Coal Harbour Photowalk

April 26th, 2009 @ 11:39am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’m becoming better with taking weekends off but being ‘connected’ is a part of who John and I are as a family, really. As such, we went for a walk yesterday down to the new convention centre (since John hasn’t seen the site in month) which turned into a photowalk. I decided to take a few different photos than last time and he as able to grab some great shots as well.

Walk Bike Walk

Vancouver Convention Centre



Always Watching

Change in perspective


Harbour Air

Reading material

Although the sea walk is still a work in progress, be sure to stop and read the placards that are placed all along the railing. At first I was surprised that they didn’t say anything about the current scenery e.g. The Lions, however they share much more about BC history as a whole and contain some pretty neat history tidbits – from Billy Barker, to Jean “Cataline” Caux.

Brockton IPA from Granville Island Brewing

April 24th, 2009 @ 9:27am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last night John and I were able to get our first tastes of the new Brockton IPA from Granville Island Brewing at their media launch event.

Granville Island Brewing

I recently became a fan of the GIB Winter Ale, which I compare to drinking vanilla and pine trees (but in the most tasty sense possible, I assure you). John’s a fan of their Hefeweizen as well so when I asked if he would join me at the brewery after work, he happily obliged.

Granville Island Brewing

Granville Island Brewing

At the event Brewmaster Vern Lambourne said that the Brockton IPA (a celebration of the brewery’s 25th anniversary) is brewed in the style of a Pacific Northwest India Pale Ale.

Granville Island Brewing

Granville Island Brewing

I’ve been a fan of IPA’s before and I have to say this was definitely smooth. We were also remarking that it’s a clever choice of labels for this new product — using a palette that matches the Canucks official team colours to a tee. That, combined with the fact that it’s named after Brockton Oval in Stanley Park so they pretty much won me over within the first few sips.

Granville Island Brewing

Granville Island Brewing

Granville Island Brewing was Canada’s first microbrewery and they adhere to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, where they only use barley, malt, hops, yeast, and water to make their beer. The also make English Bay Pale Ale, Cypress Honey Lager, Lions Winter Ale, Gastown Amber Ale, Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale, and Robson Street Hefeweizen.

Granville Island Brewing

Granville Island Brewing

Granville Island Brewing

The brewery is located on Granville Island, and have a taproom for tastings, a retail store, and you can go on tours. I’m thinking this may have to be a stop on Duane’s “100 Mile Beer Diet” as well.

Granville Island Brewing

You can follow @ItsGoodToBeHere on Twitter for GIB news and updates.

The event was really fun (and the food pairings were delicious). I’m a fan of local microbrews and also companies that brew locally. I think it’s great that Vancouver is being put on the brewmasters’ map by all of these ventures – giving the community something else to call their own and share with the world.

Coffee with the YummyMummyClub

April 23rd, 2009 @ 3:27pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Before anyone jumps to any conclusions about there being a “Baby604″ I must clearly state, I am not a “mummy” nor do I plan to be at any point in the foreseeable future. However, there are a ton of yummy mummies in Vancouver and they came out for a Tweetup at Calhoun’s this week with Erica Ehm.

The Vancouver YummyMummyClub

Erica, a pioneer of the music television days, is now the CEO of – a gathering place online and social networking resource for mothers across the country.

A superwoman who fits into her size 6 jeans three weeks after giving birth (by scheduled C-section of course)? A sexy mama who shops for groceries in heels, closing deals on her cell phone while waggling finger puppets to stimulate her baby’s growing cerebellum? Give me a break! Yummy is a state of mind.

A true Yummy Mummy struggles to find the impossible balance between the single sexpot she used to be, the woman she’s become, the professional she works hard to be, the wife she aspires to be and the mother she has to be. Basically, she’s confused and exhausted. Forget CEO. THIS is the toughest job in the world. Why didn’t anyone warn us? Can you relate? Then Welcome to the Yummy Mummy Club.

Coffee with Erica Ehm

I stopped by the Tweetup at the request of my friend Rachael (who truly is a yummy mummy) and to meet Erica, who is also one of my Twitter contacts. I ended up meeting several interesting, inspiring, and enterprising mothers as well.

Lucia @CanadaMomDeals

Feedback I heard from the ladies was that it was so nice to have a meetup mid-day and one that was also kid-friendly. I had a nice time meeting the mummies and learning more about networks and businesses online that go beyond blogs and tech.

Gwen @LeftCoastMama

Erica also informed us of DolphinSecure, a system for secure web browsing if you have kids in the house that use the family computer. This was information I could pass on to my sister since she is a mother of five with three computer savvy-kids in elementary school.

Rachael took some video of the meetup (above) and you can read her recap over on her blog. Check out the YummyMummyClub and I have a feeling they might be doing more tweetups in the future.

Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2009

April 23rd, 2009 @ 1:36pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

After a Northern Voice session a few individuals decided to take one conversation to the next level and create Mental Health Camp.

The goal is to address and discuss such questions as:

  • How can blogging help decrease the stigma of mental health?
  • How does someone with a mental illness navigate the waters of anonymity in the transparent world of social media?
  • How is the journaling that happens in blogging similar to or different from journaling for healing?
  • How can social media participants with mental health issues help each other?
  • “We strongly hope that the Mental Health Camp model will be replicated in many cities in the world,” said organizer Raul Pacheco. “As one of our speakers said, we aim to squash stigma about mental health one blog and tweet at a time.”

    A “Camp” in the social media world is a basically a conference that has a loose schedule where attendees can have a say in which sessions they would like to see take place. Recently it’s also been the term used for a gathering or meeting, organized in the same online / social media sphere. Mental Health Camp was created by Raul Pacheco along with Isabella Mori of Change Therapy – both have also been organizers of the monthly Vancouver Blogger Meetup.

    Topics scheduled for discussion include, “Anonymity and pseudonymity: Freedoms, dangers and responsibilities”, “Social Networking, Visibility, and the Therapeutic Alliance”, and “ADHD – Busting the Myths, Breaking the Stigma, Showing Reality, One Post and Tweet at a Time”.

    Mental Health Camp will be at WorkSpace in Gastown this Saturday, April 25th, 2009 from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Registration is online.

    Thursday Link Fest: Too Excited to Wear Pants

    April 23rd, 2009 @ 12:20pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    On the cover of the 24 Hours this morning there are a few Canucks fans sporting the latest trend in female fan fashion: what appears to be a jersey, no pants (maybe booty shorts or hidden skirt) and stiletto heels.

    Photo by: KlicksPhoto @ at Mainland Athletics – via 24 Hours Vancouver

    Not to pick on these enthusiast ladies at all (we’re all super excited for our team) and I’m all for men and women loving the game and showing their support. I find a good fan to simply be one who has passion for their team year-round regardless of what they’re wearing (although I have had some issues with certain fan attire in the past).

    Since we’re all in a Canuck mood, I’ll kick off today’s link fest with a shout out to my podcast co-hosts who are all up to neat things for the playoffs

  • DaveO from the Canucks Outsider is doing a series of live episodes during games, although we’ll have to wait now until the Canucks are back in action.
  • JJ from the Canucks Hockey Blog has enlisted Richard Loat as a partner do provide content and help run the site.
  • Alanah from Canucks and Beyond is just awesome. All the time.
  • In the non-hockey blog world, a few new blogs have recently come to my attention…

  • Gassy Living is written by Ashley, a recently-landed Brit living in Gastown.
  • Chuck Davis of VancouverHistory (officially my favourite history site about Vancouver) is now also contributing to the KnowBC blog.
  • There is also a campaign out there to raise funds to benefit a third world community throughout the Canucks playoff run – check out GoatCanucksGoat for information.
  • and making news around Metro Vancouver…

  • News1130 has a web poll asking if the City’s idea of banning bottled water sales at City-run events is a good idea (cast your vote on their main page).
  • The City of Burnaby needs your help tracking down some tree poachers [CKNW]
  • Paul Hillsdon defends Ray Lam, the NDP candidate that recently backed down due to the release of “racey” Facebook photos.
  • Jeans Day is April 30th, purchase your pin for $5 from Save-On-Foods to support the BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Capulet Communications has thrown their hat in the ring for the Pop Vox Awards “Best Do-Gooder” award.
  • and John Biehler’s test of the Light Writer App for the iPhone is just all kinds of awesome.
  • I have also just done the draw for my Red Cross Red Carpet Soiree Contest. I ran it on my site as well as on Twitter and you just needed to leave a comment on the post or re-tweet using @RedCarpetSoiree. I then embedded the Twitter stream and we had 25 comments and about 40 Twitter entries. The winner (thanks the draw by is… Lesley Chang who entered via Twitter – congrats and I’ll see you at the event on May 6th.

    Emily Carr EV.ent This Friday

    April 22nd, 2009 @ 8:46pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Having driven across the city all day in a hybrid vehicle I can just imagine how smooth it would be to cruise around in a 100% electric vehicle and amazingly enough over the last few years students at Emily Carr University have come up with some prototype models for just that.

    Fuse Studio is announcing a community forum EV.ent for their proposed electric vehicle design on April 24th, 2009. The EV.ent launch is also a public forum to discuss Electric Vehicle design and the construction of a community network for alternative personal transportation options in Vancouver. Since fall 2008, the students of Fuse Studio have been designing and developing a scale model of their region-specific electric vehicle design that will be on display during the EV.ent. [Fuse Studio]

    This Friday at Emily Carr there they will reveal the design in order to get community feedback and to fundraise to purchase the chassis for the vehicle.

    Where Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in Room 301
    When Friday April 24th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    “The EV.ent launch gives members of our community the opportunity to work creatively and co-design with students on an ecologically friendly project,” said Project Coordinator Stephanie Vacher. If you’re interested in attending just stop on by this Friday or email info [at] for more information.

    Earth Day: Around Metro Vancouver

    April 22nd, 2009 @ 1:07pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I set out to Surrey this morning for a lovely morning stroll with my sister and Jakob along the right of way greenway – a network of trails that practically cross the entire city. We must have run into about 4 different groups of school children out and about for a class walk as well.

    Surrey Greenway

    Surrey Greenway

    I then came back downtown to check out what was going on at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Green Party is on the Georgia Street side and have speeches, information booths and a band. However, our buddy Paul from Mojave is on the Robson Street side with Liberation BC handing out free vegan cupcakes — which are delicious by the way.

    Green Party Rally

    Green Party Rally

    Vegan Cupcake

    Vegan Cupcake

    Vegan Cupcake

    Eat Vegan!

    Both groups will be there until 2:00pm so you still have about an hour to stop by.

    Camry Hybrid for Earth Day

    Camry Hybrid for Earth Day

    The ride to and from Surrey in the Camry Hybrid was great and I’ll have a full review once I’m able to sit still for more than 5 minutes today. Time for the next Earth Day event!

    Earth Day 2009: Tech it Away

    April 22nd, 2009 @ 8:21am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Today I’ll be out and about around town using a Camry Hybrid to get around, thanks to @ToyotaCanada. I have a few destinations and I’ll be blogging throughout the day with updates on the events. The first stop on my Earth Day tour of Vancouver today is King George Secondary in the West End.

    Tech it Away - Earth Day

    The high school is participating in Best Buy’s “Tech it Away” event where you can bring in your electronic goods for recycling.

    Tech it Away - Earth Day

    Accepted items include computers, monitors, cables & accessories, laptops, printers, fax machines, TVs, cell phones, batteries, DVD players, and VCRs.

    Tech it Away - Earth Day

    In exchange for these recycling efforts at schools by student volunteers, Best Buy will award grants for the purchase of electronic gear to participating schools (19 in total) in recognition of their environmental efforts.

    Participating schools in Vancouver:
    Lord Byng Secondary (3939 West 16th Avenue)
    King George Secondary (1755 Barclay Street)
    Sir Winston Churchill Secondary (7055 Heather Street)

    Tech it Away - Earth Day

    They will be accepting your electronic goods for recycling all day today from 7:00am until 7:00pm.