Whale in the Door

A Community Unites to Protect BC's Howe Sound

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National Indigenous Peoples Day on Bowen Island

Bowen celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

For the very first time, we celebrated this important day on Bowen Island. The weather, the performers, the smiling faces all added up to an evening to remember, outdoors in front of the library. (All photos by Len Gilday) Rebecca Ducan, whose ancestral Squamish name is Tsitsayxemaat, enthralled everyone with the creation story of Raven stealing the Sun from Seagull. And she sent a shiver through the youngsters with her […]

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Signing at Armchair Books in Whistler

armchair books whistler

This was my first time for a bookstore signing for Whale in the Door. Here’s how it works. You sit in a bookstore surrounded by your books, waiting for people to take notice, ask about your book and maybe buy one so you can sign it. The whole afternoon was made enjoyable by the welcoming presence of Dan Ellis, the owner of Armchair Books, who had set up a nice […]

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Never too early to start caring about Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem

My friend, Mai Yasue, who teaches a course in Community and Conservation at Quest University in Squamish, sent me this photo of her darling precocious daughter Melia reading Whale in the Door. She captioned it “never too early to start”… Never too early to start teaching our children about caring for the place we call home.  Never too early to fall in love with this beautiful fjord. Never too early […]

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Alanna Mitchell and I at the Toronto Public Library

What a thrill it was to meet Alanna, a highly respected science journalist, author and playwright. Her book Seasick, published about ten years ago affected me profoundly and alerted many of us to the necessity of taking better care of our oceans. The play, based on her book, starred Alanna and received standing ovations all over the country. Alanna is smart and funny and one of the best interviewers I […]

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Building Bridges at the Creative Nonfiction Conference in Toronto

Waubgeshig Rice and Pauline Le Bel

I’m back from the Big Smoke – the Centre of the Universe – Toronto where I gave a workshop with Waubgeshig Rice at the Creative Non Fiction Collective Conference. The conference was remarkable for the diversity in its presenters: Lee Maracle and Tanya Talaga in conversation; Carol Off, Elizabeth Renzetti and Naben Ruthnum in a panel on Voice; and Kamal Al-Solaylee who gave the keynote on the Friday night. Waub, […]

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Toronto here I come!

Waubgeshig Rice

In a few days, I will travel to Toronto for the Creative NonFiction Collective Conference. May 4 – 6. On the Saturday, I will be giving a workshop with Waubgeshig Rice, an Anishinaabe journalist and author. The subject? Building Bridges: Narrative and the Relationship Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Canadians. I met Waubgeshig last June at the TWUC (The Writers Union of Canada) conference in Vancouver. We began a conversation on […]

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Gulf Islands Book Tour

Pauline Gulf Islands Tour

Another book tour completed and I have come home with very special memories of the Gulf Islands and the old and new friends I met. On the left of this photo is the beautiful shawl given to me by Linda and Joyce Williams of the Squamish Nation at the Squamish launch last November. Whales of course. And there were even whale cookies  made by my friend Brenda and her daughter […]

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Magnificent Herring Spawn in Upper Howe Sound

John Buchanan and herring spawn

John Buchanan, citizen scientist and protector of everything that swims, flies or moves in Howe Sound, sent me this fantastic video of the herring spawn in Upper Howe Sound. John told me it was the biggest herring spawn he has ever seen in all the years he has been spying on these small important fish that feed just about everything in Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem. That’s not snow on the kelp, that’s […]

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David Suzuki’s Walk of Fame

David Suzuki

Canada’s Walk of Fame honours Canadians who have made major contributions in culture, business, science, sports and technology. On March 23, the Walk of Fame unveiled a plaque in Vancouver to commemorate David Suzuki, award-winning scientist,  author, environmentalist and broadcaster, fondly remembered for his CBC TV show, The Nature of Things. Previous inductees include: Michael J. Fox, Terry Fox, Glenn Gould, Karen Kain, k.d.lang, Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah McLachlan, Deepa Mehta, […]

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An Afternoon Quest

Pauline and Quest University Students

Yesterday, I spent a delightful hour with seventeen eager, committed and super smart students from Quest University, Canada’s first independent, not-for-profit secular university. The students left their spectacular coastal mountain community in Squamish at the crack of dawn, and arrived on Bowen Island to spend the day with Maï Yasue who teaches their Communities and Conservation course. Maï, a conservation scientist with a focus on how to motivate people to […]

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