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…

Being Punjabi: Exhibition shares inclusive stories of struggle and success

A celebration of Surrey’s dynamic cultural diversity and an interactive demonstration of resilience and success, Being Punjabi: Unfolding the Surrey Story will be on display at the Museum of Surrey from Oct. 2, 2019 to Feb. 23, 2020. As the Museum of Surrey’s first community curated exhibition, Being Punjabi: Unfolding the Surrey Story strives to connect people and communities through…

A philosopher’s unusual take: mathematical representations of diversity

Sina Fazelpour, a Ph.D. candidate of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), spoke about his research and his unusual path to philosophy. Before coming to UBC’s Ph.D. program in Philosophy, Fazelpour studied biomedical modeling and medical biophysics. Currently a philosopher, he works on philosophy of science where his previous training in engineering has carved…

An investigation into local herbal delights

Anastasiia Dushyna, botanical pharmacology specialist talks about healing herbs at Medicinal Plants Series: Culinary uses and knowledge at Burnaby Public Library on Sept. 30, and Urban Homesteading Series: Cosmetic Herbs at North Vancouver City Library on Sept. 25. Inspired by her endocrinologist and ethnobotanist grandmother, Dushyna cultivated a career in botanical pharmacology, drawing on her medical education and a…

Culture from across the Pacific

The Filipino Celebration at the Museum of Surrey pays homage to the rich culture of the Philippines, comprised of both traditional Filipino and Spanish Catholic traditions with American and Asian influences. The event will be held on Sept. 21. “There will be food trucks that will feature popular Filipino dishes, Tagalog and English story-telling with…

Srijana Sunuwar (a.k.a Jana)

Srijana (a.k.a. Jana) Sunuwar was born in Janakpur, Nepal. She spent her early childhood in Japan but immigrated with her parents to Vancouver in grade 9. The move from the East to the West changed her life in multiple ways, but Sunuwar believes that it was a positive transition and that she changed for the…

A Vietnamese moon for Vancouver

From Vietnam to Vancouver…via the Yukon? Kim Dinh now celebrates the Autumn Moon Festival of Vietnam with Vancouverites, but that festival has come by a circuitous route. Dinh’s original immigration – and the festival’s first Canadian incarnation – was in the Yukon, where Dinh moved to be with her husband. “I went straight from home…

Practicing everyday philosophy

Valerie Malla will be moderating Culturalism versus racism: What is the difference between them? How is our DNA connected to these concepts? at the Surrey Central Branch Library on Sept.11 as well as Racialized propaganda: how has this strategy affected modern times? What will it take to get past our radicalized underpinnings? at the Anvil…

Promoting children’s safety through artificial intelligence

Envision a safe space where you are able to play a game with your peers, controlled by each of the participants’ emotions. Students at Simon Fraser University (SFU) have developed a futuristic design concept for an interactive and artificial intelligence (AI) driven holotent designed to support the development of empathy in children. The EmotoTent generates…