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Is Vancouverism Viable?

From urban sprawl and a rising global urban population to greenhouse gas emissions and the health of citizens, city planners must balance many issues when designing neighbourhoods and creating development regulations. In the Canadian city of Vancouver, a concept aptly named ‘Vancouverism’ emerged over the course of several decades to help meet these challenges in a local context. However, can it meet growing challenges like housing affordability and social isolation?


Welfare Food Challenge 2015: Interview and Call to Action

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to interview Elizabeth Yu, a dietetics student at UBC and 2015 Welfare Food Challenge participant. In the interview, she shares her experience and explains why the welfare rates in BC must be raised.

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Human Connection in a Disposable Society

Working at a cafe, it becomes very clear how much food is wasted. It’s unacceptable to throw out perfectly good food with the reality of hunger so prevalent in the Lower Mainland. That’s when I thought I’d distribute some of the sandwiches to the homeless people I’d seen in Gastown.


Ideals vs. Pragmatics: Non-Profit Work in the Age of Austerity

For the past month and a half I’ve been on the job hunt, mainly in the non-profit sector, where I’ve been most of my working life. Something I’ve noticed that l find rather irritating is the lack of job postings that provide salary or wage information. No one appreciates spending their time and energy applying for a job that asks for two degrees and five years experience, only to later find out that it pays just over minimum wage.


Put a label on it: How Canada can learn from European GMO regulations

I may have been directly impacted by genetically modified foods (GMFs) in my day-to-day life, however I hadn’t realized it until that moment. All of a sudden, I felt that I had no choice between GMF and non-GMF, and in the event that I did have a choice, how would I know which of my produce were genetically modified?


Is public health care enough? Considerations for Canadian health care spending

As great as having a public health care system is though, Canada’s Medicare was set up in the 1960’s and hasn’t been updated very much since. The federal election has drawn significant attention to several key points to consider when discussing health care spending but the people of Canada should not allow the conversation to end on October 19th.


Foreign Policy Debate: Who will rein in Canadian-based mining companies?

On a night made possible by recycled dirty mining dollars, the question of who among the frontrunners would be willing to rein in Canadian-based mining companies for widespread abuses across the globe was never going to be asked.


The Globe Debate broadcasts silence on income inequality from all four podiums

Debates are generally as interesting for what is said as what is left unsaid, and the Twitterverse quickly pounced on the three leaders for, among other issues, the lack of discussion on inequality in Canada.

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The A-word: A policy that must be named

Austerity is to politicians as Voldemort is to the characters in the Harry Potter universe: “He who must not be named.”


Paying for Popularity

Last December the Guardian newspaper released six articles in one week under the globalized theme: Taming Corporate Power.  After the fall of Wall Streets banks in 2009 byway of its subprime mortgage debacle, the eyes of the West began to defog and we, its citizens,…