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Paloma Pacheco is a Vancouver-based writer and journalist who covers art, culture, social justice and human-interest stories. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Maisonneuve, Montecristo and Cléo journal. Find her on Twitter @paloma_hazel.