Author: Joseph Kafka

Should Public Bathrooms Supply Free Pads and Tampons?

Taran and Bunny Ghatrora, the founders of Ellebox believe that public washrooms should stock pads and tampons. Learn more about why they are passionate about this important conversation and join the discussion with us. Pads and tampons are some of the most needed and least donated products across Canada. Why? They’re often forgotten about because talking about periods is still taboo for many. For women living on or near the poverty line, food and other basic needs are  often prioritized over menstrual hygiene products. Menstrual products are also necessities, not simply a want. Every person with a period deserves...

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The Change Makers | Creating Better Periods | #nomorelimits

Meet Taran and Bunny Ghatrora, the creators of ELLEBOX and Blume, a subscription service that provides organic feminine hygiene products for menstruation and self-care. They want to change the discussion around menstruation, and foster normalcy and dignity for women and girls around the world. In episode 2 of the Change Makers, we follow them as they host a menstrual hygiene drive at the West Village Cafe, in Surrey BC. Their mission is to collect 75,000 pads and tampons for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. That’s enough pads and tampons for an entire year! Join Ellebox/Blume in helping to raise money for Days for Girls,...

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Connect With Our Local Audience | Sponsor Surrey604 and The Change Makers

This may sound off topic, but follow me for a moment. From the early days of humanity, as we evolved and gathered around fires, we developed a unique way of communicating like no other animal. Or, depending on your faith, this special way of communication was given to us. Regardless of belief, I am talking about story. Jonathan Gottschall wrote that: “the human imperative to make and consume stories runs even more deeply than literature, dreams, fantasy. We are soaked to the bone in story” (The Storytelling Animal, 18 – Available on Amazon). Although the fire has changed color,...

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The Change Makers | Jasleen Kaur | #weareallmaple

Meet Jasleen Kaur, a young filmmaker with a powerful documentary ‘Maple: A Documentary.’ Her film is about the murder of Maple Batalia, a young woman slain at SFU in Surrey in 2011. Jasleen, also an Indo-Canadian woman from Surrey, was drawn to Maple’s story because they were born in the same year and share a birthday. Her film has become a voice for not only Maples family, but other victims of violence who are seeking change in our community. The final public showing of her film, took place on what would have been her 26th birthday, March 4, at...

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Social Innovation Summit brings local and national experts to Surrey September 6

Published 7/15/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Nearly fifty local and national experts will gather at the Surrey Social Innovation Summit on September 6th to… read more ❯
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Published 7/15/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

Hiking today up Garibaldi Mountain, a potentially active volcano in Brackendale BC, was both a challenge and a thrill. At over 8,700 feet elevation, the 18 kilometre return climb is being hosted by two expert hikers. They say it is doable if we take breaks, and it is so beautiful that it’s worth the effort, and the hiking trail is only accessible from July… read more ❯
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Published 7/15/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

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Surrey Fusion Festival set to welcome a record 53 cultural pavilions

Published 7/15/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

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Published 7/10/2018 in Surrey604 Magazine

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Civic Plaza is leading the way with a flurry of recent grand openings for Civic Hotel, Dominion Bar + Kitchen, Prado Cafe and the first annual Dominion Day outdoor concert event. Today, we saw more changes as TDH Experiential Fabricators mounted a massive new sign for Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Civic… read more ❯