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"Don't count on Bill Gates for innovation," and more from Douglas Coupland: live blog

Acclaimed international writer and thinker Douglas Coupland talks about Vancouver's livability, multiculturalism, and the new Oscar-nominated animated film by Emily Carr.

Open source municipalities: twitter, transit and apps a focus of Cities Summit - live blog

Speakers at Cities Summit discuss open source technology and the capacity for social media to help citizens connect with government. Read VO Publisher Linda Solomon's live blog for more updates.

Clark and Boessenkool: A match made in Harperland

How to best describe Ken Boessenkool, Christy Clark's new chief of staff?  "Former Suncor lobbyist", former "Enbridge lobbyist" and former Stephen Harper staffer and strategist. All ...

Allen Garr asks Vivian Krause where she gets her funding. The answer may surprise you.

Who pays Vivian Krause's bills? Vancouver Courier writer Allen Garr asked in a post today.  Pointing to Krause's attacks on the millions coming from U.S. Foundations ($300 million in a 10-year...

Harper government overstepped big time

The carbon belongs to Canada, VO climate change blogger Barry Saxifrage wrote me in an email this morning.  He said he noticed that David Suzuki quoted a stat from an article saying that 40 per...

Matisyahu, Barenaked Ladies, John Stewart, Steven Colbert and more sing Happy Chanukah songs: videos

Chanukah songs have gotten funnier. Here are some great ones.

Join our team as a digital marketing strategist

Join the city's most trusted local online-only news platform and become a force for progressive change in media. About us: For those who don't already know, The Vancouver Observer is a hyper local...

Occupy Vancouver marches on City Hall: slide show

Occupy Vancouver protesters, infuriated by a court's decree that their encampment must be dismantled on Monday by 2 p.m., marched on City Hall Friday night. In the picture below, protesters hurry to...

CBC, aka Fox News North

"This sounds like Fox News," Pulitzer prize winning journalist Chris Hedges says, after CBC newscaster's unleashes demeaning personal attack.

Giving thanks for Wangari Maathai, unending source of inspiration

On Thanksgiving, I'm stopping to remember the late Wangari Maathai, a constant source of inspiration to me since I spent three incredible weeks with her in the nineties.
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