Vote Now to Pick Vancouver’s Official Love Lock Site

Photo credit: Disdero | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Disdero | Wikipedia

Love locks are officially coming to Vancouver.

Around the world, it’s common for couples to profess their love by attaching a lock to a bridge, gate or other public object and then literally throw away the key. Paris is famous for its love locks – in fact, so many couples have professed their love by securing locks to the city’s Pont des Arts that one of the bridge’s railings collapsed under the weight.

If you look carefully, you can already spot love locks around Vancouver. The Burrard Bridge, in fact, has become a popular destination for love lockers. And that’s part of the problem. Many people consider the locks unsightly or say they amount to a form of vandalism. Meanwhile, too many locks can threaten the stability of railings or other structures, posing a serious safety hazard. Continue reading:
Vote Now to Pick Vancouver’s Official Love Lock Site

New Interactive Exhibit Comes to the Museum of Vancouver: Wearable, touchable art

Photo sourced from MuseumofVancouver.ca

Photo sourced from MuseumofVancouver.ca

In most museums, works of art are meant to be respectfully observed from a distance.  Not so in the latest exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver.

Lively Objects, which debuted earlier this month, consists largely of objects that call out to be picked up, held, interacted with and admired. Artworks vibrate – sometimes quite literally – with mechanical, digital and even “magical” forces. The result is an exhibition that turns the traditional museum experience on its head – instead of quietly awaiting our appreciation, the exhibits demand our attention.

Visitors wander through galleries filled with multiple pieces of interactive art in a variety of forms – from special gloves to machines and projected images. Some works hide in plain sight and may only catch the eye of an astute passerby. Others make a ruckus and force interaction.  Continue reading:
New Interactive Exhibit Comes to the Museum of Vancouver: Wearable, touchable art

Star Wars-Themed R2-D2 Jumbo Jet Coming to Vancouver

Image from All Nippon Airways

Image from All Nippon Airways

The force is with … Vancouver.

Japan’s All Nippon Airways has announced that Vancouver will be the destination for the inaugural flight of its unique R2-D2 themed aircraft. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been painted to look the Star Wars movie character as part of a promotional deal between the airline and Walt Disney, which now holds the rights for Star Wars movies.

The R2-D2 aircraft will swoop into Vancouver on Oct. 18 as part of its debut flight from Tokyo to Vancouver (officially, that’s ANA Flight 116). It’s unclear whether R2-D2 will be making regular stops in the city or report for duties in other parts of the galaxy.

It’s all part of a Star Wars blitz by Japan’s largest airline in the lead-up to the release of the latest instalment in the film franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, slated for this December in North America. Continue reading:
Star Wars-Themed R2-D2 Jumbo Jet Coming to Vancouver

Vancouver Prison Reborn as New Apartments

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It’s no secret that Vancouver is facing a housing crunch – with demand for homes and apartments far outstripping supply, especially among low-income residents. Now, officials have come up with an especially creative solution.

A former prison in the heart of the city’s Downtown Eastside has been transformed into a complex of nearly 100 new apartments.

The Vancouver Remand Centre at 250 Powell St. once held some of the province’s most notorious criminals as they awaited trial. The 400-bed facility was closed in 2002 and, up until recently, sat empty and unused – a vacant concrete hull near the heart of the city. Continue reading:
Vancouver Prison Reborn as New Apartments

Vancouver Bus Riders Rejoice: All Fares to be Just $2.75

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

Photo credit: ArielKettle | Wikipedia

Vancouver bus riders are about to get a little break, courtesy of some newfangled technology that just never worked right.

Starting on Oct. 5, all TransLink bus riders will be charged a single rate of $2.75, regardless of how far they travel. Currently, that’s the rate for single-zone riders, while passengers who cross zones have to pony up $4 or $5.50 for two- or three-zone fares.

The rate change corresponds to the official roll-out of the Compass Card payment system to all transit users this October. Under the new system, passengers use a card to “tap in” and “tap out” of buses, SkyTrains and SeaBuses. The cards are loaded with value in advance and the appropriate fare is deducted automatically.   Continue reading:
Vancouver Bus Riders Rejoice: All Fares to be Just $2.75