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