Everyone has a bar story. You know, the yarn your friends goad you into telling again and again because it never fails to entertain. For me, it's the tale of how I used to stalk former Vancouver Canucks captain Trevor Linden.
"We know that people get addicted to gambling and we don't say there should be no gambling. We know that people get addicted to alcohol and we don't say there should be no alcohol. As long as there is very strict regulation, I don't see why the same argument shouldn't apply to hard drugs."
A massive waste-to-energy garbage incinerator is being proposed for Nanaimo, population 88,000, to burn Metro Vancouver's garbage. It would be located on a site roughly 50 kilometres south of downtown Nanaimo, but prevailing winds would rain toxic material all over a town that breathes air rated by the World Health Organization as among the cleanest on earth.
Small is beautiful. When economist E.F. Schumacher first released his book of the same name in 1973 he had no idea that 40 years later tiny homes would become a massive trend. And while Schumacher was talking about economics and the value of decentralized systems you just need to scan the pages of Tiny House Blog to see that bigger isn't always better.
I grew up in Newton and recently moved to Surrey City Centre from North Delta. My Vancouver friends thought I committed geographic suicide. It's been over six months since I settled in the heart of downtown Surrey and I want everyone to know about my 10 favorite things about my new hood.
Helen is in L.A. having shock treatment (dramatized Hollywood-style), and a year later she's in Vancouver looking for some guy named Percy and it is 1948. Who is she? Who is he? It's never clear and so we don't care. That's a shame because this talented cast work very hard to pull off a technological marvel.
I'm hoping that whoever takes over for the executive director -- and for his other cronies who believe in their own sense of righteous importance and entitlement -- will look again at these programs with clearer eyes and sharper minds. I truly hope we will soon see some positive changes in this long-running DTES agency that has served a lot of needy people.
If you aren't communicating in Chinese, you're missing an important audience in Metro Vancouver. And if you don't have a team member or members that speak Mandarin and Cantonese, you aren't getting a complete picture of the myriad and evolving ways to talk to Chinese-speaking Vancouverites.
Every single day we either lose or waste one third of our food -- that's 1.3-billion tonnes a year. Not only could we have fed people with that food but it's an astonishing waste of energy as well. Just think of all the energy that goes into growing, fertilizing, processing and transporting 1.3-billion tonnes of food a year. Harvest Power has a partial solution.
It's a well-known fact that real estate prices don't match our incomes out here on the West Coast. But if you eliminate the single-family home pipe dream and consider the growing popularity and relevance of condo living, it's not such a long shot to find a home the Vancouver millennial can afford.