arrogance!

By humanity, I mean all of us—every single man, woman, and child on this planet. We have the capacity for profound arrogance. Time and time again, we think we are unstoppable and push our boundaries further only to be shrunk back down, and rarely peacefully. We rise and fall like ever crashing waves on the … Continued

The other three

You’d have to be living under a rock not to have seen Justin Trudeau’s face adorning the cover of every major Canadian newspaper and politically-oriented magazine at some point during the past few weeks. Who could resist the story? The young, charismatic son of one of Canada’s most famous political leaders throws his hat (or … Continued

“Sick” Politics

“I try never to go over there. Because it’s sick. It’s a sick culture. All they can think about is government and there are no real people in Victoria, and you get captured by this inside-the-beltway debate, and it’s really unhealthy.” — the Honourable Christy Clark, 35th Premier of B.C. The above statement should offend you—and … Continued

The beauty in the puzzle

I’ve always loved mysteries and challenges. Since childhood I’ve had immense patience for jigsaw puzzles, puzzling questions, and trying to remember or figure out answers to bits of trivia. (Although not a lot of patience for much else, I’m afraid.) And it’s not that I’m actually any good at remembering facts—in fact, I’m terrible. It’s … Continued

Changing focus

The most provocative piece of journalism that I read over the summer was the cover story of the July/Aug. issue of The Atlantic. “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” by Anne-Marie Slaughter is 14 pages best described by this mission statement: “It’s time to stop fooling ourselves…the women who have managed to be both … Continued


There is a plague spreading across our vast country, rooting itself in the young. This epidemic is apathy, and it has been growing. Earlier this month, there was an assassination attempt on the newly elected premier of Québec, Pauline Marois. The news, though surprising, seemed to fade from the headlines rather quickly. And there are … Continued

Livin’ in the…Town?

Nanaimo: how much meaning can be derived from this one word? Nanaimo is the anglicized version of the Snuneymuxw’s First Nations namesake. It means “departure.” And this, I find, to be quite apt of a name for our lovely little town. And it is a town, no matter how hard it tries to be a … Continued

Making Time

Journalism, by nature, is unpredictable—you never know what’s going to crop up. I had planned to start the year on an optimistic note. I graduated last spring and I wanted to talk about that experience—and why I’m back for more. This editorial was going to be about being gung-ho for the fresh start of a … Continued

Click to Share, or More Will Perish!

On Mar. 5, the organization Invisible Children (IC) uploaded a 29-minute video called KONY 2012 to social media platforms. The film aimed to spearhead foreign military efforts to arrest Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)a rebel group in Uganda known for its use of child soldiers. Within 48-hours, the public donated … Continued


Slacktivism is now a threat to my sanity. It’s probably the first time those who do it have ever affected anything, so I guess some congratulations are in order. Who knows? If they keep up their annoying online snobbish trash, I might organize a counter-activism group to protest the shitty, lazy activism that’s driving me … Continued

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