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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Spaces and Reservations

(Courtesy Brendan Prost)

(Courtesy Brendan Prost)

VANCOUVER (LINK MAGAZINE) – Vancouver has been fighting to keep its Hollywood North title, with tax credit cuts and special effects studio closures contributing to the anxieties in the local filmmaking community. Such droughts in the industry normally correspond to a drop in newcomers interested in learning the craft. However, for those who are making their debut in the Vancouver film arts, the situation may not look as bleak.

The Lower Mainland houses many established film schools, with Langara, Simon Fraser and Emily Carr offering competitive training programs. One student filmmaker has shared the experience of making a feature film without the budget or the manpower of Hollywood giants.

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Weird toilets and missing doorknobs: my love letter to Russia

Say you have a friend. You and this friend have known each other for a long time, and you know all of each other’s quirks and odd habits. And you know there’s a particular trait this friend of yours has that can be really, really annoying. Sometimes you complain about this annoying trait to others, but it’s not bad enough to be a dealbreaker when it comes to your friendship with this person; at the end of the day, all their positive qualities outweigh the annoying habit. And this is fine: you can complain from time to time, because you’re friends. But if anyone else ever mentions how annoying this friend of yours is, you get incredibly upset and go out of your way to defend their honour.

I don’t know how universal this experience is, but it seems that most people I asked have felt, at one point in time, like they alone had the right to diss something or someone, and got really offended if someone else did it in their presence.

This is the best way to describe my feelings about the trending topic of “Sochi problems.”

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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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