Valentina Ruiz Leotaud

Valentina is the Observer Media Group's social media director. She is a multimedia and multiplatform journalist from Venezuela, proficient in both long-form and 140-character pieces. She has eight years of work experience in Venezuela, covering national, international and arts and culture information for different media outlets and different platforms. She has a master's degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia. Follow her Vancouver-based journalism.

First Indigenous City Gathering draws a crowd

It was Saturday night and pouring rain. Still, activists, young people, not-so-young people and children crowded the SFU Woodward's theatre for the first Indigenous City Gathering.  The night...

Grey whale in English Bay

A grey whale that showed up in English Bay this week has Vancouverites buzzing. A Vancouver Observer reader shot a video of the cetacean swimming near Jericho Beach. "I actually stopped because I...

A quirky approach to classic pizza and beer

Beer and pizza can summon reminiscences of summer evenings, sitting on a Vancouver patio. But now the leaves are turning red, pumpkins are orange, and the autumn breezes are putting a chill on...

Joe Oliver's travel expenses: What could you do with that money?

Last week, the National Observer published a story that revealed that the Finance Minister has "the most expensive costs in flights among all the members of Stephen Harper's cabinet."...

How the candidates portray themselves on Facebook

Prime Minister's Stephen Harper's Facebook was not considered a relevant tool for promotion until recently. As the following timeline shows, in the past year his social media team didn't bother to...

#NDPConfessions: Conservative attacks hit Twitter

A group of followers of the Conservative Party took on the mission of turning the hashtag #NDPConfessions into a trending topic. By retweeting old, controversial tweets from the Director of...

#BCStorm: Vancouverites report on social media

B.C. residents took to social media to share stories and get help during the storm.

MUZZLED: Feds stifle singing scientist

Ottawa folksinger Tony Turner is organizing a cross-Canada singalong of the #Harperman hit song on September 17.
Cassandra Wilson got her first glimpse of her new view Wednesday.

How a city jail became homes with hopeful views

Affordable housing in a former Vancouver remand centre gives hope to its new residents.
Justin Trudeau waves at the crowd at the Pride Parade. Photo by Valentina Ruiz

Trudeau and May kick off campaign at Vancouver Pride Parade

Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May: The two candidates who joined the 37th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade.