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At The Discourse, we provide community-powered journalism and in-depth local news. We don’t just cover the latest story — we focus on slow journalism that serves a community’s needs. In other words, we ask you what you want to know and produce in-depth stories on the topics that matter to you.

We started serving Vancouver Island by creating The Discourse Cowichan, where we’ve been sharing stories and information for nearly three years. Reader support makes our work possible, so we are accountable to you. We’re just starting our major investigation into development on the West Shore, and we recently launched in Nanaimo, too.

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