Stability, peacefulness, politeness and a welcoming atmosphere go a long way when considering a nation in which to settle down and raise a family. When you are contemplating flinging free on vacation, those qualities aren't as enticing. So, what do you do if you need to become more attractive? Here are some thoughts.
When the Pride Society, one of the most influential activist organizations in Vancouver's prosperous and politically active gay community, comes knocking, Vision Vancouver, the current rulers at city hall, and the NPA, the loyal opposition, bow down. And when a trumped up "report" goes to council claiming attendance figures so outrageous they deserve their own float in the parade, nobody bats an eye. If a parade eclipses the 400,000 attendee threshold, it qualifies for the maximum amount of money available to civic parades. The Sikhs and the Chinese didn't come close. But according to the Dobrovolny report, the Pride Parade attracts "crowds close to half a million people." Cha-ching.
David Hawksworth is one of Canada's leading culinary talents. At Hawksworth Restaurant he has created the ideal setting to deliver compelling contem...
Earlier this summer I took my Toronto Interior Design Group team -- along with the Cityline cameras -- on a busy media tour in western Canada. Inspiration came from a rather unexpected place, however, when I was invited to the real houses of two Real Housewives of Vancouver: Jody Claman and Amanda Hansen.
Remember Tilikum, the orca that was shipped from Victoria's Sealand to Orlando's SeaWorld after the death of a trainer? "Blackfish" shows us that wasn't the last tragedy associated with this killer whale. I watched the whole movie with a big stupid grin on my face, because I know this whale tale all too well, and there it was unfolding beautifully for public consumption on the big screen. Sitting in the theatre, I couldn't help but think of the reaction that "Blackfish" will cause within the industry, the public and the government. And that made me smile. I figure if all goes well, "Blackfish" will sink SeaWorld's captive orca whale program, just like "Free Willy" sank the program at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Last month parts of Alberta were struck with a devastating flood. As we watched the horrific images of beloved Canadian cities immersed in water, Canadians felt connected like never before to its thriving midwest. I arrived in Calgary the day after the flood had devastated most of Calgary's vibrant downtown and surrounding cities.
When you taste the carrot cake puree, served alongside the tenderest of duck breasts, you realize that Makoto Ono isn't only a wonderfully talented ch...
I'm usually not one for jumping on the bandwagon of championing smartphone apps but recently I have been using fewer and gaining more awareness and ability as I navigate around Vancouver and have fun with friends. I am not associated with the apps I am talking about here. They just work really well and make living here a little more fun. Let's start...
For the longest time I thought I was eating healthy. A piece of fruit each day and vegetables with dinner. I was really active with biking, yoga and hiking, but not losing any weight. Carbohydrates secretly sabotaged my diet. Then last January, I decided to turn to more of a protein-based diet. I did lose weight fast, but after a discussion with a person who eats a plant-based diet, I quickly learned that high protein was not sustainable or good for my health in the long term.
Food is so much more than what fills an empty stomach. It helps better connect people with their community. Amid Vancouver's culinary abundance, three organizations are working to engage disenfranchised groups to nourish people with a renewed sense of purpose through food.
As Canada's Foodie of the Year, Deborah Son could have chosen anywhere in Canada for the dinner of a lifetime. Her choice is one of Vancouver's most beloved restaurants. Son, a 21-year-old student from Winnipeg, will dine at Vij's, ranked as the best restaurant in Canada for 2013.
Heritage home west of Main Street in Vancouver for just under $1 million. No words needed. This beauty speaks for itself.
What a weekend. I don't think I've managed to cram that much music into such a short period of time in ages. Four bands in 48 hours and that's not including two gigs of my own. Crazy. I managed to see the Peggy Lee Band, Soweto Kinch Trio, The Larry Goldings Trio (twice), and James Danderfer's Humming Bird Brigade. It took 20km of bike riding, several train rides, a gallon of beer, and a nap in the park to get it done but hey, somebody had to do it.
Even if you call your blog a hobby, the brands and mainstream media are watching you these days. It is far easier to connect with brands now than it was when I started out on this journey. While I still dream of Crunchy Carpets turning into my sole bread and butter, I have (wisely, I think) regarded it more as a jumping off point and have worked hard at spreading the word about my LEARNED expertise gained through blogging and social media. I love my blog and the amazing opportunities it has brought me, but I can only imagine what it would like if I was ten years younger and so was my blog.
When we try to figure out who and what to go see at jazz festivals, what did we do before the Internet? I guess you could choose to see a group based on being familiar with some of their members, or maybe you heard an artist's latest release on the CBC. But what about musicians you'd never heard of before?
What may have begun with a few inspirational designers creating fresh interiors with traditional pieces (Vicente Wolf, Daryl Carter, for starters) now has mass-market momentum. Stores such as Restoration Hardware simply cater to our hunger, offering nothing but time-worn furniture and fixtures with that certain industrial flair. And the online shopping world is no straggler when it comes to this trend. Sites such as 1st dibs have exploded in popularity. Now featuring leading decorators and style-makers offering their curated wish-lists and wares.... And anything from Victorian chandeliers to vintage Hermes can be snatched up, for a not-so-vintage price.