Back in 2012, Uber kicked up quite a social media fuss in Vancouver when it got kicked to the curb by B.C.'s Passenger Transportation Board. Well, get ready for another round of #UberVanLove.
On its blog, the San Francisco-based company behind the taxi and ridesharing app, which meets opposition from the taxi industry wherever it goes, says it's "missed" Vancouver. Uber held a promotional "Ice Cream Day" on July 18, which encouraged locals to download the app and order some ice cream.
Uber's July 17 blog post states:
The hate group everyone loves to hate, the Westboro Baptist Church, who are real-life trolls, have been locking horns with pop-punksters Panic! at the Disco.
It started when the homophobic group recorded a parody of the band's 2006 song "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", which was a U.S top 40 hit.
The song defended a bride who was accused of being a "whore" on her wedding day.
The Expo and Millennium lines aren't going anywhere right now, and many SkyTrain riders may be in the dark as to why.
TransLink posted this service advisory at 12:32 p.m.:
Due to a technical issue at Skytrain, there are significant delays impacting the Expo & Millennium Line trains. It is also impacting our ability to communicate to passengers in train cars or platforms. We are working hard to resolve this issue. For those passengers in the trains, please stay in the cars until instructed. Thank-you for your patience.
The Canada Line is unaffected.
TransLink also posted these tweets:
Couldn't make it out last Friday night? You missed gypsy-party-punk band Lemon Bucket Orkestra at Folk Fest. Vern Wakunick was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Lemon Bucket Orkestra at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival on July 18, 2014. Thanks Vern.
Last fall, Chambar Restaurant (562 Beatty Street) announced that it would move to a new location in summer 2014. On July 18, owners Nico and Karri Schuermans hosted a media preview of the soon-to-open space, located at 568 Beatty Street.
The restaurant was still under construction but is slated for an August opening.
The so-called concrete jungle may not be the nature of trees and streams and furry animals, but it is very much the nature of people.
At the beginning of recorded human history there were cities with walls of plaster and cement. The stuff I watched some city workers make a sidewalk curb from a few weeks ago at Cambie Street and 10th Avenue has been a building block of human civilization for over 9,000 years.
Live Nation has announced that Vancouver electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on December 16, with guests YNV Nation, Haujobb, and Youth Code.
Skinny Puppy formed in 1982 from the partnership of Cevin Key (Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie) in Vancouver. Key was dissatisfied with the pop direction of his then-current band Images in Vogue and began Skinny Puppy with the intention of doing something more raw and experimental. The duo recorded their first self-released cassette Back & Forth in 1984.
Weapon, the band’s twelfth studio album, was released in May 2014.
How much would it cost for the City of Vancouver to buy both the Arbutus rail corridor and Granville Island? The price tags are unclear, but it appears the mayor is willing to pony up the city's dough.
Gregor Robertson has sent a letter to residents along Canadian Pacific Railway's West Side corridor. The July 15 letter states:
U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order preventing homophobic and transphobic discrimination in the U.S. federal agencies and contractors on July 21.
"America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people," Obama stated at a signing ceremony at the White House.
Obama added sexual orientation and gender identity to race, religion, gender or nationality, which are protected from discrimination in federal contractor hiring practices by an executive order signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.