Archive for April, 2020
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April 29, 2020
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Vancouver dancer

Scotiabank Dance Centre. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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This WW2 Air Force Officer veteran celebrated her 102nd birthday with great fanfare on Tuesday April 28, 2020.  The Vancouver Mounted Unit, Vancouver Police and Vancouver firefighters came by to wish her well and sing happy birthday to her.

WW2 Air Force Officer Veteran

WW2 Air Force Officer Veteran and her daughter with VPD. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

People on their balconies Vancouver

People in the community come to their balconies to watch. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Neighborhood kids with Happy Birthday sign Vancouver

Kids from the neighborhood show up with signs. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

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Vancouver artists are transforming Robson Street in Vancouver by painting on boarded up storefronts.  The Downtown Vancouver BIA and Vancouver Mural Festival have enlisted the artists to create a more positive environment.  The storefronts have been boarded up due to an increase in commercial break-ins due to the pandemic.

Artist Taka Sudo

Artist Taka Sudo with his mural on the Muji Store on Robson Street. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Artist Chairman Ting

Mural on Robson Street by Chairman Ting. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Artist Animalitoland

Artist Animalitoland (Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva) paints her mural on Robson Street. Vancouver, BC, Canada

Artist Sandeep Johal

Mural on Robson Street by Artist Sandeep Johal. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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April 24, 2020
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The Olympic Flame at Jack Poole Plaza was lit in red on Friday April 24, 2020 in tribute to Nova Scotia  and the recent tragedy there.  Flags were also at half-mast across the city.

Olympic Flame in Vancouver lit in red

Olympic Flame at Jack Poole Plaza lit in red. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Flags at half-mast across Vancouver

Flags at half-mast across Vancouver in tribute to the victims of the recent Nova Scotia tragedy. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

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April 23, 2020
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Seeing all the boarded up store fronts and closed notices on so many businesses makes it seem like everything is shut down due to the pandemic.  I was in Gastown the other day and passed by Six Acres in the heart of Gastown by the Gassy Jack statue.  They had rigged up and outdoor stereo system and had their windows open – signs to show everyone that “Hey – we’re open!”  If you are in a position to, please support our local businesses.  Six Acres is located at 203 Carrall St and is open for takeout from Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm-8pm.

Six Acres Gastown

Six Acres in Gastown remains open. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Six Acres Gastown Takeout Menu

Takeout menu for Six Acres in Gastown. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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April 22, 2020
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Here are some photos from the Climate Strike March in September 2019.  It’s unreal to look back on these photos and see large crowds like that.  Happy Earth Day.

Crowds crossing Cambie  Bridge Climate Strike March Vancouver

Crowds crossing Cambie Bridge into downtown Vancouver during the Climate Strike March. September 2019. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Crowds crossing Cambie  Bridge Climate Strike March Vancouver

Different signs at Climate Strike March in Vancouver, BC, Canada. September 2019.

Kids with signs at Climate Strike March Vancouver

Kids with signs at Climate Strike March in Vancouver, BC, Canada. September 2019.

People watch Climate Strike March Vancouver

People watch as the crowd crosses Cambie Bridge into downtown Vancouver. Climate Strike March. September 2019. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Buses and other traffic held up due to Climate Strike March Vancouver.

Buses and other traffic is held up during the Climate Strike March in Vancouver, BC, Canada. September 2019.

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April 21, 2020
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Frontline workers at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada come out to hear the 7pm nightly cheer for healthcare workers.

Healthcare workers at St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver

Frontline workers at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada come out to listen to the 7pm cheer. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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April 17, 2020
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There is no public vehicle access to Stanley Park as of April 8, 2020 until further notice. Vancouver Park Board limited access to reduce the number of people gathering at the park due to the pandemic. Aquarium workers, yacht club and rowing club staff, HMSC Discovery, and emergency vehicles are the exception. The bus into Stanley Park is still running. Cyclists are asked to use the road now and leave the seawall for pedestrians. Park rangers and police are on hand to inform drivers of the change. Parking lots have already been closed and the City of Vancouver is enforcing parking bylaws in the Westend again.

Vancouver Park Rangers in Stanley Park

Vancouver Park Rangers near a newly installed gate at the an entrance to Stanley Park. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Park rangers set up ID Checkpoint

Park rangers set up an ID checkpoint. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Park rangers in Stanley Park

Park rangers are on hand to inform the public of the changes. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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April 15, 2020
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Last year on April 15, 2019 I  took a photo at a downtown Vancouver gas station as the prices were rising dramatically and I wanted to document it for history.  This year as the prices were falling I went back out on the same day around the same time (after 3pm) on April 15, 2020 to document the price fall.  What a difference a year makes – 74 cents/L!  Fun fact: This is the only gas station in Vancouver’s downtown penninsula.  All other gas stations have been sold for development.

Gas price April 15, 2019

Price of gas was 169.9 cents/L at a downtown Vancouver gas station on April 15, 2019. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

Price of gas April 15, 2020

Price of gas was 95.9 cents/L at a downtown Vancouver gas station on April 15, 2020. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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April 14, 2020
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Vancouver store fronts are being boarded up due to a increase in break-ins during the pandemic.

Robson street store fronts

Store fronts on Robson St in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Man walks past boarded up store front.

Man walks past boarded up store front on Robson St. in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Entire block of store front boarded up

Entire block of store front on Robson St. boarded up. Vancouver, BC, Canada.