Nothing dampens the holiday spirit like losing all of your prized possessions—and maybe even a loved one—in a fire.
Luckily, you can take steps to prevent a tragedy from happening in your home.
Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services sent out these nine tips for a safe holiday season:
The 13th Whistler Film Festival kicked off its annual cinematic celebration of screens on the slopes on December 4 with celebrity style.
Hollywood stars Richard Dreyfuss and Jason Priestley walked the red carpet for the Western Canadian premiere of the comedy-drama Cas & Dylan. Priestley’s crowd-pleasing directorial debut stars Dreyfuss as a terminally ill doctor who embarks upon a cross-Canada roadtrip to Vancouver Island with a 22-year-old chatterbox of a hitchhiker (Tatiana Maslany).
Bah! Humbug! returns for a fourth year with Juno Award-winning musician Jim Byrnes as Ebenezer Scrooge. The seasonal benefit for community arts in the Downtown Eastside runs from December 12 to 14 at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
Bah! Humbug! is a twist on the classic Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, as Scrooge own a pawn shop on Hastings Street. This all-ages show highlights the parallels between the economic disparities of Victorian-era London and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Along with Byrnes, the Max Reimer-directed production features First Nations actor Margo Kane, gospel and blues singer Tom Pickett, and actor Steve Maddock.
Vancouver vocal ensemble musica intima presents light for the Child, a holiday concert, from December 14 to 21.
Performances are scheduled for December 14 at Knox Presbyterian Church (403 East Columbia Street, New Westminster), December 16 at West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver), December 20 at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street), and December 21 at Ryerson United Church (2195 West 45th Avenue). All performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Light for the Child includes timeless holiday classics, such as Benjamin Britten’s Jesu, as thou art our saviour, and contemporary works. Rare pieces by Kristopher Fulton, Michael Conway Baker, and John Burge will also be featured.
Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Pearl Jam rocking out Rogers Arena for hours. Daryl Mikulinski was there and caught a moment on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Pearl Jam at Rogers Arena on December 4, 2013. Thanks Daryl.
Ruby Slippers Theatre presents Hotel Bethlehem, an irreverent Christmas play, at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street) from December 10 to 22.
Hotel Bethlehem is a holiday satire in the style of Faulty Towers and Monty Python. The play by Drew McCreadie gives audiences a fresh and hilarious take on the story of Christmas, one featuring shepherds contemplating sheep lotteries, Three Kings evading taxation, ridiculous Roman soldiers, and a blind census taker.
This production directed by Diane Brown features Stephen Beaver, Scott Bellis, Tim Carlson, Alex Diakun, Dustin Freeland, Sean McQuillan, John Murphy, Byron Noble, Kris Novak, Gili Roskies, and Alvin Sanders.
There’s been a threat of snow in Vancouver’s weather forecast for a few days.
This is in contrast to my friend’s iPad—no matter how much she wants it to snow on her iPad, it’s forecast to stay clear and bright through the holidays and beyond.
It’s a WordPress.com thing. You know…the free Internet blogging dew-hickey?
My friend couldn’t really think of much to do with her WordPress blog after a friend created it for her. Then she heard about the festive feature to make it snow on a her blog until January 4th.
True, I’ve had problems with my new Nikon; it has dust in the lens and will be taking a trip to Japan soon.
However the blurriness of this image is no reflection on the camera—it’s a reflection on the lid of a Dumpster.
Special thanks to the Fairview Chamber of “Merch” and the elves they dispatch to hand-polish the Dumpsters.
Language often tells a story—and perhaps no more so than in the world of police media relations.
Words like home invasion, targeted, and person of interest are laden with meaning.
If it's a targeted attack, it's a way of reassuring the public that they don't have to fear that this will happen to them.
A person of interest may not always be a suspect, but it's a nifty way for police to highlight someone who's wanted without facing the wrath of their lawyer afterward.
The term home invasion conveys something far more gruesome and violent than a standard break-and-enter, though the words "home invasion" do not appear in the Criminal Code of Canada.