From carefully managed safety measures to mainstream COVID deniers, Tofino’s become a chaotic mishmash of policies and behaviours that feels more like a powder keg ready to blow than an anxiety-free tourist destination. This past Saturday, someone tried to pull my mask off in a gas station filled with maskless tourists. A mid-afternoon drunken attempt at humour.
Some of my favourite people live in Tofino. The town has always been supportive of my writing with many stores still carrying The Haunting of Vancouver Island. I first visited Tofino in the 1990s and returned often to surf and then paddle surf after a knee injury. I eventually purchased an old fishing boat in 2015 that had been converted into a living space. A thinking-outside-the-box way to have an affordable home and office. I then invested in an unsuccessful restaurant business, recently winning the subsequent lawsuit. Continue reading “Tofino in the Age of COVID”
The following Vancouver Island bookstores are selling books online or by phone (free local delivery for some) while Covid-19 social restrictive measures are in place:
Munro’s Books (Victoria)
Bolen Books (Victoria)
Russell Books (Victoria)
Ivy’s Bookshop (Victoria) – now open for phone-in and online ordering
Camas Books (Victoria) – every book is washed with “75% solution of isopropyl alcohol”
Cavity Curiosity Shop (Victoria) – “no contact” pick up service only
Tanner’s Books (Sidney)
Salt Spring Books (Salt Spring Island)
Galiano Island Books (Galiano Island)
Talisman Books (Pender Island)
Volume One Bookstore (Duncan)
Strong Nations Gifts & Books (Nanaimo) – now “open for orders as usual”
Continue reading “Vancouver Island Booksellers Operating During the Covid-19 Outbreak”
I wanted to share a few photos I took today during Tofino’s Climate Strike. For those of you who don’t know, Tofino is located on Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations territory on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It’s where my retro fishing boat, the iDigher, is moored.
Tofino was the first municipality on Vancouver Island that I noticed was attempting to ban single-use plastics such as shopping bags and straws. In 1993, the town was an instrumental ally of Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht First Nations during the War in the Woods (where 900 people were arrested). Since then, Tofino has been a firm opponent of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion and its proposed increase in tanker traffic.
One could say that Tofino has a long history of social activism and acknowledgment of Indigenous rights, so I was curious to see what kind of turnout there would be today.
Continue reading “Tofino’s Climate Strike”
For years, people have been telling me that Vancouver Island is Haunted. I tend to agree with them. That’s why I’ll be reading from The Haunting of Vancouver Island at the Main Street Gallery (located at Tofino Sea Kayaking) on Thursday, July 19th at 7pm. This event is open to everyone, whether you’re a local Tofitian or some restless spirit just passing through. Continue reading “July 19th Reading at Main Street Gallery in Tofino”
Chesterman Beach is a beautiful close-to-Tofino location everyone likes to surf and visit… While I was researching The Haunting of Vancouver Island I was told by a local woman she believed the beach was haunted. I included her comments in the chapter on Keeha Beach. Surprisingly, I recently read about a Spanish massacre on Chesterman Beach by the Tlaoquiaht and some other Nuu-chah-nulth allies. (Believe me, they had it coming.) As I read the story, I realized it seemed to validate the feelings of the woman I’d interviewed. Continue reading “The Haunting of Chesterman Beach”
VIU campus bookstore has The Haunting of Vancouver Island back in stock, so I stopped by Friday afternoon to sign their copies. Thanks to Tina for taking this video (more images below), and the rest of the staff for being both supportive and all around awesome. Continue reading “Signing Books at VIU and Across Vancouver Island”