Women leading new global thinking and change

The BC Women’s Economic Forum will take place in Surrey under the title Women Leading New Global Thinking & Change Nov. 16–17. Based in New Delhi, India, WEF organizes conferences around the world, often gathering women from more than 50 different nations. In this context, The Source met two B.C. women who will attend WEF as guest…

‘Islamophobia is intertwined with sexism’

Canada, often regarded as an inclusive, multicultural haven, has increasingly been the scene of a series of hate crimes against Muslims. This Islamophobia is concerning and based on misperceptions about Muslim people, according to Itrath Syed, PhD candidate in the School of Communication at SFU. She will give a public lecture on Gendered Islamophobia and Muslim…

Underrepresented youth tell their stories

DisPLACEment, a media arts program run by the Access to Media Education Society (AMES), looks to give young people in marginalized communities the platform and support that they need to tell their stories. Founded over 20 years ago, the Access to Media Education Society’s goal is to provide access to media training and technology for…

“Spark”ing conversations about diversity

Julie Ann Crommett wants to raise awareness about the lack of women and minorities both in front of and behind the camera. Crommett tells a sad story: across the entertainment industry, women and minorities are being under-represented. Yet, she says, there’s hope. “A lot of times, we’re defaulting to stereotypes or to the easiest shortcut…

Workplace meditation saves lives

As a certified organizational change manager and global speaker, Wendy Quan combines workplace mindfulness meditation and change management techniques to build employee resiliency to company change. “Mindfulness meditation is about hitting the pause button on your busy day to be present in the moment through meditation,” says Quan. Research data provided by HealthyFamiliesBC suggest that 21.4 percent…

Vancouver’s Black Community honours a missing page of history

With the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts approaching, Hogan’s Alley Trust, a community-led nonprofit, along with the Western Front, an artist-run centre, is hosting conversations (Oct. 24 and Nov. 21) to honour Hogan’s Alley, then-hub of Vancouver’s Black community. Hogan’s Alley, where Vancouver’s Black community thrived, was bulldozed in the 1970s to make…

Exploring e-waste

Josh Lepawsky first became interested in the topic of e-waste (electronic waste) more than a decade ago through learning about Malaysia, which was building new cities devoted to upgrading the value chain in terms of digital technologies. “I had been really intrigued how people talked about information and communication technology as if it existed in…

Recycling abandoned fishnets with sustainability in mind

More than 640,000 tonnes of commercial fishing gear is abandoned, lost or discarded in oceans annually in the world, according to the jointly issued report by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN Environment Program (UNEP). That makes up to 10 per cent of oceanic litter. Abandoned fishing gear has become a global problem.…

Day of the Dead party in support of Project Amigo

The Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise will be hosting a Day of the Dead party to fundraise for their international project of the year, Project Amigo, which provides educational assistance to impoverished students in Colima, Mexico. According to Carlos Obregon, former president and current member of the Rotary Club, the club’s mission is to partake…

A walk in Maillardville

As part of their Culture Days celebrations Mackin House & Fraser Mills Station will be offering a walking tour of historic Maillardville in Coquitlam on Oct. 1. Maillardville was settled by French- Canadians in the early 1900s. “Coquitlam Heritage offers these walking tours so that members of the community can find out more about the…

A gathering to spotlight Maya spirituality

Avexnim Cojti wants to raise awareness about Maya, a long-practiced spirituality before the Spanish colonizers came to Guatemala. In Guatemala, a territory that had once nurtured Maya for thousands of years, many Guatemalans are devout Catholics. Yet Cojti represents one of the few who practice Maya. “I’m not saying mine is better than theirs. All…

A Scotsman in China

On Sept. 28, at Simon Fraser University, Professor Marilyn Bowman will share the story of James Legge, a 19th century Scotsman who set off to China as a missionary and not only ended up living there for nearly thirty years, but also translated the Chinese classics into English, allowing millions more people to learn and…

The Japanese-Canadian Internment – 75 Years After

Hosted by the Vancouver Historical Society, The Japanese-Canadian Internment – 75 Years After will take place on Sept. 28 at the Museum of Vancouver. The talk will feature Japanese-Canadian activists Mary Kitagawa and her partner Tosh. In 1896, Mary Kitagawa’s grandfather moved from the prefecture of Hiroshima to Canada. He would make up the first…