Canada International Film Festival Contest

Comments 10 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Canada International Film Festival is in town this weekend, March 19th until the 21st.

Each year the festival includes movie screenings and special events such as Canadian and World Premiers, seminars, parties, and awards.

They also host a screenplay competition and will announce 12 finalists as well as the top three entries at the CIFF Awards Ceremony on March 21st.

You can view a full schedule of events and film screenings online and if you would like to check out the CIFF this weekend I have a pair of tickets to give away.

Here’s how to enter:
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  • Enter to win 2 tickets to the Canada International Film Festival this weekend via @Miss604
  • The winner can choose the film they would like to see from the schedule on the CIFF website.

    I’ll draw one person’s name by 8:00am Saturday March 20th so that they can get out and enjoy the film of their choice either tomorrow or Sunday. The winner’s tickets will be left at the ticket booth for whichever film they choose.

    Update: I have drawn Jen as the winner, congratulations!

    Metro Vancouver History: SkyBridge

    Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    On this day in Metro Vancouver history the SkyBridge, connecting New Westminster and Surrey (Columbia and Scott Road SkyTrain stations), opened to the public.

    Mr Pattullo

    The $28 million transit-only structure was built by Kerkhoff Bridge and Industrial Division Ltd., of Chilliwack, and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Division Co. Ltd. of Korea. Construction had started October 28, 1987.

    The 616-metre- (2,020 feet) long structure was part of a $179 million, 3.1 kilometre SkyTrain extension. It is set aslant the Fraser River to ease the curve coming from New Westminster. The bridge, which carries trains 50 metres above the Fraser, is the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge designed solely for rapid transit. There are two tracks, enabling SkyTrains to pass on the bridge. The 104 deck sections were built in Richmond, barged up the Fraser and then lifted into place by heavy equipment. Thirty-five thousand cubic metres of concrete (4,000 truckloads), 13.5 kilometres of stay cables and 13 kilometres of steel pilings were used in the construction. The bridge’s two towers are each 123 metres (404 feet) high. [Source:]

    New Day New Age New West

    When I was a little girl we would drive over the Pattullo Bridge every Sunday. Along the way I would spot the progress of the giant columns that would come to hold up the SkyBridge, bringing the SkyTrain out our way. Every weekend they grew taller and without knowing what the final span would look like, it was always a treat to see how far it had come along. All finished up on March 19th 1990, it is still the longest cable-supported transit-only bridge in the world today.


    The SkyTrain has come a long way since Expo 86, with two more lines and millions of riders each year. It has hosted everything from Dance Parties and No Pants Flash Mobs, to car load of Canucks fans, and the SkyBridge has played an integral part of getting people from A to B.

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    Happy Birthday SkyBridge! Here’s to increases in transit ridership and hopefully one day, SkyTrain or light rail expansion further through Surrey and the Fraser Valley.

    Vancouver 2010 Paralympics Day 7 at Para-Alpine

    Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    This morning I woke up in Whistler Creekside and headed up to the Para-Alpine venue for Day 7 of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. The morning’s events included Para-Alpine downhill in the sitting, standing, and visually-impaired categories.

    Para-Alpine Downhill

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    Para-Alpine Downhill

    As a photo of a hockey puck sitting in Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame got more face time than Lauren Woolstencroft on the front cover of the Globe and Mail today, as she raced her way to her third gold medal of the Games. With three prosthetic limbs, she won gold in the giant slalom (standing) yesterday with a remarkable 7 second lead over the next competitor.

    Para-Alpine Downhill

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    Para-Alpine Downhill

    It was a great day for Canada on the slopes, even if it wasn’t on the ice as our men’s hockey team got bumped to the bronze medal round. Viviane Forest won gold in the downhill (visually impaired) while Josh Dueck placed fifth in downhill (sitting). Both Forest and Dueck each won silver medals earlier this week in the slalom.

    Para-Alpine Downhill

    The strength of these athletes is astounding, not only were they blazing down the mountain but they were doing it without use of either limbs or sight. The crowd in the grandstand blasted out several rounds of “O! Canada” while cowbells rung out in celebration. Japan, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, America and Canada were just a few of the nations I saw represented with flags, face-paint, jackets and cheers.

    Para-Alpine Downhill

    Over in the Callaghan Valley Brian McKeever also picked up his second gold today in 10-kilometre classic cross-country, giving him 9 Paralympic medals in his career. I was told that as McKeever and his guide skied down the final stretch, the announcer proclaimed to the enthusiastic crowd at Whistler Paralympic Park that they were witnessing the greatest cross-country skier of all time.

    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Canada currently has 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 3 bronze as we head into the last few days of the Paralympics. You may view a full schedule of upcoming events over on the official website and you still have a few more days to check out some of the pavilions and attractions around town.

    Street to Snow Sale and Contest

    Comments 20 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    When a friend of my sister told me about his store in Burnaby, a sale he’d like to promote, and a giveaway he’d like to run for my readers, I figured it would be worth writing up.

    Street to Snow is a locally-owned and operated independent fashion outlet that features name brand skate, snow, and streetwear for 50-70% off suggested retail prices.

    This weekend (March 20 & 21) they’re hosting their 2nd annual Spring Break Sample Sale with t-shirts, hats and denim from $9.99, and shorts from $19.99. All prices are at least 50% off suggested retail price points.

    Photo credit: Street to Snow on Flickr

    To promote their sample sale weekend, Street to Snow is giving away a hoodie and two t-shirts to one of my readers (regular retail value approximately $130).

    Please leave a comment to enter to win or re-tweet this post. I’ll draw a winner Friday at 12:00pm and then they can head to Street to Snow to pick up their prize in person.

    Street to Snow will be open Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm and they are located at 3807 East Hastings Street. You can also find them on Twitter @StreetToSnow.

    Update March 19th I have drawn the winner and it’s Patrick M, congratulations! Thanks to everyone for spreading the word about this.

    Disclosure: – I was not paid to write this post nor did I receive any merchandise.

    Sunshine Coast: Sechelt Peninsula by Air

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    The last stop on our Sunshine Coast weekend adventure was in Sechelt.

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    We had lunch at the Lighthouse Pub then walked over to WestCoast Air for a scenic flight of the peninsula.

    Scenic Flight Around Sechelt with Westcoast Air

    It was really neat to fly right over the parts of the area we explored by boat just the day before. It was John’s first time in a float plane, which in itself is also an experience.

    Scenic Flight Around Sechelt with Westcoast Air

    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Scenic Flight Around Sechelt with Westcoast Air

    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Scenic Flight Around Sechelt with Westcoast Air

    The ferry terminal, our resort, and even a few coastal mansions really stood out from above.

    Scenic Flight Around Sechelt with Westcoast Air

    It was a cloudy, rainy day so we couldn’t see all the way over to the glacier on Vancouver Island but the view we did have was good enough for me.

    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    WestCoast Air offers scheduled flights from Sechelt to Nanaimo, Jervis Inlet, and Richmond/YVR. I’ve also done a scenic tour above Vancouver with them before. Our flight was complimentary but you can book a one-way ticket from Sechelt to Nanaimo for about $67.

    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    You may view the rest of the posts in the Sunshine Coast series here or browse all of my photos or John’s on Flickr.

    I know I’ve said it in the other posts as well but it’s amazing to think we did all of this in just a weekend and not once did we feel rushed. As Wendy from Libre Tea once told me, the Sunshine Coast is the “lost corner of the 604” but hopefully after this profile series it won’t be so lost anymore.