stephanie orford

Do girls and boys bully differently?

Everyone knows that girls pass mean notes and use the silent treatment when they bully, while for boys, it’s as simple as a punch in the face, right? Not quite.The facts about girl and boy bullying might surprise you.According to statistics from PREVNet, a national network against bullying, there...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 6:21 AM

Clean slate and welcoming prosperity

After 4,710 years, Chinese New Year has snowballed into one doozy of a party. The celebration has also become part of what it means to be Canadian, and communities across the country will honour and enjoy its rich traditions Monday (Jan. 23).Chinese New Year is first and foremost a celebration of...

Friday, January 20, 2012, 2:20 AM

Pop culture invades Halloween

Halloween is the only time of year when it’s acceptable to dress like Lady Gaga, so we say throw your sense of taste to the winds and let loose. Whether you craft your costume from scratch or buy it pre-made, here are some suggestions from the zeitgeist and the 2011 Value Village Halloween Shopping...

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 4:00 PM

Blast from the past

Don’t let the Indian summer fool you, fall is just around the corner and it’s time to dress the part. Frankly, with these trends afoot we can’t wait for the leaves to start falling.Karen Richter, Showroom Manager for H&M Canada, shared her top fall/winter trends for 2011.The ’70sWomanly...

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 2:48 AM

Skydiving minus the sheer terror

They say a thrilling experience can simulate the feeling of being in love.Case in point: A 10-foot diameter vertical wind tunnel that lets you fly like you’re skydiving — without the free fall. And I loved it.My session at Fly Zone Bodyflight in Delta Thursday began with a short lesson in the...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 9:20 AM

Shoppers fight on, despite recession

As we round the bend to Christmas and Mariah Carey Christmas ballads serenade shoppers across the city, Vancouver retailers are preparing for the annual last-minute gift rush.The toy business is thriving despite the recession, said Joanna Mileos, owner of Granville Island Toy Company.Customers aren...

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 9:20 AM

Thousands expected to turn out for turkey

By Saturday, chef Randy Spark and his volunteers will have roasted, carved and served 158 turkeys for the annual Christmas dinner at the Downtown Eastside’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM).This year marks the 80th anniversary of the event, which usually draws about 3,000 diners.“The people that come in...

Friday, December 10, 2010, 9:22 AM

Twitter-happy cops

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is now harnessing the power of Twitter. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Const. Anne Longley tweeted all day, reporting dispatch calls from her VPD laptop in real-time.“I’m astounded how many people are following us — how many people are interested in what we’...

Friday, December 10, 2010, 9:17 AM

Atheist ad no big deal: Vancouverites

Some transit riders said they wouldn’t blink an eye at a potentially anti-religious ad that could appear on TransLink buses early next year.The ad, by the Centre For Inquiry, states: “Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence.” It references Allah, homeopathy, psychics, Christ and other...

Friday, December 3, 2010, 11:19 AM

House fire in Surrey claims two children

Tony Johal jumped out of the shower at 6:30 a.m. to screams for help. He heard a window smash and went outside of his Surrey home to see two of his neighbours sitting on their roof with smoke billowing from their upstairs windows.The couple had broken their window to escape the fire, said Hermaal...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 10:46 AM

Falcon’s campaign taking flight

The Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling blasted over the Surrey Museum’s sound system yesterday as Kevin Falcon made his way through a crowd of excited supporters, taking the stage to announce his bid for the leadership of the B.C. Liberal Party.With his wife, Jessica, and 10-month-old daughter...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 10:40 AM

Beware of burst pipes

Cold water not running? Your house might have a burst water pipe that could cause flooding as temperatures rise later this week.Burst pipes are the most common plumbing problem in winter, said Doug Juniper, service manager at Hillcrest Plumbing in Vancouver, adding that Hillcrest’s plumbers fix...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 9:06 AM

Quaids relish holiday in Vancouver

Randy Quaid will remain in Vancouver for at least another month as his lawyer sorts through mounds of paperwork, regarding whether the actor will be allowed to stay in Canada.An Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator yesterday set the actor’s next hearing for Dec. 22, with more hearings likely...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 8:49 AM

Whitecaps sign first MLS player

The Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club announced Thursday it had signed American defenceman Jay DeMerit, former captain for Watford FC in the U.K.The 30-year-old centre-back from Wisconsin will be the first player to join the Whitecaps, slated for their inaugural Major League Soccer season, starting...

Friday, November 19, 2010, 9:35 AM

Jon Montgomery “I want to share it with Canada”

Canadian Olympian Jon Montgomery, who won men’s gold for skeleton in the 2010 Olympics, is in town with Canada’s best skeleton and bobsleigh athletes to kick off the FIBT World Cup.How have the last few months been for you?“It’s been absolutely incredible. We’ve been busy as a one-armed paperhanger...

Friday, November 19, 2010, 9:30 AM

Louis Vuitton expands Maison

The crusade against frumpy raingear continues as Louis Vuitton prepares to open its largest store in Canada on Georgia Street downtown. The Maison, to open early December in the Hotel Vancouver, will extend the luxury brand’s pre-existing shop to 10,000 square feet over two levels. It will feature...

Friday, November 12, 2010, 11:28 AM

Proposed HST ballot omits refund question

The refund issue has disappeared from a proposed question set to appear on HST ballots in September 2011, HST critics say.Former Socred premier Bill Vander Zalm’s group, Fight HST, got more than 700,000 people to sign a petition to ditch the tax. But Bill Tieleman, strategist for the group, said...

Friday, November 12, 2010, 11:08 AM

Metro Minute with Zero Emissions Race

A team of three custom-built electric vehicles left Geneva Aug. 16, and now is coming to Vancouver. The sleek, colourful cavalcade just rolled off a boat from Shanghai, and will be in the public plaza at the Olympic Village Friday between 9 and 11 a.m. The cars are travelling around the world in...

Friday, November 12, 2010, 9:32 AM

Honour House meets challenge

When Capt. Trevor Greene returned to Canada after being seriously wounded in Afghanistan, he and his family had nowhere to stay while he underwent rehabilitation in Vancouver.Greene, who was struck in the head with an axe, will officially open Honour House in New Westminster at 2 p.m. today.Honour...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 11:26 AM

Metro Minute with The Story of a Girl

Hip new downtown club Five Sixty, 560 Seymour St., is holding an art/fashion show tonight in honour of all things girly. The celebration, themed “The Story of a Girl,” is presented by local design shop Blushing Boutique for the lovely and fashionable ladies of Vancouver. The multi-sensory...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 5:30 AM