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Comment Archives: stories: Features & Images

Re: “Quietly exploring Hokkaido by bicycle

...Second World War even though the Red Army had nothing to do with the defeat of Japan

Wrong. Japan and the Soviet Union were at war long before December 7, 1941.

Posted by Roy Drinkwater on 01/17/2019 at 5:26 PM

Re: “When ski-town life leads to depression

Harry Meow is an obvious troll account.
Never trust a random Rubiks cube analogy
when speaking upon mental health.
Laughter is best medicine.
PC culture to blame for mental numbing
and emotional turmoil.

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Posted by Global Kewling on 01/10/2019 at 7:09 PM

Re: “When ski-town life leads to depression

----The WCSS moved to its new location at 8000 Nesters Road last year, effectively making its outreach program more visible in a non-clinical setting. Normalising mental health as a wellness initiative is imperative to "reducing" the shame stigma that often "surrounds" mental illness.

Curious, is it not, how often we are told stigma and shame surround mental illnesses? Quietly sneaking in to that rubric today is the thought of "reducing" stigma and shame, as if we ought accept some. No thank you.

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Posted by Harold Maio on 01/10/2019 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Straight and narrow cycling in Korea

thanks Tom!! hope u will be writing about Japan also!!

Posted by Ian Hutcheson on 01/03/2019 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Relishing fashion and food in the ancient city of Hôi An

I had no idea about this part of Vietnam. It's not often that you find quality photojournalism written about places you'd actually like to visit. More articles of this kind please!

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Posted by Jennifer M on 12/14/2018 at 2:16 PM

Re: “The hunt for gold

A rambling article that touches upon but does not fully explain what the step James Douglas took to insure that mainland BC remain under the British flag, that is, with the authority of Queen Victoria, to proclaim mainland BC to be a British Crown Colony ahead of treaties being signed as outlined by a previous Royal Proclamation in 1763 made before BC was even on the map.

This is the source of the current legalese nonsense du jour that BC is "unceded" land belonging to various Bands who warred, looted, enslaved and genocided each other out of territory with abandon before BC came into existence and British law was enforced.

Nor does it gives any credit where credit is due. For example, it was actually James Douglas that encouraged indigenous people to collect gold for trade when he began supplying them with hand tools and British ethnographer James Teit who wrote the letter the Chiefs from the Shuswap, Okanagan and Couteau tribes sent to Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier. Teit, who was married to N'lakapamux woman, also wrote the famous Lil'wat Declaration of 1911 but is never given credit for it by the various Bands that hold it and the 1763 Royal Proclamation to be sacrosanct while pretending Queen Victoria's 1858 Proclamation, of equal legal authority, doesn't exist.

This is something that all British Columbians need to pay attention to with the current NDP/Green plan to declare the racist UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) law of the land. Is there any one of us who isn't indigenous to Planet Earth? Further afield, in Ottawa, the Canadian Constitution is about to be changed by our status Minister of Justice so that the UNDRIP can legislate herself and her family members a vast "ownership" of BC that excludes 95% of the population.

And how convenient for the banks and multinational corporations who are waiting with bated breath so they can swoop in and cut loans and deals that just might be designed to eventually bankrupt the new "native nations." Who will own the public lands and resources of BC then?

Do the people of this province really want to be dictated to by the UN? With the UN migration pact about to be signed in Marrakesh, it may actually be too late but beware mixed-race status number holders of various unpronounceable "nations" and "owners" of BC - Grand Chief Justin Trudeau is about to open your borders to the world.

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Posted by KJC on 12/09/2018 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Making a Mountain (Wo)Man

Who wrote this tripe?

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Posted by Joseph Seiler on 11/24/2018 at 11:45 PM

Re: “On the mend

Great article.

My only quibble would be the subheading "grizzly hunt a contributing factor." It doesn't seem that the grizzly hunt was a problem; rather illegal/unreported conflict killing and poaching are.

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Posted by an.7 on 11/16/2018 at 10:57 AM

Re: “The second wave

In all the current hype around legalizing marihuana there will be people getting hurt. There is no conclusive study that psychedelics help with depression, PTSD, etc. Some say it helps and some say it does not. Each study has its own limitations. And in fact it may well be that it helps some people and hurts others. But the fact is that psychedelics (even marihuana let alone LSD) could trigger psychotic episodes and I can say that is true from firsthand experience. So before you run to get the psychedelics keep in mind that you can end up in a worse place than you are now. The problem is even more complicated by the fact that there are people that have borderline mood disorders they are not aware of. Some of those people can get in serious trouble with the psychedelics. The worse thing is that once they are triggered they may not come back to the previous state. This is nasty stuff people. It is estimated that 5-10% of pollution is at risk of this. So although your friends and neighbors do psychedelics all day long no problems, you may not be in luck. Be careful especially if you suspect you may have some problems!

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Posted by John 1 on 11/10/2018 at 11:57 PM

Re: “Surging adrenaline in the Argentinian Andes

Wonderful piece! I've never dared to ride a horse, but this gives me thought! I think I'd rather stay in the 4x4, but you paint a wonderful picture!!!

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Posted by Neil Peel on 11/06/2018 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Surging adrenaline in the Argentinian Andes

Great article! My heart started to race just reading it. For a moment, I felt like I experienced it right there with you. Beautifully written, thanks for taking us to an unknown paradise in Argentina! Looks like another destination to add to our "Must See" list.

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Posted by K.Dow on 11/05/2018 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Surging adrenaline in the Argentinian Andes

Nice Virginia! I love the area around Mendoza and did a few rides with the Gauchos myself.
Enjoy. I love that you have an adventure seeking soul.

Laura L.

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Posted by Laura Lefkowitz on 11/03/2018 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Surging adrenaline in the Argentinian Andes

This visually vivid account makes me - a former rider - think seriously about getting back in the saddle! The environment and social amenities sound dream-like. Thank you, Ms. Aulin, for sharing your epic Argentina adventure. E P

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Posted by E P on 11/02/2018 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Tanzania— Nchi ya maajabu!

Muba was our guide several years ago. He was wonderful! I'm so glad you got to experience his knowledge, kindness, and skill as a guide! Our itinerary was quite similar to this and we had an awesome time. Reading your description brings back wonderful memories.
Infinite Safari Adventures is the best in the biz.

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Posted by Jeff Harband on 10/16/2018 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Tanzania— Nchi ya maajabu!

This great article brought vivid memories of my own safari in Kenya, with regrets that I skipped the balloon ride. Wish there was a picture of the"Tree of Life" . Fedoruk really writes with such intense color. Norman

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Posted by Norman Abell on 10/11/2018 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Tanzania— Nchi ya maajabu!

Wow the trip sounds like an adventure of a lifetime!

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Posted by Ivy Michaels on 10/11/2018 at 7:54 AM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

elyhim: True, but the presence of the bike increases a human's destructiveness a thousandfold. Mountain bikers don't like to talk about that fact. Because they are too lazy to walk, removing the bikes also removes those nature-hating idiots.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/06/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

The main argument now against ebikes is that people will spend more time on trails more often.


To Mike's point - in his world man should not be in the water, not explore space, in fact man himself should not be in the wilderness - man is too damaging.

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Posted by elyhim on 10/06/2018 at 3:56 AM
Posted by The Spangler on 10/05/2018 at 2:53 PM

Re: “The Contentious E-Bike Debate: Fact vs. Opinion

All charges were dismissed in 2013.

"As for dismissing your research, I am only doing what you so often do, which is to claim the research was carried out by mountain bikers and so must be biased": that's a lie. I have never said it "must be biased because it was carried out by mountain bikers". It was carried out by mountain bikers, and it was biased, but I never said that was cause & effect. But you have to read the original research & my review to see exactly why I said it was biased. What I actually said is that their conclusions don't follow from their data. That's a statement about science & logic. To oversimplify it, mountain bikers cause more damage partly because they travel much farther & faster than hikers.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 10/04/2018 at 7:11 PM

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