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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Posted July 25, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. This weekend is all about the return of the sunshine, Pride Week Kicking off, and the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks. There are also some great festivals, markets, and outdoor movie opportunities. Here’s the full list and be sure to send me a note if there’s anything to add […]

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Contests

East Coast Good Times at Doolin’s

Posted July 24, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Back in 2009 I crossed something off my Truly Canadian Bucket List — I participated in a screech-in at Doolin’s for their first-ever East Coast Good Times dinner. This includes kissing a cod on the lips, a recitation, and a shot of screech. It’s as close to Newfoundland as […]

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General

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Posted July 24, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The inevitable rain returned this week but not before we had plenty of time to soak up sunshine around Metro Vancouver. It’s just here to wash away some dust and replenish our lush, green landscape before we return to our regularly scheduled sizzling summer. Thanks to readers who have […]

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General

A Day in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

Posted July 23, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The 100 mile diet is a popular lifestyle choice for those who like to shop and eat local. Here in Vancouver, it’s actually fairly easy to adhere to a 25 mile diet as we have so many great producers right in our own backyard as you head up the […]

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General

Scout Magazine’s Vancouver Lexicon

Posted July 23, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Scout Magazine‘s co-founder Andrew Morrison and writer Sean Orr have completed the mighty task of putting together a Vancouver Lexicon, within which you will find local inside jokes, definitions, historical tidbits, hockey player nicknames, and of course no list of Vancouverisms would be complete without Leaky Condos. Photo credit: […]

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Contests

Circle Craft Summer Market at Jack Poole Plaza

Posted July 22, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Everyone loves Circle Craft! This is what I have learned over the years hosting event listings and contests for this anticipated local craft fair and market. Circle Craft and the Craft Council of BC are holding their second annual Summer Market this week at Jack Poole Plaza (next to […]

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Events

Coquitlam, Capilano, Lower Seymour Watershed Tours

Posted July 22, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. It’s no secret that we have the very best tap water around, fed from pristine sources and delivered to our homes straight from reservoirs nestled within our scenic mountains. To showcase these resources, Metro Vancouver is offering a range of watershed tours this summer. Coquitlam tours run Thursdays and […]

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Contests

Win VIP Fireworks Lounge Tickets

Posted July 21, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. The Honda Celebration of Light fireworks are always a highlight of summer in Vancouver, whether you’re watching from the shores of Kitsilano or a blanket on English Bay beach. To amp up your experience you can purchase tickets to The Keg Lounge, the YVR Observation Deck, or win your […]

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CBC

CBC Musical Nooners Summer 2014

Posted July 21, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. CBC Musical Nooners are back for the 5th year, providing free lunchtime entertainment outside of the CBC Vancouver broadcast centre on Hamilton Street. Monday to Friday (until August 22nd) you can catch a great variety of some of the best local bands Vancouver has to offer between 12:00pm and […]

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Baseball

Vancouver Canadians Dog Day of Summer

Posted July 21, 2014 by Rebecca Bollwitt

© 2004-2014 Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss604. Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Canadians The Vancouver Canadians continue their annual tradition of inviting your four-legged friend to the ballpark with you on Tuesday, July 22nd as they host Vancouver Canadians Dog Day of Summer presented by Bosley’s by Pet Valu. The Hillsboro Hops will take on the […]

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General

High Ends Announces Debut, Shares Free MP3s

Posted July 18, 2014 by Andrew_Horan

High Ends, the side project of Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes has announced that he will release his solo debut Super Class on October 7 via Dine Alone Records. To celebrate, he’d shared a free streams of ‘Intoxicated’, ‘The Weight’ and ‘Downtown’ from the album; The side project came about as a result of the
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General

Whitecaps midfielder Matias Laba pulling for Argentina in World Cup final

Posted July 10, 2014 by Cam Tucker

When it comes to the World Cup, there are certain things Matias Laba isn’t going to change, not when his beloved Argentina squad is off to the final against Germany. Take for instance, the company he watches Sunday’s final with: … Continue Reading

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UFC 174 fighter Ali Bagautinov tests positive for banned substance

Posted July 10, 2014 by Cam Tucker

Ali Bagautinov of the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been banned one year from competing in British Columbia, after testing positive for a banned substance in Vancouver, the B.C. athletic commissioner announced in a statement Thursday. Bagautinov underwent two different drug … Continue Reading

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Activism

How Translink Impedes Transit Use

Posted July 9, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Translink is “being evasive on exactly how much money is being spent on this.” via Compass Card program delayed again by TransLink – British Columbia – CBC News. How’s that for not surprising. Translink is notorious for its taxation without representation: taking municipalities’ money without providing democratic representation to municipalities. This was a gift from […]

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Activism

The Occupy Movement Has Changed the Narrative, But We’re Not Done

Posted July 8, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

Recently, with the WEF spending the last few years acknowledging global income inequality is a problem, I’ve declared a kind of victory for the Occupy Movement: getting the lexicon on the 1% and inequality on the tongues of the sly gazillionaires who rule the world, and into mass consumption. Now we see that the CEO […]

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Activism

The 1% Has More Solidarity Than We Do

Posted July 7, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

The 1% are claiming we have it out for them; that if we don’t tone down the rhetoric and stop calling them names like “the contemptuous rich,” we might end up starting a class war. But they already know there’s a class war, and it’s been going on for generations. Today, the rich are winning […]

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Alberta

Stream Grey Lands’ Cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘My Back Pages’ (Featuring Greg Keelor) for Free

Posted July 3, 2014 by Andrew_Horan

Grey Lands, the latest project from Cuff the Duke’s Wayne Petti, has unveiled a free stream of his cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘My Back Pages’, featuring Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, via CBC Music. The track is taken from Grey Lands‘ forthcoming debut album Songs by Other People, out on August 12 via Paper Bag
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Allan's Perspective

“Assholes of the Day!”

Posted June 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Two! Count ‘em, Two for the price of one! The Government announced the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline yesterday, which means thousands of jobs and billions of dollars pumped into our economy …., and both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau came out against it! For playing politics, and jeopardizing the economic health of Canada, […]

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Canada

Real Housewife of Vancouver Jody Claman’s daughter shot at gas station

Posted June 9, 2014 by Jes

Drama.The Real Housewives of Vancouver daughter Mia Deakin, daughter of Jody Claman was shot outside of a gas station in East Vancouver according to Van City Buzz.According to the report, Deakin was shot in the back and is currently at the hospital in …

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General

Vancouver Attracts The Best From Around The World: Meet Producer Dylan Ellis.

Posted May 24, 2014 by Jenn Ashton

Dylan and I have chatted over social media for nearly two years now and I have to say we were very excited when we heard the final decision, that he and his wife Amy would indeed make the move to Vancouver from Dubai. Dylan is exactly the kind of cool …

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Canada

How to Save Money on Flights in Canada

Posted May 11, 2014 by What's Different in Canada

Editor’s note: I originally wrote this for another blog and it was never published, so I thought I would share it with you :) 

Summary: If you have more time than money, don’t fly to or from Canadian airports. Here is an in-depth guide to getting to and from Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. 

Introduction

Anybody who has ever flown to or from Canada knows that the flights are  overpriced. While some Americans can fly across their country for $150 all-in, Canadians would not be shocked to see $500 for a similar distance. This guide will tell you what you need to know about the cheapest possible transportation to and from Canada’s three most populous cities. All sample fares are one-way as of March 2014.

Toronto

I am very well-acquainted with Buffalo’s airport (BUF.) This is because Buffalo is the closest American airport to Toronto, and I can sometimes fly home to New York (JFK) for $29 plus taxes on JetBlue. 

Getting to Buffalo:

  1. Buffalo Airport Shuttle (unknown time and $) 
  2. Drive your own car or rent one (1 hour 45 mins) 
  3. Greyhound and Megabus both offer buses directly to Buffalo Airport from downtown Toronto for $20 (3 hours 45 mins) 
  4. Via Rail has one train a day that goes to Buffalo. Don’t take it.

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I recommend the bus to Buffalo Airport. It runs less often than “all buses to Buffalo,” so if your travel times don’t line up with the bus to Buffalo Airport, you can take any old bus to downtown Buffalo and take a cab for about $35. You can also take an NFTA bus for $2. Be warned: downtown Buffalo and Detroit are basically identical. 

Bonus: if you are willing to deal with the worst airline in America, you can fly Spirit Airlines from IAG (Niagara Falls, NY, Point B above) to many warm destinations for double-digit prices.  

Sample Fares from Toronto 

Pearson (YYZ) -> Vancouver (YVR) on Mar 19 2014: $344.28 on WestJet
Buffalo (BUF) -> Seattle (SEA) on Mar 19 2014: $133.80 on JetBlue
Toronto (YYZ) -> Los Angeles (LAX) on Mar 19 2014: $312.80 on American 
Buffalo (BUF) -> Los Angeles (LAX) on Mar 19 2014: $177.80 on JetBlue
Pearson (YYZ) -> Miami (MIA) on Mar 19 2014: $220.59 on WestJet
Niagara Falls (IAG) -> Miami-ish (FLL) on Mar 19 2014: $74.39 on Spirit 

Vancouver

Vancouver has a pretty interesting array of options because there are actually two legit airports within a decent distance from downtown: Bellingham, WA (<1 hour drive, point B below) or Seattle (2 hour 45 min drive, cheaper fares.) In addition, if you are going to Vancouver, you can take advantage of the cheapest car rentals in the US with FlightCar near the Seattle airport.  

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Getting to Bellingham

  1. Take QuickShuttle. (2 hours, $15 – $29)

Getting to Seattle if you live in Vancouver

  1. Drive. (2 hours 45 mins)
  2. Bus for $15 (4 hours 30 minutes) then cab to SEA ($40, 20 mins) 
  3. Bus to Seattle for $15 (4 hours 30 mins) then light rail from Westlake Center to SeaTac (40 mins, $2.75) 

Getting to Vancouver from SeaTac if you’re visiting 

  1. Rent a FlightCar. (2 hours 45 mins, cheap)
  2. Rent a car from a big company. (3 hours, less cheap) 
  3. Cab to Greyhound ($40) then bus to Van for $15 (4 hours 30 mins)
  4. Light rail downtown to Westlake Center (40 mins, $2.75), walk 4 blocks, then bus to Van for $15 (4 hours 30 mins) 

Sample Fares

Vancouver (YVR) to San Francisco (SFO) on Feb 12, 2014: $213 on WestJet
Seattle (SEA) to San Francisco (SFO) on Feb 12, 2014: $78 on American
Vancouver (YVR) to Miami (MIA) on Mar 3, 2014: $313 on American
Seattle (SEA) to Miami (MIA) on Mar 3, 2014: $189 on Delta
Vancouver (YVR) to New York (LGA) on Mar 28, 2014: $401 on WestJet
Bellingham (BLI) to New York (EWR) on Mar 28, 2014: $293 on Alaska
Seattle (SEA) to New York (EWR) on Mar 28, 2014: $190 on Delta 

Montreal

The closest American airports to Montreal are pretty small ones, Burlington, VT (served by one of the best domestic US carriers, JetBlue) and Plattsburgh, NY (h/t to Pauline for pointing this out!) Greyhound conveniently stops at the only two things in Burlington: UVM and the airport. There is a once-daily Amtrak between Plattsburgh and Montreal.

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Getting to Burlington, VT

  1. Drive. (1 hour 45 minutes)
  2. Bus for $17 (2 hours 45 minutes)  

Getting to Plattsburgh, NY

  1. Drive. (1 hour 7 minutes)
  2. Bus for $22 (1 hour 45 minutes)
  3. Amtrak for $21 (4 hours, once daily) 

Sample Fares

Montreal (YUL) to Denver (DEN) on Mar 28, 2014: $312 on Air Canada
Burlington (BTV) to Denver (DEN) on Mar 28, 2014: $155 on United
Montreal (YUL) to Miami (MIA) on Mar 28, 2014: $295 on American
Burlington (BTV) to Miami-ish (FLL) on Mar 28, 2014: $182 on United
Montreal (YUL) to Los Angeles (LAX) on Mar 28, 2014: $386 on Delta
Burlington (BTV) to Los Angeles (LAX) on Mar 28, 2014: $216 on United 

Is it worth it? It’s up to you how much your time is worth. Most buses you will take from Canada to the US have wifi so you can get plenty of work done, and if you double the prices above, the savings can be over $500 for a few hours of your time. 

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General

Reveiw – Sex With Strangers – You Know Something We Don’t? (2014)

Posted May 7, 2014 by JadeSperry

Sex With Strangers (SWS) are from the shadows of rain-covered Vancouver.  They draw from a wide source of influences from new wave and post-punk to ’60′s inspired ballads. Although the band revels in the exploration of a wide variety of genres, SWS has managed to create their own unique sound that is highlighted by robust bass
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General

Great Hacks from the Open Data in Vancouver

Posted March 3, 2014 by David Eaves

Last weekend I helped host an Open Data Day in Vancouver. With the generous support of Domain7, who gave us a place to host talks and hack, over 30 Vancouverites braved the sleet and snow to spend the day sharing ideas and working on projects. We had opening comments from Andy Yan – whose may […]

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Environment

Salmon spawn in East Vancouver?

Posted November 12, 2013 by Darren

The other day–I can’t recall where–I read a story about salmon spawning in East Vancouver. It turns out that they spawn in Still Creek, near the…

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General

Come to Fireworks Factory

Posted March 14, 2013 by Darren

In recent years, Web of Change has been the most important event I attend each year. It’s a gathering of really senior people in the social…

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