A time to celebrate and reflect on Asian heritage

May is the Asian Heritage Month in Canada and this year the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) also celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual explorASIAN festival. The festival brings together a variety of art and culture programs for the public to learn more about the diverse communities in Asia. “Every year we try…

The Taste of Desire: Pearls of wisdom

The humble oyster is the centre of attention in Director Willemiek Kluijfhout’s film The Taste of Desire, which will be streamed as part of this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival running from April 29–May 4. The film follows five individuals who seem to have nothing in common aside from their connection to the oyster. Angie…

Linguistic diversity encouraged in the workplace

According to Statistics Canada, as of 2016 the proportion of workers who use more than one language at work has risen slightly from 2006, hovering at around 15.4%.However, the use of languages other than English or French accounts for only 5%, with less than 2% of the country using languages other than English or French…

International Women’s Day – Women transforming cities

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a time to recognize the contributions made by females all over the world, and one organization is working tirelessly to increase economic, social and political power for diverse women. Women Transforming Cities (WTC) is changing the civic landscape of Vancouver, hoping to create cities that reflect the women that…

Will Power starts with a cliff-hanger

Vancouver filmmaker Calixte Leblanc’s 40-minute film Will Power is showing at this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) from February 19 to 28. Part of VIMFF’s Climbing Show, it follows Red Bull athlete and ice climber Will Gadd as he travels to China in search of new ice routes in the Taihang Mountains. The…

Supremacy ideology and the refusal to change

Cofounder of the MIX New York LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, and co-director of the groundbreaking ACT UP Oral History Project, Sarah Schulman argues that when people are raised or otherwise made to feel superior, being asked to be self-critical causes them discomfort, and to see the challenge to this internalized sense of dominance…

An integrated view towards a green economy

It has been a few years since Canada signed the Paris Climate Agreement. Under the agreement, the country is supposed to reduce its emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 in comparison to 2005 levels. So far it is on track to miss the target. Last November, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally submitted draft legislation…

Finding positivity in an exceptionally difficult year

The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world has changed everything. With over one million worldwide deaths, ushering in the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the resulting culture clashes between personal freedoms and public safety, it is safe to say 2020 has been an earth-shattering year of political, economic…

Empathy: the key to a more inclusive world for persons with disabilities

A few years ago, the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability showed that about 6.2 million individuals – or 22 per cent of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over – had one or more disabilities. Similarly, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2011 World Report on Disability revealed that one billion people – or 15%…

Languages Without Borders – Building an inclusive Canada

More than 200 different languages are spoken in Canada in addition to English and French, yet the linguistic and cultural diversity of immigrants, refugees, international students, Indigenous peoples, and other minority groups has often been ignored in our mainstream school systems. Languages Without Borders, the biannual national professional development conference for second language educators, features…