Arbutus Corridor Souvenirs

Arbutus1As the debate about the city’s possible purchase of the Arbutus corridor is ongoing, I realized there might be little time left to walk or bike along the trail, a trip that was on my Vancouver ‘to do’ list for a few years.

Though we still haven’t managed the bike trip, my family and I went for a nice walk along three routes of the corridor a few weeks ago. Some parts of the walk are probably less familiar to the general audience than the popular route along 6th Avenue between Fir and Maple streets. In the following photo essay, you’ll find some impressions of the trip. Please note the trip was taken spontaneously and most photos taken by my iPhone. Continue reading

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Full house at Kerrisdale Women’s Safety Workshop

Three weeks and no charges have been laid in the case of Julie Paskall, the hockey mom who was beaten to death at a community centre in Surrey. The soon five-year-old murder of Wendy Ladner-Beaudry in Pacific Spirit Park as well as the mysterious sexual assault series at the UBC campus are equally unsolved.

Not a good idea: focussing on your smart phone in a back alley. Photo: Katja De Bock

Not a good idea: focussing on your smart phone in a back alley. Photo: Katja De Bock

Even though crimes nationwide are generally decreasing, sexual assaults and other violence against women tend to stay steady. 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

Canadian cuisine for beginners: Kerrisdale’s Mac Shack

MacShack_Logo*** update – The Mac Shack has disappeared from Kerrisdale – In the same location, there is now a high-end pizzeria that doesn’t do take outs.***

We Belgians are well known for our exquisite national cuisine. That also makes us a bit snobbish.

When I moved to Canada four years ago, I did not know what to expect with regards to food. I knew Vancouver is rich in Asian restaurants and has some of the best sushi in the world. But is that “Canadian” food? Continue reading

A new taste to my blog – testing foodie places from Dunbar to Main streets

Stephen Hui, the Georgia Straight web editor is coming to our journalism class at Langara College tomorrow. I discovered he is not only a reporter about a wide range of things such as technology and aboriginal issues. Hui also has a separate blog about eating vegan in Vancouver.

Enjoying a Chinese-Canadian meal with the family in Simon's kitchen on Dunbar & 28th Ave.

Enjoying a Chinese-Canadian meal with the family in Simon’s Kitchen on Dunbar & 28th Ave.

Some of my journalism colleagues are equally intrigued about food, agriculture, coffee places. Judy Chern just launched a new blog about locally grown exotic food and Tanya Hill’s blog New Agrarian City informs about sustainable urban farming, technology and food ideas.

That inspired me to reflect how often I read about local restaurants and deli stores, of which residential southwest Vancouver has plenty. Continue reading

Hello southwest Vancouver residents!

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Work is ongoing at the Milltown Marina construction site in Marpole on January 12, 2013

Hello readers,
this blog will cover issues and events in and around the southwest Vancouver neighbourhoods of Dunbar-Southlands, Kerrisdale, Oakridge and Marpole.
The site is currently under construction.
Meanwhile, feel free to suggest any issues you think are worth reporting.
Looking forward to your ideas!

Katja