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Katrina Roberto

Katrina Roberto is a writer who loves crafting exciting stories. She graduated from U of T where she studied English and Journalism.  Her interests include health, culture and green living. She is a contributing writer for Green Girls and Ethical Deal.  Katrina is currently trying to do her Italian name justice by teaching herself the language. She resides in Vancouver with her partner and massive kitty.

Media, please: stop pitting Jennifer Aniston against Angelina Jolie in a "race to the altar"

The real story of Jennifer Aniston's engagement to her beau Justin Thereoux is the story of a successful actress in her 40s getting married, for legitimate reasons. Instead, we must suffer the...

Legault's comment about lazy Quebec youth vs. hardworking Asians gets strong reaction (Storify)

CAQ leader Francois Legault negatively compared the Quebec's young population to Asian kids. The QC premier hopeful said that young Quebeckers ought to learn a thing from hard-working Asians.

Get smart: adult education upgraded in Vancouver through BrainBoost Education

Brainboost Education's trademark offerings are great tutors and an exciting intellectual environment. Now Brainboost teams up with Ebus Academy for an adult ed program. trades babies for bacon on Facebook feeds

Suffering from baby overload? The inventors of apparently were. is a new chrome extension that permanently deletes babies from your Facebook newsfeed by seeking for words such as...

Calling all arts and lit lovers for MagScene on Main

MagScene on Main is an interactive art event that features local publications along Main Street in establishments and cultural spaces. From skateboard culture to the local music scene, MagScene on...

Vancouver's Weeve brings free crowdfunding alternative to Kickstarter and Indiegogo

Imagine a fundraising website with all the benefits of Kickstarter or Indiegogo, but doesn't take a cut: it sounds like a non-profit organization's (NPO) dream. This type of...

At London 2012 Olympics, BC boys make Canada proud

At the London 2012 Olympics, British Columbian athletes captured silver and bronze medals today, prompting provincial Sport Minister Ida Chong to comment that it was a "glorious day for Canadian...

2012 Olympics media needs to get over policing female athletes' bodies

Olympic swimmer and medalist Leisel Jones was called fat by Australian media, resulting in a serious backlash online. When will the media learn to stop policing female athlete's bodies?

Five strangest part time jobs in Vancouver

If you thought Vancouver only needs baristas and Lululemon sales associates, think again: check out the five strangest part-time job postings in Vancouver.
Stressed Graduate

Generation lost: grads struggle to find work

Having difficulty finding your way after graduation is no new trend. Just watch Dustin Hoffman float around his pool in The Graduate (1967). As a young person and a recent university graduate, I've...