All In Your Mind: How mindful and meditative practices are gaining mainstream momentum

Techniques help combat struggles with stress and mental health This article was originally featured on CBC News as a part of the Read-Mercer Fellowship program with Langara College. BY Cass Lucke As mental health becomes a growing concern in communities across the world, many people are turning to the techniques of mindfulness and meditation, which they say …

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Treating mental illness with mindfulness

At a time when iPhones are being used to replace the soother of an upset child, and more people are looking at phones during their morning commute than the view surrounding them, the disconnectedness of our world is more prevalent than ever. In recent years, mindfulness and meditation have become mainstream in many parts of …

Community ‘cornerstone’ closing for good

Locals disappointed to say goodbye to the Cornerstone Café's familiar space   One of the Victoria community’s ‘cornerstones’ announced earlier today that it is closing for good. After 12 years, the Cornerstone Café on Gladstone Avenue, owned by Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society (NRG) is closing to make room for the Parsonage Café which will …

Capstan Station will not alleviate Richmond transit congestion problems

New developments near Capstan Way call for another Canada Line Station, but will increase train back-ups With the addition of another skytrain station at Richmond’s Capstan Way and No. 3 Rd., current back-ups on the Canada Line will likely become worse. During a council meeting on Tuesday, TransLink requested for the City of Richmond to …

RGH’s new hospital tower may not be enough to solve overcapacity problems

Richmond's increasing population could contradict Richmond General Hospital's plan for compensation A new tower planned for Richmond General Hospital is not expected to be big enough to accommodate the steady growth of patients as the city's population grows. The city completed a $10 million renovation in 2011 but since this project, Richmond’s population has increased …

Mental health over criminal intent shifts VPD arrests

VPD tackling drivers of crime instead of victims of mental illness and addiction Recognizing drivers of crime before individual felons has resulted in a shift in types of arrests made in Vancouver this year according to Vancouver Police Department Chief Constable Adam Palmer. Palmer said during the Vancouver Police Board meeting held at the Vancouver …

Sandy soil will bring scarce crops

Richmond's Garden City Lands filled with insufficient soil for farming Photo courtesy of the City of Richmond's Facebook page.By CASS LUCKE A long time city councillor says crops will be scarce on Garden City Lands if the 136 acres of sandy soil is not replaced soon. The lands will be home to active farming and …

Vancouver district reps say ‘more trustees mean better conversations’

VSTA presidents look forward to working with a full school board By Cass Lucke It isn’t which parties the elected candidates from Saturday’s byelection represent that matters to the presidents of Vancouver schools teachers’ associations as much as whether their concerns around teacher recruitment and seismic upgrades on schools will be properly addressed. As each …

Richmond trustees know less than expected about national Indigenous day of remembrance

  School Board trustees had a lot of questions regarding Orange Shirt Day events The president of the Richmond Teachers’ Association says she was surprised to learn at least two school trustees had little knowledge of a na   tion-wide day to remember the wrongs done to Indigenous people at residential schools. President Liz Baverstock …

Citizens fight to save art galleries

525 Great Northern Way occupants unite against building's possible demolition Along with a group of devoted citizens, Great Northern Way’s Monte Clark and Equinox Gallery members are taking the responsibility of preserving building 525 into their own hands. A website called save525.ca has been developed by locals and members of the galleries with the intent …