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Emily Barca

Emily Barca is a former associate editor at VO. She has a degree in sociology, anthropology and French from McGill University. After living in Vancouver for fifteen years, Emily has returned to live and work in London, England. She loves tea but can't stand taking the tube.


City Council to hold public hearings on B.C. Place casino in February

City council reviewed a several reports relating to developments in the area of Northeast False Creek yesterday, including a report on  the relocation and expansion of the Edgewater Casino at B....

Council expected to be divided today over motion to suspend gaming expansion

At today's city council meeting, Councillor Ellen Woodsworth will bring forward a motion to suspend the expansion of gaming in Vancouver, while another councillor says now is not the time to make a...

The art of tease: burlesque at The Cultch

As two burlesque "virgins," we weren't entirely sure what to expect from the show. But we discovered that it was colourful, sexy, comical and highly entertaining.

Suzanne Anton was my midnight kiss

Perhaps it was my silk dress or the new perfume I've been wearing lately. When I asked Suzanne Anton what her New Year's resolution was, she replied, "To kiss a pretty girl!" and pecked me on the...

Happy New Year, Vancouver

Where were you New Year's Eve 2010? We celebrated at The Cultch's burlesque show. Then, off to a dance party at the Waldorf, where we caught up with a certain city councillor. In another part of the...

Vancouver's 5 best and 5 worst moments of 2010

This was the year that the eyes of the world were on Vancouver. When did we shine and when did we fall short?

Canadians are world's biggest web junkies

If you sometimes feel like you're spending more time with your computer than interacting with the real world, you're not alone. Canadians log more hours online than any other country in the world.

Storm in Atlantic Canada affects travellers across the country

Travellers' holiday plans remained up in the air Monday. 206 flights were cancelled in Toronto and 26, 000 were without power.

I'm dreaming of a stormy Christmas

Santa's down with the Yuletide rain. Dude, it's a rain forest.

Born in Canada, but not Canadian

Glenn Fenech spent his early years in Toronto, playing winter sports and watching the planes fly by at Pearson airport. But Fenech, now an airline pilot, can't call himself Canadian.