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Following the Wet’suwet’en Pipeline Fight

The Tyee has the latest as Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs continue their resistance to the $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline being built through their territory.

This weekend, a few days after RCMP set up a checkpoint in the area, BC Green interim leader Adam Olsen visited the Wet’suwet’en camps, where he stressed the importance of starting a conversation and the need to find peaceful resolutions. Premier John Horgan was also in the region on his northern B.C. tour but rejected calls to meet with hereditary chiefs, saying, “This project is proceeding, and the rule of law needs to prevail in B.C.”

Read more on what’s been happening since the RCMP raid on a Wet’suwet’en camps last year as well as a look at one of the camps supporting Wet’suwet’en land defenders.

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In December we invited Tyee Builders to enter for a chance to win an amazing hiking and rafting trip on the Tatshenshini River, courtesy of our friends at Canadian River Expeditions & Nahanni River Adventures.

Congratulations to the winner, James Smith from New Westminster, B.C.!

James had this to say about winning:

“I am very excited about this trip. Full disclosure: I am no outdoorsman. Which isn’t to say I don’t enjoy nature, but more remote excursions have seemed a bit daunting to me and that makes this trip perfect — having a guide to lead the way and take care of the details will let me enjoy what I’m most looking forward to, which is to learn about and appreciate the wildlife, landscape, and peoples of the Tatshenshini river. My wife will be joining me — she is much more outdoorsy and adventurous than I am, so this will be a great way for us to celebrate our tenth anniversary which also happens to be this summer.”

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These summer pants sell bagels
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In addition to shopping at thrift stores, I've been refreshing my wardrobe over the past few years through clothing swaps with friends and friends-of-friends. Two years ago I acquired a loose pair of black and white pants this way from a friend, who told me she used to wear them when she delivered bagels as a summer job (didn't even know that was a thing at the time, but now it makes total sense).

I still think about her selling bagels when I wear those strictly-summer/indoors-in-winter pants. Coincidentally this style of pant is in again, too, so I get compliments on my bagel pants, too.

KatieHyslop, in response to The Tyee article “An Ode to Mangy Sweater”

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Growing up Chinese Canadian

“There’s a Chinese word in overseas communities to describe local Chinese born outside China: tusang. The literal meaning is ‘earth born.’ Elders often believe tusang are easily assimilated into the local culture. Because of this, many who’ve met June Chow in Vancouver’s Chinatown are surprised she’s Canadian-born as she’s able to speak with them so easily. Some ask when she came to Canada. ‘I’ll chat up any old grandma just because I can,’ says June. ‘I feel like I belong.’”

June, in her 30s, works to connect young Chinese-Canadians with the diminishing world of Chinatown’s older generation. Meet her in the fifth and last part of Christopher Cheung’s series “Growing up Chinese Canadian: A Century of Stories.” Dive into the whole series here.


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