From the fur trade to the UBC archives

The title of librarian Laurenda Daniells’ memoir, Royal Blood, refers to her great-grandmother Sally (at left), daughter of an Okanagan chief, who married Scottish-born fur trader Alexander Ross. FULL STORY

People came by the thousands for the unveiling ceremony of the Burns statue in 1928.


A hunk, a hunk of Robbie Burns love

Ask someone to name B.C.’s most popular poet and you'll get a wide variety of suggestions.

None can match the fervour of adoration felt in B.C. for Robbie Burns–as Fred Braches recalls after his discovery of an obscure book about the Robbie Burns statue in Stanley Park. FULL STORY

Al Neil (1924-2017)

“New York has William Burroughs, Los Angeles has Charles Bukowski and Vancouver has Al Neil,” — local author John Armstrong… FULL STORY

Nanaimo’s founding force

Jan Peterson’s new biography untangles the fascinating relationship between the humanitarian Mark Bate and his friend and arch-rival, the coal… FULL STORY

Take me to the river

A new history of ILWU Local 502 celebrates how unionists have “successfully navigated the restructuring forces of globalization.” Reviewer Sean… FULL STORY

Biodiversity & the boardroom

Biodiversity markets remain small. Destructive development continues apace. So we must image new partnerships. REVIEW: Enterprising Nature: Economics, Markets, and… FULL STORY

Women & the wild essentials

Taylor notes, “Cascadia…has always been considered counterculture, liberated, transgressive, rebellious, transformative.” REVIEW: Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on… FULL STORY

The Kane scrutiny

In Victoria between April and June of 1847, the Irish-Canadian artist painted in the traditional territory of the Songhees (Lekwungen)… FULL STORY

Always cry wolf

With Wolf Island, Pacific Wild founder Ian McAllister and ex-journalist Nicholas Read have again appealed to readers aged 8-14. REVIEW:… FULL STORY

Fidel and me

She tells the story of how her father Fred Brown became head of Havana University’s philosophy department after she asked… FULL STORY

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