assignment: describe british columbia

British Columbia
British Columbia is a large Canadian province with varied topography. Rivers and mountains tattoo the surface of the region, providing for a diverse collection of wildlife and natural species. Most communities are concentrated along the lower coast, littering the US and Albertan borders, connected by highways and names as varied as their inhabitants (cities from Hope to Invermere).

Lake Ohara at Dusk, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia is beautiful.

BC stadium 2008

BC: spooning with

the océan pacifique and

the united states of us.

(a haiku).

Us and Them

On the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing “Us and Them,” an interactive show up on by Headlines Theatre.

I as the show began watched the shadows dance under the glow of the sunlight (stage light). The harmonics tickled my ears with their delicate touches of perfections, it was a quiet beauty.

As the opening scenes unfolded I observed many things. When I began looking for differences, they grew to be great and many. I think we see what we want to see. When you look for differences they are infinite. I also saw consumerism get in the way. Quite literally, one character couldn’t see his path over his big screen TV. I see a social irony here….

Also apparent to me were the differences and perspectives in every situation. There is an inside to every window and a room behind each wall.

A large theme that the show presented was the modern differences in gender. Transgendered stigma was explored. It is something that I have only been part of dialogue on recently and I am still learning about issues and challenges faced by transgendered people. This is an area where I am fairly ignorant. Man… Woman… can’t we just be people? I am curious if these issues would exist outside of North American culture.

“We never know what we do.”

– DAVID DIAMOND

Is too much equal to nothing at all?

After the play we engaged in a DIALOGUE. In a dialogue, we suspend judgement and listen to others, even those with whom we don’t agree. This dialogue was centered around hot to build bridges, tear down walls, and stopping putting them up in the first place. The community in the room looked for access points to create these new outcomes.

“Is the wall inside yourself?”

– DAVID DIAMOND

I was left with these conclusions. Laughter, silliness and acknowledgements are the ANSWER TO EVERYTHING. I want to be a celebrator of differences and an empowering force of change in the world : )

US AND THEM runs until Saturday, November 12th. Shows are at 8PM at The Cultch. Dooo it!

Tomorrow I will Occupy #Vancouver …

and I will do everything I can to re-enact this tommorrow at the Vancouver Art Gallery:

Ask yourself internally what kind of world do I want to live in and listen. Do it now.

And now ask yourself, how can I make that happen? How can I make that happen from a place of love, compassion, joy and equanimity.

-Deepak Chopra

This video from 1:30 to 3:00 really sums it up for me.

If I am a spokesman for all of the people who think that we should not have 24 million people in this country who can’t find a full time job, that we should not have 50 million people in this country who can’t see a doctor when they’re sick, that we shouldn’t have 47 million people in this country who need government help in order to feed themselves, and we shouldn’t 15 million families who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home, okay. I’ll be that spokesman. – Alan Grayson

According to the Occupy Vancouver website:

We, the Ninety-Nine Percent, come together with our diverse experiences to transform the unequal, unfair, and growing disparity in the distribution of power and wealth in our city and around the globe. We challenge corporate greed, corruption, and the collusion between corporate power and government. We oppose systemic inequality, militarization, environmental destruction, and the erosion of civil liberties and human rights. We seek economic security, genuine equality, and the protection of the environment for all.

We are inspired and in solidarity with global movements including those across the Middle East, Europe, and the Occupy Wall Street / Occupy Together movement in over 1000 cities in North America. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.

See you on the streets.

PS: I might do some of this too…

PEACE & LOVE.

3 Poems for an Early Morning

Vancouver Reflections

 

 

A Conscious Poem:

am i up high?

am I down low?

is there a difference?

can I be both?

————————————————–

SILVER RIVER

cold shiver

my liver

big giver

SILVER RIVER

I quiver

life liver.

————————————————–

in a constant state

of sleeplessness

and unrest

and undress

on this late evening

I confess

I attest

to madness

as we evolve

I resolve

to meet all of

everything with love.

Notes from the SFU “On Broadway…” Design + Transportation Lecture

Broadway (the part near Cambie) has a lack of pedestrian features. There are no spaces to linger, the street is almost too large to cross, the cafés do not have street furniture… But West of Arbutus there are roughly 10,000 less cars and a much more pedestrian centered experience. Interesting…

Broadway goes across the entire length of the city, and despite adapting a pseudo-name, continues into Burnaby. It has, at times, an absence of street trees.

What makes a great street? Is it the buildings? The amount of Traffic?

How long is a street?

How wide is it? How large is the space between doorways?

Strøget Copenhagen, Denmark: there is a street which accommodates 16 people per meter, per minute.

The best streets are comfortable : )

Is there wind? Is there shade when it’s hot? Is there sun when it’s cool? Buildings and trees control these factors.

There are certain qualities that engage the eyes. Is the street nice to look at?

“I THINK PEDESTRAINS SHOULD HAVE REIN OVER ALL STREETS IN URBAN AREAS.” – Elizabeth Macdonald (and I couldn’t agree there)

Every road has a priority, be it cars, bikes, transit, or pedestrians.

Things to check out: NYC: Pavement to Parks Movement.

There is a proposal to add parking lanes and a centered pedestrian median to Broadway.

Elizabeth Macdonald: Professor of Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley.

Allan Jacobs: former Director of City Planning for San Francisco and author of Great Streets.

Rainboots Made in Canada!

Today I want on a voyage to North Vancouver and stopped at this little shop in the North Van Quay called “Learn & Play!”  Not only did they have awesome stuffed animals and toys… but they also had rainboots that are made in Canada!

I got these nice purple ones. Cheaper than my last high quality rainboots (which lasted 4 years), they are weatherproof, ethical and adorable. What more could I ask for? Check them out online at the official Kamik website!

Where’s Waldo FLASHMOB

This Sunday I want to my second flashmob of the year. WHERE’S WALDO! It felt really good to be back doing silly things in public, especially since I missed the impromptu singing on public transit recently!

We went to a book store and entertained the workers who were SUPER CONFUSED! And just being there in general was pretty funny. In the food court I heard some boys saying “I just saw another one! There are so many!”. Made. My. Day.

I was emo waldo haha! “He’s missing, and it makes me feel so blue”. Overall it was really funny and interesting to be part of. My lack of red kind of reminded me when I played the Emo Kid in High School Musical back in grade 11. Good times. It was too bad we never found Waldo, but then I feel like searching for him is half the fun. Do you ever really, truly find Waldo? And if so… what’s next?

Check out these awesome photos of the event!

Surfing of the Mountains!

I’m sitting on Mount Seymour in my homeland of beautiful British Columbia right now : )

First time snowboarding, not the first time bruising my tailbone this much (thank you past life as a trapeze artist)  haha. What doesn’t kill me makes me more hardcore! The sunset was so beautiful, it actually took my breath away. There were so many awesome moments here. I had three epic falls (designed specifically to make you and the people watching laugh hehe).

  1. HARDCORE BAIL on my third time down the slope. Winded myself and needed to sit for quite a while. But it was awesome because the sitting let me observe the mountain (creeper Jenni? haha). There was this priceless little girl (maybe 4?) on a snowboard who ran right into her older brother but didn’t even notice. Her smile was one of those heartwarming ones hehe.
  2. EPIC FAIL on the “rope pull”. They had this rope you grab to pull you up the mountain. I loved it and didn’t have any trouble until my friend distracted me. I got all twisted and I had too beg 3 people not to crush me as I tried to crawl and wriggle away.
  3. The tailbone crusher. My friend’s snowboarder boyfriend’s reaction: “That hurt me just to watch it”.

All in a days work : )

I remember when I visited Hawaii my friend SuperForester Jackson told me about how he likes to get tossed around by the big ocean sometimes (surfing). It kind of keeps you humble. I think with the mountain though it is a bit different. See, throwing yourself around on a big rock hurts more than having a splash in the sea haha. It was worth it for that sunset though. Possibly the best one ever  : )