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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…

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


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


We harp on about the zombie apocalypse fairly often on, 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…

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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3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend


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 condo, townhouse and a house. Read more…

Granville Island Silos Transformed into Massive World-Class Artwork

Image: Vancouver Biennale

Image: Vancouver Biennale

The unmissable 7-storey concrete silos on Granville Island are in the process of receiving a dramatic makeover as they became a super huge piece of public art. The once-drab structure belongs to Ocean Concrete who is working with Vancouver Biennale. As a result the silos are rainbow currently hued and will be further adorned with a mural by Brazilian graffiti artists (and identical twins) Gustavo and Otavio Pandalfo, known from Berlin to NYC  as “the OSGEMEOS.”

“The mural is destined to become one of the most recognizable and iconic works of public art anywhere in the world, and if all goes as envisioned, it will become a legacy of the 2014-2016 Biennale exhibition”, says Barrie Mowatt, President and Founder of the Vancouver Biennale.

The Biennale has launched an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to raise $20,000 towards the hefty $125,000 price tag on the project. Once complete, it will be one of Vancouver’s largest pieces of public art. Read more…

Free Outdoor Movie in Stanley Park Tonight Will Be Mrs. Doubtfire

mrs-doubtfire2In tribute to comedic genius Robin Williams, Fresh Air Cinema will change tonight’s free outdoor movie in Stanley Park to the 1994 classic, Mrs. Doubtfire, replacing the scheduled screening of Ghost. As most of you know, Robin Williams was found dead in his California home yesterday.

The free screening of Mrs. Doubtfire starts at dusk (8:45pm) at Second Beach’s Ceperley Meadows in Stanley Park, between Second Beach Pool and the children’s playground. Bring your blanket and your nearest and dearest to enjoy this feel-good family flick and celebrate the lightheartedness Robin Williams brought to the world