Snapchat Dysmorphia: Surgeons report that patients are trying to look more like their filters

By Marina Wang Forget Megan Fox’s nose or Angelina Jolie’s lips. The new plastic surgery trend is to look like the glossy-eyed filtered version of yourself from Snapchat, according to a recent paper published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. “Usually

Wildfires ignite “smoke war” between Canada and United States

By Marina Wang Caleb Moon, a resident of Spokane, Wash., was tired of the heavy air pollution caused by the forest fires in British Columbia. In a humorous jest, he took to Facebook and created an event titled “Blow Spokane’s

BC Real Estate Association predicts 21% drop in residential property sales

By Marina Wang According to a housing forecast update from the British Columbia Real Estate Association, residential sales are predicted to fall 21 per cent by the end of the year, from 103,768 last year to 82,000 this year. The

Millennials drive the push towards vegetarianism

By Marina Wang A&W restaurants recently launched its Beyond Meat Burger, “made 100% by plant-based protein”, while Aroma Espresso Bar adds a new veggie patty to their menu. Meanwhile, Earl’s unveils a new vegan menu. The surge of vegetarian and

Goldfish posing invasive species problem in B.C. lakes

By Marina Wang This year, our beloved childhood pet, the goldfish, has swarmed Pinecrest Lake near Squamish, and this isn’t the first time they’ve posed an invasive species problem in the province. “People have been observing schools of 30 to

Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto make top ten list of most livable cities

By Marina Wang The results are in: according to the Economist Intelligence Unit of the world’s most livable cities, three Canadian cities have placed in the top ten, with Calgary ranking #4, Vancouver #6, and Toronto tying with Tokyo, Japan

Woman using townhouse as Airbnb hostel taken to court

By Marina Wang The City of North Vancouver is asking the Supreme Court to step in on the case of woman running her townhouse unit like a hostel on Airbnb. Emily Yu rents out 14 to 15 beds to short-term

BC firefighters warn against floating lanterns amid wildfire season

By Marina Wang British Columbian firefighters have taken to social media to warn against releasing floating lanterns amid the coast’s desiccating drought. Floating lanterns are made of a paper shell with an open flame in the center. The hot air

Number of young Irish visitors skyrockets in Vancouver

By Marina Wang Vancouver residents may have noticed the whimsical inflection of the Irish accent has become all too common in the last couple years. According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, the number of temporary resident visas and work

Two women arrested for inciting hate speech against Indigenous Canadians on social media

By Marina Wang RCMP announced the arrest of two women in Flin Flon, Manitoba, for “hateful and threatening language against residents of First Nations communities” earlier this week. The threats appeared on a Facebook page following a spate of vandalism