A neighbourhood memorial

Although the West End’s Sex Workers Memorial has broad implications, the Sept. 16, 2016 unveiling was still a prideful neighbourhood event. It was inspiring to listen to stories of people’s struggles for the rights of sex workers. All three local First Nations Bands were represented: Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish, and their unceded territory recognized. They…

Steam Engine 3716

This 104-year-old steam engine pulls a vintage train along the remaining 10 km (6 miles) of the famed Kettle Valley Railway (KVR). It’s a 90-minute tourist ride and well worth it. Skirting through the beautiful Prairie Valley of Summerland, B.C., the train ride offers beautiful vistas of vineyards and fruit orchards, a hallmark of the…

Rainbows abound at Bute and Davie

This is the beautiful Pride sign, in rainbow colours at Bute & Davie in Vancouver’s West End. It stood in the new Jim Deva Plaza during Pride weekend. The sign was an initiative of Young Ideas, which works out of Gordon Neighbourhood House. Young Ideas proposes to connect young people who live in the West…

Steam rolling prints

What we are seeing is collaborative public art in action to produce a 4’ by 8’ woodcut print using a genuine steamroller, ordinarily employed in paving streets, as a press. This event, BIG PRINT PROJECT, took place on Granville Island over the Canada Day weekend, July 1, 2, 3, 2016. It is one of 11…

Paddling to the future

In this incredibly beautiful setting on Cowichan Bay, B.C. on Vancouver Island, we see three canoes paddling in the bay on June 15. They are filled with 2016 Aboriginal graduates from several Cowichan Valley schools. They are on their way to the shore on Cowichan Tribes Recreational Property beside the OceanFront Suites Hotel where their…

A Perfect Storm

Five years ago on June 15, 2011, this massive crowd on Georgia St. near Hamilton St. was the main proponent in what would become a perfect storm creating the devastating riot after the Stanley Cup final game. The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins were tied 3 to 3 going into the final game being played…

Sweet Leilani

This is a strange name for the 86-metre-long boring machine we see depicted on this cake. Ten years ago on June 10, 2006, this cake was part of the celebration to christen this machine that would bore 2 tunnels beginning on the south side of False Creek (Olympic Village Station), continuing under False Creek to…

Expo 86 – the bubble that never burst!

This remarkable photo was taken just outside Olympic Village, on southeast False Creek. The bubble was generated by the man standing on the wharf to the left. Through it we can see the iconic Telus Science World which was originally known as Expo Centre. It functioned for 6 months in 1985 to advertise the theme…

Steveston: A gem along the Fraser River

Steveston is about a 30 minute car drive south of Vancouver. It is also easily accessible by Canada Line and bus. The latter takes about an hour and makes for an inexpensive day trip. Steveston is located in the southwest corner of Lulu Island just along the Fraser River before it empties into the Georgia…

And the beat goes on

From his commanding view at City Hall, Captain George Vancouver, after whom our city is named, is pointing over the domain he first explored in 1792. Captain Vancouver showed respect for and enjoyed mainly good relationships with indigenous people, easing his ability to survey the area. Less than a century later, the city of Vancouver…

Spring highlights

What signifies spring in Vancouver better than cherry blossoms! This beautiful array of trees in pink bloom is outside the charming Strathmore Lodge Apartments at Bute St. and Comox St. in the West End. It overlooks Nelson Park on Mole hill. The Strathmore, one of Vancouver’s early apartment buildings, was originally named the Royal Alexandra…

The once and future past of the West End

In 1900, when the two houses at Davie & Jervis Streets (on the right side of this picture) were built, the West End was sparsely populated. It was a gentler place of rolling hills and scrub brush, a lot of the trees having been logged. There were probably great views from the houses pictured above…

The Great Northern Way

A new creative arts centre for Vancouver is burgeoning along Great Northern Way. It’s part of the False Creek Flats in an area dominated by the new Great Northern Way Campus (GNWC), roughly situated between Thornton Ave. on the west side, Glen Drive on the east, the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) on…