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June 08, 2020
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A second rally was held in Vancouver to support the Black Lives Matter movement and protest George Floyd’s death. On Friday June 5, 2020 a crowd estimated between 5000-10000 people came to Jack Poole Plaza to hear speeches by the black community.  There was no violence.

Vancouver crowd at Black Lives Matter rally

Vancouver crowd at Black Lives Matter rally. June 5, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Man with sign supporting Black Lives Matter movement

Man with sign supporting the black community. June 5, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Man wearing I Can't Breathe hoodie

Man wearing I Can’t Breathe hoodie. June 5, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Man holding sign supporting black community

Man with sign supporting the black community. June 5, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Vancouver rally organizer Jacob Callendar-Prasad

Vancouver rally organizer Jacob Callendar-Prasad on stage with co-organizers. June 5, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Crowd at Black Lives Matter rally in Vancouver

Crowd at Black Lives Matter rally in Vancouver. June 5, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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June 01, 2020
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Vancouverites gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday May 31, 2020 at 5pm to show solidarity with the black community and to protest George Floyd’s death.  The gathering was peaceful with no violence or arrests.  There were even times of silence when people were waiting for the next speaker.

Woman with Justice for Black Lives Now sign

Demonstration at Vancouver Art Gallery protest of George Floyd’s death. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Women with signs supporting the black community

Women with signs supporting the black community at Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Man holding Justice For George sign

Man calling for justice in George Floyd’s death. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Crowd chanting Black Lives Matter

Crowd chanting, “Black lives matter.” Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Man holding sign supporting black community

People of all religions, races and ethnicities were present. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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I had the opportunity to work with a non-profit group designing and building low cost ventilators.  The multi-disciplinary group including scientists, engineers, students and doctors has built medical devices including gVent and refined designs of open source designs including a bubble helmet and snorkel mask.

gVent low cost ventilator

gVent low cost ventilator made with easily sourced materials. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

bubble helmet low cost ventilator

Bubble helmet low cost ventilator. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

snorkel mask low cost ventilator

Snorkel mask low cost ventilator. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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This was the last conference I covered in 2020  before bans on large gatherings were put into place by the BC Government.  Looking back at the photos it is unreal to see large groups of people together.

Conference speaker with audience in Vancouver

Speaker at Breakout session in Vancouver JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. Burrard Room. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Conference speaker in Vancouver

Conference speaker at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. Parq Ballroom. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Conference presenters in Vancouver

Conference presenters networking session at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. Kitsilano Room. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Conference delegates in Vancouver

Conference delegates at breakout session at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, Fairview Room. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

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Vancouver stores are preparing to open again after the BC Government announced it plans on May 6, 2020 to restart the economy after the pandemic shutdown many businesses.  Stores that were boarded up and painted by artists had removed the plywood.  You can see some of the boarded up photos and photos taken on May 13th, 2020 below.

Mural by Animalitoland in Vancouver

Mural by Animalitoland on Robson Street store on April 27th, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Robson street store with mural taken down

Robson street store with mural taken down. May 13th, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Portrait mural on Robson Street store

Portrait mural on Robson Street store on May 10th, 2020.

Robson street store with mural taken down

Robson street store with mural taken down. May 13th, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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May 10, 2020
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Dear moms, matriarchs of all types, queens and goddesses – Happy Mother’s Day!  Wishing you all extra strength, courage and love for this year.  Extra crowns and gold stars for everyone too.

photobooth photos Vancouver

Photobooth photo with parents and kids. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Yama Cafe  is open with a takeout menu of their amazing Japanese food.  They also have Japanese baked goods, other products including delicious sesame butter and cloth face masks (pre-order).  The cloth face masks are made by  Japanese Fabric Creations Shino.   If you are in a position to, please support our local businesses.  Yama Cafe is located at 2007 E. Hastings St.  Please check their Facebook page below for hours as they are currently changing.

Yama Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/JapaneseStyleCafe/

Japanese Fabric Creations Shino: https://www.instagram.com/japanesefabriccreationshino

Yama Cafe owner Hiroe

Yama Cafe co-owner Hiroe with cloth face mask and Japanese manju. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Yama Cafe Vancouver exterior

Yama Cafe at 2007 E. Hastings near Victoria Drive. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Black seasame butter by Yama Cafe

Black sesame butter made by Yama Cafe. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Reusable cloth face mask by Japanese Fabric Creations Shino

Reusable cloth face mask by Japanese Fabric Creations Shino and available for sale (pre-order) at Yama Cafe. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Here is a look at how Granville Street is looking these days.  But like the transformation happening on Robson Street, artists are painting on boarded up storefronts on Granville Street with the support of Downtown Vancouver BIA and Vancouver Mural Festival.

Mural by Moonray Designs on Granville Street

Mural by MoonRay Designs on Granville Street. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Nordstrom on Granville Street Vancouver

Nordstrom on Granville Street boarded up. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Mural on Granville Street by Andrew Tavukciyan

Mural on Granville Street by Andrew Tavukciyan. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

H&M Granville Street Vancouver

H&M on Granville Street boarded up due to pandemic. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Mural by @ihatestencils on Granville Street

Mural @ihatestencils on Granville Street. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Granville Street empty May 2020

Granville Street traffic is greatly reduced due to the pandemic. This is Friday afternoon at 3pm. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Dressew (337 W. Hastings St.) closed because of the pandemic, but today they’ve launched their online store, www.dressew.com with in-store pick up between 12pm-3pm.  Atex Fabrics (330 W. Hastings St.) is right across the street from Dressew is OPEN from Monday to Saturday from 12:00pm-5:30pm. They have fabrics and notions such as elastics if you are looking to make some cloth face masks.  Visit their website for more information.  https://www.atexfabrics.com/

Atex Fabrics Vancouver

Atex Fabrics at 330 W. Hastings is open from 12pm-5:30pm Monday-Saturday. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Atex Fabrics Vancouver

Atex Fabrics is open. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Selection of fabrics at Atex Fabrics

A selection of fabrics from Atex Fabrics. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Dressew mural

Dressew store front painted with a mural by Tierney Milne. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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April 29, 2020
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Vancouver dancer

Scotiabank Dance Centre. Vancouver, BC, Canada.