Hugh Boyd hosts environmental summit

Screen Shot - Hugh Boyd environment summit

Originally published in the Apr. 17, 2015 issue.

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Hummingbirds heading home to nature park

Richmond Nature Park is holding a Hummingbird Homecoming on Sunday in celebration of the rufous hummingbird’s return from California and Mexico.

A park interpreter will be stationed in the nature park’s wildlife garden to teach visitors how to identify the different species of hummingbirds in Richmond, how to attract them to your garden and to answer questions such as should you feed them throughout the year. Continue reading

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Student internship with The Richmond Review

Starting on April 13, 2015, I began an internship with the Richmond Review, which will run until May 15. I will post my work here as soon as I can after they are published.

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Japan’s famous dog Hachiko reunited with owner with new memorial statue at University of Tokyo

Aphoto of Hachiko's statue and the soon-to-be unveiled statue of Hachiko reunited with his master (Rocketnews24.com)

A photo of Hachiko’s statue and the soon-to-be unveiled statue of Hachiko reunited with his master (Rocketnews24.com)

A memorial statue reuniting a dog and his master would be considered unusual. But in Japan, the memorial represnts love and loyalty between a master and his dog.

Hachiko was an Akita Inu who waited every day for more than nine years in front of Tokyo’s Shibuya Station for his master to return from work, not knowing that he had died and wouldn’t be coming back. Continue reading

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Writing About Books, Movies, Music: Quick Tips

Nice tips for the writer in all of us.

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Looking for ideas on how to write about books and films in a more engaging way, or interested in writing about songs but aren’t sure how to articulate your appreciation to those who haven’t heard them? Let’s talk about how to entice readers into posts on books, movies, and music they haven’t heard of.

Novelist and journalist Jonathan Gibbs at Tiny Camels comes to mind — he blogs about books, and even though I’ve never heard of the books he writes about, his writing about reading engages me. Consider his thoughtful commentary on Peter Stamm’s All Days Are Night, which doesn’t just explore the book, but the experience of reading itself.

Or take author Alec Nevala-Lee’s many posts on television and film, for example. Alec is masterful at penning succinct, focused commentaries on entertainment, often zooming in on an element of storytelling, rather than simply focusing on one production. In “The fifty-minute hour,” he discusses Mad Men and…

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This is the Langara News Newscast – Nov. 28, 2014

A long overdue posting of my class’ newscast back in November 2014. Edrick Dudang and I were the hosts, Chris Slater on weather, Ashley Legassic on sports, and Kera Skocylas on entertainment.

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AUDIO: Living with autism: my life, my words

Ever you ever wondered what goes on in my head? Here’s a bit of insight on my life with autism.

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VIDEO: Keep calm and try the Langara kendo club!

The Langara kendo club began in the fall of 2012 and is afflicated with the UBC and Steveston kendo clubs.

The club takes in new members at the start of each fall semester.

stevestontournament_langara-5604Club president Klaudine Go suggests people to give kendo a try even of they have no experience in the martial art.

“I would suggest people to at least try and do kendo,” said Go. “And even if they don’t like it, at least they know they don’t like it.”

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Children’s street library provides little ones with easy access to books

While walking around her neighbouhood, Maureen Burr has noticed people pulling up in their cars and looking at books placed in an old newspaper box.

Carolyn Hart and her curbside library (Richmond Review photo).

Carolyn Hart and her curbside library (Richmond Review photo).

That newspaper box is actually a curbside library Carolyn Hart had opened up on her front lawn last September.

The idea of a curbside library itself is nothing new—Vancouver has several of them.

What is new is that this is the first curbside library in Richmond focused exclusively on kids’ books. Hart’s little Lassam Road Children’s Library is located near the intersection of Lassam and Wallace Roads and is right down the street from nearby James McKinney Elementary. According to Hart, this type of library performs a special function that regular libraries can’t. Continue reading

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Library heritage fair to promote intercultural awareness

The Richmond Public Library will display the presentations of nine students from the Heritage Fair during the week of Nov. 16 to 22 during Multicultural Week.

Coordinator Learning Place Services Lee Anne Smith said, “The focus (of the Multicultural Week programs) is on promoting cultural intercultural communication and intercultural awareness.”  Continue reading

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