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My position at Surrey RCMP is as the Officer in Charge of the detachment. People are more familiar with the term Police Chief, and that is essentially my position here in Surrey. I have the privilege of being the head of a leadership team with the responsibility of overseeing every aspect of Surrey’s policing operations, from our frontline operations and investigations, to finance and human resources, to the wellness of our officers and employees. 2 As Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge, what

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ways, and by increasing our visibility so people know we are here working for them. 4 How has your journey been so far as part of

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I have enjoyed every part of my policing career and I’ve had the opportunity to take on many exciting and challenging roles with the RCMP over the past 17 years. During my time at the BC RCMP headquarters, I worked with the Surrey RCMP quite a bit so I had a good sense of the type of innovation and programming that was being done in Surrey. Surrey detachment has created some outstanding initiatives that have been tailor-made for the city. Examples include the Police Mental Health Outreach Team that works with some of our most vulnerable community members, the “Shattering the Image” anti-gang presentations, and the Surrey RCMP Parent Helpline (604-599-7800) which provides local parents with support and resources if they are concerned about their children becoming involved in illegal activities. As the new Officer in Charge of this detachment, I am grateful for this chance to support and enhance these types of initiatives that are responsive to Surrey’s needs.

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role? How will you deal with them?

5 What are your thoughts on the City of Surrey working towards its own police department?

The business of policing is inherently challenging, but I think that is also part of what makes it so rewarding. Surrey itself is a unique city: it is growing rapidly, covers a large geographic area, has a large youth population, and has a rich diversity. For some time, there has been a somewhat unshakable perception that Surrey is a dangerous place to be. Knowing that Surrey’s crime rate is generally declining when you look at our ten-year crime trends, I want to help residents feel safer in their community. I plan to do that by ensuring we engage with the community in meaningful

The decision on what type of police force a city has is made by the municipality, province and Public Safety Canada. As the current contracted service provider, the Surrey RCMP is not a participant in this process. However, the City of Surrey’s proposed transition to a municipal police force has not changed our commitment and responsibility to provide an excellent police service to the residents of Surrey. As long as we remain contracted to do so, we will continue to serve Surrey with pride and dedication. Certainly, this proposed police transition has placed a level

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of uncertainly upon our officers and employees and impacted morale, to some degree. As a result, I am placing a great deal of importance on employee wellness to ensure they are well supported, just as Assistant Commissioner McDonald did before me. 6 With the City promising a new police force, do you think Surrey residents have lost faith in the RCMP?

I know a very large number of Surrey residents continue to support the RCMP, as they always have. I do not think that people’s trust and faith in the Surrey RCMP is swayed by the City of Surrey’s desire to move to a municipal police force. I believe that people will continue to judge us based on our responsiveness to the community, our work ethic, our skills as police officers, and our ability to keep them safe. This is how all police departments should be assessed, regardless of the badge we wear. 7 What are your thoughts on Surrey’s budget including a hiring freeze on new officers? How will the RCMP work around these restrictions?

The growth of Surrey has translated into a marked increase in the demand for police services; last year, we managed an additional 700 files per month. However, Mayor and Council have made it clear that we will not be receiving additional resources for the second year in a row. As such, I will be working with my senior leadership team to identify any areas where pressures emerge. If any adjustments need to be made to preserve our frontline police response, we will do that, but it is my hope that we can continue to offer our full compliment of programs and services. 8 Does the stop on resources mean safety of Surrey residents will be compromised?

We will not allow the safety of our city to be compromised. I will continue to keep a close eye on how our officers are deployed and any pressures that emerge as the population increases with no commensurate increase in staff resources from the City of Surrey. Our prevention, intervention and enforcement efforts are uniquely tailored for Surrey, and it is my hope that we can continue to offer our full compliment of programs and services. 9 How would you ensure safety and less crime in Surrey?

Police certainly play a leading role in safety and crime reduction in any city, but a good public safety strategy involves the entire community. There are a lot of underlying social issues which have tremendous impact on public safety. For example, addictions and the demand for illicit drugs contributes to drug trafficking and gang violence in the Lower Mainland.  Public safety issues like this require involvement from a number of community partners including healthcare and housing providers and educators. As Surrey’s Officer in Charge, I will continue to enhance our partnerships and our community outreach to support long-term crime reduction and safety in Surrey. 10

What is your message to Surrey residents?

I want to assure our community that we will continue to provide Surrey with excellent policing service, for as long as we are contracted to do so. I hope it is for many years to come. I also want to express my gratitude to Surrey residents and business owners for their participation in public safety. Thank you for working with us. Keep calling in with your tips, keep reporting crime to us, and keep supporting our community’s youth and vulnerable people.


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omen have played an integral role in the growth and recognition of British Columbia’s South Asian community. Be it politics, broadcasting, business or social work, South Asian women have proven themselves time and again, scaled newer heights, broken barriers, achieved unconventional goals, and have stood tall in a male-dominated society. This issue, we put the spotlight on many such remarkable women in our community, and shift the conversation to understanding the calm but resilient strength of a woman. As March 8 marks International Women’s Day worldwide, DARPAN Magazine celebrates womanhood by sharing inspiring stories of 13 South Asian female achievers. Each of these local women has a unique background and story that is a source of inspiration for hundred and thousands of women. Being leaders in their respective fields, the featured 13 are encouraging women in the South Asian community and beyond to dream big, challenge social norms and take charge. By highlighting the journeys of these empowering personalities, we aim to create role models and mentors for the next generation, and salute the women in our community for their relentless courage and unyielding voice that has shaped BC’s South Asian community in Canada.

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What does being a woman mean to you? I think it’s an honour to be a woman and that our community of women are resilient, compassionate, and fearless leaders.

What has been your biggest achievement, personally and professionally, as a woman? As a teenager, I created Project L.O.V.E (Letting our Voices Empower) and built a primary community school in Sub-Saharan Africa with 50 per cent girls, creating a platform for gender equality. Seeing my vision turn into a reality for hundreds of kids getting educated with the values of gender equality was an inspiring moment in my life. Being named the first ever female executive producer for TEDxVancouver was an absolute honour to be able to serve my city in that capacity.

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What is your success mantra? My success mantra would be to surround yourself with people that are smarter than you. When creating new projects or new businesses, I always want to make sure I’m surrounded by experts that are able to support and guide me to the best decisions.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? Believe in yourself. Be true to who you are and honour your values. I think it’s important to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually strong — and prioritize taking care of yourself. It’s incredibly important to surround yourself with people who want the best for you and have your back. Ultimately, I think it starts with YOU and being your best friend and being kind to yourself.

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What does being a woman mean to you? How do you define the word? Strength.

What has been your biggest achievement, personally and professionally, as a woman? I don’t know that I can define a single biggest achievement. For some it is easily empirical. An award. Being the first to do something. But often the hardest working, most committed individuals are not the ones with shelves full of trophies. They are simply too busy pursuing their calling on behalf of the communities they serve to “toot their own horns.”

Tell me about a milestone that defines your journey. My journey is about more than one milestone or event — but I would point to my transition away from journalism and into a new career path. It was not an easy decision. You leave a career you love, a career you think you’ll be in for the entirety of your working life. Being headhunted out of the news, trying something entirely different, was terrifying. It was also the best decision I made because I would never have been able to explore new horizons if I hadn’t.

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Did you ever face a challenge simply because you were a woman? Professionally, even in 2020 we face challenges as women many days. They are too numerous to count. Some obvious, some very subtle to the point where one doesn’t realize that gender may have been a factor at play until much later. I do not dwell on it. It is others who may have a problem with my gender. Not me. I keep my focus on what I am trying to accomplish. It’s a much healthier way to go forward.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? Some very simple rules to live by: 1) Know your own worth. Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t experienced enough, that you aren’t ready, and that you aren’t worth the raise or the promotion you’re asking for. If doors are being closed in front of you — look for other places where they will open. Don’t accept anything less than your own value. 2) Know when to say “no”. We as women have a tendency to always say yes to everything, more work, more responsibility, offering more help. In our community we are conditioned this way, it is what we have been taught. All this will lead to is burnout. 3) Never ever be afraid to say “yes” to something that holds possibility for you. Ask yourself, what’s the worst thing that will happen? That it won’t work out? That you’ll make a mistake? Big deal. Don’t let fear hold you back.

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What does being a woman mean to you? Being a woman is being a person; it means being me. I am a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a friend. I’m a teacher, an advocate and a politician. I believe being a woman means living your life completely and multitasking to fulfill all your roles, professionally and personally.

What has been your biggest achievement, personally and professionally, as a woman? My biggest achievement has been my journey through life. I left India as a young girl and travelled to England where, at nine years old, it seemed like everyone looked and spoke differently than me. My years in England allowed me to explore a world where I discovered first my love for learning which led me to my love of teaching. Becoming president of the BC Teacher’s Federation in 2004 has been one of my biggest achievements as that allowed me to be a passionate advocate for students, teachers, the teaching profession and public education.

Tell me about a milestone that defines your journey.

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Growing up, I remember constantly being told what I could not do because I was a girl — both in sports and other extra-curricular activities. The milestone that helped define me was when I began discovering what I could do rather than what I could not do. My world became a place of endless opportunity once I realized that no doors were closed and that I was the only person who could define me. Because I could go to university, I could become a teacher. Being a teacher and getting to work with children was pivotal in shaping every choice I made for my future and I have been fortunate to view every job, every opportunity and every challenge from the perspective of a teacher. I am so thankful for a father who was forward-looking, and amazing teachers who encouraged me to fly and live my dreams.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? I would encourage every woman to find her own path. Every journey is unique. Every path is unique. Ensure the path you choose inspires you and that you are passionate about. If you are passionate, you will be successful and make a difference. Be sure to have mentors and role models; listen and learn but always listen to your heart. Don’t let anyone decide your life path.

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What does being a woman mean to you? Being strong, being the glue in a family who loves, forgives, lets go, and perseveres while looking out for and supporting others along the way. My definition of a woman is a courageous and caring, a great role model, who protects her own and supports those around her in achieving their goals and dreams, while staying true to her beliefs and values.

What has been your biggest achievement, personally and professionally, as a woman? Firstly, being the mother of my two amazing children, Jessica and Joshua, bring me so much joy and pride as I have watched them grow into these amazing, driven, successful and caring adults. I know they will do great things! In terms of my professional life, I was so proud to become the first South Asian woman Vice President at Rogers, as well as the first Rogers VP to do a national role based in BC. This was indicative of both Rogers’ commitment to moving women into leadership positions and providing greater autonomy for our regional teams to make decisions that best support local business development, sponsorships, network plans and community investments.

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What project are you working on right now? I am so excited to be involved with the Ted Rogers Community Grants. From the selection process, to being able to hand out community grants to deserving organizations that support youth and education, it gives me the opportunity to really be able to see the difference these grants are making in the lives of young people. It’s so inspiring to go to the secondary schools in the community where I grew up (Surrey) to talk to young children about things like “they can be anything they want to be.” They have so many questions and are so excited when I tell them anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

What is your success mantra? VICE PRESIDENT OF PARTNER RETAIL SALES AT ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS

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What does being a woman mean to you? Being a woman to me is being a person who is versatile. She can achieve her goals because she is compassionate, committed, understanding, and the most able multitasking person.

What has been your biggest achievement, personally and professionally, as a woman? My personal achievement as a woman was my journey to become a mother. I’m at most proud of adopting my two babies and I’m proud of the adults they have become. I am a founding member of the SEVA Thrift Society; now a Board member and manager. My work at Nanak Foods gives me a platform to support and be involved with causes like the SEVA society. I also thrive on supporting art and cultural organizations which are close to my heart.

What project are you working on right now?

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I am about to release a memoir about my journey to motherhood. The book should be out by late spring and is called Love at First Sight: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption. My journey to motherhood was an intense spiritual journey. I wish to tell the world that adopting a child is one of the most rewarding, self-satisfying life experiences a person could have. It’s a commitment to unconditional love both ways. And while the word ‘adoption’ is in the title of the memoir, it’s only to give awareness. As a matter of fact, it’s a word we never use at home.

What or who inspires you to do better each day? My mother was my biggest inspiration in my life. She was hardworking and very giving. She set the tone for my sisters and I to become the woman we are today. The women that I work with at Seva Society also inspire me each and every day. Also, VISAFF (Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival) runs with a Board of all women and I get inspiration from the young minds involved in that organization.

What is your success mantra? DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & PHILANTHROPY 

Success mantra for me is to be a good listener. Understanding people and their backgrounds can be intriguing and provide you with personal knowledge. I love to get to know people at a personal level.

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What does being a woman mean to you? To me, womanhood is not as much an idea as it is an attitude. It’s knowing you deserve a seat at the table just as much as anyone else, and knowing that you are born equal.

What has been your biggest achievement, personally and professionally, as a woman? I never separate my achievements based on gender — my achievements are achievements full stop. On a personal level, there are a lot of sacrifices I had to make in order to achieve my goals — it often meant working and volunteering six or seven days a week just to get my foot in the door. I had to be disciplined from a young age and I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been able to maintain strong relationships with my family and friends while trying to get to where I am today. Becoming the co-host of CBC Vancouver News at 6pm has been a massive feat for me and I’m thankful to be able to do a job I’m so passionate about. After getting that job I also landed the role as a reporter for The National on Sundays – this is something I’ve wanted for a long time.  

ANITA BATHE CO-HOST OF CBC VANCOUVER NEWS AT 6 & NATIONAL REPORTER

The achievements I’m most proud of are related to stories that have made a difference in someone’s life. One that sticks out for me was my reporting of a gay man living in Afghanistan who was facing death by his own family. I remember talking to him secretly for several weeks while he was on the run and his situation was terrifying. Most of the time I didn’t know when or if he’d be able to reach out to me but eventually I was able to tell his story and that helped to expedite his refugee claim to Canada. Now, he has a whole new life living in B.C., he is safe and I’m so happy about that.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? Don’t say no to opportunities that are offered to you, and always ask for opportunities yourself. I haven’t achieved success by putting my head down and waiting. I got to where I am because I kept pushing myself and asking my bosses to give me more responsibility. It’s also important to make relationships wherever you go because relationships, no matter what industry you’re in, will help you get to the next level — they are vital. Be genuine to everyone around you, including the people you are competing against. In the end, their failure doesn’t mean your success and vice versa. Finally, work hard because if you don’t there’s always someone else right behind you who is willing to.

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What does being a woman mean to you? Being a female is having the power of empathy and co-operation.

What has been your biggest achievement, personally and professionally, as a woman? I have a few awards, and I have been on a few ‘achiever’ lists over the years. But as they say, yesterday’s home run doesn’t win today’s game. I am more interested in the future than the past.

Did you ever face a challenge simply because you were a woman? I work at the intersection of technology and finance. Being underestimated is a constant experience. Only way to change minds is being very good at what you do.

What project are you working on right now?

MANINDER DHALIWAL PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER OF LIONS GATE INTERNATIONAL

I am the founding chair of TiE Angels Vancouver. Part of the not-for-profit Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), it is an investor forum that leverages TiE’s global network of over 60 global chapters, several TiE Angel groups including TiE Angels Silicon Valley and TiE Angels India, plus an international consortium of TiE-affiliated seed funds. TiE Angels brings together promising early stage companies and exposes them to angel investors, serial entrepreneurs, high tech executives, and other professional investors. I am very proud to volunteer my time and expertise towards this invaluable resource for technology entrepreneurs and investors of BC and Canada, leading to building successful next generation tech companies and contributing to the Canadian economy.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? Have big dreams; you will grow into them. Sometimes the best experience is the one you’re wholly unqualified for. Never limit yourself by someone else’s limited imagination.

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What does being a woman mean to you? Being a woman means that I am strong, worthy and capable, but it also means that I have to work hard to prove that. When I think of the word ‘woman’ I think of people who are courageous and independent, and wouldn’t let anything get in the way of their dreams. My definition of woman includes transgender, two spirit and intersex women.

What has been your biggest achievement, personally and professionally, as a woman? I believe my biggest achievement so far has been my contribution to promote menstrual equity. I founded an organization called PERIOD at University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2016, a local chapter of PERIOD INC. and we started out with providing a handful of period products to homeless shelters. ‘Menstrual Equity’ was still a new concept, and it was challenging to garner support for this cause. I met some dedicated and passionate people who helped me multiply our impact, as well grow as a leader. Since then, we have been supporting several food banks, shelters, organizing pop-up shops in the Downtown Eastside and have provided 20,000+ free period products. We organized the first conference on menstrual equity in Canada, bringing together hundreds of people to discuss period poverty.

Tell me about a milestone that defines your journey.

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KHAN FOUNDER OF PERIOD. AT UBC

I am the first woman in my family to travel halfway across the world and pursue a bachelor’s degree. I grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and decided to move to Vancouver in September 2015. I was 18 years old, and I didn’t realize the gravity of my decision until I had reached Vancouver. Leaving the comfort of my home and moving to a new country has been the bravest, and the biggest achievement of my life so far. It has taught me to constantly push my boundaries, no matter how uncomfortable and scary it is.

What project are you working on right now? We are currently working with the student union at UBC to provide free period products in all the bathrooms. We will be launching a pilot project and place some period products in some of the buildings at UBC. Our goal is to be able to take successful policy action, that would allow the university to provide free period products on campus.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? Be brave enough to push boundaries. Surround yourself with people who uplift you and support you in achieving those dreams. Make a plan to achieve that dream, and set realistic goals.

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What does being a woman mean to you? To me being a woman means a few different things. As South Asian women, we continue to face the incorrect assumptions that there are certain things we can and can’t do, whether that is in our personal lives or professional lives — and this overarching idea that women can only be in acceptable professions and have to get married and have children, and there is a set kind of pathway that we have to follow. So for me, being a woman is really defined by actually the limitations and assumptions that are put on womanhood, much more so than any universal experience of being a woman. For me being a woman is really a construct and an idea that is put on us by society and history more so than any reality.

What has been your biggest achievement professionally? To be able to really define womanhood as entirely outside of the box, particularly for a Punjabi woman. I have pursued a very unconventional career; I am an activist, which is something very few people in our community do, even less for women to do. I’m also trained as a lawyer and I have worked in the Downtown Eastside and with communities that are very marginalized, which is also often frowned upon. My biggest achievements have been to really not feel boxed in by what I am told I should or shouldn’t do, and I have tried to be true to what I think, what I should be doing and most importantly what it means to be in alliance with other women. For me, it’s not about me as a woman; I am interested in contributing to how I can make all women have a better life. So my biggest achievement is to refuse an individualistic narrative; it’s not about me as a woman, it’s about how we can lift each other up.

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WALIA ACTIVIST, AUTHOR & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION

Tell me about a milestone that defines your journey. One milestone is that I am the Executive Director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, which is the oldest human rights and civil liberties organization in the country. It is the foremost legal organization that is working on these issues, and I am the first woman, first Punjabi woman, and first ethnic minority to hold that position. In terms of that, it is a milestone for what it means for other women in our community to think about the possibilities of that role.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? I think for young girls interested in advancing social change, whatever that looks like for you, you will be told that it is a challenge and it is, but if we don’t do anything, nothing will change. But if we try changing, there is a big chance that together we can change things, whatever feels unequal or unjust in our worlds. I would say don’t listen to people who say that the world will not change because it has. And if people like you are committed to changing it, then it will change. If you care about issues that have to do with social justice, human rights and equality for all people, then absolutely pursue that path and there is room and place for you.

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What does being a woman mean to you? Being a woman today means using your voice to empower others to create positive change. I define the word as being an intersectional feminist. Let me elaborate… We need to be more inclusive — engaging with women who are often forgotten and excluded, that may not have a voice or platform, in order to empower them to speak for themselves. We need to recognize the ongoing issues faced by women, such as exclusion of indigenous women’s’ voices, gender-based violence, the fight for equal pay, and the lack of women (especially minority women) in leadership roles. Recognizing that racial justice, environmental justice, worker’s rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQIA+ rights are women’s issues as well; because every issue is a women’s issue. With the many challenges to women’s rights and equality that still exist — we also need to acknowledge the differences among women themselves, as we are not a homogeneous group.

Did you ever face a challenge simply because you were a woman? Being a woman of colour, I have faced challenges frequently in my life, whether it be small daily micro-aggressions or more overt bigger challenges. I think staying grounded, using my voice when needed to speak up for myself and others (if needed), and having faith that things will work out in the end, have kept me on track. At times, I have ignored well-intentioned (almost cautionary) advice that didn’t align with what I have envisioned, simply because I am a woman. I think listening to opinions and ideas is important, but trusting your instincts and smashing stereotypes is also needed.

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JESSIE KAUR

LEHAIL STORYTELLER & FOUNDER OF KAUR PROJECT

I am currently working on Kaur Project 2.0. In March 2019, signature experiential programming was launched that includes moderated panel and food-focused conversations. I was profoundly inspired by the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak and the Mool Mantar which encapsulates the meaning of the Guru Granth Sahib in nine attributes. This has lead to developing some Kaur Project programming that reflects these nine attributes. Since November 2019, numerous collaborators have joined the project to create healing, self-discovery, and inward blooming workshops and meditation tools. This shift has enabled more Kaurs and non-Kaurs to collaborate with the project and further inspires the community of Kaurs to fight in solidarity for the right to love oneself and inwardly reflect in a world that teaches you to disappear and delve deeper in how we show up in the world.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? Take time to think about what really matters to you. Review your lived experiences, and then seek opportunities that align or make you grow from those experiences. Work hard and be your whole self. Be kind, do good, and keep learning.

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COVER STORY woman of South Asian roots I am able to pursue and manage two careers; Kathak dancer and engineer. Pursuing Kathak dance was heavily influenced by my mother’s initiatives and becoming a professional engineer was heavily influenced by my father’s initiatives. Managing the two careers of dance/music and engineering has its own challenges but thanks to my ability of self-reflection I have been able to progress in both of these two seemingly opposing careers. I strive to address situations with an un-biased approach, and improve on my own unconscious biases and the biases of others when possible.

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Growing up in a gender fair household played a significant role in my life. As a first generation Canadian to parents that immigrated from India over 50 years ago, I am thankful to have been raised trilingual (English, French and Hindi), with a strong connection to my Indian roots through language, food, Indian classical music and dance. In my late 20’s I took a significant decision that helped shape my path to where I am now. Having met my now husband, Cassius Khan, has been a milestone in supporting my musical and dance abilities in more ways that I can name. Thanks to his influence, I have become a stronger person and have found my voice in some difficult situations, something that comes more naturally to him than it does to me. Together, starting the Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Dance and Music in 2012 is a definite milestone musically and in terms of a new level of collaboration with my husband.

What projects are you working on in 2020? On May 24, I’ll be presenting Kathak at Massey Theatre’s Global Tea room with Cassius Khan. We’re also working towards the production of the 9th Annual Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance on September 26 at the Massey Theatre.

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What or who inspires you to do better each day? Each day brings its own challenges and I keep thinking “One thing at a time” and “Progress not Perfection” to avoid being overwhelmed.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? My advice would be to tackle one thing at a time, stay humble and be a good human being, and always be open to learning something new. I recall a saying “Don’t compare your inside with anyone else’s outside,” which is even more significant in the world of social media. Everyone has been dealt a different set of cards in life, so play your best and be thankful for what you have been given.

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COVER STORY I would advice women to wish to follow a path of success to be their authentic self. Always look inside and get to know yourself and like who you are and make things right with those around you that matter to you. Leave negative people and thoughts behind if you can – this takes work but it can be done.‟

Tell me about a milestone that defines your journey.

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What does being a woman mean to you? How do you define the word? Being a woman is the greatest gift that the universe has bestowed on me. Not only have I been blessed to have had the most inspiring women in my life as mentors, guides, sisters, daughters and friends, my mother modeled the most beautiful qualities of a human that I could hope to be. The word is imbued with symbolism of selflessness, sacrifice, love, tenderness, ambition, vision-making, caring, strength of character, intellect, honesty, positivity, uncompromising integrity, humorous against all odds and an open heart. A woman is fortunate to be a gender that nurtures life and through that act she is reborn as well.

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The milestone that defines me and my journey has been my migration to BC, Canada, at 18 years old from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. From the first moments of landing at Vancouver to my life today, I thank my parents for taking this giant leap of faith to move from one end of the earth to another with such grit and determination to make a life for their children. My life journey has been fraught with many challenges, successes and much joy and I have learned along the way what it means to be a Canadian in all its manifestations, warts and all. I want to contribute to society in ways that leave a lasting impact and legacy for future generations in small and big ways. I am inspired by Nelson Mandela who did not let the confines of a prison stop his mind from soaring to the possibilities of a great life that he was then fortunate enough to see and take part in. In a small way, I have learned to give back to my adopted country hopefully in ways that make a difference, and when I look back, the road has been long but it has been filled with turns and ups and downs that have been exhilarating and fulfilling.

Did you ever face a challenge simply because you were a woman? I grew up in a liberal household and in no way did I feel my gender limited my life, my imagination or my chances to succeed. I have overcome society’s ideas of itself by running against the grain and always finding a rub that made the chafing worthwhile. I have not used a heavy stick in my efforts to affect change but I have been strong and steadfast in my feminist ideals and have sought out opportunities to make a unique difference in the world. I do not walk alone, many


women walk alongside me, both that are physically on this earth and those that are in the universe around me — my mother continues to guide me in my mind and my actions. Her convictions as a late life feminist guided me in my youth and although she may not have always known it, her mind illuminated mine.

What project are you working on right now? I am working on a book that inspires other women to be the best they can be through our life long learnings that guide our everyday actions. I want to write about leaving no stone left unturned, thinking of no opportunity too small to ignore, finding no rainbow not worth marvelling at, felling no downpour that does not cleanse the soul and finding that no forgiveness small enough to make a difference. It speaks to us as individuals but in the end it speaks to us collectively so that our energy then creates a groundswell of positive flow that we can all be taken into and find the courage to face our everyday frailties.

What or who inspires you to do better each day? What is your success mantra? My family inspires me to do better each day, to look at every day as an opportunity to make things right or to make things better. My success mantra is: always be open to new ideas.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? I would advice women to wish to follow a path of success to be their authentic self. Always look inside and get to know yourself and like who you are and make things right with those around you that matter to you. Leave negative people and thoughts behind if you can — this takes work but it can be done. It takes work to be the best you can be, be not afraid of what the future holds, you are the maker of your own destiny and big or small, you matter to the world. Make your life such that your smiles attract the world and your positive outlook on life makes it what you want it to be.

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What does being a woman mean to you?

It’s an exciting time to be a woman right now, new paths are being forged in the world of politics and policy, science and sport — Christine Sinclair just became the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer, we have women coaching in the NHL and NFL — and not just ticking a box, they are excellent in their line of work! Pursuing your passion in any field feels as possible as ever — be good at what you do and the limits seem endless.

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cruciate ligament, one week prior to starting the season for the University of British Columbia (UBC) — after having surgery, I re-tore the ligament again. Although I would eventually recover and continue my soccer career, this was an incredibly important chapter in my life. I was introduced to Physical Therapy, a profession I would later pursue. As a person, I learned about gratitude. I was grateful for sport and health in a way that I hadn’t appreciated before. I began to enjoy big and small wins — if we had lost a soccer game, I had a new perspective that being able to compete at all was a privilege. I had a new appreciation for the strength of others who had faced some kind of adversity in their life, a compassion I hadn’t felt before — all aspects that I hope shape the way I practice as a Physiotherapist. TM

What project are you working on right now? I am hoping 2020 is an exciting year. I should be finishing my Masters in Physical Therapy and graduating from UBC. I plan on continuing to pursue a career in coaching high performance soccer as well through the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and BC Soccer.

What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path? My advice to others would be to be better than you need to be at your trade, be excellent at what you are doing, be willing to be the least knowledgeable person in the room, and go out of your way to help others. Work hard, be nice — you’ll be surprised how often paths do cross again, and ask for what you want — some doors need to be knocked more than once. Have a dream, work backwards from it — ask yourself what kind of experience that person in that dream job would need and then work towards becoming that candidate. Most importantly, always make time for friends and family — I’m starting to think having fun might just be the gasoline that fuels it all.

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I think it’s easy to pull the female card and decide you aren’t getting an opportunity because of your gender. I think it’s important to ask myself if I was good enough at the task at hand to receive the opportunity — sometimes I have been – but sometimes, I probably had doors opened because I was female, I am not naive to that. Sometimes the most qualified man doesn’t get the job either. I’m learning that it’s more important to focus on what you do with the opportunity than how you got it. I’m often asked if coaching boys is more challenging for me than coaching girls — it’s the same sport, and players want their coaches to treat them well, and offer knowledge that will help them improve – a good coach, male or female, can do that. I think these challenges are overcome by being even better than you need to be at whatever you’re facing.


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water shortages. Water scarcity already affects every continent. Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. All across the world, there are many people who have to spend their entire day searching for water, and in many cases, this water isn’t even sanitary. Water sanitation is a problem for 2.4 billion people in the world. These individuals are exposed to many different diseases and water-borne illnesses every single day. Every year more than 3.4 million people die due to water-related diseases, making it the leading cause of disease and death

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GET A LOW FLUSH OR DUAL FLUSH TOILET around the world. The human population has been harnessing many of the world’s natural waterways for years by building dams, water wells, having vast irrigation systems and other structures so that civilizations can grow and thrive. However, these water systems are being harmed more and more every single day. The world’s population is continuously growing and so is the demand for freshwater, but we’ve only got a limited supply. As far as water wastage goes, we waste it on a daily basis. An average person uses more than 300 litres of water per day. However, this can be changed. Here are a few tips on what you can do as an individual to help conserve Earth’s freshwater supply.

Modern dual-flush systems save a lot of water, using just four to six litres per flush; much less than 13 litres for each old-style single flush.

GARDEN AT CERTAIN TIMES Water outdoor plants early in the morning or at the end of the day to stop water from immediately evaporating due to temperatures being high during the day.

STORE RAINWATER Storing rainwater is an effective way of conserving water. You can place a large container under the roof gutter of your house, and catch rain water in it. This water can be used for garden irrigation, as it saves money and is also much healthier for plants. Without action, the challenges will only increase. It is very important for industrialized nations to realize the global demand for freshwater and therefore try their best to conserve the current water supply. The world has experienced wars over power and land, let’s try our best today to not make tomorrow’s over water.

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The practice of travelling to another country for the sole purpose of giving birth is growing. About 2 per cent of all births in BC are by non-residents.

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rowing faster than the overall population of Canada and even the rate of immigration, is a phenomenon called birth tourism, the practice of travelling to another country for the sole purpose of giving birth. As the baby automatically gets citizenship of that country, becoming the “anchor baby,” parents’ immigration to the country becomes much easier. As birth tourism continues to rise, about 2 per cent of all births in BC are by non-residents. Taking a closer look at Richmond Hospital alone, 22.1 per cent of all babies born during the last fiscal year

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were delivered by nonresidents of BC. Majority of such birth occurrences are taking place in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. Diving into the reasons behind why this practice is on the rise, the fundamental driver is that of opportunity. In an interview with CBC, Cathy Shi of Shandong, China, shares why she chose to travel to Canada to give birth to her child, “My concern is about their education, such as going to university. If the kid wants to live in Canada, it would be convenient for them if they’re born here.” Keep in mind that Canadian citizens have to pay much lower tuition rates for post-secondary education, compared to international students.

In fact, there are online advertisements especially targeted towards Chinese mothers from China, indicating the benefits of giving birth in Canada. These advertisements clearly outline the advantages of Canada over countries like the US, where visas might not be granted as easily. Furthermore, specifications such as the child being able to sponsor the parents into the country after the age of 18, are depicted. From a legal lens, any child born in Canada is entitled to Canadian citizenship. However, Richmond’s Mayor Malcolm

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Brodie, shares, “People are abusing the system and we will pay a price right now with our medical system.” With no regulatory mandate in place, neither the Canada Border Services Agency nor Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada tracks the entry of pregnant nonresidents into the country as per Canadian policy. Even at the hospital level, the mother’s nationality is not a required perquisite or question when granting a birth certificate. An issue also arises surrounding the need to evaluate the strain on the health care system on a federal level. Hospital wait times are a common problem nationally, and birth tourism makes it no easier. Nurses report that, due to the influx of patients from other countries, many pregnant women that live in the country are unable to get the services that they need. Both fetal and maternal tests and check-ups must be cancelled and delayed as there is not enough staff available to cover the number of patients. From a business perspective, women needing delivery services from another country are rarely sent home as the transaction is a private one, bringing monetary gain to the hospital. Moreover, as private bills can sometimes

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In the Case of children born to people who are on student permit, work permit or are permanent residents, the number of Canadians supporting birth right citizenship are as below:

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accumulate to a large amount depending on the mother’s or baby’s condition, there is reason to believe that these bills sometimes go unpaid and there is debt owed. As per Christine Sorensen, president of the BC Nurses’ Union, the lack of funding and staff, coupled with the addition of more patients, is causing a system-wide strain. The system is simply not built to serve people that are not from the country of Canada. Even while planning budget at hospitals, birth tourism is not necessarily taken into account. Taking a look at the global arena, countries like Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, Germany and South Africa have already made changes to their citizenship laws so that birth tourism can be discouraged. More recently, the Trump administration


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As per Christine Sorensen, president of the BC Nurses’ Union, the lack of funding and staff, coupled with the addition of more patients, is causing a system-wide strain. in the US made it possible for its customs officers to exercise more power to keep pregnant women from entering the country for birth-giving purposes. When looking at the next possible best option, Canada tops the list. Given that doctors are unable to turn people away that are in need of care, including labor pain, the problem is more prevalent now than ever before. In a letter to the editor, Richmond resident, Jack Travato, shines an interesting perspective, “We have all experienced the utter frustration of waiting in line for our favorite amusement park ride when a group cuts in front of us, thereby making our wait even longer.” Similarly, the Canadian tax-payer is having to bear the burden of the expenses of birth tourism. According to the Angus Reid Institute poll conducted in March 2019, more than 60 per cent of Canadians are in favour of strengthening laws that discourage birth tourism. Taking a look at this number with more granularity, those over the age of 55 thought of birth tourism as a much more serious problem for Canada than those under the age of 35. Of course, the argument for the possibility of temporary residents eventually contributing to the country’s social and economic wealth still stands. However, the financial and systematic strain being brought to Canada cannot be overlooked. When it comes to birth tourism, more research needs to be conducted on the issue and greater transparency must be practiced on all levels from the hospital room to the federal files that create legislative action.

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mra Omar won CNN Hero of the Year award in 2016 for her NGO that delivers lifesaving medical services to people residing in some of the most isolated and dangerous corners of Kenya. In 2016, Omar ventured out on a journey to create Safari Doctors, a community-based organization that continues to transform the lives of those that do not have access to medical services and basic life-saving resources. When Omar set out on her mission, she had to leave her one-year-old son in the care of her parents, while the activist and her team of doctors and nurses set off to open clinics across villages. The organization is based in Lamu, Kenya, with a mission to “provide innovative, community-driven healthcare solutions that promote well-being for marginalized communities,” according to Safari Doctors’ website. The team specifically serves indigenous Aweer and Bajuni communities that live within the archipelago and on the mainland near the border with Somalia. Each month, Omar and her team

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Each month, Omar and her team of medical professionals get on a boat with medicines and deliver medical services to people in approximately 15 villages, translating into roughly 1,000 patients per month. TM

of medical professionals get on a boat with medicines and deliver medical services to people in approximately 15 villages, translating into roughly 1,000 patients per month. Together, the team works towards a variety of medical needs and requirements of the community, for example, child immunizations, communicable diseases, chronic conditions, pregnant women and mothers, and family planning. The team also has a youth Health Ambassadors program where it engages young men and women to participate in health education and educate others within the community so they can help facilitate the work of Safari Doctors. The organization also has a wing, Safari Vets, that specifically caters to the well being and care of animals. It provides care for hundreds of animals while educating the community on healthy lifestyle practices. Due to her work within the community, Omar was awarded the 2017 United Nations Person of the Year award. According to the UN website, “Her recognition is as a result of her tireless efforts in delivering primary healthcare to over a dozen marginalized communities in her home County of Lamu.” The award recognizes Omar for her continuous work in helping Kenya achieve its sustainable development goals. Through her work, Omar is highlighting the most neglected members of the community that are often left without basic life supplies, leading to serious medical conditions. Omar pursued her graduate studies in Washington, D.C., and returned to Lamu to address the dire medical conditions that her community members had been living in. In an interview with Hélène Stelian, Omar mentions, “Safari Doctors began with just a simple idea of wanting to make a difference in people’s wellbeing. All I had to do was raise four hundred dollars a month to pay for a nurse through the government and fuel a motorbike for him to go around different villages delivering primary healthcare.


DARPAN SALUTES Consistency, persistence, and dedication are what water this seed of purpose into a tree and before you know it you are part of a forest of change.” Omar and her crew travel through multiple means – boat, road and air to extend medical care to individuals and families living in the remotest and insecure regions. As a woman, her work is not easy but she continues to pay her visits, widen the scope of the programs and raises awareness on healthcare amongst members of the community. In an interview with Forbes, Omar describes the strong support from her family as the driving force behind the resilient pursue of her mission. She tells Forbes, “We come from a family of progressive men that have nurtured very strong

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1. Open access to all areas regardless in the Metro Vancouver area, 2. Driver classification that does not meet the standards of the Employment Standards Act, and 3. Due process for drivers to protect them from indiscriminate termination By allowing the Transportation Network Services (TNS), or in other words companies such as Uber and Lyft, additional leeway in their operations in Metro Vancouver, the taxi industry is left at a disadvantage in competing with the TNS.” Further, the public safety measures taken by these companies are not at par with the long list of requirements needed to operate a taxi, which is alarming considering that the public may not receive the same level of safe service they seek. The taxi industry does acknowledge the desire of a progressive population to seek out new alternatives to transportation, but also notes that BC does not have a fair, regulated system for the sudden addition of ride-hailing business ventures, putting the current industry at a competitive disadvantage. Kang notes that “there is a lack of a cap on the number of ride-hailing vehicles and low rates that can be set by ride-hailing companies.” The lack of policies governing this will prove to have detrimental effects for taxi business, and thus a petition and


legal action is being taken to protect the taxi industry. Uber and Lyft have an alternative view of the situation, however, and note that they are not completely new to the business. Their over seven-year existence has made them well-known even in areas where they did not yet provide service, so Uber claims that “taxi companies had ample time to adapt their service model to be more competitive.” These companies are willing to co-exist, but do not believe it is fair for them to take the blame for running a different, competitive business model that Metro Vancouver customers need in times where the taxi industry falls short of providing adequate transportation services.

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Surrey Hospital Foundation’s Celebration of Care Gala On February 22, 2020, 680 local business, community, medical, and philanthropic leaders attended the Surrey Hospital Foundation’s 5th annual Celebration of Care Gala at Aria Banquet Centre in Surrey. $1,352,000 was raised for innovative equipment purchases for the region’s largest and busiest surgical centre at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

LMHF’s Giving Hearts Gala Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation’s (LMHF) second annual Giving Hearts fundraising gala raised $150,000 with the support of a generous South Asian community. Funds support equipment at Langley Memorial Hospital (LMH). Proceeds will help purchase new specialized wheelchairs and other mobility-enabling equipment urgently needed for use throughout LMH and long-term care residences. Photos: Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation

Ikko-Mikke premiere in Surrey Shivratri Celebrations at Lakshmi Narayan Mandir The Board of Directors and Council Members of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society of BC organized Shivratri Celebrations 2020 with all the Indo Canadian Community living in BC.

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Ikko-Mikke film premiere was held at Strawberry Hill Cinemas in Surrey. Lead actor and Sufi King Satinder Sartaaj himself graced the occasion and answered questions from the audience and media. Ikko-Mikke also stars Aditi Sharma and releases on March 13, 2020, in cinemas around the world. Photos: Mahi Photo Studio


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International Mother Language Day Celebration by PLEA Celebration of Republic Day of India 2020 The Consulate General of India, Vancouver, celebrated the 71st Republic Day of India on January 26, 2020, at the Vancouver Consulate with a Flag Hoisting Ceremony in the morning, and a Republic Day Reception at Fraserview Hall in the evening.

Punjabi Language Education Association (PLEA) had a very successful International Mother Language Day Celebration (IMLD) on February 23, 2020. The event was held in partnership with KPU and Deepak Binning Foundation.  The main focus of this year’s IMLD was to encourage students of all age groups from elementary to post-secondary levels to share their stories, poems and songs with the audience.

Vishwa Hindi Divas The Consulate General of India in Vancouver in partnership with eight different organizations celebrated the Vishwa Hindi Diwas (World Hindi Day). A colourful kaleidoscope of Hindi songs, Hindi poetry, Hindustani classical music, and Hindi book launch was presented by children and adults as part of the World Hindi Day celebration.

Presentation of Books to Vancouver Public Library As part of a yearlong celebration of 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, Consul General of India in Vancouver, Abhilasha Joshi, presented to the Vancouver Public Library a gift of books on Sikhism and Sikh Heritage on January 31, 2020.

PICS Mega Job Fair Industry Training Authority (ITA) partnered with Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society for PICS Mega Job Fair Vancouver 2020 and to raise awareness about great trades careers and answer questions by the attendees.

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Regardless of the tech you carry, make sure it’s screen is protected with a first line of defense — such as a strong and unique password, passphrase, PIN code, or one of the available methods of biometric authentication such as fingerprint scanning or facial recognition. By extension, set up the device to auto-lock its screen after being idle for as short a period as you can tolerate.

Don’t let cyber criminals spoil your trip. Limit Online Banking on The Road

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Back up Data Before You Go Back up your data before you leave your home and store the back up in a safe place. Think about moving sensitive data from your laptop hard drive to an encrypted external storage while you are on vacation.

Stay Current Make sure that your laptop and your mobile devices are running on fully updated operating systems, have the latest software installed and make sure they are protected by a reputable security solution before you hit the road.

Travel Lightly Take only the bare digital essentials with you that you cannot possibly do without. Taking a minimalist approach means you not only have fewer devices to lose but, even more importantly, you’re giving ne’er-do-wells fewer opportunities to compromise your digital assets and personal information.

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If it’s not necessary, avoid online banking and shopping when you’re using public Wi-Fi. If you must bank or shop, it is far safer to use your data plan and create your own hotspot than to use public Wi-Fi.

Secure Wi-Fi Is the Way to Go Do not use Wi-Fi connections that are not encrypted with WPA2. Anything with lower standards is simply not safe enough and can be compromised relatively easy. Disconnect from the Wi-Fi if you’re not using the connection.


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we enter the next decade, everything electronic is at the forefront of society like never before. Vehicles, homes and even our pockets are now full of various gadgets helping to make our everyday life more productive and convenient. Prior to hitting stores, much of popular consumer tech is debuted at the annual Consumers Electronic Show (CES), which wrapped up at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in early January. In excess of 4,400 exhibitors set up shop in 2020, and Darpan has highlighted five of them and their offerings to watch out for.

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Tile, the brand behind smart products helping people find misplaced items, was an official honouree of the CES 2020 Innovation Award for its robust and versatile Sticker tracker. Not only is the Sticker the smallest finder to date, it’s waterproof and 3M adhesive-backed so you can slap it on pretty much any item you don’t want to lose: remote controls, power tools, cameras, the list goes on. As opposed to the earlier group of trackers, the single-use battery lasts three times longer for a service life of three years. To locate, simply load up the proprietary app to bring up a map, or activate the ring function, following the initial Bluetooth pairing.

Dashboard camera specialist myGEKOgear for the first time showcased its complete lineup at the event encompassing updated favourite existing models, as well as next-generation devices that will incorporate functionality like the aforementioned Alexa assistant. One cutting edge dashcam deserving mention is the Orbit 950. In addition to full front and rear 1080p wide-angle recording, low-light capability and GPS logging, the 950 has built-in driver assistance features. These include a lane departure warning system (alerts drivers drifting out of their lane at speeds greater than 40 km/h) and front collision warning (alerts drivers if they get too close to a vehicle in front). Rather than having to remove the supplied 16 GB microSD card to review footage, send videos straight to a phone or tablet over Wi-Fi and the companion myGEKOgear app.

BeBop Sensors Consumer grade virtual reality (VR) has already been out for a good while, although the element of touch remained elusive. Until now. At CES, BeBop sensors unveiled the Forte Data Glove, providing wearers haptic feedback in the VR world. Compatible with a long list of contemporary hardware — Oculus Quest, Oculus Link, Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive Cosmos, and many others — the Forte is perfect for training applications or gaming. Donning the one-size-fits-all glove allows people to have a more tangible and realistic experience in the virtual world, for instance when opening a door, or pressing a button. The glove features 10 smart fabric sensors embedded above each knuckle, and six actuators on the four fingertips, thumb and palm. Connection is established over Bluetooth or Micro USB, the latter once plugged in also providing a full-day charge in two hours.

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Resideo A recent spin-off of Honeywell, best known for thermostats and fans, Resideo’s domain is heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls. Indeed, at CES, Resideo received an award for its upcoming M5 Series, an intelligent home management system capable of monitoring air quality, water leaks, energy management and security. Affordable and compact, it detects water and extreme temperatures that can cause unwanted freezing or humidity, potentially causing expensive damage. Simply place the 78-millimetre box near a sink, washer, sump pump or somewhere similar. Once the sensors at the base of the unit and throughout the included cable are triggered, a 100-decibel alarm will be sounded and a message sent to a user’s mobile device.

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about the future impacts of listening to music on high volumes. Given that music and popular culture is such an important and dominant part of our lives, it is hard to evaluate what we are doing to our body in the immediate future. Many of us take our sense of hearing

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for granted and are not inclined to notice small changes as any detrimental impact to hearing does not happen overnight, but is rather a gradual process. From a more scientific and technical lens, the inner structure of the ear is described as snaillike. In mammals, there are tiny auditory hair cells that are responsible for picking up sound vibrations and transmitting them electronically to the brain. Now, put into perspective the idea of listening to sound at a high level for prolonged periods of time, which causes these hairs to be destroyed. In this scenario, the damage is permanent as the hairs do not grow back; these hairs are unable to regenerate. We are unaware of the damage until little sounds — such as shutting door and walking feet — start to disappear. Sound is measured in units called decibels. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other


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According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, there is low likelihood that sounds at or below 70 A-weighted decibels (dBA) will lead to loss of hearing.

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Communication Disorders, there is low likelihood that sounds at or below 70 A-weighted decibels (dBA) will lead to loss of hearing. However, above 85 dBA, sounds can contribute or result in hearing loss with long or repetitive exposure. Of course, the idea is not to create a scare around using headphones. However, problems like hearing loss from headphones are entirely preventable. It is essential that we proactively take preventative measures to practice healthy habits when it comes to listening to our music.

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t’s that time of year where we start planning our work and family trips abroad. For most, bringing tech during holiday trips is an absolute necessity. If you’re heading on a work trip, family vacation, or even a backcountry getaway, let’s look at some of the best travel gadgets for 2020.

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Here’s what you need if you’re heading on a work trip, family vacation, or even a backcountry getaway.

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Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Headphones Any frequent traveller needs a good pair of noisecancelling headphones, especially for long flights. The Jabra Elite 85h are over-the-ear wireless headphones that provide 36 hours of battery life on a single charge. Smart active noise cancellation turns on when it detects unwanted background noise, and it features one-touch access to voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. These headphones are also perfect for taking calls on-the-go. Advance call technology uses six microphones to enhance call quality by blocking out wind noises and background distractions.

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If you want the ‘Tesla’ of carry-on luggage, the Travelmate S is for you. It’s a fully autonomous suitcase and robot that moves vertically and horizontally when autonomous. As you are walking through an airport, the Travelmate S will follow you and dynamically optimize its movements to your walking speed. With a max speed of 6.75 mph, it can also run with you in the airport as you’re trying to catch your flight. A built-in scale accurately measures the weight of your suitcase’s contents so you’ll never overpack again. A built-in battery can charge smartphones and tablets with USB ports, and it includes a standard electrical outlet for charging laptops. Best of all, you’ll never lose the Travelmate S because it has built-in GPS chip.


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Yeti 200X Portable Power Station For hardcore travellers like campers, backcountry hikers, and climbers — solar chargers that work off the grid can be a life saving accessory. The Yeti 200X is a portable power station with three charging methods. It can be plugged into a wall or a vehicle’s 12V outlet and charges fully in four hours. Off the grid, the Yeti 200X can be charged by the sun through portable solar panels in about 11 hours. With a 186 watt-hour battery, the Yeti 200X is compact and highly portable. It has enough battery power to charge a smartphone 20 times and a tablet five times. With a variety of ports and standard outlets, you’ll be able to keep all your electronic devices charged when you’re in remote locations.

MiLi Charging Station III Whether you’re staying in a hotel or AirBnb, you’ll want to setup a charging station for your devices every night. The MiLi Charging Station III is a six-port charger for smartphones, tablets and new Macbooks. With a single outlet, you can simultaneously charge six devices with four USB ports and two USB Type-C ports. The ergonomic design makes it comfortable to use at home and while travelling. The MiLi Charging Station III uses the universal input voltage of AC1000-240V and complies with the charging standard of most countries world-wide. With quick charge, travellers can charge a new iPhone by up to 50 per cent in 30 minutes.

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LOGiiX World Traveler For those travelling overseas, keeping your devices charged in countries that support different plugs and outlets can be frustrating. The LOGiiX World Traveler is a compact all-in-one travel adapter that supports up to two devices and works in more than 150 countries. Each pin also features a safety release button for safe usage. For people travelling outside of Canada, having a travel adapter ensures all your devices stay charged, no matter what country you’re visiting. Families may want to buy multiple units so everyone can charge their devices at night.

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Ingredients • 1 chopped cucumber • 1½ tbsp red chilli powder

Preparation

• In a bowl, add the chopped cucumber, red chilli powder, mustard powder, a pinch of fenugreek powder, crushed garlic pods, pinch of turmeric, crushed pepper, salt and lemon juice, and mix it well. • In a pan, fry mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chillies, and a pinch of asafoetida. After it cools down, add it to the pickle. The pickle is now ready and can be served with rice; it is a tangy accompaniment with other Indian dishes.

• 1 tbsp mustard powder • A pinch of fenugreek (methi) powder • 5 crushed garlic pods • A pinch of turmeric • ½ tsp crushed pepper • Salt as per taste • Juice of 1 lemon • ½ tsp mustard seeds • ½ tsp cumin seeds

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A South Indian-style pomfret fish fry.

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South Indian-style pomfret fish fry; one of the easiest and delicious dishes to make. This recipe involves fish fried using five types of marination.

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Ingredients Flavour 1 • 1 pomfret fish • 1 tbsp chickpea flour • 1 tbsp rice flour • ½ tsp carom seeds (ajwain) • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder • Salt to taste • Oil as required

Flavour 2 • 1 pomfret fish • 1 tbsp corn flour • 1 tbsp white flour (maida) • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste

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• 1 tsp coriander powder • 1 tsp cumin powder • 1 tsp garam masala • 1 tsp red chilli powder • 1 string of curry leaves • Water as required • Salt to taste • Oil as required

Flavour 3 • 1 pomfret fish • 1 tsp dry coconut powder • 2 cloves • ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera) • ½ tsp fennel seeds • 2 Byadgi chillies • ½ tsp pepper • ½ tsp poppy seeds • ½ tsp coriander seeds • Salt to taste

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Flavour 4 • 1 pomfret fish • 2 tbsp white flour (maida) • 2 tbsp corn flour • Salt to taste • Water as required • Oil as required

Flavour 5 • 1 pomfret fish • ¼ cup coriander mint paste • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste • 1 tsp pepper • 1 tsp chilli powder • 1 tsp turmeric powder • 1 tsp sambar powder • Salt to taste • 2 tbsp poppy seeds

Preparation • Firstly clean the pomfret fish. Use a knife to cut slits about an inch apart across the top of the fish. • Type 1: In a bowl mix all the ingredients well. Marinate the fish and deep-fry it in hot oil till it is cooked and crispy, as per desired taste. • Type 2: In a bowl mix all the ingredients well, adding a little water. Coat this mixture onto the fish in hot oil till it is cooked as per desired taste. • Type 3: Grind all the mentioned ingredients into a fine powder and apply it to the fish well. Then, deep-fry the fish in hot oil till it is cooked as per desired taste. • Type 4: Take a bowl, add corn flour, white flour, some salt and mix it well. Now add water and make it into a thick paste. Coat this mixture to the fish and deep-fry it in hot oil till it is cooked as per desired taste. • Type 5: In a bowl mix all the ingredients well. Now apply this paste to the fish and coat it with poppy seeds. Deep-fry it in hot oil till it is cooked as per desired taste.


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COVID-19 BY RAKIM CHATTOPADHYAY

Human body physiology is equipped to tackle any infection proactively provided we are aware of some basic precaution and give priority to our nutritional health.

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total calorie deficiency (marasmus), was the predominant basis of nutrition problems. Then we started emphasizing on energy, with the assumption that if a person consumed enough kilocalories of energy, all nutrient needs would be met. Now we are clearer that malnutrition and nutritional alterations, common complications of human immunodeficiency virus infection, include disorders of food intake, nutrient absorption, and intermediary metabolism, and play a significant and independent role in morbidity and mortality. This simple understanding is the key in any innovative research or pandemic situation like COVID-19, NIPA, and Ebola. Human body physiology is equipped to tackle any infection proactively provided we are aware of some basic precaution and give priority to our nutritional health.

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IMPORTANT TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS: • NCV (COVID-19) is a subtype of coronavirus family. • These viruses are responsible for flu-like respiratory diseases. • Previous coronavirus diseases were SARS and MERS. • They are zoonotic (transmitted from animals).

HOW IT SPREADS: • Droplet (cough) • Fomite (hand to mouth) • Ingestion (food-borne – very rare)

• Every cough and cold is not corona • Mild and moderate disease is curable with supportive care

DIAGNOSIS: • Real-time PCR assay – done on sputum / throat swab / body fluids. • Supportive test – complete blood count, chest X-ray, chest CT scan.

TREATMENT: • No specific treatment, no vaccine available – isolation care, supportive care (fluids) • Good nutrition

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The importance of hygiene cannot be understated. One of the reasons hygiene is an especially hot button topic these days is because of the recent coronavirus epidemic.

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to any severe consequences. Unfortunately, while a lack of he word hygiene originates proper hygiene can certainly from the late 16th century, cause minor diseases such as the from the Latin word hygieina, common cold, it is also capable which roughly translates to of leading to serious medical the art of health. Therefore, conditions like gastroenteritis, hygiene refers to a set of food poisoning and influenza. practices that help maintain In that sense, hygiene is less of health and prevent diseases, a nagging hassle and more of a especially through cleanliness. matter of life and death. Yet surprisingly, these practices If discussed more are not implemented as globally, if accounting for frequently as one might think. people suffering from hygiene This may in part be due to issues out of their control, such the misconception that poor as poor sanitation and unsafe hygiene does not actually lead water, poor hygiene accounts for about 10 per cent of the global burden of diseases. And if the importance of personal hygiene for health reasons isn’t convincing enough, it is also pretty crucial for social reasons. A lack of can warrant an appearance of unprofessionalism and disdain, as well as put others around you in danger, especially in settings such as hospitals. So, what does good hygiene entail? One of the most common practices associated with good hygiene is proper hand washing. A lack of proper hand washing can cause common respiratory illness, such

as the cold, chickenpox, influenza and meningitis. Of course, there are a fair share of doubters about how effective hand washing is in keeping these diseases at bay, but since hand washing has been described by many health workers as the single most important tool in preventing infection, it may be better to be washing rather than not. Shockingly, a number that is often thrown around is that nearly 95 per cent of people do not wash their hands properly. A mistake that is commonly made is not washing A guide to hand washing

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hands long enough. It’s recommended to spend at least 20 seconds, followed by completely drying your hands. Another mistake is skipping soap, and just quickly rinsing with water. Unfortunately, there are oils on skin and the fatty material in some bacteria, meaning that bacteria can cling to skin even under running water, which is why soap is crucial. Finally, sometimes people tend to skip washing altogether in situations where they shouldn’t, such as when having handled garbage, before eating or after a meal. And of course, hand washing is ineffective if you just end up touching germ-filled areas immediately afterwards, such as faucet handles, bathroom counters and door handles. Perhaps one of the reasons hygiene is an especially hot button topic these days is

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A mistake that is commonly made is not washing hands long enough. It’s recommended to spend at least 20 seconds, followed by completely drying your hands. because of the recent coronavirus epidemic. Currently, the risk for Canada has been assessed as low, with eight confirmed cases as of February 16, 2020; three in Ontario and five in British Columbia, but the outbreak has still raised important questions on how someone can protect themselves. It should be no surprise at this point that maintaining one’s hygiene has been one of the recommended defenses. The importance of hygiene cannot be understated. It is one of the most powerful yet easiest forms of protection against countless diseases, many which can be severe and life-threatening. However, it’s also important to keep in mind, that while some practices are beneficial, others are myths. For instance, antibacterial soap, which does less to get rid of bacteria and more to raise the types of drugresistant bacteria. There are many other misconceptions out there as well, and thus, it is vital to not only follow hygienic practices but also be educated in the practices we follow.

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Beyond mental health benefits, there’s a multitude of physical benefits that go along with swimming. Swimming is a low-impact sport, which is ideal if you experience any sort of joint or muscle pain.”

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Ever wonder why water fountains exist in busy public centres? It’s not just about aesthetics. Water acts as a multi-sensory stress reliever that calms your mind and boosts your mood. When I was a university student, I used to take naps in the bleachers next to our pool in between classes, because the calming sound of the water would instantly relax me. Beyond mental health benefits, there’s a multitude of physical benefits that go along with swimming. Swimming is a low-impact sport, which is ideal if you experience any sort of joint or muscle pain. I speak from experience in this area, as I’ve thrown out my back several times since retiring from swimming. The first thing I do when that happens is to lay horizontally in the pool, as it takes the pressure away from those pain points and encourages blood flow TM


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to those areas. Swimming also increases cardiovascular levels, strengthens your muscles, and increases lung capacity, promoting endurance in all physical aspects of life. If you’re looking to make swimming a regular part of your fitness routine, my number one piece of advice is to swim with intention. I often compare getting in the pool without a plan to building Ikea furniture without instructions — you can probably do it, but the outcome might not be what you want. Before you get in the pool, make sure you develop a strategy and routine that you can stick to. Like any sport, you’ll get the best results from swimming when you are constantly working on improving and competing against your personal best. Luckily, there’s now some pretty neat tech (like FORM’s augmented reality swim goggles) that can help you to have a purposeful swim in the pool. At the end of the day, exercise is about finding what works for you. Swimming has excellent holistic health benefits, improving cardiovascular health, lowering stress and increasing endurance and muscle. But no matter what type of workout you choose to do, make sure you do it with commitment and intention.

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ith summer rapidly approaching, now is the time to have your fitness routine in full swing so that you can leave the winter gains in the past and move steadily toward your bathing-suit bod. The tendency for most people, however, is to wait until the last minute. But by the time May rolls around, it’s too late to make any real progress by June. To that end, let’s take a look at a few things you should be doing now if you want to look and feel your best by the time summer is here.

to maintain its current weight. The easiest way to accomplish this is by using a free calorie tracking app like MyFitnessPal, which allows you to enter your weight along with your weight loss (or weight gain, for those who are trying to bulk up) goals, then provides you with your daily calorie limits. From there, it’s a matter of carefully entering everything you eat. And I do mean everything. A missed glob of mayonnaise can mean 100 calories, and these little omissions add up fast.

Track Your Calories Gym attendance tends to climb in the months preceding summer, but the fact is that all your sweat will be for nothing if you’re not consistently eating in a caloric deficit, which means that you’re eating less calories than your body needs

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While “calories in” should be your primary consideration, “calories out” certainly make an impact. That means exercise. Now is the time to be engaged in your fitness routine of choice, whether that involves going to the gym, performing calisthenics at home, participating in a sport, running, or simply getting in regular walks. It’s also helpful to commit yourself to moving more in general — taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking a little further away from the door at work, and so on. All these little motions really add up.

Cut Out the Sugary Drinks Few things sneak hidden calories into your diet like sugary drinks. Juice, energy drinks, coffee or tea drinks laden with sweeteners and other additives — all of this can translate into hundreds of calories per day. Reduce or eliminate the amount of sweetener you add to your morning coffee. Drink water instead of juice. And if you’re craving something with flavour, these days there are plenty of zero-calorie, flavoured water drinks on the market.


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Cut Out Cheat Days I know that it’s become something of a tradition to add a “cheat day” into a health routine that allows you to have one day a week in which you can eat whatever you want, but here’s the thing — cheat days oftentimes lead to cheat weekends, which can spiral quickly into a cheat week. Suddenly you realize that you’ve had an entire cheat month. But I know how important it is to eat the foods you love from time to time, so here’s what I recommend — a cheat meal. That can mean one bout of snacking during a movie, or one meal where you eat all the fried stuff you want, or whatever. Just don’t prolong it into an entire day.

Set Goals You know that app I mentioned above? It’s going to prompt you to set weekly weight-loss goals, and maintaining these goals can be essential for weight loss success. Doctors say that healthy weight loss should be limited to 1.5 or two pounds per week at the most, so set a monthly goal that is safe and achievable. Four to eight pounds per month is certainly doable. So get started now, set a goal for your halfway point, and start hitting the weekly milestones that will take you there.

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It can be extremely difficult to go the healthy lifestyle alone, especially if you’re surrounded by people who aren’t engaged in the same endeavour, so look for friends or family members who have similar goals. These people can act as your workout partner, can join you for healthy meals, or can just be there to talk to and provide motivation and support through the ups and downs. About the Author Native to the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Nick Hildenʼs career has spanned fiction, travel, advertising, journalism, biography, and more, and his work has appeared in publications such as the LA Times, Vice, LiveStrong, and Global Living Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @theDisembarked

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In the last decade, nail art has been elevated far above mere painted nails.

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hen it comes to adapting to fashion and beauty trends, size, shape and age definitely matter. Those parameters dictate what is flattering and what is not. Donning miniskirts past a certain age? Hmmm… Oversized garments on a petite frame? Perhaps not. Even seemingly shape and age-friendly accessories — shoes and handbags — aren’t always as inclusive of a style fit as one would imagine. There is, however, one fashion accessory that is wearable for virtually everyone: the artful manicure. In the last decade, the manicure, or rather nail art, has been elevated far above mere painted nails. What started as a humble daisy rendering to accent one nail, or some faux jewels inset into the polish, has jettisoned far beyond. Technicians began creating intricate designs

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and minutely detailed paintings. Product innovations produced a dizzying range of textures, colours and finishes — all popularized through social media. “We’ve seen a plethora of cool stuff in the 2010s. A lot of DIY techniques happened. We witnessed trends like water marbling, mega bling nails, foils, glitters, and intricate handpainted patterns,” says CND Global Ambassador Winnie Huang.

“Acrylic nails are making a comeback with more options for nail art and designs,” says Linh Khuu, owner of Varnish Nail Lounge & Varnish Beauty.

“Nail art,” adds Erica Nieuwenhuis, Canadian CEO of Bio Sculpture, “gained popularity with new products and techniques, and a more visible presence on catwalks and celebrities … It is a non-committal means to express your individuality and is definitely here to stay.”


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One significant and consumerfriendly change in manicures has been with improvement in nail practices and a greater health awareness of not just hygiene but also of toxicity levels in products.

Khuu cites Bio Sculpture’s soak-off colour gel nail system as a healthier alternative to traditional gel polishes. “Bio Sculpture was the first at soak off gel, and soft gel nail sculptures that can be tailored to suit specific nail types.” She adds it was the first company in its class to have undergone an independent research trial, “and all products are vegan, animal cruelty free, and ‘10 free’ nontoxic.” Huang says the nail industry is constantly evolving and has responded to consumer demand for more healthy options. “Consumers now turn to nail products that do not contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde. There are supplements and lotions that claim

to aide nail health … I think it is beneficial to keep the conversation going and maintain a level of awareness in the importance of nail health.” Nieuwenhuis says “it has been rewarding to see a shift in the industry (as well as with customers) where being a cruelty-free, vegan-friendly brand — some of our core principles since 1988 — is expected, rather than a rarity.”

“Nail art gained

popularity with new products and techniques, and a more visible presence on catwalks and celebrities … It is a non-committal means to express your individuality and is definitely here to stay,” says Erica Nieuwenhuis, Canadian CEO of

“Nail products have become more health conscious, clean and free of parabens,” says Linh Khuu, owner of Varnish Nail Lounge & Varnish Beauty. “We have been more aware of harmful chemicals that can cause nail disorders and allergic reactions.”

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She adds that salons recognize that women want options too in service and wear. “A lot of salons converted from wet manicure to dry manicure to extend wear and prolong the longevity of service.” Complementing the nail art advancements have been an array of different nail shapes: square, squareround, coffin, talon, and ballerina to name a few. Nieuwenhuis sees the “stiletto [making] room for a resurgence of the longer, square shape.” She says the classic shapes, like the squoval and the almond, are timeless because they’re flattering for most people and can be worn at different lengths. Huang concurs, “I truly believe that almond shape will remain a classic, and will always be in. I also have been seeing a lot of square nails popping up on my [social media] feed, I think this will be a huge trend in 2020!” Nieuwenhuis adds that nail shape usually comes down to personal preference and lifestyle. “There are no rules with respect to age and most people are willing to give new styles a try.” Khuu says that along with new shape styles, some clients opt for a combination of shapes on each hand, such as coffin with just a few fingers shaped pointy. For Huang, the next year, even the decade, looks intriguing with new trends. “We have a great decade ahead of us! Twenty-twenty is going to be the year where we embrace change, be daring, and step out of our comfort zones,” she enthuses. “I am seeing a lot of play on textures, more organic, and in touch with nature. This means marbling, animal print and textures, floral prints and recreating earthy elements.”


DARPAN Beauty Individual colours will have their moment but rules for seasonal colour will no longer apply, says Nieuwenhuis. So, if you want to wear dark, jewel tones in summer, that’s your choice. The on-trend colours for the year, she says, are undoubtably Pantone’s 2020 Classic Blue, and “creamy shimmery, muted and brighter versions” of coral shades. “The classic French manicure will get an update,” Nieuwenhuis predicts. Nail stylists always find ways to keep this popular application relevant by re-imagining it and mixing in other popular finishes (eg. tone-on-tone treatments with a shiny-matte contrast). Khuu is excited about nail printing machines that can airbrush any photo on nails. “Acrylic nails are making a comeback with more options for nail art

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“Consumers now turn to nail products that do not contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde. There are supplements and lotions that claim to aide nail health … I think it is beneficial to keep the conversation going and maintain a level of awareness in the importance of nail health,” says CND Global Ambassador Winnie Huang.

There are the temporary options of depilatory creams, shaving, waxing and electrolysis which is supposed to be permanent but produces mixed results. For true permanent hair removal, laser treatment is the only effective solution available and not to be confused with Intense Pulse Light.

and designs,” she explains. “I love watching and seeing all of the different ways [in which] acrylic is being used to create designs.” So, what’s on the way out and, maybe, won’t be missed? Huang says, “I would say goodbye to the duck nails — remember those? I can’t say I’ll miss it.” Not surprisingly says Nieuwenhuis, furry nails, jelly nails, water-filled nails proved to be short-lived fads. If you’re looking for clues to upcoming nail trends beyond social media, the fashion weeks’ runways are good sources to check out. “There is a very strong correlation between runway styles and nail trends from colours, designs and textures,” says Nieuwenhuis. Huang agrees saying that “a lot more extravagant nail designs walk the runway which is amazing! Whether it be a certain shade or print, we have definitely seen them translated from runway to [a] real way on many occasions.”

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Blurring the lines between men’s and womenswear.

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hile many have often criticized and questioned Bollywood’s versatile actor — Ranveer Singh’s unique fashion quotient of wearing skirts, floral prints, high heels, and nose rings, his sartorial choices have been hailed by ardent followers of the gender-neutral fashion, a revolutionary trend that is creating waves across the globe. Largely inspired by the social-cultural movement where the new generation refuses to identify themselves based on their gender, the burgeoning trend is blurring the lines between masculinity and

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femininity, thus curating clothing ranges that can be worn by both — men and women — irrespective of their gender. Gender fluidity in clothing is certainly not a novel concept, but with the fashion scene being dominated largely by male designers for the longest time,

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who had a certain preconceived notion about how women should dress, perhaps had led to a stereotypical demarcation in men-women fashion. The garments designed for women stemmed from fixed ideas about their beauties like body weight, skin tone, and figure. For years, fashion thrived

within such set parameters and was either known as men or women’s fashion. However, now with almost every second youngster being gender nonconforming, and gender equality gaining a stronger acceptance, the perception of fashion has changed enormously world over. A defiant genderless fashion trend, which is challenging age-old norms is on a rise and the fashion-savvy millennials are totally loving it. Right from high-end designers like JW Anderson, Rick Owens and Rad Hourani to luxury brands like Gucci, Dior Homme, Saint Laurent, and Haider Ackermann are supporting the gender-free fashion movement. While high-street labels like H&M and Zara have released a gender-neutral collection, there is a rise of several new brands that are solely built around the concept of gender-free clothing. Gone are the days when skirts were only a women thing (Ranveer Singh has definitely proved that on more than one occasion), and trousers, a men’s prerogative. In the world of


this new fashion movement, anyone can wear anything, regardless of their gender. In fact, the nouveau sartorial movement has given a new creative boost to several designers who are breaking free from the conventional norms and guidelines to create something exciting and completely out of the box. At the recent runway shows, top brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior Homme, JW Anderson and others blended the so-called feminine touches into collections specifically couture for men — ruffled sleeves, tight knitted dresses, velvet evening gloves, fluorescent pink and brocade outfits, and pearl embellishments seamlessly found their way into men’s clothing. Moreover, in street fashion, several latest styles stemming from the gender-neutral movement are difficult to categorize by gender. The unisex

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Largely inspired by the social-cultural movement where the new generation refuses to identify themselves based on their gender, the burgeoning trend is blurring the lines between masculinity and femininity, thus curating clothing ranges that can be worn by both — men and women — irrespective of their gender. collection by fast-fashion labels — be it sweatshirts, pair of dungarees, oversized jackets and tees — none can be simply distinguished based on gender. With even celebrities like Jaden Smith, Tommy Dorfman, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, and Justin Bieber experimenting with gender fluidity in fashion by embracing feminine fashion tropes, the movement is rapidly gaining popularity everywhere. Even some Bollywood celebs are seen courageously blurring the lines between men and women’s fashion. While Ranveer Singh undeniably is championing the genderless fashion movement in Tinseltown, actress Sonam Kapoor is also known to experiment with gender-fluid fashion. Not so long ago, one also saw actors Varun Dhawan and Prateik Babbar walk the ramp with a gender-neutral look. Clearly, this fashion movement is here to last, and if you are wanting to experiment with gender fluidity, you most certainly should explore brands like Broke & Living, Muttonhead, Nicopanda, Agender, OneDNA, and H&M. So, go ahead shed your inhibitions and embrace this bold new fashion trend. No more ‘for him’ and ‘for her!’

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he one fashion buzzword that was born in 2019 and has become louder in 2020 is ‘sustainable fashion’. Designers across the globe have all in their own way taken efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. Stella McCartney’s Spring Summer ‘19 collection was all about using natural fibers like organic cotton, sustainable linen, and viscose in their designs. Burberry is trying to go carbon neutral and has also said no to fur. Designer JW Anderson decided to reduce the number of collections he

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How can you jump on this bandwagon? Here are a few DIY ways to repurpose, reuse, and recycle fashion.

What we mean is swap your clothes with a friend or a family member. Bring 5-10 clothes each and exchange them amongst yourselves. This way you are walking out with a new wardrobe and at the same time saving money and are not investing again on clothes. Another way to go about is to repeat clothes just like actress and legend Jane Fonda. She recycled a crimson beaded Elie Saab gown she previously wore to Cannes in 2014 for the Academy Awards.

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DIY INTO SOMETHING NEW We have all watched videos online where an old tee is turned into a grocery shopping bag. A set of denim is turned into a jacket or a skirt turns into a dress. It is time you started implementing these ideas at home. Yes, they are time-consuming but a step towards sustainability can help save this planet. Let those creative juices out and in the process find yourself new clothes and accessories. Take inspiration from actress Saoirse Ronan who wore a Gucci gown at the Oscars with a bodice created using the surplus fabric from her BAFTA dress.

Bring 5-10 clothes each and exchange them amongst yourselves. This way you are walking out with a new wardrobe and at the same time saving money and are not investing again on clothes.

PATCH IT UP A little patchwork, embroidery, sewing can give that old denim jacket a new look. All these tips and tricks are online that will give you the right direction. We know what it feels like to be emotionally attached to a T-shirt even if it is not in great condition. So instead of discarding them meaninglessly, mend them and reuse it.

BUY SUSTAINABLE BRANDS There are several high street brands out there that support sustainable fashion. Buy from these brands. Even American actress Kaitlyn Dever wore a red dress made from eco-responsible silk satin with Swarovski crystals and beads. It gets better. She wore $47 red platform heels by Aldo, a climate-neutral brand for the Academy Awards.

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RECYCLING PROGRAMS Every city has a textile recycling program or organizations that do just recycling. If you have clothes that have holes in them, that cannot be used but the fabric is still intact, then donate it at a recycling organization. Check out organizations like Canada Fibers Ltd., Eco Canada Textile Recycling Inc, Nano Textiles Inc, Recycling Alternative, and Our Social Fabric that will help recycle your old clothes for something new.

RESELL Several brands, influencers, as well as designers are reselling clothes on their social media accounts. If you have any clothes that are newly bought, that have not been worn several times, or are not fitting you — sell them on your social media accounts. You could also sign up at sites like Tradesy or thredUP that will do the selling for you. Ship the piece and get paid. Woohoo!

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DONATE The easiest thing to do is to donate clothes to retailers for a discount. The North Face, Levi’s, H&M, Madewell, and Kiehl’s are a few brands that take your old clothes for a discount. This give and take can help you feel guilt-free.

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IBA, also known as “the fashion giant” is India’s most loved and leading ethnic wear brand. Established in 1986, staying true to its name as a fashionable and affordable line remains the brand’s ethos today. With stores all over India, including 150 exclusive brand outlets (EBOs) and 225 multi-brand outlets (MBOs), BIBA has now come to Canada, with its first store opened right here in Surrey at Payal Business Centre. The word “BIBA” is a Punjabi endearment for a young and pretty girl. In Indian culture, it is a term or phrase used in love or admiration and implies sublime qualities in a woman. Contemporary ethnic fashion at an affordable price is BIBA’s commitment to fashion enthusiasts, offering 3-piece ladies’ churidar, sharara, lengha and plazo styles, in shades of every colour, and with irresistible colour combinations and patterns. Indian handlooms with traditional embroideries and other techniques are applied in producing the garments, defining Indian crafted looks, hand-block prints, and vegetable dyes. Mixand-match kurta pieces in all price ranges from BIBA are available in different lengths, so creating and recreating your outfits is now in your hands! With a wide selection of bottoms and dupatta sets in cotton we can customize

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Fashion is a mode of expression of one’s personality and is individualistic. It is about understanding your personality, body types and also adapting trends accordingly.”

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The perennial favourite hand embroidered stitches are revisited in eclectic flour as traditional motifs from East European and Mexican crafts. Pompom details, silk fringes and woollen tassels add to the eclectic vibe of this gypsy collection.

How do you define fashion in your own words? Fashion is a mode of expression of one’s personality and is individualistic. It is about understanding your personality, body types and also adapting trends accordingly.

What is the inspiration behind the couture collection? My inspiration behind every collection is a lady who

understands understated elegance and believes in restrained opulence, and one who is beyond trends and loves timeless clothes and firmly upholds the philosophy of less is more. So my couture collection adheres to these same principles and is impeccably finished and immaculately designed with luxurious handcrafted fabrics and ornate, intricate craft. The idea is to create eternal pieces passed down to generations.

What has been your most memorable moment or collection till date? My most memorable collection till date has been my debut collection at Lakme Fashion Week in March 2012 called Sufianna. As the name suggests it was a transcendent collection consisting of pristine white silk in fluid voluminous silhouettes with extensive use of Mughal block printing techniques and carpet embroidery. This collection summed the brand the most and is a perennial favourite not only of mine but my clients and buyers.

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nspired by the eclectic tribes, the original style wanderers, Bohomania, designer Shruti Sancheti’s new collection, celebrates the magpie soul of the hilly life. Traditional folk styles form the core narrations in a rich palette of beetroot, sage, indigo and coffee. Signature boho silhouettes are rendered to meet the urban cuts such as tunic dress, poet shirts, tiered maxi, and fluid pants.

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A beautiful fusion of Scandinavian designs and timeless Japanese elegance, Japandi is the hippest design movement that is taking over the world by storm.

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enowned educator Randy Pausch once said, “If you can find your footing between two cultures, sometimes you can have the best of both worlds.” Must say, the newest trend in the décor world — Japandi, has seamlessly translated his thoughts into a reality. A beautiful fusion of Scandinavian designs and timeless Japanese elegance, Japandi is the hippest design movement that is taking over the world by storm.

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Drawing inspiration from the Scandinavian concept of hygge, (a mood of cosiness and comfort), and blending it with the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi (principle of finding beauty in imperfection), Japandi design focuses on creating a unique interior style, which is minimal, aesthetically appealing, deeply rooted in functionality, and exudes warmth. Though miles apart, the sleek Japanese design style and

the rustic Scandinavian design style have a lot in common – they both share an affinity for natural materials, simplicity, functionality and craftsmanship, because of which both the styles blend beautifully. With minimalism being the core principal of Japandi, the trend emphasizes on creating functiondriven spaces, at the same time focuses on muted tones, cool undertones, bright spaces, and clean lines. Sustainability is another high point of the Japandi style; hence one notices the presence of several natural materials in this trending décor style.


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major characteristics of Japandi. Translucent paper screens, rice paper lamps, handmade ceramics, and house plants are a great way to naturally add vibrancy to your hybrid décor style.

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Japandi is a hot and happening trend across the globe because it has a certain enduring elegance and is easy to execute in any space.

PRACTICE MINIMALISM Being inspired by the Japanese zen philosophy of keeping it simple, Japandi’s main focus is on minimalism. So, the first and foremost rule to adopt this décor style is to declutter your space. Both Japanese and Scandinavian design styles believe that every piece you own in your house should have a purpose — be it practical or

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What has made Japandi such a hot and happening trend across the globe, is the fact that it has a certain enduring elegance and is easy to execute in any space. So, wondering how to welcome this melange

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decorative. So, if the items you own don’t have any function, it’s time to bid adieu to them. Instead of quantity think quality and accessorize your pad with few well thought of statement pieces that complements the Japandi style.

EMBRACE NATURAL MATERIALS Be it Nordic or Japanese, both design styles respect nature and love to incorporate a plethora of natural materials in its décor. So naturally, one sees the emphasis on natural materials in Japandi too. Hence while applying the principles of Japandi to your pad, make certain you are opting for the same. Wood is the key element in both the styles, it is also an important part of the fusion version. Choose wooden furniture pieces from both styles and aesthetically place them together. Furniture made from natural fibres such as bamboo and rattan beautifully blend in the Japandi setting. One can even mix light and dark wood to create a nice contrast, which again is one of the

Scandinavian and Japanese are a bit different when it comes to the use of colours. While Scandinavian design favours light and neutral tones, the Japanese style prefers incorporating deeper tones in its décor. Japandi, however, is all about striking a balance between the too. Hence, try pairing the Scandi’s love for neutral tones with contrasting colours. For example; you can opt for light grey, pink, pale blue or pastel green walls, and bring in stained wood furniture to get the perfect Japandi look.

GO LOW & SPACE OUT While low lying furniture has been a trademark of Japanese style, Scandinavians focus more on leaving plenty of open space in their décor, and one sees the reverence of both these aspects in Japandi style. Try low sitting arrangements like low benches, low line sofa, and low coffee tables in your space, with plenty of open space around your furniture to align it with the Scandi style.

FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY While bringing in Japandi into your homes, know that the style is all about sustainability. Hence any item you buy for your Japandi home décor has to be a piece that will stand the test of time and is safe for the planet. So, gear up and bring the best of both worlds to your home now with Japandi.


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Spring is in the air! Enjoy the warmer weather with these five springtime activities around Vancouver.

Stroll in the Gardens Vancouver is home to some beautiful parks and gardens, and there’s no better way to spend a warm, spring day than strolling in one. Visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden for the stunning magnolias, rhododendrons and delicate cherry blossoms. The UBC Botanical Garden is another great place to see spring flowers and meander though their Wharton Cherry Grove. Queen Elizabeth Park is a popular option for some brilliant views of the city skyline and mountains. Finally, packed with cultural history, Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown offers serenity and a lovely escape from the bustle of the city.

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March is the start of the whale-watching season in Vancouver as thousands of whales migrate off the city’s shores, making spring the best time to catch a glimpse of orcas, humpback and grey whales. Get up close and personal by booking a tour with one of Vancouver’s many whalewatching tour operators. Prince of Whales is a popular option from Downtown Vancouver as is Wild Whales from Granville Island.

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Attend a Spring Festival There are quite a few festivals in March and April in Vancouver. Along with the iconic Cherry Blossom Festival that runs from April 2 until the 26, the city also celebrates Celtic Fest from March 8 to 28, and the Vaisakhi festival on April 18 in Vancouver and April 25 in Surrey. Dance enthusiasts will enjoy the Vancouver International Dance Festival, which offers enriching performances and workshops from international and local artists from March 6 to 28, 2020, at various venues throughout Vancouver.


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Ericka & Our love is what you may stumble upon in fictional books; Ajay wished for our proposal to be super magical – and what is more magical than Disneyland!ˮ

Q: How did you meet?

Ajay Q: What do you love most about one another? Ericka: I love his joyful, positive and child-like spirit that brightens my days. I love his supportive and encouraging attitude that allows me to be myself day in and day out. Most of all, I adore how he loves.

Ericka: I was an upcoming entrepreneur running for Miss World Canada 2014. In the midst of planning a grand event for this national pageant, I was introduced to a very intelligent and handsome man. You can call it love at first sight. We agreed to move forward in our personal careers before settling down. Timing is everything – five years later we have achieved heights of success in our respective fields and have turned a beautiful friendship to a marriage.

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Ajay: I love how fearless she is in everything she desires. Her love is unconditional and most of all I love how she gracefully carries herself and balances the norms of Punjabi culture and modern society.

Q: Could you share your proposal story? Ericka: Ajay says he doesn’t get nervous often but this proposal planning had him a little stressed. After a year of being engaged and work taking over our lives, Ajay surprised me with a weekend trip to Los Angeles where we spent immerse time together


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to applaud ourselves, and to see our dear ones celebrate the happiness and success for us was AWESOME! From the oldest member to the youngest, everyone touched feet on the dance floor!

understanding the new beginning that was very soon to come. Our love is what you may stumble upon in fictional books; Ajay wished for our proposal to be super magical – and what is more magical than Disneyland!

Q: Describe your wedding day. What was your favourite moment? Ericka: The entire wedding week was so magical and it being destination was the best decision our families could have made. Small, intimate and special with the closest friends and family and the most beautiful venues. I remember the butterflies walking up to the roof terrace and the surreal feeling when sitting together.

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Ajay: From the moment Ericka came down the aisle and sat next to me to the ending of the ardaas, everything felt unreal; the sounds of the ocean and words of blessings, calm and peaceful with my soulmate and I vowing to love each other for the rest of our lives.

Q: Could you tell us about your reception? Ericka: It was pure bliss having everyone who loves us under one roof celebrating our new beginning. Ajay and I are very selfless people and we tend to forget

Q: Can you describe your outfits? Ericka: From being a complete fashion enthusiast to modeling all fashions on the runway, I wanted my wedding lengha to be breathtaking. I am thankful to my mother who brought our entire vision to life; ghungroo detailing, birds chirping, incorporating warrior princess Padmavat and a doli with our names. Ajay: Suited and booted is a daily for me, so when creating my Reception


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Q: What are your goals as a couple? We wish to continue encouraging each other to reach our highest potential as we smile and laugh through it all! Marriage is a partnership and we are grateful for the lessons and opportunities to come as we love, grow and prosper. Travelling the world is definitely on the to-do list!

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Austria makes a lasting impression with its breathtakingly beautiful views of the alpine peaks, pristine lakes, and architectural marvels.

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andlocked in the centre of Europe, the jaw-droppingly beautiful alpine country, Austria, has plenty to offer to every kind of traveller. Surrounded by stunning peaks and sparkling jewel-like lakes, Austria not only boasts of picturesque landscapes but the country also has a rich cultural heritage and is home to countless castles, palaces, cathedrals and museums. A tourist attraction all year round with places to visit in both summer and winter, Austria’s majestic splendour is sure to satiate all kinds of wanderlust. Here’s a look at five must-visit places in this mesmerizing country.

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One of the least touristy regions of Austria, Vorarlberg, with its alluring peaks, unspoilt valleys, gorgeous gorges, gushing rivers, quaint towns, and warm hospitality, is full of surprises. Sharing borders with three countries — Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Vorarlberg is famous for the mesmeric Lake Constance, the third-largest freshwater lake in Central Europe. Bregenz, the capital of Vorarlberg, is an ideal base to explore the lake and its scenic surroundings. Hop on to a cruise and within minutes you shall find yourself in another country, travellers can even rent out small

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parish church of St. Gall, and old town hall. Visitors can take the Pfänderbahn cable car and go atop of the majestic Pfänder Mountain, to witness the most spellbinding views of the city, Lake Constance, Swiss Alps and German Alps. During winter time Pfänder turns into one hot spot for skiers from across Europe. The unadulterated landscapes of Bregenzerwald and the magnificent gorges of Rappenlochschlucht are among the other places in


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Idyllic Innsbruck Peppered with old-world charm and urban landscapes, With a beautiful melange of imperial splendour, natural beauty and modern Vienna is one of the most architecture, Innsbruck is absolutely elegant and architecturally rich enchanting. The city’s biggest draw, undoubtedly, is the famous Nordkette European cities one can ever Mountain, which can be visited by taking the Nordkettenbahn — a cable car witness. Vorarlberg that can’t be missed. RollsRoyce museum in Dornbirn is sure to appeal to car enthusiasts. For foodies, a visit to Panoramarestaurant Karren, a panoramic restaurant at 976 metres above sea level is highly recommended, also not to be missed is Burgrestaurant Gebhardsberg. Located within the premises of a Roman castle, the restaurant serves one of the best Käsespätzle in Austria. The region also offers a variety of outdoor sports including cycling, mountain biking, walking, trekking, tennis, and paragliding.

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designed by star architect Zaha Hadid. The 360-degree panoramic views from the summit, where you stand above the clouds, are soothing to the eyes and soul. In the heart of the charming old town lies the Golden Roof — an iconic part of the Habsburg residence, the Town Tower, the Gothic Church Hofkirche, which is known for the 28 bronze statues of the ancestors and heroes of Austria, the Baroque style Cathedral of St. James, and the Grassmayr Bell Museum and Foundry. The cobbled street of Innsbruck comes to life with several souvenir shops, gelato shops, and even boasts of the famous Sacher Cafe and a Speckaria.

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The Bergisel ski jump is another attraction that adds to the wonders of this beautiful European town. The stunning Ambras Castle, the Imperial Palace, Ottoburg, and the Wilten Basilica all tell the tales of Innsbruck’s glorious and eventful history. The sparkling Swarovski Crystal World on the outskirts of Innsbruck is worth a visit. During summertime, thriller seekers can hop on to the regional bus and travel to Mieders for a thrilling Alpine coaster ride. Travellers are recommended to purchase the Innsbruck Card, which covers admission into all museums and tourist attractions, free transportation on buses, trams and it even includes a free walking tour.


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Vibrant Vienna What truly makes this capital city of Austria appealing is the sheer vibrancy that resonates through every little corner of the city. Peppered with old-world charm and urban landscapes, Vienna is one of the most elegant and architecturally rich European cities one can ever witness. Bursting with an array of museums and galleries which are filled with original masterpieces by world-renowned artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and Albrecht Dürer as well as popular works of contemporary artists, Vienna is indeed an art lover’s paradise. Museums like The Albertina, Belvedere Palace, Leopold, and Mumok should definitely be part of the Vienna itinerary. The royal heritage of the city can be best explored by visiting the resplendent Schönbrunn Palace and Hofburg Palace. Sitting in the historic centre of Vienna, the gothic architectural gem — St. Stephen’s Cathedral, is one of the top attractions in Vienna. For an alternative experience, one can visit the catacombs beneath the cathedral, where you can see the preserved skeletons and tombs of bishops and royal residents of Vienna. For lighter experience, travellers can visit the amusement park — Prater, and enjoy some gorgeous views of the city from the giant ferris wheel, which is the main attraction at the park.

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Salzburg has a certain amount of excellence and style that lures tourist from across the globe. Spectacular scenery, cultural history, the burgeoning art scene and its presence in the Oscar-winning musical drama Sound Of Music are some of Salzburg’s biggest draws, apart from being famously known as the birthplace of the classical period influential composer — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Hence a visit to Mozart Wohnhaus aka Mozart’s home is a definite must when visiting the city. Now a state-of-art museum, Mozart’s birthplace shares detailed information about the composer’s early life, his first musical instruments, his friends, and his passion for music among other things. Travellers with an interest in history can get enchanted by the majestic splendour of Mirabell Palace, Domplatz, Schloss Hellbrunn, Salzburg Cathedral and the Fortress Hohensalzburg, which is Europe’s largest intact fortress. While a visit to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg is sure to appeal to art lovers, a stroll through the charming Getreidegasse shall delight the shopaholics. Salzburg with its scenic spots like Salzburger Hochthron, Gaisberg and the pristine Lake Mondsee doesn’t disappoint nature lovers either.


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Officially launched just last year, the five-passenger mid-size crossover offers a sporty look and ride as well as a load of interior room.

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eeking a vehicle that possesses the agility of a CR-V but the utility of a Pilot? Then the first-ever Honda Passport may be the answer. Officially launched just last year, the five-passenger mid-size crossover offers a sporty look and ride as well as a load of interior room. Honda calls their latest model the “most rugged light truck yet,” built on the brand’s unibody

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Global Light Truck Platform shared with the aforementioned Pilot and the Ridgeline pickup. Featuring a fully boxed floor and proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, the experience behind the wheel is sharp and quiet. The Passport sits on a fully independent suspension and is driven by all four wheels via available i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, resulting in more car than SUV-like behaviour. An impressive feat considering the mid-size crossover’s sizable footprint, measuring 4,839 millimetres long, 2,116 millimetres wide, and 1,835 high. Ingress and egress might potentially be challenging for some folks depending on how tall they are. Darpan’s tester had OEM running boards added, however the height they were placed made them awkward to step on getting in and out. Conditions from rain-soaked pavement to muddy trails are no

HIGHLIGHTS MSRP: $44,420 Motor: 3.5-litre V6

Horsepower: 280 @ 6,000 rpm Torque (lb-ft): 262 @ 4,700 rpm Gearbox: Nine-speed automatic Layout: Front engine, all-wheel drive Fuel economy: 14.6 L/100 km mixed city/highway (observed) problem as the computer is able to send up to 70 per cent of torque to the rear axle, splitting between the left and right wheel as needed. In addition, AWD trims have 213 millimetres of ground clearance (27 more than Pilot) to clear any pesky obstacles when encountering rough terrain. A 3.5-litre V6 engine is standard equipment, pumping out a healthy 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, mated to an efficient nine-speed automatic gearbox. The former is operated by buttons, which feel clumsy to use,


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Honda calls their latest model the “most rugged light truck yet,” built on the brand’s unibody Global Light Truck Platform shared with the Pilot and the Ridgeline pickup. The experience behind the wheel is sharp and quiet.

rather than a traditional lever. Power delivery and shifting is fairly smooth and not overly noisy unless under heavy acceleration. Steering wheel mounted paddles allow manual override for those inclined, although auto is reengaged after a few seconds of inactivity. Peer at the transmission select console and you might notice the “/S” printed on the Drive button. Pressing it twice activates Sport mode, enabling aggressive shift mapping for spirited manoeuvres like passing or navigating twisties.

This setting also turns on a double-kick-down function whereby pulling the left paddle twice quickly will permit skipping a gear on a downshift, for example going from fifth to third. When doing so, the Drive-By-Wire throttle system takes care of rev-matching duties to ensure a seamless transition every time. Providing a tow capacity of 3,500 pounds hauling recreational toys along is a cinch, especially since the cabin display can show a birds-eye view while backing up to aid in connecting up a trailer.

For more serious loads, customers should choose the towing package bumping up the rating to 5,000 pounds. Open up the tailgate — powered on higher trims but noticeably missing a feature that shuts and automatically locks the doors — and 1,166 litres of space is revealed, or 2,205 after the one-touch folding rear seats are stowed. Why designers decided not to fit an optional third row of seating is puzzling. Lift up the cargo floor and there’s another 70 litres, perfect to stash valuables out of sight. A large centre console cubby affords additional covered storage. The rest of the interior is functional, although the sunroof is on the small side and the infotainment system would benefit from a rotary control knob for easier navigation. As opposed to other stable mates, the Passport has a mostly blacked-out front fascia and dark 20-inch wheels giving the vehicle a uniquely distinct look in the growing lineup. Prices start at $44,420.

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Wearing unique “light blade” inverted L-shaped signature daytime running lights, the vehicle certainly possesses a distinct look when approaching head-on. Complementary LED taillights are found at the back, either covered with standard red lenses on the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims or clear ones for the Sport.

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ontinuing to fill out an already robust portfolio, Cadillac rolled out an allnew offering last year in the XT4. Classified as a compact SUV and slotting underneath bigger brother the XT5, the model boasts the brand’s latest styling language — created by a team of young designers reflecting the target demographic — and technologies. Let’s see how it stacks up. Wearing unique “light blade” inverted L-shaped signature daytime running

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lights, the vehicle certainly possesses a distinct look when approaching head-on. Complementary LED taillights are found at the back, either covered with standard red lenses on the Luxury and Premium Luxury trims or clear ones for the Sport, which we drove. Although the entry-level crossover in the automaker’s lineup, the XT4 is not small. At 4,599 millimetres long, 1,881 wide and 1,627 tall, the sizable exterior measurements translate into a roomy interior.

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Plenty of head and legroom is available for all occupants, and folding the rear seats forward opens up 1,385 litres of cargo space. There’s certainly nothing entry-level about the wellequipped interior. Darpan’s tester in particular was fully decked out boasting the Comfort and Convenience Package (+2,795) that includes leather front heated and ventilated massaging front

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Twin-clutch all-wheel drive provides a surefooted grip in all weather conditions, helpful in a climate such as Vancouver’s where the rainy days often outnumber the sunny ones. seats. The Light Wheat/Black upholstery colour scheme is striking, although will likely show dirt and scuffs easier than the other choices over time. All Sport grades receive a special chunky steering wheel with paddle shifters. The thick

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spokes feel great in hand and enhances the overall driving experience. Next to the wheel is a 768p high-resolution eight-inch touchscreen — I’ve rarely seen a clearer picture on a display when the backup camera is activated. Powering the hardware is the next-generation Cadillac CUE infotainment system. Much improved over previous versions, there’s virtually no lag time but for ease of navigation a rotary volume and/or tuner knob would speed user inputs up a bunch. Caddy has chosen the XT4 to introduce Near Field Communication (NFC) allowing almost instant smartphone pairing, much quicker than using conventional Bluetooth.

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A turbocharged 2.0-litre mill making 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque lurks under the hood, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Featuring what’s referred to as an industryfirst tripower setup, performance and efficiency are optimized via high and low valve lift and cylinder

deactivation. The acceleration off the line actually kind of surprised me. I just wish the engine note was a little less tinny and more throaty. The XT4 sits atop a front strut and five-link independent rear suspension system. Our press vehicle had the optional Active Sport Suspension (+$1,395) installed, designed to constantly monitor road surface conditions and adjust the dampening on the fly to match. I was actually surprised at how stiff the ride was for a crossover, but it is also the reason why handling is sharper than most in the segment. Twin-clutch all-wheel drive provides a surefooted grip in all weather conditions, helpful in a climate such as Vancouver’s where the rainy days often outnumber the sunny ones. When the skies open up and the streets dry up, however, the SUV is capable of operating in two-wheel drive mode to conserve fuel.


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VOLVO V60 CC MAKING WAGONS GREAT AGAIN “With the new V60 Cross Country, we reinforce our long-standing pedigree in safe, capable and versatile family cars,” says Håkan Samuelsson, company president and chief executive.

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ot take: with cars available like the Volvo V60 Cross Country (CC), there’s no real reason for the average driver to want a traditional SUV. Yes — it’s that good. The second-generation V60 debuted two years ago, and as such the 2020 is a carry-over model. The CCs differ from the regular wagon in that they sit on suspension offering 60 millimetres of additional ride height for easier ingress/egress and loading/unloading, a better

view of the road and a bit more room to manoeuvre compared to the normal variant. All-wheel drive is also standard, and rugged body cladding running along the bottom allows for extra protection. “With the new V60 Cross Country, we take our Swedish family estate from one natural habitat to another,” says Håkan Samuelsson, company president and chief executive in a news release. “We invented the Cross Country segment over 20 years ago and with this car, we reinforce our long-standing pedigree in safe, capable and versatile family cars.”

The automaker’s classic Scandinavian aesthetic is evident throughout the vehicle. The streamlined body features clean lines and an aerodynamic shape. The front grille boasts a concave design and metallic 3-D elements

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trendy Swedish living room, but our loaner for the week had this beautiful grey plaid fabric upholstery covering the centre of the seats and door panels. And, par for the course, there’s minimalistic hits of brushed aluminum and untreated wood accents across the dashboard and on the centre console. A giant nine-inch tablet mounted portrait-style, powered by the Sensus infotainment system, controls the climate settings, music, navigation within. On either side are headlamps housing the distinct “Thor’s Hammer” signature LED daytime running light that appears exactly like, you guessed it, Mjölnir laying on its side. As sporty as the nose end looks, the rear provides some stiff competition. A spoiler covers the back window, meeting large expressive L-shaped taillights running all the way up the quarter panels. Dual quadrangle exhaust tips fit nicely inside the lower black bumper diffuser. I honestly did a double take when taking my first peek inside the cabin. I’ve come to expect Volvo interiors to resemble a

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and everything in-between. Users swipe, pinch and tap just like they would on a smartphone to execute commands, which works well for the most part. However it’s not exactly clear at times where to tap or swipe to find a particular hidden submenu. Thankfully there is one hard button and rotary knob underneath to return to the home menu and change the volume, but in my opinion it’s not quite enough. Trying to perform a simple task, like quickly selecting a SiriusXM satellite radio station while driving, would be so much easier if there was one extra knob. As a manufacturer with an always safety-first approach, Volvo City Safety driver assist technology is found in every model. The suite combines automatic braking and collision avoidance functionality, and is capable of detecting not only other vehicles but pedestrians, cyclists and large animals as well. The V60 CC packs a standard T5 2.0-litre turbocharged fourcylinder engine producing 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Although not the fastest mill in the lineup (for example the T6 in the V90 cross country is both turbo and supercharged and outputs 316 horses), I never felt like the car was struggling when I put my foot down thanks to the torque being generated at a low 1,500 rpm. Uncharacteristically, Metro Vancouver was hit with a snowstorm during testing and the capable drivetrain, combined with stout winter tires, made me able to tackle terrain most others on the road couldn’t. Prices start at $48,900.


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igger is apparently better, at least in the case of SUVs. Case in point: BMW’s new range topping model, the X7. This larger than life vehicle was introduced just last year, setting the bar higher for 4X4 capability, spaciousness, comfort and performance. Measuring 5,151 millimetres long, 2,000 wide and 1,805 tall to say it looks imposing on the road is an understatement. Controversially, BMW also debuted a different take on the

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iconic kidney grille. The example on the X7 has a matte aluminum finish and is stretched to almost exaggerated proportions, taking up most of the front fascia’s real estate. On either side are standard adaptive LED headlamps that can be optionally upgraded to the high-tech Laserlight system. Like all other contemporary offerings in the lineup, Air Breathers behind the forward wheels aid aerodynamics. At the rear, the LED taillights illuminate as thin flat lines, connected by a single chrome strip similar to the previous generation 7 Series executive sedan. As the flagship, one would expect the cabin to be among the nicest found in any BMW. And the assumption is confirmed as spaciousness and appointments are over the top. Firstly there are three rows of seating to accommodate up to seven adults, affording 1,011, 954 and 846 millimetres of legroom, respectively. Optionally, the second row can be converted from three-occupant

HIGHLIGHTS MSRP: $134,700 Motor: 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 Horsepower: 523 @ 5,500 rpm Torque (lb-ft): 553 @ 1,800 rpm Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic Layout: Front engine, all-wheel drive Fuel economy: 19.6 L/100 km mixed city/highway (observed) bench to two individual captain’s chairs. Darpan’s week-long tester included the $8,000 Premium Package, which adds the Sky Lounge Panoramic Glass Sunroof, ventilated seats with massage function for the front as well as “Crafted Clarity.” The last item adds a Swarovski crystal treatment to the gear and volume knobs, start stop button and the rotary iDrive controller. While spectacular, sunglasses are a necessity in the summer to avoid glare bouncing off shifter. The X7 features the latest


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Live Cockpit Professional digital instrument cluster and iDrive 7.0 infotainment system, both utilizing a pair of 12.3-inch high resolution displays and among the most intuitive setups in the industry. Our vehicle had the excellent head-up display equipped projecting important data such as the speed limit, velocity, and navigation instructions directly onto the windshield. Available in xDrive40i and the grade-topping M50i trim, we piloted the latter with the massive 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood, mated to an eight-speed Sport Steptronic automatic transmission, the same mill used in other M Performance applications in the lineup i.e. the X6 M50i and M850i. Although at 2,568 kilograms the X7 is the portliest of the bunch, the 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque accelerate the SUV surprisingly well. All that mass and grunt comes at a price though — over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged as high as 19.6 L/100 km mark. The xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system, M Sport differential and double wishbone front/ five-link rear adaptive air suspension (capable of lowering the ride height 20 millimetres when travelling greater than 72 km/h) help the mammoth X7 manoeuvre more like a smaller one. Steering wheel response is quick and accurate, although body roll is unsurprisingly still noticeable given the size of the vehicle. Parking Assistant Plus makes pulling into spots a breeze too, thanks to multiple cameras and sensors alerting the driver when the SUV gets too close to other objects. The Top View mode gives a top-down perspective helping perfectly align with stall lines almost every time. The 2020 BMW X7 M50i is built in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and starts at $114,050.

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83 Release date: April 10 Starring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Ammy Virk, Neena Gupta

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here are some grand cinematic events in store for Bollywood buffs in the coming months. The month kickstarts with the action extravaganza Baaghi 3 featuring Tiger Shroff in the lead. Looking ahead, there is the inspiring true story of IAF pilot Gunjan Saxena starring Janhvi Kapoor. Following close on the heels, is Akshay Kumar’s action-drama Sooryanvanshi, which boasts of special appearances by Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh. Then comes the much-awaited sports film of the year – 83, featuring Ranveer Singh. Last but not least is the Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer – Gulabo Sitabo. Now that is indeed an interesting line-up, so start planning your cinema trips now.

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SOORYAVANSHI Release date: March 27 Starring: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff

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BAAGHI 3 Release date: March 6 Starring: Tiger Shroff, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor

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ollywood is currently in love with biopics and is churning out one heartwarming tale after the other. Joining the list is Janhvi Kapoor’s much-awaited, Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl. Directed by Sharan Sharma, the movie is based on the life of one of the youngest unsung heroes of the nation – Indian Air Force Pilot Gunjan Saxena. She was India’s first woman pilot, who ventured into the war zone along with pilot Srividya Rajan to evacuate injured soldiers during the Kargil war in 1999. Portraying a real-life character like this on-screen can be an overwhelming experience and elaborating on it Janhvi wrote on her social media, “I feel blessed to have been on this special journey, and I don’t think there will ever be one as pure, honest, adventurous and memorable as this one.” Well, we can wait to watch it on the big screen either.

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Granted, Disney’s obsession with turning their animated catalogue into live-action extravaganzas is getting old very fast (was that Lion King remake really necessary?), but this reimagining of Mulan looks interesting. To start with, the director is Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country), a filmmaker particularly gifted at portraying complicated women facing unsurmountable challenges. The titular Mulan must pretend to be a man and deceive an entire army to save her dad from having to serve. The cast is a dream team of mainstream Chinese actors: Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Gong Li and Yifei Liu. Top of the world or bottom of the barrel?: This is the one movie in this list likely to get the attention of adults as well as older kids. Also, no talking dragons (what was that about?).

MY SPY March 13 This Dave Bautista vehicle was made when Dave Bautista was hot out of Guardians of the Galaxy and Blade Runner 2049. Three years later and following numerous delays, My Spy is being dumped with little fanfare. The action-comedy sounds like a late-period Schwarzenegger movie: A CIA operative finds himself at the mercy of a nine-year-old girl as he tries to crack a case. Lowest common denominator hilarity ensues. Top of the world or bottom of the barrel?: This is going to be bad. Bautista fans are not the family fun type. But you can enjoy the Toronto vistas trying to pass for an American city.

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ONWARD March 6 The newest Pixar film is a more straight-up adventure compared to high concept flicks like Inside Out. In a world populated by mythical creatures – unicorns are treated like vermin – two elf brothers (Marvel Cinematic Universe mainstays Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) go on a quest to bring the upper-half of his dad back TM

to life (just go with it). It’s great to see Pixar returning to original material after Toy Story and Incredibles sequels. Top of the world or bottom of the barrel?: Onward will benefit due to the absence of children-oriented films in the preceding two weeks. But by the looks of it, the movie seems to be a minor league Pixar, Monsters Universitylevel.


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PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY April 3 Cats wasn’t the first time James Corden played an annoying ball of fur. Two years ago, The Late Late Show host helped misrepresent Beatrix Potter oeuvre as the aforementioned rabbit: Corden and company turned the sweet, frequently clothed bunny into a rambunctious sociopath bent on ruining the courtship of Miss Potter (Beatrix is a character here). This sequel is more of the same, only this time Peter’s antics get him on the lam and ends up befriending street-smart critters who don’t have his best interest at heart.

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Top of the world or bottom of the barrel?: The brains behind the film fail to realize that the best part of Peter Rabbit wasn’t the cotton-tailed miscreant, but the hapless square who inherited Peter’s farm (Domhnall Gleeson). This sequel has less of him, which automatically makes it less interesting.

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Disney’s ongoing efforts to liquidate all 20th Century Fox assets mean this frequently postponed X-Men spinoff will finally see the light of day. Not only that, all the reshoots got scrapped and The New Mutants will open as originally conceived, four years ago. Described as a “Stephen King meets John Hughes” romp, the film takes place at a psychiatric hospital where a number of young mutants are being treated/held. As they realize the staff doesn’t want to help them as much as harness their powers, a powerful foe threatens to end them for good. Top of the world or bottom of the barrel?: The fact the movie has been postponed three times since originally announced and has endured multiple reshoots is hardly an endorsement. But the characters (Magik, Wolfsbane, Sunspot) are well liked by comic-book fans and a surprise may be in the making.

TROLLS WORLD TOUR April 17 The bizarre animated fantasy starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake is getting a sequel, now with many, many more musical numbers. The original group, let’s call them Pop Trolls, realizes there are five other tribes of their kind, only with different music tastes. One of these groups, the Rock Trolls, wants to destroy the other music genres by getting a hold of six magic strings (one per tribe). Yes, it’s all very complicated for a toy with no discernible use. Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, and Ozzy Osbourne lend their pipes. Top of the world or bottom of the barrel?: Hard to say, but here’s hoping the Rock Trolls win swiftly and conclusively.

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Q&A How do you strive to always do your best?

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It gives me great happiness to serve as a role model to aspiring scientists, particularly girls. Challenges are placed in our lives to serve as stepping stones.”

believes in the transformative power of education: “It gives me great happiness to serve as a role model to aspiring scientists, particularly girls. Challenges are placed in our lives to serve as stepping stones.” To date, Sharma has authored or co-written over 800 publications. She also credits this achievement to the collaboration and team work of her team in her field. The scientist puts her beliefs into action through the non-profit Life Lab Foundation. The purpose of the organization is to connect students and teachers with the world’s leading scientific organizations. The idea is to give them access to experts and cutting-

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Although now it’s rather common to see Indians working at CERN, three decades ago it wasn’t so. Been an outlier put pressure on me: I couldn’t let anyone down, my people, my country, my family. I always strive to do my best, improve myself, learn from mistakes and ensure nothing important falls through the cracks, either at work or at home. Indians around the world have made significant contributions to the countries that received them. How do you explain this drive? In countries where Indians are doing well, a share of their success can be attributed to the systems and facilitations that exist abroad. That said, the rather traditional family values of the average Indian, acceptance of difficulties, awareness of the link between education and success, and daily multitasking in a multicultural environment give Indians an edge. How would you say having been born and raised in India has shaped who you are today? Growing up, the ability to deal with diversity and adversities has made me resilient and tenacious. I don’t give up easily!

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ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) MARCH: March is a month with mixed signals for you. In one way, you will be ambitious and aggressive about going after what you want. You will do whatever you can to advance your situation. However, a counter influence will make you want to hide and take a backseat and work alone or from behind the scenes. You must juggle these energies.

APRIL: This month you are powerful and strong! You are energized because the Sun is in your sign making you look attractive to others. This is your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. Your reputation shines and you will be physically active in sports and groups. In fact, some will be in a competition.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) MARCH: Not only is March a popular month, but old friends are back in your world giving you a chance to trade lies and talk about the bad old days. This is a great month to buy wardrobe treasures. It’s also a marvellous time to travel! Issues related to higher education, publishing, the media, medicine, and the law will flourish.

APRIL: Your ambition is aroused now, which is why you will go after what you want. This is a good thing because you can attract money to you this month. You will also want to spend money on beautiful things for yourself and loved ones (including treasures from foreign countries). This is a good time to do research and seek answers to old problems.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) MARCH: You look marvellous darling! The Sun is at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering light which makes people admire you. Since you might face disputes about shared property, taxes and inheritances, this good press with VIPs will help you. Meanwhile, secret love affairs are percolating.

APRIL: Suddenly, everyone wants to see your face! This is a popular month, in part because old friends are back in your life. Fortunately, Venus in your sign makes you charming and diplomatic. People who haven’t seen you for a while will be impressed. (Do nothing to dissuade them of this notion.) Great month to travel and shop for wardrobe goodies

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) MARCH: This month you want adventure and stimulation! Travel is an excellent choice. Another option would be taking a course or getting training, especially from other cultures. It’s also a popular month. (A friend could become a lover.) Meanwhile, conflict with those who are closest to you is possible. Don’t jeopardize a long-term relationship for a mere bon bon. Be smart.

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APRIL: This month you shine in the eyes of others! Bosses, teachers and parents are impressed. Obviously, you can use this to your advantage. Secret love affairs are a strong possibility, and your sexual passions are strong. (Is this the cause of friction about shared property, taxes, inheritances and jointly-held property?)

LEO (JULY 23-AUGUST 22) MARCH: With Venus at the top of your chart, you make a favourable impression on others. In fact, a romance with a boss could begin, especially because this is such a passionate month for you. Your feelings about everything are intense and powerful! Some of this energy will translate into your desire to work, which is why you will be busting your buns on the job.

APRIL: This is a lovely month! Grab every chance to travel or get further education. Publishing, the media, medicine, and the law are blessed. Enjoy socializing with creative, artistic friends and acquaintances. Nevertheless, be patient with partners and close friends to avoid friction, which is no fun for anyone.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) MARCH: You will need more sleep this month. (Go to bed.) Ironically, something that might be exhausting is your encounter with ex-partners, ex-spouses and old friends. This might also be why you want to escape and travel somewhere for pleasure. (I’m outta here!) Actually, travel for pleasure is a wise choice because this month you want to play and have fun!

APRIL: With Venus at the top of your chart this month, it’s an excellent time to ask bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs for a favour because they are so well inclined to you. (In fact, a romance with a boss could begin.) Bosses will also be impressed with your tenacity and perseverance on the job because you are pumped to work hard and accomplish something. Oh yes!

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) MARCH: You like harmony in your surroundings. However, this month increased activity and chaos might take place at home due to renovations, redecorating projects or visiting guests. Something is up. Fortunately, you are psyched to work hard right now because you want to get organized in every aspect of your life. And you will!

APRIL: Partnerships and close friendships are important to you; however, this month, more than any other month in the year, your focus on close relationships is paramount. (This could be because ex-partners are back in your world.) Travel for pleasure if you can. Enjoy sports events, socializing with others and playful activities with kids.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) MARCH: This is a great month to party and take a vacation! You will enjoy socializing with others (especially fun activities with children) attending sports events and cultural performances. Make plans to have fun. Meanwhile, relations with partners and close friends are warm and rewarding, even though your communications with everyone is pumped.

APRIL: You are seized by a spring-cleaning frenzy because suddenly you’re determined to be better organized in every aspect of your life, at home, at work and even socially. This is wonderful because motivation is everything. Quite likely, your high standards will include your health as well. Indeed, you want to be perfect! TM

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22DEC. 21) MARCH: Home and family are a strong focus for you now; in part because relatives are camped out on your doorstep. Your only recourse is to stock the fridge. (Hopefully, they will help with the cleanup. Lazy guests are such a bore.) Relations with coworkers are particularly smooth now. In fact, a workrelated romance might begin for some of you. (Oh my.)

APRIL: It’s play city for your sign this month! Slip away on a vacation if you can swing this. Whatever you do, this will be a busy, active month full of short trips, visits and conversations with many people. Fortunately, Venus is opposite your sign, which makes you oh so charming and diplomatic with everyone. Ah, romance swoons dizzily along.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19) MARCH: The pace of your days will accelerate this month because you have so much to do. Short trips, appointments and errands in addition to increased reading, writing and studying. (Gasp.) Relatives and friends you haven’t seen for a while are back in the picture as well. Guard against transportation delays because they are a certainty. (Auto breakdowns, missed buses.)

APRIL: After your recent busy swirl of activity, you need to catch your breath this month. Grab every chance to cocoon at home. You might be more involved than usual with a parent. Very likely, visiting guests and relatives will demand your attention as well. Meanwhile, not only are you working hard to earn money, you’re spending it. Ka-ching!

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) MARCH: Show me the money!? This is a tricky month. You are focused on money, cash flow, earnings and your assets and possessions. Meanwhile, cheques in the mail will be late and financial negotiations might be confused and delayed. Note: This is a lovely month to entertain at home as well as to redecorate where you live.

APRIL: This is a fast-paced month for you because you have a full agenda. On top of that, you are taking short trips and travelling. Your challenge is that communications will suffer from confusion and misunderstandings. In addition, whatever mode of travel you choose, you will encounter delays. Fortunately, with Mars in your sign, you’re strong, focused and energetic! (Hot month for romance.)

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) MARCH: Ta da! The Sun is in your sign, which empowers you and gives you a chance to replenish and rejuvenate yourself. Indeed, you will be physically active with groups, especially athletics. Despite silly mistakes and delays due to Mercury retrograde, you are happy this month because you appreciate your surroundings and you appreciate the love in your world. (Gosh.)

APRIL: Expect the fact that there will be delays in financial matters this month. For example, cheques in the mail will be late. Deliveries will be late. Nevertheless, you might be shopping for beautiful things for your home because you want to entertain and show something off. A previous real-estate opportunity might surface again. A second chance?


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the country special,” says Deepa, who took around six months to a year to get completely used to living in Canada. “The beginning was hard,” recalls Deepa. When she was studying here, her husband, Rahul Jayan, was in India. “We were [in a] long distance [relationship] for more than two years. The long distance was hard. But now that we’re together again and are beginning to settle down in the community, we’re definitely happy.” Getting a job was “definitely troublesome” for Deepa. “Not too many people want to take a chance on an immigrant. This is sad, but true,” mentions the marketing professional who worked as an Assistant Marketing Manager in Bangalore, back in India.

Today, Deepa works at Beattie Tartan Communications and Rahul works at RBC. The couple like how easy some things are in Canada. “For example, the transit system here is great. So is the infrastructure.” What Deepa and Rahul dislike is how everything is appointment-based. “Even if we’re making plans to see friends, we need to make an appointment. That’s something we’ll probably never get used to,” they explain. Deepa feels that moving to Canada has definitely been an experience she has enjoyed having. “We’re quite happy here and see ourselves settling down in Canada for the foreseeable future,” the young couple says in conclusion.

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BIGGEST OBSTACLE FACED SO FAR IN CANADA: Definitely landing a job in my chosen field, marketing and communications. As I mentioned earlier, people are hesitant to give immigrants a chance. And our work experience from home, no matter how relevant, is not taken into consideration. I wouldn’t say getting a job in Canada is hard…it’s getting a job in your field of interest is what’s difficult.

RESOLUTIONS MADE FOR YOURSELF OR FAMILY: Giving back to the community; making a difference in the lives of people who aren’t as fortunate as us; and to build a strong social circle in Canada..

ADVICE FOR IMMIGRANTS: Never lose hope and never let anyone make you feel ‘less than’. Know your worth and always keep your head held high.

MEMORIES OF YOUR HOMELAND: We miss our family and friends a ton! And of course, we definitely miss the amazing food.

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