Danielle Pope

Still here: living out of the shadows with HIV and AIDS Vancouver Island

When Charlene Anderson found out she had HIV, she didn’t tell anyone for six years.

Victoria Earth Walk in 32nd year

This year's Earth Walk event promises to be the most celebrated one yet.

Electric car charging stations, like this one outside the Empress Hotel, will now be a reality for city parkades.

THE WEEK — April 18: Victoria charges up Earth Week

City parkades housing eight new electric vehicle charging stations, sea levels now on the rise and workshopping death...

Electric car charging stations, like this one outside the Empress Hotel, will now be a reality for city parkades.
High-heeled teams will again walk to end sexual violence.

THE WEEK — April 11: Teams, get ready to walk

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, folk takes on metal, getting crafty with beer tax

High-heeled teams will again walk to end sexual violence.
Finding Your Light: “We don’t exist without a spark of energy,” says yoga instructor Tersia Fagan.

Finding Your Light: Chakra yoga inspires the curious

The chakra system is as much science as it is theory: “The Seven Portals to Wholeness & Happiness.”

Finding Your Light: “We don’t exist without a spark of energy,” says yoga instructor Tersia Fagan.
last year's Golden Piggy Awards saw quite the collection of notable nominees.

Hog calling the golden pigs

"Oinks" will be heard throughout the city this weekend as the most affluent hogs are let out for the 16th-annual Golden Piggy Awards.

last year's Golden Piggy Awards saw quite the collection of notable nominees.
Cool Aid Society’s casual labour pool has been matching employers and employees in need for almost a decade now.

‘This isn’t charity, it’s a job’

Cool Aid Society promotes hiring homeless

Cool Aid Society’s casual labour pool has been matching employers and employees in need for almost a decade now.
The Radical Health Alliance believes “Unacceptable” messages are those that people pass by without consideration every day (see above) as opposed to the Coalition To End Homelessness’ campaign, which the group suggests further stigmatizes homeless people.

Poverty: ‘unacceptable’

'Unacceptable' campaign sends wrong message to those impoverished, says Radical Health Alliance.

The Radical Health Alliance believes “Unacceptable” messages are those that people pass by without consideration every day (see above) as opposed to the Coalition To End Homelessness’ campaign, which the group suggests further stigmatizes homeless people.
Joseph Z. Sheppard (left), Ryan Huyton, Iris “Rainbow” Gray and Peter Cunnington at QV Café & Bakery.

‘I finally fit in’

Autism’s Own Conference asks Victoria for awareness

Joseph Z. Sheppard (left), Ryan Huyton, Iris “Rainbow” Gray and Peter Cunnington at QV Café & Bakery.
Kyla Plaxton (left) and Jude Knowles are seeking teams of dragon boaters to raise funds for the menstrual kits girls in Africa need to stay active and stay in school.

Dragon boats pad the way

At first glance, dragon boats and cloth menstrual pads might not have an obvious link — at least until you meet the women behind a mission

Kyla Plaxton (left) and Jude Knowles are seeking teams of dragon boaters to raise funds for the menstrual kits girls in Africa need to stay active and stay in school.
Fecal transplants come with an “ick” factor, but two UVic students say the procedure could be the answer to antibiotic-resistant bugs and restoring gut flora.

THE WEEK — March 21: The perfect solution: feces?

The perfect solution: feces? Yes, according to two UVic medical students. And, changes in the law of family...

Fecal transplants come with an “ick” factor, but two UVic students say the procedure could be the answer to antibiotic-resistant bugs and restoring gut flora.
Paul Latour, founder of Hero Work, stands outside the Mustard Seed.

Mustard Seed eyes extreme makeover

Hero Work calls on community to help

Paul Latour, founder of Hero Work, stands outside the Mustard Seed.
VicPD will see a 2.1-per cent budget increase this year, though the city will leave council wages stagnant to address the 3.25-per cent freeze on tax increases.

The Week — March 14: VicPD finds increase again

VicPD finds increase in budget again, and province gives a grant for more homes to people with barriers

VicPD will see a 2.1-per cent budget increase this year, though the city will leave council wages stagnant to address the 3.25-per cent freeze on tax increases.
World Poetry Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield wants to talk about air and his lifelong quest “to observe reality as it is, not as you would like it to be.”

Buddy can you spare a rhyme

Slam poet Buddy Wakefield is breathing through the words and delivering inspiration to a whole generation

World Poetry Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield wants to talk about air and his lifelong quest “to observe reality as it is, not as you would like it to be.”
The Hudson will turn into a market this June.

Indoor public market gets go-ahead, floor plan for June

Locavores are celebrating this week as the Victoria Public Market at The Hudson has secured floor plans for its scheduled opening this June.

The Hudson will turn into a market this June.
“Porn is often the main way we learn about sex . . .  it’s dripping out of the pages of every magazine in the country. Yet we are scared stiff of our own sexuality, and there is nowhere that really teaches us what healthy, soulful sex looks like.” — Jenny Ferry, sex coach

Soul sex

Coach wants grown-ups to embrace their sexuality and connect to their bodies

“Porn is often the main way we learn about sex . . .  it’s dripping out of the pages of every magazine in the country. Yet we are scared stiff of our own sexuality, and there is nowhere that really teaches us what healthy, soulful sex looks like.” — Jenny Ferry, sex coach
Geraldene Coates (front), owner of Marmalade Tart, watches a presenter at the 2012 yoUnlimited event. Coates donated to this year’s “Women to Watch” Award.

The Week — March 7: A day to celebrate ladies

International Women's Day: a day to celebrate ladies, art the feminine way and new resources for mamas

Geraldene Coates (front), owner of Marmalade Tart, watches a presenter at the 2012 yoUnlimited event. Coates donated to this year’s “Women to Watch” Award.
Julie Ann Blackpen (left), Gabriella Agueci and Serina Zapf of A Freeskool Collective believe that education shouldn't come with a price tag.

Freeskool takes a new approach

Delivering education without the price tag

Julie Ann Blackpen (left), Gabriella Agueci and Serina Zapf of A Freeskool Collective believe that education shouldn't come with a price tag.
A new study shows B.C. spends more per capita on cannabis enforcement than any other province, despite B.C.’s smoking rates mirroring the national average.

The Week — Feb. 28: The cost of enforcement

Marijuana enforcement is costing British Columbia more than any other province in the country, and a charitable way to exercise

A new study shows B.C. spends more per capita on cannabis enforcement than any other province, despite B.C.’s smoking rates mirroring the national average.
“What we’ve finally discovered is that spending time with technology is causing us to live in a stress state,” says neuroscientist-turned-psychologist Paul Mohapel. “The brain can’t help itself . . . we’ve trained ourselves to live in a perpetual state of distraction.”

Techno overload

Stress, burnout hurting our brains says neuroscientist

“What we’ve finally discovered is that spending time with technology is causing us to live in a stress state,” says neuroscientist-turned-psychologist Paul Mohapel. “The brain can’t help itself . . . we’ve trained ourselves to live in a perpetual state of distraction.”