We spent yesterday in Surrey and walked around Whalley for a bit (yes, voluntarily). I guess I never realized how many huge, tall old tress (namely Redwoods) there were in this particular area. They’re tearing most of them down in order to “Bring Yaletown to Surrey“, but a couple were left standing in order to be novelty greenery for the new condos.
It was a crisp and clear weekend for the most part, with patches of snow and frost icing the sidewalks and roads of Vancouver and surrounding cities. Here’s what’s happening in the news today:
– While the mainstream newspapers were pushing a story about a pet cobra on their front cover yesterday, I read online that the Pickton verdict was given. He was found guilty of second degree murder on all six counts. [CBC]
– Reactions to the verdict are pretty powerful. On Tuesday the families will get to read victim impact statements and there’s talk of a second trial in the future regarding the deaths of another twenty women. [CKNW]
– David Suzuki took part in a rally at the library, while we were at TransitCamp, on what was “International Climate Change Day of Action” this past Saturday [News1130].
– Speaking of, The David Suzuki Foundation is joining forces with the NHLPA in a Carbon-Neutral initiative:
The David Suzuki Foundation and the union announced plans Friday for a partnership that asks players to become more eco-friendly, both at home through their personal choices and in their professional lives through the NHLPA Carbon Neutral Challenge.
The latter initiative involves players purchasing clean-air credits to compensate for the extra carbon produced by their extensive travels – a concept known as carbon offsets. All the money they raise will help fund three clean-air projects around the world through Montreal-based not-for-profit Planetair. [TSN]
– Canadian Idol comes to Surrey [News1130]
– And because we all know (or should know by now) that I keep a close eye on Stanley Park, the latest news to come out of Vancouver’s Crown Jewel is that one of its most visited trees is at risk of falling over:
Stanley Parkâ€™s iconic hollow tree â€” for over a century, a popular photo backdrop for countless visitors, their horses and even their cars â€” is leaning dangerously and may fall over.
Although the enormous Western red cedar was temporarily strapped to a nearby hemlock last week, itâ€™s not yet clear whether the famed tourist attraction can be salvaged permanently, said Vancouver park board chair Ian Robertson. [GlobalBC]
– My contest closes TONIGHT. Simply make a blog post linking back here with a couple keywords OR post the link to your Facebook. FYI the Vancouver Giants tickets are for THIS Saturday vs Chilliwack and the Mt. Seymour passes are good for any day this season (rental included). I’ll make the draw before the Canucks vs Kings game tonight @ 7:30PM.