Taking John Jacob Astor-risks

Beaver fever: The Fur Trade Gamble examines the North West Company’s pre-1821 “Columbia Adventure” chiefly on the American side of the Pacific Northwest.         FULL STORY

The symetry of this 1941 apartment building demonstrates the Moderne style. Nick Russell photo.


Street views before Google

Town planners set aside 300,000 building lots for 30,000 people in Greater Victoria about 100 years ago.

Nick Russell celebrates 147 of the City of Victoria’s most noteworthy residences in Glorious Victorian Homes, reviewed by Larry McCann. FULL STORY

A fox behind a smile

Her biographer Judi Tyabji believes Clark is much more than “a heartless, arrogant, corporate sellout.” REVIEW: Christy Clark: Behind the Smile… FULL STORY

Coming out as Métis

Indebted to Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper, Gerry St. Germain owed much of  his integrity as a Senator to his… FULL STORY

Civil Gothic to West Coast Modern

Architectural historian Harold Kalman reviews two books about architects who made major contributions to B.C.’s built environment. REVIEW: Thomas Fuller: Architect… FULL STORY

Stroke and distance

Using the index finger of his left hand, he began typing The Defiant Mind eight months after a massive ischemic… FULL STORY

Seeing Red

Steven Ferguson responds to Robin Brunet’s, Red Robinson: The Last Deejay. Usually cited as Vancouver’s first rock ‘n’ roll deejay,… FULL STORY

Oppenheim not Oppenheimer

Whereas Louis Oppenheim, from Poland, married Nukwa of the Nlaka’pamux people. Now his great-granddaughter has retrieved her mixed-race heritage. Bonnie… FULL STORY

Dawson City or bust

Robert McCandless reviews the Klondike recollections of a 24-year-old gold-seeker. REVIEW: All for the Greed of Gold: Will Woodin’s Klondike… FULL STORY

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