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A new café has popped up in downtown Vancouver, serving up hot entrees, sandwiches, soups and salads to a busy lunch crowd. While ordinarily this wouldn’t be news, Café 335 is different: the...
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A new bike park for the Boothroyd Indian Band is teaching local kids to do much more than grinds and flips. It’s 8:30 on a Saturday morning in July, just a few kilometres north of Boston Bar. The day...
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Amy McMillan dreams of opening a 1960s-themed diner. Until that happens, she’s having a brilliant time learning the ropes at the COCO Café. When she’s not bustling around greeting customers with her...
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Harry Jerome was a Canadian track-and-field athlete who competed in the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics. He won bronze in the 100 metres in 1964, and gold in the 1966 British Empire and...
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Every year, approximately 2,000 temporary farm workers from Mexico come to the Fraser Valley on a government work program. Most of us never see these men, working on tree farms, in nurseries and...
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“I heard a bluebird singing one day.” An elfin, tousled-haired girl sings onstage at Burnaby’s Museum Village, sweeping a broom and blowing bubbles . . . “He seemed a messenger of happy news. But now...
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When a five-foot piece of broccoli starts talking, you listen. Especially when the floret is dispensing nutritional advice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). “Did you know broccoli boosts the...
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Sunny Mahajan slips on a black Lululemon headband.He wiggles his forehead up and down and the headband rises. The rest of his face remains impassive and he keeps his body perfectly still. His...
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She was an easy target. Gentle and wide-eyed, Cheryl Bosola Olamijulo was the new girl in class—and the only black kid in her entire Surrey, BC high school. Her family had emigrated from Nigeria in...
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Growing old is not for the faint of heart. Although we call them the golden years, depression and suicide among seniors is not uncommon. The end of a career, the loss of a spouse, a shrinking circle...
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Sasha Cumby’s mom, Debbie, says her daughter was a typical 16-year-old. But answering what made Sasha typical, her mom describes a young woman who was anything but an average teen: a straight ‘A’...
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It’s just a pair of socks. But Matthew Taylor knows those two bits of grey wool could make the difference between a good decision and a bad date tonight for a young man on the rain-slicked streets of...
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Seventy-year-old Joyce Mar did not like lifting weights. But when an opportunity came up to participate in a free six-week exercise program as part of a UBC pilot study on how weightlifting affects...
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Without a phone, how do you get a job? or find a place to live? How do you stay in touch with family? or cope with emergencies? Phones have become such an integral part of our lives that we don’t...
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Sam Sullivan remembers a very kind gentleman who once offered him and some other people with disabilities the chance to go sailing. When they got to the dock, the people that had some difficulties...
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Alethea’s a lucky girl. The petite three-year-old clambers up the metal steps, then gleefully launches herself down the slide. That might seem ordinary enough. But Alethea is blind, and many kids...
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Red Cross Many refugees arrive in Canada with nothing. Sometimes they are distressed or demoralized from years in refugee camps. The Red Cross Society’s First Contact Program helps them get the...
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It’s a warm August evening in the Downtown Eastside, and a community room at the Portland Hotel Society is filled with women being pampered with haircuts, manicures, massages, makeup applications and...
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A 13-year-old cooks all the meals for her three siblings because her alcoholic parents are often incapable of caring for their children ... A 12-year-old does her best to take care of her mentally...
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Shea Jim is standing on the pitcher’s mound at Nat Bailey Stadium. At nine years old, she’s almost lost in this huge field of green. The people in the stands, including her family, can barely pick...
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As part of the Peachland Wellness Centre’s fitness program, Judy Wyper checks her pedometer on an early morning walk. By 8 a.m. Beach Avenue is already busy with people walking along the 11...
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Kelly Murphy has had a difficult and challenging life: full of highs and lows, stops and starts. The talkative and energetic Murphy grew up in a family plagued by problems. By seven, she was...
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Britannia World Music Society The beat goes on... The Youth to Youth Marimba Program is an expansion of the Britannia World Music Society – a program that teaches students in east Vancouver how to...
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Special Olympics BC Meet 4 year old Oliver Sutherland, an athlete in training. Oliver is getting a chance to work on his basic motor skills with the Active Start program that is available for...
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Special Olympics BC Ken McLean doesn't mince words. He gets right to the point, with a sincerity that’s unnerving and refreshing at the same time. McLean is 44. He has a job that he likes. He has a...
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