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A hunger for more

UBC Reports
May 2nd, 2013

For university hockey fans, the Cinderella story of the year was the turnaround season of the UBC women’s hockey team. The Thunderbirds rebounded from the previous season’s last place finish to take the Canada West title and make their first ever appearance at the CIS championships.

“We opened our season with a victory and we got on a role and just wanted to keep it going,” said defenceman Emily Grainger from Sooke, B.C.


Kinesiology graduate Emily Grainger was part of the women’s hockey team that rebounded from a last place finish in 2012 to win the Canada West title in 2013. Martin Dee Photograph

The Tbirds went from a single win in 2011–12 to a 17-7-4 record in the 2012–13 season.

“It may have seemed like a magical story but we fought tooth and nail for it,” says the graduating kinesiology student. “We really wanted to prove that we were better than the results showed the year before.”

Rachel Baitz Intracorp's River Park Place contest winner

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Apr 10th, 2013

Rachel Baitz (the couple in the middle) won 2013 Range Rover Evoque from Intracorp. The lady on the left is Ms. Chinese International, who was also featured in Intracorp's River Park Place commercials and the man on the left is Director of Sales at Intracorp Barrett Sprowson

 Rachel Baitz was the lucky winner of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque, one of the main prizes in Intracorp's recent contest promoting River Park Place, a sophisticated new condo development in Richmond's Oval Village. The Vancouver Observer helped to get the word out to our readers, so thanks to everyone who entered.

Sign up for Vancouver Observer's newsletter and follow @VanObserver on Twitter for a chance to win other valuable prizes, and maybe next time, it'll be you driving off into the beautiful Vancouver sunset in your new hot ride.

Meet Ruth Ozeki, author of New York Times bestseller "Tale for The Time Being" Tuesday at Anza Club

Jenny Uechi
Apr 7th, 2013

Photo by Kris Krug 

A snarky but suicidal Japanese schoolgirl writes a diary about her chaotic "last days" in the heart of Tokyo's Electric City. On the other side of the world on a remote island in British Columbia, a struggling writer combs the beach, searching for inspiration. A fateful magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami bring two lives crashing into one unforgettable story in Ruth Ozeki's latest, A Tale for the Time Being. 

Board of Change's Vertality 3 a fun, green networking party: photos

Zack Embree
Mar 25th, 2013

Photos courtesy of The Board of Change Facebook page

Vertality 3 was an evening of great green fun: drinks, dance, great music and networking galore with all of Vancouver's greatest sustainable and socially conscious businesses. Here are the photos to recap one of Vancouver's must-go annual parties. 












Coming to Hollyhock

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Mar 20th, 2013

Photos sourced from Hollyhock Facebook page

Learn. Relax. Rejuvinate.

Whether you're tenting in the forest underneath the stars, or rejuvinating in an orchard, or on the deck, or in a classroom with a fascinating speaker from another part of the world, drumming joyfully to the beats of Africa, Hollyhock, Canada's Lifelong Learning Centre, provides over 100 programs, from spiritual development to yoga to leadership training to restorative getaways, on the beautiful Cortes Island, British Columbia, including some classes in Vancouver, that make it a life-transforming experience, every time.

Here's what's coming up in Hollyhock at the Vancouver and Cortes Island locations in April and May:

April

The Circle Way - Vancouver
Presenters: Christina Baldwin, Ann Linnea
April 6-7

Drugs targeting blood vessels may be candidates for treating Alzheimer’s

UBC Reports
Mar 6th, 2013

University of British Columbia researchers have successfully normalized the production of blood vessels in the brain of mice with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by immunizing them with amyloid beta, a protein widely associated with the disease.

While AD is typically characterized by a build-up of plaques in the brain, recent research by the UBC team showed a near doubling of blood vessels in the brain of mice and humans with AD.

The new study, published online last week in Scientific Reports, a Nature journal, shows a reduction of brain capillaries in mice immunized with amyloid beta – a phenomenon subsequently corroborated by human clinical data – as well as a reduction of plaque build-up.

Research initiatives in the Okanagan grow by 40 per cent

UBC Reports
Mar 6th, 2013

Just think—one discovery, or a single inventive idea could change the world.

“Imagine the transformative impact of thousands of discoveries, innovations and deeper understanding. That’s our vision at UBC’s Okanagan campus,” says Miriam Grant, vice-provost research and dean of the college of graduate studies.

Since 2006, faculty and student research at the Okanagan campus has grown by a whopping 40 per cent—from $8.3-million and 351 grants, to $11.6-million and nearly 500 grants in 2011-12. Research initiatives address such key emerging issues as:

No cash, no crime?

UBC Reports
Mar 6th, 2013

With people now able to buy things with a tweet, and Apple poised to push their mobile devices as electronic wallets, cash is set to take a serious demotion from its position as king.

A recent study from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business now shows that not only is cash becoming increasingly redundant, but governments could save big by  axing currency all together.

Even after accounting for revenue gained by printing money (a value referred to as seigniorage) the study by Sauder finance professor Maurice Levi suggests the Canadian government could save an amount equal to 50 per cent of the country’s 2011 fiscal deficit, if cash were cut. He says similar savings would be found in other western countries.


Eliminating cash could mean huge savings for governments, says Sauder School of Business Prof. Maurice Levi. Mark Mushet Photograph

Canines compete at 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Anja Konjicanin
Feb 20th, 2013

Photos by Masumi Kikuchi

New York. They say if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere. The same must hold true for dogs. That's the kind of thinking that brought a pack of dream-filled canines to the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the 137th 'Annual All Breed Dog Show'.

They are cute. They are furry. And they rack up awards with their good looks and well-mannered charm.

Pampered pooches with shiny coats and diva tail-wagging walks, strut their stuff, sweeping the audiences away at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which was held in New York on February 11 and 12.

Smoke signals: Medical marijuana in Canada

UBC Reports
Feb 14th, 2013

Zach Walsh, assistant professor of psychology, is co-director of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and recently completed a major study on medical cannabis. UBC Reports asked him to shed some light on the Canadian medical marijuana debate.


Assist. Prof. Zach Walsh wants research to help assess and harness marijuana's therapeutic potential.

Why is medical marijuana such a hot topic in the news?

Recent developments in the U.S. and Canada, and across the globe really, have prompted a fresh look at cannabis use and the social, legal and medical status of the ancient and controversial plant. After decades of stigma and marginalization, superstition surrounding cannabis is being replaced by scientific research.

The federal government is proposing new guidelines for medical marijuana. What are the implications?

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