‘I feel happiness now’

Bullying, depression, anxiety, cutting, anorexia, suicidal thoughts: For the first 30 years of his life, Jason Henriksen didn’t know what it meant to be happy.

Finding my miracle

At 18, Catherine Richardson’s life was all planned out: she was getting amazing grades in her first semester of university, pursuing her dream of being an occupational therapist, and working part-time as a dance instructor. Everything was going according to plan – until she came down with the flu.

‘I was struggling': Campaign highlights men’s depression

More than 840,000 Canadian men are affected by depression each year. Around 11 per cent of men and 16 per cent of Canadian women will experience major depression in the course of their lives, according to Health Canada. It is also the second leading cause of disability worldwide.

Why do crows attack?

I was running along Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach on a glorious summer day when it happened: something angry, feathered, and fast swooped down from behind me, mere millimetres from my head.

How a ‘ticking time bomb’ disease could unlock the mysteries of cancer

You may not have ever heard of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, but anyone who has had cancer – or known someone affected by it – should pay attention: researchers believe people living with LFS may hold the key to learning more about the mysteries of cancer.

Suicide Happens in Secret

Vancouver teacher Trevor Mills was in the middle of producing his second hip-hop CD when his older brother died by suicide in the summer of 2013.

‘It was life or death’: Runner chased by black bear on North Shore trail

A North Shore man is grateful to be alive after being chased by a black bear while running on a popular trail Monday morning.

Born to dance

Last August, 21-year-old ballerina Lucila Munaretto was in a coma and fighting for her life.
But now the young dancer is back on stage, performing on Saturday for the first time since the rollerblading accident that left her critically injured just four months ago.

The Fields of Auschwitz-Birkenau

The birds sang the whole time we were at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

It may seem like a strange thing to remember about the Nazi concentration and extermination camp where more than a million people were murdered, but that’s what I most recall.

Those with rare cancers like chordoma feel lost

Kelly Billow has raised three sons, taught school, volunteered in Uganda and extensively researched microfinancing in developing countries.

She is also dying of chordoma, a cancer so rare that only one in a million is diagnosed each year.

Surprise! Disabled people have sex

Sister. Mother. Friend. Nurse. People have made many assumptions about Natalie Rose’s relationship with Tim.

Beyond the Apocalypse

Our class doesn’t want to produce yet more ‘doom and gloom’ Chinese environment stories. By focusing on China’s inspiring young environmental activists, we want to not only show the environmental challenges China faces, but also the potential solutions and glimmers of hope.

Cutting-edge VERO radiation machine bringing hope

High-tech computer software. Infrared cameras. X-ray beams. A GPS system.
This may sound like the makings of a great science fiction film, but it’s real life: VERO – one of the most cutting-edge radiotherapy machines in the world – is currently being installed in Vancouver’s BC Cancer Agency.

5 awesome, must-do hikes for Vancouver nature lovers

From rainforests to waterfalls, lakes to panoramic mountain views, there is no shortage of amazing hikes in B.C.’s Lower Mainland – the only challenge is narrowing down your options.

Chemo for canines?

When Sara was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer and given just months to live. Yet two years later she is still alive and enjoying life, something her family credits to the “amazing” medical treatment she received at a Langley, B.C. hospital.

2,700 km fundraiser

When David Pennington wakes up on April 18 he plans to hit the ground running – literally – as he begins a two-month fundraising trek that will see the B.C. man run from the U.S/Mexican border all the way to Vancouver.

“I had to do something”

When Annet Janssen’s infant daughter died two days before her delivery date, the family was devastated. But a second disappointment came when the stillborn, named Reyanna, had to be taken away to the funeral home just a day later.

Help on wheels: Mobile vet fights pet overpopulation in rural B.C.

Aggressive behavior. Male dogs wandering far from home. Neglect of stray pets. Animal cruelty.
These are just some of the challenges a First Nations community, a mobile veterinary business and the BC SPCA are working to counter in the province’s Cariboo region.

Fire crews frustrated as more human-caused blazes torch B.C.

Numerous human-caused fires over the long weekend – including one near Harrison Lake, another in Surrey, and a blaze along the Sea-to-Sky Highway – have left fire officials across the province frustrated.

Undercover cop finds “soul” in one of Vancouver’s poorest postal codes

“One of the best parts of life is uncertainty, so I didn’t know what to expect“, says Staff Sgt. Mark Horsely, who has worked with the Vancouver Police Department for 30 years. “My boss tied a pork chop around my neck, threw me into a shark tank, and so we will see what happens from there.”

Budding garden: Alleged marijuana plant spotted in Vancouver neighbourhood

Vancouver may be known for its weed-friendly attitude and beautiful gardens, but passersby were still surprised to notice what appeared to be a thriving marijuana plant growing in a city traffic circle Monday evening.

Ballerina released from hospital 6 weeks after rollerblading accident

It was an emotional reunion for an Argentinian ballerina Saturday afternoon as she returned to her Vancouver dance studio for the first time since a rollerblading accident left her in a coma six weeks ago.

Argentinian ballerina in coma after North Van rollerblading accident

A tragic rollerblading accident in North Vancouver has left an Argentinian ballerina in a coma – and family and friends are now fundraising to bring the young dancer’s parents to her side.

E.coli levels at False Creek nearly six times higher than what is safe

Thinking of cooling off with water sports during Vancouver’s scorching summer? You might want to check the E.coli levels before you jump in.

Helping millions see: Vancouver organization wins international award

Seva’s model is simple but effective: locate some of the most remote parts of the poorest countries in the world, provides these communities with access to high-quality eye care, and train locals to continue administering this care to their own people, creating a long-term solution.

Forget downward dog: bunny yoga hops to Vancouver

A yoga instructor sits at the front of the room, leading a group of cross-legged Vancouverites through a series of poses and exercises. The men and women sit with their eyes closed, breathing deeply.
It seems like a typical hatha yoga class – except for the 10 rabbits hopping around the room.

Breaking Mews: Vancouver’s first cat café is coming to town

The Catfé will open sometime in October at International Village Mall, 88 West Pender St.
To ensure food safety standards are met the café will be divided into two sections, with one side serving refreshments and the other acting as a cat lounge.

A whale of a reunion: Young orca finds his mom

It was a fairy-tale ending for Sam the killer whale when the young orca was seen reunited with its family in early July.
Sam, who also goes by the scientific name T46C2, was just two years old when researchers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada found it swimming alone in a cove on B.C.’s central coast in August 2013.

Inhaled thumbtacks

A thumbtack accidentally inhaled. A Guardian Angel pin stuck in the throat. A screw lodged in the bronchus.

Vancouver designer turns heads with landmark replicas made of Lego

“It’s interesting when you talk about Lego – everyone approaches the subject matter with a smile,” said Vaughn. “Sometimes they’re either laughing with you or at you, but there’s always engagement of humour and joy.”

Photography, selfies and mass murder

It’s an overcast May afternoon and tourists are photographing a site in Berlin. But this isn’t just any tourist destination: this is the Topography of Terror, a location that once housed the SS, SD and Gestapo headquarters, and where the Nazis planned the extermination of millions.

At a death cafe

I attended a death café this month. I tell people this because of their reactions.
“Is that where Toronto’s goths meet?” one person asked. “Does everyone dress in black and do morbid things?” wondered another.

Sumas First Nation seeks compensation

The Fraser Valley is the agricultural mecca of British Columbia. But Ned, a former chief of the Sumas band sees it as something different — just 90 years ago 11,000 acres of this valley were under the waters of Sumas Lake.

Teens with cerebral palsy face uncertain transition

At age 18, Lauren Stinson faced the typical issues of people her age — social life, educational choices, finding a career. But Stinson, who has cerebral palsy, also faced another challenge — adapting to life without a medical support team.

When the tumour in your spine is the size of a Tim’s cup

Less than three months after the honeymoon, Manji was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, an extremely rare cartilage cancer. The tumour was the size of a medium Tim Hortons cup, and it was nestled against the right side of his spine.

What lies beneath Toronto harbour

Whale bones, stolen cars, and trains in the lake: if anyone knows the mysteries of Toronto Harbour, it’s harbour master Angus Armstrong.

Kalydeco: A ‘miracle drug’

Like many 21-year-olds, Kelsa Hague is trying to figure out her career, hang out with friends and care for her assorted pets. But unlike other people her age, she is also waiting for a drug that could save her life.

China’s Generation Green

Farmer Cheng Wang navigates his delivery van through a labyrinth of streets. The back of his vehicle is packed with hand-labeled bags of vegetables; the aroma of coriander and celery fills the air. But this is no ordinary produce, it is grown without any pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

‘No help past Hope’ for children with cerebral palsy, B.C. families say

Twelve-year-old Brendan Paquette-McKinnon’s feeding tube was broken, and the emergency room at the hospital in Prince George did not have the part to replace it.

Changes needed to psych assessments says B.C. murder jury

Angus Mitchell, 26, was shot dead by RCMP in May 2012, three months after he was arrested under the Mental Health Act. He was released after he was deemed not to meet the criteria for involuntary admission to a psychiatric hospital.

Gunman did not ‘meet criteria’ to be held, inquest hears

After bringing a newly purchased rifle to a Victoria-area clinic on Feb. 7, 2012, police confronted Angus Mitchell in his home. He answered the door with his knife in his boxer shorts, according to documents read during the inquest.

Swearing is actually good for you, study finds

Feeling guilty about the last time you let out a string of not-so-polite swear words? Don’t — it might actually make you feel a lot *&%$#@! better.

Toronto unwraps its first city-branded condom design

The condom features the phallic point of the CN Tower and three aptly chosen city street signs: Cummer Ave., Wood St. and Coxwell Ave.

How a two-legged puppy is now able to chase cars

He has two furry legs, four green wheels, and zooms through the town. Meet TurboRoo, a teacup Chihuahua with a handicap from Speedway, Indiana that is using an innovative, 3D-printed cart to get around.

Thousands of birds injured every year in window collisions

For years the thousands of birds killed by smashing into glass buildings in the GTA have made headlines around the world. But what you might not know is that almost 40 per cent of the birds that collide with these buildings survive…

The dilemmas we face: how young journalists draw ethical red lines

My editor was adamant that speaking to the woman’s family was top priority, so I immediately called the police to see if the family wanted to talk with me. They didn’t, an officer told me, at least for now. They were grieving and wanted privacy. I assured him I understood—but my editor did not.

Canada’s para team finds new life on the field

Meet the Canadian Men’s National Para Soccer team. The team comprises athletes from across Canada with cerebral palsy or who are recovering from brain injury that cause physical impairment.

For Indigenous women, radical art as last resort

Since the 1960s, almost 600 indigenous women have been reported as missing or murdered in Canada, according to the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

Broccoli sprouts may prevent cerebral palsy

The answer to preventing one of the main causes of cerebral palsy may be as simple as eating broccoli sprouts during pregnancy.

Baby peregrine falcon ‘delivered’ at Oshawa hospital

Around 250 babies were born at Lakeridge Health in the last month — including one that came out of a shell.

Luxury coyotes living the high life

New neighbours have moved into one of Vancouver’s richest neighbourhoods, stalking dog-walkers, bathing in fountains, and eating pets. They’re not even paying their property taxes.