Becoming She 2009

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Often there are events for women — women in business, women at home, and women around the world. No matter the context, gathering a group of individuals together for a weekend of networking, inspiration, and conversation is always a good thing, which is why I’ll share some information about “Becoming She – a premiere one-day women’s leadership development event” taking place February 7th at a lovely resort on the Sunshine Coast.

Upcoming Event

Through a series of discussions and coaching exercises, and advice offered by our guests, you will witness a possible perception shift and leave with a framework and personal action plan that will allow you to begin your own personal ascent in taking your leadership capabilities and your lives to the highest level, the ascent into Becoming She.

Speakers include

  • Dr. Hazel Henderson, a global leader in placing the environment’s health above profits. She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, award winning author and international keynote speaker, and founder of Ethical Markets Media.
  • Dr. Riane Eisler, proposes a new economics that gives visibility and value to the most essential human work, the work of caring for people and the planet. She is President of the Center for Partnership Studies, an international speaker, and award-winning author.
  • Nancy Rivard, founded Airline Ambassadors, a charity that has hand-delivered over $46 million of aid to children in 52 countries in orphanages, clinics and remote communities worldwide.
  • Dr. Nancy Roof, PhD, believes we are the first generation called to the task of co-creating a sustainable and compassionate global civilization. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the integral global journal Kosmos.
  • Becoming She will take place at the fabulous Painted Boat Resort — meaning spa services and entertainment will be readily available. Tickets are $199 including lunch (and the ferry ride is super cheap over to Langdale). Overnight packages are available and if you’re with a group (a table of 8 guests is $1500). More information is available through CSJ Events.

    Interview with Matthew Good About 'Vancouver'

    Comments 10 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Last Friday I met up with Matthew Good while he was hard at work in the studio. He graciously took a few minutes to chat with me so that I could write an article about his upcoming release for my weekly E!Online spot. An extended version follows below…

    Photo credit: Dan Lilly on Flickr

    Matthew Good’s Vancouver

    “It’s a funny thing, I think you know, me and my best friend whose lived downtown for 20 plus years, we talk about it all the time,” noted Good when asked about the changing face of Vancouver. “I think you know, if we, in 1990 were sitting outside at Taf’s Cafe and would have said that you know in 18 years from now there would be a big screen television across the street at like a music mega-store we probably would have entered into a suicide pact.”

    It’s been only a few months since he released Live from Massey Hall on iTunes but Canadian singer and songwriter Matthew Good is currently recording his next record which will be called, Vancouver.

    With regards to the songs on Vancouver being about the city of Vancouver itself Good said, “Some of them are overtly about it, some of them moreso my reflections on it or more personal introspection — I’ve lived downtown for 18 years and I’ve watched the city change very dramatically in those 18 years. I would like to say it was for the better but it hasn’t been in my opinion. I think this town has lost a lot of soul — it’s lost a lot of its culture.”

    Taking a very hands-on approach to his craft, Good is currently laying down all of the tracks required for Vancouver, while also producing the entire album.

    “It’s a lot different than Hospital Music in which I had everything exactly the way I wanted it and it ended up translating exactly the same way onto the record. Whereas with this record I had everything I wanted and some of the ideas with regards to sounds are changing once I’m getting in here, which is something that I planned on doing.”

    “Vancouver” – Matthew Good on Flickr

    This will be Good’s fourth solo (studio) album. His most recent, Hospital Music, soared to #1 on Canadian charts in August of 2007 while also conquering the online realm, topping, iTunes Canada, and the first single Born Losers was the #1 alternative song on iTunes USA.

    Good spent the better part of 2006 through 2008 touring Canada and the United States, performing solo acoustic concerts as well a few legs with a full band. Having recently moved outside of Vancouver’s downtown core he is looking forward to his change of environment.

    “I find that within the dichotomy of the city, especially within the downtown core and its neighbourhoods, there’s just not a lot of realism within the people – not as much as there used to be. I’m in no way trying to be disparaging about all Vancouverites, I’m just saying that in my experience I’ve noticed that, that it’s just changed a lot.”

    He added, “Who knows how the economic downtown that I think personally will hit this city like a ton of bricks, because it’s been flying high for quite a while now – it’s going to be really interesting to see how that affects the attitude of people downtown and whether or not this kind of Playland or Fantasyland or new ‘West Hollywood attitude’ will survive it.

    “I really just couldn’t live down here any more because I just felt hypocritical every time I left my house – I felt like I was part of the problem instead of part of the solution.”

    Song titles were released late last year on Good’s website and with tracks like The Vancouver National Anthem and Empty’s Theme Park the title and theme will definitely flow throughout the entire release, expected this year.

    Canucks Fan Zone Live Blog Today

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    I’ll be heading back to GM Place to meetup with other Canucks Fan Zone bloggers, podcasters and content creators for the Canucks’ official live blog. We’ll be sitting at our kiosk near section 111 so feel free to stop by and say hi. We record live video and audio hits, blog, post photos on the fly, do live polls, and give opinions on the game. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

    Pattullo Bridge Fire, Monday Commute Won't be Pretty

    Comments 36 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I’ve written enough about the Pattullo Bridge over the years that this aging decrepit structure has warranted its own tag; from asbestos in the deck, possible tolls, to lanes that are dangerously slim. Early this morning a fire broke out under its deck, forcing those who depend on it as a Fraser River crossing to take detours.

    Photo credit: Paul Hillsdon on Flickr

    The Pattullo Bridge is closed after a fire affecting its supports on the Surrey side, raising fears it could be shut for months. Bridge engineers are now inspecting the damage. TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie said nobody should plan to use the bridge tomorrow. He said the worst case scenario is the bridge could be closed for months if major structural repairs are required. [Surrey Leader]

    A wooden section near the south end of the bridge caught fire. According to TransLink, an arsonist may have been responsible. TransLink engineers examined the damaged trestle to determine if it must be replaced, and Hardie is now saying it “looks like an extended closure.” TransLink is meeting this afternoon with RCMP and transport ministry officials to develop a plan for the area. That will be followed by an announcement from TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast and Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon at 4:30 p.m. [The Province]

    To say that this will disrupt the commuting situation is an understatement. 80,000 commuters will be diverted to the Port Mann and Alex Fraser, while hopefully there are some extra SkyTrains running to help get tens of thousands of people to work and back. The Pattullo is an enormous part of our region’s transportation infrastructure and it’s pretty terrible that even after over a dozens deaths due to its narrow lanes and crumbling structure there are still no signs of its replacement on the horizon.


    Update: Experts are projecting that the closure will last “from 4 to 6 weeks”. No bikes will be allowed on SkyTrain to accommodate the extra passengers and trains will run earlier, from 4:30am.

    Update: Commuters should look at transit as an option. This morning I heard that SkyTrains were no more full than usual however it took about 1.5 hours to go only a few blocks in heavy traffic for the other bridges and routes.

    Canada's Next Top Model Auditions Today

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    Think you’re fierce enough for the reality TV spotlight on top of runway fame? Canada’s Next Top Model will be stopping by Brentwood Town Centre today looking for local girls to be contestants on its third season.

    Rules for trying out:

  • Please wear a skirt and body conscious clothing, with a two piece swimsuit under your clothing.
  • Bring or wear high heel shoes (bring the highest heels you own!).
  • You should wear no makeup other than lip gloss, and long hair should be pulled back in a ponytail.
  • You must bring proof of age (photo ID) such as a passport, driver’s license or health card with photo.
  • If you are underage you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • When: Today, Friday January 16, 4:00pm until 9:00pm
    Where: Brentwood Town Centre (4567 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby, BC) – (Centre Court, Lower Level)

    When I was in Iowa my sister-in-law told me about a BC woman who is currently on The Bachelor, and we also have local fashion designer Kim Cathers who is currently on Project Runway Canada. Best of luck to those who try out, and make sure you book some time for a interview before you’re shipped off to the show if you make the cut.