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Vancouver Neighbourhoods, What's What

August 27th, 2008 @ 3:42pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Growing up in Surrey I know that when someone tells me they are from Cloverdale or Fleetwood, they’re still really from Surrey. Today I was interviewed by Erin and we discussed the fact that it’s sometimes fun to just state the fancy neighbourhood name when people ask you where you’re from. Panorama Ridge? How lovely!

I came home to find a similar neighbourhood-type discussion on Twitter, between @nickb and @ddonat. Nick, who works with the online creative writing community that is Protagonize, made a comment about the financial district in Vancouver. This lead to a discussion about what is exactly is Vancouver’s financial district and where are the boundaries? What do people consider downtown, midtown, crosstown and all the other ‘towns’ (like Gastown, Chinatown and Yaletown).

A friend told me the other day she was to meet someone in what they described as Yaletown, however she ended up near the Vancouver Sun building on Pender and Beatty. We both agreed, that location was definitely not what we would consider Yaletown.


Photo credit: Kris Krug on Flickr

The Davie Village meets Yaletown at which street – Granville perhaps? Does Coal Harbour turn into the financial district at Burrard? Wiki offers up a nice list of neighbourhoods in Vancouver yet there are also unofficial areas such as Railtown – (Railway street between Gore and Princess but North of Hastings – or perhaps Pender?)

A few years ago it was announced that the official “downtown” of Vancouver was where Burrard meets Dunsmuir, although I’m sure many could argue that title.


Photo credit: Richard Eriksson on Flickr

When I venture out of the West End to meet Duane at Smiley’s I would tell John to meet us “downtown” and in what I would consider the “financial district” since there are so many banks around and the area is pretty deserted on weekends (well it was before Cactus Club opened up anyway).

But then again, did I just come from the West End or the West End at Robson, the West End at Stanley Park, the West End at English Bay or the West End – Davie Village?


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

We all have our own criteria and although some of the boundaries are clearly laid out, all of these neighbourhoods are on the downtown peninsula of Vancouver and they each have their own style and traits.

The Nike Human Race 10km

August 27th, 2008 @ 7:50am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

You may have seen the adds around town, “Montreal vs Vancouver”, pitting Canadians cities against each other as though it was a warm up for the hockey season. On August 31st, 2008 Nike is arranging a global 10km fun run in 25 cities, starting at the same time on all continents.

The event kicked off in Vancouver with a VIP reception under the Granville Bridge. It’s been strange to see all the hype surrounding the race as it seems very exclusive so far.

After spending some time on the Nike Plus website (and after making a Manga-type character or “Mini me”) I searched for more information in order to find out what all of this is actually about aside from being a big marketing push.

Usually running events in Vancouver are planned and advertised months in advance and my favourites are all for great causes, like the upcoming Run for the Cure. The Human Race a neat concept when you think that you’ll be running through the streets of Vancouver at dusk while someone else will be doing the same at that moment, running through Lima. However, what is the cause here? Where does the registration money go?

Run locally, help globally. During registration choose the charity you want to support: UN Refugee Agency, Lance Armstrong Foundation, or the WWF. Nike will donate $5 of each $50 registration fee to the Nike+ Human Race fund to be distributed equally to the three Nike+ Human Race charities, up to US $1.5 million. Funds will then be distributed in proportion to the kilometres run by runners supporting each charity. [FAQ]

I was also wondering about the entertainment. The race kicks off at 7:00pm and the shows follow at 7:30pm with an opening band. Then The Trews take the stage with Theory of a Deadman wrapping up the event at 9:45 until 11:00pm. If you’re running the 10kms (and probably do so in about 60 minutes) you’ll more than likely miss the first few bands.

You can check out more information on the “Race Blog” (which doesn’t have an RSS feed or comments) and watch the site for route details that will be released, hopefully sometime in the next 4 days so you can plan for those road closures accordingly.

Net Squared Live Blog: Save the World with Drupal

August 26th, 2008 @ 3:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This month’s Net Tuesday meetup will be taking place tonight at Workspace in Gastown. The theme is “How Drupal can help you save the world” and the event will feature talks from Boris Mann (BootupLabs), Scott Nelson and Karianne Blank (FearlessCity.ca), and Phillip Djwa (Agentic). More information is also available on the Facebook event.

My live blog will start at around 5:30pm so please stay tuned to this post to find out more about how these technologies and community builders can assist non profits and create social change.

Update: 16:30 – A quick shout out to tonight’s sponsors: Communicopia, CitizensBank and WorkSpace.

Update: 17:30 – I’m awaiting the arrival of Mr Bollwitt but have already chatted with David Drucker, Jordan Behan and DaveO – who handed me a super cool Gnomedex post card.

Update: 18:00 – Boris is the first speaker and notes that while talking to some folks before the event started there are many different versions of what people think the speakers will be addressing tonight. “What is a Drupal?” Well, in Boris’ words, it’s an open source CMS framework – founded in Belgium. The word itself is a mistyping of the Dutch word “village”.

To start, Drupal is a community. Next, open source – what is it? Share, make changes, the code is open to all. This works well in the realm of non profits, and Boris will explain why. “It’s a big toolkit, it can do a lot of things and the open source mission can be tightly coupled to the means of non profits but ultimately it’s a tool kit.”

The Best of BC 150: Greatest Sport Moment

August 26th, 2008 @ 8:13am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I admit, News1130 is probably my top source for up to the minute local news – and I’m talking about the RSS feed for their website, not their station on my AM dial. However, I still check various sources around the South Coast daily to simply get a rounded view of what’s making news, from Steveston to Hope.

Expo86CKNW currently has a “Best of BC 150” section on their website where they ask readers/listeners to leave a comment with their answer. (This is to continue the celebration of BC’s 150th birthday). The questions range from what was “BC’s Greatest Moments in Sports”, “BC’s Top News Events & Historical Moments”, to topics like “BC’s Top Power Brokers – Politicians & Business Leaders”.

A theme I am noticing among those who have left comments is that there’s a lot of love out there for Expo 86 from festival events to historical moments (and I have to say I have a lot of love for the classic Expo vid on this site). I’m curious as to what my readers would deem worthy for the history books or what events they will be telling their grand children about, especially when it comes to sport.

Our BC athletes did well in Beijing and they’ll probably shine even brighter in Vancouver for the 2010 games. Currently the greatest sports moments on the CKNW BC 150 list include the 1994 cup run by the Canucks and Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion tour. Both very worthy but I was wondering if perhaps there’s more. I know that when it comes to sport in BC it’s clear we’re a hockey province but don’t we also have more to celebrate than a cup run 14 years ago?

How about the Miracle Mile, Roger Nielson’s towel power, the 1915 Stanley Cup victory, and I haven’t even touched on the momentous day when the Grizzlies left town or the Lions brought home the cup.

I’d love to seek out new sporting feats, events and missions both big and small.

Who knows, maybe one day we’ll also be known for creating that new indoor event called “when Shaw’s internet services go down we resort to testing out the iPhone’s speedometer application to entertain ourselves”.

New Media BC Video by Giant Ant Media

August 25th, 2008 @ 5:12pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last week I was interviewed by Leah and Jay from Giant Ant Media. The goal was to put together a video for New Media BC and they got us all talking about our experience with the events surrounding VIDFEST. You can now view the finished product on the Giant Ant website and I have to say, it looks pretty wicked.


Vancouver Canadians Quick Draw

August 25th, 2008 @ 2:03pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver Canadians Home OpenerWe have two tickets for tonight’s Vancouver Canadians game but we’re unable to attend. If you are free to go watch them take on the Everett Aquasox at 7:05pm and can meet me this afternoon to pick them up, they’re yours. Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll do the draw around 4:00pm (if more than one person enters)…

Top Story: Check Your Meat, The Listeria Scare

August 25th, 2008 @ 10:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

John and I are huge fans of dinners that consist of sliced meats, cheeses, and gourmet multigrain and rosemary-infused crackers. When we first heard of the tainted meat/listeriosis outbreak (and subsequent recalls) we were slightly concerned.

Officially there are 21 confirmed cases [of listeriosis] across Canada, three in BC. Four deaths including one on Vancouver Island have been linked to the bacterium. [News1130]

We’ve had the chance to look over the official list of items that have been recalled and I believe we’re in the clear.


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Federal Health Minister Tony Clement says the number of cases is stable, but it can take up to 90 days for the flu-like symptoms to appear… … check you packages of meat for the establishment code 97B stamped near the “best before” or “packed on” date.

You can find the list here and it includes more than just Maple Leaf brand items such as, the Tim Horton’s roast beef sandwich, McDonald’s sliced turkey, Safeway brand salami, and Western Family sliced cooked ham.

August 26th Update: Last night we were watching the Food Network and saw an announcement from Maple Leaf Foods. They now have this message from their CEO up on YouTube.