Research shows that crimes against transgender people are frighteningly high.

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Photo by Matt Popovich on Unsplash

Whether because of hatred or intolerance, violence against transgender people is alarmingly high. Even in Canada, where we preach tolerance and equality, according to a research study done in Ontario, 20% of trans Ontarians “had been physically or sexually assaulted for being trans, and another 34% had been verbally threatened or harassed, but not assaulted”. It continues by saying that many transgender people “did not report these assaults to police; in fact, 24% reported being harassed by police.”

If those numbers weren’t enough to scare you, let us look at the statistics for gender-diverse and Two-Spirit Indigenous people.


The story might make for good TV, but it hits a little close to home.

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A sign posted along the highway. Photo Credit

Big Sky

The TV series Big Sky tells the story of two women that are kidnapped along a lonely stretch of highway. Although set in the US, production was moved to British Columbia because of the pandemic.

First Nations groups in Canada and the US have blasted the production of the series, saying that the show, and more notably, the book that it is based on bares a striking resemblance to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic that has gone under the radar of mainstream media for years.

The Highway of Tears

In BC particularly, the series resembles the real-life Highway of Tears. Officially called Highway 16, it is a lonely highway that stretches from Prince George to Prince Rupert. And for decades, First Nations women have been going missing and others murdered and dumped along the highway. …


A haunted doll with a cracked face that now lives in the Quesnel Museum

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Mandy — Photo Credit

One of the most popular haunted dolls in Canada, Mandy’s latest home is in the Quesnel Museum in Quesnel, British Columbia.

Her cracked face is twisted into a sinister-looking half-smile. Her eyes seem to track your movements, and electronics have a habit of acting haywire in Mandy’s presence.

She was donated to the Quesnel Museum back in 1991. Her previous owner said that she was plagued by the sound of a baby crying at night. Following the sound to her basement, she found nothing but the breeze blowing through an open window. After finding Mandy in storage in the basement, she donated the creepy vintage porcelain doll to the Quesnel Museum. …


The spectacular scenery of the Nahanni Valley is enough to make you lose your head.

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Virginia Falls, Nahanni National Park Reserve. Photo Public Domain

The National Park Reserve

The Nahanni River Valley forms the Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories. This large, nearly 12000 square mile (roughly 30,000 square kilometres) park contains some of the most breathtaking landscapes that Canada has to offer, including Mount Nirvana — the largest mountain in the Northwest Territories, many hot springs, whitewater rapids, and an incredible waterfall.

The Virginia Falls in the Nahanni Valley is a massive 295-foot drop (90m), and if you include the Sluice Box Rapids above the falls, it is more than twice the height of Niagra Falls. In the middle defiantly stands a large spike of rock, named Mason’s Rock. …


Navigating the school system for special needs children shouldn’t be this hard.

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Photo by Anna Kolosyuk on Unsplash

I have two daughters on the Autism Spectrum. While you would think that getting support in school would almost be a given, this isn’t always the case. My eldest is getting closer and closer to graduation, but she has had to fight tooth and nail to get where she is right now.

Keep in mind I am not a doctor or anything and I am not an expert in autistic children. I just have two autistic children and this is my experience.

The Autism Spectrum is a pretty broad umbrella and presents differently in different people. Where one person might see a child having a meltdown in a store and think “this is a bad kid!”, there could be a variety of reasons for this behavior. My kids have had meltdowns over sounds, or even textures that are unfamiliar, and a big trigger is an unexpected change in routine. …


The Gorilla Strangler terrorized the United States and Canada for 18 months in the 20s, murdering and raping no less than 22 women.

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Earle Leonard Nelson — Image credit offbeatoregon.com

Earle Leonard Nelson was born in 1897. Both of his parents died of syphilis when he was 2 years old, leaving the young boy in the care of his grandmother.

When Earle was 10 years old, he had a serious collision with a streetcar while riding his bike, leaving him in a coma for 6 days. After he regained consciousness, Earle was plagued by headaches and memory loss. Friends of the family thought that he acted differently than before the accident.

Earle Leonard Nelson’s Early Crimes

At 18, Earle was arrested and sentenced to 2 years in San Quentin for breaking into a cabin. Shortly after that Earle was committed to the Napa State Mental Hospital after displaying bizarre behavior. …


And all it took was a global pandemic.

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Photo by Tingey Injury Law Firm on Unsplash

If one good thing has come out of COVID-19, it is that the victims of the Yorkshire Ripper, aka Peter Sutcliffe, can finally rest. On November 13, 2020, he died at the University Hospital of North Durham after refusing treatment for COVID-19.

Peter Sutcliffe brutally murdered 13 women and attacked many others in the late 60s to early 80s. Due to the extremely violent nature of his attacks, and a hoax sent to police, Peter’s murders were compared to Jack the Ripper.

The Yorkshire Ripper is born.

Early Life

Peter was a loner and didn’t quite fit in with anyone. He left school at 15 and worked at a series of manual labor type jobs including working as a gravedigger for a couple of times in the 60s. He would hop from job to job, and even after landing a decent job as a Heavy Goods Vehicle driver, he was fired shortly after for stealing used tires. …


There are many ghost towns in BC, these are only 3 of many.

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Photo by Kevin Noble on Unsplash

There are many ghost towns in British Columbia. Settlers originally pushed into the province with the promise of wealth and gold, so it’s no wonder that even years later, mining is still a booming industry in BC. Even now, people flock to the various high paying jobs that the mining, and now the LNG pipeline, provide.

Looking to the past might catch a glimpse of the future when you consider these three ghost towns in British Columbia.

Cassiar


A quiet young man, murdered in a densely populated area in Nova Scotia. Over 20 years later, his murder is still unsolved.

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Image by Sehiru from Pixabay

O n August 27, 1999, Jason MacCullough goes to a party with a group of friends in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Just 1am on the 28th, Jason leaves the party alone to make the 1km (just over a half-mile) walk to his parent's house.

He decides to take a shortcut through a playground to save some time. It was a well-used path taken by many youths in the area that cuts through a playground.

This decision turned out to be a fatal one. At 1:30am, for reasons unknown, someone shoots Jason in the back of the head at nearly point-blank range, killing him instantly. …


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Photo by Jaanus Jagomägi on Unsplash

Described by a police investigator as a very, very ordinary man, William Patrick Fyfe is one of Canada’s worst serial killers. He was born in Toronto in 1955, and by the time he was 24 he had committed his first murder, while on a day pass from jail for a minor crime.

“He was a vicious murderer,” stated Montreal Urban Community police Commander André Bouchard.

The Killer Handyman Who Hid Himself Well

William was described by police as a stubborn and icily manipulative man who made a living working in odd jobs. He was able to hide his crimes well with family and friends. …

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