4 Leslie Campbell | FOCUS ANNOUNCES THE DIANE CARR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
A community force for truth, beauty and justice.
12 David Broadland | THE CRD HID MCLOUGHLIN POINT’S FATAL FLAW
The choice of the controversial site over Rock Bay will lead to hundreds of millions in costs that could have been avoided.
18 Judith Lavoie | WILL NO POLITICIANS STAND UP FOR GRIZZLIES?
While most citizens oppose the bear trophy hunt, BC’s politicians seem reluctant to offend hunters.
22 Alan Cassels | TACKLING THE OVERDIAGNOSIS TREND
A local doctor helps wind back the harms of too much medicine.
24 Briony Penn | INGMAR’S “WORRY” NOW A TRAGIC REALITY
On the eve of the Kinder Morgan decision, an oil-carrying vessel tests marine disaster response—and finds it lacking.
26 Katherine Palmer Gordon | UNFINISHED BUSINESS
BC’s treaty process has taken a quarter-century of effort, with only four final agreements to show for it.
28 Rob Wipond | ESCAPE FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA
Some people say that our province’s strong mental health laws save lives. A constitutional court challenge says they lead to discrimination
abuse, fear and the flight of psychiatric refugees.
34 Aaren Madden | HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
While Blu Smith’s artistic expression has seen shifts both major and subtle, his fascination with light remains constant.
44 Mollie Kaye | TALES OF A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
Victoria Jazz Society presents the Jerry Granelli Trio and the Victoria Children’s Choir.
52 Monica Prendergast | AH, THE MEMORIES!
Phoenix Theatre at UVic celebrates 50 years of making theatrical waves.
56 Amy Reiswig | NAVIGATING BELONGING
Jennifer Manuel explores the complexity of belonging through the reflections of a nurse in a First Nations community.
58 Gene Miller | DVS IN PARADISE
Meditations on “why” while collecting trash in Beacon Hill Park.
60 Maleea Acker | CONNECTING THROUGH OUR ROOTS
Adolf and Oluna Ceska’s fungi and the coastal ecosystems they nurture.
62 Trudy Duivenvoorden Mitic | THE DARKER SIDE OF FLORA
It’s not all sweetness and light in the garden.
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