Magee Secondary School’s all-candidates debate

If you think our youth are not interested in politics, think again. Over five hundred students filled the theatre at Magee Secondary School this morning. They came to listen to the all-candidates debate by Vancouver-Quilchena politicians. 

The candidates included Andrew Wilkinson of the BC Liberals, a medical doctor and lawyer who is lucky enough to inherit the Liberal stronghold riding. Matt Toner, BC NDP candidate for Vancouver-False Creek filled in for Nicholas Scapillati, who was double booked. Damian Kettlewell, a third-time candidate, brought strong arguments for the BC Green Party. And four-time MP Bill Clarke represented the BC Conservatives.  Continue reading

Meet Damian Kettlewell, Green Party candidate for Vancouver-Quilchena

Damian Kettlewell in front of the Vancouver BC Green Party office on 111 West Broadway.

Damian Kettlewell in front of the Vancouver BC Green Party office on 111 West Broadway.

Green Party candidate Damian Kettlewell is one of four candidates campaigning for Quilchena voters in order to win a seat in the legislature. If he succeeds, he will make history, as a first Green Party MLA is yet to be elected in B.C.  

When I arrive early at the opening reception of the first Vancouver Green Party campaign office in a decade, Kettlewell hasn’t arrived yet, but I am greeted by young politicians Matthew Pedley (Vancouver-Fairview), Barinder Hans (V-Mount Pleasant) and Regan-Heng Zhang (V-Langara), chafing at the bit to enter the political arena. Continue reading

Meet Nicholas Scapillati, Vancouver-Quilchena’s NDP candidate for the 2013 provincial election

Vancouver-Quilchena's NDP-team. From left: Michael Kushnir, Andrew Wilkinson, Kas Shield

Vancouver-Quilchena’s NDP-team. From left: Michael Kushnir, Nicholas Scapillati, Kas Shield. Photo: Katja De Bock

Kerrisdale Village enjoys a new colour on the main shopping block–orange.

When I enter the new NDP office in the former Thomas Hobbs gift store on 41st Avenue at West Boulevard, I am greeted by the candidate Nicholas Scapillati, his wife Kas Shield, who works as the candidate scheduler and event coordinator, and Michael Kushnir, the campaign manager, who, interestingly, looks like a young Thomas Mulcair. Continue reading

Sexual Health Education by Saleema Noon at Southlands Elementary School

Saleema Noon talking to parents at Southlands Elementary on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Saleema Noon talking to parents at Southlands Elementary on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Don’t be surprised when your first-grader comes home this Thursday naming private parts, and saying that from now on, she needs no more supervising with washing, because “no one is allowed to touch my body.”

It’s most likely she has attended Saleema Noon’s sexual health education classes, which occur annually in Southlands Elementary School.

On Tuesday evening, parents had the opportunity to meet Noon, and learn what exactly she will be teaching students and how to answer the questions that will come up after classes. Continue reading