Election reading and PNE fun highlight our list of things to do this month


Billed as Canada’s largest harvest festival, Harvestland brings activities for all ages to the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver this month. Look for the family-friendly Bavarian Village (axe-throwing, pumpkin catapult, swordplay), Kinder Farm (pumpkin carving stations, tractor rides), Woodland Labyrinth, and amusement rides and games. Those over 19 can enjoy Harvest Haus’s Lippensynchron Battle, Stein Games and Sweethart Night, plus traditional German food and beer. October 11-14 and 16-20; adults $14.99, seniors and children $9.99, family pass (two adults, up to three kids) $44.99

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Jody Wilson-Raybould has served as regional chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations, the member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville, and the first Indigenous minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. Her new book, From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada, is based on 25 of her speeches, lectures and writings over the past decade. “[They] all, in some way, speak to the message of Nation rebuilding and empowering Indigenous People within an even stronger Canadian federation,” she notes. Wilson-Raybould groups them under five themes, including building business relationships and the duty to consult. Purich Books 224 pages, paperback, $24.95


The information in Eat More Plants: Over 100 Anti-Inflammatory, Plant-Based Recipes for Vibrant Living is as straightforward as the title.Desiree Nielsen, a Vancouver-based registered dietician and host of Gusto TV show The Urban Vegetarian, explains how switching to a diet focused more, or exclusively, on plants increases energy, protects the gut, helps support a healthy weight and treads more lightly on the planet. To benefit the most people possible, the recipes are vegan, gluten-free and can generally be prepared in less than an hour. Penguin Canada 256 pages, paperback, $32