Food, family, friends – Customs and traditions for Nowruz

Turning the corner into March and the promise of spring, with the flowers coming up, warmer temperatures and more hours of daylight, another holiday approaches. March 21 is the Afghan New Year, or Nowruz, a holiday celebrated in countries across the Middle East and all the way to India. The holiday has a theme of…

Local scientists win the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Rashid Sumaila, PhD, and Daniel Pauly, PhD, both of the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, have been named 50th laureates of the Tyler Prize, an international award that recognizes individuals who have made inspiring and notable contributions to the environmental science, health and energy domains. The award, established in…

Reflections on Black Canadians – As Black History Month celebrations take place across Canada, senators share their reflections on this year’s theme: “Ours to tell.”

The theme for Black History Month 2023 is a reminder that Black people have valuable stories to share. These stories are an integral part of our history. Many stories go unheard or unnoticed, so this theme feels especially important to highlight the stories of Black people in Canada. At every single Black History Month event…

Have an accent, will speak

“Have you ever felt nervous about speaking to someone or out loud in a classroom because of your accent? I have, and I still do. All the time. This annoying feeling has a name: it is called linguistic insecurity,” says Marie-Eve Bouchard, an assistant professor of sociolinguistics for the Department of French, Hispanic & Italian…

Historical Linguistics and second language acquisition

Learning a new language can be a daunting task for many, but a recent study by University of British Columbia (UBC) English professor James Stratton, suggests that understanding language history may hold the key to more effective language learning. Stratton, a historical linguist who works on second language acquisition, is not alone in finding language…

Finding community

Community support and economic solidarity are alive in Surrey in a safe, respectful and welcoming space for those committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and challenging traditional concepts of work. Founded in 2015 and launched in 2017 in the Whalley area of Surrey, Solid State Community Industries is a working cooperative with approximately 19 different cohorts…

Building bridges across boundaries

World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event observed during the first week of February (February 1–7) after General Assembly designation in 2010. Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to spread the message of interfaith…

Goodbye tiger, hello rabbit

Will the rabbit bring in a tamer year? Associated with peace, longevity and prosperity across Asia, the rabbit is a symbol of hope. The Lunar New Year has been celebrated at the time of the new moon since 104 BC, during the Han dynasty, when a date on the traditional Chinese calendar was chosen to…

Canadian values and immigrant population

Released last December, a new study, entitled Perceptions of shared values in Canadian society among the immigrant population, compares the proportions of Canadian-born people and immigrants who believed that Canadians share values to a significant extent. These values represent the democratic norms or standards that provide a basis for social inclusion in a diverse society, providing…