Miné Salkin

Vancouver native earns plaudits for short film

A Fine Young Man, directed by Kevan Funk, is a dark comedy that has garnered critical acclaim at this year's Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), and won the award for Best Short Film in Calgary. Set during the Cold War, the film flirts with the fine line between faith and the danger of...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 10:43 PM

Art program strives to boost critical thinking

The Nootka Fine Arts Program incorporates drama, music, visual arts and dance to supplement learning for students in the K-7 group, better equipping them with skills needed to succeed in secondary school.Its aim is to strengthen critical thinking skills, boost social collaboration and to encourage...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 5:33 AM

How best to save money in school

With analysts predicting a tough summer job market in an even more difficult economic climate, 10 students talk about what they do to save money while in school.Common suggestions included keeping track of your spending by using cash instead of debit or credit, eating and drinking at home and...

Monday, June 1, 2009, 10:34 AM

Feds overhaul credit card regulations

Canadian consumers will have a minimum 21-day, interest-free grace period on all credit card purchases after the federal government introduced new legislation on Thursday. This applies when a customer pays the outstanding balance in full.The new regulations also require credit card companies to let...

Friday, May 22, 2009, 11:27 AM

Buying sex not a sport: Sex work activists

Buying sex is not a sport, says a group of activists campaigning to get Ottawa to change the country’s sex laws before the 2010 Olympics, to keep more women from being lured into prostitution.Michelle Miller, executive director of Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity, said Parliament should enact...

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 11:24 PM

English names a boon for job hunters: Study

Job hunters with English names have a 40 per cent greater chance of landing an interview compared to people with Chinese, Indian or Pakistani names, according to a University of British Columbia study released yesterday.Six thousand mock resumés were drafted and sent to online job postings in the...

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 10:32 AM

Former Miss B.C. made 'huge sacrifice' in going public with allegations: lawyer

The lawyer for the former Miss B.C. who launched a class-action lawsuit against a top Hollywood talent agency said yesterday his client is making “a huge sacrifice” by going public.“She’s very fragile,” Perry Wander said of Claire Robinson, who is claiming she was raped. “Claire is very brave for...

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 5:46 AM

Emery licence on hold

Pot activist Marc Emery will have to wait nearly two months to learn if he can keep open his three businesses on West Hastings Street.Barbara Windsor, the city’s chief licence inspector, said Emery’s company, Avalon Sunsplash Limited, should not have its business licence renewed due to his 2004...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 11:07 AM

Dancers leap at opportunity

Nearly 300 dancers auditioned yesterday to be part of a summer production at the Pacific National Exhibition — a much-needed opportunity, according to some dancers who say auditions are dwindling. Elise Melo, who started dance lessons at age nine, blamed the poor economy and government underfunding...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 11:17 AM

Apartment fire leaves 70 homeless

A fire at an East Vancouver apartment building that left one person in serious condition and 70 others homeless was likely started by a cigarette, according to firefighters.“It started as a mattress fire,” Capt. Gabe Roder said. “It was cigarette-related.”The building’s tenants — many of whom are...

Friday, May 15, 2009, 10:52 AM

Fewer than half of B.C. voters went to polls

Tuesday’s provincial election marked the lowest voter turnout of the decade, despite efforts from all parties encouraging people to vote.According to preliminary results, 3.2 million people were registered but only 1.5 million voted — fewer than 50 per cent.Approximately 220,000 fewer votes were...

Thursday, May 14, 2009, 11:08 AM

Optimistic Green party candidates looking ahead to 2013

The B.C. Green party may have failed to win a seat — and its quest for political relevancy — but candidates remain optimistic about 2013. Leader Jane Sterk said candidates are enthusiastic about staying with the party and are prepared to stand for office, despite receiving only about eight per cent...

Thursday, May 14, 2009, 11:01 AM

Greens stay hopeful despite poor showing

The Green party failed to win any seats — or come close to contending — despite running a candidate in every B.C. electoral district.It received just more than eight per cent of the popular vote, about one per cent less than in 2005.Damian Kettlewell, deputy leader of the Green party of B.C., said...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 11:11 AM

Campbell makes the most of Mother’s Day

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell took a “break” from campaigning by having a Mother’s Day lunch with his wife, Nancy, at Cardero’s Restaurant in Coal Harbour — and the media were invited along to take photos.But with the looming provincial election, Campbell started yesterday off at the Golden Swan...

Monday, May 11, 2009, 8:28 AM

STV debate looms large on B.C. campaign trail

To STV or not to STV? That is the question facing British Columbians as they head to the ballot boxes on Tuesday.The current electoral process in B.C. is first-past-the-post (FPTP), a single-winner voting system where the candidate with the most votes wins all.The B.C.-STV (Single Transferable Vote...

Friday, May 8, 2009, 5:41 AM

Caseloads, stress bury social workers: Study

Nearly two-thirds — 60 per cent — of front-line social workers in British Columbia said they “rarely” or “never” give adequate attention to children and families due to unmanageable caseloads and high stress levels, according to a report released yesterday. A study by the Pivot Legal Society...

Thursday, May 7, 2009, 10:38 AM

Jewelry store thefts on rise: Cops

Jewelry store thefts are soaring at the same time that bank robberies are on the decline. “We’ve had nine jewelry store thefts to date, whereas this time last year we had four,” Vancouver police Const. Lindsey Houghton said yesterday.Bank robberies have decreased from 74 incidences at this time...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 11:22 AM

Olympians past and present meet ahead of 2010 Games

Olympic hopefuls are getting pumped up — physically and emotionally — with support from fellow athletes wanting to own the podium at the 2010 Games.More than 90 athletes were mentored by coaches and former Olympic medallists throughout the weekend at the Ol­ympic Excellence Series at the...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 11:15 AM

Ill women users stigmatized: Report

Scoring street drugs is often the easier alternative to pain relief than acquiring prescription medication, according to a report based on a group of female users in the Downtown Eastside.A two-year study conducted by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users Care Team found that 70 per cent of...

Friday, May 1, 2009, 10:40 AM

Bartering company thriving during cash-strapped times

In a time when cash and credit can be scarce, a Vancouver company is finding succes in the bartering business.Trade Exchange Canada is a Vancouver-based bartering company that connects clients needing to sell off excess stock through trade dollars instead of cash or credit. Some notable trades...

Thursday, April 30, 2009, 10:43 AM