International day of persons with disabilities

People with disabilities – one billion people – are one of the most excluded groups in society. Annually, on Dec. 3, Vancouver joins cities around the world to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year’s theme, Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world, continues…

The Charming Taste of European… Cinema !

The EU-funded promotional campaign “The Charming Taste of Europe” once again sponsors the European Film Festival in Canada. In an effort to support its initiatives, “The Charming Taste of Europe” is a major sponsor of the European Film Festival in Canada. EUFF draws the best films from the European Union to Canada, engaging 27 Consulates…

Day of the Dead

Time to commune with the dead. Across the world, festivals are celebrated throughout the year to honour those who are no longer living. On Nov. 1, join in the Día de los Muertos celebrations offered at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) and Latincouver. Seasonal celebrations can be jovial, spiritual, or, at times, sinister. Here is…

Global citizenship and its Canadian award

“Adrienne Clarkson asked me to create the medal for the Prize for Global Citizenship. I had the idea of bringing together the world of creation with that of the great mythological winged deities. Sedna is the Inuit goddess from whom all creatures of the sea spring. Atalanta, Nike, Lilith and the winged bearers of souls…

The value of trees

Forests have been an integral part of the fabric of Earth and human society since the beginning of time, a fact that often goes unnoticed in daily life. According to the United Nations (UN), sustainable forest management and the use of resources are key to combating climate change and contribute to the prosperity and well-being…

TikTok and public health

TikTok is a rapidly growing short video-sharing social media platform that has gathered over 1 billion global users, but little is known about the potential health-related impacts on its users. According to Skye Barbic, an assistant professor in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Occupational Health and Occupational Therapy, “There are several potential issues…

The Charming Taste of European… Cinema !

The Charming Taste of European… Cinema!The Charming Taste of Europe is a special project that introduces exquisite items to the UnitedStates and Canada, such as Italian and French wine and fresh fruit from Greece, that showcase allof Europe’s charm, beauty, culture, history, art, heritage, and unmistakable tastes. When it comesto… charm, the European Union’s filmmakers…

The Great Derangement – A call to action on climate change

“Climate change is the most important issue of our times,” says Indian writer Amitav Ghosh. Ghosh believes the stress associated with climate change has altered people’s mindset towards creativity and other issues. He also thinks that in literature, climate change has been simplified to a point where the intersectionality between other elements such as arts…

Leading through impossible times – looking for new models

Amid the turmoil of a global pandemic, a deepening economic crisis, and a growing global awareness of the impacts of white supremacy, the challenges of becoming an organizational or community leader may seem insurmountable. Yet there is a pressing need for collaborative, adaptive leaders who can work across systems to navigate disruption and uncertainty. A…

Fear and cooperation: during the dawn of globalization, and today

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought changes to people’s lives in an unprecedented way, all over the world. Travel restrictions, stagnant commerce and overloaded hospitals have not been the world norm for generations. One of the first measures adopted by governments worldwide to fight the spread of the virus was the reduction in international air travel.…

Women empowerment – the struggle continues

The theme of International Women’s Day this year is #EachforEqual. It highlights the strength that comes when individuals with different lived experiences come together for a greater purpose. When we all work together, we can achieve anything. As senators, we are particularly privileged because we hold some power. As women, we draw on our own…