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Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum

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Enjoy free admission during Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum which will be open March 15-26, 2021. Stroll through the 1920’s village and visit your favourite historical exhibits. Exhibits are open with Burnaby Village Museum staff to interact with and learn from.

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Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum

Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
When: March 15 to 26, 2021 from 11:00am to 4:30pm
Admission: FREE! Advance online reservations are required. The Carousel and gift shop are closed. Please note exhibits and details are subject to change. 

Burnaby Village Museum Tram

The Steam Shed will have demos on Tuesdays and Fridays and you can visit the Interurban Tram Car #1223 in the Tram Barn anytime.

Stop by the Burnaby Lake General Store to learn about popular store purchases in the 1920’s, then visit the Jesse Love Farmhouse to experience a historic family home.

Chat with the teacher at Seaforth School and learn about schooling in early Burnaby, and then find out what a blacksmith does during daily demonstrations at Wagner’s Blacksmith Shop.

Check out the newly renovated Way Sang Yuen Wat Kee & Co. Herbalist shop in the Village to discover the role Chinese medicine has played in shaping communities like Burnaby. Explore the history of Chinese-Canadians in Burnaby at the feature exhibit, Across the Pacific, in The Stride Studios.

Across the Pacific Stride Studios - Photo: Josephine Hong
Across the Pacific Stride Studios

On select dates at the Learning House, Indigenous Educators will share their knowledge of Coast Salish history and culture.

Download the spring scavenger hunt PDF in advance, then see how many products from the past you can find. Finally, we can’t forget the sweet and savoury treats available in the Ice Cream Parlour, which will be open and offering a limited to-go menu with contactless payment.

Safety Protocols

Visitors are required to select a specific entrance day and time in order to adhere to and maintain gathering limits set out by our Provincial Health Officer. Face masks are recommended at all times for visitors.  Where physical distancing cannot be maintained, visitors are required to wear a mask.  Masks are required in all buildings.

Online reservations for Spring Break will open on Monday, March 8th at 9:00am. At this time, there is a maximum of six people booked per reservation request and guests should be visiting with their household bubble only.

There’s a lot to see and do over Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum! Follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more info. 

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum

Keep Her on the Map – New Initiative from Coast Capital

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For International Women’s Day on March 8th, Coast Capital is launching Keep Her on the Map to elevate women in the workplace. This campaign aims to highlight COVID related impacts, and asks Canadians to help address gender inequity.

Keep Her on the Map

Keep Her on the Map

Shedding light on the disproportionate social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, Keep Her on the Map is asking Canadians to take action to turn the tide on the unintended consequences borne out of the ongoing public health crisis. The credit union is encouraging support of women-owned businesses and has curated a robust set of resources for women who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. 

When it comes to health, safety and employment, women have suffered potentially long-term consequences as a result of the pandemic at a far more alarming rate than their male counterparts.

According to a recent study from BC Women’s Health Foundation, Unmasking Gender Inequity, women lost their jobs at a rate of 60 per cent greater than men at the beginning of the pandemic. Furthermore, working mothers between the ages of 25-55 lost six times more work hours than fathers each week due to increased family responsibilities. The study also found that the collective impact of the pandemic is also taking a toll on women’s mental and physical health. 

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Another study, McKinsey & Company’s Women in the Workplace 2020, found that as a direct result of the pandemic, companies risk losing women in leadership, turning years of progress toward gender diversity backwards. In fact, prior to 2020, Women in the Workplace research had found that women and men left companies at a comparable rate. With the onset of COVID-19, as many as two million women indicated that they were considering leaving the workforce, further upending the progress made to elevate women to leadership roles. McKinsey also found that women of colour who already face significant barriers when it came to workplace inclusion are being impacted at a greater level during COVID. 

The impact on female business owners has also been considerable, as the financial impacts of COVID-19 on the small business industry – a cornerstone of the economy – were compounded by the onset of additional care-related responsibilities with early pandemic restrictions. 

“The past year has changed the way we all work and live and it’s important that as individuals and businesses we take steps that make a positive difference. As a social purpose company and Certified B Corporation, we’re firmly committed to using our business as a force for good and that includes keeping women in the workforce and the businesses they own on the map.”

– Larkin MacKenzie-Ast, Chair of Coast Capital’s Business Women’s Network.

“For International Women’s Day, we are bringing this conversation to the forefront and amplifying the experiences of our female members to advance meaningful change,” says MacKenzie-Ast. “Whether it be sharing the resources on the Keep Her on the Map site, sharing information on women-owned businesses or using your purchasing power to support more women-owned businesses, we are asking people to actively and intentionally help bolster and support women in our communities. Because when the women in our communities are healthy and thriving, we are all better for it.”

Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Marina Adshade echoes the call for increased awareness and intentional action to swiftly address this new wave of inequities brought on as a result of long-entrenched family expectations that have impacted women for generations. 

“It isn’t so much that gender inequality still exists. We are all aware that we are still very much on a journey to address the systemic reasons behind the inequality,” Dr. Adshade explains. “However, what is alarming is that these systemic issues have again been exacerbated by the pandemic, setting back much of the momentum women have gained to this point.”

“The findings of the Unmasking Gender Inequity study that I recently partnered with BC Women’s Health Foundation on, are sobering,” Dr. Adshade continues. “The data suggests if the current inequities were addressed, this would be a huge win for our economy, for women and for their families. While these changes are complex, we can each do our part on a consumer level to effect change.”

For information on how to participate, visit the Keep Her on the Map campaign site, which has resources for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, and Job Seekers along with a list of women-led businesses, and follow Coast Capital Savings on Facebook.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend March 5-7

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Online festivals, art exhibitions, digital installations downtown, and more creative activities are on the calendar for March in Metro Vancouver and in particular this weekend. From a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience from Zee Zee Theatre, to an illuminated light display near English Bay, here is a handful of things to do in Vancouver, and beyond:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, March 5, 2021
David Ward | Station 234 w/Special Guest
SPARK FX 2021 Conference
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Black Women in Film Watch Parties
Gravity: Our Cosmic Glue – Family Programming
Coastal Lunar Lanterns at English Bay
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Make-A-Wish Play for Wishes
Place des Arts Exhibitions
The Gallery at Queen’s Park: New West Craft Artisan Exhibition

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2021

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In April 2020, the city was quiet, shut down. Pink petals rained down like confetti and sat on the sidewalk, untouched. Official Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (“VCBF”) events were delayed, then cancelled. For 2021, the blossoms are budding and so is the festival, with a reimagined lineup of activities you can do on your own, while we enjoy this collective seasonal experience.

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The 15th edition of the VCBF will connect communities and generations with about a dozen free programs to safely engage participants in interactive, social, and artful ways.

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RunGo Dash for Dogs 2021

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The 7th annual RunGo Dash for Dogs is now underway as a virtual race series with 100% of the pledges going to BC & Alberta Guide Dogs.

Participants can complete five voice-guided Virtual Routes from any location, with or without a dog. Each route highlights a stage of Guide and Service Dog training from puppy to graduation; “Puppy Pen 2K”, “Puppy Explore 5K”, “Puppy Focus 5K”, “Puppy Skills 10K”, and “Graduation 3K”.

RunGo Dash for Dogs 2021

  • Registration: $25 (gives access to all 5 routes)
  • Start Location: Anywhere
  • Start Date: Between February 25, 2021 – March 25th 2021
  • Start Times: Anytime
  • Distances: 2k, 3k, 5k, 5k and 10k (or run all 5 routes for the 25k Challenge)
RunGo Dash for Dogs Puppy
This year’s RunGo Dash for Dogs virtual race series will highlight the journey from puppy-in-training (like Maggie, pictured) to a graduated Guide and Service Dog

Runners can choose to do any number of the routes or complete all of them to complete the 25K Challenge before race finish on March 25th. You will receive virtual badges for each stage and you’ll be sent a Dash for Dogs dog tag medal, a Bandana (for you or your dog) and other goodies from partners. 

“BC & Alberta Guide Dogs is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, so we wanted to have some fun with the number ‘25’,” says Race Director, Craig Slagel. “We also wanted to give a glimpse into how a little puppy becomes a Guide or Service Dog, so it’s been great to incorporate messages from training staff and volunteers into the routes.”

Craig Slagel is the Founder of RunGo and has been supporting BC & Alberta Guide Dogs with this event for six consecutive years. In that time, Dash for Dogs has raised over $90,000 for the organization.

“We’re immensely grateful to partner once again with Craig and RunGo,” says BC & Alberta Guide Dogs CEO, Bill Thornton, “and we especially admire their persistence through in-person event restrictions to provide this one-of-a-kind virtual race experience.”

RunGo is the most popular running app for discovering the best routes in the world with turn-by-turn voice navigation.

The mission of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs is to meet the growing demand for professionally trained Guide Dogs and Autism Support Dogs for citizens of British Columbia and Alberta, and PTSD Service Dogs for citizens of British Columbia.