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What happens when you put an Islamist, a Socialist, a Christian, and a Liberal in an Egyptian garden?

After the Arab Spring revolution, Egypt has struggled to find unity. A management consultant brings together religious and secular Egyptians to discuss their views.

Vancouver’s peripatetic Master Certified Coach: Juhree Zimmerman

From Dubai to Oslo to Jerusalem to Calgary, Juhree Zimmerman is a woman on the move. At home in Kitsilano, she's still in motion.  She takes me into  the kitchen, and from there we move to...

Since feeling is first

Canadians often put me in mind of Dorothy Parker’s quip about Katherine Hepburn, who, she once said, “ran the gamut of emotions from A to B.” Some weeks ago, at dinner with my friend Hal, he said he...

Cynthia Loy Darst: Inside, Outside, All Around Your Life

Cynthia Loy Darst knows a lot about roles. Which stands to reason. She used to be a professional actress. In fact, it was when she was studying theatre, that she discovered the seeds of what was to...

Backstage at the Olympics: Jeff and Aly Pain Are Going for the Gold in Marriage

Aly Pain has asked her Olympic Silver Medalist Skeleton racer husband Jeff, for a divorce more than once in the last several years. And yet today, their marriage is stronger than ever.