UGM's Orange Day 2010

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Union Gospel Mission is presenting their 2nd annual Orange Day happening April 2nd, 2010. Orange Day is actually a multi-day campaign to raise funds for the UGM’s Easter dinner, served to over 3,000 men, women and children in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.


Photo credit: Christine on Flickr

The concept is simple, think about the activities you normally do that cost money and instead of doing them, put that money away for one day and donate it to the Union Gospel Mission. This could be your $3.75 latte, a $2.50 bus commute, $12 for a movie or $50 for a dinner out with a friend. Instead, go for a walk, drink a glass or water, or stay home and have a movie night.

It’s called Orange Day because $0.32 is the price of an orange, which makes a nutritious and valuable addition to the UGM’s Easter meals. If you save $32.90 in one day by being frugal and enjoying free activities, the UGM can use that donation to prepare 10 full Easter dinners.

To get everyone in the spirit, the UGM has organized two events that don’t cost a thing:

Orange Day Campaign Kickoff: Gastown Photowalk

  • To kick off the week, you’re invited to a Gastown Photowalk. UGM’s own Leah Gregg will guide you as you get to know this part of the city with new eyes and through your camera lens.
  • When: Saturday, March 27, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Where: Meet at the Gassy Jack statue at the intersection of Carrall, Powell, and Water Streets.

    Orange Day Tweetup

  • Join Vancouver bloggers and UGM staff and volunteers as we chill together and get the word out online about the Orange Day campaign. Then, weather permitting, we’ll walk over to Crab Park to have some fun Orange Day activities and create bright, fresh “analog tweets” to spread the love and encourage homeless in our city and guests at the UGM meal.
  • When: Monday, March 29, 6:00pm (Chill Winston meetup); 7:00pm (Orange fun at Crab Park)
    Where: Meet at Chill Winston, at the intersection of Carrall, Powell, and Water Streets.

    You can follow the UGM on Twitter @UGM tag #OrangeDay, add orange-flavoured photos to their Flickr Group, or add them on Facebook for updates and info.

    YVR Best Airport in North America

    Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Last night the Skytrax World Airport Awards were announced in a live ceremony in Brussels, Belgium. Although their website hasn’t been updated yet, I found out on Twitter that Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was crowned as the Best Airport in North America (and 11th overall).

    YVR Domestic Terminal

    The award is based on 9.8 million passenger surveys conducted in airports around the world and measures the results from 39 criteria that include comfort, efficiency, signage, transportation availability, passenger amenities and friendliness.

    I had the chance to learn quite a bit about the airport’s art and history when I profiled the YVR Observation Area a few months ago and am glad they received this recognition. The free wifi, free Smarte Cartes, rushing waterfalls, First Nations art, and not having to walk or transfer 35 minutes to your next departure gate are just some of my favourite features. Having traveled through at least a dozen airports this past year, YVR always makes me feel welcome upon my return.


    Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

    To celebrate, I scoured Creative Commons photos on Flickr to present a small gallery of photos from our beautiful airport.


    Photo credit: BigA888 on Flickr

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    Photo credit: amcdaniel83 on Flickr

    Photo Credit: isriya on Flickr

    Photo credit: caribb on Flickr

    Photo credit: maybemissions on Flickr

    Please feel free to click on the images or the caption links to view more from the photographers profiled above.

    Singapore’s Changi Airport was named the World’s Best Airport by SkyTrax as well as Best Airport Leisure Amenities and Best Airport Asia.

    You can follow @YVRAirport on Twitter for announcements, news and travel updates.

    Hockey for the Homeless Day Vancouver

    Add a Comment by Rebecca Bollwitt

    May 7th 2010 has been declared by the City of Vancouver as Hockey for the Homeless Day. This annual fundraiser and hockey tournament where your team can face off against Canucks and NHL alumni all for a cause.

    According to the latest Metro Vancouver Homeless Count, almost 2,600 local men, women and children don’t have a place to live.

    This is the second Hockey for the Homeless tournament in Vancouver however the campaign has been running across Canada since 1996.

    “The mission of the volunteer-driven charity is to end homelessness through fundraising, education and partnerships with outreach groups. So far, Hockey for the Homeless has raised more than $2.5 million in aid of some 15,000 people.”

    Last year Vancouver’s event raised $65,000 to help local organizations fight homelessness in our city.

    They are looking for teams and individuals to take part this year and play alongside hockey heroes for this cause. The tournament entry fee for players is $300 and they are guaranteed at least 3 games. Participants will get a personalized jersey, lunch, a reception and dinner.

    Prizes will be up for grabs as well as silent auction items including Canucks tickets and memorabilia. Past NHL’ers to participate include Dave Babych, Wendel Clark, Vincent Damphouse, Theo Fleury, Nick Kypreos, Kirk McLean, Sergio Momesso, Cliff Ronning, P.J. Stock and more.

    You can register online and find out more about Vancouver’s event happening May 7th at UBC through the Hockey for the Homeless website.

    Vancouver International Auto Show

    Comments 54 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Vancouver International Auto Show will be at BC Place March 30th until April 4th. The size and grandeur of this year’s show is quite evident, given the scale of the venue and that the lottery grand prize is a Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

    Exhibits include:

  • Driving Adventure – with Allen Berg Driving Schools
  • Tuner Alley
  • Vacation Highway – with Tourism BC and Mazda
  • SuperCars
  • Classic Alley
  • Redline Theatre
  • Now famous for his stroll through Whistler Village and chugging a beer, gold medalist Jon Montgomery will also be at the Auto Show for a meet n’ greet on April 4th.

    Show hours are Noon – 10:00pm (Tuesday to Friday), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Saturday), and 10:00am – 6:00pm (Sunday). Tickets are available through Ticketmaster for $18 + fees (multi-day) or $10 (single day).

    Squamish, BC

    I have a couple of four packs of tickets to give away to the Auto Show, good on any day of the event. Since it’s all about the cars, please leave a comment listing your favourite driving destination. For some ideas, I have a Day Tripping series or I’m sure many have their own favourite afternoon, weekend, or extended road trip spots.

    You may also post an update to Twitter to enter by copying/pasting the following:

    Enter to win 4 passes to @VanAutoShow from @Miss604 http://bit.ly/br9ByS

    I will draw two winners on Friday March 26th at 12:00pm. Each will receive 4 tickets for the Auto Show.

    Update The winners are Scott (from comments) and Soo Wei (from comments) congratulations!

    Cactus Club at English Bay Poll

    Comments 9 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Goodbye onion rings, hotdogs and fudgsicles and hello spinach dip. The Parks Board has just approved a development proposal on English Bay that would replace the existing concession stand with a Cactus Club restaurant.

    “The main concern that I had back then was a high-end restaurant and we didn’t want a suit and tie kind of restaurant, so affordability was the main concern that we had had,” said Jasper early Monday. But now, as chair of the Park Board, Jasper said he believed the Cactus Club will provide a suitably casual experience for locals.

    “This proposal, this Cactus Club, while some might dispute it, fits into that range of affordability – yes, it’s not a McDonalds – but it’s not a Hy’s or a CinCins,” he said, referring to two high-end Vancouver restaurants. [CBC Vancouver]


    Photo credit: borderfilms on Flickr

    I did a quick poll on Twitter last night and although the majority was opposed to the change, quite a few welcomed it.

    “I’m with concession, but again I was never a customer of theirs. So maybe Cactus will do better,” said @jlate.

    “Yes, Cactus. Parks Board needs the money and Cactus will do a great job,” added @KCITY.

    Since this was just approved last night, I haven’t seen any proposed menu items or price points as of yet. The Cactus Club slated for English Bay will be tailoring their seaside menu to less expensive and take-out options though. There would be a main floor with inside and outside seating as well as a concession stand-type of outlet.

    Cactus Club is a favourite dining establishment for Vancouverites with delicious menu items and special creations from Chef Rob Feenie. The concern for many though is – does this fit on the beach?

    Construction will now begin around Labour Day with Cactus Club moving in for the summer of 2011.

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    Update August 2011 They are hosting a hiring fair for the English Bay location on August 25, 26, and 27, 2011.