Happy National Coming Out Day!
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National Coming Out Day

My Facebook feed tells me that today is “National Coming Out Day” and as a self-identified “professional gay” I thought it’d be good to write a little post. I consider myself visibly gay. ...
August 25, 1993 Dear Nathaniel, Thank you very much for your kind letter. It is always a pleasure for me to receive mail from young people such as you. My colleagues and I now look forward to building an even brighter future for all Canadians. We recognize the responsibility we have to you as part of the generation who will be affected most by the decisions we make today, and I appreciate your support. For your interest, I have enclosed a package on Canada's symbols which I hope you will enjoy. With warm regards, Yours sincerely, [signed] Kim Campbell

My letter from Kim Campbell!

When I was 12 I received a letter from the Right Honourable Kim Campbell who served as Prime Minister of Canada from 25 June 1993 until 4 Nov. 1993. “It looks like you got something from Ottawa here,”...
My six-layer birthday cake!
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The summer of cake

“Happy birthday Doris!” This summer I took a creative non-fiction continuing education course at Langara College. For the last class the instructor thought it would be a nice idea if everyone brought ...
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Licorice ice cream

Have you ever had licorice ice cream? It’s my favourite flavour but it’s so darn hard to find so I was absolutely thrilled to learn that my neighbourhood ice cream place, Gleburn Soda Foun...

Fifteen years as a journalist

I have been a journalist for 15 years today. On this date in 1998 the first issue of the Mind’s Eye, a youth newspaper in my hometown of Nanaimo, British Columbia, was published. I was part of the you...
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I got a free office chair!

I recently got a free office chair from Craigslist. Merry Christmas, Nathaniel! “Free office chair,” read the advert. “Comfortable, but has hole in cushion as you can see in the photo. Need to free up...
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Leo Mantha’s grave

This Tuesday I visited the grave site of Leo Anthony Mantha, the last person ever executed in British Columbia. He was born in Montreal on Dec. 22, 1926, executed in Burnaby on Apr. 28, 1959, and buri...