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Krissy Darch

Krissy Darch is a writer and researcher. She is the winner of the 2011 Event magazine Creative Nonfiction contest and is a member of the City of Vancouver's Women's Advisory Committee.

Neighbours watch through night in anguish as fire devours building with affordable housing on Fraser

Few people slept on the corner of Fraser and Broadway last night. I sat up at midnight to a man shouting “Fire! Fire!,” into an eerily quiet street. I went out to my rickety balcony to the smell of...

Vancouver's lesbian history project launch revives local feminist history

The launch of the Vancouver Lesbian history project turns out, in many ways, to be as much about the backlash against feminism as it is about the public erasure of Vancouver’s lesbian past, and the...

Making Vancouver affordable for elderly women

Elderly women aren't a "drain" on society, but can add immense value to the community --if Vancouver changes to become more livable for them, said participants at the Women Changing Cities discussion.

Why isn't anyone talking about the misogyny involved in Amanda Todd's life and death?

With the death of 15-year-old Amanda Todd, BC schools have some reckoning on their hands. Will they take the opportunity to look at the systemic causes of Todd’s experience of harassment and violence...

Ray Hsu on taking the "book" out of "bookstore"

Is UBC Bookstore being transitioned into a UBC Futures shop? Eight hundred have signed a petition protesting UBC's decision to drop "bookstore" out of its bookstore's name. Ray Hsu comments.

Tetsuro Shigematsu responds to "Asians in the Library" video

Here on the west coast, our university populations are racialized as Asian, similar to those at the University of Los Angeles.  It’s no wonder that the now-viral video, posted last week, of a...

Asian, whatever that means

What the heck does “Asian flush" mean?