Emily Barca Feed https://www.vancouverobserver.com/contributor_content/4102 en Canada's first-ever female Olympic boxer, Mary Spencer, at the punching bag:video https://www.vancouverobserver.com/olympics/team-canada-london-olympics-boxing-canadas-first-ever-female-olympic-boxer-mary-spencer For the first time in history, women will be allowed to compete in Olympic boxing. With the games under way, Canada's Mary Spencer is “looking forward to fighting.”<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/olympics/team-canada-london-olympics-boxing-canadas-first-ever-female-olympic-boxer-mary-spencer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Olympics 2012 Summer Olympics Canada Canada Newsboxing Canadian men's boxing Canadian Olympic team Canadian women's boxing London 2012 london olympics 2012 Mary Spencer Olympics Olympics Canada Olympics Day 1 Canada Simon Kean Team Canada Team Canada At The Olympics Team Canada Day 1 Team Canada Olympics video Sat, 28 Jul 2012 18:40:00 +0000 Emily Barca 12371 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com My hot, sweaty commute on the tube during the 2012 London Olympics https://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/world/my-hot-sweaty-commute-tube-during-london-olympics As the train lumbered into the station, I could feel a collective groan down the platform. Kings Cross Underground&nbsp;Station&nbsp;- 6:28 p.m. on a Monday. Rush hour. Summer had finally come to...<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/world/my-hot-sweaty-commute-tube-during-london-olympics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> World Commentary Europe Olympics 2012 Olympics Justin Bieber London Olympics London tourists london transit system the tube Transport for London Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Emily Barca 12339 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Queen's Diamond Jubilee: perspectives from Canadian expatriates https://www.vancouverobserver.com/world/2012/06/03/queens-diamond-jubilee-perspectives-canadian-expatriates On her diamond jubilee, will Canadian expatriates in London be toasting the queen, or are they not bothered by the whole affair?<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/world/2012/06/03/queens-diamond-jubilee-perspectives-canadian-expatriates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> World Canadian ex-pats Canadian expatriates Canadians in England Canadians in London Queen Elizabeth Queen Victoria Queen's jubilee the Diamond Jubilee the jubilee Sun, 03 Jun 2012 20:26:00 +0000 Emily Barca 11896 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Halloween advice for procrastinators https://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/thescene/2011/10/21/halloween-advice-procrastinators Halloween, like other major holidays, separates people into two categories. As October 31 approaches, some are busy adding the final flourishes to painstakingly crafted costumes, anxiously waiting...<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/thescene/2011/10/21/halloween-advice-procrastinators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Scene Fashion Life Avatar costumes Halloween Lady Gaga Michael Jackson Prince Harry the Party Bazaar trick-or-treating vampires witches Fri, 21 Oct 2011 23:40:00 +0000 Emily Barca 5220 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com London riots: When the riots reach your doorstep https://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/world/2011/08/10/london-riots-when-riots-reach-your-doorstep Read the reaction of co-workers at an office in North London, as reported by a former VO editor, as they receive word that looters are on their way.<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/world/2011/08/10/london-riots-when-riots-reach-your-doorstep" target="_blank">read more</a></p> World Commentary News World Crime Europe Ken Livingstone london London riots London riots 2011 Mark Duggan Prime Minister David Cameron Tottenham Tottenham riots Thu, 11 Aug 2011 03:23:00 +0000 Emily Barca 8258 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Isn't it kind of strange that Vancouver would have a super-sized casino downtown? https://www.vancouverobserver.com/casino/2011/04/19/isnt-it-kind-strange-vancouver-would-have-super-sized-casino-downtown While Vancouverites were trying to make sense of the problems surrounding the Olympic Village right before the 2008 civic election, the development proposal for a super-sized casino next to B.C....<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/casino/2011/04/19/isnt-it-kind-strange-vancouver-would-have-super-sized-casino-downtown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Casino Politics Opinion City B.C. Place Stadium Casino Frances Bula Geoff Meggs Gordon Campbell Ken Dobell rezoning Sam Sullivan Suzanne Anton Tue, 19 Apr 2011 22:34:00 +0000 Emily Barca 5304 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Will B.C. casinos' bad record on money laundering get worse at B.C. Place casino? https://www.vancouverobserver.com/casino/2011/02/16/will-bc-casinos-bad-record-money-laundering-get-worse-bc-place-casino In the shadowy underworld of organized crime, casinos are an ideal place to turn dirty money into legitimate cash, according to a spokesperson from FINTRAC, the federal agency that monitors cases of...<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/casino/2011/02/16/will-bc-casinos-bad-record-money-laundering-get-worse-bc-place-casino" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Casino City B.C. Place casino BCLC Edgewater casino Financial Action Task Force FINTRAC Integrated Proceeds of Crime unit Mike de Jong money laundering organized crime Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act The Vancouver Sun Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:44:00 +0000 Emily Barca 5632 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Casino expansion at B.C. Place may lead to increase in organized crime activity, sources say https://www.vancouverobserver.com/casino/2011/02/16/casino-expansion-bc-place-may-lead-increase-organized-crime-activity-sources-say "Studies have shown that organized crime will try to infiltrate casinos in many different ways, whenever they’re expanding," Sgt. Randy Morstensen said.<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/casino/2011/02/16/casino-expansion-bc-place-may-lead-increase-organized-crime-activity-sources-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Casino Politics City BC Place casino BCLC Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – Gang Task Force Edgewater casino Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch Hell's Angels Vancouver Police Department Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:26:00 +0000 Emily Barca 5618 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Province made an "exceptionally" fast decision on BC Place casino, says NDP critic Spencer Chandra Herbert https://www.vancouverobserver.com/casino/2011/02/16/province-made-exceptionally-fast-decision-bc-place-casino-says-ndp-critic-spencer In March 2009, the BC Pavillion Corporation (PavCo) sent out a call for proposals to develop the land west of BC Place. Sixteen weeks later, PavCo selected a proposal from the Nevada-based Paragon...<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/casino/2011/02/16/province-made-exceptionally-fast-decision-bc-place-casino-says-ndp-critic-spencer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Casino Investigations Politics City BC Place Casino gambling Paragon Gaming Partnerships BC PavCo Spencer Chandra Herbert Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:03:00 +0000 Emily Barca 5301 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com Myth-busting at The Edgewater https://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/thescene/2011/02/08/myth-busting-edgewater Myth: Today is my lucky day; I know I'm going to win. Fact: There is no magic in gambling. No thought or feeling that you may have will help determine whether you win or not. It's Saturday night at...<p><a href="https://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/thescene/2011/02/08/myth-busting-edgewater" target="_blank">read more</a></p> The Scene Casino City addiction B.C. Place casino casino bus Chinatown gambling City information session on casino Edgewater casino gambling gambling addiction targeting Chinese gamblers Wed, 09 Feb 2011 06:10:00 +0000 Emily Barca 5846 at https://www.vancouverobserver.com