Empathy: the key to a more inclusive world for persons with disabilities

A few years ago, the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability showed that about 6.2 million individuals – or 22 per cent of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over – had one or more disabilities. Similarly, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2011 World Report on Disability revealed that one billion people – or 15%…

Languages Without Borders – Building an inclusive Canada

More than 200 different languages are spoken in Canada in addition to English and French, yet the linguistic and cultural diversity of immigrants, refugees, international students, Indigenous peoples, and other minority groups has often been ignored in our mainstream school systems. Languages Without Borders, the biannual national professional development conference for second language educators, features…

Building worlds through interdisciplinary stories

The upcoming Narrative Architecture: How Storytelling Builds Worlds event hosted by the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Green College on Oct. 22 aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation on how narratives create our world in different contexts. Julen Etxabe, Canada Research Chair in Jurisprudence and Human Rights and an assistant professor at the Peter A.…

When film festival meets streaming

When Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) festival organizers planned for contingencies in the past, few had ever thought about the scenario of a global pandemic lasting months with no end in sight, but they are now learning to adapt – and hopefully thrive – in a drastically different environment. The upcoming festival, running from Sept.…

Mental health issues – COVID-19’s hidden wave

Some of B.C.’s psychotherapists and counsellors are reporting an uptick in client requests in the last two months as prolonged COVID-19 outbreaks and the lockdown are taking a toll on people’s mental health. “Initially people were cutting down on therapy by focusing on their primary needs. However, as time went on, anxiety about COVID started…

From coxinhas to pastéis: Brazilian delicacies in Vancouver

In a country with continental dimensions like Brazil, each region has its own cuisine and typical dishes. Local business owners Cassia Ribeiro from Brazilian bakery and catering service Gimme Coxinhas and Carolline Cunha from WhataFood are bringing those flavours to the Metro Vancouver area. The South region is famous for its barbecues and dishes derived…

A short history of Canada’s birthday celebrations

“On Canada Day we’re going to have to be physically distanced this year,” says Matthew Hayday, history professor at the University of Guelph. But considering the vastness of Canada even before the current COVID pandemic, “in a way we’re always experiencing a level of physical distancing from most other Canadians,” he adds. “[But] frankly, Canada…

The year of the online film festival

The 19th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival will be held online this year from June 18–26 in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The annual DOXA is organized by the Documentary Media Society, a non-profit organization established in 1998. The festival has a screening and a programming committee to select and showcase the best documentaries…

Marine viruses are critical to sustain our ecosystem

When thinking of viruses, particularly in the current context where COVID-19 is impacting lives in multiple ways, they are seen as spreaders of disease. However, Curtis Suttle, professor in environmental virology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), reveals another reality. “What we don’t recognize is that we couldn’t exist without them,” he says. “They…