RIP Robin Mathews (1931 – 2023)

“A long-time nationalist academic, author and poet, Robin Mathews (pictured at left) has died. From the 1960s he courted controversy in his efforts to have Canadian culture taken seriously.FULL STORY



Book reading events

December 01st, 2022

Cathalynn Labonté-Smith, author of Rescue Me: Behind the Scenes of Search and Rescue (Caitlin $26) will be reading from the book at four author events over the next two months:

-December 10th, 2-3:30 pm, The Forum, Parksville. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Sea and Summit Books. Proceeds from books will go to Arrowsmith Search and Rescue.

-December 19th, 3-5 pm, Sechelt Public Library with a Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue K9 handler and two K9s, Echo and Zulu.

January 14th, 2-4 pm, Coquitlam Public Library, with Annette Poitras Collins a survivor of being lost in the woods for three nights.

January 28th, 2-3:30 pm, West Vancouver Memorial Public Library with Frances Peck, author of The Broken Places (NeWest, 2022).


Rescue Me takes readers behind the scenes of some of North America’s riskiest search and rescue operations. Author Cathalynn Labonté-Smith shares real-life stories as told by volunteer members of Search and Rescue teams, who find the lost and rescue the injured in the most extreme conditions and situations the wilds of North America throw at them. From rescuing avalanche victims in blinding snowstorms, to climbing into vehicles teetering on cliff edges to free passengers from mangled metal or crossing wafer-thin ice to save an injured cross-country skier, these first-hand accounts will forever change how you prepare for your next outdoor adventure. Labonté-Smith uncovers everyday dangers, from the unexpected risks of familiar urban settings to the extreme conditions in North America’s wilderness.


Cathalynn Labonte-Smith

Cathalynn Labonté-Smith has been a freelance journalist for 40 years. She holds degrees in creative writing and education from U.B.C. Her first book, Break Up, Make Up or Shake Up (Manor House, 2020) was about dealing with unsatisfactory relationships. The book offers strategies, advice and exercises from true-life stories and consultations with experts for coping with relationship difficulties during stressful times (such as pandemics), transitions such as retirements, and other life challenges.

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