Thursday Morning Link Fest: Spreading the Love

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last night I attended Launch Party Vancouver (with a Twiist). It started off as a little cluster of folks at the demo tables huddling around laptops but it soon turned into a pretty fantastic event.

I will have a full write-up at some point today. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening in Vancouver and around the blogs this morning.

– I know I shouldn’t really bother with news because Sean puts it all here in easily digestible morsels, but I have a few more tidbits to add for my post.

– Surrey Mayor Diane Watts calls for more buses in the region. “”Right now, south of the Fraser we’re absorbing 40% of the growth of the entire region. So we need to have a proper transportation system in place. We can’t wait until 2031.” [CKNW] A start would be to schedule the ones you already less than an hour apart.

– Some financial assistance may be on the way for recent flooding victims. [GovBC]

– I heard it advertised on the radio as a “Vancouver tradition”, however only in its second year at the Stanley Theatre, Beauty and the Beast might be a nice little show for family to attend [News1130]. And it’s at the Stanley, where I once saw a production of Hamlet. The Stanley pretty much rocks.

– Or you could take the family to the Free Day at Bloedel Conservatory on December 14th.

Dine Out Vancouver is back this year. They already have a Facebook group up and running, however the deals don’t happen until January 13th. This offers special three-course menus at $15, $25 or $35 price ranges at a wide variety of Vancouver dining establishments.

– Malls in Burnaby and Vancouver have asked Salvation Army kettle volunteers to stop ringing their jingle bells [News1130]. The sound that is annoying to those who complained actually helps with donations, which go down when there is no jing jing jingling nor any ring ring ringing.

– B at the Love Blog has awarded me one of her Love Blog’s Spreader of Love Awards. Thanks for the link, along with the super nice blurb!

– Ryan, my fellow Metroblogger, will be on the next edition of the CBC’s Test the Nation IQ test [Metblogs]. Better yet, he’ll be representing the Blogger category. AWESOME!

– One final note, today is National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women. If more people would pay attention to this than “International Talk Like a Pirate Day”, we’d be better off.

Update: In order to compensate for the donation loss due to no bell ringage, Lougheed is doubling the number of Salvation Army kettles at the Mall. [News1130]

8 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. JennyThursday, December 6th, 2007 — 9:31am PST

    Public transport is extremely lacking in this part of the GVRD(or whatever they call it now). If people who lived in other regions had to wait an hour or more(during regular hours , forget early/late/holidays) just to get a bus that takes them to an exchange where they wait for another bus to take them to somewhere near where they needed to get (eventhough it takes only 15 minutes to drive there)perhaps they would understand why there are so many cars on the road. Not only are more buses needed but more Skytrain is needed as well.
    As for the bells, they are a part of Christmas. It brings attention to the kettles, which are used to fund programs for those in need. How could that bother someone? There are far more annoying noises in malls then that!

  2. DarrenThursday, December 6th, 2007 — 10:05am PST

    The Stanley does rock as a live theatre. Did you ever go to movies there before it closed and got converted? I have very fond memories of cutting class and watching “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” on the day it opened, from the first row of the balcony.

    As it turns out, of course, that was the second to last crusade, but never mind.

  3. Barbara DodukThursday, December 6th, 2007 — 10:06am PST

    I don’t know how people can drive to work for over an hour or two, each way, everyday. I could not do it but that is all because of the unreasonable cost of housing in the lower mainland. I don’t know if building better transit would get people out of their cars, and we are limited in places to build bridges, so it makes the transportation problem harder. Not to mention we have NO highway that goes directly downtown. A BIG mistake on that design.

    You deserve the award Rebecca. You are a top blogger in my books. Smoochies.

  4. Chris MagnussonThursday, December 6th, 2007 — 9:09pm PST

    Heh. We get officially get public transport on Monday.

  5. BradleyThursday, December 6th, 2007 — 9:53pm PST

    transit is like so pedestrian……

    i like my car and the privacy it provides me. crowding in with a bunch of dirty strangers with all those germs floating around and running to catch buses is not desirable for me

    however i do recycle so i do my part for the environment 🙂

  6. JennyFriday, December 7th, 2007 — 4:36am PST

    I commute an hour each way. I used to think that seemed excessive as well but it becomes part of your routine and it’s really not that bad (unless there are major traffic problems). It allows me to work at a good job and have a house I can afford, which is rare in these parts. I’m willing to sacrifice some time for a nice place to raise my family.

  7. Mom604Friday, December 7th, 2007 — 7:57am PST

    Oh, dear Bradley…tsk, tsk, tsk…(but I’m glad to hear about the recylcing)

  8. Tyler IngramFriday, December 7th, 2007 — 8:23am PST

    Oh the Dine Out Vancouver! I want to do it this year and review about it. Though you get a ‘sampling’ of what they have to offer but still good good, good times!

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