Sailing in Pelegrin in the Gulf Islands
B.C., Travel

Gabriola Pass without an engine

"You won't get any thanks for this, you realize?" My brother-in-law John is talking to Mickey, a Gabriola Island buddy with a 35-foot sailboat and the willingness to tow us home. "Not the damsels-in-distress routine, you mean?" "God, no, that's not going to work. Won't go over at all well." Gill and I are on… Continue reading Gabriola Pass without an engine

B.C., Sudan

Bitmakaly helps immigrant women

My Sudanese friend Lubna Abdelrahman is a very enterprising lady. In the last 18 months, she has set up an organisation to help immigrant women and their families and is also busy writing articles for and promoting the new Alqalam Arabic newspaper in the Vancouver area. Her new outfit, Bitmakaly Women’s Association, hosted a community… Continue reading Bitmakaly helps immigrant women

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B.C., Maritime, Portfolio

The monster of Kitimaat and other tales at Enbridge hearing

Everybody loves a good storyteller and I’m no exception. Last week, I listened to some of the live streaming of the Enbridge hearings from Kitimaat, the First Nations village a few clicks outside the company town of Kitimat in northwest B.C. It was the tail end of the first day and the Haisla’s Chief Councillor,… Continue reading The monster of Kitimaat and other tales at Enbridge hearing

B.C., Writing

Three thoughts about the Vancouver riot

June 22, 2011 I was working the evening shift at The Vancouver Sun the night the first hockey riot broke out. Depressed about the Canucks losing, we’d just about finished laying out the front page and “put the paper to bed”. Then news came in that a mob was forming at Robson and Thurlow, with… Continue reading Three thoughts about the Vancouver riot

B.C., Maritime

Enbridge releases tanker plans for Kitimat

Better late than never, I’ve been plugging my way through the marine side of Enbridge’s application to bring supertankers into B.C.’s northwestern waters. Last weekend, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw Enbridge’s huge advert in The Vancouver Sun claiming its Northern Gateway project would make “B.C.’s North Coast safer for… Continue reading Enbridge releases tanker plans for Kitimat

B.C.

My Olympic experience

Feb. 27, 2010 By Alison Bate It's Saturday morning and my sister Gill and I are hanging out over coffee in my little cottage, listening to the rain beating overhead and enjoying being dry again. Yesterday we spent the day up Cypress Mountain watching the women's snowboarding live at the Olympics. Huge buses from California… Continue reading My Olympic experience

B.C.

Bowen Island’s Olympic moment

By Alison Bate It was dark and sleepy as I drove down to Snug Cove at 5:30 a.m. yesterday, but every house had its lights on. I parked the car, offloaded my bike and pedalled across the cool damp field to Snug Cove. I passed walkers with their headlights on as I trundled across the… Continue reading Bowen Island’s Olympic moment