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Bianca Pencz

Bianca is a journalist, artist, musician and writer raised in Greater Vancouver. Her biases include feminism, democratic socialism, existentialism and the strangest kind of rock‘n’roll, all of which she tries to resist. You can reach her further at her Wordpress, Twitter or by email.

Conservatives reopen abortion debate: not surprising, but scary

Today, the House of Commons will discuss a motion to review what makes a human human. What might this mean for women in Canada?

The Raveonettes rave on as usual on new EP Into the Night

It's business as usual for the Raves. But when that means visionary, velvet-black noise pop, who's complaining? Read on to find out why this Danish duo is so special.

Beyoncé: feminist or fauxminist?

Beyonce, for all the girl-power affirmations, reinforces old patriarchal standards by sexing up her image for the male audience (see above).

Jack White earns solo stripes with "Blunderbuss"

Blunderbuss is a fitting title for Jack White's first shot at a solo album. Old-fashioned, lightweight, but ultimately its share of firepower accomplishes what it was made to do.

Glowbal Group employee: "house charges" allegations likely untrue

"When a man's character is called into question over false, unfounded allegations, it's not right," says an anonymous employee.

One-time HPV vaccine now available for BC women aged 19 to 21

Young women interested in protecting themselves against cervical cancer have been granted a prime opportunity.

Vancouver artist Jason Young turns the sport of curling into art

At 8 p.m. tonight, Jason Young is set to transform the rooftop of New York's Soho House into a live-action painting, using sculptures, actors, installations, and glowing LED resin.

Transgender Jenna Talackova tells Donald Trump to clear up beauty pageant rules

In a press conference this morning, Talackova and her lawyer called Miss Universe out for discrimination against trans people and for being unclear if Talackova will be allowed to compete after all.

Transsexual Jenna Talackova to speak today about Miss Universe decision

Transsexual beauty contestant Jenna Talackova is set to talk today about Miss Universe Canada, which just announced that she may re-qualify to compete.

20 year-old man shot this morning on Commercial Drive

At 2:45am, a young man was shot in what Vancouver Police believe was a targeted attack. The victim is now in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.