The Beautiful Laundress

(Published in Aqua Magazine, 2011) The Beautiful Laundress: Redressing Fashion It’s the house your Bohemian great-aunt would have lived in had she lived by the sea on Canada’s wet coast. The ocean glints out the front windows, while fir trees and berry bushes...

Walkers carry weight

(Published Gulf Islands Driftwood, July 16, 2014) Sometimes you just have to draw a line. Salt Spring Islanders came out on Saturday to do just that: hundreds of people took advantage of the lowest tide of the year to walk over to Grace Islet. Together, mothers,...

An ugly monument

(Published in West Coast Native News, July 2014) I live on Salt Spring Island. The adjective most used to describe this little dot in the archipelago sprawling across Canada’s Pacific coast is ‘bucolic’. Organic farms, yoga centres, pastures roamed by grazing lambs,...

Welcoming African Friends to Saltspring

(Published in Island Tides, 2011) Markets and barns, farms and tables. Welcoming African guests to Salt Spring seems to have much to do with: “what shall we eat?” Herein we find common ground: while our drive in the islands is to return to our land-based...

Hupacasath Stand Up for Canada – FIPA Court Case

Published in Watershed Sentinel, June 20, 2013 Hupacasath Stand Up for Canada – FIPA Court Case by Andrea Palframan A remarkable resistance movement is gaining momentum in this country. A  few weeks ago, the federal court in Vancouver heard the case of...