Premier John Horgan acknowledges importance of the goddess Durga in advance of major Hindu celebration

Premier John Horgan acknowledges importance of the goddess Durga in advance of major Hindu celebration

There’s a reason why the Hindu goddess Durga is often depicted riding a tiger or a lion. That’s because she is associated with protection, unlimited strength, and motherhood—a deity who represents good over evil and who isn’t shy about exercising that power when warranted. Today, B.C. premier John Horgan paid his respects to Durga, an … Read more

‘It’s just the air we breathe’: Madison author’s new book taps into alcoholism in Wisconsin

‘It’s just the air we breathe’: Madison author’s new book taps into alcoholism in Wisconsin

The Madison author of a new book said she would have sought help to quit drinking sooner if there had been more representation of alcoholism in books and television, especially in Wisconsin — a state with a pervasive drinking culture. Maggie Ginsberg’s debut novel, “Still True,” is about family secrets and alcoholism in a fictional, … Read more

Hire These Books: 12 Business Stories Worth the Investment

Hire These Books: 12 Business Stories Worth the Investment

Twelve recent books illuminating the world of business—from the fate of the corner deli to the financial decisions that shape the globe—as highlighted by our reviewers. Binge Times: Inside Hollywood’s Furious Billion-Dollar Battle to Take Down Netflix By Dade Hayes and Dawn Chmielewski | Morrow The rise of DVD-by-mail rental company Netflix in the late … Read more

50 things to do in Vancouver this week, September 26 to 30

50 things to do in Vancouver this week, September 26 to 30

MONDAY: screenings of Indigenous short films at the Vancouver Public Library will showcase the work of Haida artists Bill Reid and Robert Davidson, new animation from emerging creatives, and documentary work by Indigenous filmmakers and activists. MONDAY: Swiss avant-garde metal band Zeal & Ardor plays the RIckshaw Theatre. Uninvited shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery. MONDAY … Read more

To rent or buy? What’s in store for the clothing rental industry in Canada

To rent or buy? What’s in store for the clothing rental industry in Canada

TORONTO – A few weeks ago, Carly Soares needed a dress for a wedding and fast. “I tried going shopping at the mall, but noticed there was a scarce collection of formal dresses,” the 30-year-old said. “It was actually very surprising. It’s still the pandemic-loungewear kind of vibe throughout a lot of retail stores.” The … Read more

Five Best: Books About Children

Five Best: Books About Children

1. Children barely featured in our literature before the late 18th century, counting for little in social life. Raising a child often appeared synonymous with breaking its will. To a 17th-century citizen, a child was a grossly insufficient adult, trapped for years in a slow process of becoming. Tender expressions of love and grief in … Read more

Children’s Books: ‘The Marvelous Land of Snergs’

Children’s Books: ‘The Marvelous Land of Snergs’

In 1927, a swashbuckling and well-traveled Briton named Edward Wyke-Smith published “The Marvellous Land of Snergs,” a whimsical story of two orphaned children who make their way through a land of witches, ogres and cinnamon-scented bears in the company of a blundering, jerkin-wearing companion who is “slightly taller than the average table.” J.R.R. Tolkien so … Read more

Comedic glam-metal maniacs Steel Panther to play the Commodore Ballroom on December 29 and 30

Comedic glam-metal maniacs Steel Panther to play the Commodore Ballroom on December 29 and 30

Can’t get enough over-the-top ’80s glam-metal these days? Still yearn for the days of big hair, brightly coloured spandex, and pointy guitars? Can’t get enough of bombastic cock-rock songs with titles like “Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin’”, “Weenie Ride”, and “It Won’t Suck Itself”? Then look no further than the Commodore Ballroom this winter, December 29 and 30, when … Read more