After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

Kathie Wallace

Kathie is a community engagement facilitator who is passionate about bringing everyone to the table as equals on a level playing field.

International Women’s Day: “We Hold up Half the Sky”

Kat Norris, Coast Salish, Lyackson First Nation and Nez Perce, founder of Indigenous Action Movement, and survivor of Kuper Island Residential School

When worlds cooperate

On the last day of the Olympics, in the heart of downtown Vancouver, an honouring ceremony was held for Native elder and activist Harriet Nahanee, who died after serving jail time for her role in the...

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics: We Owned It

Fans Celebrating Down Main Street in Vancouver after Team Canada beat the USA in Men's ice hockey to end the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Crosby's game-winning overtime goal resulted in Canada breaking th

Haida Totem Pole Dedication at First United Church in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

First United Church is called “home” by a diverse community of over 250 people from the downtown eastside. A new symbol of faith has appeared there. It is a traditional Haida totem pole unveiled as...

The world needs more Canada Critical Mass bike ride

  So you’ve visited us. You know all sorts of stuff now about Canada and Vancouver and hockey and the joys of “la-la land”. You also know we love to come together as a community and engage....

"Share the Gold" Campaign Stands to End Homelessness

Ric Matthews of First United Church addresses the crowd. People waiting to begin the stand. The chain forms along both sides of Hastings. The human chain calling for a national housing...

Stand to End Homelessness Now: “Share the Gold” Campaign

Ric Matthews of First United Church spoke eloquently at the rally for a National Housing Program at the Vancouver Art Gallery this past Sunday. This interview with Ric gives a more detailed look into...

Sending out an SOS: Vancouver Rally for a National Housing Program

Downtown Vancouver has transformed into Olympiamania: everyone dressed gaily in red waving flags up down and sideways, long line-ups everywhere, buzzing excitement in the energy field, and people taki

When There Were Gods: the “Golden Era” of Hockey

I watched hockey over 40 years ago when it was called the “golden era” of real hockey. There were six teams and it was a different game from what we see today. I especially loved the magnificence of...

Slavery isn’t Sexy: A Hard Look at the Underbelly of the Olympics

The Salvation Army has launched “The Truth isn’t Sexy” campaign to raise public awareness about human trafficking in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. As Trisha Baptie, a former sex-trade...