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Shachi Kurl

Executive Director, Polling Person, Recovering Journalist

Shachi Kurl asks questions and writes things, often in her role as Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute.

Kurl spent more than 10 years as a journalist in B.C., with stints as legislative reporter for CTV Vancouver Island, Global Vancouver, CBC Radio, and as a contributing columnist for the Vancouver Sun. She is a recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster Award for best TV News Reporting.

Kurl, who grew up in Richmond, B.C., is a graduate of Carleton University’s schools of Journalism and Political Science.

Follow her on twitter, @shachikurl.
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Will Canadians See The Jagmeet Singh Beneath The Turban?

Canadians can be judgey when it comes to politicians' appearances. Stephen Harper was fat-shamed over his fondness for root beer. Chrystia Freeland takes heat for often wearing the same dress. And if Tom Mulcair's beard was a topic for the last federal campaign, it's certain Singh's beard, tuban, and kirpan -- all tenets of his faith -- will be the subject of discussion at the coffee shop, the ice rink, and on talk radio.
05/23/2017 02:28 EDT
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Will The U.S-Cuba Thaw Give Canadians A Chill?

Overwhelmingly, America's neighbours to the north profess strong support for both the reestablishment of U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba, and the lifting of the U.S. trade embargo against the island nation, according to an Angus Reid Institute survey of Canadians. But there is one thing bothering Canadians about this thaw in near-frozen U.S.-Cuba relations.
03/21/2016 10:05 EDT
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What Will Be the Political Impact of the TPP?

Given that the TPP is now under the Election 2015 microscope, that lack of awareness and engagement is bound to change to change fast. It's something the Liberals and NDP are brandishing as a weapon in these final days of a marathon election campaign, while the Conservatives bat away such criticism by pointing out trade deals are not supposed to be negotiated in public.
10/06/2015 05:32 EDT
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Bullying At School: I Am The 75 Per Cent

The bad news is we perceive bullying to be more prolific than it was when we were young. The good news is we seem to be more aware and less tolerant of its destructive effects. We're split on how effectively our schools are dealing with the problem, to be sure. But the conversations are more open; the subject less beguiling.
02/25/2015 02:39 EST
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5 Things Roberto Luongo Taught Us About Resilience

People much smarter about hockey than me will analyze what your departure means to the game and the Vancouver Canucks. I'm sure somewhere, at some point, some law school will run a clinic for general managers and agents on how not to handle contract negotiations. But you, Bobby Lu, you showed us all how to be stronger in our lives and on the job.
03/05/2014 05:41 EST
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Puck Politics: When Sports Turns Government On

At a time when it seems we're paying less attention than ever to political news, it's even more crucial for politicians to identify with voters on another level. Be honest -- how many of you watched either the federal budget speech or the B.C. throne speech online? How many of you, by contrast -- have been sneaking peaks at the live-streamed Olympics from your desk?
02/13/2014 06:26 EST
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Talk Vancouver: Tell City Hall What You Think

More and more, we're doing work, finishing errands, having fun and connecting with friends and family via our smartphones, tablets and personal computers. Engaging with your local government online is an extension of that. You no longer have to postpone dinner or sacrifice checking your kids' homework to attend an evening town hall meeting. You can tell city hall what you think from your phone on your commute to work, or from your couch at the end of the day. Local governments are trying to make it easier for you to have your say about transportation, or the cost of living, or city budget priorities, or your library or community centre's opening hours.
09/15/2013 08:38 EDT
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British Columbia: Brought to You by Financial Desperation and Gin

An impromptu visit to Craigellachie, B.C. unlocked memories of Grade 5 social studies classes, watching what felt like years of an adapted Pierre Berton miniseries on the railway saga containing more questionable acting and melodrama than ten-year-olds would ever be able to appreciate. I also wondered at our own seeming lack of a sense of history or respect for deserted Craigellachie. Where were the tour buses? Where were the guides? If this were China, I thought, it would be teeming with camera-ready tourists.
08/08/2013 01:23 EDT
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5 Reasons B.C. Millennials Should Vote Today

Did you know that political strategists are counting on you not to vote? Senior BC Liberal strategists say this to reassure their nervous supporters: "Our base leans to older voters, whereas the NDP base leans to the 18-34 age group (older voters vote)." Now technically, there's nothing untrue about that statement. But whether you're voting Liberal, NDP, Green or Conservative, merely casting your ballot is putting your thumb in the eye of decrepit politicos who have already dismissed you.
05/14/2013 11:50 EDT
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With Friends Like Gordon Wilson, Who Needs Enemies?

I must confess to being entirely unsure what Gordon Wilson's endorsement of the Liberals actually does for leader Christy Clark or her party, who have been having the campaign of their dreams to this point. Seriously, with endorsements like Wilson's, who needs Dave Babych? There have been musings Wilson can help shore up centre-left votes. But that will be very hard to do while the party runs endless TV spots of Clark sounding like a fiscal hawk. Note to Clark and the BC Liberals: You don't need Gordon Wilson. You're doing just fine.
05/07/2013 12:28 EDT
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Breaking Down TOIFA Vancouver: Was It Worth It?

Everybody had a good time at the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA), but that wasn't the real reason the Clark government cut an $11 million cheque to bring TOIFA to Vancouver. She argued it was an investment for a future economic payday. Critics argued it was to give her a platform to woo South Asian voters before B.C.'s May election. The B.C. Liberals viewed TOIFA as a box of ladoos (Indian sweets) they could deliver to hungry ethnic voters. Instead, it turned into a political grenade in their hands.
04/07/2013 10:52 EDT

TOIFA Vancouver: Top 5 Bollywood Scandals of All-Time

Think Lindsay Lohan is messed up? Unimpressed with Mel Gibson's meltdowns? Those Hollywood distractions have nothing on these five legendary Bollywood scandals that include a taboo love triangle, murder and family shame.
04/06/2013 11:43 EDT
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TOIFA Concert: Music And More Scrutiny

When the lights went down, and the volume came up, audiences got serious about listening. I am no expert head-counter, but I would estimate that an hour after the show began, about 80 per cent of bums were in seats. Not a sellout after all. But not the disaster political critics were predicting. Still, when taxpayer money is on the line, scrutiny is rightly intense.
04/05/2013 06:39 EDT
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TOIFA Vancouver: Opa Shiamak Style!

When dancers take the stage at the Pacific Coliseum and BC Place at the Times of India Film Awards in Vancouver this week, it won't be the Harlem Shake we'll see. Not Gangnam style, not even Indian Classical style. It will be Shiamak style.
04/04/2013 02:38 EDT
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Before Downton, There Was Derbyshire

This day, this week, marks 200 years since readers first clapped eyes on what was to become one of the most memorable first lines in English literature: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
01/28/2013 03:03 EST
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B.C.'s Political Bollywood Brawl

Timing is everything in B.C. politics. And wouldn't you know, it's also the essence of thousands of Bollywood films. A chance meeting that develops into forbidden love? Bollywood. The moment the evil uncle clunks granny on the head and makes off with the family fortune, leaving the heroine a pauper? Bollywood. But who thought India's prolific Hindi film industry would be at the centre of a dramatic saga of its own, playing out on location over the next five months across British Columbia's political soundstage?
01/24/2013 12:49 EST
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The Secret, Occasionally Crappy Lives Of B.C. Caucus Staffers

Just who are these caucus staffers? Some are propelled to Victoria by true belief in party dogma, others by ambition and some are lured by campaign directors who fill their heads with promises of opportunities to broker power. In reality, those often starry-eyed staffers find themselves working punishing hours for relatively crappy pay, little job security (no gold-plated severance packages here) and the wrath of their political masters should they fail to meet some pretty insane expectations.
01/03/2013 07:10 EST
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Happy Royal News Turns Into Macabre State Of Affairs

What a mess. It was inevitable that Kate's pregnancy would have given birth to breathless media coverage and celebration whenever it was divulged. It should have been happy, frothy, celebrity news. Instead, a woman going through a very rough, early pregnancy goes to hospital and the whole world knows about it. A nurse, fooled by broadcasters, mistakenly transfers a call that should have been hung up on, and is found dead days later. It is a sad, macabre state of affairs.
12/07/2012 03:22 EST