Cheers to a Kinder 2015

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    I’m not one for resolutions, but in a world plagued with digital fatigue, we should all make human connection a priority.   By Abeer Yusuf   Nowadays it almost seems as if making New Years’ resolutions should be called a resolution in itself. Everyone energetically expresses things they wish to start doing or

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I Am Not Malala

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    Mistaken for ‘The Bravest Girl in the World,’ one writer shares her doubts that Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel win can bring about positive change in the Swat Valley.   By Abeer Yusuf   For the last year, we’ve been hearing a lot about this name: Malala.   In fact, so popular is the name

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‘Unity in Diversity’?

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  Editor’s note: John Boucher is a retired Seattle teacher from England. In this space he dispenses ideas, anecdotes and the occasional rant based on his background in philosophy, science, literature and history.     A reflection on separatist movements in Canada and around the world.   By John Boucher   The narrow “no” vote

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Migration is Not a Crime

Lucia Vega Jimenez died on Dec. 20, 2013 in a Vancouver airport detention centre. What was her crime? Photo via Facebook

    Lessons from the Lucia Vega Jimenez case.   By Aurora Tejeida   It’s impossible to know what was going through Lucia Vega Jimenez’s head when she decided to hang herself in the shower stall of a migrant detention facility deep within YVR’s basement. But it’s not hard to guess.   People tend to

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A Naked Truth

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  Sexual assault still prevalent in progressive, multicultural  Canada.   By Abeer Yusuf   Sad as it is for me to write this, I know very few women, if any at all, who have never experienced some form of sexual harassment in the hands of the opposite sex.   As an Indian who has observed

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The Omnivorous Reader: Beyond 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 and the Great Data Grab

  What is our favourite search engine doing with all our personal information anyway?   By John Boucher   Editor’s note: John Boucher is a retired Seattle teacher from England. In this space he dispenses ideas, anecdotes and the occasional rant based on his background in philosophy, science, literature and history.   Author’s note: This

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The Omnivorous Reader: Who Predicted This Dystopic Future Anyway?

  Many blame Orwell, but it could have been Huxley. The debate rages on.   By John Boucher   [Editor’s note: John Boucher is a retired Seattle teacher from England. In this space he dispenses ideas, anecdotes and the occasional rant based on his background in philosophy, science, literature and history.]   As the old

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10 Amazing Facts You Never Knew about Headlines!

  Or: what is lost when you take away negative feedback?   By John Boucher   [Editor’s note: John Boucher is a retired Seattle teacher from England. In this space he dispenses ideas, anecdotes and the occasional rant based on his background in philosophy, science and history.]   1. The Best Way to Get Your

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Abeer Untapped: Coming Home

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  After a year studying abroad, visiting family yields a new kind of culture shock.   By Abeer Yusuf   Anyone who has been an international student at some point in their life knows there is no feeling like being back home for the first time.   For me, being back home for the summer

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Abeer Untapped

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    How do we bridge the social gap between international students and our Canadian counterparts?   By Abeer Yusuf   Ask most local students in any country what they don’t understand about their international peers, and you’re likely to get a response like, “they just don’t mix with us.”   Ask the same of

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Time flies like an arrow

  By John Boucher   If you saw a video of an arrow flying, or more accurately falling, through the air, you can tell if the video is running forwards or backwards, because, if going backwards, the point and the feathers would be reversed. How about a slow-motion video of a flying bullet? A fast

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Words, Words, Words

  The first step toward a brighter future in Canada   By John Boucher A hearty welcome to all of you who are learning English. As a 67 year old Englishman who is still trying to master the intricacies of this most verbose of languages, I hope I can sympathize with your struggle. ‘Most verbose’

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Any Career Plans? (Think at least twice)-John Boucher Column

  By John Boucher   I’m sure that many of you are already committed to some kind of career path and are steadily building up your credits towards its fulfillment. I wish you all the luck in the world, but this article is an attempt to warn you about some possible minefields in your future

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Science and Superstition

  Guidebook columnist John Boucher tells a true story of a father and son.   By John Boucher   Once upon a time in the North of England, there lived a fifty-year-old chemical process worker (ie. a semi-skilled, goggles-, gloves-, and overall-wearing operative in a chemical factory. The year is 1965, or thereabouts.   Starting

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A Heartbeat Hypothesis

  Guidebook columnist John Boucher investigates a curious ‘downside’ to working out.   By John Boucher   It seems that everyone is at the gym these days, getting lean, buff, ripped, jagged, craggy, awesomely unsqueezable or, at least, hopefully, just a little less wobbly. Yes, I have to admit that I have joined the throng—and

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‘Don’t let your schooling interfere with your education’

  By John Boucher   This famous phrase from Mark Twain has never been more relevant than it is in these driven, dizzy days. I know that you are tired of me writing the following sentence: “I know that you are tired of old people telling you that the world was simpler and much more

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Bye Vancouver

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Meet Henry Henry looks back on seven months living here   Henry is a 25-year-old student from Taipei, Taiwan. He is studying English at EC English Language Centres in downtown Vancouver. guidebook caught up with him at the Vancouver Public Library where he was studying with a schoolmate. guidebook: How long have you been in

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