Monthly Archives: November 2013

Abbotsford homeless file a human rights complaint against city authorities

DJ Larkin of Pivot Legal Society is helping Jubilee Park homeless file a complaint. (Olsy Sorokina/BCIT News)

DJ Larkin of Pivot Legal Society is helping Jubilee Park homeless file a complaint. (Olsy Sorokina/BCIT News)

ABBOTSFORD – Residents of the homeless camp in Abbotsford are fighting back the city’s move-out notice with a human rights complaint.

On Monday, city authorities posted a notice for the residents to remove all their tents and belongings from Jubilee Park, citing safety concerns associated with extreme weather conditions as the main reason.

The camp in Jubilee was set up after another site along Gladys Road was smeared with chicken manure to drive out the homeless in early June.

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Vancouver Heritage Foundation hosts the last of the movie night series at Hollywood Theatre

Vancouver Heritage Foundation paid a grant to restore Hollywood theatre's historic facade earlier this year. (Courtesy Vancouver Heritage Foundation)

Vancouver Heritage Foundation paid a grant to restore Hollywood theatre’s historic facade earlier this year. (Courtesy Vancouver Heritage Foundation)

VANCOUVER (BCIT NEWS) – The upcoming movie night may be the last time the screen lights up at Vancouver’s historic Hollywood Theatre.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation has been organizing movie nights at the Hollywood since the spring of 2013. Showings were organized with the help of the Church at Hollywood, which has occupied the building since the theater’s closure in

Most films in the series shared themes inspired by Vancouver’s history and architecture. All admission and concession at the movie nights has been by donation.

The foundation also gave a grant for restoration of the theatre’s historic façade earlier this year. Most of the money has already been spent for painting the building and restoring one of the oldest neon signs in Vancouver – a city once known as Canada’s Neon Capital.

Heritage Foundation executive director Judith Mosley says the foundation would be sorry to lose the historic theater.

“It’s a historic building, it is on the heritage register for Vancouver. We would really like to see a use continue for the Hollywood that is compatible with retaining the historic theatre, including the interior,” Mosley says. “Certainly we’d really like to see that happen, and would hope for a positive solution around that.”

Mosley says more people have been coming out to what was already a popular event since the possibility of the Hollywood’s closure.

The last movie night is planned for on November 26, and will show a 1949 film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead.

This article originally appeared on the BCIT News website on November 19, 2013. Read this and other stories by Olsy Sorokina here

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Victoria, Vancouver take part in national #DefendOurClimate rallies

Hundreds of British Columbians joined over 100 cities in DefendOurClimate rallies on November 16 (Olsy Sorokina/BCIT News)

Hundreds of British Columbians joined over 100 cities in DefendOurClimate rallies on November 16 (Olsy Sorokina/BCIT News)

VANCOUVER (BCIT NEWS) – Strong wind and pouring rain did not get in the way of Victoria residents who wanted to voice their concerns over the recent pipeline agreements.

On November 16, over 130 communities across Canada have joined in the plea for the local and federal governments to reconsider pipeline and tar sands expansion projects. The Defend Our Climate rallies were held outside of government offices as well as the local landmarks.

Dozens of people gathered at Clover Point near Dallas Road beach in Victoria; the location provided the protesters with “a view of where the oil tankers would travel,” according to the event’s website.

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Vancouver police find cash, drugs in a Quebec Street apartment

Vancouver police found several hundred thousand dollars cash as a result of search warrant execution (Olsy Sorokina/BCIT News)

Vancouver police found several hundred thousand dollars cash as a result of search warrant execution (Olsy Sorokina/BCIT News)

VANCOUVER (BCIT NEWS) – Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and over fifty kilograms of cocaine were seized as a result of a search warrant execution in Vancouver on Saturday, November 9.

The raid was conducted after two men were arrested on Friday afternoon at the corner of Expo Boulevard and Smithe Street. The men were suspected to be in possession of drugs; they led the investigation team to an apartment on the 1100 block Quebec Street.

The team has acquired a search warrant, and found several safes after entering an otherwise empty apartment.

After they opened the safes, police found several hundred thousand dollars in Canadian polymer bills, as well as some American currency.

They also found 54 kilograms of cocaine with estimated street value of over three million dollars. Superintendent Mike Porteous says this might be the biggest cocaine seizure Vancouver police has ever seen.

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BC Ombudsperson office is here for the people

Ombudsperson Kim Carter visited BCIT as part of her provincial tour. (Courtesy BC Ombudsperson Office)

Ombudsperson Kim Carter visited BCIT as part of her provincial tour. (Courtesy BC Ombudsperson Office)

VANCOUVER (THE LINK) – British Columbia Ombudsperson Kim Carter made a stop at the BCIT Burnaby campus on her recent tour of the province.

One reason for Carter’s visit to various parts of the province was to make the office’s services better known to British Columbians.

“A lot of people don’t know we exist,” Carter told The Link in an interview. “They don’t realize that if they have gone through everything, they think, ‘Well, that’s the end, the institution says there is nothing we can do,’ they can come to our office.”

An Ombudsperson office is an independent agency that ensures that people of the province get fair treatment from government organizations. The British Columbian office was set up in 1979, and is part of 9 provincial offices across Canada.

According to the province’s Ombudsperson office, the purpose of the October tour was to give British Columbians a chance to voice the concerns they may have with various government agencies in person.

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Burnaby Art Gallery adds a touch of art to every day routine

Haydn Thomas' artwork is partly inspired by patterns he was surrounded by in his childhood. (Courtesy Harry Booth)

Haydn Thomas’ artwork is partly inspired by patterns he was surrounded by in his childhood. (Courtesy Harry Booth)

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life,” Pablo Picasso once said.

Residents of the Lower Mainland are surrounded by local art in their daily routines: on SkyTrain platforms, downtown street corners, and on the walls of numerous coffee shops.

Burnaby Art Gallery found a new way to share art in its community. The gallery has made it a tradition to display art in public libraries, adding a touch of aesthetic beauty to a place of knowledge.

Three offsite exhibitions have been launched at the Burnaby libraries in November: The Natural Numeral at McGill; Rare Books at Tommy Douglas; and ESC CTRL at the Bob Prittie library. While the first two exhibitions draw from the gallery’s permanent collections, ESC CTRL displays some of the works of the local artist Haydn Thomas for the first time.

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Watermark takes a novel perspective on Earth’s most precious resource

Watermark tells the story of human interaction with water in over 20 countries. (Courtesy Mongrel Media)

Watermark tells the story of human interaction with water in over 20 countries. (Courtesy Mongrel Media)

VANCOUVER (THE LINK) –  “We are water.”

If there was a concise way to summarize Watermark, this quote from Oscar Dennis comes pretty close. Words do a poor job of describing a film of such overwhelming visual beauty, but the Tahltan linguist captured the simple and yet loudest message of the film.

Watermark is the second cinematic collaboration between Canadian director Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky. In its ninety-minute run, Watermark takes the viewers on an aquatic journey from the Colorado River Delta, to a dam in China, and back home – floating down Stikine River in British Columbia.

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