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Sara Harowitz is associate editor of The Huffington Post B.C. She was born in Richmond, B.C., a Vancouver suburb known for its fishing village, and now lives in East Vancouver. She studied journalism at Ryerson University and has written for publications including The Globe And Mail, Toronto Star, NationalPost.com, This Magazine, The Grid (RIP), and Exclaim.ca. She has a very large magazine collection and thinks about Mexican food way too often.

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Dina Goldstein's 'Gods Of Suburbia' Criticized By Hindu Group

(9) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 6:24 PM

The latest series by Vancouver photographer Dina Goldstein has received backlash from at least one Hindu group for her depiction of the religion's gods.

In "Gods of Suburbia," Goldstein takes well-known religious figures and sets them in the 21st century. Included in the series are Hindu gods Ganesh...

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Vancouver Photographer Examines Religion In Modern Society (PHOTOS)

(97) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 5:42 PM

Vancouver photographer Dina Goldstein is no stranger to stirring the pot.

You may not know her by name, but you've likely seen her photos. Goldstein is known for her controversial work, namely "Fallen Princesses" (a dark twist on female Disney heroines) and "In The Dollhouse" (the...

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What Is Coffee Leaf Tea? New Product Has Health, Socioeconomic Benefits

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 2:48 PM

The running joke in Vancouver is that there is a Starbucks on every corner. Now, a local company is trying to revolutionize the industry with something you may not have heard of: coffee leaf tea.

Don't let the name fool you: it's not meant as a replacement for coffee, but...

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To Photograph The Sockeye, You Must Swim With The Sockeye (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Martin Gregus Jr. is only 18, but he's already an award-winning wildlife photographer. And for his latest project, the North Vancouver native literally swam with the fish.

Over three weeks in October, he photographed the celebrated sockeye salmon run in the Adams River near Kamloops,...

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Nardwuar's Questlove Interview Puts Musician In Hysterics (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 2:36 PM

When watching a Nardwuar interview, seeing the pure shock on his guests' faces when he pulls out one of his signature props is just as good — if not better — than actually hearing their answers to his questions.

And while the Vancouver-based interviewer has had his fair...

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B.C. Photographer Of The Month: Shane Kalyn (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 3:29 PM

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November's B.C. Photographer of the Month is inspired by the natural elements.

Shane Kalyn says he is "inexplicably" drawn to earth, fire, air, and water, and as such, they are the driving force behind his art.

"Through my photos I try to...

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Aboriginal Art Hotel In Vancouver Offers Unique Cultural Experience

(11) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Tucked cozily away in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood sits a building that is hard to miss. With ornate aboriginal designs and a majestic totem pole on its roof, this cultural oasis is different from anything else in the city — or even the country, for that matter.

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B.C. Girl, 6, Exposed To HIV By Nurse During Vaccination

(101) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 3:02 AM

A routine vaccination has turned into a nightmare for a B.C. family after a six-year-old girl was exposed to HIV.

It happened earlier this month when the child got a routine booster shot at the Fort St. James Health Unit.

"While she was getting her shot, she flinched and the...

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Vancouver Architects Tackle Density Without Sacrificing Design (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 1:16 PM

When you think of an attic, what do you see?

Probably something like this:

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But what if instead, it could look something like this?

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This bright, airy space is the vision of Nick Sully and his team at

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VIFF 2014: 'A Different Drummer' Makes Eccentrics The Norm

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 7:39 PM

For much of his life, Academy Award-winning, Vancouver filmmaker John Zaritsky was a self-proclaimed "closet eccentric."

But then he spent some time with those who live life on its fringes, and "couldn't help" but be inspired by them.

Eccentrics are the subject of Zaritsky's new documentary film, "A...

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B.C. Photographer Of The Month: Joann Pai

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Joann Pai is used to eating her dinners cold.

When the food photographer first started playing around with a camera, she would take the necessary time to style and shoot her meals. When she was finally done, the food wasn't hot anymore.

A small price to pay, though,...

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B.C. Tory MP's Facebook Post Reveals Personal Pressures Of Political Life

(6) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:49 PM

A Conservative B.C. MP's personal Facebook post gives a rare glimpse into the life of a federal politician and the need to be "politically correct all the time."

David Wilks, who represents Kootenay-Columbia, posted this revealing message to his Facebook friends last week:

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Monstercat Records Wants To Change The Music Industry's Views On Copyright

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 4:07 PM

In an industry where artists often face lawsuits for sampling or remixing another musician's work, one Vancouver record label isn't condoning it — in fact, they're encouraging it.

Monstercat is a local record company that focuses on electronic dance music, and they're pioneering a new way of thinking....

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Squamish Was A Much-Needed Reminder That Festivals Are About Music

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Due to a series of deaths and drug and alcohol overdoses, this summer has been an upsetting one for music festivals. But Squamish Valley Music Festival seems to have emerged unscathed.

The fest, located about an hour north of Vancouver in Squamish, B.C., brought...

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Vancouver Artist's Hand-Beaded Skulls Actually Symbolize Life (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 8:18 PM

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A Vancouver artist is using a normally grim symbol to remind us to love the life we have.

Ricky Sosa runs Revolucionario Design Co., a Vancouver-based art firm that specializes in eye-catching, hand-beaded skulls.

"For me the skull signifies equality at the...

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B.C. Photographer Of The Month: Donovan Mahoney (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 2:50 PM

When Donovan Mahoney first started snapping photos with his iPhone almost three years ago, he didn't realize it would change his perspective on life.

The Vancouver man had fought a long battle with drugs, and was going through detox and rehab. He says photography acted as a form...

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Pemberton Music Festival Shines Through the Darkness

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Both literal and figurative rain clouds hovered over B.C.'s Pemberton Music Festival, but it didn't stop the event from raging on with everything it had.

Relaunched after a six-year hiatus, the festival ran from June 18 to 20 in Pemberton, B.C., a small mountain town north of Whistler....

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Vancouver Theatre Camp Celebrates 20 Years Thanks To Uncle Perry (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Perry Ehrlich walks into Vancouver’s Norman Rothstein Theatre, passing the 77 kids in the audience. The nervous energy and excitement are palpable.

Immediately one child exclaims, “Hi, Perry!”

He turns and waves, then makes his way to the front of the theatre. It’s the first day for this year’s...

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Tribal Journey To Bella Bella Brings Thousands Of First Nations To B.C.

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:43 PM

For the first time in 21 years, thousands of First Nations people from across the continent have canoed their way to B.C.'s Bella Bella island for the Qatuwas, or "people gathering together."

Also known as the Tribal Journey, the Qatuwas is an annual event that unites coastal First...

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Bartenders, Chefs, Servers Become Serious Boxers For Great Cause (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 5:54 PM

After hours on her feet slinging drinks and serving meals in downtown Vancouver, Shaylen Washburn swaps her restaurant apron for boxing gloves to train for a few more hours.

She goes through an intense workout at least three days a week, two hours per day, along with other Vancouver servers,...

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