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…

Historic tour of Gastown details roots of Jewish community

Organizers of a historic tour, focusing on the Jewish community who lived in Gastown, hope people will walk away with a better understanding of how culturally diverse Vancouver has been from its earliest days. “This is not to say that it has always been accepting of diversity. That’s definitely something that has improved over time,…

Meaning is in the eye of the photo beholder

Bryan Myles, director of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies, will be presenting Early Photography of Northwest Coast First Nations and narrating historical photos of First Nations communities dating back to the 1850s. The talk will be held on March 7 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Myles’s interest in historical photography…

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…

Lion’s Life – a way of coaching

Leaving a comfortable life in marketing behind in his native UK, Terry Sidhu decided he wanted to live his life with his own model: applying psychology and marketing in understanding people and their actions.  “Since I was a kid, I’ve always been obsessed about why people do the things they do. Why do we behave…

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…

Tech company brings conscience to the cutting edge

Animikii, a tech company based on Songhees Territory in Victoria, walks the walk as a social enterprise. Animikii has been using technology to serve Indigenous communities for 13 years, and a recent surge of growth has put them in position to broaden their reach. CEO Jeff Ward, producer Jordyn Hrenyk and designer Dakota Lightning sat down…

Local talks tackle racism in food system

While Vancouver positions itself as a leader in socially responsible food strategy, a local panel points out that people of colour remain systematically excluded from decision-making in the food system.  On June 30 at Heartwood Community Café a panel discussion titled “What’s With the Ethnic Aisle?” challenged Vancouverites to talk about white privilege in food…

Environment and people in good hands with young scientist

Upon moving to Canada from China in 2011 to pursue his education, international student Zebang Wei was unsure of what he was passionate about. For several years, he followed his family’s advice and sought to major in a business program, but found that he was more absorbed in his science courses. He developed an interest…

Poet Laureate digs deep to reclaim Surrey’s identity

The newly appointed Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey, Renée Saklikar, incorporates her poet practice of place and community to connect people living in Surrey. “Being a Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey is both terrifying and wonderful all at the same time,” says Renée Saklikar. Saklikar, a local author, won the 2014…

Keeping Welsh traditions alive

True to its traditions of song and poetry, in association with the Vancouver Welsh Society, the Welsh community will once again be presenting the Vancouver Men’s Welsh Choir performing “Sounds of Christmas.” The performance will include traditional carols and other holiday songs. This event is being held on Dec. 8 at the Surrey Arts Centre…

Ricepaper celebrates 20 years

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Ricepaper is planning a special 20.4 issue to coincide with the release of alliterAsian: The Best of Ricepaper, an anthology launched at the October Vancouver Writers’ Festival. Ricepaper, the longest running publication dedicated to Asian Canadian writing, is currently also the only literary magazine dedicated to Southeast Asian Canadian writing.…

Science meets couture to foster laughter

A group of three graduate students from the SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology have created a dress that investigates how interactive wearable technology can support social interaction through LCD lights and the sound of laughter. The design explores psychophysiological mirroring, which is the interrelation of mental and physical phenomena when people exhibit emotions.…