The front page of The Vancouver Sun posted a story entitled, “The cost of homelessness”. (Note that the online equivalent reads, “The high cost of homelessness”- which was published earlier on Friday, March 21, 2008- the word "high" a bit much for the front page?).
The Vancouver Sun, Saturday, March 22, 2008. http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=11fdf74c-9130-41b3...
"Every homeless person costs system $55,000, an amount that could buy supported
housing for each of them…annual total of $644.3 million in health,
corrections and social services spending for all the homeless in B.C."
A squad of environmentally conscious bloggers, podcasters, and video-makers joined the other sustainability-minded visitors at the inaugural Vancouver Green Living show. The resulting collection provides deep coverage of a variety of interesting businesses, unique products, and people effectuating positive change by creating and marketing sustainable alternatives to polluting products.
The crew of grassroots media makers expressed a variety of point of views and focused on their particular interests while finding surprising products under the BC Place dome from February 29th ~ March 2nd. Here's a brief recap from the frogsquad's work:
m speechless. How did we almost become conservatives? Do you hate Joyce Murray so much that you must vote Conservative?
Honestly, I thought Van Quadra would vote progressive or at the very least with the status quo.
If any of you are interested in what is going on in the city these days I've been compiling a monthly event guide for Vancouver on my photoblog website. This month the highlights are the Celtic Festival (St. Paddy's Day!) and the Globe 2008 green technology and innovation conference at Canada Place.
There is also lots of great music this month with local bands like DNA6, The Manvils and Spirit of the West playing shows....and some bigger names like Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, 311 and the Greyboy All-Stars visiting our fine city. Check it out and if you have anything to add, feel free to drop me a line.
Extend your green lifestyle to your visit to Vancouver. If that’s too extreme, try a Vancouver green hotel or explore local landscapes. Here are 7 tips on how to make your next trip to Vancouver more eco-friendly.
1. Where possible, walk: Start with the simplest option first. Don’t drive everywhere, walk those small trips. In stating the obvious, by leaving the car behind and simply walking or riding a bike you are doing both yourself and the environment good. Not only will you save money on fuel and the general upkeep of car but other knock on effects include the improved outdoor air quality and reduction on road congestion.
2. Bus: Public transport is rarely as good as it could be, but (where possible) using public bus transport is great way of getting about. Most towns and cities have adequate bus coverage. Furthermore, you won’t get lost just as easy when the driver knows where they’re going!
3. Hotel: Vancouver counts many green hotels. During your hotel stay, try not to waste energy unnecessarily by continuing what you perhaps already practice at home. You can do this by turning off the tv, switching all the lights off and turning the A/C or heat down where you go out. Also, you could opt for short showers and use your own toiletries instead of the small and usually over-packaged small hotel toiletries.
Earth worship has always been an important part of humanity. Earth rituals demonstrate our belief that the Earth has healing properties. In fact, the Earth was so sacred to the ancient civilizations that for centuries they would settle legal disputes by calling upon the Earth as a witness. If a person were to swear an oath while placing an item created by the forces of Nature on one’s head, it was considered binding and uncontestable.
The MiLan Metis Healing Art Project-MMHAP is a modern approach to a ritual carried on for centuries by human beings. MMHAP’s ritual includes the calcium shells that protected life along the Pacific shores of English Bay, the driftwood that has drifted in the ocean for an indefinite period, to the Granite high up in the mountains near Whistler. The eight cardinal points of the Earth are represented by natural fire, and Water is honored as well in most of the MMHAP pieces.
Canadian Aboriginal Metis Artist Mark MiLan intends this artistic ritual to bring additional good to the Canadian Aboriginal Metis Peoples, as he also hopes that this project inspires others to take notice and better care of our dearest Mother Earth.
WOMEN'S CARDIO KICKBOXING BOOTCAMP
Presented by Raz Chan Fitness and Mobile Personal Training
Put some spring into your step! Join our popular Women’s Cardio Kickboxing Bootcamp and get your body ready for spring vacation. Experience a total body workout with partner drills, core ab exercises, squats to tone the lower body, and more. Never the same workout twice and lots of variety to keep all fitness levels challenged.
LOCATIONS & SCHEDULE
All Bootcamps are 3x/week (12 sessions). Due to the format of our Bootcamp, we do not offer drop-in rates or switching of class sessions - please review our registration policy under our FAQs section online. Participants are required to come to class with handwraps and cardio boxing gloves.
*Note: All Saturday classes take place at 2875 St. Georges St. (near Fraser & Kingsway).
VANCOUVER-WEST SIDE – select from two time slots
4588 Clancy Loranger Way
Mon/Wed/Fri - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Class session: Feb. 29 to Mar. 31/08
Mon/Wed – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm + Saturday – 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Class session: Feb. 27 to Mar. 29/08
BURNABY – CENTRAL – select from three time slots
6050 Sussex Avenue (by Metropolis, corner of Grange St.)
Lisa's Dining Club was created for food lovers. It gives food lovers an opportunity for food lovers to meet and enjoy great food together at Vancouver restaurants. Lisa's Dining Club dinners are held twice a month at a different restaurant (mostly in Vancouver).
Come and enjoy a great meal while meeting fun and interesting people. Lisa's Dining Club members come from all professions, single and married. The average age of Lisa's Dining Club members are in their mid-30's.