Lighting up Coquitlam

It’s the darkest time of the year, and the Coquitlam Heritage Centre’s Mackin House is brightening things up. It’s just not in the way most Vancouverites would expect, says Jennie Johnston. “This time tends to be focused on the secular and Christianized versions,” says Johnston, the Centre’s program manager and the organizer of Celebration of…

Vancouver: hand in hand with nature

Join Canada’s foremost experts in a panel discussing Vancouver’s West Coast Modern architecture and city-building with nature in Thinking Forward: Building With Nature. The upcoming discussion features Vancouver-based architect James Cheng and will be held Nov. 27 at the Vancouver Central Library. Due to exploding city populations, the art of city-building has taken on unprecedented…

Kıvanç Tatar: crossing the boundaries of science and the arts

Kıvanç Tatar, a newly minted Doctor of Philosophy from SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, has developed an innovative interactive AI music agent named MASOM for live performances during his Ph.D. research. Trained with musical styles from famed electroacoustic composers of the past, MASOM has been jamming alongside human performers in an audio-visual performance…

Decolonizing mothering: Experiences of Asian immigrant mothers in Canada

Every mother wants the best for her child, but how that is defined depends on the context. In her upcoming talk on Decolonizing Mothering at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Yidan Zhu, a postdoctoral fellow in University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Faculty of Dentistry, explores mothering as an ideology influenced by colonial relations, including race, gender…

Beyond noodles and spices: An Interview with Meeru Dhalwala

Vancouver owes its glowing reputation as a diverse city in part to its varied cuisines. However, what do we really mean when we talk about a global cuisine? Meeru Dhalwala, chef, author and co-owner of Indian restaurant Vij’s in Vancouver, talks about what the future of a cuisine away from home might be like. Simon…

Culture on the screen

Over thirty filmmakers and panelists from Canada and other countries will participate in the 23rd annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF), which promotes and celebrates the diversity and depth of Asian culture and identity in film and media. VAFF takes place Nov. 7–10, 2019 at the Cineplex Odeon International Village. The longest-running Asian film festival…

Empathy trumps conflict

Conflict and confrontation can be a daily occurrence in everyday life. They can be incited by a difference of opinion, religious belief, social conduct or even parking disputes. Though these disconcerting moments can be frequent, many people are not properly equipped to navigate or deal with these uncomfortable moments. Kimberly Jackson Davidson is the director…

Including all of Vancouver

In Alden Habacon’s view, diversity is a fact of Canadian work. Most workplaces in Canada will include people who bear dissimilar appearances, backgrounds, and beliefs. Yet inclusion – ensuring that every member of a workplace team feels welcomed and valued – is a goal that bears its own challenges. “It’s an aspect of Canada that’s non-negotiable. But,…

Aspire to Inspire: conveying hope

An evening aimed at youth but welcoming all, Aspire to Inspire is The 3E Organization’s second annual youth empowerment event scheduled for Oct. 22. The group is hoping to encourage collaboration and action among youth by hosting a free evening full of speakers and interaction with other members of the community. Reaching out to all Established in…

P.E. Moskowitz: The ‘plastic straws’ of gentrification

New Orleans-based author and journalist P.E. Moskowitz (who identifies as queer) has written for The New Yorker, Slate, and the New York Times. They will speak about their research surrounding the topics of both free speech and gentrification on Oct. 19 at Christ Church Cathedral. Moskowitz’s new book, How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and…

(Em)Powering up for winter

As winter looms ahead again, people bring forth woollens and knits. However, what precautionary measures are they taking for their houses? Deborah Wong, communications coordinator of the Empower Me program, talks about saving energy, money and the environment over the winter through simple tips that help make homes more energy efficient. Weathering the move Immigration…

Universal themes in a unique setting

When it comes to societies like South Africa, there is always something that will contradict your preconceived notions, says Arianna Dagnino, author of The Afrikaner. Published by Guernica Editions Inc.. “I think what is happening now in the Western world, is something that has already happened in South Africa,” says Dagnino, who spent five years in…

110 Years of a French Canadian community

Looking for ways to “Flaunt your Frenchness?” Look no further than Maillardville, the local francophone community in Coquitlam who, in 2019, is celebrating the 110th anniversary of its founding. Fraser Mills started off as a small mill hamlet in 1889 and soon became one of the biggest and most lucrative saw mill operations of the…