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An invitation to share

What will you do in Vancouver? That’s the question I had to answer in the months preceding my departure from France. I initially chose to settle in Vancouver for the following reasons: the language spoken and the fact the city is a compact urban centre surrounded by nature and with solid environmental credentials. Vancouver has…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raise the rainbow flag over Parliament. | Photo courtesy of the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

After Orlando, we must redouble our efforts against homophobia

This was going to be another column about Vancouver’s affordability crisis, but that will have to wait. Early Sunday morning, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history took place in Orlando, Florida, leaving over 50 dead and many more injured. The location of this massacre was Pulse, a popular gay nightclub. The target was the…

Anchi Lin aims to bring beauty out of the mundane | Photo courtesy of Anchi Lin

To the Shore: an artist emerges

In 2015 the director of the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) went to a grad show at Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s School for the Contemporary Arts, where he picked an artist to be the recipient of a new annual award. The emerging artist chosen was Anchi Lin, and her first solo exhibition, To the Shore, is…

Aboriginal Day – 20 years of celebrations.| Photo by John Bell Rose.

Cultural Calendar

The summer solstice begins on June 20 in Vancouver, signifying the beginning of summer and as a result, there are many more events and festivals to attend. From watching independent film to listening to vocal music to practicing yoga and cheering on dragon boaters, there’s something for everyone both indoors and out. June 19 is…

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A Perfect Storm

Five years ago on June 15, 2011, this massive crowd on Georgia St. near Hamilton St. was the main proponent in what would become a perfect storm creating the devastating riot after the Stanley Cup final game. The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins were tied 3 to 3 going into the final game being played…

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Šaltibarščiai: a cold beet soup

Get ready for a shock to both your eyes and tastebuds! Šaltibarščiai (Shal-tee-barsh-chyay) is a traditional Lithuanian cold beet soup, made specifically for the hot summer months where Lithuanian weather can exceed 30˚C. It’s perfect for this time of year as summer approaches. This dish is great for a gathering – it’s eye catching, delicious,…