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The Other Side of the Hero Unmasks First Responders

In Culture & Style, News by Laura Goldstein

Have you ever wondered why many television police dramas depict deeply conflicted detectives and other first responders as divorced and alienated from their families; alcohol or drug dependent-even suicidal? It’s not just for the ratings. During and after 9/11 the public was suddenly thrust into the world of first responders when police, firefighters and paramedics had the harrowing task of …

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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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Go Ahead, Play With Your Food. Makers Are Experimenting With Interactive Tableware That Brings Back Conversation

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

Remember when Mom scolded you for playing with the food on your plate? Not anymore. There’s a growing international trend by makers, designers and artists who are taking preconceived ideas of how Interactive Tableware and cutlery should relate to the user and turning them (sometimes quite literally,) on their heads. Former textile designer, Martin Kullik is one such provocateur. He …

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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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Romancing the Stone – “Life is Art” for American Luxury Jewelry Designer, David Yurman

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

In Greek mythology, nine muses presided over the arts and sciences. For Renaissance man, sculptor, horseman and jewelry designer, David Yurman, ‘Sybil’ is the only muse he needs. Her name, which means oracle and prophetess, is his wife of 37 years; muse, painter and business partner for 47. When I mention that coincidence to the elegant Yurman, dressed all in …

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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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At Ancora Restaurant, Caviar is the Jewel Of The Sea

In Food & Wine, News by Laura Goldstein

The ancient Chinese steeped sturgeon eggs in tea before pickling the eggs in brine. The Turks thought “khavyar” originating from the Persian word, “chav-jar”, gave them great power – as an aphrodisiac. And Pierce Brosnan, aka James Bond in the 1999 film, The World Is Not Enough, immersed a merchant in a vat of caviar, threatening to drown him in …

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Cross – Cultural Collaborations Are The Jewels In The Crown Of The 2017 Chutzpah! Festival

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

For 13 years, the indefatigable Mary-Louise Albert has been bringing reinvention and creative energy to the annual Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Actually, Managing Artistic Directors should have their own category at the Olympics for juggling, strength and endurance! Sitting in the lobby of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Albert is understandably excited about the 17th Annual 2017 Chutzpah! Festival that …

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News Trends That Bring Out Our Inner Child

In Design, News by Laura Goldstein

If you grew up in the late 60s and 70s you’ll remember that the Bean Bag Chair (knock-offs came in corduroy and fake fur,) were the height of flower-power fab and could be found in every teen’s rec room and college dorm. Flopping into it was no problem – like being swallowed by a giant pillow – but getting up, …