Day 2: Regina to Lowe Farm

After scrubbing off some evidence of the insect massacre and enjoying our complimentary hotel breakfast (though not at the same time) the following morning, we got back on the road. The rest of Saskatchewan met us with familiar sights: fields of different shades of green and yellow, occasionally dotted with herds of ungulates. As we approached the provincial border, more hills and turns appeared in the road, with taller trees adding to the landscape.

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Day 1: Calgary to Regina

My road trip narrative starts from the day we left Calgary. Over the past 11 years of living in Canada, I’ve done the Alberta-British Columbia drive a few times with stops in different towns. But I’ve seen nothing between Calgary and Toronto, these 3000-something kilometers that house historical significance and years of Canadian heritage – not to mention my friends’ hometowns I know by name, but have never visited.

Our original plan was to head out at dawn to avoid the heat, since we were looking at six hours of driving without air conditioning. The flatness of eastern Alberta and Saskatchewan posed a problem: while we could avoid direct sunlight on a mountain road, this wasn’t an option in the prairies. So we hit the road at 11, expecting to make a stop halfway for gas and lunch if we were hungry.

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‘Ex machina’ a fascinating but familiar look at artificial intelligence

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VANCOUVER — The tradition of films about artificial intelligence dates back to the late 1920s, with highlights such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and WarGames influencing an entire generation’s views on robots. The best films in the genre were written and filmed before robots became as commonplace as they are today: from Google’s ambitious DeepMind project to household names like Roomba and Siri, we have incorporated AI into our daily routines. Researchers and the general public have never been more informed on artificial intelligence – but maybe this familiarity is starting to get in the way of making good art about robots.

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We need better criminal response to domestic violence: crisis centre

(Courtesy Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter)

(Courtesy Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter)

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vancouver police have answered several domestic violence calls at the Nguyen house, but that didn’t stop the tragedy from happening.

The city’s sixth homicide was a suspected motive of a domestic dispute; the last one happened only one week earlier. This renews a local women’s centre call for change in addressing domestic abuse.

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Proposed project could bring fire pits to Vancouver beaches

(Courtesy Vancouver Campfire Project/Facebook)

(Courtesy Vancouver Campfire Project/Facebook)

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – How would you like to sit around a fire at the beach this summer?

A student collaboration out of SFU and UBC hopes for an exemption in the laws around open fires in Vancouver.

It’s called the Vancouver Campfire Project, and organizers are proposing to put fire pits on Vancouver beaches, with a pilot pit proposed for this summer on Jericho Beach. Continue reading

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Elephant advocates raise awareness for ivory poaching crisis

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VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Music, dancing, and bright elephant ear hats made this flashmob look like a party. But the group got together in front of Pacific Centre mall downtown to bring awareness to a serious issue – the elephant poaching crisis in Africa.

The animal advocates call themselves Elephanatics, and they believe educating consumers on the cruelty of ivory poaching is the first step. Organizer Andrea Duthie says a flashmob is a fun way to turn heads to this serious issue.

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New Olympic statue unveiled in downtown Vancouver

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VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The 2010 Olympics have long been over, but Nike the Greek goddess of victory has finally landed Vancouver.

Dozens of people gathered at the corner of Thurlow and Cordova for the official unveiling of the statue on Saturday afternoon.

The statue is a gift from the ancient city of Olympia, and was designed by a renowned Greek sculptor Pavlos Angelos Kougiomtzis.

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