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Joseph Boltrukiewicz

Joseph is a multimedia designer, an avid traveler and an experienced digital and news photographer who works with Photoshop in postproduction and digital manipulation. He enjoys taking on projects in various fields, including photojournalism, travel and art and cultural events.


When veganism doesn't improve health

Advocates of a vegan diet promise boundless health and vitality. But for some, veganism doesn't seem to have a healing effect.

Fortune-telling traditions of St. Andrew's Day

There's mystery about what the future holds, but no mystery about why the Nov. 30 tradition is so popular.

COPE's Tim Louis, Ellen Woodsworth and RJ Aquino remain positive on election night defeat: photos

2011 Vancouver Municipal Election: COPE's big names get no seats, but remain hopeful about changing the city.

Colony Farm Habitat Enhancement Project, Port Coquitlam: A natural joy

Colony Farm, a place of relaxation for many people in the Tri-City area of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, is a green, ecologically healthy area about 20 minutes from Vancouver. It's now...

Painting the Drive

"The Drive" is another name for Commercial Drive, a popular street in Vancouver in the middle, sort of, of Vancouver's Italian, Portuguese and Brazilian communities. The street has  charm and...

Autumn beauty: photo essay

The fall time is really about colours. They change daily, as the fall time progresses. But is it only the colours that deserve special attention? There's more fruits and veggies on the farm...

Travelling Elaho River Valley

Heading up Sea-to-Sky Highway 99 north past Squamish, the first major intersection and left turnoff leads to Squamish River Valley and then, farther beyond, to Elaho River Valley. Elaho is the right...

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre ceremony for deceased

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre recently hosted a powwow dedicated to the memory of a community member who  passed away. The Centre helps First Nations people to make a transition into...

Springtime in Colony Farm, Port Coquitlam

The signs of spring are clearly visible in Colony Farm. The history of Colony Farm dates back to 1904, when the Essondale mental health facility acquired 1,000 acres of arable land and wetlands....