Attack of Danger Bay – Pender Harbour

Racers ready at the hilltop

You know how sometimes the right interviews just seem to fall in place?

Covering the Attack of Danger Bay, an annual longboarding tournament in Pender Harbour, it seemed everyone I spoke with had an interesting story to tell.

It was one of those events where you find people of all ages, from all sorts of locations, all united in their common love of broken bones, high speed and thin pieces of plied wood.

The most notorious bend on the Pender Harbour course is Carnage Corner. Behold:

Photographer Justin Samson put together an excellent gallery. Check out his work.

Story.

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Hunting for the perfect playlist

I’m going through a phase, I swear. Nah, they’re good tunes.

It’s happened to you – kicking it with some friends and marveling at the most excellent playlist your collective minds have produced, you think ‘I wish I could save this for later…’

The thing about a good playlist is that it’s not only pleasant to listen to, it has the ability to capture a moment in time; giving it another spin can transport us back to that place using our ears, like a photo through eyes.

Those experiences are defined in so many ways and the uniqueness each chapter holds finds its way into the soundtrack of your life. The people around you use their emotions to contribute to the beat just like you do, and our times spent together are every bit as valuable as those spent apart.

So why not try to capture it like you would a photo? The soundtrack of your life, catalogued and committed to some form of permanent media. I tried it before but always to no avail. It was far too difficult to keep burning CDs and if you were away from home, it just made the task more challenging.

But as the world of social media has expanded, it naturally didn’t take long for someone to capture our nascent desire to share tunes, with a website.

So here goes the experiment: using Grooveshark, I started a communal account named MJmuse. Follow along if you wish and you can see if this works.

Or at least, get the chance to share in my incomparable taste in music. Of course.

Group playlists are always saved along with the date they were made. Each contributor to the group creates a new one every month and simply adds all the songs they’re listening to. Everyone posting to it gets to share in the memories and the real gems are those shared by the whole group.

It requires a lot less of a buy-in to complete and my hope is that over time, it will become something really special, so long as I get some customers, that is.

So here’s to finding that perfect playlist and more importantly, making sure it is never lost again.

Vancouver man involved in SK residential schools sex case: reports

Beauval Residential School in 1924

Beauval Residential School in 1924

An elderly man from Vancouver is facing sex assault charges stemming from his time spent as a dormitory supervisor at a residential school in Beauval, SK.

The reports seem to have conflicting information, such as the vital detail of his age. Anyways, here they are:

Global Saskatoon

Northern Pride (local independent)

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with several survivors from the Beauval Residential School and others. It has been a great source of pain for many First Nations people living in northwest Saskatchewan and all over Canada. Here’s an article I wrote last year about a couple of their experiences.