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Start RESP saving now

Parents looking to put money aside for their child’s post secondary education should do so sooner rather than later, according to a financial planner.Andy Lau, manager at Vance Financial Group Inc., said that many parents opt not to invest money into a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 5:35 AM

Multicultural workers help bridge the gap

Multicultural liaison workers in the Vancouver School Board (VSB) are helping newly immigrated families and students integrate into the Canadian school system by “bridging the gap” between their culture and ours.Susanna Song, along with 23 other multicultural liaison workers, works with families to...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 5:20 AM

Emily Carr gets Current

The first issue of an academic journal produced by undergraduate students at Emily Carr University of Art and Design will be launching next Tuesday.The inaugural edition of the publication, called Current, is the first of its kind among art institutions in Canada.“Currently in the university...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 8:57 AM

Courses for green thumbs

Flowers have begun to bloom with the arrival of spring, and adults interested in gardening have a variety of courses they can take at botanical gardens around the Lower Mainland.Gardening enthusiasts or professional landscapers looking to learn more about gardening can do so with these classes,...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 5:40 AM

MBA grads ‘make a big impact’

Recent post-secondary graduates looking to build some momentum in their upstart careers could consider obtaining MBA degrees found in many of Western Canada’s universities.Twelve universities from British Columbia to Saskatchewan offer either full-time or part-time MBA programs for graduates who...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 8:39 AM

The art of comics

Comic books are finally accepted in mainstream media after years as an afterthought in the world of literature circles, according to a Lower Mainland university professor.Emily Carr University of Art and Design’s continuing studies program offers five courses that teach students how to put their...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 8:45 AM

Into the (African) wild

Nursing baby elephants and feeding cheetahs may not be typical volunteer duties, but that is exactly what a UBC Okanagan student spent her summer doing.Brooke Bailey, a fourth-year bachelor of science student, spent two months volunteering in Africa with the help of the university’s International...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 10:59 AM

Gang violence down

Gang violence incidents have decreased after the recent arrests of two men affiliated with a known crime group, Vancouver police said Thursday.Amandeep Manj and Christopher Barr, who police allege are members of the Manj group, were charged with a total of 31 counts — most of which are firearms-...

Friday, August 14, 2009, 11:27 AM

Man shot in leg on city’s West Side

Vancouver police are investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday night in a Vancouver West Side neighbourhood, which resulted in a man being shot in the leg.A 33-year-old man was taken to hospital and is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.The incident happened at 9:15 p.m. at the...

Friday, August 14, 2009, 10:35 AM

Today Show live from Grouse during Games

Grouse Mountain will host America’s most watched morning news program during the 2010 Olympic Games.Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker and Ann Curry of NBC’s Today Show will be reporting live from Grouse Mountain.It will be the four anchors’ second time broadcasting from an international...

Thursday, August 13, 2009, 10:50 AM

New bridge excites cyclist

The Canada Line Pedestrian Bicycle Bridge linking Vancouver to Richmond opens tomorrow, and excitement is growing. Arno Schortinghuis of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition said cyclists should enjoy a nice, quiet, relaxing ride over the bridge, as the other bridges linking the two cities are less...

Thursday, August 13, 2009, 10:32 AM

Local organization helping to reduce marketing waste

A Vancouver-based organization is working with the World Police and Fire Games to reuse or recycle their marketing materials and signage.Amelia Ufford, who has a background in corporate marketing, co-founded De.Brand to give promoters an alternative to dumping their materials when events conclude....

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 11:18 AM

Meteor shower peaks tonight, professor says

One of the largest meteor showers of the year will be at its most visible tonight, according to a University of British Columbia astronomy professor.The Perseid meteor shower can be viewed from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. anywhere away from the city lights, provided the skies are clear, said Jaymie Matthews...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 11:16 AM

Woman told to let deer go

A Vancouver Island woman keeping a deer as an indoor house pet is “killing the animal with kindness,” according to the wildlife services manager for the B.C. SPCA.Sara DuBois added the woman’s “Disney-fied” point of view kept her from doing the right thing, which should have been to have the animal...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 11:15 AM

Twilight fans abuzz over return of cast

Excitement is building up for local “fanpires” hoping to spot the cast of Twilight as filming of the third instalment of the movie trilogy, titled Eclipse, starts in Vancouver on Aug 17.Christine Kilpatrick, owner of Twilight Tours Vancouver and a devoted fan of the series, said she expects her...

Friday, August 7, 2009, 10:31 AM

Victim of anti-Muslim attack on transit bus still in shock

The Muslim man who was called “Bin Laden” and punched on the face while riding a bus last week said he’s still in shock.“I have had trouble sleeping the last few days,” said Qasim Baig. “My doctor said if I don’t get well in the next couple of days I will have to get assessed by a psychologist.”...

Thursday, August 6, 2009, 10:58 AM

RCMP seeks hate crime charges against 3 men

RCMP are recommending hate charges against three men who walked around downtown Ucluelet with anti-Semitic symbols drawn on their bodies and clothing. The trio, all in their 20s, also yelled racist comments from a boat on July 31 at people walking along a dock before Mounties arrived.Romy Ritter,...

Thursday, August 6, 2009, 10:57 AM

Police up Stanley Park presence after four fires

Vancouver police are beefing up the number of mounted officers patrolling Stanley Park after four suspicious fires have been set in the park since Thursday. Police say the fires are linked and the works of an arsonist.Const. Cinda Michael said 13 officers are now patrolling the park on horseback.“...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 11:10 AM

Howe Street shelter to close Aug. 7

Vancouver’s controversial Howe Street shelter will close Aug. 7 and be replaced by more cost-efficient housing in the downtown core, Mayor Gregor Robertson and Housing Minister Rich Coleman announced Thursday.The province is leasing Dunsmuir House, a 166-unit building located on Dunsmuir and...

Friday, July 31, 2009, 11:07 AM

Call it a fireworks hangover

West End community members visited English Bay Thursday morning following the Celebration of Light fireworks and were “disappointed” by what they saw.Fast food scraps, watermelon and 3-D glasses were among the litter found along the beach.Each year, just shy of $30,000 is put into cleaning up the...

Friday, July 31, 2009, 6:59 AM