Christabel Shaler

 

Christabel began writing for the Vancouver Observer after she took a writing workshop with Linda Solomon in February 2009. The @EthicalHustle is a series of stories about creative solutions to personal, social and economic struggle. For more information, please visit: www.christabelshaler.com

Aboriginal leaders of BC want to freshen-up local mainstream music

Aboriginal leaders from British Columbia have come together in support of a new cause that will put the First Nations and Métis people back into the media forefront. You can help them by voting before

Brainy, brilliant Emcee SHAD talks with Vancouver youth

Shad is more than just another intelligent emcee. He uses simple language to convey complex ideas. You can watch YouTube videos where he freestyles endlessly with solid narrative that is free...

Actualized Beauty and an Organization Named B.O.B.

One of the most beautiful experiences of my life occurred on Vancouver's Downtown East Side. This moment took place three years ago on a Hastings Street bus. It was a warm evening in June. My friend...

A new remedy for ADD, ADHD, and apathy

Most cultural progress is led by people who disobey societal norms. In order to thrive in school, you have to obey, memorize and regurgitate. If students speak out of turn or express themselves...

Amalia Nickel in the world of rap

"You can’t push down your emotions as a woman. You have to be tough, but not too tough. You have to flirt, but not too much," Amalia Nickel, a journalist who covers hip hop says. She successfully nav

Vancouver Kids Use Shirts as a Medium for Their Art

The freshest creativity that I witness amongst my friends and the kids I work with seems to diverge from mainstream structures. Unfortunately, when kids get innovative in "alternative" ways, there is...

After collaborating with rappers like Dr. Dre and Nas, Chin Injeti's new acoustic solo album "D'tach" drops today

Vancouver's Chin Injeti has made music with DJ Khalil, The Clipse, Kayne West, Nas, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, and Drake. But his new album, D'tach, is a masterpiece of solo simplicity.

From Vancouver Dance Studios to the Largest Theatre in the World: An Interview with Cirque Du Soleil's Melena Rounis

Melena Rounis is a local BC dancer, who is the definition of persistence. When she faced rejection at auditions, she pushed harder. When she encountered success, she continued to strive. This...

Listening to young people can change the world and Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth is listening

Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth recently passed a motion that will allow youth to be involved in the process of developing parks. Blyth is an innovative leader in the field of youth...

Alexandra Samuel in More than 140 Characters

After launching more than 30 online communities through the Social Signal Company with her partner, stand-up comic and cartoonist Rob Cottingham, Alexandra Samuel recently became the director of...