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Jesse Donaldson

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culture

Vancouver in the ‘70s: Grime, Gangs, Protest — and Far Crazier

New books explore two sides of a very different city.

By Jesse Donaldson, 2 Nov 2016


culture

Four Times BC Teachers Took the Lead in History

A peek at BCTF’s upcoming centennial project reveals a union often ahead of its time.

By Jesse Donaldson, 5 Sep 2016


culture

Four Forgotten BC 'Heritage Moments' for Canada Day

Celebrate 'round the BBQ with this selection of wild tales from our province’s history.

By Jesse Donaldson, 1 Jul 2016


opinion

The Corporate Influence and Real Estate Greed that Created a City

Happy 130th birthday, Vancouver. In some ways, you haven't really changed.

By Jesse Donaldson, 6 Apr 2016


culture

My Asexual Valentine

Lower Mainland 'Aces' dish on life, love, and discount candy.

By Jesse Donaldson, 13 Feb 2016


culture

Wreck's Favourite Watermelon Hangs up Her Birthday Suit

After 22 years, Vancouver 'weed diva' retires from nudist beach.

By Jesse Donaldson, 16 Jul 2015


culture

It Has Now Been 100 Years Since Vancouver Won a Stanley Cup

A Tyee primer on the most notable centennial of the season.

By Jesse Donaldson, 26 Mar 2015


culture

When Abusers Hide in BDSM Dungeons

In the world of kinky sex play, the issue of consent is often murky.

By Jesse Donaldson, 4 Nov 2014


culture

BC Filmmaking Duo Passes the Acid Test

Meet the Denman Islanders who won the rights to shoot the 50th anniversary of a counterculture legend.

By Jesse Donaldson, 3 Oct 2014


culture

A Hard Day's Night At Empire Stadium

When the Fab Four played Vancouver 50 years ago this week, all hell broke loose.

By Jesse Donaldson, 20 Aug 2014


culture

Five Bizarre Stories about BC's Past

Celebrate your province this weekend with some oddly great moments in history.

By Jesse Donaldson, 2 Aug 2014


culture

The Tyee's Guide to Vancouver's Cleanest (and Dirtiest) Beaches

Plunge into summer with a comprehensive guide to fecal coliform levels.

By Jesse Donaldson, 18 Jul 2014


news

'Chat Room': Sex Ed after School

Studies show Canadians want to talk more about sex. How one BC all-ages group delivers.

By Jesse Donaldson, 28 Jun 2014


culture

A Tyee Series

Beautiful Relationships: On Record Store Day, a Local Industry Amplified

Seven years in, bands and vinyl shops have found their groove. Part of a series.

By Jesse Donaldson, 26 Apr 2014


opinion

Sensory Deprivation Goes into the Black

Nearly two hours in this supposed 'mind-altering' floatation tank, have I reached the 'quantum realm of creativity'?

By Jesse Donaldson, 12 Apr 2014


culture

Vancouver: The Way We Weren't

Five developments that would have changed the face of this city, if they'd happened.

By Jesse Donaldson, 19 Mar 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Beautiful Relationships: Local Biz Sees the Upside of Dung

For Cowpower, green and local energy is only a field away.

By Jesse Donaldson, 3 Mar 2014


news

'Lost Canadians' Advocate Isn't Celebrating Yet

Changes to Citizenship Act leave Don Chapman 'guardedly optimistic', but court battle continues.

By Jesse Donaldson, 7 Feb 2014


books

This Month in Vancouver History

From a Stanley Park ransom to 'otherworldly' donations, February's full of high historical drama. Five hits from a new book.

By Jesse Donaldson, 1 Feb 2014


news

A Tyee Series

Beautiful Relationships: Crafty Alliances Brew Local Biz Success

Vancouver brewers and distillers benefit from a sharing spirit. Part of a series.

By Jesse Donaldson, 16 Nov 2013


opinion

An Unnatural History of Stanley Park

Imported squirrels. Fake lagoons. Renovictions. And more you won't see in the brochures.

By Jesse Donaldson, 27 Sep 2013


news

A Tyee Series

The Accidental Union Activist

Denis Chasse is carrying the torch for a new generation of union members.

By Jesse Donaldson, 6 Sep 2013


opinion

Up on Nudist Peak

Though members dwindle, the leathered vets of Canada's oldest naked club shine on.

By Jesse Donaldson, 3 Aug 2013


news

Big Competition in the Tiny Worlds Business

And you thought real estate was cutthroat. Inside Vancouver's scale model industry.

By Jesse Donaldson, 5 Jul 2013


news

'The Sharing Project' Wants to Connect

Researchers of collaborative consumption make Vancouver their laboratory.

By Jesse Donaldson, 11 Apr 2013


culture

The Sailors' Art of Tattoos

Finely etched scrimshaw, too. Vancouver's Maritime Museum more than scratches the surface.

By Jesse Donaldson, 11 Mar 2013


opinion

Remembering Vancouver's First Race Riot

Barely a year after city was born racist frenzy gripped white workers fearing competitors.

By Jesse Donaldson, 1 Mar 2013


news

Youth Filmmakers Challenge Ideas of Home

Stories of living differently told as part of 'Housing Matters' project. Screens Thursday in Vancouver.

By Jesse Donaldson, 7 Feb 2013


opinion

A Tyee Series

Vancouver's 128 Years of Affordability Fears

TYEE LIST #28: Our big housing problem? Actually a century-long crisis, if you look at the archives.

By Jesse Donaldson, 24 Nov 2012


opinion

A Tyee Series

Time to Bring Back Vancouver's Fool?

Eager to expose society's follies, in 1967 Joachim Foikis put on a tricornered hat. It escalated from there.

By Jesse Donaldson, 25 Aug 2012


opinion

A Tyee Series

Three Customs of the West Coast Friend

TYEE LIST #10: How to protect our famously aloof relationship style.

By Jesse Donaldson, 14 Apr 2012


news

'There's Not Enough of Me': BC's Psychiatry Crisis

One of few psychiatrists serving the province's isolated north, Charles Brasfield is set to retire. Who can replace him?

By Jesse Donaldson, 20 Feb 2012


opinion

A Tyee Series

Three Ryan Gosling Pickup Techniques that Don't Work in Real Life

TYEE LIST #1: Tried, tested, and devastatingly untrue. Gosling!

By Jesse Donaldson, 11 Feb 2012


opinion

Musings of a Mall Santa

A rookie Saint Nick on beard maintenance, itchy suits, and longing for Boxing Day.

By Jesse Donaldson, 22 Dec 2011