Learning Through the Arts (LTTA): a refuge for refugees

Maher Bahloul, University of British Columbia (UBC)’s visiting linguistics professor from The American University of Sharjah, Dubai, has constructed a Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) proposal for refugees. The concept of Bahloul’s proposal Meaningful Integration of Syrian Refugees: Targeting the Artists is based on several factors, including the recent arrival of Syrian Refugees in Canada…

App provides digital roadmap to services for refugees

With the growing number of refugees, globally and locally, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) identified a need to bridge the gap between service providers and refugees. That was when PeaceGeeks, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization, stepped in.  Founded in 2010 in Vancouver, PeaceGeeks uses global operations and leverages technology to promote peace. Their…

Reaping the lessons of food production

Cycling from Vancouver to Mexico, a group of young Canadians set out to find the reality behind organic food production. Little did they know what was ahead of them in their quest for understanding organic growing. The road trip proved to be the opposite of what they set out to do. Forearmed with knowledge on…

Kizuna – a way of healing

Yoriko Gillard has always used art as a way to deal with pain or anxiety. She will be presenting Creative Practices as Healing Aids for Human Suffering at Capilano University on March 28. As an only child, Gillard lived with the fear of losing her mother who had a heart condition and other health problems…

Bringing European concepts of architecture to Vancouver

Michael Geller will be hosting his 4th annual lecture series at SFU Harbour Centre on Feb. 15, 2017. This year, the focus will be on higher density housing with insights based on his travels in Europe. Geller is an architect, planner, real-estate consultant and property developer. Born in the UK but raised in Toronto, Geller…

Documentary looks at life in refugee camps

After Spring, a 2016 documentary, uncovers life in the Zaatari Refugee Camp by following two families and an aid worker. The film is being presented at KDocs Film Festival, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s annual documentary screening event. The festival runs Feb. 16 to Feb. 19.  Since the start of the Syrian conflict six years ago, more…

SFU students counter extremism through competition

SFU professor Richard Frank decided to run his fourth year Advanced Issues in Cybercrime class a little differently last semester. Instead of the usual lectures, presentations and papers, the class was structured around participating in a counter-extremism competition hosted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Frank completed a PhD in Computing…

Global citizenship engages us all. | Photo by the city of Surry

Global citizenship: something to talk about

Global citizens, according to the NGO Global Citizens Initiative, are those who identify beyond their own country’s physical and cultural borders with a more international community. Are we all global citizens? Should we be? The tough questions of how humanity should feel about itself at home and on an international scale will be tackled in…

Speaking up to remove the stigma behind autism

The ANCA World Autism Festival showcases the hidden talents of people who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This year’s festival begins Sept. 30 with over 100 international delegates, cultural organizations and world ambassadors.  Autism Naturally Consulting is one of many organizations that provides resources and supportfor people diagnosed with autism. Leonora Gregory-Collura and her…

Retracing the Cuban-Chinese connection

Earlier this month, Kin-sheun Louie from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and co-author of Transmitting Chinese Medicine to Cuba: A Byproduct of the 19th Century Coolie Tradetalked about the Chinese-Cuban connection and the impact of migrant workers from China to Cuba. Louie participated in a community dialogue as guest of the Pacific Canada Heritage…

A call to abolish slavery and human trafficking

“There are more slaves today than in any time in human history,” says Matt Friedman, current CEO for the Mekong Club, one of the first not-for-profit organizations of its kind in Asia to use a ‘business-to-business’ approach to fight slavery.  Forced labour and forced prostitution is growing at an unprecedented rate while there is relatively…

Saving ocean treasures from plastic pollution

David Pennington will hit the road from the Mexican border for the Ocean Rescue Run on April 18. The Canadian will run over 2,700 kilometres, reaching Vancouver in about 44 days. This journey begins with a life shift that not only includes Pennington but also Indonesia and its ecological struggles. Born in Prince George, Pennington…

Who’s picking your food?

Pablo Godoy is the national representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Canada (UFCW Canada) and founder of Students Against Migrant Exploitation, or S.A.M.E. On Feb. 20, Godoy was the keynote speaker for the documentary Food Chain$, which showcased in Vancouver at KDocs, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s own documentary festival. The documentary Food…