The devout kneel reverently before a statue of the Maitreya Buddha, clutching joss sticks while offering prayers to the laughing Buddha. Delicate tendrils of perfumed smoke waft from the burning incense—I inhale deeply and exhale slowly, releasing some of the tension that has accumulated over the course of my day.
For the three decades that followed the Second World War, Commercial Drive had a distinctive Italian flavour to it. Today, a local renaissance is shaping Vancouver’s Little Italy, with a new generation of businesses offering authentic Italian cultural and culinary traditions with modern flair.
The Thomas Haas you meet during any busy business day is pretty much the Thomas Haas you meet at special events, such as the many pastry and dessert competitions he serves as judge for. He is outgoing, indefatigable, charming and almost unremittingly funny.
If the appreciation of vintage motorcars can be called a passion, then the appreciation of vintage motorcycles might fairly be called an obsession. For those who ride, there is no greater thrill, no more worthy pursuit, than an old bike and an open road.
True to its name, when you enter the Three Centuries Shop, you are travelling to a different time. One can scarcely describe the treasures inside the building, the top floors of which make up the home of shop owner William MacKinnon.
Where punishment of the corporeal self is said to free the spirit, public subjugation of the ego may free us all. After all, what is a truly mortifying moment but a painful recognition of our shared humanity?
Articulate, educated and undeniably attractive, Nazanin Afshin-Jam could have easily pursued anything she pleased; acting, singing and modeling were only a smattering of her successes by age 25. Instead, her lifelong passion for human rights became her focus, and now, it is her career.