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World Poetry Celebrates Solutions By Racism Panel!


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Ariadne’s Notes:
The World Poetry Café Radio Show  with Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer, co-host Neall Ryon, engineer Victor Shwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe, proudly presented a strong panel on racism  and the need for cultures standing together, on July 28, 1-2 PM on CFRO 100.5 pm  and offered  personal stories and solutions for change.  Also mentioned was the  powerful  upcoming book  Conflict is not Abuse by Sarah Shulman which will be published in October by Arsenal Pulp Press.

A must listen show! CLICK HERE!


Our wonderful panelists:






Jennifer Chieh Ho.
Representing  workers in BC both for the federation of labour and psac, Representative for workers of colour on the BC federation of labour executive council

Representative for public service alliance of Canada BC regional workers of colour. Jennifer Chieh Ho is of ethnic Chinese background, born and raised in Brunei Darussalam, North West Borneo in South East Asia. She immigrated to Canada in 1988 with her family.

Jennifer has been a strong union activist for a number of years and empowers members in her community and union. In 2011, she was elected the first racialized Regional Vice President for BC and Yukon in the Union of National Employees of Public Service Alliance of Canada. Then in 2014, she was re elected by acclamation of the same title for the 2014 – 2017 mandate.

Jennifer is the Representative for racialized workers for two labour organisations; The BC Federation of Labour and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

As a leader of the racialized equity group, Jennifer fights discrimination, mentors and builds networks of potential leaders from democratic grassroots and pushes for inclusion and fairness in the workplace.

Jennifer`s principle is “Go with your heart and respect“.



Lorene Oikawa is an activist who speaks and writes on a range of topics including women in leadership, human rights, and social media. She is the President of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association. She is the founder of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance in BC. She is a director on the board of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. She was the first Asian Canadian Executive Vice President for the BC Government and Services Employees’ Union and served from 2005-2014. Lorene is a fourth generation British Columbian whose family migrated from Japan in the 1800’s and 1906.

Added information and links: “We will be launching the Hastings Park 1942 website that will include more stories and photos about Japanese Canadians imprisoned there in 1942. The signs are on permanent display in Hastings Park.” Here is the link for The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association: http://www.gvjcca.org/

Source: https://worldpoetry.ca/?p=9386

 Featured Poet

Anita Aguirre Nieveras, Life Time Achievement Award Winner, WP Ambassador to the Philippines, she is   educator, poet writer and humanitarian, Anita came from the Philippines a number of years ago and through personal experience has dealt with racism on various levels. She brings her experiences and wisdom to this panel.


World Poetry Celebrates Oparin Ortiz from El Salvador and Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes:  The World Poetry Café Radio Show on May 12th ,1-2 pm,welcomed the Renaissance  Creator  Oparin Ortiz on CFRO, 100.5 FM along with Lorene Oikawa and an E–poem by David Beaton. A fascinating  show about arts, events and the need for racial unity. Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon, technical engineer, Victor Schwartzman.

CLICK HERE to listen!


Oparin Ortiz, is a quirky, Vancouver-based multimedia artist. He was a young child when emigrated from El Salvador in the mid-eighties, at the height of the civil war. He is an ally of successful survivors all around the world.



Oparin’s expertise is digital art software. He makes illustrations, animations and is currently testing the world of virtual reality art. He also has a solid background with real-world mediums. He has done works with aerosol, airbrush and makeup. He has also worked with metal, wood and electricity. He has experience as a writer, stage-performer and dancer. His search is to find new  art and tell stories.

Oparin’s accomplishments include performing in plays for Jimmy Crescenzo, Carmen Aguirre and Elaine Carol. Oparin is fortunate to have his art is featured on a sculpture in Seaforth Park in Vancouver, a production for Proyecto Cultural Sur Vancouver.


World Poetry Celebrates Japanese Canadians!



The World Poetry Café welcomed Lorene Oikawa,  who called in on May 12th  1:10 PM  CFRO, 100.5 FM, speaking about Asian Heritage Month and the Japanese events featured in this special month. Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon , engineer Victor Schwartzman.  In studio guest, artist Oparin Ortiz , special e-poem by David Beaton.  A great discussion of upcoming  events, racism and the need for unity.


Lorene Oikawa is the President of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association and on the National Council of the National Association of Japanese Canadians. Board Director with West Coast Environmental Law and the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. Assistant District Supervisor with the BC Provincial Government.Executive Vice President for over 9 years with the BCGEU including a position on the BC Federation of Labour Executive Council, and as a Trustee on the Public Service Pension Board.

Special upcoming events:

GVJCCA explorASIAN highlights for Asian Heritage Month including the Recognition Gala are here:  http://www.gvjcca.org/2016/04/04/jcca-takes-part-in-explorasian-during-asian-heritage-month/

Honouring Our People book launch: http://www.gvjcca.org/2016/04/15/362/

  • Come to the ExplorASIAN Gala and the only  fundraiser of the year! A celebration of the Japanese Canadian community with music, dance and a special Japanese Dinner. Raffle, Silent Auction and more! $70 per person, June 11, 5:30 pm, Nikkei Place, 6688 South oaks Cres, Burnaby. 604-526-4729.