maybe your dad should take an art class!
I want one of these pics of our family :)
her photoshopping was ahead of its time!
This made me actually LOL
where's the vomit emoji?
The Conversation: “With the proliferation of smartphones, it’s easy to assume that the era of the paper map is over. That attitude, that digital is better than print, is what I call “technochauvinism.” In my book, “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World,” I look at how technochauvinism has been used to create an unnecessary, occasionally harmful bias for digital over print or any other kind of interface. A glance at the research reveals that the paper map still thrives in the digital era, and there are distinct advantages to using print maps. With the proliferation of smartphones, it’s easy to assume that the era of the paper map is over…[h/t Pete Weiss]
With the proliferation of smartphones, it’s easy to assume that the era of the paper map is over. That attitude, that digital is better than print, is what I call “technochauvinism.” In my book, “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World,” I look at how technochauvinism has been used to create an unnecessary, occasionally harmful bias for digital over print or any other kind of interface. A glance at the research reveals that the paper map still thrives in the digital era, and there are distinct advantages to using print maps…”
Owner Shawn Bell said his cat Bella first started bringing home garments last summer, but that the behaviour has since escalated at an alarming rate.
Cricket bars for Annika :)
Food columnist Gail Johnson says cricket protein is loaded with nutrients, including vitamin B12, iron, calcium, and amino acids — and, of course, lots of protein. She says cricket protein-based energy bars could be a hit for kids as school starts.
Nooooo will the wealthy elderly of Oak Bay go to war against the deer now?
An Oak Bay, B.C., woman was knocked over and stomped by herd of deer that likely perceived her as a threat to a fawn.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PARTY?
Commuters rejoice, East 1st Avenue was fully reopened to traffic on Thursday afternoon.
The busy thoroughfare, one of Vancouver’s key arterial routes, has been closed to vehicles from Nanaimo Street to Clark Drive since early July as Fortis B.C. replaced roughly 5 km of 20-inch gas line in favour of 30-inch line.
“We recognize that the full closure has been an inconvenience for residents and commuters – it’s work that Fortis B.C. had to get done,” says Jerry Dobrovolny, general manager of engineering services for the City of Vancouver. “We’re very appreciative to their team for an early opening, as well as to all residents, businesses, and commuters for their patience and understanding during this work.”
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Fortis B.C. says periodic work from Rupert to Nanaimo Street will continue until early September, with ongoing lane closures near the Highway #1 overpass that are expected to wrap up in early fall.
During construction, the city of Vancouver worked with Fortis B.C. to install several temporary traffic calming measures throughout the Hastings-Sunrise and Granville-Woodlands neighbourhoods to reduce short-cutting on local streets.
Some of these temporary measures will remain in place as traffic patterns stabilize following the Vancouver portion of the gas line upgrades, and as work continues near Highway 1 and into Burnaby.
“This will provide the opportunity to gather data and assess whether the closures could provide any ongoing benefit for residents. Once assessment is complete, the City will reach out to the community with more information and options,” the city said in a release.
a bear is walking towards your kids and you...take a picture?
“My brother and I on our first backpacking trip about 12 years ago in the Glen Aulin backpacker’s campground in Yosemite National Park. My dad took the pic while he was making breakfast, it was about 6:30 a.m. We were startled, and then more in awe, but not scared as black bears don’t bother people unless you’re messing with their kids. The bear walked right past us to our bear proof food canister, sniffed it, batted it around, then walked away.”
App that shows the equivalent number of cigarettes you “smoke” a day by simply breathing in polluted air in your local area may not be applicable to wildfire smoke.
Xena's not the only one who enjoys a roll in the grass
A sasquatch tracker plans to convince a B.C. Supreme Court judge to allow a lawsuit against the provincial government to proceed.
Todd Standing will be in court in New Westminster on Tuesday to argue the province has “breached its stewardship responsibility” by failing to recognize and protect the legendary creature sometimes referred to as Bigfoot.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Forests told Postmedia the province will move to dismiss the case.
“They’re trying to deny my evidence without even looking at it,” Standing said. “They’ve gone at this with a sledgehammer. My lawyer is arguing that they at least need to hear the evidence before deciding.”
The sasquatch tracker said he was “confident” the case would be allowed to proceed to trial if a judge took the time to consider his evidence.
B.C. sasquatch researcher Todd Standing is suing the provincial government in an effort to prove Bigfoot exists.
In a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in October, Standing accused the provincial government of damaging his livelihood and credibility by “non-recognition of sasquatch.” He asked the court to require a government biologist to accompany him into “known sasquatch habitat” for three months to prove his claims.
The government’s response, filed Jan. 25 at the New Westminster registry, denies Standing’s version of the alleged facts and “denies that the plaintiff suffered or continues to suffer any loss, damage or expense as alleged in the notice of civil claim.”
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Standing, who once took Les Stroud, TV’s Survivorman, into the backcountry to search for sasquatch, studied wildlife in university. He said he set out to prove that sasquatch couldn’t exist because there was no space in the ecosystem for them, but soon became convinced of the opposite.
But the sasquatch tracker has also attracted his fair share of controversy, with some in the Bigfoot community saying he faked video footage of a sasquatch. He makes money running weeklong sasquatch-seeking expeditions, charging US$4,800 for a “breathtaking adventure” in the Canadian wilderness.
Standing stands behind his video and is asking anyone else who has encountered a sasquatch to contact him through his website, sylvanic.com.
— With Postmedia files
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Hmm, interesting what it costs to run a fan all day... maybe we should be stricter about turning fans off when we're not home...
You’ll need to chill out with the air conditioner if you want your hydro bill to cool down.
According to a new report by B.C. Hydro, British Columbians are becoming increasingly reliant on air conditioners. And with temperatures on the rise due to climate trends, that reliance is going to get much more expensive.
Since 2001, the number of B.C. households that own an air conditioning unit has tripled, from just 10 per cent to last year’s recorded figure of 34 per cent. Still another quarter of residents are considering the purchase this summer. Internationally, it’s predicted that the 1.6 billion A/C units in the world today will grow to 5.6 billion units by 2050.
Cool relief doesn’t come cheap. B.C. Hydro notes that running a central air conditioner for nine hours a day over the summer costs about $300, compared to just $6 for a basic fan. For each degree lower an A/C unit is set, cooling costs increase by three per cent.
A chart showing the increasing reliance on various types of air conditioners.
“Record heat and long stretches of dry weather are becoming the new norm in the province, and B.C. Hydro’s meteorologists are predicting another hot summer this year,” said Chris O’Riley, president and CEO of B.C. Hydro.
“While we typically see higher electricity demand in the cold, dark winter months, summer demand for power is rising largely due to higher A/C usage.”
That point is highlighted by a record B.C. Hydro customers set last summer. On Aug. 28, 2017, a record was set for summer power consumption when the province’s peak hourly demand reached more than 7,500 megawatts.
Historical data recorded between 1900 and 2013 also shows the average annual temperature has increased by 1.4 degrees Celsius across B.C., with an increase of 1.3 to 2.7 degrees expected by 2050.
The effects of changing climates can be seen as recently as last summer, when July and August became the driest months ever recorded at Vancouver International Airport. Just seven millimetres of rain fell during those two months, compared to the usual summer average of 72 millimetres.
It’s not surprising that more homes in B.C.’s southern Interior use air conditioners than anywhere else in the province, as it is regularly among the hottest spots in B.C. But even in the “relatively moderate climate of south coastal B.C.,” the report says the number of highrise condo dwellers — living in homes where there is typically little to poor air flow — using portable or room air conditioners has increased 23 per cent over the last three years.
This graphic shows the costs of various household cooling appliances.
By the numbers
• $300: Cost of running an A/C unit for nine hours a day over the summer
• $6: Cost of running a basic fan for nine hours a day over the summer
• 25 degrees C: Recommended temperature for a thermostat
• 93 per cent: Percentage of residents who set their A/C units lower than the recommended temperature
• For each degree lower an air conditioner is set, cooling costs increase by 3 per cent.
• More than 40 per cent of British Columbians said they always or sometimes leave their A/C units running when they are out.
• If set at the recommended temperature of 25 degrees, a central air conditioner will cost a household about 69 cents per day or $20 per month.
• Portable air conditioners would add about $8 a month to a household’s power bill if used an average of six hours a day at 25 degrees.
How to cut down on cooling costs, with or without air conditioning
• Close your windows and doors when the temperature outside is hotter than the temperature inside
• Shade your windows. Shading windows can block out up to 65 per cent of the heat.
• Turn off your fans when you are out. Fans don’t cool air but they have a “cooling effect” on skin.
Vancouver's Croatian Cultural Centre expecting biggest party in history Sunday as team faces France in World Cup final
Elation, frustration, desperation, elimination.
England fans rode a helter skelter of emotions on Wednesday, buoyed by their side’s early lead in a World Cup semifinal which, had they won, would have advanced the country that invented soccer to the championship final for the first, and only, time since they won in 1966.
Instead, it’s tiny Croatia, an independent country only since 1991 with a population smaller than British Columbia’s, who will take on France on Sunday.
Croatia supporters formed a horn-honking flag-waving convoy that drove up and down Commercial Drive after 1,000 people emptied out of the Croatian Cultural Centre following the win.
“Croatia is 10 times smaller than Mexico City and now we are one of the best two teams in the world,” said Sibenik native Ivan Vatavuk. “Tomorrow we have to go back to work, but today is a holiday.”
The Croatian Cultural Centre’s large hall was jammed with 750 people, while another 250 filled a smaller hall, bartender Drago Hleb said. On Sunday for the final, every single room in the centre will have a TV and bar service for the even-bigger crowd anticipated.
“Everyone is welcome,” Hleb said. “This is the biggest event we have ever had. Until Sunday, that is.”
But it was time to cry into your beer for England fans. “I’m pretty devastated,” Shaun Hewitt said inside the London Pub at Main and East Georgia in Vancouver. At 32 years old, to him England’s lone World Cup championship 52 years ago is almost as misty as the King Arthur legend.
A crestfallen England fan after watching his team lose to Croatia 2-1 in televised World Cup semifinal play at the London Pub on Main Street in Vancouver on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
“If England had won I was going to look at getting a ticket home (to watch Sunday’s final in London), that’s how much I was looking forward to this.”
England fans Kerri Dobson (left) and Liam Sullivan watch as England loses to Croatia 2-1 in televised World Cup semifinal play at the London Pub on Main Street in Vancouver on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
Wednesday dawned gloriously for fans of the England side and various Lower Mainland establishments were packed as soon as the doors, and the taps, opened — at 9 a.m. in the case of the London Pub.
If you weren’t familiar with the lyrics to English soccer songs when you entered, you probably had memorized the whole canon by kickoff at 11 a.m. Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home), for instance, is lovely and catchy, at least for the first 15 times you hear it sung at jackhammer-level decibels. (It’s disconcerting, on the other hand, to hear a Vancouver sports crowd so uproariously sing along to Chelsea Dagger.)
When the game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time, after England had gone up 1-0 early in the first half, almost everyone simultaneously realized they had to pee during the short intermission before extra time. Except Dodie Taylor, she took the opportunity to pray.
“I’m not really religious,” she said. “But you just need to pray for people sometimes.
“If England loses, my boyfriend will be inconsolable, oh God yes, definitely.”
English fan praying before extra time pic.twitter.com/9vZWfhCBft
— Gord McIntyre (@gordmcintyre) July 11, 2018
Teary and bloodshot eyes abounded after the final whistle.
“What can I say, the disappointment is strong,” Yorkshirewoman Carol Coyle said. “I’m heartbroken. How long do we have to wait for the next chance?”
A minority put England advancing to the final four in context.
“I was shedding tears earlier,” Mark Winstanley, from the Lancashire town of Blackburn, said. “But I didn’t expect the team to get this far, it was a good run, it’s been the best summer ever. I’ll cheer for England until I die.”
Meanwhile, as the England crowd drifted out back at the London Pub, staff enjoyed well-deserved shots after serving 190 thirsty, hungry and boisterous patrons for five hours, with Oasis’s Wonderwall ironically playing in the background — Liam Gallagher’s reedy voice mockingly promising “Today’s the day I’m going to bring it all back to you” — Croatia fans might consider borrowing lyrics from at least part of an England soccer song for the match Sunday against France.
Fat Les’s Vindaloo goes: “Nah nah nah, (bonjour); nah nah nah, (monsieur).”
Have we done this?
ugh. set up a local police force because the RCMP are too nice to criminals?
Ditch the Mounties and spring for a local police force in Surrey, says a new municipal political party fed up with the enduring gang violence that has plagued that city.
Doug Elford, the president of Surrey Community Alliance and a council hopeful, said it’s time to see a heavy “boots on the ground” style of policing that would make criminals think twice about operating in Surrey. That is one of several ideas on policing that have been aired by prospective candidates ahead of a local election in which crime-fighting could be a key issue.
“Maybe it’s come to the point where you’ve got to start harassing people and say, look, if you want to be a criminal and live in Surrey, you’re not welcome. If you choose to live here and do business, we will make your life frickin’ miserable,” Elford said Sunday.
Elford said too many young people have been killed in the city.
“It has to stop.”
Doug Elford, president of Newton Community Association and a council hopeful, says it’s time to see a heavy style of policing that would make criminals think twice about operating in Surrey.
Elford’s comments come after a recent rally at city hall against gang violence and a candlelight vigil for a pair of Surrey teens gunned down in a targeted shooting. The bodies of Jaskarn (Jason) Singh Jhutty, 16, and Jaskaran (Jesse) Singh Bhangal, 17, were found in the 18800-block 40th Avenue about 10:30 p.m. on June 4, according to police.
Family members of the deceased arranged the vigil held Saturday, Elford said.
“Maybe we should be challenging the way we police in Surrey,” he said, adding that every jurisdiction is different, and for an urban municipality like Surrey, the RCMP may not be the right fit.
Mounties did not respond to a request for comment Sunday. Surrey joined other B.C. municipalities in signing a 20-year contract with the RCMP in 2012.
Elford said police should be more visible than they are now, pulling people over for traffic violations when they happen, and making connections with residents so they get to know members of their local force.
Elford is from Newton, an area that has seen several high profile and disturbing murders in recent years, including the fatal attack of Julie Pascal outside a local recreation centre in 2014. The Surrey Community Alliance was in part created in response to the ongoing violence residents were seeing, Elford said, adding that the ruling party, Surrey First, “hasn’t seemed to have a proper grip on what’s going on.”
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For Tom Gill, a Surrey councillor with Surrey First and a mayoral hopeful, ending gang violence is not as simple as putting more police on the ground. He said Surrey hired an additional 100 officers while it was under the rule of outgoing mayor Linda Hepner.
“The solution is not just hiring officers,” Gill said. “The solution is a combination of a number of issues, including providing youth with opportunities, whether they’re ice rinks, aquatic opportunities, rec centres. It’s about keeping these kids busy.”
Surrey First councillor and mayoral hopeful Tom Gill says the solution to gang violence includes providing youth with more opportunities, not just hiring more police.
Gill said that, when looking at gang activity in the Lower Mainland, “it’s not the L.A. model, it’s not the Chicago model.”
“Many of these kids are coming from homes that are well-established, that are middle income families,” he said, adding that there is no real need for them to get involved in this type of crime.
Bruce Hayne, a Surrey councillor with Surrey First who is also considering a mayoral run, previously told Postmedia the city needed to work with the Canada Border Services Agency and port authorities to try to tighten up the import of handguns that end up on the streets.
Surrey-Newton Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal said gang violence is an issue that requires the entire community and each level of government to get involved.
Asked by email whether he’d like to see a major increase in officers on the streets, Dhaliwal said the federal government is “always ready to listen to the needs of the community, and we look forward to a dialogue with the City of Surrey and Surrey RCMP on what they need to effectively keep our city safe.”
He said he planned to meet with the public safety minister this week on the topic of violence in Surrey.
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B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating the actions of an off-duty Victoria Police officer who was involved in a crash on the Trans-Canada Highway early Sunday morning that left a motorcyclist dead.
A black Corvette collided with a northbound green Kawasaki motorcycle near Cobble Hill Road at about 2:15 a.m., according to B.C. RCMP spokeswoman Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau. A press release did not say if the Victoria officer was driving the Corvette.
Shawnigan Lake RCMP, Shawnigan Lake Fire and B.C. Ambulance responded. The motorcycle rider, a man from Quebec, died of his injuries while the other driver was taken to hospital and released with minor injuries, Linteau said.
The Independent Investigations Office was notified, since the office investigates all police-involved serious injuries or deaths, regardless of whether the officer was working at the time or off-duty.
The crash caused a large debris field and South Vancouver Island Traffic services is looking for a vehicle that drove through the debris. Investigators believe that driver could have information crucial to the investigation, Linteau said. No description of the vehicle was provided.
“The IIO investigation is focused on the actions of the off-duty police officer,” the office said in a press released. “The RCMP is conducting a concurrent investigation into alleged motor vehicle offences by the civilians involved in this incident.”
Any potential witnesses are asked to call the IIO at 1-855-446-8477.
Anyone who might have driven through the debris or has direct knowledge of the vehicle which drove through the debris is asked to call South Vancouver Island Traffic services at 250-416-0352.
B.C. Ferries says the Queen of Cowichan, sailing from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, rescued a man who went overboard near Bowen Island this morning.
The rescue, which B.C. Ferries says happened around 9 a.m., has caused a one-hour-and 40-minute delay on that sailing.
The incident happened on the 8:45 a.m. sailing out of Horseshoe Bay.
B.C. Ferries says the man is in stable condition but was “very cold.”
There has been no explanation on how he got into the water.
The ferry corporation advises anyone travelling the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route to still check in at the terminals in accordance with the scheduled sailing times to maintain your reserved status.
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As rock and rollers, it’s no surprise that Japandroids have an affinity for beer. Now they’re getting one named after them.
Drummer Dave Prowse says the real triumph of his band teaming up with Goose Island Brewery to produce a beer isn’t just that the proceeds are going to charity, it’s also that he and guitarist Brian King finally have a beer they can agree on.
The band is big enough now, he says, that they can list separate beers on their performance riders. Prowse is avid craft beer guy, interested in all kinds of colours and flavours, while King, he says, he usually happiest with a straight-up lager.
“One of the big coups for me was developing a beer that we both will drink,” he said Tuesday from his Vancouver jam space, where he and King are prepping for a European tour that launches June 29 in Moscow.
The duo were approached earlier this year by Goose Island, the two-decade-old Chicago-based craft brewer now under AB InBev’s banner, to be the fifth band to collaborate on a special brew for the annual Pitchfork Music Festival. The festival goes July 20-22 in Chicago.
Past Goose Island-band collaborations for the Pitchfork fest include No Collar with Chance the Rapper, Sharon Van Etten’s SVE Kölsch, Natural Villain with Twin Peaks, Run the Jewels’ Belgian wheat ale and S U R V I V E’s GI5-5538.
Proceeds from the sale of the pale ale, which will be available at the festival in cans and is called the Hops That Heaven Built — a nod to the band’s 2012 single — will go to RAINN, the American sexual assault hotline.
“This is the first time we’ve done something that’s involving a tie-in with a product,” Prowse said. “The tipping point was it’s for charity.”
Prowse has made a stab at home brewing before, but downplayed his success. Getting to visit Goose Island’s brewery earlier this year and look behind the curtain was a fun experience.
“I’ve brewed some pretty mediocre beer,” he admitted with a laugh. “I don’t know if could create the Japandroids beer on my own.”
The ale they settled on features two kinds of Canadian malt and Cascadia hops, both a nod to their roots.
King and Prowse met with two of Goose Island’s brewers to figure out what they were after.
“One of the biggest factors is it’s going to be hot as shit in Chicago (during the festival),” he explained. “So we’re not going to make a stout; people are going to be sweating and boiling, they need something refreshing.”
Goose Island sent them a test batch to try while they were playing in Los Angeles last month and Prowse it tasted just as they’d hoped.
The beer will only be available at the festival (and selling them in cans is another first, previously it’s only been available as draft), but Prowse admitted the brewery will be handing them a case or two.
Of course, the band’s friends have already been on them about getting a taste. Prowse has a simple answer on their popularity.
“They’re already spoken for,” he said. “So stop asking!”
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