Tamara Baluja

Producer, CBC First Person

Tamara Baluja produces columns for CBC First Person, which showcases the personal stories and experiences of Canadians in their own words. She is based in Vancouver. She has previously worked as a social media editor and reporter for CBC British Columbia. She's also been part of the social media editorial teams for CBC Indigenous and CBC Olympics during Tokyo 2020. You can email her at tamara.baluja@cbc.ca.

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Mabuhay B.C.

Do you have a story to share about the Filipino community in B.C.?

We want to explore the people, cultures and perspectives in the province's Filipino community and we need your help. Our coverage will be led by three CBC journalists of Filipino descent.

Pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics are inequitable, say some Fraser Health doctors

Fraser Health puts pop-up vaccine clinics on hold after complaints of confused messages and an inequitable vaccine rollout from some doctors in the area.

What is Juneteenth — and why are people marching for it in Vancouver?

This will be city's first ever large-scale Juneteenth protest commemorating of the end of slavery in the United States. 

Seafarers in Canadian ports are unable to return home as countries lock down

The union representing seafarers in Canadian ports is raising the alarm, saying these essential workers on whom global trade hinges are at risk of burnout.

States of emergency, isolation, grocery shopping: We answer your COVID-19 Facebook questions

We asked members of CBC Vancouver’s Coronavirus in B.C. Facebook group for their questions about COVID-19, and we were inundated with queries. We’re going to do our best to provide answers to most of your questions.

The invisible injury: How concussions have changed our lives

There's a good chance you know someone who is living with a concussion — even though it might not be easy to discern. Acquired brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Canadians under the age of 40. 

'You're always alone': 4 takes on being black in British Columbia

Four people talk about what it’s like to be black in Metro Vancouver, where there isn't a large black population, and share advice on how to overcome racism and discrimination.

Battle of the beaks: Can an octopus take down an eagle? Experts disagree

We'll never know for sure which of these two animals would have prevailed if a fishing crew hadn't intervened, but talk to an octopus expert and a eagle expert and they're both rooting for their own beast.

Vancouver gelato shop sets world record for most flavours

East Vancouver's La Casa Gelato has claimed the Guinness World Record with its 238 flavours.

Vancouver man says he cycled every city street over 3 years — then had his bike stolen

It took a cycling enthusiast three years to bike every street in Vancouver — and then his bike got stolen two days later after he finished.