שבע שנים בוונקבר

photo - Vancouver's West End at sunsetבחודש פברואר הקרוב ימלאו שבעה שנים לחיים שלי בוונקובר. קשה להאמין שבפברואר אלפיים וחמש עזבתי את תל אביב לצמיתות בדרכי לוונקובר. מאז אני חי כאן ואפילו באותה  שכונה יפה – הווסט אנד

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Horn co-launches book fest

photo - Dara Horn and David Baddiel open the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival on Feb. 6
Dara Horn and David Baddiel open the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival on Feb. 6. (photos from JBF)

Meet new ambassador

photo - Governor General of Canada Mary Simon welcomed Ronen Hoffman as Israel’s new ambassador to Canada during a formal presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Dec. 7, 2021
Governor General of Canada Mary Simon welcomed Ronen Hoffman as Israel’s new ambassador to Canada during a formal presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Dec. 7, 2021. (photo from Government of Canada)

The light of democracy

Tomorrow is Black Excellence Day. The day is adjacent to the birth date of Martin Luther King Jr. and is being recognized in at least 20 B.C. school districts.

Founded last year to draw attention to the lack of Black history being taught in Canadian schools and to highlight the struggles of racialized Canadians, it was originally named Black Shirt Day. The name followed the pattern of other social justice days, such as Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying) and Orange Shirt Day (truth and reconciliation). Unfortunately, the name Black Shirt Day carries unintentional connotations. The Blackshirts were fascist paramilitary thugs in Italy, akin to the German Nazi Brownshirts….

בבית החולים בשתיים לפנות בוקר

photo - MRI machineהמזכירות הרפואית במרפאה בה עובדת הרופאה רשמה אותי לבדיקה וידעתי שיתכן ואאלץ להמתין חודשים ארוכים ואולי אף יותר מכך לבדיקה המיוחלת. לכן מספר ימים לאחר הפגישה עם הרופאה המומחית התקשרתי למזכירות וביקשתי מהם לרשום אותי גם לתור של ביטולים באחד משני בתי החולים בעיר

The previous issue’s cover stories

Educating the next leaders

photo - King David High School student and Climate Education Reform British Columbia member Sara Bauman
King David High School student and Climate Education Reform British Columbia member Sara Bauman (photo from Sara Bauman)

Victoria’s first kosher bakery

photo - Markus Spodzieja, owner of the Bikery, the first and only certified kosher bakery on Vancouver Island
Markus Spodzieja, owner of the Bikery, the first and only certified kosher bakery on Vancouver Island. (photo from the Bikery)

Faux freedom fighters

Last week, a cluster of protesters, including at least two medical doctors, demonstrated on the lawn of the B.C. Legislature, reciting the now-boring litany of justifications for putting others at risk by refusing to be vaccinated against the coronavirus…. What happened at the legislature last week was more galling than other such incidents, however. On a spectrum from the fairly innocuous act of an individual making ignorant remarks on social media to the atrocious behaviour of impeding emergency vehicles and making a ruckus outside hospitals, this one fell somewhere in the middle.

 

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Help find son, brother

photo - Bernard Grempel with his sister, Ettie Shurack
Bernard Grempel with his sister, Ettie Shurack. (photo from Grempel family)

 

 

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