Brandi Cowen

Brandi Cowen is a student in University of British Columbia's masters of journalism program. She will be providing political coverage of the city during a summer internship at the Vancouver Observer.

UN Human Rights Observers for 2010?

Someone to watch over you. Brandi Cowen reports on the politics of observation.

VANOC counting on kindness of employers

Olympic organizers are counting on the generosity of businesses, governments and taxpayers to fill 1,500 key jobs leading up to next year’s Games. Last month, VANOC announced the launch of an...

Numbers In For Burrard Bridge Bike Trial

According to city staff, cycling traffic on the Burrard Street Bridge increased by an average of 30% during the first two weeks of the separated bicycle lane trial. City staff have been out at the...

World Police & Fire Games begin today

The World Police and Fire Games have returned to Vancouver after two decades away, bringing police officers, firefighters, customs and corrections officers from around the world together for 10 days...

Council Urged to Protect Sex Workers

Yesterday afternoon, women pleaded with city councillors, urging them to pressure the province to restore funding for Vancouver’s Mobile Access Project, and to take steps at the city level to protect...

Council patio bylaw mixed bag for locals

Vancouverites have mixed feelings about a temporary by-law that will allow the city’s outdoor patios to remain open until 1am during the Olympic period.

Olympic Bylaws Won’t Apply to Newspapers

After much speculation that a package of temporary Olympic by-laws set to go before city council this week would infringe on freedom of the press, print journalists and their readers can rest easy.

Council Okays Olympic By-Law Package

City councillors had a lot of questions about the special by-laws proposed for implementation during the Olympics next year, but despite the apparent lack of clarity in the by-law package, a majority...

Council Urges IOC to Reconsider

Vancouver city council continues to fight for the inclusion of women’s ski jumping in the 2010 Olympics, even as the countdown clock ticks over to show just 205 days remaining until the Games begin....

Council Defers Olympic By-Law Decision

City council has deferred consideration of a controversial proposal that would amend a number of by-laws related to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The proposed amendments to the 2010 Winter...