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A young Iranian helps Syrian refugees adjust to Canada

A young Iranian, himself, new to Canada reaches out to help Syrian refugees settle here. But with the war in Syria, tensions between Iranians and Syrians are rising. How will he succeed?

Your numerology cycles May 16-31

"Spring rain Leaking through the roof Dripping from the wasps nest." ~Matsu Basho Every spring the wasps awake outside my window.  More than once we have had nests removed, but every year they...

Your numerology cycles May 1-15

"The world's favorite season is spring. And, all things seem possible in May." —Edwin Teasdale. Calculate Your Key Number To find out what this month has in store for you, calculate your key...
Literary, Charlie Hébdo, Michael Ondaatje, Culture. By Canadian Press

Ondaatje among writers withdrawing from PEN gala, cites honour for Charlie Hebdo

Author Ondaatje among a group of writers who have withdrawn from PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the organization’s honouring the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
ruling on whether judges can dictate religious attire in court. CP

Lawyers seek ruling on whether judges can dictate religious attire in court

Judge told El−Alloul that her case involving the province’s automobile insurance board and her impounded vehicle would not proceed as long as she was wearing the hijab.

Laugh, cry, groove at Chutzpah! Festival's 15th Anniversary

Over the course of almost one month, the city will overflow with a wide range of performances, spread over six Vancouver venues, including the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Red Room Ultra...

Hockey players, political cartoonists, and Spanish road trippers featured at Powell River Film Festival

Hockey, political cartoonists, and a Spanish road movie – these and much more will be featured at Powell River's 14th annual film festival, February 18-22. The Powell River Film Festival, an...
90's R&B star Sisqó

Fortune Sound Club's five-year anniversary celebrates a career of cultural impetus

90's R&B star Sisqó lit up the dancefloor as Fortune's surprise guest for their 5-year party.

First Nations help Canada find the way forward

We often think that the world's First Peoples were defeated. I think they were just waiting for us to listen.
Horse in Vancouver. Photo by Joshua Hergesheimer

Miniature horse trots along sidewalk in East Vancouver [VIDEO]

Drivers and pedestrians along Kingsway may have done a double-take today when they spotted a horse trotting along the sidewalk through Cedar Cottage today - a true 'neigh'-bourhood event.