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As China goes on holiday for Lunar New Year, business and cultural impact felt globally

February 18, 2015

HONG KONG – Decades ago the Chinese New Year holiday, also known as Spring Festival, had little impact outside of China. But as the country gained outsized economic influence, the holiday, which has enormous cultural significance in the Chinese-speaking world, has become more prominent. This is how it ripples around the world. — FACTORY FREEZE Chinese factories shut down for the holiday and then some, with hundreds of millions of...

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Stephen Harper’s veiled attack on religious freedom

February 18, 2015

Clifford Orwin is a professor of political science at the University of Toronto and a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Stephen Harper is not just smart; he can be highly insightful. In 2011, for example, he established the Office of Religious Freedom in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He thus showed himself ahead of the curve on an issue whose importance has continued to grow. In that same...

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Year of Ram? Goat? Sheep?

February 14, 2015

Year of the Ram? That depends on who you ask. The staff at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver found no one could agree on what to call the zodiac for the Lunar New Year that begins Feb. 19. Many were calling it the Year of the Goat. But Kathy Gibler, executive director of the garden, says that sounded too crusty, like an old goat. And Year of...

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New Year’s comes in many forms in super-diverse Metro Vancouver

February 14, 2015

When it comes to New Year celebrations, there are a million stories in super-diverse Metro Vancouver. There are different Lunar New Year stories from the wide range of Metro residents with roots in Asia, especially those linked to mainland China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. And there are more New Year’s traditions being celebrated in Metro that are rooted in Europe, the Middle East and South America, which occur...

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Lunar New Year an occasion that may present real-estate opportunities

February 12, 2015

Vancouverities parse real estate statistics like baseball fans studying earned-run averages and scoring percentages. Monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports blare out from newscasts and become fodder for non-stop online and coffee shop chatter. Everyone asks: “Will the bubble burst?” “What will interest rates do? “How many foreign investors are there in my building?” “Can our kids afford to live here?” “Can you believe what that house down the street sold...

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RCMP outreach efforts lack ‘clear overall strategy,’ report says

February 11, 2015

Knowing that it can’t fight terrorism alone, the RCMP has reached out to Canada’s diverse communities, participated in Muslim youth forums, attended cultural events and dinners, even held yoga classes for women of different cultural backgrounds. But is any of this feel-good community outreach working? A report released Tuesday at a public safety conference in Ottawa suggests while the Mounties have made inroads, its outreach initiatives are “piecemeal and disjointed”...

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