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Frank Giustra: How Empathy And Direct Impact Philanthropy Can Change the World

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

“I was devastated. I don’t want to sound melodramatic but what I experienced was so disturbing. What these refugees have gone through is beyond description-beaten by smugglers, living in the worst filth and squalor-it’s unimaginable-and it’s millions of people we’re talking about. Experiencing it first-hand changed my life.” Frank Giustra after arriving at Lesbos, Greece, seeing Syrian refugee arrivals, November 2015. …

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The Walking School Bus Brings Literacy App Along For The Ride

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Late for school? No problem, Mom will drive you. Pouring rain and college lecture about to start? Just call Uber for a ride. “Everyday, over half a million students in Uganda walk over 5 kilometers both to and from school to attain an education. These students walk through some of the most unforgiving terrain in pursuit of higher education. I …

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Vancouver, Canada’s 2017 Eco Fashion Week Showcases Style With Sustainability

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

A parade of models wearing elegant eveningwear, strutted down a very untraditional runway alighting on podiums surrounded by a rapt standing audience. One dress recalled the vivid colours of the aurora borealis; another, the veining of the maple leaf with its analogy to branching multiculturalism. An intricately smocked-back sheath with fishtail train mimicked the scales of salmon while another took …

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Michael Bublé Out of His Comfort Zone

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

On the line from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé is ecstatic: not about his new perfume, By Invitation launched in New York or the recent release of his latest album, Nobody But Me, or even his behind-the-scenes performance documentary, Tour Stop 148 that screened world-wide for one night only. “My son Noah just made me pancakes and eggshells with maple …

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Japan Unlayered: Not Lost In Translation

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Master Architect, Kengo Kuma’s First Residential Skyscraper In North America, Is the Jewel In The Crown of Japanese Exhibition In Vancouver The Japanese philosophy of ‘layering’ in which architecture, craftsmanship and design cross-pollinate to create one lifestyle experience, is illuminated and demystified in Japan Unlayered. The Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver has been transformed into a microcosm of ‘the land of the …

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Cut From A Different Cloth – Vancouver’s Museum Of Anthropology’s (MOA) Textile Exhibition Unfolds Cultural Expression

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Dressed to kill. Wear your heart on your sleeve. In your birthday suit. She’s a shoe-in. He’d give the shirt off his back. Shrouded in secrecy. These clothing idioms date back hundreds of years and yet most are still part of our contemporary English parlance. Perhaps their endurance relates to the fact that since the beginning of time, “from birth …

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Kate Middleton’s Stellar Style On The Royal Tour (With A Little Help From Her Friends)

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

As we’re waiting for the Harbour Air Seaplane coasting in from Victoria with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton onboard, it’s damp and drizzling in Vancouver and I’m cursing to myself that I’m not wearing socks. Though well-dressed in a blue polar fleece maxi coat and matching fedora, (a nod to the Duchess, whom I …

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Fashion Designer Duo, Smythe & ‘Kate Middleton Effect’ On 2016 Royal Tour

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

With a celebrity following including Kate Middleton, casual never looked so elegant! Behind the scenes at Holt Renfrew, Vancouver, Toronto-based womenswear designers, Andrea Lenczner is dressed in casual luxe Gilet Jacket with detachable Waistcoat, jeans and hot orange stilettos while partner,  Christie Smythe wears a masculine-cut, Classic Blazer in Dragon Print, over loose trousers. They’re prepping models for a fashion show …

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Luxury Footwear Designer Tabitha Simmons – Walk A Mile In Her Shoes (She Certainly Does)

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Tabitha Simmons is making great eye contact and if she’s checking out my shoes (they’re floral flats, but not her brand,) she’s being really subtle about it. “My mother would kill me if I just looked down all the time to see women’s shoes first and never greet them properly,” laughs the charming English footwear designer 45, who has flown into …