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Simon Fraser University's Men's Centre debate oversimplifies gender issues

The Simon Fraser University Student Society (SFSS) thinks so. On May 2nd 2012, it approved a $30 000 budget allocation for establishing a Men’s Centre.

Earth on brink of 'irreversible' collapse of global ecosystem, new SFU study warns

Add excess consumption, over-population and extinctions to the climate crisis, and an SFU prof says the entire world teeters on the brink – and blink of an eye – according to a ground-breaking study.

Memory engineering pioneer Elizabeth Loftus charts course for Inception-style mind control

The mind control techniques of Inception or Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind are closer than we think, says a California psychologist speaking at SFU. Can they be harnessed for good?

Thirteen arrested blocking BNSF coal train in White Rock

Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Mark Jaccard was among those arrested for blocking a coal train in White Rock.

Top Vancouver events March 21-27: Earth Summit, Electro Vaudeville, eco-fashion

Missed the Healthy Chef Competition last week? Read all about the event, including the big winners and their dishes. Top Picks EastVanlove Tweetup Vol. 5 = Food Edition Mar 22 | Hai Phong | Free /...

Personal reflections: are we really safer one year after Fukushima?

8:30 -As I leave my peacefully sleeping family, the quiet Sunday morning greets me with roads closed to cars for today’s triathlon. I create a sustainable transportation triathlon to today’s...

Japanese corporate culture comes to life in PuSh Festival's "Hot Pepper"

The captivating and disturbing reality of Japan's office workers is put on stage in PuSh Festival's must-see dance, "Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and Farewell Speech".

Mexican whistleblower Karla Lottini fights corruption, death threats and deportation

"Tell her I came to say hi," a man told the journalist's sister – and showed her a gun. In this VO exclusive, Karla Lottini tells the tale of her fight to lead a safe life in Canada.

Life lessons from Milton Wong

Alden Habacon's life was changed by Milton Wong. Here's what he learned from him.

Holiday gun violence leaves death and soul searching in its wake

The shooting scene of student Alok Gupta – who was filling in for friends at their corner store when he was killed on Christmas Day – is marked by three fresh bouquets of flowers placed near the door...