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Beth Hong

Beth is a former Associate Editor at The Vancouver Observer. She is currently a writer and freelance journalist. Follow her @beth_hong.

Flawed Integrated Case Management system putting vulnerable BC youth at risk, says advocate

A costly child welfare information system developed in 2008 by the BC government is endangering vulnerable youth in BC because of serious flaws, according to Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC's...

How LeadNow plans to fight the "stunning erosion of Canada's democracy"

LeadNow executive director Jamie Biggar at his office in Gastown. Photo by Beth Hong for The Vancouver Observer Copyright 2012.

What Canadian parties can learn from the Conservative Party's fundraising success

The Conservative Party of Canada's record-breaking year for fundraising is due to their aggressive and strategic targeting of key ridings since 2004, according to a former top adviser to Prime...

British Columbia allows diners to bring their own wine

People can now bring their own wine to participating restaurants in BC as part of the new Bring Your Own Wine program. The wine people bring to restaurants will be served the same way as wine on the...

Conservative Party has record breaking fundraising year

The Conservative Party is outpacing all other Canadian parties in fundraising, according to the latest figures released from Elections Canada in July 2012. *The New Democratic Party had their file...

Transgender beauty contestant Jenna Talackova crowned grand marshal of Vancouver Pride Parade

Jenna Talackova was crowned one of three grand marshals of the 2012 Vancouver Pride Parade, which takes place on August 5. The 23 year old Vancouver-based model made headlines in May when she filed a...

Public open house presents plans for new city facility to house mentally ill homeless

Two weeks after the City's public  announcement of an anonymous $30 million endowment to long-term housing for mentally ill homeless people, a public open house on Thursday night offered a first...
Sean Holman on the difficulty of earning money as a blogger

Recently retired Public Eye, City Caucus and Fair Questions writers say blogging didn't pay bills

Three recently retired BC-based bloggers, Vivian Krause, Daniel Fontaine and Sean Holman, were on CKNW AM980's Bill Good Show on Thursday morning to talk about their decisions to shut down their...

Storify: Scientists rally against Harper agenda in Ottawa #deathofevidence

Canadian scientists descended on Parliament Hill to rally against the Harper government's cuts to funding to science and environment. Here were some of the things people saw, heard, and tweeted.

Fat singer tells haters to suck it

"I'm not offended when you call me fat. I am fat, that is a fact. I am fat. It's okay, we're still here,"