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Alleys are the back end of urban life. Unlike the shiny, clean-scrubbed storefronts they serve, alleys are places rubbed raw by delivery and transport: goods in and garbage out. They’re full of wires...
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University of British Columbia - Beaty What do the largest animal on earth, and one of the smallest (and oldest) have in common? Two things - they’re both blue, and they’re both at the new Beaty...
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James Lee Foundation A fine attention to detail Sue Bell, an advertising producer in Vancouver with DDB Canada, was rushing out the door to her colleague James Lee’s funeral when she saw it: a single...
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Ursula Botz is hard to miss in a crowd. Tall, blonde, lean and impeccably dressed, she towers over almost everyone in the room, even in flat shoes. By day, Botz is a consummate professional – a...
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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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In the early 1920s … A young woman named Lillian Alling arrives on the east coast of North America. Part of the post-war crush of immigrants from Europe, she joins the hordes of people seeking...
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“Our Kulture,” a duet by local rapper Discreet Da Chosen 1 and the Sto:lo band Ostwelve, blares in the background as 27-year-old Orene Askew gets everything in order behind the scenes, preparing to...
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Doubt clouded Ron Horsefall’s mind. “Can I really do this?” he asked himself, as he began to craft his first piece. He had the potential – he’d always had that. He had beads and materials, thanks to...
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Sometimes we are so mired in the challenges of the Downtown Eastside, we don’t see the neighbourhood’s beauty. Artist Colleen Carroll, who lives just steps from the Carnegie Centre at Main and...
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Bill Reid Gallery The smooth voice of legendary Haida artist Bill Reid echoes under the high ceilings of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. His larger-than-life image moves ghost-like...
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“She was emaciated and dirty. She had glaucoma in one eye. She was crippled. Her back end sagged. And her rib cage was kicked in: likely someone had been booting her,” says Carol Hine, describing the...
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This month, many metro Vancouver men are sporting brand new moustaches for ‘ Movember ’ in support of prostate cancer awareness and to raise funds. Yet few are aware that one of the most passionate...
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A fallen tree stood between birdwatcher Heather Baines and the pile of bumpy rocks that was supposed to be a backcountry road. Baines, who is a retired physician, was driving up the deactivated...
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Arts Club Theatre Othello, Waiting for Godot, and Death of a Salesman are all classics of Western theatre. It’s easy to forget that before they were great, they were once nothing more than a spark of...
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In the summer of 2010, South Hill Vancouver community resident and artist, Shary Bartlett, was inspired to develop a project in her community that could bring her neighbourhood together. She...
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“You never know how lucky you are until you’ve been unlucky,” philosophizes the 59-year old Vancouver businessman as he recounts the day when, as a 13-year old, his home burned to the ground in rural...
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December 18, 2009 By Andrea Majorki Photo: Stock Xchng From Vancouver Foundation Magazine Spring 2009 Shaw Communications gives more than just dollars It’s been 60 years since William Anstis, class...
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Setting fields aside allows farmland to rejuvenate while creating vital habitat for birds like the short-eared owl, says David Bradbeer, Program Coordinator of Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust...
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Playing on his family’s rotten, splintery deck was a problem for Matteus Preusse, who has spina bifida, and a nightmare for his mother, Celia. His lower legs are paralyzed, and in those areas, he can...
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There is no more fitting place to celebrate the achievements of Arthur Erickson than Simon Fraser University. And some would say no other place where the dialogue between building and setting can be...
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Nanaimo’s south end is a neighbourhood in transition, caught between the high-density development of downtown, the glitz of a waterfront conference centre that looks to the future and low-slung...
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Peter Webster has crammed more into 66 years than some people could manage in two lifetimes. A successful business career, entrepreneur, accomplished nordic and alpine skier (Jackrabbit Johansen...
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“The classroom was so quiet that community centre staff kept peeking in. They thought the kids may have lost interest in my workshop and gone home.” This is the way Doug Harder describes the first...
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The atmosphere verges on tribal. A group of 30-something men walk in a small circle swinging their babies gently as they sing softly, “Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon.” Then there’s a...
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It starts with one ball … dropping onto the hard gym floor at RayCam Community Center in East Vancouver. The basketball hits the floor with the distinctive “thunk” of rubber on laminated wood, and...
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