Two communities share their views

For better or for worse, the political arena has become the place where people look for understanding, representation, and solidarity. On October 21, Canadians will have the opportunity to either re-elect the current Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or usher in a new leader to redefine the country’s direction. Canadian values are thought to be…

Films, VR, robots and a ton of learning

Featuring more than 300 curated films from every corner of the world and a list of legendary creators and master craftspeople, the 38th edition of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will hit town between Sept. 26 to Oct. 11 with a fully packed schedule. “The festival is certainly evolving,” says Ken Tsui, lead producer and curator…

Math, a necessary subject

From the number of eggs in cakes to keeping score in sports, math is ever present. Though it plays a major role in nearly everything, people are rarely conscious of the math in our surroundings. In a digital age, invisible but omnipresent algorithms do everything from guessing which ads will be clicked on to operating…

Newcomers are the new francophiles

Vive la langue française! A quirky historical fact – prior to the Gold Rush in 1858, French was the most spoken language in western Canada. French also has a long and illustrative history in the international arena aside from Canada. INSEAD, a reputable international business school, ranked French number two after English and ahead of…

On Japanese food culture and creations

It’s more than sushi! When Tonami van den Driesen moved to Vancouver from Japan in 2000, she quickly realized something was missing from her palate. The miso paste here in Vancouver didn’t quite have the authentic flavour she was looking for. So, one auspicious day, van den Driesen decided to make her own. Now the…

Summer music – Three acts bring together experience and tradition

Modern flamenco trio Calle Verde plan to bring the heat to Surrey Fusion Fest, Toronto-based Eastern European all-female folk quartet Blisk will share their cultural blend at the Polish Friendship Centre and sister duo PIQSIQ will perform their live improvisational looping with katajjaq, Inuit throat singing, at the Indian Summer Festival. What do all three…

The Source turns 20 -Two decades of local community reporting

Two decades ago, founding publisher and editor-in-chief Mamadou Gangué announced the publication of The Source’s first stories in a brief editorial, outlining its mission and raison d’être as a bilingual Anglo-French community newspaper. “This paper is first and foremost your newspaper,” Gangué wrote in June 1999. “We will never forget that your ideas are the driving…

Women teachers take the lead

The Canadian Teachers Federation/La Féderation canadienne des enseignantes et enseignants (CTF-FCE) invites its members across Canada to the Women’s Symposium on June 3, hosted by the BC Teacher’s Federation (BCTF). This year’s symposium also features a rare opportunity for participants to engage in a global event, the Women Deliver Conference 2019 from June 3–6. The…

Uncovering other Canadian histories and perspectives

There’s more to Canada than Canadians know. Two new works examine lesser-known aspects of Canadian history and art. Writer and curator Amy Fung shares her debut collection of nonfiction essays exploring the intersections of Canadian history, art, and culture, Before I Was a Critic, I Was a Human Being, on May 18 at the Richmond…

DOXA – Human spirit on screen

Look for a home? Longing to belong? The South Asian program of films explores the complications of Asian life throughout the world. The DOXA Film Festival has been bringing some of the best documentaries to town for 18 years now, and the 2019 line up is no exception. The films and programs selected for this…

An ever shrinking margin

Brian Lam (Arsenal Pulp), Rolf Maurer (New Star Books) and Allan Cho (Rice Paper magazine) are three of the Lower Mainland’s leading publishers in Asian Canadian, POC and LGBTQ literature and arts. All three have seen the changes in both the market and challenges of previously marginalized artists, and have shared their insight into the…

Towards an inclusive workplace

Sylvia Fuller and Joann MacKinlay tell a sad story. Women and minorities often struggle in Canadian workplaces, sidelined by a lack of support. But there’s hope. Programs like the YWCA’s Pathways to Leadership for Immigrants and Refugee Single Mothers, help disadvantaged groups get the resources they need to succeed. “When you have a workplace that…

How French was introduced into the English Language

An average speaker of English knows around 10,000 French words, even before they have learnt French as a second language. How is it that individuals know so much linguistically from a different language? The English language we know and use today would be extremely different if not for a major event back in 1066. The…