Re-Plated: An Upcycled Dining Experience, Nov 18

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A Food Connections and Modern Lifehackers collaboration, “Re-plated” is a unique dining experience using rescued food that would’ve otherwise been wasted. Currently, Vancouver residents throw out over 100,000 tonnes of edible food a year. These include aesthetically imperfect or blemished produce, uncommonly used parts of produce, and products that are at their “best before” dates (but that are still edible).

By staying educated about how to use more of the groceries you purchase, you can save up to $700 in your annual grocery bill.

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Re-Plated: An Upcycled Dining Experience, Nov 18

Bike to Work Week, Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

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Smile, breathe and relax this fall – get on your bike!

As if getting out on your bike to breathe in that fresh, fall air wasn’t enough of a reason to convince you to bike to work, here are five additional reasons why you should:

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Bike to Work Week, Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

See Vancouver Island Orcas Live on Wildlife Cams (and get text updates)

Photo credit: Robert Pittman | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Robert Pittman | Wikipedia

Need a little more orca in your life?

Some amazing wildlife cams are giving animal lovers a chance to see the killer whales that swim off Vancouver’s coast up close and personal. Better still: You can sign up for text alerts when whales are in view so you never miss a minute of orca action.   Continue reading:
See Vancouver Island Orcas Live on Wildlife Cams (and get text updates)

Bike Sharing Still Coming to Vancouver … Maybe

Bay Area Bike Share bicycles. Photo credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious | Wikipedia

Bay Area Bike Share bicycles. Photo credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious | Wikipedia

Shareable bikes may be coming to Vancouver after all.

The city is currently seeking a new partner to launch its long-anticipated bike share scheme. An initial plan, approved in 2013, called for $6 million to be spent to implement a network of 1,500 rental bikes throughout the city. But multiple delays have plagued the initiative.

Most recently, the company that was to provide the city with bikes went bankrupt. Bixi Bikes filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014 and was subsequently bailed out – to the tune of tens of millions of dollars – by the city of Montreal. As a result, Bixi’s partner for the Vancouver launch – a Portland company called Alta Bicycle Share – was unable to get the program rolling in the city.

In the wake of the debacle, Alta has changed its name to Motivate and now manages successful bike-share programs in Toronto, New York and Melbourne. Vancouver, however, is still bike-less – but maybe not for long.   Continue reading:
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Ranger Danger: Vancouver’s Grouse Grind Trail Gets 2 Rangers to Help Hikers

Photo credit: Michael Brown | Flickr

Photo credit: Michael Brown | Flickr

Vancouver’s Grouse Grind will be a little bit safer this summer.

The famously gruelling route to the top of Grouse Mountain –  which climbs 2,830 stairs over the course of 2.9 kilometres – now has a pair of dedicated park rangers. For the 2015 hiking season, which commenced May 8, Metro Vancouver has hired the rangers to patrol the trails and assist hikers.

The rangers are currently on the job, though they’re still waiting for official uniforms, according to a CBC article. Their primary role is to ensure that hikers are prepared for the challenging ascent, properly hydrated and wearing adequate footwear. In addition they’ll be able to assess injuries on the trail and liaise with firefighters and North Shore Rescue when more assistance is needed.

But the new rangers won’t be policing the route or enforcing by-laws.

Each year more than 150,000 people tackle the Grouse Grind, which ascends through 853 metres of Pacific coastal rainforest and has earned the nickname Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. Continue reading:
Ranger Danger: Vancouver’s Grouse Grind Trail Gets 2 Rangers to Help Hikers