Vancouver: my hometown

I’m barely 19 and fortunately my identity crisis, a psychological crisis that begins during adolescence and that sometimes extends into adult life, has quickly passed. For a good part of my life I did not know who I was, partly because I’m “exotic.” By “exotic,” I am referring to the fact that I have ethnic…

Autism can include happiness, belonging and positive health

Jonathan Weiss, PhD., is an associate professor and chair in Autism Spectrum, Disorders Treatment and Care Research at York University. As a summer scholar for the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, he looks forward to collaborating with researchers in his field, teaching graduate students, and sharing his learning through public outreach.…

Dethroning Christy Clark

With the neoliberal consensus shattered worldwide, the soon-to-be new B.C. government must act decisively Progressive politics should be a broad and ecumenical church. No one is born a socialist, a liberal, or a conservative; we are all learning and evolving beings, with ideas shaped by our upbringing, race, gender, class position – and by the…

Opportunities for artistic expression at SFU Summer Festival

SFU’s Anime Club presents its 4th annual SFU Summer Festival, meant to mimic Japanese summer festivals commonly seen in anime series. It will be held at Convocation Mall at the SFU Burnaby Campus again this year on July 15. The free one-day event, used as a way for the club to raise funds, includes an…

Onwards to Tram Mountain

Woken up by my phone notification, I turned on the screen to check what was new. There was an invitation from a friend of mine to Tram Berg – a place where the deep, deep valleys reside, where nature breaks free of the intrusion of human urbanization and also where lies the suburban lifestyle. The…

Beatboxing for empowerment

“Music is a tool that can give a voice to people who are underrepresented in this world,” says interdisciplinary artist Rup Sidhu, who will be performing twice at Vancouver’s Indian Summer Festival. This year’s festival theme is ‘Tales of War and Peace’, and artists from all over the world are part of the culturally rich…

Cultural Calendar

Kids are out of school, the weather is getting warmer and there are plenty of events and festivals all over the Lower Mainland to check out. Bring the family to Canada Day festivities at Canada Place, listen to poetry in the park, try some food and drink at an outdoor carnival, and enjoy live musical,…

Entrance Island Lighthouse

Entrance Island is a picturesque little rocky island located 841 metres north of Gabriola Island in BC’s Salish Sea. The lantern of its white lighthouse tower has a red balcony below and red covering on top. There are several buildings, all in white vinyl siding with red roofs. The island is frequented by harbour seals…