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Enter the dragon — How Kevin O’Leary wants to change Canada

Feb 11 2017 — Daphne Bramham — It’s likely that the 13 other candidates in the federal Conservative’s leadership race and the party’s 80,000-some members prefer to wait until after the May vote to declare a winner. But not Kevin O’Leary. He’s already moved on. During a 45-minute interview, he barely mentioned the leadership contest and he never once mentioned the names […]

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As Vancouver fails to enforce prostitution laws, Trudeau government needs to declare its stance on legalizing sex work

Sep 30 2016 — Daphne Bramham — When the Criminal Code’s sections on prostitution were rewritten in 2014 the intent was to focus on the demand for sex services, in order to make prostitution a less risky proposition. The changes recognized for the first time that the right to safety included people engaged in the sex trade. It was a recognition forced […]

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Facing up to the facts of climate change

Jun 8 2016 — Daphne Bramham — It’s hard to enjoy the unseasonably warm, spring temperatures without at least contemplating that maybe it’s not such a good thing that my geraniums bloomed all winter (as if Vancouver were some Californian outpost) and that local raspberries and blueberries are already in the markets, nearly a month ahead of schedule.

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Minister says resettling Syrian refugees is a work in progress

Mar 20 2016 — Daphne Bramham — For two months, a two-bedroom Vancouver co-op unit has been sitting empty, $2,000 has been drained out of a private refugee sponsorship group’s hard-earned and generously given fund, and two months of a 12-month sublet burned through. The beds are made. Towels neatly folded. The children’s room is stocked with toys, books and clothes that […]

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The Syrian refugees are here. Now what?

Mar 16 2016 — Daphne Bramham — Refugees are not like immigrants. They haven’t chosen to be where they’ve ended up. They didn’t have time to upgrade their skills, save their money, learn another language or pack all their favourites things before they fled. The stark truth is that, in a more perfect world, most of the nearly 14 million refugees registered […]

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Sunny ways and goodwill not enough

Jan 25 2016 — Daphne Bramham — More than 5,000 refugees and immigrants in Metro Vancouver are on waiting lists for basic English classes and are isolated by their inability to easily manage many of the simplest tasks of daily life. It can take up to nine months for a refugee to get into the first stage of the Language Instruction for […]

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Reporters under pressure from economics … and killers

Jan 4 2016 — Daphne Bramham — Spare a few thoughts and maybe even a bit of concern about the state of journalism as we head into this new year. Journalism is an industry/craft/profession that seeks to inform about everything from how the bus system runs to the economy, the Syrian crisis, Donald Trump, the Kardashians and the latest fashion trend. Since […]

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A good reminder of the Big One’s potential

Dec 31 2015 — Daphne Bramham — OK, it was an earthquake and the biggest one we’ve had in a decade. But no damage has been reported despite the best efforts of journalists and politicians looking hard to torque the story for a) the nightly news or b) to bolster their calls for more earthquake proofing of public buildings. No damage should […]

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We’ve invited them as more than guests

Dec 29 2015 — Daphne Bramham — The Syrian refugees are starting to arrive and, while we’ve invited them here, they are much more than guests. They’re coming to be our neighbours, friends and compatriots. Yet, what most of us know about Syria and its people is bare-bones stuff. We know that the majority of Syrians (87 per cent) are Muslims. We […]