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Black Shirt Day in BC

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The Anti-Racism Coalition of Vancouver (“ARC”) is petitioning for Black Shirt Day on January 15th to be introduced in BC, in recognition of the struggle for civil rights fought by Black and racialized Canadians.

Black Shirt Day

Black Shirt Day in BC

Through an online campaign and Change.org petition, ARC proposes that Black Shirt Day be established on the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the great civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

“We believe this will be an important step in raising greater awareness of the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights faced by Black and racialized Canadians, and help to foster solidarity against all forms of racism and hate.”

At L.A. Matheson Secondary, teacher Annie Ohana said ”most, if not all teachers” will take part in Black Shirt Day on Friday, adding she hopes at least 600 to 700 students take part.

“I do think days like this give teachers – students – a chance to kind of have an easier way to have that dialogue where maybe we take a breather to focus on specifically that one issue,” she explained.

“Our students, our staff need to realize that we need to celebrate Blackness, we need to celebrate students and everybody having a safe and peaceful existence.” [Surrey Now Leader]

The petition calls for the British Columbia Ministry of Education to designate Friday, January 15th, 2021, as Black Shirt Day.

“Having curriculum on, you know, my history, people who look like me, definitely would have helped to make me feel like I belonged in Canada, like I belonged in Victoria,” ARC’s Kamika Williams told the CBC. “The goal behind [the petition] is to have, at the very least, one day of mandatory curriculum on Black history and civil rights.”

Several school districts are currently participating, with the tag #BlackShirtDay trending on Twitter on January 15th, with support from students, teachers, unions, politicians, and more.

Black Shirt Day

So far, over 10,500 have signed the petition asking for 15,000 digital signatures. Follow ARC Vancouver on Instagram for more updates and the ARC Vancouver website for additional resources.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Jan 15-17

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January is typically slow when it comes to events and with extended COVID restrictions and everyone working hard to plan and produce 2021’s entertainment, it’s understandable that this weekend’s list of Things to do in Vancouver is pretty short. As such, I have included online events that were submitted, along with some of my roundups and lists for safe activities around home.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, January 15, 2021
Watercolour Magnolias Art Class
Glow Langley Drive Through
MY Circle Core: Youth Leadership Training
Surrey Arts Centre: A Brimful of Asha
Space Exploration – Family Programming
Resurgence: Indigequeer Identities at Bill Reid Gallery
ParkerArtSalon: The Poetry Project

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Kids Critter Club with Stanley Park Ecology

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From insects to eagles, kids can learn about Stanley Park’s creatures by joining the Critter Club! Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”) educators are offering an interactive online club for children who are passionate about animals, want to learn more about them, and want to help protect them. 

SPES campers birdwatch at Beaver Lake. Photo by Anthony Ho.

SPES Critter Club

  • When: January 21 – February 25, 2021 on Thursdays
    • Choose from a morning or after school session 
    • Participants can join for the full six weeks, or individual days. 
  • Who: Ages 9-13 (youth outside the suggested age range – younger participants – should be accompanied by an adult to help with tech support but programming will be designed for 9–13-year-olds)
  • Platform: Zoom 

The SPES Critter Club will explore wildlife in Stanley Park and around us through art, activities, short presentations, Q&A, and more. It offers young minds a place to grow their curiosity, meet other like-minded children, and have fun.

Critter Club members will be offered an optional exciting activity to do on their own over the next week. Activities will be based around sustainable living and learning how to protect our precious wildlife. Participants can bond with each other over what they did in the break-out session the following week.

Individual or Full Six Week Program

January 21, Week 1: Radical Raptors
(Register for this week only here)
Explore high flying Stanley Park raptors including Bald Eagles, Barred Owls, and Sharp Shinned Hawks in our introductory week! We’ll look at real taxidermy specimens from the SPES collection to discover how strong these birds’ talons are, why they’re at the top of the food chain, and learn their haunting calls!  

January 28, Week 2: Furry Wetland Friends
(Register for this week only here)
Do you find the quest for beaver knowledge gnawing at you? Do you know how to tell the difference between river and sea otters?  Look no further! We’ll learn about the busy and playful wetland mammals that reside here in Stanley Park, and find out what life is like inside the beaver lodges on Beaver Lake and Lost Lagoon 

February 4, Week 3: Scaley Snakes and Slimy Salamanders 
(Register for this week only here)
From skinks to salamanders, discover which scaley and slimy creatures are lurking under logs. Is it garter or gardener snake? Can bullfrogs really eat whole chickens? Are newts poisonous? We’ll metamorphosize our knowledge of these cryptic reptiles and amphibians and learn how invasive species are taking over Beaver Lake! 

February 11, Week 4:  Flying Wonders
(Register for this week only here)
Learn the difference between the only true flying mammal and the squirrel who thinks it can fly! Watch our nighttime video from the critter cams that confirmed flying squirrels do live in Stanley Park! Stretch out your wings (or patagium) for this batty program and explore the Park’s nocturnal skies with us! 

February 18, Week 5: Cool Creepy Crawlers
(Register for this week only here)
From ants to spiders, we get up close with our 6 or more-legged friends. Why are insects important? Do we have any harmful spiders in Stanley Park? Who makes those funnel webs? Which beetle smells like a Jolly Rancher candy? Crawl on over and find out who’s hiding in Stanley Park and around your home! 

February 25, Week 6: Marvellous Marine Mammals 
(Register for this week only here)
Join us for a deep-sea dive where we’ll explore the marvellous marine mammals off our coast. Find out which of these intelligent animals live around BC, and along Stanley Park’s beaches, and how they survive in the deep blue ocean. 

Register for the full six weeks here.

Related: EcoStories Film Camp

Granville Island Winter Jazz

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Coastal Jazz and Blues Society announces Winter Jazz, the annual free celebration at Performance Works on Granville Island, presented with the support of CMHC Granville Island. This year’s edition will be live-streamed, with online performances.

Granville Island Winter Jazz 2021

Granville Island Winter Jazz

When: February 19-21, 2021
Where: Streaming live online from Performance Works
Tickets: Free! Click on the event links below to register

Tune in and tune out the blues! The schedule of performances includes two evening concerts and four daytime presentations.

DJ Kookum and SIerra
DJ Kookum and SIerra

Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:00pm
DJ Kookum with Sierra Baker
Missy D
Presented in association with the PuSh Festival

Saturday, February 20, 2021
Jamie Lee Trio 12:30 pm & 1:40pm
Bruno Hubert Trio with Brad Turner 3:45pm & 4:55pm

Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 8:00pm
Gordon Grdina Trio
Presented in association with the PuSh Festival

Sunday, February 21, 2021
Alvaro Rojas’s Gran Kasa 12:30 pm & 1:40pm
Dalannah Gail Bowen  3:45pm & 4:55pm

These concerts include performances by a number of artists commissioned as part of the Creative Music Commissions, presented by TD, a program that supported 20 Canadian artists to create new work during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Follow Coastal Jazz on Facebook for more info.

The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society ranks as BC’s largest not-for-profit music presenter producing the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Bright Moments series, and year-round concerts, as well as presenting local, national, and international artists five nights a week at Frankie’s Jazz Club. 

Hot Chocolate Vancouver

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The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is back for 2021, rebranded as Hot Chocolate Vancouver featuring 39 venues offering up 87 flavours!

Hot Chocolate - Cookies Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Hot Chocolate Vancouver

When: January 16 to February 14, 2021

From the organizers: “When it launched in 2011, Hot Chocolate Vancouver was the first city-wide initiative  in the world to use hot chocolate beverage as a way to support small, local business.  This January it returns for its 11th year, bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream makers coming together to make the humble hot chocolate hotter than it has ever been before.”

Artigiano‘s Main Street and North Vancouver Edgemont locations will be participating, offering up the following chocolate creations:

Incendiary Orange Explosion
Creamy milk chocolate and bright orange, infused with smoke
Hand-torched, artisanal marshmallow topper

Mellow Berry Bomb
Ruby chocolate and juicy strawberry
Ruby chocolate marshmallow “bomb” melts to release silky marshmallows

Hot Chocolate Vancouver Artigiano
Artigiano’s Mellow Berry Bomb for Hot Chocolate Vancouver

Beta 5 Chocolates will serve up the Superhalva, collaboration with Superbaba.

A hot milk chocolate flavoured with brown sugar and sesame, topped with milk chocolate cornflake. Served with a halva macaron.

Koko Monk Chocolates is offering The Good, The Bad, and the Cuddly

Dark hot chocolate with oat and roasted sesame. (Vegan)

They will also be selling single vegan pistachio pralines to raise funds for the VGH COVID 10 Response Fund.

Butter Baked Goods has an After Eight.

A nostalgic cup of hot chocolate reminiscent of that special treat … After Eights. Topped with Butter’s After Eight Sandwich cookie (chocolate shortbread filled with an  After Eight chocolate and dipped in chocolate). 

Find these and more delectable drinks at the following locations:

Participating Cafes, Bakeries and More

49th Parallel Coffee + Lucky’s Doughnuts
Baker And Table
Beaucoup Bakery
Bel Cafe
Bellaggio Hornby
Bellaggio Canada Place
Bench Bakehouse
Beta 5 Chocolates
Bjorn Bar Bakery
Butter Baked Goods
Cadeaux Bakery
Caffe Artigiano
Chez Christophe
East Van Roasters
Everbean Café
Fife Bakery
Fufú Café
Gem Chocolates
Giovane Cafe

Glenburn Soda Fountain
Honolulu Coffee
Kafka’s Coffee
Koko Monk Chocolates
Koko Monk Hot Chocolate Lounge
La Glace
Mink Chocolates
Mon Paris Pâtisserie
Nelson The Seagull
Pacific Institute Of Culinary Arts
Passione Gelato
Peaked Pies
Sciué Italian Bakery Café
Soirette Pastry Boutique
Thierry Chocolates
Thomas Haas Chocolates
Uno Gelato
Zimt Chocolates

View the vendor map here, along with a legend to see which are take-out only, limited service, full service, open late, vegan, and more.

Hot Chocolate Contest

You can enter to win a gift certificate from participating chocolate makers and cafes through Instagram. When you visit, snap and share a photo tagging #HCVphotocontest in your caption or tag @hotchocolatefest within the photo. Winners will be drawn on Valentine’s Day.