4 VICTORIA’S DIMINISHING URBAN FOREST | Leslie Campbell
Residents are mobilizing to protect one of the City’s greatest natural charms, increasingly threatened by development.
14 SEX, LIES, AND TRIPLE-DELETED EMAILS | David Broadland
An email unearthed by an FOI request raises fresh questions about the Elsner investigation. So do all the deleted emails.
18 ALARMED | Ross Crockford
Downtown residents question the $34-million deal for a new fire hall.
20 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT RECONSIDERED | Judith Lavoie
BC’s new Environmental Assessment Act needs teeth and scientific certainty to avoid disasters of the past.
22 CLEANBC PLAN NICE ONSCREEN, BUT HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS | Russ Francis
The BC government’s concerted efforts at message control nearly overwhelm its new climate plan.
24 LOGGING MADNESS CONTINUES | Briony Penn
Nothing has changed in BC forestry practices under the BC NDP government.
26 SENIORS TARGETED WITH HIGH-DOSE FLU VACCINE | Alan Cassels
The government doesn’t pay for it yet, but the pressure from Big Pharma is on.
28 BRIDGE BUILDER SUES CITY FOR BAD DESIGN | David Broadland
The City has always denied the new bridge has any problems, thus limiting its ability to assert itself in legal fights over the project.
30 LIGHT OF DAY | Aaren Madden
Ray Ward’s landscape paintings celebrate the ever-changing skies and moods of the West Coast.
34 THE ART AND LIFE OF ELIZABETH YEEND DUER | Kate Cino
This Anglo-Japanese artist illustrates the fascinating blend of cultural themes at play in the 1940s in Victoria.
48 SPEAKEASY: HOT JAZZ ON BROAD STREET | Mollie Kaye
Your once-sleepy Tuesday nights may never be the same.
52 ON THE PATH OF AN OIL PIPELINE | Monica Prendergast
Bears is a great example of the resurgence of Indigenous theatre in Canada.
54 PATRICIA ROY’S THE COLLECTORS | Stephen Hume
As this historian shows, the Royal BC Museum has proved a resilient, adaptive and unusually far-sighted institution.
58 DOWNTOWN HAS IT ALL-ISH | Gene Miller
Downtown has 1000s of new units, yet it feels unwelcoming to many.
60 BALANCING PROGRESS AND PARKLAND | Maleea Acker
Julian Anderson and Cuthbert Holmes Park.
62 ENVISIONING A PLASTIC-FREE ZONE FOR THE NEW YEAR | Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic
Victoria is tackling the bags; now let’s move on to single-use plastics.
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