People & Culture
She’s a passionate advocate for the health benefits of time spent in nature, and in 2020 B.C.-based family physician and environmental advocate Melissa Lem turned her beliefs into action when she founded PaRx. Launched through the B.C. Parks Foundation, PaRx encourages healthcare providers to prescribe time in nature to improve patient health. Just two years on, PaRx operates in eight provinces and boasts more than 6,000 registered prescribers.
Shadowland, an art exhibition by Montreal artist Lorraine Simms features a collection of 15 drawings that reveal the shadows cast by the preserved animal remains. Many of the animals in Shadowland are listed as vulnerable or endangered. “During my drawing research, I was surprised by the vulnerability of the specimens. I was not prepared for the feelings of love, sympathy, respect, or awe I experienced.” -Lorraine Simms