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A Latina in Canada

To go and live in Canada was a teenage dream. A quest for vast distant spaces. For a simple life by a lake at the edge of the forest. A natural environment where I could take root once again. To be far away from my native lands: Languedoc and Sonora. I am as much from…

B.C. NDP leader John Horgan | Photo courtesy of BC NDP

Courage my NDP friends, victory in 2017 is possible

On March 2, 1999, BCTV’s news hour featured a live RCMP door knock at the East Vancouver residence of then NDP Premier Glen Clark. The cops were at the home of the province’s top politician to execute a search warrant issued in connection with an investigation into breach of trust involving a casino license approved…

Kashif Pasta (left) and Shyam Valera (right). | Photo by Marianne Meadah, SFU

Dual projects for media duo

Kashif Pasta and Shyam Valera of Dunya Media have hit it big with their entry into Telus’ StoryHive entitled ‘Welcome to Surrey’. StoryHive is a community powered funding program for new content creators. The annual competition welcomes applicants from Alberta and B.C. to take part in creating their own web series. The winner in each…

East Van captures on film. | Photo courtesy of Jon Guido Bertelli and Diego Bastianut

Italian sensibilities in the Downtown Eastside

Italian-Canadian poet Diego Bastianutti and Italian photographer Jon Guido Bertelli have combined their works to shine a spotlight on the stark contrasts of Vancouver. They have focused on illustrating the humanity that revolves around the Downtown Eastside and the stories of its inhabitants. The exhibit opens on Sept. 10 at the Italian Cultural Centre –…

Something Stolen, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue (2014) by Sameer Farooq and Mirjam Linschooten.| Photo courtesy of the artists.

Talking about the cultural currency

With two exhibitions currently showing in Vancouver, Dutch artist Mirjam Linschooten and Canadian artist Sameer Farooq say it’s a blend of research, asking questions, engaging in dialogue and working together. The exhibition features a mix of installation, photography, design and writing. Farooq says White, Steel, Slice Mask which is on display in the windows of…

Star Trek celebrates 50 years on the air.| Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Cultural Calendar

Mid-September officially ushers in the start of autumn, with its falling leaves, cooling temperatures and shorter days. The days of summer may be over, but the events continue! From art gallery openings and literary readings to movie nights and youth fests, there are plenty of festivities, celebrations, exhibits, conversations, roundtables and performances to check out…

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Ginataang manok (Chicken stewed in coconut milk)

Whether the weather turns chilly or summer returns, this delectable Filipino stew is the perfect dinner meal any time of year. With no shortage of coconut trees in the Philippines, gata or coconut milk is a very common ingredient found in our cuisine. It’s easy to harvest and more affordable than dairy from cows or…