True-crime author Lazarus on the notorious Vancouver ‘murder by milkshake’

Vancouver true-crime author Eve Lazarus. Rebecca Blisset photo.

Earlier this month, Arsenal Pulp Press published Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer. The book, by bestselling historian-turned-true-crime-investigator Eve Lazarus, details the investigation into the death of Esther Castellani. The Vancouverite died after suffering through months of agonizing pain from arsenic poisoning. The killer was her husband, Rene Castellani, a local radio personality who was carrying on an affair with his station’s twenty-something receptionist.

We emailed Lazarus (whose other books include 2015’s Cold Case Vancouver: The City’s Most Baffling Unsolved Murders, a BC bestseller and 2016 finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award) to ask about the book and the state of true-crime in general.

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True-crime author Lazarus on the notorious Vancouver ‘murder by milkshake’

Where to buy cat-and-dog-themed gifts in Vancouver this Christmas—and donate to a good cause!

You know how it is—you need a last-minute gift for your co-worker, spouse or sister-in-law. Or maybe there’s just a dyed-in-the-wool pet-lover on your list and you’d like to get them something more special than artisanal scented candles.

Have no fear, true believers—Inside Vancouver has the cat-and-dog-themed Christmas gift guide for you!

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Where to buy cat-and-dog-themed gifts in Vancouver this Christmas—and donate to a good cause!

What’s happening in Vancouver theatre this month

Kate Dion-Richard, Matthew Macdonald-Bain, and Carmela Sison star in Christmas at Pemberley. Costumes designed by Amy McDougall. Photo by David Cooper

A double dose of Jane Austen, a post-apocalyptic samurai drama, the return of East Van Panto (this time with Dorothy, Toto and those ruby slippers) and more make November an eclectic month for theatre in Vancouver. Scroll below to see what’s happening.

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What’s happening in Vancouver theatre this month

Little Chamber Music’s fall commemorative events

Begun in 1990, The Little Chamber Music Series That Could Society became highly regarded as an innovative presenter of new music in Vancouver. After shutting down in 2005, the series was reactivated in 2012. The society’s mandate is “to invite new audiences into contemporary performances through the ‘hook’ of a great story told with warmth, and by producing inspiring events that challenge audiences and artists to re-evaluate their relationship to the arts.”

This fall, Little Chamber is producing three events, all at Mount Pleasant Cemetery (5455 Fraser St.). See below for more info.

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Little Chamber Music’s fall commemorative events

Cannabis is now legal in Canada, here’s what that means for you…

legalized weed in vancouver

Photo by Roberto Valdivia on Unsplash

It’s official! After years of protests, false promises, thousands of illegal pot shops, and the notorious 420 festival, cannabis is officially legal today – October 17, 2018.

Whether you plan on smoking up or not, this will have a pretty major impact on life in Canada as we know it.  If you have questions about what legalization may mean for you, whether you’re a local, visitor, or just curious, read on to discover some quick facts for legal weed in Vancouver.

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Cannabis is now legal in Canada, here’s what that means for you…

Take a stroll in vanishing (East) Vancouver

On Sept. 29, urban explorers are invited to take a self-guided photo walk in one of Vancouver’s changing areas.

Clark Drive in East Van has long been an industrial zone and truck route. But the neighbourhood, which is also central to the annual Vancouver East Cultural Crawl, is gradually shifting into a more walkable area, with small artist-run spaces and craft breweries popping up. ClarkWalk will feature photo-documentation and new music to accompany participants. Read more below.

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Take a stroll in vanishing (East) Vancouver

9 Essentials Every Visitor Needs for Autumn in Vancouver

Photo Credit: Yasmine Hardcastle

Though it’s not officially autumn until later in September, the leaves are turning in and it’s definitely time for locals and visitors to carry a pumpkin spice latte instead of an iced tea while out and about in Vancouver! It’s my favourite season, and as we segue into crisper, cosier temperatures, every Vancouverite knows it’s important to have the essentials. Here’s what you need to pack for a fall visit to Vancouver:

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9 Essentials Every Visitor Needs for Autumn in Vancouver