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)

Real Housewives of Vancouver Premiere – Love it or Hate it?

After weeks/months of anticipation, media cattiness (the women aren’t really part of Vancouver high society!) and scandal (The Province’s reveal that cast member Reiko Mackenzie’s husband Sunny Mackenzie is Sun News Lal, a man acquitted, along with “notorious crime boss Bindy Johal in Vancouver’s sensational gangland murder of brothers Jim and Ron Dosanjh” in 1994), the Real Housewives of Vancouver premiered April 4 on Slice TV with two back-to-back episodes.

Like many Vancouverites, I was intrigued enough to see the Vancouver version of the franchise—the first Real Housewives franchise set in Canada—to watch the premiere, despite not being a Real Housewives fan.  Personally, I thought the build-up and pre-show scandals were more interesting than the show itself. (Let the cattiness begin!)

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Real Housewives of Vancouver Premiere – Love it or Hate it?

Meet the Real Housewives of Vancouver: Official Cast Revealed

The Real Housewives of Vancouver Cast

Last week, I wrote about the upcoming Real Housewives of Vancouver, the first Canadian version of the popular Real Housewives reality series, “the world’s number one lifestyle reality franchise.” The series, which will premiere on Slice TV sometime soon (no official air date is set)*, had been hush-hush about its main cast, though rumours were flying over which Vancouver ladies would be the new Housewives.

Today, Slice TV officially announced the identities of the five main cast members of The Real Housewives of Vancouver, plus a bit about their bios (and a YouTube promo, of course):

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The ‘Real Housewives of Vancouver’ are Coming April 2012

Here are two facts that, depending on how you feel about reality TV, could be signs of the rumoured 2012 apocalypse: First, that the Real Housewives reality shows that originated in the U.S. with Real Housewives of Orange County are the “world’s number one lifestyle reality franchise;” second, that the franchise has come to our fair city, with the Real Housewives of Vancouver set to premiere in April 2012.

The Real Housewives of Vancouver is the latest Real Housewives series from around the globe. Not only are there shows set around the U.S. (which Canadian viewers watch on the Slice Network), there are also shows set in Athens, Israel and France. The Real Housewives of Vancouver will be the first Canadian installment.

So who are the Real Housewives of Vancouver?

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The ‘Real Housewives of Vancouver’ are Coming April 2012