Misty Morning

We travel outside of our homes, cities and countries to experience something 'different', new or even something that we wished we had in our own cities, towns or villages. This can be the landscape, food, culture or simply the people. Yet, if we look around we can also find that some of nature's beauty is just around the corner. It could be a beautiful sunset, a landscape or even birds … [Read more...]

The Magic of Autumn

I grew up in tropical Asia, just north of the Equator, and therefore cold weather meant the mercury dropping to around 20C. Nature had given us just two seasons -- the monsoons and the summer, with the temperature variations minimal. Most of the time, it was hot, or just rainy and humid. Sure we had the spring, but as romantic as we tried to make it by visualizing the blooming flowers and … [Read more...]

Smuggling vs. Trafficking of Refugees

In a recent comment on Canada's National Post newspaper, James C. Hathaway writes about the common confusion between the terms of smuggling and trafficking -- two terms which have been very commonly referred to in the backdrop of the arrival of 492 Tamil asylum seekers aboard a ship to … [Read more...]

End of Single Party Majority Governments?

Senthil Ratnasabapathy Many, many years ago, I met a young and aspiring British journalist and ended up in a conversation about the pros and cons of the proportional representation (PR) system vs. the so-called first-past-the post system. He said the Britons would be against the PR system because of the instability it could bring to governing. He meant the PR system that was practised by all … [Read more...]

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden In Vancouver

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver is a world of its own, nestled within the bustling Chinatown in downtown Vancouver. A little about the Garden Dr Sun Yat-Sen is considered to be the father of ‘modern China’. He is described as having played a leading role in the overthrow of the Ming Dynasty almost a hundred years ago and was the first president of the Republic of China. Now, the … [Read more...]