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

Talking to the Diaspora:

Above: Lee Maracle 📷 via Vancouver Public Library By Arts Editor Cheryl Folland A diaspora is “Any group that has been dispersed outside its traditional homeland, especially involuntarily, as Africans during the Transatlantic slave trade, refugees of war, exiled peoples, and North America’s Indigenous,” according to <dictionary.com>. Since colonialism, the conversation around diaspora has been greatly limited … Continued

Nanaimo Welcomes New Poet Laureates

By News Editor Aislinn Cottell The three-year term of Naomi Beth Wakan, Nanaimo’s first ever Inaugural Poet Laureate, has come to an end. Instated in 2013, in her time as Laureate, Wakan was a prolific writer, and established several successful creative projects in the city, including starting a high-school poetry competition, and establishing Nanaimo’s Poetry … 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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