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Emily Chan

Emily Chan is a Journalism and Human Rights student at Carleton University. She loves writing, travel, and learning the stories of the people she meets along the way. Emily has previously written for The Toronto Star's Global Voices series, Students Live Vancouver 2010 Olympic Reporters, and Youthink Magazine. She has also worked with Y57, Vancouver's only by-youth-for-youth radio show.

Pieces of my beloved brother's life in the Downtown Eastside

On my most recent trip to Vancouver, I went for lunch with my siblings. The four of us crowded around a booth—the brothers, Benjy and Nick, on one side, and the sisters, Kirsty and me, on the other....

Seeking refuge: challenges and changes in the Canadian refugee system

While Canada's record of helping refugees is well established, our current system continues to be challenging and complicated, and Bill C-31 threatens to make the process even more difficult.

VolunTourism: seeing the world to save the world has unexpected complexities

Emily Chan graduated from high school and became a "VolunTourist" in rural India. Now she looks back.