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Chris Lane

Chris Lane studies at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, having recently moved back to his hometown of Vancouver. He previously studied geography and psychology at McGill because he likes maps and brains. As a former student of the social sciences, he likes to write about academic research, urban planning, health, or anything else, really. As a former actor, he reviews and writes about theatre. Like most journalists, he follows politics diligently, so he writes about that, too.

At Board of Change debate, four BC pols ruminate on how to keep public happy

There were four "old white men" on stage, moderator Robb Lucy said, apologetically.  "Five!" corrected a heckler, to a joking glare from Lucy. Their banter set the tone for an evening of comedic...

Trashed: documentary shines light on global waste crisis

Killer whales so contaminated that they were classified as toxic waste. A once-beautiful Lebanese beach that’s now a towering mound of garbage, bleeding contaminants into the Mediterranean Sea. The...

Parliament rejects NDP motion to stop FIPA

Denied: a motion to defeat the China-Canada FIPA has been shut down.

Candidates gang up on Liberals' TransLink referendum plan at all-party forum on transportation

The all-party transportation forum was largely a polite, friendly affair; moderator Shauna Sylvester described the audience and the candidates as “very Canadian.” But all the opposition candidates...

Parliament debates NDP motion to defeat FIPA

The Canadian House of Commons debated a motion Thursday to stop the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPPA, or FIPA). The NDP, whose MP Don Davies tabled the motion,...

Ruth Ozeki in Vancouver, BC with the Vancouver Observer: bullying the big wave

Ruth Ozeki had just finished writing a novel about a Japanese teenager, when everything about Japan changed. It was March 2011, and a powerful earthquake and ensuing tsunami shook up the country, and...

Teen marijuana use common because of Canadian drug policy, says pot activist

The high rate of marijuana use among Canada’s youth is a by-product of strict drug control, pot activist and BC Green Party candidate Jodie Emery said. Canada has the highest rate of...