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RECURRENT VOICES: SEAN MULLAN – PART 1 – Evolving perspectives on the Pacific-North American plate boundary near Haida Gwaii, BC

By Sean Mullan On October 27th, 2012 a moment magnitude (Mw = 7.8) earthquake occurred off Moresby Island, Haida Gwaii, BC. This was the second largest Canadian earthquake ever instrumentally measured. The largest recorded Canadian...


July 5, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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PLACES OF BC: Walbran Valley

  By Kirsten Mathison A few weekends ago, I went to the Walbran Valley on a quest to find caves in the extensive karst regions in the area. It is an unprotected tract of old-growth...


June 30, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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BC VOICES: PART 2 – The Great Land Grab: The Expansion of Settler Colonialism

  By Kelly Black Rapid growth on southern Vancouver Island and an obstinate commitment to fossil fuels demand serious consideration of passenger and freight services by rail. Driving north from Victoria, it is immediately evident...


June 28, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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CURRENT FINDINGS IN BC: National Energy Board Accepts Trans-Mountain Expansion Pipeline Project

By Lee Britton Oil spills in Puget Sound and the Salish Sea have become a public concern as oil and gas exportation has increased in recent years and is projected to continue to do so...


June 23, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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BC VOICES: PART 1 – The Great Land Grab: Real Estate and Commuter Rail on Vancouver Island

    By Kelly Black After years of questionable service and maintenance, it’s time to get serious about retaining the E&N rail corridor for future rail service. It is well past due, however, that we...


June 20, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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RECURRENT VOICES: Michael Kluckner

By Michael Kluckner I’ve always believed that I write in a neutral tone. “Mostly believed” is probably more accurate, as a book called Paving Paradise that I wrote in 1991 was pretty much a rant...


June 16, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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A Note from the Blog Curator

        Spring is officially in full swing in BC, and so is the BC Studies blog! With over 30 posts since the blog’s inception in January, it has been a tremendous ‘first...


June 14, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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PLACES OF BC: Follow-up on Botanical Beach – Minnesota Seaside Station

  “Each summer from 1901 to 1907, groups of students and instructors ventured here from Minnesota, Ohio, Nebraska, and other midwestern states. They traveled by train, cooking meals on a small stove in their rail...


June 13, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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CURRENT FINDINGS IN BC: Could Stopping Biodiversity Loss Be The Answer To All Our Problems?

This is a timely post, as today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day! By Michaela Montaner – Pacific Wild Photos by Ian McAllister As habitat destruction continues in and around the otherwise pristine Great Bear...


June 8, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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PLACES OF BC: Behind The Scenes – Meet the GBR’s Biodiversity Mascots

    By Michaela Montaner – Pacific Wild Photos by Ian McAllister Since inception, Pacific Wild has been pushing to protect the biodiversity the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) represents. Lucky for us, we have some...


June 6, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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PLACES OF BC: Botanical Beach

The Minnesota Seaside Station     Little known and visited, only by small groups of university students and their instructors over the last century or so, Botanical Beach and the Field Station established there by...


June 1, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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RECURRENT VOICES: Doug King – Pivot Legal Society

In the Midst of a Mental Health Crisis, We are Failing Rural and Aboriginal Youth By Doug King, Pivot Legal Society Pivot was formed more than a decade ago in the face of a health...


May 31, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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PLACES OF BC: Born Outta This, Born Into That

By Christine Lowther After three collections of poetry, it was time for a prose project. Time to gather previously published essays and personal narratives with new work, consolidate, add, polish and refresh, and see what kind...


May 24, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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RECURRENT VOICES: Patrick Dunae

By Patrick A. Dunae The image of the ‘Little Man’ evokes the essence of the credit union movement in its formative years and was used in BC from the 1940s until the 1970s. Protected from a...


May 19, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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RECURRENT VOICES: Jonathan Swainger

Recent events — Toronto’s Black Lives Matter activism, the Truth and Reconciliation Report (TRC), Jian Ghomeshi’s trial and outcome, in addition to the Trudeau government’s anticipated House of Common’s Komagata Maru apology — demonstrate that...


May 17, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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RECURRENT VOICES: Veronica (Nikki) Strong-Boag

Examining The Camel or One Inspiration For a Biography of a Canadian Viceregal Couple Privilege of whatever sort is readily corrosive of an ethics of care to others. This is the Christian message in Matthew...


May 10, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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RECURRENT VOICES: Sage Birchwater

Atlantic Power –  Burning questions about railway ties Controversy is brewing over Atlantic Power Corporation’s bid to increase the volume of creosote-laden railway ties it is allowed to burn in its biomass-fired energy plant in...


May 5, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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CURRENT FINDINGS IN BC: Pacific Wild

by Pacific Wild As far as we are concerned, when a new 2016 Great Bear Rainforest land-use order was legally established on January 28, 2016, the Heiltsuk Tribal Council won quote of the year with...


May 3, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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PLACES OF BC: Tracking more stories of the First World War

PLACES OF BC: Tracking more stories of the First World War By Greg Dickson and Mark Forsythe   One of the most gratifying aspects of the publication of our book, From the West Coast to...


April 26, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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CURRENT FINDINGS IN BC: Every Place has a Story

CURRENT FINDINGS IN BC: Every Place has a Story by Eve Lazarus A reviewer once called my first book At Home with History (2007) an “entry level book.” He wasn’t being kind, but I loved...


April 21, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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BC VOICES: Chris Czajkowski

AND THE RIVER STILL SINGS by Chris Czajkowski And The River Still Sings is my eleventh and latest published book. All of the others document different segments of the wilderness life that I have more...


April 18, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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PLACES OF BC: Arbutus Corridor

After years of shouting across the tracks, Vancouver and CP conclude agreement over the Arbutus Corridor, and the Supreme Court of Canada deserves some credit by Doug Harris Ten years ago the Supreme Court of...


April 18, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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BC VOICES: Ronald Greene

Carlo Gentile, Gold Rush Photographer by  Ronald Greene My journey started over twenty years ago when I was offered a photograph album that appeared to be the work of only one photographer, Carlo Gentile. This...


April 14, 2016 | BC Places and Voices

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RECURRENT VOICES: Jean Barman

In praise of Ken Mather’s Chinese cowboys BC Studies’ mandate as a regional peer-reviewed journal gives it a unique opportunity to attend to a part of Canada all too often perceived as on the edge...


April 12, 2016 | BC Places and Voices