When Judy was born British Columbia she didn’t have the right to vote because she was Japanese-Canadian. Japanese-Canadians and Indigenous people couldn’t vote in BC until 1949. Mennonites and Hutterites until 1948. Chinese-Canadians and South Asian-Canadians until 1947. Please don’t take your right to vote for granted. Get to the BC polls on Saturday October 24, 2020.
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.
Vancouverites gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yama Cafe in the Grandview-Woodland neighborhood 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
Here is a look at how Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver 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.
Dressew (337 W. Hastings St.) in Gastown is 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/