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Customs for Urban Teens (CUT) “We brought a perfectly good car in here,” says Mark McKim. “And then we cut it up.” McKim is pointing to a hulking piece of dark blue metal. It’s a car alright – a 1965...
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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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Jake Kerr
In the film classic Citizen Kane, the “do good” idealism of the lead character, Charles Foster Kane, fades as his business empire burgeons. Like Kane, local forestry titan Jake Kerr built an...
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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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As the general director of Vancouver Opera (VO), James Wright is ultimately responsible for all programming, artistic and administrative functions of this popular company, including strategic and...
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Broadway Youth Resource Centre Time was running out. Seventeen-year-old Vanessa (not her real name) had overstayed the limit at a temporary shelter in East Vancouver and her options were dwindling...
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The lined faces of the senior citizens watch in awe as Master artist Siu Chang Wong gently glides his fine, horsehair brush over the delicate rice paper. With a few fluid strokes, a beautiful image...
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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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“I hate debt.” Art Kelm’s jaw sets and his voice takes on an uncharacteristically hard edge. Then he shakes his head, and laughs. “I guess that's the accountant in me. But it's also a product of my...
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That was the question for 25-year-old Rita Cheng when her then husband Percy asked if she would leave her computer programming job and join his parent’s growing manufacturing business that turned...
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David Suzuki’s Nature Challenge enables teachers and students to learn about their role in nature and what they can do to protect the environment. With support from Vancouver Foundation, Grade 4...
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In 1978, high school science teacher Rod MacVicar received a $4,150 grant from Vancouver Foundation to buy a 25-foot aluminum dory. He christened it the Medusa 2 and used it to launch a marine...
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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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It wasn’t an “eidetic” moment -- certainly no one was about to sound a “tocsin” -- but the crowd gathered at the new Trade and Convention Centre on a hot summer morning was “chary” about being called...
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What do California Bighorn Sheep, the Western Screech-Owl, Nuttall's Cottontail, and rock climbers in Penticton have in common? They're all species-at-risk. At least, they were until January 2008...
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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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There are many myths and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS (for example, half of Grade 9 students in Vancouver believe there’s a cure for AIDS). This segment features “Project Stitch” - an HIV/AIDS...
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“The baby was two weeks old, and we were staying with one friend, then another, at my grandma’s place, all over. Nick couldn’t stay with the baby and me; he had to stay somewhere else. Our stuff was...
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Judith Hall
Judith Hall is a dynamo: a pediatrician, geneticist, lecturer, educator, researcher, advocate, volunteer, member of the Order of Canada, award-winning academic and philanthropist. Although Hall...
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"I used to really hate math,” beams grade five student Alice Le Bihan. “And now it just makes me really happy to find math on the board in the morning.” Alice is just one of dozens of kids whose...
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Valerie and Barbara Hunter – tag team for Vancouver Foundation – (daughter Valerie works at the Foundation, and mother Barbara is a donor) started a community fund with the Foundation more than 10...
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Miner’s lettuce grows in shady places, explains Sharon, an anthropology student at Douglas College. “The leaf is like a cup with a little flower that comes right out of the middle,” she says,...
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Marine Educational Services Association In 1978, Rod MacVicar received a $4,150 grant from Vancouver Foundation to buy a 25-foot aluminum boat. He named the boat the Medusa 2 and launched a marine...
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