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Think Spring: 9 Stunning Springtime Destinations

With the warm weather finally upon us, many travellers are looking to shed those cumbersome layers and book a last-minute escape. But which destinations are worth travelling to in the Springtime? We've put together the top nine destinations that are at their most beautiful during Spring. From bustling metropolises to sandy beach locales, these are the must-visit cities to visit around the world before the Summer tourist crowd hits!
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A Better Place For Our Plastic Bottles

My last few overseas trips have been to Asia and the discrepancy between how recycling is handled here in North America versus other continents is silently alarming. I see the eco-friendly initiatives that hotels offer, from the baseline reuse of towels and linens to recycling bins and paper cups. But is this enough? Am I being a conscious traveller and doing what I can to combat the negative effects of tourism? Soon, I'll be making my way to Cambodia and in my research of Siem Reap, I stumbled upon a great recycling program that addresses some of my concerns.
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Vancouver's Green Buildings Policy Is Good News

By setting the bar so that new homes and buildings perform better and pollute less -- at no additional cost -- we are taking an important step toward reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and bringing construction standards in line with those being adopted across Europe and North America. The city's new policy will save us money, expand the number of jobs in green construction, and benefit our health. It's an exciting blueprint for what will become the new normal in construction in B.C. and across Canada.
Bordered by the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the heart of Canada's third-largest metropolitan area and the largest city in British Columbia. In the 1870s, Vancouver was founded as a sawmill settlement called Granville. In 1886, the city was incorporated and renamed Vancouver after Captain George Vancouver, a British naval captain who explored the area in 1792. The city boasts Canada's largest port, a thriving arts scene, the Vancouver Canucks NHL team and the BC Lions of the CFL. It played host to the world for the 2010 Winter Games.