Category: Lifestyle

Cyclist

Canadian cities slowly going green

Vancouver has vowed to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. New condos in Toronto are going up without any parking spaces. Regina is doing away with one-way streets to improve public transit access in a revitalized downtown.

Mission Possible

Downtown Eastside charity creates green jobs for low-income women to help African children

A Vancouver charity is collecting discarded soaps and lotions from B.C. hotels and hiring at-risk Downtown Eastside women to repackage them for donations around the world.

On Monday, Mission Possible will launch the soap recycling program at their Powell Street location.

The Downtown Eastside charity will collect the discarded amenities from participating hotels, at a nominal fee of $1 per room per month, said Brian Postlewait, executive director of the Mission Possible. The soaps and bottles will then be newly sanitized and repackaged, ready to be sent to homeless shelters locally and worldwide.

Evergreen Line

Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project

The Evergreen Line is a new rapid transit line that will connect Coquitlam to Vancouver via Port Moody and Burnaby. The Evergreen Line will be a fast, frequent and convenient SkyTrain service, connecting Coquitlam City Centre through Port Moody to Lougheed Town Centre in approximately 13 minutes. It will seamlessly connect to the current SkyTrain network at Lougheed Town Centre Station and will integrate with regional bus and West Coast Express networks. Construction of the Evergreen Line is anticipated to begin in early 2011 and be completed in 4 years.

Human Body Domino

10,000+ Chinese set human domino record

More than 10,000 people in northern China have set a world record for the longest chain of human dominoes.

Arranged in lines, they slowly collapsed backward onto each other in sequence from a sitting position like a line of toppling dominoes.

Beer

Vancouver summer festival touts natural crafted beer

A local beer-drinking club with a mission has grown from two dozen to more than 300 members in the past nine years.

The Campaign for Real Ale Vancouver, or CAMRA Vancouver, is an independent consumer organization committed to the proliferation of craft beer.

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire set for Pacific Coliseum Sept. 28

Arcade Fire has announced other Canadian tour dates — with a Vancouver stop Sept. 28 at Pacific Coliseum.

Arcade Fire — fresh from playing Toronto’s Olympic Island and a recent Montreal gig — is hardly saving all their true patriot love for the East. New North American tour dates have just been revealed, and following a Sept. 22 show in St. Paul, Minn., Arcade Fire will be rolling across Canada, hitting four cities (not the suburbs) in support of their new album, The Suburbs.

Danish Smart House Eco

Danish Smart House Eco (Prefab) by Valbaek Brorup Architects

The Danish Smart House Eco is an environmentally friendly housing system which can be optimized in a number of ways to meet the space needs of both individuals and families. Creators Eva Kristine Borup and Stefan Valbaek of Valbaek Borup Architects, designed the system to be flexible to the needs of the occupants with regard to building orientation, number of floors, number of rooms and materials. Especially interesting is that the house is certified by the Danish Ecolabel Agency!

Stay safe in the sun

Stay safe in the sun

We’re supposed to be out there having fun, but a painful sunburn or nasty dose of food poisoning won’t enhance anyone’s summer.

It’s easy to avoid most of the usual risks lurking in the campground or on the barbecue with some common-sense precautions recommended by health officials.

People who already have a health condition, often the elderly, are likely to be hardest hit by air pollution, excessive heat or a bout of food poisoning.

Equilibrium

Kamloops green dream home no energy hog

It may not have been cheap to build, but a “green dream” demonstration house in Kamloops will be cheap to maintain.

The 3,000-square-foot home located in the Sun Rivers development is so loaded with energy-efficiency features that the estimated net cost for a year’s worth of electricity will be zero.

A rooftop array of solar photovoltaic panels generate enough power to warrant installation of a dual-purpose electricity meter that tracks the amount of energy consumed as well as surplus power dispatched onto the grid when the home doesn’t need it.