Coal Train Comin’

Rex Weyler

Canada’s dangerous bargain with US lignite, the world’s dirtiest coal: This summer, Port Metro Vancouver approved a coal export terminal on the Fraser River, despite severe warnings by health officials and ecologists. Over the last decade, Canadian federal conservatives and BC Liberals have gutted the industrial review process, silenced scientists, eroded ecological protections, and attempted […]

Long Legs, High Heels

Marie Goulet

Born on Salt Spring Island in 1997, and raised in Quebec and the Gulf Islands, Marie Goulet is now a young artist living in Vancouver. Settled in the city in 2013 with her father and older brother, she is attending her last years of secondary school. When possible, Marie visits her mother and younger siblings on […]

Uncovering Spirit

Donna Naven

 Artist Statement: I am a stone carver. Earth’s rocks have always been with us and for at least 30,000 years, humans have manipulated stones to provide meaning. The 25,000 year old stone figure of the Mother Earth Goddess is my inspiration. I have always collected stones from BC beaches and admired their solid strength and […]

A Wishy-Washy Liberal

Christine Cohen Park

Journal of a Wishy-Washy Liberal: Travelling through Israel and Palestine Call me a wishy-washy liberal if you like, but there are ways and ways of visiting Palestine. Before I set off I knew about the frustrating and humiliating queuing at the checkpoints, the demolitions, the trigger-happy settlers, road blocks, intimidations, the villages divided from their […]

The Last Stand

David Ellingsen

BIO David Ellingsen is a photographer and environmental artist, who creates images of site-specific installations, landscapes and object studies. The Last Stand images speak to humanity’s impact on the natural world, and are motivated by the challenges of sustainability within contemporary Western culture. Since 2001, David has exhibited his work in  commercial and public galleries in […]

Paint the Effect

Rex Weyler

On July 19 of this year, Canadian poet and author Dennis E. Bolen published a review, in the Vancouver Sun, referring to the Norm Gibbons novel, Voyage of the Arrogant, as “narrative impressionism.” The term appeared new to me, but made sense. Impressionism emerged as a visual art revolution, but it rose from roots in […]

POPE FRANCIS: The Real McCoy?

Norm Gibbons

On June 24, 2014 at 2.24 a.m. Vatican Time, when Pope Francis should have been asleep, he tweeted the world:  “How I wish everyone had decent work! It is essential for human dignity.” Of his 14 million tweeting followers, one out of the immediate 6459 replies to God’s official representative on Earth commented, “Go to […]