Celebrate Official Ugly Sweater Day this Friday in Vancouver

Ugly Sweater Day Vancouver 2014

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In 2012, a proclamation was passed by Vancouver’s mayor Gregor Robertson declaring that the third Friday in December would now be officially recognized as Ugly Christmas Sweater Day in Vancouver. This year, Friday, December 19th will see Vancouverites across the city donning festive fashion in the form of tacky, tasteless, and totally awesome Christmas sweaters.

The official Ugly Sweater Day was first championed by the “Now That’s Ugly Society”, which has been hosting ugly sweater events for the past 13 years. What started out as a Coquitlam house party has blossomed into a much bigger celebration.

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Celebrate Official Ugly Sweater Day this Friday in Vancouver

Frosty Beers and Longer Hours: Changes to BC Liquor Stores coming this April

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What we hope is not just an elaborate April fool’s joke by the BC government is the recent announcement that BC liquor laws will be getting some exciting changes starting on April 1, 2015. After an extensive review of the BC Liquor Policy that promised to modernize BC’s liquor laws, 73 recommendations were made to reflect current lifestyles, encourage the growth of small businesses and our economy, address calls for consumer convenience and continue to safeguard health and public safety.

Already we have seen the introduction of happy hours, the removal of beer garden and festival barriers, and the inclusion of liquor sales at BC farmers’ markets. Now, BC Liquor stores will be receiving a few more changes that will bring buying booze in BC to the 20th century.

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Frosty Beers and Longer Hours: Changes to BC Liquor Stores coming this April

Top Gear May be Filming in Vancouver this Month

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Top Gear is one of the most widely watched factual television shows in the world, in fact it boasts around 350 million views per week from over 170 different countries. The show is presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May and typically features test drives of luxury vehicles, celebrity track races, and other exciting car adventures.

Back in September, host Jeremy Clarkson sent waves of excitement to local Top Gear fans when he posted a response on Twitter that suggested the famed TV program would be doing some filming in Vancouver this November.

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Top Gear May be Filming in Vancouver this Month

Farewell Vancouver: My Personal ‘Best Of’ the City

Best place to pause and reflect: Lost Lagoon. || Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Best place to pause and reflect: Lost Lagoon. || Photo Credit: Miranda Post

Flash backward: Expo’86, the #3 Main Street bus, I was a visiting eight year old. I thought every culture in the world lived in Vancouver and the city smelled damp like spring time and green everything. This small-town, interior B.C. girl was as overwhelmed and overjoyed when we stepped off the bus to go to Science World. I remember thinking that Vancouver was the coolest thing since Jem and the Holograms and Kraft Dinner.

Flash forward: every time I step out of YVR or drive home down Davie Street, I still inhale deep Vancouver’s fresh, moist air I loved so much as a kid. And, I still think Vancouver is pretty cool – better even than a Tupac hologram or late night poutine.

For the last few weeks, as my little family and I prepared to cross the Rockies to our new home in Edmonton I’ve been unusually weepy.  Every time I crossed Lion’s Gate Bridge, walked in Stanley Park or visited one of my favourite spots (there are so, so, so many) I became a bit weepy because it could be my last (for a while).

Exactly 10 years, seven months and 16 days ago I moved to Vancouver in search of a job, friends and a home after 15 months of international work and travel. I’ve lived in the WestEnd mostly with appearances in Kitsilano, East Van and Chinatown/Main Street.

It was such a privilege to share some of the places, people, activities and eateries/drinking holes that I admire with Inside Vancouver readers over the past year and a half. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing your views. I’m a list maker, so as a farewell to you and to my favourite Canadian city, here’s my personal ‘Best of’ list.

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Farewell Vancouver: My Personal ‘Best Of’ the City

Star Trek 3 to be Filmed in Vancouver Next Year

Star Trek Filming in Vancouver

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Local fans of the recent Star Trek movie franchise should be jumping for joy with news that the third installment of the film will be shot primarily in Vancouver.

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Star Trek 3 to be Filmed in Vancouver Next Year