Valentine’s Day: not as relevant as before?

Vancouver store fronts usually have heart decors as a signal of a major event in February but not this year, and it pegs the question of whether or not Valentine’s day has lost its lustre as a holiday. Deanna Cobden, founder of Dateworks, a dating consultation service says it really depends on the person but…

Lunar New Year Festivities

Malls like Cadillac Fairview’s Pacific Centre are adorning red lanterns as decor and that means people are awaiting a holiday that is not Valentine’s day. The Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is an annual holiday predominantly celebrated cultural event, that falls on the Lunar calendar months of January and February, significant amongst a few…

Fake journalist reveals how she got inside UN event

An environmental activist who posed as a Burnaby Now reporter last week to sneak into a news conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says she didn’t mean any disrespect to journalists. But Hayley Zacks of Stand.earth did not rule out taking such measures again when asked by the Voice if she would repeat the stunt…

New Langara College students get a taste of college life with Welcome Week

Summer is officially over and Langara College made a splash during Sept. 6 to 9 with Welcome Week, for those heading back to school. #WelcometoLangara week has started for .@langaracollege! What am I doing? My first assignment… pic.twitter.com/0G9eV3KrmE — Linda Nguyen (@lindanguyennews) September 7, 2016 A large line up was formed at the school bookstore,…

How Kundalini yoga can help with addiction recovery

For people dealing with addiction recovery, a way to kick their habits could be practicing yoga. Beyond Addiction is an alternative treatment program option to look at, compared to traditional rehabilitating methods for addiction. The program is founded by Sat Dharam Kaur, a naturopathic doctor and Kundalini yoga instructor for 40 years. The method integrates…

Online gambling shines light on youths in B.C.

A study released last month that surveyed more than 10, 000 students from three provinces found that 42 per cent had participated in online gambling. The study didn’t include students from British Columbia but the B.C. government says it “takes problem gambling seriously,” said Jamie Edwardson, spokesperson for the Ministry of Finance. In an emailed…

Experience a walking tour around Vancouver

As spring comes along and people start to go outside, more adventurous Vancouverites are walking into history through Vancouver’s downtown streets. Inspired by popular walking tours of London and Edinburgh, Forbidden Vancouver, which began in 2012, is a walking tour company that uses period costumes to engage with the city’s seedy past. “Our two main…

Why Vancouver should still keep historic character homes

A Vancouver character home is in danger of being demolished and more than 5,000 people have signed an online petition to stop it. The property is classed as an English Tudor-style home built in 1922. It’s located at 1550 West 29th Ave within the neighbourhood of Shaughnessy. It is listed on the market for approximately…

Opinion piece: Why all holidays should be celebrated

Whenever I hear there’s a holiday, I usually just welcome the news as sign to relax and take a breather. Statutory holidays like Christmas break and Easter long weekend are no exception. The only thing is both Christmas Day and Good Friday are known as major Christian holidays. Christmas Day happens to be the period…

Koyali Burman: A storyteller through dance and community work

Koyali Burman’s living space is light and clean when you first enter the corridors. Her home hangs a few artworks on the walls such as colourful Indian dance portraits. Burman provides cups of chai tea, samosas and cheesecakes. She apologizes for not cooking. Burman said this kind of hospitality is nothing and when you go to…