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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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Raasleela Trends TV for Surrey604: “Amazon India Fashion Week” Episode 2

Published 1/14/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey604 in collaboration with Raasleela Trends TV, brings you the best in fashion and updates on the latest international trends.

In this series, we are bringing complete coverage of Asia’s biggest Fashion Week “India Fashion Week” home to Surrey. More than 100 selected fashion designers participating and more than 50 showcasing on the runway. The crew of Amazon India Fashion Week consists… read more ❯

Funding for Homes for the Homeless – No longer just a promise – Now a solution.

Published 1/12/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey has 650 homeless people and 470,000 residents.

As Whalley continues to develop, the local clash between the haves and the have-nots is becoming more evident. Businesses are growing impatient with the RCMP’s three year plan. They can’t afford to wait three years. They are tired of promises. Residents and business owners want solutions and answers now.

The business community in… read more ❯

Raasleela Trends TV for Surrey604: “Amazon India Fashion Week” Episode 1

Published 1/9/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey604 in collaboration with Raasleela Trends TV, brings you the best in fashion and updates on the latest international trends.

In this series, we are bringing complete coverage of Asia’s biggest Fashion Week “India Fashion Week” home to Surrey. More than 100 selected fashion designers participating and more than 50 showcasing on the runway. The crew of Amazon India Fashion Week consists… read more ❯

DFSIN – Richmond South Excellence awards on Saturday, January 6th

Published 1/8/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

DFSIN Richmond South Excellence Awards were held on January 6th at Dhaliwal Banquet Hall in Surrey, BC. The event was held in order to celebrate the achievement of all the advisors of DFSIN – Richmond South, the night started off with a VIP reception which included many staff along with some well-respected community members. It was night full of entertainment, great food, some very well deserved… read more ❯

SURREY DOMINATES LGBTQ YOUTH AWARDS

Published 1/4/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Three out of the five awards went to Surrey youth including one award going to a gay activist from Albania who recently moved to Surrey. Winner of the January Marie Lapuz Youth Leadership Award for 2017 is Prachi Khanna of Surrey with Runner-Ups Erjon Tela of Albania, Grace McDonell of North Vancouver, Serene Carter of Burnaby, and Ran Ya Chib of… read more ❯