With an open mind

Originally from Le Havre, an industrial city in the west of France, I arrived in Vancouver in June. Since 2012, I have been fortunate to live and work in various countries, collecting lessons and teachings along the way: I’ve experienced hard work in Atlanta, discovered work-life balance in Ireland, learned about management at a Cameroonian…

(Em)Powering up for winter

As winter looms ahead again, people bring forth woollens and knits. However, what precautionary measures are they taking for their houses? Deborah Wong, communications coordinator of the Empower Me program, talks about saving energy, money and the environment over the winter through simple tips that help make homes more energy efficient. Weathering the move Immigration…

Universal themes in a unique setting

When it comes to societies like South Africa, there is always something that will contradict your preconceived notions, says Arianna Dagnino, author of The Afrikaner. Published by Guernica Editions Inc.. “I think what is happening now in the Western world, is something that has already happened in South Africa,” says Dagnino, who spent five years in…

Women in clay

Mangia! Mangia! Images of Italian women abound in popular culture, from the grey-haired grandmother who urges to eat spaghetti to sultry sirens the likes of Sophia Loren. A new ceramic art exhibition at the Italian Cultural Centre, curated by Angela Clarke, engages with these and other female stereotypes, examining what they mean for women today.…

Spill: fluidity over boundaries

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery will be flooded with the inspiring and educational environmental work of the artists contributing to the Spill exhibit. Guadalupe Martinez curated the Spill: Response portion of the exhibit, which can be seen from Sept. 3 to Dec. 1. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Martinez moved to Vancouver in 2008 at the age…

A bus tour with El Jaguar

“We’re looking down at our phones so often that we rarely look up. This bus tour is a way of looking up and engaging with your city in a completely new way,” says the Mexican luchador known as El Jaguar. He will be hosting the El Jaguar Fiesta Bus Tour taking place in Vancouver from Oct. 18–20 as part…

Cultural Calendar

Thanksgiving in Canada occurs in October, unlike the United States’ holiday of the same name in November. Canadian Thanksgiving has a long history – the Indigenous peoples’ communal feasts celebrated the autumn harvests including prayer, dance and potlatch long before the arrival of European settlers. Sir Martin Frobisher in 1578 and Samuel de Champlain in…