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The art of the positive women

Flo Ranville sat by the window of a narrow art gallery in Vancouver’s Chinatown, surrounded by a series of photographs of faceless people. Ranville pointed out a photo of a person standing behind a park bench, covering their face with a shawl. Two wooden carvings sit on the bench beside her, a bear holding a salmon and an eagle. Ranville said the woman, who uses the alias 'Betty Boop,' is from a northern Indigenous community. She and her family were ostracized after she was diagnosed with HIV.

When Tradition Meets Business and Science: The Complex World of Kisameet Clay

About 30 kilometres southeast of Bella Bella in the Central Coast region of British Columbia, there is a low-lying clay deposit off quiet Kisameet Bay. The Haiłzaqv people have used the fine, pale-green clay from the deposit to treat stomach disease, diabetes, burns and other ailments for many generations since it was deposited in their territory during the last Ice Age. Now, the Heiltsuk are in negotiations to allow a non-Heiltsuk company to harvest the clay for commercial use.

Whitehorse family with 2 weeks left on lease has limited options | News

Megan Breen, her fiancé, and their three children are due to be out of their rental home by June 30. But after a year of searching in Whitehorse, she hasn't been able to find an affordable home that can accommodate her family. "When I told the kids we might be living in our motor home in the summer time, they were so happy," she said with a laugh. "My family's done it. My mom, she had five kids and we lived in a fifth wheel. And it was pretty tight."

Community-grown Downtown Eastside market provides lifeline to residents

Since 2015, Silverjay has run his own business. He pays binners for scrap metal they have reclaimed from the trash and refines it himself. The collectors earn set rates for their finds while Silverjay sells the finished products — jewellery and silver bars — at the city-sanctioned Downtown Eastside Market. Silverjay’s business is just one example of how vendors and other people in the community collaborate within the market. The trade has become a cornerstone of the neighbourhood’s economy.

Thunderjacks and thunderjills: UBC’s loggers’ sports team promotes ‘equity and diversity’

On Saturday, January 27, the UBC loggers’ sports team — also known as the Thunderjacks — hosted their third annual intercollegiate competition. However, many of these loggers didn't fit the lumberjack stereotype people may have in mind — in fact, about half of the competitors were lumberjills. “We have the most diverse team I’ve ever seen,” said Sharman Prior, one of the team’s organizers. “Last year, we had maybe two guys on the team and eight women.”
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