How to Sponsor a Relative

As part of Citizenship Week 2014, the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), and new Canadian citizens sing the national anthem at Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks — Vancouver, British Columbia

    Canada’s family sponsorship program was on hold from 2011 to 2014. But in 2015 Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Canada opens new ways to reunite families. By Victor Ing, Asian Pacific Post Canada has a long tradition of promoting family reunification in Canada. In fact, it is an express objective of the Immigration and


Vancouver’s Hidden Children

Nassim Elbardouh, a teacher at Britannia Secondary School, sits on the BC Teachers’ Federation’s Committee for Action on Social Justice which developed a draft ‘sanctuary schools’ policy this year. Photo: David P. Ball.

    Many undocumented families, fearing deportation, don’t enrol kids in school.   By David P. Ball,   Written on a wall in Pedro’s soon-to-be-demolished, cramped Vancouver apartment are words:   “I want water.” “Can I go to the washroom?”   This, for Pedro’s two oldest children, is the closest they will get to


Meet Your Mayor

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    Who are the people running my city? A Guidebook election recap.   As a newcomer in the Lower Mainland, it can be tough to keep up with the local political scene. Even if you’ve read all the news, depending on your citizenship status, British Columbia may not allow you to vote for the


Pizza for Breakfast?

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    It’s true, it seems this Kitsilano gem will put a soft boiled egg on just about any Italian staple.   By Sarah Berman     Nook Restaurant 1525 Yew Street Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC (604) 734 3381   [Note: this restaurant has another location on Denman Street, but the Denman Nook does not serve


Vancouver Gems

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    Ellen Lee is a Vancouver designer currently living and working between Singapore and Bali. These photos are from a brief visit to Vancouver in October.    


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  I’m thirteen years old. I’ve been selected to compete thirteen of my peers from acrossCanada. All aboard the Evaluation Train!   By Tiffany Lee, Sir James Douglas Elementary School   The world, my world, is not what I want it to be.   Every two months, the provincial government chooses fourteen contestants, seven girls


Vancouver on the Verge of a Comedy Coup-

Vancouver comedian Graham Clark gets by with a little help from his friends. Photo via Graham Clark’s Facebook

    With a ‘nobody’s going to get famous’ attitude, BC comics get noticed.   By Sarah Berman,   In Little Mountain Gallery on a Tuesday night, the line between comedy show and hanging out at a friend’s place is charmingly blurred. At this show, billed “Ring-a-Ding-Dong-Dandy,” beer comes out of a picnic cooler,


I Am Not Malala


    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


Another Win for BC’s #MakeItCount Youth Group

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    A campaign to honour the hard work of international students and new immigrants is now endorsed by the City of Vancouver.   By Tanvi Bhatia   You may remember reading an article in one of the previous issues of Guidebook about Make It Count, a youth-led campaign aiming to get graduation credits for


Global Fashion That Changed the World

Tokyo has an international reputation for its wild street styles, including Lolita fashion.

By Jennifer Croll   [Editor’s note: With permission from Prestel Publishing, the following passage is excerpted from Fashion That Changed the World, a new book about just that.]   Fashion Week Internationale, a VICE web series hosted by a fearless ex-model turned journalist named Charlet Duboc, takes viewers backstage for fashion weeks in far-flung, sometimes


We ask, you tell us: What is Vancouver’s best kept secret?

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  Arielle Spence   Student   “Walk down to the end of Dunbar street. You’ll find a set of stairs that leads you onto the rocks. During low tide, you can just sit on this one big rock. Its the most amazing—water brushing against your feet with a panoramic view from Jericho to the other


Touring BC’s ‘Hidden’ History Shared by Chinese and Indigenous People

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    What happens when a busload of Christians are shown a province ‘built on free land with half-priced labour’?By Meg Mittelstedt Reprinted with permission from     Forty-eight of us are standing on the banks of the Fraser River at the Lytton Ferry under a hot September sun. We’ve just been told that


Cinema Behind the Orange Gate


    Public Art Installation by Byungseo Yoo November 30- December 30, 2014 Public Storage (Location TBA) Curated by Sojin Kim   Artist Talk/Opening Reception: November 29, 3:00-5:00pm Satellite Gallery 560 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC Public Storage Open Hours: By Appointment Only (contact information below)   Vancouver, BC—For the month of December, Vancouver’s Public Storage


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


What’s Your Perspective?

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  This year’s Vancouver Asian Film Festival stretches from India to Singapore, all the way to the back of your fridge. Film descriptions courtesy of A Leading Man (USA) Directed by Steven J. Kung November 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. International Village Cinemas   Everyone is happy for rising actor GQ—everyone except GQ himself.


Low Tide in Bali

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  Snapshots from a months-long stay on the Indonesian island.   Photos by Ellen Lee     The most perfect orange.       This dog is adorable. I love how his ears just flop like that. He’s an old one, always kind of in the way when I need to get out, moving at


Wet Hot Taiwan Summer

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    Story and photos by Ellen Lee   While I was in Chiang Mai back in February, I had finally read Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off The Boat. He made Taipei sound so awesome that I was like, gotta go to Taipei.   Yehliu.   Although this place was slammed with tourists, I still loved


For Today I Am a Boy

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  Story by Kim Fu Illustration by Justin Longoz   We called the wooden bleachers the Big Steps. They overlooked a pit of dust and gravel, generously called the field. I sat on the Big Steps and watched as two boys in my grade rooted around the edge of the field as though searching for


Eyes in the Dark


    A short story by Sadhu Binning Illustrations by Alisha Davidson   His wife Kulvir and his new-born daughter were both sleeping, and the nurse told Parminder that they would probably sleep through the night. He decided to leave, but it was early Friday evening and he didn’t want to go home. He stopped


Island Time

A dimming sunset viewed from Alert Bay on Cormorant Island.

    Photojournalist Katie Lin ventures to the northern edges of Vancouver Island. Photos by Katie Lin Nestled between ocean and rainforest in the northern Vancouver Island wilderness, the historic village of Telegraph Cove reveals life in another century. A lumber mill and salmon saltery served this tiny outpost more than 100 years ago. Today


2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL: Players to Watch

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At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Guidebook will be keeping our eyes on these guys. By Raian Farooq Lionel ‘’Leo’’ Messi (Argentina)   Some dub him ‘’La Pulga Atómica’’ (The Atomic Flea) while others affectionately call him ‘’Messidona’’ as a tribute to their favorite Argentinian maestro of yesteryears whom Messi takes after. All


School’s out

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    Just in time for spring convocation, Guidebook asks graduating international students:   what’s next? Catrina Ji   Artisan Baking Vancouver Community College Country: China   When she turned 18 years old, Catrina Ji was certain she wanted to take a business major at Simon Fraser University. She moved to Vancouver by herself and


You’re a Star!

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      A Guidebook to going out: karaoke songs from around the world   Do you ever dream of one day becoming a pop star? Standing on top of a stage, singing to thousands of adoring fans?   Maybe the stage isn’t for you, but you like to relive the hits of your youth


Cuba, a fascinating glimpse of the past and the present


        Colourful, vibrant and warm, it is a must-see destination.   Cuba ? with its vibrant rhythms, varied landscape, and rich heritage of literature and dance ? wins over many travellers, who return again and again. A Cuba trip provides an opportunity to explore this uniquely beautiful and captivating land and meet


The Best Eating Around Town

  Jane Li is a Vancouver foodie who still feels like a tourist in this city. Her New Years’ resolution is to seek out as many hole-in-the-wall eateries as she can. When not eating, she can be found at the gym, burning off calories from the food she just ate. Jane shares some of her


Lan Tung sets out to redefine “Chinese music”

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    The musician and improviser puts her eclectic tastes on display with the first-ever Sound of Dragon Festival beginning May 1.   By Sarah Berman   Many people have asked Lan Tung why there’s never been a Vancouver festival celebrating Chinese music. “There are so many Chinese musicians here, it’s natural to think it’s


Fan Expo brings the nerdity to Vancouver


    Bruce Campbell headlines the convention to celebrate the worlds of sci-fi, horror, anime, video games, and comics   By Devon Wells   Not so long ago, science fiction lived on the fringes, comics were for kids, and costumes only turned up at Halloween. It’s hard to believe, especially as Fan Expo Vancouver sets


Prison Break


      Guidebook contributor Tanvi Bhatia recommends a thrilling “exit strategy” game in Richmond.   By Tanvi Bhatia   Being locked in a room with four strangers and very little idea of how to get out doesn’t sound like the ideal way to spend your Friday night, but fans of Richmond’s very own escape-the-room


Education paths you can chew on

Vancouver Community College's certified dental assistant and dental reception coordinator departments welcomed children from Burnaby and Vancouver elementary schools to meet the "Tooth Fairy" and her team of dentists, May 2013.

    Are you an international student in Vancouver considering a career in dental health? Becoming a dentist isn’t the only option. Guidebook looks at four accredited dental assisting programs offered across Metro Vancouver.   By Sarah Berman   At the annual Pacific Dental Conference held earlier this month at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada’s


In Bloom: Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

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  By Carina Thanabadeepathara,   A cherry tree in bloom is a wondrous sight. It is the quintessential symbol of spring, of renewal and new beginnings.   This year, Vancouver’s 40,000 cherry trees are once again inspiring our visual artists, musicians, poets, musicians, filmmakers, designers, artisans, photographers, and chefs. Just in time for the


Asylum Keepers?

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  This year border services in Canada have a set a minimum quota for stripping refugee status. Here is what you need to know about refugee cessation and vacation—the two ways border services take away protected status and residency.   By Sarah Berman   The Canadian Council for Refugees held a webinar on March 20,


Talking taxes with Gabrielle Loren

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  You don’t have to be a certified accountant to feel prepared for tax season. If you think about it clearly, all you have to do is fill out a few forms. But for newcomers to Canada, the task of declaring income or claiming credits can feel impossibly difficult. We chatted with North Vancouver tax


Vancouver Fashion Week runs March 18 to 24, featuring bike-friendly rain clothes by Danish designer Emma Jorn


  Vancouver Fashion Week runs March 18 to 24, featuring bike-friendly rain clothes by Danish designer Emma Jorn.   By Sarah Berman   Now that we’ve officially entered spring, Vancouver’s fashion-forward are already talking about fall and winter styles. But one thing that never goes out of style in Vancouver, is keeping dry and warm


Celebrating international students on International Women’s Day

“My advice is to not to have second thoughts, to just do it … Don’t think about it, just say yes.” -Nubwa Wathanafa

    By Sarah Berman   To honour International Women’s Day this year, Guidebook has reached out to international students who are leaders in their schools (and also happen to be women).   Keeping up with school assignments while adjusting to a new country is a challenge for anybody who studies abroad. Yet despite Vancouver’s