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like Douglas Arthurs, 52.
He grew up in Saskatchewan
by Tim ReiNeRT
ain. If you’ve lived in Van- and has lived in Vancouver for
couver for any length of time, over 25 years, and has his own of
you come to know it well. It’s so coping with rain.
inherently a part of the city’s “I get the f**k out by Dec. 5,”
culture and history that some says Arthurs with a laugh. “I
long time residents try not to no- leave every winter for the tropics
tice it anymore, and newcomers for about three months.”
seemed prepared. But funnily enough there are
Most people would be shocked those that move from the tropics,
to know that, on paper, if you use or even New York, knowing full
total rainfall as your measuring well what they’re getting into
stick, Vancouver isn’t even in the and how to get used to the con-
top 30 rainiest cities in North stant drizzle.
America. In fact, we receive less Antoine Heaulme-Laverne, 27,
than half the rain of Prince Ru- a recent transplant who moved
pert, Canada’s wettest town. to Vancouver from Paris, says
It’s only when you look at the that the trade-off is worth it.
Photo by Jennifer Johnston
weather in terms of how many “I knew that it was going to rain
days a year it rains, that the a lot,” says Heaulme-Laverne, “so
stats start to get alarming, still I was very much prepared for
it's not enough to get us into the that. I also knew that winters are
upper echelon of wet. normally not too cold, and that is hot all year round, but in Van-
It rains an average of 166 days was a big thing for me. I would couver, it is so cold! For me, it’s
a year in Vancouver, which is rather suffer a lot of rain than freezing!” she says. She adds that
definitely high, but there are have a really cold winter." the biggest surprise coming here
still over 30 locations in Canada He says that he was fully pre- six months ago, was that the sum-
with rainier days than us. pared for the rain when he got mers are so short. It was a big
According to Environment here, and feels that the mildness shock for someone coming from
Canada, Vancouver is the coun- and relative warmth of the win- a country with sun year-round. Arriving to the "Wetcoast"
try’s ninth rainiest location, ters were big factors when decid- Another mostly sunny coun-
when you factor in all metrics, ing to live here. try is Brazil. Johnny Mendes, 31, edly swap my sunglasses for
and twenty-day stretches of rain Eyad Kinkar agrees with him, came to Vancouver over seven a parka.
by Nalla Faye
aren’t uncommon between No- to a point. She’s a recent immi- years ago. His preconceptions re- t’s a go! Departure day is set
vember and March. grant from Saudi Arabia, and al- garding Canada’s weather were for the great trek to the Ca-
Every city has its positives and though she knew what to expect almost stereotypical, in that he nadian West: April 10th 2011. First, I was surprised at the be-
The Mail Strike
negatives, and eventually, one based on reports from friends, was expecting the city to be cov- I’m excited. My daily Par- ginning of June when I learned
has to make a choice as to wheth- she still found it difficult to get ered in white when he arrived. is grind is going to totally from the media that a strike
er or not the good outweighs the used to the weather. “I was under the impression change. And the timing is was paralyzing the country. A
bad, and that’s fine for those of “It is a huge difference [for me] that Canada was mainly snow,” perfect: I need a breath of strike? In Canada? Oh no!
us who have been here a while, because back home the weather fresh air. I was told that Canadians
For a preview of what is in were not lazy slobs like the
See “Raining“ Page 2
store for me in the American French, that they worked like
Also in this issue West I treat myself to a stop- gang-busters and only granted
over in California. themselves two weeks’ holiday
Over there, everybody ex- a year. The conflict was serious
plains to me that I’m very and would last all of June.
lucky to be going to Vancouver. Welcome, then, to Canada:
According to some “it’s a little impossible to receive my utili-
bit like San Francisco’s little ties’ hook-up bills, electricity,
sister, Canadian style.” Internet, telephone, or my so-
The gentle climate, the laid- cial insurance card.
back people (I understand re- Finally the House of Com-
laxed), the beaches etc. And I mons and the Senate adopted
can’t ignore Vancouver’s little a bill to enforce a return to
nicknames like “Wet Coast”, work.
“Raincouver.” So upon leav-
The Cultch focuses on community-building ing San Francisco I resign- See “Verbatim” Page 2
transform Vancouver in any ma-
2 The Source Vol 12 No 17 | October 18–November 1, 2011
My Turn What great works he put forth
ended up creating a certain de-
gree of dissatisfaction. I refer
here to homeless shelters, down-
town’s bike lanes, and this ambi-
Our cities on the campaign tion of his to make Vancouver the
greenest city on earth. Speaking
of which, no one seems to know
trail – focus on Vancouver what that means, exactly, or to
what degree he intended to take
n November 19, BC voters This campaign should be heat- any so-called green measures, in
will be electing their respec- ed and both Vision Vancouver order to assess whether the goals
tive municipal councils. Well, and the NPA are likely to invest have been achieved or not.
some voters at least, will take sums of money of a magnitude Anyway, it’s not that the initia-
advantage of the opportunity. never seen before in a munici- tives are bad in themselves; it’s
Municipal elections have a his- pal election in Vancouver. Both the way they have been present-
torically dismal participation teams have already fired at one ed that created the source of such
rate. One of the most interest- another and the battle should be dissatisfaction. One leitmotiv in
ing races will, of course, take fierce. For the NPA to gain more the complaints against Mayor
place in Vancouver. than one seat on council would Robertson is that his adminis-
Mayor Gregor Robertson and be an improvement over the 2008 tration has repeatedly used the
his team (under Vision Vancou- election, when the team lost not screen of pseudo-consultations,
ver’s banner) will try to hang on only its mayoral status but was while in fact, its priorities were
to his post, and his council ma- also greatly marginalized, with already set. Additionally, his
jority as well, for a second man- only one seat left on council, that tendency, during his mandate, to
date. The battle will be (princi- of Ms Anton. augment municipal taxes much
pally) against the Non Partisan For Gregor Robertson, this beyond inflation rates, also risks
Association (NPA), and its mayor- election is an important one. His becoming a campaign theme.
al candidate, Suzanne Anton. Ms first mandate has been, in spite This said, I think that Gregor
Anton is playing big as she holds of a few controversies greatly Robertson should be able to se-
her team’s sole seat on council. highlighted in the media, a tepid cure a second mandate. The mu-
This is to say that should she lose one. Many of his main priori- nicipal council itself, on the other
against Gregor Robertson, a like- ties (announced in 2008) were hand, should could see some
ly prospect if not a probability, certainly toyed with, but no one changes.
she will be giving up her seat. can say that he has managed to Translation Monique Kroeger
moment. But then, I was told
that it wasn’t the final, but just
“Rain” from page 1
the first of seven matches. Ah!
“Verbatim” from page 1
The last time I came to Canada, I’m sorry but since when is a fi-
My cereal box speaks French
I went to Montreal, Quebec. So nal not a final? France-Brazil in
to hear, read and speak French, seven matches? Impossible.
nothing felt more natural in a So, it was therefore difficult
francophone land. On the other for me to get excited about all
hand, the first time I did some the matches.
shopping here, at the corner The evening of THE final, I
supermarket, I was surprised decided to go to a pub to watch
to read French on a cereal box. the match the Canucks lose, but
You don’t joke around with bi- outside the weather was nice, it
lingualism in Canada, even here, was spring, so I decided to go to
in British Columbia. a movie theatre on Seymour for
the second half of the evening.
Upon leaving the theatre, the
Coming from soccer land, I had usherette explained that the
The joys of the Stanley Cup
everything to learn of what city was on fire and being ran-
stirs the crowds here: hockey. sacked. Fire and mayhem? I
he says. He adds that the short What luck, I was told, I got here couldn’t stop myself from smil-
Mendes and wife, Lisa, on sunnier days.
but warm summers were a wel- just in time for the Stanley ing. I grew up in the Parisian
come surprise, though it took Cup finals, with the Vancou- suburbs, so riots, like strikes,
him quite a while to get used to ver Canucks playing against don’t frighten me. Braving the
the long periods of rain. the Boston Bruins. Awesome! crowd to go home, I came upon
Although every newcomer to I thought I was back in 1998, a scene of absolute chaos.
the city has different reactions to during the World Cup. Blue jer- While wondering about the
our long and wet winters, the one seys popped-up everywhere in events, I retreated shyly to-
thing they all seem to agree on Vancouver, faces were made up wards the theatre, where the
is that the pluses outweigh the and the girls were dressed... up usherette welcomed us, never
minuses, and they chalk the rain to their nails (special Canucks’ doubting that we would all
up as being the price you pay for manicures). come back. She offered us a free
living in one of the world’s most Then it was all over, Vancou- seat for the next day’s movie. It
beautiful and greenest cities. ver beat Boston 1-0. It was fi- is, above all else, that gesture
“It does rain a lot,” says esta time. I got back home, grin- that I will remember most, from
Heaulme-Laverne, “but trees and ning from ear to ear, happy to that evening.
plants everywhere more than be present at such an historical
compensate for it.”
Translation: Nigel Barbour
And, if that is still not enough,
Arthur has one more way of cop-
ing with the endless of rain that
falls for over 10 months of the
year in Vancouver.
“On a rainy day, which are many,
I purposely flirt with people in
order to keep my spirits up and
hopefully land a date.”
Photo by Joanne C, Flickr
To Nalla Faye's surprise, riot police gather in Vancouver on June 15, 2011.
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Vol 12 No 17 | October 18–November 1, 2011 The Source 3
Violence against women: a global problem
is originally from India, recalls system, and says her scars will immigrant communities, but
that prior to leaving, she was “a always remain, but she is now rather that local women, unlike
by oleNa moRozoVa
buse against women hap- voice never heard.” She says she a happy single mom with a suc- newcomers, would likely seek
pens every day. Regardless felt like she was a woman “who cessful career. help within the network of fam-
of skin colour, race, creed or eth- deserved to be abused.” Chantelle Krish, Public Rela- ily and friends that they have in
nicity, abuse is an international “The abuse kept getting bigger tions Manager at the YWCA of this country.
issue that knows no boundaries, and bigger,” says K. “The turning Metro Vancouver, is working Amongst other things, Vollans'
and every October, the YWCA point for me was when my then to push the “Abuse isn’t always job is to advocate for mother’s
Metro Vancouver takes up the five-year-old [son], started to black and blue” campaign. She without legal status and refer
cause with their Week Without witness the [physical and emo- says that she and her team are them to experts who can help
Violence campaign. tional] violence,” she adds. trying to spread the word about them resolve their legal issues and
Photo by Ric Moore
apply for permanent residency.
Vollans admits that she gets
teary-eyed whenever a letter de-
We provide a system for immigrant women who may
claring permanent residency ar-
Scott King in his W. Broadway St. shop.
rives for a Munroe House resident.
not have another support system in place in this country Vancouverites
“Every time a woman gets that
letter, it is such a tangible [and]
Chantelle Krish, YWCA, Metro Vancouver
This year's Vancouver cam- K had the strength and deter- an issue that is rarely addressed real thing,” she says. search for
paign focuses on the idea that mination to leave thanks to the or talked about, but one that According to Krish, few of the
while emotional abuse cannot be support system provided by the many immigrant women bring Munroe House residents have their umbrellas
seen, it certainly does exist. For Munroe House and its crew, as with them or discover once returned to their abusive rela-
this reason, the YWCA of Metro well as other women who were they’re married and have lots of tionships in recent years. She
Vancouver is making people face fleeing abusive relationships of responsibilities. says that about 50–75 per cent of
by Ric mooRe
up to it with its campaign, “Abuse their own. “We often see a situation where women return to their abusive obinson Crusoe made a
isn’t always black and blue.” She still has to deal with her a woman comes [to Canada], say partners after staying in a first parasol on his deserted is-
The aim is to raise awareness ex-husband through the legal on a student visa, falls in love, stage transition house (or shel- land. Gene Kelly, in Singin’ in
about the services provided by has children and so on… ter) for 30 days. the Rain, danced with a brolly.
the YWCA to abused women from [and she sometimes] be- She says that this figure is a And France’s President, Nicolas
anywhere around the world. Ser- comes trapped because real testament to the fact that Sarkozy has an armor-plated
vices include access to a wide she has no legal status in given a choice and a solid support bumbershoot to protect himself
range of housing facilities. Among the country and is fully system, women would not go from attackers.
these facilities is Munroe House, dependent on her part- back to an abusive partner. The world over, umbrellas are
a partly subsidized second stage ner, who becomes abu- K. urges women to research useful in so many ways besides
transition house where women sive. So we [the YWCA] the information and support sys- the rain, and they’ve come a long
and their families can stay and provide a system for tems that are available to them way since their creation back in
transition from an abusive life to immigrant women who and use this information to leave ancient Egypt, the Middle East
an independent and peaceful life, may not have another their abusive relationships be- and China.
void of any violence. support system in place hind. “There is is a lot of misconcep-
A former resident of Munroe in this country,” says “There is hope out there,” she tion about who buys parasol um-
House, agreed to speak about Krish. says. brellas,” says Scott King, manag-
Photo courtesy of the YWCA
her experiences on condition of YWCA legal educator, er of Vancouver’s The Umbrella
anonymity, and wanted to be re- Andrea Vollans, says that Week Without Violence runs from Shop.
ferred to as K. this trend doesn’t mean “Typically people believe that
After leaving a nine-year- that abuse against wom- www.ywcavan.org/content/Week_ women of Asian descent use
long abusive marriage, K, who Poster for YWCA violence against women campaign. en is more prevalent in
Oct. 17–23. For more details, visit
them more than others. We have
actually noticed a larger number
of Caucasian customers request-
ing sun protection as their skin
tends to burn easier.”
In Vancouver umbrellas and
people, means protection. But
there’s more to umbrellas than
just evading the rain.
King’s family business has
been around for over 75 years.
In their store on West Broadway,
you have many styles, colours,
patterns and price ranges to
choose from. And it seems that
the variety is met with just as
“There’s not one day that goes
by that someone doesn’t ask if
it’s bad luck to open umbrellas
in doors,” says King. “We usu-
ally tell them that it’s okay in an
umbrella store and that we have
personally done it thousands of
times…on the rare occasion…to
calm a customer, the umbrel-
la will be taken outside to be
Although the origins of this
long withstanding superstition
are up for debate, North Ameri-
ca has some little known water-
mark superstitions of its own
surrounding the umbrella.
Some examples are that it is
bad luck to give an umbrella as a
gift. If you drop an umbrella, do
See “Umbrellas” Page 6
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4 The Source Vol 12 No 17 | October 18–November 1, 2011
Shambhala Centre teaches dignity
by samuel Ramos
he Buddhist teachings at
the Shambhala Centre on
Heather St. and 17th Ave., don’t
come from your typical monk
Photo by Karen Roper, courtesy of Crazy Wisdom
in crimson coloured robes. In-
stead the Universal teachings
of dignity, intelligence and di-
versity come from Chögyam
Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan
meditation master who taught
thousands, smoked cigarettes
and created (and led) his own
army; at times doing all three
while wearing full military re-
galia, creating paradoxes wher-
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
ever he set foot. “Two days after moving to Van-
February 28, 1939–April 4, 1987
Since 1978 the Shambhala Med- couver...Susan Chapman was
itation Centre in Vancouver has leading a class and I was im-
been guiding seekers on a path pressed by the different people
that explores the “wisdom, san- that were there from all walks
ity and compassion that comes of life… a far cry from what the
from mindfulness-awareness community is like in Halifax, so I
meditation.” found it very inspiring.”
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Goetsch says that Shambhala
came to North America in the attracted mostly hippies who
early 1970s. He was the first Ti- were middle class Caucasians,
betan monk to attract so many but now he sees a sort of rebirth
people and make Buddhist where people from a new genera-
teachings mainstream. tion are attracted to the teach-
“The likes of William Bur- ings and are becoming part of a
roughs, Allan Ginsberg and Phil- more diverse community.
ip Glass were all over [Trungpa’s] Despite all of that, however,
teachings,” says head teacher Goetsch thinks Chögyam Trung-
and long time Shambhalian, Su- pa Rinpoche’s vision of a unified
san Chapman. and dignified society is already
“I never, never encountered a at work.
mind like his…I didn’t know he “People aren't trying to make
was Buddhist, I just knew [that] a big deal out of it [ethnicity],”
who ever this person was, was says Goetsch, “people just say ok
amazing.” ‘you're a human being and you're
Chapman has been on the at this place and so that seems to
Shambhalian path since 1974 make a lot of sense to me.’ ”
when she discovered Trungpa
and his teachings. She left Van-
couver and followed Trungpa to
To learn more visit
Boulder Colorodo, where he set
www.vancouver.shambhala.org. Visit us at our new website!
up a school, developed new dis-
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human and playful way.
“He was in this really rough
cowboy bar in Northern Coloro-
do and he had a squirt gun and
was squirting these really dan-
gerous looking guys [with wa-
ter],” recalls Chapman. “He used
to do things like that to shake
Shambhala aims to not only
enlighten people, but society as
a whole; as well unite cultures
from all over the world so that,
as Chapman suggests, we can
learn and tech each other based
on our upbringing, cultural cus-
toms and backgrounds.
“Shambhala brings the best of
the world into one,” says Chap-
man. “What Trungpa did was go
through all the societies of the
world and pick the best in every-
“He’d pick things like Persian
poetry, Scottish bagpipes, and
Japanese tea ceremonies….his
thought was that every culture
has tremendous gifts to offer
when it comes to building the
best of human society.”
Shambhala Vancouver is one of
over a hundred and fifty centres
around the world. Shambhala
recognizes the need for humans
to come together and help cre-
ate a more stable and dignified
“Human society is basically
good,” says Chapman, “and as
things seem to be falling apart
economically and socio-politi-
cally…this is a tremendous op-
portunity for the goodness of
human beings connecting with
each other to come forward.”
Philippe Inacio-Goetsch is in
his 20s. He grew up in the Hali-
fax Shambhalian community.
Even though he strayed from the
path for a while, he’s now come
back and restarted his journey
Vol 12 No 17 | October 18–November 1, 2011 The Source 5
Battling divisions in theatre Street Photography by Denis Bouvier
production of Us and Them
selves, and in between each oth- The second part of the evening
er," says David Diamond, found- is an experiment with forum the-
by JaN hilaRio
he fundamental question ing member and artistic director atre – an interactive session in
explored in the play Us and of Headlines Theatre. which the audience can stop the
Them by co-directors David Dia- He adds that it's these very action, enter a scene of conflict or
mond and Kevin Finnan, is "if it's walls "that then lead to the alien- struggle, and guide the charac-
only us here, who are the 'they' ation that separates [people from ters to find a solution.
we are creating?" one another]." Stephanie Bogaert, who lives
Us and Them, showing at The The groundwork for the play in Vancouver, has attended past
Cultch (Historic Theatre) on Ve- emerged out of a week-long work- works by Headlines Theatre. She
nables Street, is a production shop with 20 core participants, says that this kind of theatre is
which merges traditional and including the six cast members. atypical because audiences are
formal theatre. Without putting pen to paper, the able to voluntarily participate in
role playing, or take part in the dis-
cussions happening in the scenes.
“It’s exciting… frustrating and
thought-provoking,” says Bogaert.
Reflecting on 30 years
For Paradela, involvement in Outside the Vancity Theatre, ronment, food, health, history,
the production has already start- home to the Vancouver Inter- music, queer interest, religion,
ed the process to battle labels. national Film Festival Centre, and many others.
As an immigrant from the Phil- we see the logo of the VIFF. Its What an opportunity to
ippines, she encountered the ste- “eyes” are looking out to the educate yourself about the
reotypical perception that she world perhaps reflecting on the diversity the cultures of the
immigrated to Canada only be- past 30 years of the festival and world have to offer, to be en-
Photo by David Cooper, courtesy of The Cultch
cause of financial necessity. pondering the future. chanted, to enlighten your
“Sure, there's that element of The VIFF is one of the top 5 mind – challenge your views –
wanting to make the life of my fam- International Film Festivals and even move you to action –
ily better,” she says. “But there’s in North America, and one of on a personal or political level.
also that sense of adventure… like the largest cultural events in And what does the future
you want to know what's on the Canada. Over its 30 year history, hold for this marvellous event?
other side of the world.” there have been 10, 879 screen- Among those with concerns is
The concepts explored through ings of 7,656 films attended by VIFF director Alan Franey. He
the production – the struggle over 3 million fans. It is integral lists high production costs, dig-
Part of a two-year project of cast went straight to rehearsal and against stereotyping, discon- to the promotion of Canadian ital distribution, home theatre
Cast members of the theatre production Us and Them.
Headlines Theatre, the complex, the script was developed through tentment, and animosity – ring filmmakers, particularly those technology, and a good propor-
central concepts of the produc- an improvisational process. truer in our current environ- in BC. tion of foreign film fans who
tion, emerged from 23 public Cast member Iris Paradela, ment. While some may argue that This year 80 Canadian films are aging.
inquiries or dialogues, includ- says that while she and the other the general unrest in the Middle are being presented; 41 being There are perhaps more older
ing international ones held in cast members are not playing East has always been present, we premiered. In total, 375 films people during the day, but from
Bethlehem, Jenin, Bir Zeit, and themselves, they are very close see that unrest revealed closer to from 75 countries are being my observations at this year’s
Ramallah. to the characters that they have home now, with the sentiments presented. The success of the festival, this was certainly not
The production consists of created. behind Occupy Wall Street filter- VIFF is greatly facilitated with the case in the evenings or week-
two parts: a play and an interac- “It's like we're sitting beside the ing in across the continent. the aid of 750 volunteers. ends when more people were
tive theatre session. characters,” says Paradela. "It “That discontented energy is Another important aspect of free from work commitments.
Taking place during a riot, the was a very organic process.” manifesting now in many parts the VIFF are forums held with I found a good amount of
play interweaves the stories of Pardela sees many parallels of the world,” says Diamond. “ [It] panels of directors, writers and young people and films that
six characters that come from di- between herself and her charac- can manifest in different ways cinematographers which stim- were very well attended at all
verse cultures and backgrounds. ter Ligaya, a Filipino immigrant depending on where you are. . .In ulate filmmakers and foster op- times of the day. I feel encour-
Regardless of their differences, whose name, ironically, means a number of ways, the invitation portunities for networking. aged by this and see it as a sign
all of them experience the com- happiness. will be to build bridges… and to As theatre goers, we have the that people of all ages still ap-
mon struggle of stereotyping, “Ligaya feels this lack of con- try to engage in real, deep and privilege to view quality Cana- preciate the excitement and joy
discontentment, and animosity. nection, this lack of being part authentic dialogue.” dian and foreign films with a to be gained from the unique
“Ultimately, what we're trying of a community,” says Paradela. wide range of themes: aborigi- opportunity the VIFF offers.
to do, is create a theatrical jour- “She is struggling with that, feel- nal, aging, architecture, eco-
ney that deals with the small hu- ing isolated, and jumps at every nomics and globalization, envi-
Us and Them opens Oct. 21 and
man moments in which people opportunity [to connect] with
runs through to Nov. 12 at The Don Richardson
put up walls, [both] inside them- someone else.”
Cultch. For more information,
Words comes to life at annual writers festival
enced by the different cultures in those subjects, whether it’s writ-
this city and says that it shows in ing about a Chinese-Canadian
by cheleNe KNighT
his year’s Vancouver Interna- his writing. family in my new novel, Beauty
tional Writers and Readers “I really enjoy being a part of Plus Pity, or the history of the
Festival will have a collabora- a majority of minorities,” says Chinese-Canadian restaurant in
tion of the world’s best writers. Chong. “I think Vancouver is an the Walrus.”
Running from Oct. 18–23, the interesting place in the context Chong has been attending the
festival will allow for undis- of a world where borders are be- festival since 1992 and says he
covered and unpublished Cana- coming, porous, ethnicities are has enjoyed hearing from “amaz-
dian writers to congregate with merging, and people are adopt- ing writers” from the time when
award nominated writers like ing hyphenated identities.” he was just in high school.
Esi Edugyan, Lynn Coady, Pat- Chong will be featured in fes- This year’s schedule looks like
rick de Witt, David Bezmozgis, tival events such as Vancouver it aims to please both fiction and
Marina Endicott and Andrew Seen and Bamboo Lettering. In non-fiction lovers alike and at-
Mikiforuk, just to name a few. the latter, Chong and two other tendees are poised to walk away
According to Hal Wake, artistic Chinese-Canadian authors, Lisa with an overwhelming sense of
director of this year's festival, Zhang and Jen Sookfong Lee, will how dedicated and talented our
"Many writers are envious of the speak about the tension between Canadian writers truly are.
support that exists in Canada." avoiding and embracing one's Wake says that a few years
He adds that this envy stems heritage, and how their family ago, the festival was honoured
from factors "such as our grant and background reflect in their to have five writers read in their
system, receptive publishing writing. own native language, while Eng-
and the fact that first time writ- “Being [born] Chinese-Cana- lish translators used a scrolling
ers have a very good chance of dian, I felt as though there were text software. He says this kind
getting their work published certain expectations about my of innovation, and much more, is
here." subject that came with my eth- something he wouldn’t mind see-
For a city that boasts diver- nicity… I didn’t necessarily want ing happen again.
sity, and represents a multi- to write about identity politics, “Vancouver has a real interest
tude of ethnicities, Vancouver my bicultural upbringing, or the in writers who come from dif-
seems like the place for writers history of the Chinese in Canada," ferent parts of the world,” says
and readers alike to mingle and says Chong. Wake. “Whether it be Ireland,
speak of struggles and successes “I’m just not the kind of person Sierra Leone, or China, people in
while on an even playing field. who wants to do what’s expected this city love to hear them.”
Kevin Chong, born in Hong of them. Now, though, after hav-
Kong and raised in Vancouver, ing expressed this resistance, I
says he has been greatly influ- find myself drawn to some of
Festival details are available
of Brasil through music, dance, to transcend social and cultural
6 The Source Vol 12 No 17 | October 18–November 1, 2011
and martial arts. boundaries to create an evening
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
not to be missed.
Roundhouse Community Centre,
181 Roundhouse Mews
October 18–November 1, 2011 www.taracanada.com The Turkish Canadian Youth
site for schedule, updates and People everywhere are demand-
and Harvest Festival Halloween Circus Fiesta
news releases. ing their sacred right to freedom
by DiNa abDel-haq Saturday, Oct. 29, Saturday, Oct. 29
As Thanksgiving ends and Hallow- and justice. What has energized
10:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.–1:00 am
een creeps in, October is still filled this unparalleled and unified
Creekside Community Centre/UBC Mount Pleasant
with many treats for everyone. voice of the people? Now for the
Chan Centre Community Centre
Whether it’s dining on delicious first time in millennia their most
What's New In 778.558.8582 #1 Kingsway Vancouver
food from Latin America at the advanced planetary teachers re- The Turkish Canadian Youth and halloweenFiesta2011
Countries Behind the www.latinvancouver.ca/event/
Halloween Circus Fiesta, an after- Langara College turn to the modern world to as- Harvest Festival is a new one-day
Former Iron Curtain
noon watching Brazilian dancing, Community Lecture Series sist humanity to build a future cultural festival of Turkish art, Join the Mount Pleasant Commu-
or rediscovering the city of Turin based on sharing, justice, and culture, history, and language. nity Centre and experience La-
through virtual Tour; Vancouver peace. Join to consider the possi- The free day program which ends tino's Dia de los Muertos with cir-
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 12:00 p.m.
is bustling with all kinds of excit- bilities of a brighter future for all. at 5:00 p.m. will feature a mod- cus performances and dance with
Vancouver Public Library
ing new events for you to revel in. Free presentation. ern art exhibition, rare Turkish Latin, French, and Italian music.
350 West Georgia Street
Marbling workshop, traditional Dress like the Cirque du Soleil or
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye
storytelling, food vendors as well in your best Halloween costume
Rooms, Lower Level
as performances from all over the to win a prize, and enjoy tantaliz-
world. The groundbreaking eve- ing food from Latin America, Italy,
Rediscovering Turin: A City www.vpl.ca Diwali:
Lucie Hrabetova discusses the ning will use music, art, and dance and France.
in Search of a New Identity Holiday / Celebration /
significant events that shaped the
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:15 p.m. Observation
former Eastern Block nations, as
Instituto Italiano di Cultura Wednesday, Oct. 26
well as the ongoing impact that
in Vancouver www.multifaithaction.org
the Soviet regime had on these na- This ancient South Asian festival
500-510 West Hastings Street
tions and their economy, politics, with origins deeply rooted in Hin-
and social and cultural life. Free dusim, is known as the Festival of
admission. Lights, dedicated to the Goddess-
es Kali and Laksmi. Diwali is a
unifying event with different sig-
nificance but equal importance in
15th Anniversary Artist Spotlight: many communities. This light is
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Jeff Chiba Stearns inclusive in its symbolism of good
overcoming evil and knowledge
transcending ignorance during
Wednesday, Oct. 19
the darkest time of the year.
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Discover Dance!
Rooms, Lower Level Ache Brasil
Photo by xeelix, Flickr
Thursday, Oct. 27
To celebrate the 15th anniversary
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
of the VAFF, selected films from
Scotiabank Dance Centre
past festivals produced by Asian-
677 Davie St
Canadian filmmakers comes to
A presentation by Monica Liscio a close with a spotlight on Jeff
Building in Turin, Italy.
Gordon as part of the celebrations Chiba Stearns. Attend the special The Dance Centre's Discover
for the 11th Annual "Week of the screening of "Yellow Sticky Notes, Dance noon series presents Ache
Italian Language in the World." If Ode to a Post-It Note," and "One Brasil. The vibrant culture, mu-
you are interested in mummies, Big Hapa Family." Jeff will be in at- sic, and dances of Brasil take the
Baroque architecture, cinema, art tendance for a post-screening dis- stage in a thrilling program of Af-
galleries, equestrian monuments, cussion Admission is free. Seating ro-Brazilian dance and capoeira,
relics, classical music, soccer, choc- is limited. a fusion of dance and martial arts.
olate, then join this virtual tour of The company is known for high
Turin. Walk through the streets energy shows which explore the
and squares of the city centre and CAPPELLA: culture, traditions and rhythms
enter its magnificent palaces and The wide world
museums. Free admission.
of Choral Music
Friday, Oct. 21
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Vancouver International Christ Church Cathedral
Writers & Readers Festival 690 Burrard Street
Oct. 18–23 604.738.6822
Granville Island www.vancouverchamberchoir.com
Cappella is a kaleidoscope of
The International Writers Festi- the latest choral trends from all
val attracts the world's best writ- around the world. Tickets avail-
ers to Vancouver. Internationally able at Ticket Master.
renowned & undiscovered au-
thors mingle with 12,000 readers
of all ages in intimate, interactive New Call Spreading from
& informal settings on Granville Arab Squares to the Streets
Island, an urban oasis in the of North America
heart of Vancouver. Check web- Sunday, Oct. 23,
Payne says, “I notice the colours
not pick it up, but instead, have and styles are different depend-
“Umbrellas” from page 3
someone else do it for you. If a ing on the area. In Yaletown, the
single woman drops an umbrella, umbrellas closely match the
she will never marry. If an um- clothes that people are wearing.”
brella is opened outside when it As for superstitions, Payne says,
is not needed, rain and other bad “I don’t believe in them at all.”
weather will follow. Mohammad Saadvandi, from
Whether the weather and tools Iran, fits King’s observations that
to protect yourself from it dictate men mostly carry a golf umbrella
such bad luck, is up to you. in their car and a portable one at
Michelle Payne, from England, home – both black, so as not to
says her hometown’s weather is stand out perhaps.
similar to Vancouver’s. She says It appears that Saadvandi has
British summers consist of two good luck with hanging on to them
fine days and a thunderstorm. as they have been at his side for as
She says she will buy a $10 long as six years. And speaking of
umbrella when it rains because luck, he also doesn’t believe in the
her umbrellas often break. superstitions – as they don’t exist
When asked if a more expensive in his native country.
model would be better, Payne “If I’m in a building and as a
replies, “It’s an umbrella, not a courtesy, I don’t open it if there
coffee machine!” are people around. If no one is
On the type and colours of close by, I will open the umbrella.”
umbrellas carried in Vancouver, Brave man.