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Great outdoor winter fun for everyone

Vancouverites staying in town over the holidays have a wealth of fun, varied and unconventional winter activities right in their own backyard, according to a local tourism expert. Amber Sessions, travel media relations specialist at Tourism Vancouver, says the city’s proximity to both urban and...

Saturday, December 26, 2009, 11:16 AM

Students get break for Games

Continuing education students, along with undergraduate students, will get a break from their studies during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Ken Florkow, director of learner services at BCIT, said some scheduling will be restructured during the Games.“We recognize that people are going to want to attend...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 8:52 AM

Experience exotic with UBC

Eating delicious foods, checking out fashion and architecture and dancing in Buenos Aires’ top tango bars, it’s easy to forget one is in the South American city as part of an educational program.But for two weeks each year, students of Nina Perez’s cultural immersion travel program at the...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 8:38 AM

Go battery-powered

If you’re looking for the perfect presents for young children this holiday season, bypass the stuffed toys and clothing and seek out the battery-powered gizmos.According to reports from toy industry leaders, many of the hottest toys this season move to some degree.Reidin Goode, senior marketing...

Thursday, November 19, 2009, 4:54 AM

A little luxury goes long way

Despite economic uncertainty, buying a luxury item for a loved one may still be the best investment this holiday season. Jennifer Silk, a Vancouver-based stylist and personal shopper, says tough economic times may actually be more of a reason to purchase classic items that will last longer.“You...

Thursday, November 19, 2009, 4:43 AM

Schools tackle H1N1

As H1N1 counterattacks are well underway in hospitals and doctors’ offices across the country, colleges and universities are also stepping up their efforts to ensure the safety of students. At the University of Victoria, where several cases of H1N1 were diagnosed among students and staff during the...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 5:30 AM

Buy in bulk to save cash, dietitian advises

Fast food, Kraft dinner and Ramen have long been staples of the starving college student, but being tight on cash doesn’t mean having to eat poorly, say experts. Kristen Reaves, a Vancouver-based registered dietitian, says it’s often cheaper and healthier to prepare foods at home. One tip she...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 4:16 AM

Vancouver goes global for Fashion Week

Vancouver Fashion Week will have a global theme this season to reflect the local fashion industry’s growing popularity around the world, according to the show’s producer.“From the beginning, our plan was global, international,” said Jamal Abdourahman, who started VFW in 2000. “We’ve made a lot of...

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 4:38 AM

‘There’s actually no bad time, ever, to start a business’, expert says

A number of government initiatives launched this year could be helping small businesses not only survive, but thrive. Julie King is the publisher and managing editor of canadaone.com, an Ontario-based website that focuses on growing and starting Canadian businesses. She says that as unemployment...

Friday, October 23, 2009, 10:56 AM

Top Model winner will walk Toronto catwalk

Rebecca Hardy’s life changed exactly two years ago, when the aspiring model won cycle two of Canada’s Next Top Model. “I’ve had the opportunity to model in Milan, England, New York and all over Canada,” said Hardy, who worked at JM Schneiders before the win, preparing meats to be processed. “I’ve...

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 2:45 AM

Ready, set, brew! Barista contest rolls out

As a relatively new barista, Rob Kettner trained extra hard for the 2009 Western Regional Barista Championship in August.“I’d be making 100 cappuccinos a night,” said Kettner, a Victoria, B.C., resident who worked as a coffee roaster for three years before becoming a barista in May. “I’d say I was...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 5:54 AM

Sports, sex and STIs

In four months, thousands of people will descend upon Whistler, B.C., fuelled by testosterone, adrenaline and the anticipation of an Olympic-sized party — and it’s possible they’ll leave with more than just memories.Jennifer Matthews, a Vancouver-based researcher who conducted the 2007 Whistler...

Friday, October 2, 2009, 9:07 AM

Sports, sex and STIs

In four months, thousands of people will descend upon Whistler, fuelled by testosterone, adrenaline and the anticipation of an Olympic-sized party — and it’s possible they’ll leave with more than just memories.Jennifer Matthews, a Vancouver-based researcher who conducted the 2007 Whistler Guys...

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 11:12 AM

Students demand expansion of U-Pass

Emily Carr students launched a campaign yesterday for a universal transit pass available to all post-secondary students. The OnePassNow campaign, which also comprises students from Douglas College and Vancouver Community College, is a rallying cry to expand the U-Pass program, which currently only...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:20 AM

Civil rights teams to observe brand conscious VANOC patrollers

During the Winter Games, 20 observer teams assembled by the Vancouver Organizing Committee will patrol streets and venues, seizing materials they find to violate the Olympic brand. Following closely behind them, armed with video equipment, still cameras and notebooks, however, will be Olympic legal...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:18 AM

Getting the word out about Hepatitis A

Most British Columbians consider hepatitis A a “travellers’ disease,” but a local expert is warning that the majority of cases come from our own backyard. According to a survey by the Canadian Liver Foundation, 71 per cent of people in B.C. trust “reputable” restaurants.Jo-Ann Ford, chair of the...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 10:53 AM

Love deferred at border

On Thursday, Janeane Ardiel will pack a lunch to eat with her new husband at a picnic table surrounded by shrubs and flowers. The picnic spot, located at Peace Arch International Park on the U.S.-Canadian border, is the only place the couple can legally meet and feel each other’s touch.Ardiel lives...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 11:16 AM

Riders offer praise for the Canada Line

Transit riders rated the Canada Line high during yesterday’s back-to-school rush, saying it sped up their commute.Joshua Cheng, who lives near English Bay and works near Cambie and Broadway, said the Canada Line has shaved about 10 minutes off his commute.“There were quite a bit of people, but it...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 11:20 AM

School funding cuts prompt emergency public meeting

The Vancouver board of education has called for an emergency public meeting tonight to deal with what chair Patti Baccus is calling a “funding crisis.”The meeting, which takes place at the Vancouver School Board (1580 West Broadway) at 7 p.m., will address a number of cuts in funding, including the...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 10:58 AM

Mystery woman may face jail in Jenkins case

The woman who drove accused murderer Ryan Jenkins to the Hope motel where he committed suicide could face up to six months in jail if she helped him enter Canada, police said yesterday.“Criminal charges are a possibility if anybody assisted him in entering Canada without reporting at a port of...

Thursday, August 27, 2009, 11:14 AM