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Alia Dharssi

Alia Dharssi is a freelance writer and a proud Vancouverite with an interest in current affairs, international development and environmental issues. Find her on Twitter @alia_d. 

Waldorf closure spurs unprecedented civic engagement

As the future of the Waldorf hangs in the balance, arts advocates are encouraged by an unexpectedly high level of public support.

Not Your Average Garden Gnome

Zimsculpt, an exhibition of Zimbabwean sculptures running in the Van Dusen Gardens until October 4th, is filled with captivating figures that seem to bloom among Van Dusen’s colourful flowers, varied...

Women demand 2010 Games ski rights

“Flying 15” Appeal for inclusion of women’s ski-jumping in 2010 Olympics On November 12 and 13, the BC Supreme Court will hear an appeal from the “Flying 15,” a group of women’s ski-jumpers who sued...

Auctioning Off Time

On July 9, 2009, $7,000 worth of products and services will be auctioned off at the first Vancouver Time Auction. The Time Auction raises funds for non-profits with a twist. Instead of bidding money...