From the President:

Healing therapy behind bars. Sustainable food. Living waste-free. The 28th issue of Pacific Rim Magazine presents a diverse range of topics and ideas that reflect the inspiration, passion, and interests of the Langara College students and faculty who produced this year’s magazine. With an emerging theme of solutions, the magazine highlights the role that both Langara College and individuals must play to address and remedy the environmental and social issues facing our community. Our students bring with them different experiences but a common theme is their motivation to make a difference in the world. The range of stories featured in this year’s magazine reflects this.

The story on restoring Indigenous place names in BC holds special meaning for Langara. Earlier this year on January 11, 2016, we were honoured with the Musqueam name, snw’ey lelm’, which means “house of teachings.” This is a fitting name for an institution that prides itself on teaching excellence.

The Pacific Rim Magazine is a wonderful experiential learning tool that reflects how our students work together across discipline areas to achieve great results. Congratulations to our Publishing, Professional Photography, Marketing Management, and Library and Information Technology students for your contribution this year. Together, your talents and hard work have produced a very engaging and thought-provoking issue of Pacific Rim Magazine.

From the Editors:

This year’s issue of Pacific Rim Magazine is about solutions: what people in BC, and in communities around the Pacific Rim, are doing to address social and environmental problems in creative (and sometimes unexpected) ways. The stories we share speak of our concerns about the world, but the topics we address—from e-waste to gentrification to green funerals—are discussed from a place of hope. If creating this magazine has taught us anything, it’s that when hard-working and imaginative people come together, there is no limit to what can be accomplished.

The team behind this issue of PRM is a resourceful, dedicated, and caring group of people. There were several long days and nights, many surprise challenges, and countless stressful moments along the way. But every obstacle was handled with grace and every difficulty was overcome with an unbreakable, collective resolve to persevere; we feel honoured to have collaborated with such a tremendous team in creating a magazine that we can all be proud of. We hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as we did creating it.

From the Publisher:

The annual release of Pacific Rim Magazine coincides with the rebirth of our  natural environment in spring. With new growth all around us, we are reminded of how this cycle repeats itself and our role in supporting it.

In Vanessa Gosselin’s story, “Death in Bloom,” readers will be challenged to rethink their traditions and beliefs about how we observe the passing of our loved ones. Several years ago I learned about sky burials, a practice observed among the nomads of Mongolia. This 500-year-old ritual honours the practice of revering and preserving life. Have we, in North America, arrived at a point where we are ready to accept another option besides burial or cremation?

The theme of solutions is woven throughout this year’s issue with ideas on how to generate less waste, as discussed in “Rethink Re-Use” by Nicole Yeh and “The Repair Economy” by Joanna McDonald. Anahita Jamali Rad’s “Preserving Chinatown” story gives context about how we have arrived at the current state of this district in Vancouver, and why we should be concerned about its future.

In late 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission made 94 Calls to Action in their final report. We have an opportunity to address one of the outcomes of colonialism by restoring and using the Aboriginal names of familiar places. Celina O’Connor’s “What’s in a Name” story celebrates this transformation.

The students in this year’s Publishing class continue the tradition of teamwork, collaboration, and professionalism that Pacific Rim Magazine embodies. I hope you are informed and inspired by their timely stories.