KOM CPC pioneers bike registry in southwest Vancouver

Andrew Budreski had a good time with his new Kona Tanuki DL mountain bike, until it was stolen on May 29.

Andrew Budreski had a good time with his new Kona Tanuki DL mountain bike, until it was stolen on May 29.

***in the light of the Kayla Smith story, who met up with her bike thief after seeing her bicycle listed on Craigslist and then used the opportunity to “steal” her bike back, I thought it would be interesting for you to review my story about the KOM CPC bike registry, which was first published on May 31***

Bike to work week did not quite turn out as Andrew Budreski had expected. When the 29-year-old project manager returned from a meetup with friends last Wednesday night, he was in for a nasty surprise. His brand new mountain bike was stolen from his car, which was parked at West 7th Ave. and Pine St.  Continue reading

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Meet Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberals candidate in Vancouver-Quilchena

Andrew Wilkinson. Photo: BC Liberal Party

Andrew Wilkinson. Photo: BC Liberal Party

Meeting Andrew Wilkinson can be intimidating. The BC Liberals candidate for Vancouver-Quilchena is a tall man in his early fifties, looking like a self-confident leader in spite of his boyish freckles. Moreover, Wilkinson is a political heavyweight, a former deputy minister and party president. Oh, and did I mention he is also a medical doctor and a lawyer?

On the podium, Wilkinson is a polite gentleman and eloquent speaker. And he is competitive.

“Can we turn up the lights?” is the first thing Wilkinson says when Continue reading

Magee Secondary School’s all-candidates debate

If you think our youth are not interested in politics, think again. Over five hundred students filled the theatre at Magee Secondary School this morning. They came to listen to the all-candidates debate by Vancouver-Quilchena politicians. 

The candidates included Andrew Wilkinson of the BC Liberals, a medical doctor and lawyer who is lucky enough to inherit the Liberal stronghold riding. Matt Toner, BC NDP candidate for Vancouver-False Creek filled in for Nicholas Scapillati, who was double booked. Damian Kettlewell, a third-time candidate, brought strong arguments for the BC Green Party. And four-time MP Bill Clarke represented the BC Conservatives.  Continue reading

Meet Damian Kettlewell, Green Party candidate for Vancouver-Quilchena

Damian Kettlewell in front of the Vancouver BC Green Party office on 111 West Broadway.

Damian Kettlewell in front of the Vancouver BC Green Party office on 111 West Broadway.

Green Party candidate Damian Kettlewell is one of four candidates campaigning for Quilchena voters in order to win a seat in the legislature. If he succeeds, he will make history, as a first Green Party MLA is yet to be elected in B.C.  

When I arrive early at the opening reception of the first Vancouver Green Party campaign office in a decade, Kettlewell hasn’t arrived yet, but I am greeted by young politicians Matthew Pedley (Vancouver-Fairview), Barinder Hans (V-Mount Pleasant) and Regan-Heng Zhang (V-Langara), chafing at the bit to enter the political arena. Continue reading

Meet Nicholas Scapillati, Vancouver-Quilchena’s NDP candidate for the 2013 provincial election

Vancouver-Quilchena's NDP-team. From left: Michael Kushnir, Andrew Wilkinson, Kas Shield

Vancouver-Quilchena’s NDP-team. From left: Michael Kushnir, Nicholas Scapillati, Kas Shield. Photo: Katja De Bock

Kerrisdale Village enjoys a new colour on the main shopping block–orange.

When I enter the new NDP office in the former Thomas Hobbs gift store on 41st Avenue at West Boulevard, I am greeted by the candidate Nicholas Scapillati, his wife Kas Shield, who works as the candidate scheduler and event coordinator, and Michael Kushnir, the campaign manager, who, interestingly, looks like a young Thomas Mulcair. Continue reading

Sexual Health Education by Saleema Noon at Southlands Elementary School

Saleema Noon talking to parents at Southlands Elementary on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Saleema Noon talking to parents at Southlands Elementary on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Don’t be surprised when your first-grader comes home this Thursday naming private parts, and saying that from now on, she needs no more supervising with washing, because “no one is allowed to touch my body.”

It’s most likely she has attended Saleema Noon’s sexual health education classes, which occur annually in Southlands Elementary School.

On Tuesday evening, parents had the opportunity to meet Noon, and learn what exactly she will be teaching students and how to answer the questions that will come up after classes. Continue reading

Artists-in-residence salon series brings cohousing idea to Dunbar-Southlands

Keiko Honda is a community builder in Dunbar-Southlands and Kerrisdale.

Keiko Honda is a community builder in Dunbar-Southlands and Kerrisdale.

I met Keiko Honda in the shower room of Kerrisdale pool last year. The elegant young woman was supervising her daughter Maya, who just finished swimming lessons. I, on the other hand, was undressed and wet, showering off the chlorine, after having enjoyed half an hour of lapses in the pool. Our eyes met, but we only smiled at each other.

Our shower meetings went on for several months, but I never had the opportunity to speak to her. Keiko and Maya had already left the dressing room long before my kids and I were ready. Continue reading