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Eclectic electric: Ocaso Music Festival rages in Tamarindo

TAMARINDO, Guanacaste— Raging the largest developed beach town in Guanacaste,Ocaso Music Festival kept Tamarindo wide awake following the turn of the year. Located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the festival returned for its third year, bringing back thousands of underground electronic music enthusiasts who got to experience a party in […]

La Tica Polar: Costa Rican scientist pursues her Antarctic dreams

Costa Rican marine scientist Melania Guerra is one of 80 women – all with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine – selected for the thirdHomeward Bound Program, a voyage to Antarctica that began Dec. 31 on the MV Ushuaia. The goal of the Homeward Bound Program is to develop a network of 1,000 […]

A tour through Café Viñas and a great cup of coffee

Cartago — Tucked away in the foothills of the Turrialba Volcano is Café Viñas, an artisanal Costa Rican coffee experience. Sixty-year-old Gustavo Vargas Cordoba produces natural, high-altitude, 100% Arabic coffee in harmony with the environment. Geography has a major impact on the way Cordoba’s coffee tastes, which he couldn’t stress enough throughout our two-hour tour. “The altitude […]

Demonstrators march against gender violence: ‘If you are in a relationship and in love, it’s difficult to see that something is wrong’

Demonstrators gathered this weekend to raise awareness about cases of violence against women in Costa Rica. Approximately 100 people marched from the National University of Costa Rica to Nicolas Ulloa Central Park Saturday morning. Many were there in support of Andrea Fernandez, who was strangled to death by her husband in early 2018. According to […]

Arrests to Continue as Kinder Morgan Protests Heat Up

‘There will be a lot more people who are willing to occupy that injunction zone.’ Organizers of the recent wave of protests at the Kinder Morgan site on Burnaby Mountain say we can expect more large protests and arrests as the battle shifts up and down the intended pipeline expansion route this year. Police have arrested 176 […]

Interior Communities Waiting for Money to Help with Wildfire Recovery

First Nations, small businesses, mental health among priorities as review expected next month to guide government approach. Interior communities affected by the record-breaking B.C. wildfires last year have provincial funding at their disposal but no strategy yet for how the money should be distributed. The provincial government is allocating $72 million over three years “to […]

Indigenous Advocates Excited by Funding to Preserve BC’s Oldest Languages

Money will aid documentation and mentorship already underway as interest in Indigenous languages rises. Money from the provincial government to revitalize B.C.’s dozens of Indigenous languages could not come too soon, say language advocates. Frances Brown, an Indigenous language co-ordinator at Bella Bella Community School, said without the government funding for endangered languages, Indigenous communities […]