Join or Die

When a conversation with a stranger leads to a movie screening you know the mission of Hello Yello, to make…

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Turning Tension into Transformation

In a world where moments of crisis often call for acts of courage and compassion, one lawyer's encounter with the…

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More than March

International Women's Day (IWD) is more than a stock photo of women smiling or a day to celebrate the achievements…

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Footbeds, Beach Houses and Bottles of Wine

Mike Baker set out to provide people with an alternative orthotic that could offer the same relief he’d enjoyed, at…

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Winter Blues and Mental Health Wellness

There’s a lot of pressure in January to set goals, pick back up your fitness routine, abstain from alcohol, open…

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Redefining Radical: the Lakota Skier Shifting an Industry’s Perspective

The 2022 ski film, Spirit of the Peaks, starts similarly to most works in its genre. A philosophical reflection; a…

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The Plastic Waste Solution Isn’t One Size Fits All

We caught up with Jeff Wint, Manager, Plastics Reduction Program for OceanWise at the Zero Waste Conference in Vancouver, BC…

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Responsible Shopping this Holiday Season: ROC’s First Ever Gift Guide 

As the holiday season approaches for many, so does the urge to shop, gift and spend money. PWC’s Holiday Outlook…

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How and Where to Give this Giving Tuesday 

In 2021, GivingTuesday, the world’s largest generosity movement, began to inspire shoppers to allocate some funds to go to charities…

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Diverse Book Baskets Offer Windows and Mirrors

Books are powerful tools in allowing our children to experience stories of both joy and challenges from a wide range…

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Doing Less for Zero Waste

Environmental scientist and sustainability expert, Dr. Jonathan Foley shared that, “99% of climate change media is about the problem.”

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The Cost of our Clothing

We all buy, wear, and discard clothing, but at what cost? It turns out, the cost of our clothing is…

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The Fight for Inclusive Kids Books

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time in bookstores. In nearly all of the stores that I’ve visited, there…

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Fighting food waste, one surprise bag at a time

Food waste is a dire reality. Worldwide, humans waste about 2.5 billion tonnes of food every year, according to a…

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The Movement for Dance Inclusion

Growing up in Venezuela, Serenella Sol was surrounded by dance – her grandmother and mother both practiced ballet. Movement is…

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Q & A with Jen Lumanlan, Author of Parenting Beyond Power

As the parent to a four and six year old who have big questions about the world, I am always…

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7 Books for Your Back to School Reading List

A new school year means new, sharp pencils and a bookshelf refresh. Books are adventurous and informative. They’re where kids…

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The Dirty Truth: Soil contamination & the human cost

We may have a basic understanding of the fact that soil is essential for growing the food we eat, the…

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Human Behaviour and the Problem with Plastics

Plastic has done a lot of damage in its relatively short existence. According to a 2021 report from the United…

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Hello Yello is LIVE this summer in Vancouver

Summer in Vancouver is getting friendlier now that Hello Yello has found a home for their summer pop up. At…

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Free Dog Libraries: Trauma-Informed Joy for Ruff Times (Part Two)

In Part Two of our Dog Libraries series, Cicely Belle Blain 'travels' to Boise, Idaho and Louisville, Kentucky. They explore…

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Free Dog Libraries: Trauma-Informed Joy for Ruff Times (Part One)

Dogs have played an integral role in human lives for over 15,000 years. Domesticated dogs have long provided enhancement to…

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A Breath in the Ocean

Pawan Patil recalls his early years in the Khandesh region of India. He remembers following his grandmother into the mud…

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Calling All White Women! Activating the Steps to Anti-Racism.

Ten months ago I was a white woman continuing to tiptoe about with “good intentions” when it came to diversity,…

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One event and a year of questions: Battle of the Brands Winner Update

A recent in-person event pushed the vision to making Vancouver friendlier, 365 questions closer. Brand’s for Better Foundation’s Battle of…

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It’s Right In Front of You

As the body’s largest organ, the skin is often a key indicator of health. Bumps, scars, lacerations, bruises, rashes, pimples,…

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The Solution for Loneliness is Paint at the Brands For Better, Brand Battle for Good

"We become connected when we have the chance to tell our stories.” Genesa Greening, CEO Vancity Community Foundation shared thoughtfully…

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More than an Outfit

Historically and presently, women face substantial barriers in the business world. Many professional careers weren’t designed to favor women.

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Brands For Better Challenges Vancouver’s Most Innovative Companies to Examine Social Isolation

Loneliness in Vancouver isn’t new, it’s part of our society. Vancouver Foundation’s 2017 Connect & Engage report showed that one…

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Staying Alive

Her community faces a deadly epidemic of violence and trauma. To defend it, trans woman Stephanie Skora is using the…

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Paying the Motherhood Tax

Motherhood is one of the hardest jobs in the world. One that comes with no training, no manual, and a…

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We Live in a World That Refuses to See Us

Transphobic laws, bias and outdated healthcare practices prevent trans and non-binary folks from accessing gender-affirming care — but there is…

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Standing with Ukraine

People all across the globe have heavy hearts today as Russian troops invade Ukraine. From afar, one may have feelings…

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White Bud-tenders Cash In On Black & Brown Incarceration

By Oakley Ramprashad I vividly remember the first time I walked into a dispensary. I saw a white man, wearing…

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Protesting on Nana’s Shoulders & Other Stories of Intergenerational Activism

By Cicely Belle Blain — One of my earliest memories takes place two summers shy of the 21st century. I…

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Diversity and Race in the Classroom: Q&A With Educator Antoinette Blain

Interview with Antoinette Blain, an educator, coach and leader in visual and expressive art education, with over 25 years experience.…

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Teachers Tell All: Race, Racism, and Education

During the summer of 2021, newspapers and magazines were full of stories explaining Critical Race Theory (CRT) and expounding on…

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These Systems Aren't Built For Us

"Reflections on my first term as a Vancouver School Board Trustee." By Jennifer Reddy Schools are where a range of…

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BIPoC-owned Cannabis Dispensaries and Brands

Support BIPoC owned cannabis dispensaries and brands. If you have a place or brand to add to this list please…

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Outside the Western World, Matriarchies Still Exist Today

When Rebecca Lolosoli’s husband left their village of Wamba, in the Samburu District in Kenya for a business trip, a…

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Sourdough and List Making – Shifting to a Zero-Waste Kitchen

“My food waste eureka moment came when I was at a talk by Massimo Bottura. People in the audience kept…

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Cancel Canada Day: Celebrate Indigenous Languages Instead

The first week of July is one associated with fireworks and feasts for many people in North America. “Canada Day”…

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Indigenous Rapper Joey Stylez Opens Music Studio to Mentor Emerging Artists

As a young artist, Joseph “Joey Stylez” LaPlante never had a mentor. “It’s something I never experienced; I had to…

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Dismantling Environmental Racism in Canada

“There are few people who want a landfill near them.” Dr. Ingrid Waldron, a professor in the Faculty of Health…

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India's Farmers: Sowing the Seeds of Dissent

Malala Yousafzai has been quoted as saying “If people were silent, nothing would change.” This past year has emphasized the…

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Black Liberation Now: Support Black-led Initiatives in Vancouver, Calgary and Chicago

Black history month is a time of celebration, unity and connection. Most importantly, it is a time to be inspired…

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All Eyes on Mi'kma'ki

“THIS IS TERRORISM” are the words that Dr. Pam Palmater writes alongside a video on Twitter. The video depicts a…

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Surveillance, Resistance and Black Organizing in 2020

Murder is streaming live in the palms of our hands. The lands and cities are burning. This has been a…

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Gender Equity Now

More domestic labour, greater risk of domestic violence, higher rates of unemployment, worse mental health. These are the experiences of…

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The Legacy of Loujain: Keeping Alive the Struggle of an Imprisoned Saudi Woman

By Urooba Jamal “Hello, I’m Loujain Alhathloul,” begins the woman in the viral video, wrapped in a black headscarf and…

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Shiva Delivers: Jews in Solidarity with Black Grief

Madison Slobin and Becca Schwenk are chosen family - best friends entwined by culture, religion and a unique type of…

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Compassion in the Age of COVID

In the 14th century, something ugly happened. And then, something beautiful. In 1347, 12 Genoese trading ships travelling from Crimea…

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Surviving a Global Pandemic & Uprising

It is time to check in with yourself. How are you, really? Amidst a pandemic, the global Black activist uprising,…

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How to Evaluate if a Brand Really Gives a Sh*t About Black People

— This article was originally published on Stratagem. In the past few months the world has exploded in solidarity with…

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The Afro-Diaspora Tour Centres Black History

— This article was originally published on Stratagem. There’s a sense of pride to be derived from knowing where you…

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