Easter: religious rites blend with culture

Easter: a time of hopping bunnies and chocolate eggs? Not for the religious communities of Metro Vancouver, who are living it up towards the Holy Week at the end of March with a whole month of special religious services, culminating in the Easter celebration on the 1st of April. The Christian Easter period begins with…

Towards a rights-based model of conservation

In light of the recent pipeline conflict and the fraught deadlock Canada has found itself in, Madison Stevens talks about the intersection of stewardship rights and conservation, where people may find ways to reduce community friction and promote greater understanding. From a BA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from Franklin University in Switzerland, to…

Women empowerment – the struggle continues

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is #EachforEqual. It highlights the strength that comes when individuals with different lived experiences come together for a greater purpose. When we all work together, we can achieve anything. As senators, we are particularly privileged because we hold some power. As women, we draw on our own…

Opening hearts and doors: learning the French language

To celebrate multiculturalism, the United Nations (U.N.) declared March 20 French Language Day. But why should students learn the language of Molière in a mostly English-speaking society? “Well frankly, at first it was because it was mandatory and I didn’t want to fail Grade 1,” says Michelle Li, a grade 11 student at West Point…

Human and non-human connections

Anthropologist Sarah Ives will be at Green College at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on Mar. 16 to present her paper Blurry Lines: Race, Botany and the Anthropocene. This event will be held at The Coach House at 6:30 pm and is open to the public at no charge. Ives, a professor at City…

Dressed in Black: From Africa to Canada

Growing up in England, Lolly Bennett loved to dress up. She and her friends wore “sticky-outies,” brightly coloured clothes, to church every Sunday. “All the neighbours would say, ‘look at those girls, how well they are dressed,’” Bennett laughs. Now Bennett is showing how clothing influences how we view other groups of people. Her new…

Solidarity with animals in the city

What would a truly cosmopolitan city look like? Does the diversity we aspire to extend beyond humans to other species? Hande Gurses, visiting assistant professor of literature at Simon Fraser University (SFU), will answer these questions and more when she hosts Standing Together: Human-Animal Encounters in Istanbul and Athens, on Feb. 27 at SFU Harbour…

Rosio Godomar, woman extraordinaire

According to various news media, social media and other sources, women in some parts of the world are denied basic rights. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017), there is an average difference of at least $170 between the pay of women and men of all races. These differences exist in most industries,…

An italian meal to support mental health

Chef Tyler Uguccioni, along with a variety of current and past students from the Coast Mental Health Culinary Program will be serving a dinner benefitting the program at Social Crust Café on Feb. 27. The menu will consist of four courses, including hand-rolled pici pasta with mushrooms as well as flank steak with gremolata and…

Embracing diversity in Black communities

The African Arts and Cultural Society presents the Regional Black Canadians Forum, a community forum focused on the International Decade for People of African Descent, from Feb. 6–Feb. 7 at the Greater Victoria Public Library. As Black History Month approached, Founder of Victoria’s African Arts and Cultural Society Pulchérie Mboussi sought the opportunity to enlighten…

Mining and morality: upcoming lecture at UBC’s Green College

B.C.’s dependency on mining is set to increase in the future, creating a moral dilemma. The need to continue increasing the output of the mining sector for different materials, clashes with protecting the environment and culture of the areas where the materials are mined. Three associate professors from different schools within the university will come…

Hot chocolate, anyone?

“I wanted to create something that wasn’t your regular coffee shop,” says chef Elena Krasnova, owner of Mon Paris Patisserie. Krasnova’s shop will be participating in the Hot Chocolate Festival for the fourth time in a row. The Festival features 44 “Chocstars” with 114 flavours. This year Krasnova is presenting hot chocolate lovers with three…