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Esther Chetner

Esther Chetner is a former litigation lawyer, involved in community building and leadership and raising three human beings.  Her ongoing mission is to help make the world a better place.  She continues to look for ways to most impactfully support environmental health.  On the advisory board of the National Observer, Esther is honoured to participate in guiding a successful, well-read independent media source.

Open letter to TransLink regarding pro-Palestinian ads

Is it still freedom of expression if it's inciting anger and fear?

Red-hot lava flows like fiery waterfall

Breathtaking images and words from Esther Chetner's red-hot lava-quest adventure and sunset ride in Hawaii.

We need to be better guardians of where we live

The view from the plane revealed the vast beauty of Canada...

An adventure along BC's beautiful coast, captured in photos

While I haven't been using my camera much these days, I did bring it with me to Victoria.  I had a generally glorious few days - even the locals were impressed with where we live.  Sharing...

Early breast cancer detection: Dr. Karen Gelmon's research sheds light on disease

A cutting-edge research collaboration is tackling early detection and improved treatment of breast cancer.  This new venture, between the BC Cancer Agency and The Institute...

Gone to Vancouver From Times Square

Here's a glimpse of what New Yorkers are seeing this week relating to Vancouver. "Gone to Vancouver..."  They wish.

Senator Larry Campbell Reflects on the Olympics

On a frigid morning in Dawson Creek, BC, Senator Larry Campbell took his turn running with the Olympic Torch. To cheers of "Go, Canada, Go," he carried the flame forward towards Vancouver, a journey...

Whatever Became of Cambie Street?

We’ve all been aware of the Cambie mess this past year and a half, and it has been in the news for so long that the profile has almost disappeared. So I set out to discover what a current cross...