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What You See in Today's Public School Classroom Is A Mirage

Carla Friesen | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carla Friesen

You probably think to yourself what a lovely place to learn for your child. Teachers spend many hours finding ideas for organizing and decorating classrooms. Because they know that an organized, efficient environment is essential to learning. But it's all a mirage. What you do not see is the room's bare bones before your child's teacher came in over the summer and transformed it.

I Want To See My Students Soar, But Today I Cried

Carla Friesen | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carla Friesen

Today I cried. I cried because I don't want to be striking. I just want to teach. I love my job. I love those students. Every single one of them.

End Of 'Emergency Room' Is The Beginning Of The Conversation

Andrew Williamson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Williamson

Tonight's episode of "Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH" is about beginnings and endings, which is fitting for a series finale.Over the course of the series, we have seen so many amazing examples of the incredible dedication that VGH's emergency department staff has. And tonight, we get a chance to see students at the beginning of their journey.

VIFF 2013: 'Ilo Ilo' Reviewed

Imelda Nurwisah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Imelda Nurwisah

A recent winner of the Camera d'Or prize at Cannes, Ilo Ilo quickly sold out its first screening at the 32nd Vancouver International Film Festival. This subtle yet detailed film about family life in Singapore shows the skilled editing and directorial abilities of Anthony Chen in his feature film debut.

Highway Of Tears Case Has Stalled, Say RCMP

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The investigation into several cold-case murders of woman along B.C.'s so-called Highway of Tears appears to have stalled, leading a ...

Another Case Added To Gort's Gouda E. Coli Investigation

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

OTTAWA - The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed one more illness linked to E. coli contaminated cheese from British Columbia.It brings the t...

Media Bites: Call A Terrorist Anything But "White"

J.J. McCullough | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Some folks tried to blow up the B.C. parliament the other day -- did you hear? Since we're not supposed to talk about race or religion these days, the hugely significant fact that the plan to bomb the legislature was neither Middle Eastern nor authentically Islamic in origin went unknown much longer than necessary. We often hear that terrorists come in all shapes and colors, and that no one community -- particularly the Middle Eastern one -- generates more than others. B.C.'s now produced a compelling case study in that regard -- if only we weren't so squeamish about admitting it.

Help Me Show the World "Different" Is Beautiful

Jessica Kruger | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Jessica Kruger

I am a quadriplegic. When I was 15 years old I had a workplace accident that resulted in my spinal cord injury. At the time I thought that I would never be seen as beautiful again. One year after I broke my neck, I found a boy that was able to see past my wheelchair. He saw what I so badly needed somebody to see--that I was still just Jessica. He was the first man to truly make me feel like I was still beautiful and helped me find the confidence that I had lost. It is that confidence that has led me to this point. What started as a Lise Watier contest that I entered for fun, has become an opportunity to change the community's perception of beauty.

Christy Clark Should Consider What's Best for Canada, Not Just B.C.

Mark Milke | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

When done right and accounting for the environment -- and it can be done right -- whether lumber, mined materials, or the export of oil and natural gas, Canada's greater prosperity is helped when politicians follow the advice of Canada's founding fathers and consider the greater prosperity of the entire country.

Why Filipinos Should Vote NDP

RJ Aquino | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
RJ Aquino

It's been exasperating to see the BC Liberals try to court the Filipino vote through superficial events designed to be nothing but photo-ops and not engage the community by talking about specific issues. They don't seem to be concerned with providing anything substantive because they don't seem to have anything in their platform they can point to as evidence of being engaged with the community.

Come Clean Dayleen

Rachel Décoste | Posted 06.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Décoste

It is not uncommon for a perfectly well-meaning person to blow off some steam online. And sometimes, spewing inexact information to support one's frustration can occur on the internet. In fact, there is general misunderstanding on the plight of Aboriginals and the "other" official language of Canada. For whatever reason, misconceptions fester with the goading of inadequate school curricula and general lack of knowledge. Like a cancer, these tall tales spread until they are addressed head on.

B.C. Politics Has All The Drama!

Sarah Hildreth Rankin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Hildreth Rankin

For a newbie, it's a lot to keep up with, especially after a week's break from the election proceedings. But I've learnt the hard way: you can't turn your back on politics for one moment or you're lost. Pretty much where I'm sitting right now. After a full day of political catch up, I'm still working my inner Nancy Drew trying to make sense of the past few days of mayhem, and what the online community has labeled #EthnicGate.

Missing Woman 'Caring, Level-Headed'

CBC | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia

UPDATE: Feb. 19 - Police have confirmed the body of Elisa Lam was found in a rooftop water tank of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. It remains too earl...

'Very Vicious Attack And Very Random'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Six people were taken to hospital, including one in critical condition, after what police call a vicious and random stabbing inside a Vanc...

Reformed Serial Killer? Officials Thought So

CP | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada British Columbia

BURNABY, B.C. - Federal corrections officers who assessed a violent serial killer before transferring him to a medium-security prison believed the con...

Western Premiers: Stop Wasting Energy Fighting

Preston Manning | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Politics
Preston Manning

Conflict between B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford over the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to the West Coast is not in the long-range interests of either province and needs to be resolved. In July, Ms. Clark laid down five conditions for considering support of the project, including a provision that B.C. must receive a "fair share" of the fiscal and economic benefits. Ms. Redford's response was immediate and negative and seemed to assume that B.C. was seeking a share of Alberta's oil royalties, even though this was not the case. Since the Alberta Premier has been seeking to take the lead in developing a "national energy strategy," it's in her interests to take the initiative in negotiating a resolution to this dispute with British Columbia.

Dismal B.C. Voter Turnout In Various Races

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C. Liberal party director Mike McDonald made an interesting point on Sunday. Not one to miss an opportunity for a partisan shot given the nature of his political post, McDonald tweeted: "Shocked at low NDP turnout in Fairview. Huge media, high profile candidates, less than 400 voted. NDP support not deep." Despite the dig, McDonald is on to something. But what he's on to isn't pretty and regrettably it ails all political parties in B.C.

The Least We Can Do Is Learn From Amanda Todd

Wendy Craig | Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada
Wendy Craig

With the recent case of 15-year old Amanda Todd who killed herself Wednesday as a result of a cyberbullying campaign against her, it's clear we need to do a better job of supporting youth who are victimized by bullying. We can empower youth to be part of the solution by teaching them what they can do.

Hands-On Push For Shark Fin Ban

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver City councillor's quest to ban the sale of the traditional Asian delicacy of shark fins has prompted a food fight with those w...

Enbridge President Says Pipeline, Railway 'No Different'

The Canadian Press | Dean Bennett | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada British Columbia

EDMONTON - Controversial megaprojects are as old as Canada itself, but their long-term benefits to the nation's growth are both undisputed and profoun...

Homes: What $300K Can Buy OUTSIDE Of Vancouver

The Huffington Post B.C. | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 12.28.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver has developed a stink among first-time home buyers. Recent statistics released by RBC Economics found that Vancouverites dedicate a whop...