Black Friday - the weekend where Americans (and some border-crossing Canadians) line up outside their local Walmart at 3am after Thanksgiving dinner, only to lose their marbles to score an Xbox that’s 30 percent off, purchased with money they likely don’t have (and in some cases, pepper spraying the competition). In the midst of this retail madness, today is the second annual Small...
Why Should You Vote in Civic Elections?
Leave it to Gordon Price, Vancouver urban planning expert and former Vancouver city councillor, to answer this question quite succinctly: “Nothing can affect day-to-day life more quickly and profoundly than a decision at the municipal level. Or a failure at the municipal level.” Why does Vancouver have a great food cart program? Because City Council voted for it. Why did Vancouver...
A Fitting Tribute?
When I heard that the Terry Fox Memorial near BC Place Stadium was getting a redesign, I was excited to see how the selected designer- renowned local author and Fox family friend Douglas Coupland - would conceptualize a new monument to Canada’s greatest hero. And really, it had to look better than this (no disrespect to the original designers - the eighties were not the best time for...
Farming in the city
I’ve always considered myself a city girl. Even though my parents decided to move from Vancouver to the suburbs when I was 10 years old, we still came into the city often to shop and enjoy its beaches, parks, arts and culture - those were some of my fondest memories. Oh yeah, and I hate driving. I spent my teenage years driving everywhere and now the idea of living in a house where I would have to...