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A record-breaking 6500+ swimmers participated in the 100th anniversary Polar Bear Swim on Wednesday January 1, 2020 in Vancouver, BC Canada.  Air temperature was 10 degrees Celsius and the water temperature was 7 degrees Celsius.  Happy New year everyone!

Swimmers at 2020 Polar Bear Swim Vancouver

Swimmers at 2020 Polar Bear Swim. January 1, 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Polar Bear Swim 2020 Vancouver

Swimmers of all ages. January 1, 2020 in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Polar Bear Swim 2020 Vancouver

Dressed up. January 1, 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Swimmers dress up in costumes for the Polar Bear Swim 2020 on January 1, 2020 in Vancouver, BC Canada.

A group of swimmers support each other. January 1, 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Deadpool Lego by Styorgirls

Deadpool Lego character by the Styrogirls. January 1, 2020. Vancouver, BC Canada.

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Spotted a Google Maps Street Trekker in Vancouver on Thursday December 5, 2019. They are used to record street views for Google Maps in places where their cars can’t go. They’ve used it to document places such as Angkor Wat and the Grand Canyon. They also have a Streetview snowmobile which has documented Whistler Blackcomb Mountain and a Streetview Trolley for museums and similar spaces. And the best thing is they loan the Street Trekker out to organizations (government agencies, tourism boards, non-profits) for places they’d like to document. googletrekker streetview vancouver canada googlestreettrekker googlemaps

Google Street Trekker

Google Street Trekker in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Google Street Trekker

Google Street Trekker in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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December 02, 2019
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Happy December readers!  Here’s a photo of the Tim Sars Band playing at the Candytown Winter Festival in Yaletown this past weekend.

Tim Sars Band

Tim Sars band playing at the Candytown Winter Festival in Yaletown. Vancouver, BC. Canada

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November 25, 2019
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Buttermere Pastry Chef and owner Jamie Tung showing guests how to make pineapple cake at a recent event in Vancouver.

Buttermere Pastry Chef Jamie Tung

Buttermere Pastry Chef and owner Jamie Tung doing a pineapple cake baking demonstration.

Pineapple cake by Pastry Chef Jamie Tung

Pineapple cake by Pastry Chef Jamie Tung.

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November 18, 2019
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Congratulations to the 2019 Paralympic Hall of Fame Inductees!  What a privilege it was to meet them and to hear their amazing stories.

Paralympic Hall of Fame Inductees 2019

Paralympic Hall of Fame Inductees 2019. Back row L to R: Joey Johnson, Joe Rea, Kathy Newman, Viviane Forest. Front row L to R: Josh Dueck, Garett Hickling, Colette Bourgonje. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Paralympic Hall of Fame Inductees 2019

Paralympic Hall of Fame Inductees 2019. Back row L to R: Joe Rea, Kathy Newman, Viviane Forest, Joey Johnson. Front row L to R: Garett Hickling, Josh Dueck, Colette Bourgonje. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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November 11, 2019
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Alastair and his family have been decorating this statue in Vancouver since 1994.  He felt that the statue wasn’t being honored so he began his tradition.

Remembrance Day statue decorated with roses

Family decorates this statue with roses every year. Vancouver, Canada.

Remebrance Day statue decorated with roses

Alastair and his family pose for a photo with the statue they decorated. Vancouver, Canada.

Remembrance Day statue in Vancouver

Remembrance Day statue in Vancouver decorated with roses. Vancouver, Canada.

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“Authenticity is being comfortable with your imperfections. Nobody wants to see the stock photo version of you.” So glad to hear this keynote by Ron Tite (CEO, Church + State).

Ron Tite Church and State CEO

Church + State CEO Ron Tite giving his keynote in Vancouver, Canada.

Ron Tite Church and State CEO

Church + State CEO Ron Tite giving his keynote in Vancouver, Canada.

Ron Tite Church and State CEO

Church + State CEO Ron Tite giving his keynote in Vancouver, Canada.

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October 26, 2019
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16-year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was in Vancouver on Friday October 25th, 2019 to speak at Climate Strike march.

Greta Thunberg in Vancouver, Canada

Greta Thunberg with Severn Cullis-Suzuki at a Climate Strike march in Vancouver, Canada on October 25, 2019.

Greta Thunberg in Vancouver, Canada

Greta Thunberg at a Climate Strike march in Vancouver, Canada on October 25, 2019.

David Suzuki at Climate Strike march

David Suzuki at the Climate Strike march in Vancouver on October 25, 2019.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Severn Cullis-Suzuki at a Climate Strike march in Vancouver, Canada on October 25, 2019.

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Fun fact about the NBA pre-season game in Vancouver: both the assistant coaches for the LA Clippers and Dallas Mavericks are women.  The Dallas Mavericks CEO is a woman.  The President of Business Operations for the LA Clippers is a woman.

Natalie Anchowa and Jenny Boucek

Natalie Anchowa, WNBA player and Jenny Boucek, assistant coach Dallas Mavericks. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Gillian Zucker, President of Business Operations, LA Clippers.

Gillian Zucker, President of Business Operations, LA Clippers. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Cynthia Marshall, CEO Dallas Mavericks.

Cynthia Marshall, CEO Dallas Mavericks. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Cynthia Marshall, CEO Dallas Mavericks and Kayla Gray reporter/anchor TSN Sportscentre.

Cynthia Marshall, CEO Dallas Mavericks and Kayla Gray, reporter/anchor TSN Sportcentre. Vancouver, BC Canada.

Cynthia Marshall, Jenny Boucek and Natalie Anchowa

Cynthia Marshall, CEO Dallas Mavericks, Jenny Boucek, Assistant Coach, Dallas Mavericks, Natalie Anchowa, WNBA player. Vancouver, BC Canada.

 

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Retired American Astronaut Scott Kelly at a recent event in Vancouver, Canada.

Astronaut Scott Kelly

American Astronaut Scott Kelly in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Astronaut Scott Kelly

American Astronaut Scott Kelly in Vancouver, BC Canada.