Take a stand

Running on the treadmill at Vancouver Island University’s gym, listening to a playlist of old ’90s rap, “Shook Ones” by Mobb Deep begins playing. It triggers a landslide of memories. The day David Lacroix took a stand for me, a kid he barely knew, floods my mind and I have to decline my speed to … Continued

It’s a Dog’s Life

By contributor Kelly Whiteside I can’t count the number of times I’ve had customers from my workplace get legitimately upset with me when I inform them our store is not pet friendly, and that any non-service animals must be left outside. I don’t understand it. I love my animals as much as the next person, … Continued

UGLY: Speaking up for Those Who Won’t

By contributor Shanon Fenske Meet Kyrsten Carlson: Musician, writer, autism paraprofessional,  chef, dancer, and emcee; big hearted, quick-witted, wide smiling, and funny as hell—a confident, fun-loving spirit, pierced and tattooed, with a gorgeous smile and warm sparkling eyes. Nine years ago, 15-year-old Kyrsten is at an all-ages music venue with trusted friends. Her closest girlfriend lures her into the washroom and … Continued

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