As thousands of yoga practioners get ready to practice their sun salutations on the Burrard Bridge, a beloved local children's entertainer isn't as excited about how Premier Christy Clark and friends are planning on celebrating the UN's inaugural International Day of Yoga (IDY).
Raffi Cavoukian is urging Vancouverites to #ShunTheBridge on June 21 in favour of doing yoga elsewhere.
On Friday (June 5), Clark announced the Burrard Bridge closure, which will happen from 4 to 11 a.m. on June 21 (yoga events begin at 8:30 a.m.).
During the press conference, Clark said the event was to foster business relationships with India and highlighted the potential for photo opportunities: “I don’t think there will be a picture in the world more beautiful than the one of the thousands of yoga mats on the Burrard Street Bridge on, hopefully, a sunny day."
Some critics are questioning the need for the bridge closure at all, considering free IDY events are scheduled for the Plaza of Nations in Vancouver, Guilford Recreation Centre in Surrey, and Hindu Temple Burnaby.
Cavoukian is also criticizing Clark's decision to host a prominent yoga event on the same day as National Aboriginal Day.
The Burrard Bridge event is co-sponsored by lululemon athletica, which donated $10,000 to the B.C. Liberal party in the run-up to the 2013 provincial election. (Lululemon founder Chip Wilson also donated $50,000 to the Liberals in 2013 through Low Tide Properties, of which he is the sole proprietor.)