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Over 1000 dolphins escort ferry near Vancouver

November 2, 2013

Over 1000 dolphins escort ferry near Vancouver

Great video shot on Hallowe’en, October 31, 2013. Over 1000 dolphins swim alongside a BC Ferries vessel on its way to Vancouver through Georgia Strait.

CBC report confirms they’re Pacific white-sided dolphins which usually congregate farther out to sea.

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What temperate rainforest looks like

June 4, 2013

What temperate rainforest looks like

This photo was taken by my colleague Ken Wu, an environmental advocate with BC’s Ancient Rainforest Alliance. The photo was actually taken in Washington State, not far from here. He says this is the Quinault Rainforest in Olympic National Park, “the mossiest temperate rainforest in existence with almost all the record-size trees of the region, just about my favourite place on the West Coast!”

As part of my other design job with a group called Commons BC, I was involved in the fight against Bill 8 which would have privatized vast areas of BC’s forests.

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Pack horse trip in the Northern Rockies: Muskwa-Kechika

July 9, 2012

Pack horse trip in the Northern Rockies: Muskwa-Kechika

[Update: The Globe and Mail has finally run the story about our trip. Wilderness guide and Globe travel writer Bruce Kirkby came along on our leg of the ride.]

I just spent two weeks out of internet range, riding through the remote Northern Rockies on horseback.

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Letter from Dorothy Field to Stephen Harper

June 8, 2012

Letter from Dorothy Field to Stephen Harper

Letter from my friend Dorothy to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the question of his profoundly anti-democratic omnibus “budget bill” C-38. The bill’s major intent, among many nefarious minor intents, is to obliterate environmental groups and their opposition to the Alberta tar sands and its pipelines.

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High school student hybridizes her own indigo woad

October 6, 2010

High school student hybridizes her own indigo woad

British Columbia student Sarah Dalziel, who regularly wins medals in Canadian science fairs, is working on hybridizing the woad plant for maximum yield in harsh climates. Woad, which as you probably know was used by Boadicea to paint herself blue in early Celtic times, is an important source of indigo dye.

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A-frame Maritime Museum by CBK Van Norman

April 2, 2010

A-frame Maritime Museum by CBK Van Norman

I’ve always loved this building. It’s part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and was built in 1966 to house the icebreaker St. Roch. You can just see the top of the mast through the upper window.

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The Cowichan sweater of Vancouver Island

December 21, 2009

The Cowichan sweater of Vancouver Island

The late Amelia Charlie, prominent designer and promoter of the Cowichan sweater

Above is an example of the Cowichan sweater (photo courtesy Cowichan Tribes).

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