Tamara Baluja

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Tamara Baluja is the social media editor for CBC Vancouver.

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Why are orcas called killer whales?

They're the apex predators of the sea, but many feel the whales' long-used common name demonizes them.

'I struggle with what to do with my Indian background': Actress cast in Shakespeare play set in South Asia

When Sarena Parmar was growing up in Kelowna, B.C., there were very few high school students — or adults — who looked like her. Now she's a professional actress who says diversity matters.

B.C. Parks pulls down visitor data after errors found

This happened after CBC published an article last week on the most popular parks in the province, which also showed a substantial drop in visitors in 2017-2018 at Cypress Park.

'We're just like everybody else': New play tackles misconceptions about disabilities, love and sex

A new theatre production in New Westminster, B.C., wants its audience to consider what dating, romance and sex is like for people with disabilities.
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Elk burgers anyone? Holiday dinners beyond turkey and ham

No matter where in the world you're from, Christmas is about more than just presents and tradition. It’s also about food, lots of it, surrounded by family. What's served for Christmas dinner varies from country to country, and family to family.
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'Never seen anything like it': 200 dolphins spotted from ferry

Passengers on a ferry between Nanaimo and Horseshoe Bay were treated to an incredible sight on Tuesday.

You're not alone: Vancouverites share their stories of loneliness

Young adults, between 25 and 35 are the hardest hit by social isolation in Metro Vancouver, according to a report.
METRO MATTERS

10 mayoral campaigns to watch in Metro Vancouver as election race enters final days

Three. Days. Left.
Metro Matters

Campaign like an opposition leader, and you just might become one

If you'd like a hint at who is doing better than expected, take a look at who the majority of the candidates in the race are attacking.
Metro Matters

What we learned at the Surrey mayoral candidates debate

Whoever becomes Surrey's mayor on Oct. 20 will deal with huge questions on crime, transportation, and affordable housing, in an area larger than Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond combined.

Is the Vancouver mayoral race the dullest part of an exciting election?

It's a historic, exciting election season. And yet, it seems enthusiasm for the biggest decision — who will be mayor of Vancouver — is lacking.
Metro Matters

Every municipality in British Columbia — in song

From Abbotsford to Zeballos, CBC's Justin McElroy sings his way through the entire province to gear up for the upcoming elections in a special way.
Metro Matters

If John Horgan wanted to cut the number of Metro Vancouver politicians in half, could he?

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Metro Matters

Housing, housing, housing. Does anything else matter this election?

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Metro Matters

It's exactly 3 months to the municipal elections. Does anyone care?

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