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No Discrimination – The Fentanyl Epidemic

The midnight sky is dark as thick snowflakes fall in the frigid air towards the earth. As the snow blanket’s Downtown Vancouver’s city streets, a high-pitched wail screams throughout the Downtown Eastside. Increasing in volume, flickering, and panicked red and white lights reflect themselves on the wet streets. It’s an ambulance, and it’s rushing towards another suspected fentanyl overdose victim. The numbers shock even seasoned veterans in the field. Per the BC Coroners Service, there were 922 illicit drug overdose deaths in 2016. In 60% of these deaths, the potent opioid fentanyl was detected. Fentanyl made its way onto...

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Silent No More – Destroying the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

The shadow constantly follows them. Clinging to their bodies, its claws gripping their victim’s flesh, it refuses to let go. It viciously thrashes from side to side, tearing off parts of its victim in the process. Each time this occurs, two things are certain: first, after every attack a small piece of them dies inside, and second, that shadow will always follow them. Mental illness isn’t a monster – but it sure as hell feels like one. One in five. Over the course of their lifetime, 20% of Canadians will suffer from a mental illness. The statistics are staggering;...

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Alone in the Dark – Why the Majority of Domestic Violence Cases Go Unreported

Makeup covers up the bruises and wounds on her face. She wears sweaters and long-sleeved blouses to hide the trauma on her body. When confronted with the abuse, she blames herself, or makes excuses for her partner. Unreported, the cycle repeats once more. It’s this fact that scares Dr. Balbir Gurm. A nursing instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and an expert on domestic violence, Dr. Balbir Gurm is a dedicated women’s advocate. Lately, Dr. Gurm’s crusade has been how the clear majority of domestic violence cases have gone unreported in British Columbia, and how to combat it. “It could...

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In the Search for Housing, KPU Students are Left Out in the Cold

In spring of 2015, I was a second-year arts & science student living in Saskatoon, SK. My acceptance letter from Kwantlen Polytechnic University arrived in my mailbox one day, and I began planning out the next phase of my academic career. That was the easy part. I soon learned that KPU does not offer student housing, and undergraduates who seek to live away from home, or transfer to KPU from another city/province soon find themselves scouring Kijiji, Craigslist, and bulletin boards advertising an affordable place to live. KPU is a “commuter school” and therefore has satellite campuses across Metro...

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Surrey events calendar: October 23rd – October 31st

Published 10/23/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey events calendar:
October 23rd – October 31st

Halloween Activities
Sibling Rivals Halloween Ripper
Join us at Ocean Park Hall on October 28th for the best Halloween Party in the ‘hood!

Legion of Sound is proud to present for a special Halloween Ripper one of the peninsula’s own notorious bands – The Sibling Rivals, featuring White Rock legends Jim and Rice… read more ❯

Meet Surrey Girl, Kristy Powers

Published 10/21/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

Photographer & Co- Owner of The Local Space
Grew up in: Guildford | I love SO many things about this city! As an adult I’ve lived in the Clayton/ Cloverdale area for the last decade, but growing up, Guilford was… read more ❯

Women Economic Forum-British Columbia Canada 2017 16th -19th November 2017 in Surrey, BC

Published 10/21/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

The WEF is happening in Surrey from November 16th -19th November 2017 in conjunction with the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival: “Women Leading New Global Thinking & Change”

Women… read more ❯

Western Canada’s Only Immersive Men’s Grooming Lounge Calls Vancouver Home

Published 10/20/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

Western Canada’s only immersive men’s grooming Regal Grooming Lounge has found its home in the historic Vancouver Heritage District. A one-stop shop destination for the stylish man, Regal’s roster of services includes traditional specialty services such as hot towel shaves, fresh cuts, shoe shines, beard trimming and shaping, line-ups, and fades, as well as eyebrow shaping, sports… read more ❯

Who’s Up For A Surrey City Award This Year? We Have The Scoop!

Published 10/20/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

Reg Natarajan, Whalley, City Awards, Surrey, Taslim Jaffer

image credit: Reg Natarajan
As Surrey residents, you know that there is a lot to boast about our beautiful city – and a large part of our pride rests on our business and community leaders. In an evening of recognition, the Surrey City Awards program will honour finalists and winners from 7 major categories who each contribute to our progressive and dynamic corner of the world. We are excited to… read more ❯

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