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Sara Harowitz is associate editor of The Huffington Post B.C. She comes from Richmond, B.C., a Vancouver suburb known for its fishing village. She studied journalism at Ryerson University and has written for publications such as The Globe And Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, SheDoesTheCity, This Magazine, Exclaim!, and more. She has a very large magazine collection and thinks about Mexican food way too often.

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B.C. Photographer Of The Month: Joann Pai

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 3:46 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 | 6:49 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 | 3:07 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 | 4:26 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 | 7:18 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 | 1:50 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 | 2:30 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 | 1:41 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 | 6:43 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 | 4:54 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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What Watching My Parents Grieve Taught Me About A Daughter's Duty

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 2:56 PM

My parents spent Father's Day watching their best friends lose a daughter.

Dani was just 32. She was sick with cancer, but her health's descent was swift, and her death left her family gutted. What they can hopefully take some comfort in is that she died surrounded by their love.

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Addict's Story Highlights Unregulated Recovery Homes, Services

(5) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 8:03 PM

After 20 years of helping others battle their addictions, Mike Pond succumbed to his own.

It was 2008, and he had lost everything to alcoholism: his psychotherapy practice in Kelowna, his wife, his three sons, his house, even his driver's licence.

"I was a high-profile individual in my...

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Free Art Left Around Vancouver In Amazing Social Experiment (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 6:47 PM

If you happen upon a piece of art hanging in an alley or a tree somewhere in Vancouver, chances are you can take it home.

All the artist would like in return is a picture of where you decided to display it.

It's all part of a social experiment by...

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I'm No Dating Coach But Vancouver Women Don't Need Archaic Advice

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 6:19 PM

Aside from the fact that I think all dating advice is a load of crap, I really can't deal with a recent VanCity Buzz article, ostensibly written by a dating coach, titled "How Women Can Take The Initiative And Approach Men In Vancouver."

The post makes the assumption...

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Salt Spring Island Home Modelled After Scottish Stone Tower Houses (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 6:39 PM

A home inspired by the stone tower houses of Scotland that took three years to build is finally completed on B.C.'s Salt Spring Island.

This past winter marks the first one that the owners spent in the home, which sits on 160 acres atop Mount Tuam, one of the tallest...

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34 Signs You Grew Up In Richmond, B.C.

(7) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Ditches. Danny's Screamers. The Stardust.

Do these things ring a bell? Then you, dear reader, are from Richmond, B.C. The suburb may not be as remarkable as Vancouver to the north — except to those who call it home.

This list is for you: 34 Signs You Grew Up...

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You Can Afford This Vancouver Art And Have Fun With It Too (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Art isn't scary, and it isn't just for the rich: that's what a small but determined group of Vancouver artists, curators, and gallery owners are out to prove.

Leading the pack are two unique art shows happening this month: The Postcard Show and CARDED!

Saturday marks the fourth volume of...

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Robbie Cooke Will Pay You To Help Him Find A Vancouver Job

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:01 PM

It hasn't been the best year for the Canadian job market (unless you live in Alberta), with growth rates hitting the lowest in a decade.

That means young professionals are forced to find innovative, and sometimes bizarre, ways to get noticed.

Robbie Cooke,...

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9-Year-Old Stands Up To Bullying, Shows The True Meaning Of Bravery

(16) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 9:34 PM

Alvena Little-Wolf Ear may just be the bravest 9-year-old in B.C. After months being bullied at her school about her weight and appearance, the Nanaimo girl decided to stand up for herself — in a major way.

"Kids were saying awful things like, 'How do you fit in those jeans?'...

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Vancouver Real Estate: Vacant Jail Turned Into Affordable Housing (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 4:06 PM

Vancouver's latest stab at innovative and affordable housing (after laneway homes and shipping container homes) comes in a more unexpected form: a jail.

The former Remand Centre (250 Powell St.) in downtown Vancouver is being turned into a seven-floor unit of affordable housing for...

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