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Ships to Shore in Steveston

Nippon Maru 1

Nippon Maru – courtesy of Steven Arai

Back in 2002, the City of Richmond hosted the Tall Ships Challenge and Festival. Although many people were able to see sea going vessels reminiscent of days gone by, the event itself cost a fair amount of money and was considered by some to be a failure. Since then, the event has been revisited by the City and other local interests as something worth doing again, but time and time again it was decided that it was too hard to coordinate effectively. As a resident of Steveston, I’m always supportive of events that showcase my community and was disappointed when the efforts to host the Tall Ships Challenge this year fade away.

Anyhow, I was pleasantly surprised to read just a couple of days ago that a similar and smaller event was going to take place this year. From June 3 – 7, Ships to Shore will feature the Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain, Adventuress and Zodiac who will provide shipboard tours, day sails, and even mock cannon battles. Beyond the ships themselves, there will be a festival atmosphere with community entertainment, a farmers market (Steveston has a pretty solid Farmers and Artisans market), and pirate-themed movies each night. Most of the events will be free of charge and family friendly, so you should have no reason not to give us a visit.

If you’re stoked like me, and want to see one of the most picturesque communities on the Fraser River, why not swing through town. And if you are, give me a holler – I’ll come out and give you a tour!

Your Vote is Your Voice

Today I voted. I participated in an advance poll to ensure that my voice is heard. I made sure to exercise my democratic right to help build a stronger nation. I did what comes so easy to us in Canada that others throughout the world are not able to do. And I left with a smile.

Why would I be smiling you ask?

It’s not that I believe I voted for the successful candidate – in fact, I can’t remember the last time I voted for my Member of Parliament. Nor was I smiling because the weather was nice. It wasn’t – it was pouring rain. I left with a smile on my face because I felt satisfaction that I was part of the process. I left with a smile on my face because my voice though one of many is still my voice and shall be heard.

And most importantly, I left with a smile on my face because I can take credit in keeping democracy alive.

Vote Mob @ Memorial University of Newfoundland

VOTE – courtesy of Kempton

You may say your voice isn’t heard. Well, if you don’t speak up then you’re probably right. You may also say that politicians of the day don’t respect what you have to say. This is also true if you choose not to use it. Or you may think that apathy is a stronger message. This is wrong. There are people who risk their lives to simply place a simple X in a box, and I feel that what they go through sends the stronger message.

Elections Canada statistics show that only 44% of eligible youth voters cast a ballot in the last election. Considering that these same statistics show that there are over 3 million young voters out there, the 1.68 million that did not vote could have easily determined the outcome of the election. Canada could have been lead by the party of the young voters choosing! How’s that for having a voice. And if you don’t believe me, why not listen to Rick Mercer who sums it up even better:

If you wish to ensure your voice is heard, use the many different resources that are available such as the Elections Canada site or CBC Vote Compass. As Rick Mercer says above, you’re not expected to vote so why not surprise those who doubt you – it will shake the country up more than you know! It will make this one of the most significant elections in the history of our country.

And that’s an election I’d be proud to say I was part of. Hopefully you would too!

Dine Out Vancouver 2011

I have a confession to make. I’ve never participated in any Dine Out Vancouver event previously. I know, I should feel much shame for this. Having no excuse, I’ve decided I’m going to partake this year and see what all the hubbub is about. At least that’s the plan.

Fettucine Bolognese

Fettucine Bolognese – courtesy of Ariane Colenbrander

Anywho, for those of you who are still in the dark about what Dine Out is like, I figured the best way to describe it to you was to rip the description straight from Tourism Vancouver:

Presented by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver is a city-wide celebration of food and British Columbia wine and is the largest restaurant promotion of its kind in Canada. Virtually every type of restaurant in the city gets involved, giving you the chance to taste Vancouver’s hot restaurant digs, new hit eateries and neighbourhood favourites all for a reasonable prix-fixe price.

Nearly a week in (the celebration runs from January 24 – February 6), I’m going to be hard-pressed to follow through on participating. Fortunately, there are a number of fine establishments here in Richmond that have signed up, including the relatively popular Pier 73.

So how about you? What are your thoughts on Dine Out? Any suggestions?

Sockeye Salmon in Steveston

Sockeye Season in Steveston

The Line for Sockeye Salmon

On a recent walk through Steveston (while reminiscing with Gladys – @gloomybb), I was utterly amazed at how busy the pier was with people looking to grab themselves some fresh Sockeye Salmon straight from a boat. Having grown up in Steveston, I remember days when this was the case (especially when the pier was redone), but in recent years I only remember a spattering of boats selling the odd fish or crustacean so the sight was one for sore eyes.

With the massive return of sockeye salmon (estimates of over 30 million have been provided making it the largest return in over a century) I would have thought there would be enough to go around, but apparently this past Sunday only one boat had any sockeye available as the others had sold out. This in turn created lineups of over 50 people each (there were two to the same boat). As sockeye is also considered to be the most desireable salmon to eat, it does make sense to be that popular but I’ve read that processing plants have had trouble keeping up that they are turning boats away, so you’d think there’d be enough for the average joe to pickup at the pier. Go figure.

cast for salmon off the public fishing wharves..

The Fish was THIS Big – courtesy of Iwona Erskine-Kellie

Not being a seafood guy myself you won’t catch me lining up for a $20 fish, but for those that do want to grab one I do have advice for you – arrive the night before and bring a sleeping bag.

Keira-Anne and Paws for a Cause

As I was catching up on my feeds this morning, I noticed a small reminder on Keira-Anne’s (@keiraanne) latest post that she was still looking to drum up support for Paws for a Cause.

Jordy & Keira-Anne

Paws for a Cause is the BC-SPCA’s annual and premiere fundraiser to support the non-profit organizations desire to “support those who can’t speak for themselves.” Being a pet guy at heart (although I very rarely admit it publicly), it’s awesome to see Keira-Anne herself an ambitious fundraising goal of $2000. What’s not awesome is that she is still some distance away from the goal:

I’m once again fundraising for the BC-SPCA’s Paws For A Cause, aiming to raise $2,000 by September. As of today, I’ve reached only 10% of my goal. Please consider donating to my effort and support this worthwhile cause.

So I ask all six of my readers to dig deep into their pockets, find that $5 you were going to spend at Starbucks, and pass on the daily cup of coffee to instead support such a fantastic cause. Not only will you not miss the coffee, but you’ll be acquiring yourself some invaluable karma to boot.

And if you think you can’t part with that cup, trust me when I say you can – as a certified coffee addict, I did and I’m still alive.

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