Ada Slivinski, 24 Hours Vancouver

Ada Slivinski is a communications consultant based in Vancouver. Contact her at adaslivinski@gmail.com and on Twitter @adaslivinski

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Worldwide Coalition against Islam members are escorted to a bus by police after holding a rally at Calgary's City Hall in this June 25, 2017 file photo. The group is planning to attend a rally with other far-right organizations, in Vancouver this Saturday. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia Network)

Racist protest in Vancouver a sign we haven’t learned from history

After last week’s violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., many of us in Canada were shocked at the violence and grieving the death of the counter-protester but felt relieved that we were not in the States and talked about how much different things are here.

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Williams Lake fireworks fine should be bigger

Last weekend, a 34-year-old Williams Lake man celebrated the lifting of an evacuation order and being able to return home by setting off fireworks in what are still extremely hot, dry and fire-prone conditions. Thankfully, the RCMP were quickly alerted, arrested the intoxicated man and later fined him just over $1,000 for allegedly dropping, releas

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More common sense needed for allergy labelling

My youngest daughter has a severe soy allergy which means that reading ingredient lists has become a necessarily regular practice of mine. While Health Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations require food allergens and gluten to be clearly marked on prepackaged products, food sold in restaurants is exempt.

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Mayor's Day of Laughter proclamation is tone-deaf

While wildfires rage near 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, forcing people to leave their homes, Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson is busy proclaiming the official “Day of Laughter.”

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Keep animals out of the emergency room

I was in Chilliwack General Hospital this week for a foot infection. While I was in the waiting room, a man walked up to me with a basket. “Pet him,” he said. “Pardon?” I answered. “His name’s Rupert.” The man brought the basket closer to me and I could see there was a small black rabbit inside. Immediately I was quite confused. I didn’t think anim

Online sales pose a real challenge for local small business owners. (Postmedia Network/Files)

Online shopping makes for poorly stocked shelves

On Monday, I needed to buy a booster seat. My kids were going to spend the day with a friend and we needed something that would fit in between two other car seats in the back of a station wagon.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark holds a post-election press briefing in Vancouver on May 10, 2017. (Nick Procaylo/POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

Delays in B.C. election results show just how outdated our voting system is

B.C.’s last provincial election took place on May 9 but now, more than two weeks later we are still waiting for results. Why? We are counting and recounting outdated paper ballots. It’s 2017 and most of our communication is done online. We can file our taxes and pay our bills over the Internet but we still have to mark a paper ballot by hand and sl

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Bring the baby box to B.C.

When you’re expecting a baby in Finland, the Finnish government sends you a box filled with baby clothes, toys and blankets.

A slow shutter speed creates the look of a speeding train as a SkyTrain makes its way under downtown Vancouver along the Canada Line on its way to the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond on Nov. 9, 2015. (Tom Braid/Edmonton Sun/Postmedia Network)

Transit needs a carrot not stick approach

I was driving along Highway 1 from Chilliwack to downtown Vancouver and the SkyTrain was passing over the highway. Even though there was a fair bit of traffic on the road, the cars were moving faster than the SkyTrain.

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Fraser Valley needs help for homeless

According to the Fraser Valley Regional District’s count, there are 603 people living in the Fraser Valley without a home in 2017.

Marijuana at the 420 celebration in Vancouver is pictured in this April 20, 2013 file photo. (CARMINE MARINELLI/Postmedia Network files)

Marijuana is not the miracle drug pot pushers claim

There are some pretty substantial medicinal claims around marijuana. Children who no longer have seizures thanks to cannabis oil, symptoms of multiple sclerosis stalled or in some cases reversed thanks to the drug.

Homeless count volunteers gather information from homeless people on the streets of New Westminster, B.C. on March 8, 2017. (Jason Payne/Postmedia)

Homelessness follows house prices

There are 199 homeless children and more than 3,500 homeless people in the regional district of Metro Vancouver. That’s a 30 per cent overall increase from 2014. While the city of Vancouver itself say a 19 per cent increase, homelessness in Langley increased by 124 per cent, in Delta and White Rock, 142 per cent.