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Martime Museum Closing

Maritime MuseumCome 2009, the museum that’s been situated at the water’s edge of Vanier Park at Kitsilano Point will be closing. This museum has been around for ages and it’s sad that another Vancouver cultural landmark is disappearing.

Right now they’re fighting to find a way to preserve the vast collection and safely transition it to a new location, which looks like it may make its way over to North Vancouver.

The biggest piece would be the St Roch which itself is actually a National Heritage Site.  The boat has been here since 1958 and I hope they find a safe way to move and keep it so many others can enjoy its history.  More information on the situation between the city and the Maritime Museum Society here.

Oasis Airlines Shuts Down

Oasis AirlinesYou know it really wasn’t all that long ago that Oasis Airlines started offering great fares ferrying people back and forth between Vancouver and Hong Kong. In fact it caused much hoopla with it’s inaugural promotion of free flights.

It also wasn’t that long ago that Jetsgo our local discount airline went belly up. Now due to rising fuel costs, this discount airline to Hong Kong has also suddenly stopped service. Stranding many and leaving many with useless tickets.

I got caught up in that whole Jetsgo issue and luckily had paid for my ticket with my credit card where I was reimbursed. Hopefully the card companies will be equally accommodating to anyone who got stuck this time around with fares paid for with Oasis.

Cathay apparently will be increasing their flights to help pick up the slack as will Air Canada. More details are on the Oasis Site here.

Missing Person: Kellen Charles McElwee

Kellen Charles McElweeThe news can sometimes seem so anonymous.  Some of you may have heard about a missing Burnaby man, Kellen McElwee.  To me it has struck a little closer to home having personally met and hung out with Kellen on numerous occasions.  It’s with this strange disappearance that I reach out like so many other of his friends and family for any information that anyone may have that could possibly help

The police have been looking for him or the whereabouts of his vehicle. In case you missed out on the news coverage here’s a link to the Vancouver Province.   He’s 5’10 – 220 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He wears his hair in a slight mohawk and has a large black-and-white dragon tattoo below his left shoulder.  If you’d like to help out there has already been a facebook group started that will be posting flyers around town.  He drives an ’06 Honda Civic that is bronze with the plates 959 HPB.  If you’ve seen this vehicle or might have info about his whereabouts or any clues please give the Burnaby RCMP a call @ 604-294-7922.

Vancouver Art Thief

Who would’ve thought that there are everyday art thieves.  I mean don’t they pretty much only exist on film these days?

Thieving art, isn’t exactly like stealing tools, money, candy, or transit fare.  I’d imagine stolen art is pretty hard to get rid of. First of all art is pretty unique and hence traceable through sales quite  easily, especially if it’s famous art.  Art is also in the eye of the beholder, much like beauty. So finding someone who likes it would be hard too. (more…)

Vancouver hit by rental scams

Night Life, originally uploaded by *Sherry*.

My girlfriend [ls] works at a hostel in town, so she meets a lot of people who are first moving to Vancouver and looking for places to rent. It’s a hard thing to do, finding a rental in this city, with rents getting out of hand across the lower mainland this is not a renters’ market. Even if you don’t have a good chunk of money stolen from you it’s a troubling and often perverse situation

Craigslist [cl] is a useful tool for home hunters, but it’s also a tool for con artists who have been renting properties that either don’t exist or aren’t for rent. After collecting as much money as they can, usually the first month’s rent and security deposit, they vanish for a bit and then post a new ad for a new property. The annominity of Craigslist lets them post multiple listings, with no way to track them.

You’ve probably heard a version of this story, especially if you’ve been hunting for a place to live and the CBC recently picked it up [cbc]. The trouble is that in this market it has become increasingly common to pay for a rental sight unseen, and though the police are advising against it if you’ve been looking for a place to rent for awhile sometimes it can feel like you don’t have much choice. I’ve known people who have gone to view a property and been told that it’s already rented because someone showed up twenty minutes before them with a security deposit, first and last months’ rent all in cash.

Things to look for when renting through Craigslist:

– owners are out of the country and can not show the property: Being prepared with a deposit and rent when you go to look at the place is smart, but paying money to someone who is unable to show you the place is looking for trouble.

– the deal that’s too good to be true: Vancouver is expensive. If you see a rental posted that’s quite a bit cheaper than anything else be suspicious. That’s not to say that there aren’t deals out there, but be wary.

– make sure the address exists: it’s not impossible to fake a rental with a real address but if you can’t be bothered to see if there’s actually an apartment building where you’re going to be renting then maybe you deserve to be stolen from

Burnaby bombs

Metrotown Mall – 3, originally uploaded by D’Arcy Norman.

From the CBC [cbc]:

The discovery of a six-inch pipe bomb disrupted commuter traffic around the busy Metrotown Mall in Burnaby, B.C., Thursday night….The discovery prompted the closure of the nearby SkyTrain station, as well as part of the underground parking garage at the mall.The shopping centre is expected to be open for business as usual on Friday morning.    

I’ve never had a job that’s been so affected by terrorism as working at Metrotown. Well not terrorism, but juvenile pranks disguised as terrorism. Back during the Telus strike we’d be evacuating the mall on an almost regular basis due to phoned in bomb threats, and now there’s pipe bombs?  Here all I was worried about yesterday was getting fired and not blown up [jks].  Had I only known the peril I was really in I would have called in sick.

Help Find A Local Vancouverite

You may have already heard about this, or you may have not. If you’re on Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, or practically connected in any other way online you may have heard about a fellow Vancouverite Hady Quan that went missing whilst he was helping rescue someone off the shores of Punta Cana.

Apparently there hasn’t been much official help on the other end in searching / finding Hady. As a result many of his friends have taken this online to help bring attention to the matter and hopefully put pressure on the local departments in hopes they’ll be able to help out and hopefully it’s not too late.

World reaction to the news of Benazir Bhutto’s murder

Bhutto assassinated….

Originally uploaded by Mig_R.

Metroblogging Islamabad [mbi] & [mbi]:

We never thought 2007 will say its final goodbyes on this note. On and off, I & many other bloggers shared our thoughts on the suicide bombings and massive killings. The prominent figures were never hurt and commoners lost their precious lives to such attacks. Today was an altogether different case though. We liked her or not, that’s an altogether different rant, Benazir Bhutto was a prominent and influential lady. The two times PM of pakistan is no more. Seems like legacy of Kennedy family has shown its face in Pakistan. May Allah bless her and the many others who have lost their precious lives.

Metroblogging Karachi [mbk]:

It is without doubt that an entire nation actually sheds a tear on the death of Benazir Bhutto, she was a hero to many, and rival to others, but the bottom line is that she was a brave leader of our nation and her struggles for democracy will not go unremembered. May Her Soul Rest in Peace.

Metroblogging Lahore [mbl]:

On the evening of 27th December 2007, Ms Benazir Bhutto died due to injuries sustained in a suicide bomb attack on her life. I feel like repeating this to actually believe it. I feel that almost everything within the Pakistani political makeup will change. There is already incident reports of people ransacking offices of political officials, of protestors burning vehicles and the subsequent sense of fear that things will turn for the worse. I, unfortunately, also feel that the same unjust rule, the same all-consuming lust for power, the same indifference that seems to be root cause of everything evil and the same ‘wheeling and dealing’ associated with the politicians of today will continue unabated.

The rest of BC is filled with cuddly animals

Never jaywalk!

Originally uploaded by Clashmaker.

Two top stories from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today happen to focus on the rest of British Columbia, also known as “Not Vancouver” and both involve fuzzy animals.

I’m from Kelowna and most of my freelancing still happens in the interior so I’m there on a regular basis. The last few times I’ve been there I could swear that I noticed an abnormally large number of rabbits on the green spaces at the side of the road. Especially around the old Western Star plant off the highway, it was bunny central to a degree that put even the University of Victoria to shame.

It turns out the rabbit population explosion is not only just a feverish dream on my part, but also a real thing and it’s starting to worry people in the interior. As the rabbit population begins to outgrown urban Kelowna the surrounding farmlands are bracing for the rabbits to move in on their produce [cbc].

A rabbit breeder named Roxane Woldenga is estimating that there could be over 3,000 semi-wild rabbits lose in Kelowna and she notes:

“If they start spreading into farmland, the Okanagan will be overwhelmed. The European domestic rabbit isn’t meant to live feral in our urban society. In the urban setting, there’s not enough food. They will eat their way to the next field, and the one after that.”

The city civic government is trying to stay out of the issue, suggesting that it’s up to property owners to deal with their own pest problems.

Meanwhile the big news around Nelson is about the cat that survived 26 days out on a ledge [cbc]. From now on I think all the CBC should report on in Not Vancouver is stories involving fluffy mammals.

Plane crash in Richmond

Turn on your television or radio because news departments all over the city are leaping into action to cover something other than Roberto Luongo. A two person plane that took off from Vancouver International Airport this afternoon has crashed into the ninth floor of a Richmond apartment building. So far the CBC is reporting two elderly people injuried, but there does not as of yet seem to be any fatalities [cbc].

Since this is going to make good televison, what with the image of a plan crashed into the side of an apartment building being a pretty compelling image, it’ll be all over the news for the rest of the day. Probably will make the National as well, so if like me you’ve been trying to win Peter Mansbridge’s heart I’d dress up in your sexy best and head down to catch the camera’s eye.

Update: The pilot of the plane has died and two others remain injured. Nobody’s name has been released to the public yet, and the plane is still inside the now evacuated building [cbc].

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