Spring Gillard

Art for Social Change

Many years ago I had the opportunity to do some advertising and promotion for the Anna Wyman Dance Company. Our creative team attended one of the early rehearsals for the upcoming performance. They hadn’t titled it yet. I was reading The Stand by Stephen King at the time, and the dance evoked the same feeling. […]

Theatre in the Park

I’ve registered for a drama education course this summer at UBC, so I have theatre on the mind. Came across this theatre in the park as I was flipping through my community centre offerings. What a fun idea!

Join Hadden Park artist in residence Billy Marchenski to create site specific outdoor theatre. Issues that concern […]

Primula Auricula

Tonight we say farewell to Alison, one of our founding members at the community garden to which I belong. After decades of service on the board and tending some of our most beautiful common areas, Alison will be moving to the Island. We’re having a potluck bash to send her off to her new life.


Gluten-free Solstice

I had my first picnic of the summer last night with my friends from the building. We did a gluten-free feast. You can tell by the picture that we didn’t go wanting. There was a cheese and fruit plate, a quinoa salad, and incredible desserts from a local gluten-free bakery and some homemade brownies.

I […]

Charged on Hornby

When I was on Denman recently, we popped over to Hornby Island for an afternoon. I had never been and was blown away by the white sandy beaches. They have plenty of salt water around them, but no fresh water lakes as some of the neighbouring islands do. Hornbians (?) rely on wells for their […]


I sent my Dad a Father’s Day gift last week. The 8 1/2 x 11 envelope contained a paperback, a deck of cards, and a card. I had folded the unpadded envelope in half; it was a small package. The post office agent weighed it (.381 kg), then checked the corresponding rate on the computer. […]

Good for the Sole

In 2008, Seann Dory was one of the participants in our SFU Applications in Sustainable Community Development course. At the time he was working at United We Can, a container recycling depot that employs residents of the downtown eastside (DTES). As we toured, Seann met some folks who had an idea to turn the DTES […]

Fish Crossing

Tofino has added a dash of art to their crosswalks. Rumour has it First Nations artist, Roy Vickers will have a hand in the next ones. Vickers has a wonderful gallery in downtown Tofino.

Farm Floating

I was on the Island last week. A couple of Islands to be exact – Vancouver and Denman. The first few days of my holiday, I hung out with friends in the Duncan area, floating from farm to farm. Here’s what my Saturday looked like: Duncan Farmer’s market, shopping for bread and cheese in the […]


I was in Tofino for a few days this week. The District has been doing some green streetscaping. Note the permeable paving. These are the new bike racks parked around town.