Spirituality on Tap: Fishing for meaning

  “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after”  —Henry David Thoreau My dad doesn’t go to church. “The great outdoors is my church, honey,” he’d say as he packed his truck full of fishing gear every Sunday morning, before climbing in with his thermos … Continued

Word appeal

A trip to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) online is an adventure into an immense cabinet of lexiconical wonders. More than just a reference source, the OED is a playground for linguaphiles. The beauty of the OED lies in its search for the historical record of words—each entry features the earliest known usage of each … Continued


Conservative neglect of credit card fees costs small business billions Dear editor, Shock, secrecy, complexity, and speed of change has paralysed effective democratic response to the Canada-China Investment Treaty. On top of the two back-to-back omnibus Bills, and Nexen, the timing has overwhelmed MP’s, MLA’s, the media, NGO’s, and the public. FIPA is unique in … Continued


Dear editor, While Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has finally taken some action against abusive business practices of pre-paid credit cards, he continues to ignore the elephant in the room: outrageous credit card fees that cost small businesses billions every year. Each year, Visa and Mastercard charge businesses an estimated $5 billion through hidden fees. These … Continued

On a consumer crazy train

Heat waves rise from the smooth rocks along the Nanaimo River where you’re spending a languid day shaking off everyday life—the stress of juggling job and studies—and for a moment time feels like your own. Except that on the way to the river you had to stop at Wal-Mart for sunscreen and there they were … Continued

Spirituality on Tap Science vs. Faith: the war that shouldn’t be

Philip Ellis of the Huffington Post recently addressed a comment from Ricky Gervais following Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic free fall to Earth. Gervais wrote: “Dear Religion, This week I safely dropped a human being from space while you shot a child in the head for wanting to go to school. Yours, Science.” Ellis was rattled by the statement: … Continued

Paintball on Vancouver Island

The battlefield was dry and hot, dirt clouds swarmed up to bite the ankles of every man and woman as we charged. “Welcome to the Jungle” was booming from several giant speakers, but the only sound I heard came from my adrenaline-fueled heart. The war between Red and Blue had begun—and, no, I’m not referring … Continued

“Fuck it” fudge brownies

You have three major papers due next week, a group presentation with someone who mysteriously forgot how to use PowerPoint, and that crazy, soul-searching project from that elective you thought would be your “fun” class. Right. Instead of running down Fifth St. crying and yelling textbook quotes in your underwear, say “fuck it,” calm down, … Continued

Cultural appropriation: an open letter

Culture is a complicated, slippery thing. It’s malleable, and it changes with values and through time. The richness of a culture cannot be quantified, but those who connect with their traditions, their clothing, their art, and their music can feel it. In an increasingly global world, more cultures are blending together and new rituals are … Continued

The illusion of variety

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Anne, and she desperately wanted a dress with puffed sleeves from a shop window in Avonlea. When Anne asked for the dress, her Aunt Marilla deemed the fashion silly, but her Uncle Matthew, understanding the desire of this girl who had never had such a fancy … Continued


There are probably as many recipes for borscht as there are people who make this lovely soup. One thing they all have in common: the rose-red hue of beets. Borscht is an inexpensive way to get a lot of vitamins and fibre in one meal. It’s great as an appetizer or as a main course … Continued

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