Now I’m surrounded by mountains

For a while it had become my daily routine to get lost in the streets of Vancouver. One minute I would be asking a stranger for directions and the next, I would be zooming in on Google Maps just to get more confused. Relying completely on Google Maps is never a good idea and I…

From many mother tongues

As Canada continues to welcome immigrants, the language diversity within the country continues to increase. The 2016 census shows that over seven million Canadians report having an immigrant mother language (non-English, French or Indigenous languages), which is a 13.3% increase from 2011. Paivi Koskinen, PhD, a linguistics professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, lends her insight…

Martin Luther King’s teachings about civil disobedience

“Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another,” Martin Luther King Jr. As February is Black History Month, members of SFU’s Philosophers’ Café are conducting a discussion related to Martin…

A Good Wife: Escaping the life I never chose

Samra Zafar is an advocate for equity, human rights, women’s rights, diversity and inclusion. She’s also a survivor of violence and abuse, recalling her personal story of resiliency and perseverance in the Good Wife, her memoir of being a child bride and immigrating to Canada with her husband and in-laws. They promised her a better…

International Women in Film Festival – The feminist initiative

On March 8, 2019 – International Women’s Day – the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) will celebrate their 30th year with free screenings at VanCity Theatre. She is the Ocean and the Canadian Premiere of The Feminist: A Swedish Inspiration are films portraying heroic women who relate to their passions through science, politics, dance and sport. “When…

Canadian literature – the road ahead

When asked what Canadian literature means to her, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, an emerging writer and University of British Columbia (UBC) Creative Writing Masters student, ponders for a moment. “It means so many different things,” she says. This is a main topic Ramji is interested in exploring further as a panelist at a discussion panel entitled Refuse:…

Memories of blue in Vancouver

A new production of the life of famed poet and activist Gwendolyn Brooks will be performed in a variety of media. “It’s a live biopic, a music video, a poetry performance, all mixed up into one giant onstage show,” says Sarah Fornace, co-artistic director of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. No Blue Memories: The…

Cultural Calendar

I hope everyone is warm during this cold polar vortex snap we’ve got going on in Canada and the United States this month! It’s pretty chilly out there, but if – like Disney’s Frozen character Elsa – the cold doesn’t bother you, there are plenty of events and festivals to check out in around town. From film…