…after a prolonged hiatus, she returns.

I was perusing Kate Spade’s book from 2004 entitled Manners. One particular point struck me as a profound realization of humility in business and startup culture. When her company was initially founded, Kate and her team made the unilateral decision to refrain from capitalizing any word, no matter what. They felt that they had not … More …after a prolonged hiatus, she returns.

City of Vancouver provides winter shelters for homeless… but is it enough?

I spoke with Wendy Stewart, assistant director at the City of Vancouver, this morning regarding the winter shelters to be set up this season. She told me that there will be four shelters this winter for homeless people to stay warm during the cold months. Now, having been a Gastown resident for just over a … More City of Vancouver provides winter shelters for homeless… but is it enough?

West End Neighbourhood Food Network pursues its own food scraps collection

Locals in the West End are pushing forward with their own food scraps collection program despite a lack of funding from the City of Vancouver. “We are doing our best to harvest the volunteer resources we have to teach our community,” said Randy Helten, spokesman for the West End Neighbourhood Food Network. Helten stated that … More West End Neighbourhood Food Network pursues its own food scraps collection

Metro Vancouver to impose higher fines for grease trap clean up

Metro Vancouver released an official statement on Nov. 1, 2012, that they will indeed be enforcing bylaws for commercial kitchens/restaurants and imposing minimum fines. Grease and oil build-up in municipal sewage systems cost municipalities over $2 million dollars a year in sewage line clean up. Updates to an existing bylaw through Metro Vancouver will help … More Metro Vancouver to impose higher fines for grease trap clean up

Online Vancouver rental database to be released early 2013

Over 50 per cent of housing units in Vancouver are rental properties, many of which are still not kept to minimum standards. A website listing all rental properties in Vancouver with current bylaw violations is planned for release early 2013. “This will definitely help both renters and prospective buyers of rental properties,” Tom Durning of … More Online Vancouver rental database to be released early 2013

Industrial development in Surrey, Coquitlam could affect transit users in Downtown Vancouver

Industrial land development in outlying regions will continue to strain transit in Vancouver, especially at primary skytrain hubs in Downtown Vancouver “Vancouver residents pay a high price for the region’s growing density,” said Metro Vancouver director Andrea Reimer, stating that nearly 50 per cent of transit users downtown are not from Vancouver. The directors at … More Industrial development in Surrey, Coquitlam could affect transit users in Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver council endorses deal to give CUPE workers 6.75 per cent raise over four years

I really wanted to cover the CUPE strike and the issues they were concerned with, but I felt that Jenny Wagler from Business in Vancouver wrote and excellent article summing up this issue. ~ AV By JENNY WAGLER (Nov 8, 2012 11:00am) NPA councillor George Affleck has denounced a deal, just endorsed by Vancouver Council, … More Vancouver council endorses deal to give CUPE workers 6.75 per cent raise over four years

Continued NHL negotiations haven’t deterred Canucks players from local events

If you haven’t had a chance to meet Trevor Linden or Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks, you may have a chance to do so. This Thursday, the two NHL players will be signing autographs at The Hudson’s Bay in Downtown Vancouver, starting at 6:30pm. The event is titled “Guys’ Night Out”, but I’m certain ladies would … More Continued NHL negotiations haven’t deterred Canucks players from local events

Bond-themed party hosted by Shangri-La Hotel to preview release of Skyfall

The Shangri-La Hotel in Downtown Vancouver will be hosting a James Bond-themed party on Thursday, Nov. 8 to celebrate the release the new Bond film Skyfall on Nov. 9. Event tickets are $50, for which guests will receive a glass of Bollinger Special Cuvee Champagne, one of four007-themed cocktails crafted by Jay Jones, chips for a … More Bond-themed party hosted by Shangri-La Hotel to preview release of Skyfall

YMCA to become Woodward’s Child Care centre operator

YMCA will be taking over as operator for Woodward’s Child Care centre, but nobody is saying why this change is happening. “The YMCA responded to a Request for Proposal from the City of Vancouver to operate the child care centre in the Woodward’s building,” said Craig Sheather, vice president of community at YMCA Vancouver, in … More YMCA to become Woodward’s Child Care centre operator