Hamdi Issawi

Seale and Jackson enjoy chicken wings at the Workshop Eatery in Edmonton, Alta. (Photograph by Amber Bracken)

This awful year may have reset our ability to appreciate happiness

Experts think that after months of depriving ourselves of everyday pleasures we once took for granted, our newfound appreciation for the little things might actually last beyond 2020
Robson Bight, B.C. part of Stephen Wilkes' "Day to Night" series (Stephen Wilkes)

Aye, there’s the rub

Killer whales are drawn to a part of northeast Vancouver Island, where they engage in a strange activity—’beach rubbing’
Sea otters off Vargas Island in B.C.; the animals eat 20 per cent of their body weight each day (Photograph by Melissa Renwick)

Sea otters are back with a worrying vengeance in B.C.

Once within a whisker of extinction, the adorable creatures are making a major resurgence—but not all residents view their comeback in a favourable light
Horgan announces there will be a fall election IN B.C. Chad Hipolito/CP)

Five burning questions about the B.C. election

John Horgan wants to capitalize on his party’s recent tide of popularity, but the move carries risks
A ship comes through the smoky air under the Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Under B.C.’s dome of smoke and ash

After the months-long COVID lockdown, B.C.ers have been forced back indoors as yellow, sooty air swallows entire streetscapes
More than 500 dino-related items were up for grabs at Able Auctions in Langley, B.C., in what one auctioneer called a once-in-a-lifetime event (Photograph by Alana Paterson)

That time life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs were on auction in Langley, B.C.

Bidders at a sale of the velociraptors, pterosaurs and T. Rexes this August fell into two categories: grazers and carnivores
Passengers are temperature screened at the departure gates at Pearson International Airport. Toronto will move into phase three of reopening with other parts of Ontario later in the week as the province tries to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Toronto. July 30, 2020. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star/Getty Images)

Forget flattening the curve—what about eliminating COVID-19 entirely?

Stamping out the virus regionally in Canada, without a vaccine, is an enticing possibility. But what are the costs?
Mey and her students (Photograph by Jimmy Jeong)

A glimpse at what school might look like next fall for Canadian students

Half-capacity classrooms, hand-washing stations, sparse playgrounds. B.C’s resumption of classes has given the rest of the country a chance to see how schools may function in the age of COVID-19.
Guests take photos of the Brandon Police Service's new armoured response vehicle during the vehicle's unveiling at Assiniboine Community College's Public Safety Training Centre at their Victoria Avenue East campus on Thursday. (Tim Smith)

The armour-plated blue line in Brandon, Man.

The growing militarization of police—from SWAT teams to so-called ‘rescue’ vehicles—is under scrutiny
“Everybody is being way more cautious. PPE is being worn all the time. Our surgeries are taking longer because we’re protecting our patients and protecting ourselves, which means we’re doing fewer surgeries during the day.” —Robynne Peters, 46, registered nurse, operating room

Portraits of B.C.’s frontline health care workers as the province flattened the curve

These are the faces of workers in Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, who balanced hazardous jobs with anxious and, in some cases, lonely lives away from the hospital