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No Snow For Olympics Expected at Key Venues, VANOC Plans to Truck in Snow From Other Locations

It doesn't come as a  surprise to locals that VANOC faces a chilling, but not chilling enough fact: no snow is predicted between now and February 12. Not enough to cover over the muddy sections...

The Digital Wall of China

As I sit here, writing from what seems to be the very edge of the world, my writing place, a dining table by the stormy, winter Pacific Ocean, the tragedies of the past week in our tenuous world seem...

Global Interdependence and the 2010 Olympic Games

A high-level of positive and negative energy can be felt in Vancouver as we prepare for the 2010 Olympic Games, and as these preparations interrupt the lives of many Vancouverites, and remind us of it

Suck on it, Latvia!

Every day there seems to be a new needle in our eye. The latest is the Cypress Moutain closure.  The slopes of Cypress were not meant to be in  Olympic' hands until February 1st.  If...

Winter of Discontent

With the consumer frenzy of the holidays now past and the grey drizzly skies of January above us, many seem to have descended into their own winter of discontent.     In part, the...

It's an Open Source World

When I began using The Vancouver Observer's new drupal open source software on October 2, I quickly realized that I had a platform at my fingertips that was powerful enough  to push the work of...

Frat House - RCMP Conflict: An End In Sight?

After years of conflict that included allegations of police walking onto Frat house property to confiscate a stereo while threatening and swearing at students in response to noise complaints, an endin

A Time to Shine

In some cultures being a host is considered a noble honour and a great responsibility. Lets adopt this idea and welcome our guests with warm hearts and a brave spirit. Who knows, maybe 2010 will be t

Public Library to Close in Whistler During Olympics

Visit the library on any given day, it's filled with hundreds of local residents, seasonal employees, tourists, children and Whistler's homeless folks, reading, checking emails on the free computers,

HIV/AIDS Community Rallies at the VAG to Show Opposition to Provincial Aids Funding Cuts

VO's favourite citizen journalist takes us to the HIV-AIDS community's protest against Aids Funding budget cuts with his video camera.