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Former Vancouver mayor hosts public salons

Issues include drugs, crime By Andrew Fleming, Contributing Writer, Source: Vancouver Courier November 15, 2011 Three years after being kicked to the curb by his own party, former NPA mayor Sam Sullivan is still active in Vancouver. Ironically, he said he finds it easier to get things done now that he’s no longer in power […]

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A chance to become ‘Greeting Fluent’

Source: Vancouver Sun Over the last few decades, Vancouver’s streets have filled with voices speaking more than 100 languages. For most of us the sounds seem like impenetrable babble. Although it is unlikely that any of us will become fluent in these languages, this should not deter us from discovering the treasures that they hold nor […]

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What is Greeting Fluency?

What is Greeting Fluency?

Greeting Fluency official launch June 23, 2011. Courtesy of Abco Film Corp. The Greeting Fluency Initiative encourages citizens to learn a few words of greetings in the languages of their neighbors. Our communities are becoming more multicultural and multilingual. This presents great opportunities for both the more traditional older communities and the newer ones. Older […]

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Canadians explore greeting fluency concept in Tagalog, 2 languages

Source: Philippine Asian News Today Learning seven simple phrases is not much more difficult than learning to use chopsticks. This was the gist of former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan’s message when he conceptualized the introduction of seven phrases of Vancouver’s three most important languages — Cantonese, Punjabi and Tagalog—in a forum on “Greeting Fluency” at the […]

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World Journal coverage on Greeting Fluency

The World Journal covered the December 9 Greeting Fluency event. This article is written in Chinese.

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A chance to become ‘Greeting Fluent’

Source: Vancouver Sun Over the last few decades, Vancouver’s streets have filled with voices speaking more than 100 languages. For most of us the sounds seem like impenetrable babble. Although it is unlikely that any of us will become fluent in these languages, this should not deter us from discovering the treasures that they hold nor […]

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Interview with Prof. Bill Rees on CBC Almanac

Before our September Public Salon we were pleased at the response from local media for the event, and in particular when Professor Bill Rees, one of our speakers, was interviewed on CBC Radio One’s Almanac program. Click the Play button below to listen to the broadcast. To download the program, right click here.[Audio clip: view full post […]

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College of Family Physicians of Canada honour Global Civic founder Sam Sullivan

Source: Vancouver Sun Former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan’s sympathetic stance toward the homeless, the drug-addicted and the mentally ill may have cost him politically, but on Saturday thousands of family doctors recognized his contributions to improving the health of those sections of society. The 24,000-member College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded Sullivan one of […]

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Environment, politics and art collide at Sam Sullivan’s salon

By Jeff Hodson, Metro Vancouver With an idea sparked by dinner parties he’s held over the past decade, former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan is hosting a public discussion that he hopes will challenge people and leave them inspired. The public salon, put on by Sullivan’s Global Civic Policy Society, features eight speakers from diverse fields, […]

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Ex-Vancouver mayor confident Olympics cost is worth it

By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY On the eve of the Olympics, the man who was this city’s face of the Winter Games was holding court on a universe of social causes, from homelessness and drug addiction to more rights for the disabled. Throughout the afternoon event, timed to the screening of a film about his […]

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