Aid Worker from Kits Evades Ebola but Remains in Region

Ebola outbreak map

Ebola outbreak map

Kitsilano resident Anne Catherine Bajard figured the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus would be under control when she arrived June 1, in LIberia to start her job as country director for IBIS, a Denmark-based international development agency.

She was wrong.

“We thought it was controlled,” Bajard told the Vancouver Sun, explaining that the current outbreak had escalated fairly quickly from rural to urban. “What we didn’t know was that this was hitting major centres with large quantities of people. In a city you can’t control it.” Read more…

Composting for All! Vancouver to Ban Food Scraps from Landfills

Image:  Panphage | Wikimedia Commons

Image: Panphage | Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver is about to get even greener. Vancouver city council recently mandated that all food scraps and green waste will have to be recycled as of January 2015.

As reported by the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver began food scraps recycling two years ago for single-family dwellings and some city-serviced, multi-unit buildings, but that only accounts for a third of all organic waste in the city.

In July, city council agreed to include privately-serviced multi-unit residential buildings, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and other commercial and industrial waste generators in a plan to divert all compostable materials from the city’s landfill and transfer stations.

Why do it? Vancouver is on a mission to reduce waste at landfills by 50 per cent by 2020 (compared to 2008 levels). Food scraps and compostable material going into the landfill create methane gas. Methane is far, far more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, which comes from composting. Want to know more about why food scraps don’t create methane when they’re composted? Here’s the science behind it. Read more…

Pregnancy Shopping Guide for Kitsilano

Find nursery decor ideas at Stepback on West Broadway

Find vintage nursery decor ideas at Stepback on West Broadway

In September, more babies are born than in any other month of the year. Must have something to do with that wintery, romantic December month… Whether you are expecting next month or next year, or have a friend of family member who is, Kitsilano is the perfect place to shop for all that mom and baby require. Here’s our round up:

Pregnancy Shopping Guide for Kitsilano

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Harvest Haus Oktoberfest is Coming to Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, Oct. 2-5

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Prepare to essen well and raise your beer stein with a rousing prost. Vancouver has a new way to celebrate Oktoberfest at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, which hosts annual the German-style Christmas Market. Harvest Haus Oktoberfest takes place there October 2-5, 2014.

Harvest Haus, presented by The Social Concierge and Wet Ape Productions, intends to bring the feeling of an old world European harvest festivals to Vancouver, making our West Coast city into a “mini Münich.”

It’s the first time this event has taken place, and we’re all interested in exactly what kind of harvest bounty is on offer. Here’s what we know. There will be German-themed noshes including pretzels, spätzle, brezen, bratwürst, schnitzel and sauerkraut prepared with locally harvested ingredients. There will also be a traditional Swiss-style chocolatier tempting the crowds with his delights.

When it comes to suds, here’s the pour list: Read more…

Vancouver Zombie Walk Returns September 6, 2014

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We harp on about the zombie apocalypse fairly often on Kitsilano.ca, but this time, it’s for real. Vancouver Zombie Walk 2014 takes place September 6 this year from 4 to 6pm.  Thousands of Vancouverites in gory zombie garb infest the streets, creeping their way from Vancouver Art Gallery up Robson towards Denman Street. At Denman the horde will make a left and continue to English Bay. The infestation ends at the laughing men statues.

If you plan on participating, here are the guidelines. Read more…

Kitsilano Store Opening: Movement Global

Billy Would earrings

Billy Would earrings

Movement Global, an eco-friendly women’s clothing store, has just opened in a cute little spot nestled into West 4th at Arbutus. Originally from Bowen Island, the brand has expanded now to include this city location.

The shop itself is all white walls and distressed wood, with shelves overflowing with tops, and accessories hanging from twigs and branches. The design reflects the philosophy of the brand: simplicity and sustainability.

All clothes are made from sustainable fibers, predominantly bamboo (or “vegetable cashmere” as it is commonly referred to). The designs are simple but cutting edge, with reversible pieces, modern shapes, and flattering cuts. Chiefly active wear, the line is filled with basic T-shirts, hooded jackets, and fitted leggings in dark neutrals and rich plums, teals, and corals. Jewelry also makes an appearance; chunky earrings and necklaces made of reclaimed wood (courtesy of Billy Would designs) pop up around the shop. Read more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

Kitsilano House: 2405 West 14th Ave

Kitsilano House: 2405 West 14th Ave

What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano.

The properties include a one-bedroom condo, a townhouse with a view and a spacious 5-bedroom house.

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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Four Adventures That Will Have Your Kids Raving about Their Summer!

 

Image: Pirateadventures.ca

Image: Pirateadventures.ca

Summer isn’t over yet and there’s still time to squeeze in a few more outings before back-to-school. We’ve been checking out things to do all summer and can assure you kids and adults will have a blast at these attractions:

Four Outings That Will Have Your Kids Raving about Their Summer!

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5 Good Burritos in Kitsilano

Carne Asada Burrito from Chronic Tacos

Carne Asada Burrito from Chronic Tacos

A neatly wrapped flour tortilla stuffed with rice, beans, lettuce, salsa, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, and a favourite meat or vegetable mix – that’s what we call a “burrito” (actually meaning “little donkey” in Spanish). Originating from Northern Mexico or possibly California, the burrito makes for an easy meal anytime of day.

While we don’t exactly have great burritos in Kitsilano (you’ll probably need to venture outside of our neighbourhood boundaries for that, as in, head down to California or Mexico yourself), we do have a choice of some pretty good ones.

5 Good Burritos in Kitsilano

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