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Some democracies fear their own people. Is Canada one of them?

Democracies don't fear their own people, Hilary Clinton said on Saturday. "They recognize that citizens must be free to come together, to advocate and agitate." After the heavy-handed treatment of ac

Mayor tells Pecha Kucha audience $60 million in investments came to city since Olympics

Robertson's statement that Vancouver gained $60 million in investment since the Olympic Games was just one encouraging fact an audience of 2,000 heard at last night's Pecha Kucha. Speakers included D

BP CEO Tony Hayward told: "you need to be charged with a crime." He says he didn't know.

If BP CEO Tony Hayward gives us any clues about the future, it's that the war for resources will be even more insidious than the war on terror.

Abreast in a Boat at the 2010 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

More than 4,000 people participate in the second largest dragon boat race in the world. Second only to Hong Kong's. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson opened the 2010 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festi

Vision Vancouver celebrates party's successes at fundraiser

It was billed as a chance to mix and mingle with the mayor and Vision Vancouver elected officials. Last night, at a Vision Vancouver fundraiser at Coast Plaza Hotel on Comox Street, Gregor...

VSB chair Patti Bacchus goes to the mat for Vancouver's schools

While trained fighters bloodied each other in General Motors Place in cages yesterday, a genuinely important battle played out elsewhere between the province and the city.

Great Google juice tips from Michael Tippett

What's the question people are asking. Know what it is. Then own the answer. This advice comes from Michael Tippett, the man behind one of Vancouver's greatest internet business success stories. At W

A beloved novelist's list of tips for writing for the web

"Capture, capture, capture!" writes Ruth Ozeki in a blog post for the Hollyhock Writing for the Web workshop taking place this weekend on Cortes Island. "If you want to write, you should get into the...

How to promote a blog

Here's what we do every day at VO to connect stories and blogs with the specific audiences that care about them. Incidentally, or perhaps not so incidentally, going through these steps keeps our traf

How to make your Tweet go viral

And other thoughts from my writing for the web workshop at Hollyhock...
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