Nanaimo needs native plants

Roadside flowers, like this yellow hawkweed, are an important food source for native bee populations. By contributor Chantelle Spicer.    Traipsing about town, it is hard not to notice that spring has officially arrived, and with it, flowers everywhere. It is not only from domesticated gardens that these foretellers of good weather emerge from, but also … Continued

VIU’s spring jazz concerts showcase student talent

The VIU Jazz Ensemble rehearses for the Spring Showcase Concerts coming up April 7, 8, and 9. Student musicians (l-r) Trevor Fisher (saxophone), Chris Welch (alto saxophone), Robyn Fortunal (alto saxophone) and Josh Pare (tenor saxophone) practice an arrangement under the direction of Professor Greg Bush. By contributor Shari Bishop Bowes Jazz lovers are invited to enjoy three … Continued

Stone and crystal eggs for Spring

By contributor Shanon Fenske Lobelia’s Lair in Nanaimo will once again sell egg-shaped stone crystals to anyone celebrating spring, fertility, and rebirth this Easter season. Stone crystals in the shapes of eggs are sold year-round at Lobelia’s Lair in Nanaimo, says storeowner Liberty Harakas. They are especially popular during the spring, when people metaphorically—and literally—plant … Continued

The de-evolution of James Lunney

Op-Ed by contributor Sebastian Barkovic So a Rabbi, a Priest, and an Imam claim religious persecution. No, wait, that’s Nanaimo-Alberni MP, James Lunney. Lunney has been in the news lately, not for shaking hands or kissing babies, but for reasons related to his religion. As a student of politics, and a student of religion, this … Continued

Political conference opens conversation for Nanaimo politicians and students

The VIU Political Society had its first Student Political Conference on March 24, giving students the opportunity to voice their opinions about various issues and mingle with politicians. Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay, Nanaimo councilors Wendy Pratt and Leanne Salter, NDP representative Sheila Malcolmson, Liberal representative Tim Tessier, and Green representative Paul Manly were in attendance. … Continued

The dam story

By contributor Chantelle Spicer British Columbia—the early 1800s. Colonization by the Europeans has not yet begun. Ecosystems are in their natural state or managed under the sustainable ideals of the numerous First Nations bands across the province; populations of all animals flourish in their natural balance. River systems run in an unimpeded web for thousands … Continued

Children’s Charity’s 8th Annual Radiothon in April

Variety’s Sunshine Coach program grants vehicles to organizations that support children with special needs, providing a comfortable, safe mode of transportation. Variety – The Children’s Charity, an organization which gives financial support to individual families and organizations across British Columbia that care for children with special needs is teaming up with 102.3 The Wave to … Continued

The Cinematheque’s 24 Hour Movie Marathon

By contributor Spencer Wilson. From 10 am on February 28 to 10 am on February 29, I had the pleasure of attending the Cinematheque’s second 24 Hour Movie Marathon in Vancouver. The $40 tickets were well worth the price considering the amount of films shown and the free goodies given out. 15 films that the … Continued

Carver comes up big as Mariners win final game

It wasn’t the game they wanted to be playing in, but the VIU Mariners’ women’s basketball team picked up the win in the team’s final game at the National Championship. VIU got a monster performance from fifth-year forward Jenna Carver as the Mariners picked up a 63-51 victory over the Mount Allison University Mounties. Mount … Continued

Camosun spoils Mariners’ quest for bronze

On February 28, the VIU Mariners’ women’s volleyball team staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the Camosun Chargers and capture the PacWest Provincial Championship on the Chargers’ home court in Victoria. The Mariners rallied back after losing the first two sets to stun the Chargers in a dramatic five-set thriller. At the National Championship in … Continued

Clippers one win away from Island Championship

For the second straight series, the Nanaimo Clippers played a do-or-die game seven on home ice, this time with the BCHL Island Championship on the line. The Clippers and their opponent, the Powell River Kings, were tied 3-3 after the first six games of the Island Championship series. The home team has won every game … Continued

Celebrating Culture on the Runway

           A group of first and fourth year Tourism and Management students will be showcasing 10 different ethnicities with their traditional clothing on March 30 on Nanaimo’s campus in the Royal Arbutus room.             There will be 20 student models, both male and female representing clothing from … Continued

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