Free Transit on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver

Free transit NYE Vancouver

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On December 31st, New Year’s Eve revelers in Vancouver will be getting a free ride — on BC Transit, that is. Translink will be providing free rides for bus, Skytrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express services!

Free fares will start at 5:00 pm on December 31st and will go until 5:00 am on January 1st. So, if you’re planning on going to a little shindig around town, make transit your first choice for transportation!

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Free Transit on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver

10 notable 2014 Vancouver books

Detail - cover art from The Outer Harbour by Wayde Compton.

Detail – cover art from The Outer Harbour by Wayde Compton.

After careful scouring of the Internet and hours of contemplation, we’ve come up with a list of 10 noteworthy Vancouver books. All are by Vancouver authors, but not all are about Vancouver itself. Most if not all have received positive reviews and/or awards. And most if not all would make great last-minute Christmas gifts, or holiday reading for the dedicated Vancouverite in your life… even if that means you.

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10 notable 2014 Vancouver books

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

bc liquor laws 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

Top Gear Vancouver

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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