5 Ways Vancouver Changed the World (That May Surprise You)

Vancouver-based Adbusters’ ad/poster that incited the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Photo: Adbusters / Wikipedia

I’ve had the pleasure of writing for Inside Vancouver since its debut in April 2009, and I’ve loved every minute! This is my final post for the blog (sniff!), so I wanted to say an official farewell to our editor, Darren Johner, to my amazing colleagues Remy Scalza and Taraneh Ghajar Jerven, and to all the readers and commenters who have contributed their ideas and opinions to our posts—Thank you for a fantastic 3+-year run!

For my last post, I wanted to do something fun. This list represents five things I learned about our city in my years of writing/researching for Inside Vancouver that surprised me. Hopefully, you’ll find the list fun and intriguing, too, and if you have more fun facts to add, please do so in the comments.

5 Ways Vancouver Changed the World (That May Surprise You)

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5 Ways Vancouver Changed the World (That May Surprise You)

Brief History of Protests at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Occupy Vancouver

Robert Redford didn’t bat an eye shooting his new film, The Company You Keep, next to the Occupy Vancouver protest, which started Oct. 15, and continues to the surprise of many on the lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Santa, on the other hand, decided to reroute his annual parade. The Rogers Santa Claus Parade (Dec. 4) uses the gallery lawn for a Christmas Square, offering family fun and a drop-off spot for food bank donations.

I’ve started to list the top VAG protests in Vancouver history (from the Great Depression Relief Protest—where the unemployed actually lived inside the old VAG— to pro-cannabis rallies). Help me out by adding events I’ve missed.

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Brief History of Protests at the Vancouver Art Gallery