Helping to revive the Hul’q’umin’um language of the Snuneymuxw

From SFU’s campus newspaper, The Peak: Student provides support for language revival. In an effort to ebb the decline of First Nations’ languages in North America, SFU master’s in linguistics student Kevin Baetscher, who is fluent in six languages, is studying the Hul’q’umin’um language of the Snuneymuxw First Nations, who reside on Vancouver Island. Hul’q’umin’um […]

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How to make doctors irrelevant

We’ve got it pretty good on Gabriola as far as health care goes: several doctors, some accepting new patients, new medical clinic, etc. But wouldn’t it be best if you didn’t need a doctor in the first place? From The Daily Beast: How to make doctors irrelevant. When Dr. Terry Wahls accepted her new job […]

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A bacteria-rich hygiene experiment

From the New York Times: My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment. For most of my life, if I’ve thought at all about the bacteria living on my skin, it has been while trying to scrub them away. But recently I spent four weeks rubbing them in. I was Subject 26 in testing a living bacterial […]

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New Nanaimo to Vancouver foot passenger ferry coming?

Well, this sounds promising. From the CBC: Nanaimo foot-passenger ferry could be running in 2015. Plans for a private foot-passenger ferry service from downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver are one step closer after the city and Island Ferry Services reached an agreement on a 20-year lease. The company’s director of marine operations, Dave Marshall, says […]

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Awra Amba

If you’re one of those who work to make this community a good place to live, you might like to read about what went into the creation of an Ethiopian community called Awra Amba. From Awra Amba, the place of happiness. In 1972, in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, a young farmer called Zumra Nuru […]

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