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With Glowing Hearts

Today I received a delivery I wasn’t expecting.

With Glowing Hearts - Vancouver 2010 Commemorative Book

With Glowing Hearts – courtesy of Rebecca Bollwitt

But not that I’m complaining.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a good size box addressed to me with Vancouver 2010 design waiting on the couch for my arrival home from work this evening. Not exactly sure what it was, I opened it to discover that inside was a brand spanking new copy of With Glowing Hearts / Des plus brillants exploits: The Official Commemorative Book of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games / Le livre commmoratif officiel des XXIes Jeux olympiques d’hiver et des Xes Jeux paralympiques d’hiver (furthermore known as “With Glowing Hearts” because I can’t imagine having to type that out again). What’s so odd though is I don’t remember ordering it. But again, I’m not complaining.

With Glowing Hearts - Vancouver 2010 Commemorative Book

Quote from John Furlong – courtesy of Rebecca Bollwitt

With Glowing Hearts is a beautifully put together book to commemorate both the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I have only had a brief chance to rifle through and I’m already reliving the memories and feelings that we all experienced just a few months ago. Whether it was cheering with my family when Alexandre Bilodeau won Canada’s first gold medal on home soil, experiencing a moment of anguish to be followed by sheer pandemonium on my own when Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in the Men’s Hockey Gold Medal Game, or feeling the connection to hundreds to thousands of people enjoying the electric atmosphere on Granville Street downtown, the book is a fantastic means to keep the story fresh.

If you haven’t done so already, I strongly encourage to get yourself a copy as a keepsake. It’s well worth the money (or in my case, possibly someone else’s).

Buying Local


Ladner Village Market – courtesy of freedryk

Although I’m sure I could do a much better job at buying local, it becomes much easier for me to do so this time of year between the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market and the Ladner Village Market. Every Sunday from now until the end of summer (both markets run 10:00 – 4:00 alternating Sundays – LVM: June 13 & 27; July 11 & 25; Aug. 8 & 22; Sept. 12 & SFAM: May 23, June 6 & 20; July 4 & 18; Aug. 1, 15 & 29; Sept. 12 & 26; Oct 10), each market will bring together a variety of local vendors who provide anything from fresh fruit, veggies & baked goods to plants & handmade wares. I’ve had some great success at obtaining some of the best produce I’ve found at both, bought my parents a fantastic framed print of the Ladner harbour for their anniversary a couple years back from one of the vendors at the Ladner Village Market, and today found some pretty decent smoked Olive Oil and Roasted Garlic Balsamic Vinegar that I plan on giving someone as a gift (if I don’t use it myself). Everything you could need to get by seems to be available.

But that brings me to think of other ways we can support local business beyond events that bring us all together – what do you do in your own way to shop local?

Reflection: Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies

The Olympic Flame has been lit and the first medals have already been awarded. Yet I still have butterflies of excitement and expectation in my stomach from watching the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony

Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony – courtesy of nucksfan604

Even with it’s minor blemishes, I thought the ceremonies to open the Winter Games was awesome. The opening montage of having a snowboarder start on the peak of one of the coastal mountains while an announcer progressed through the various Winter Games leading to Vancouver amped up my anticipation. And having him jump into the stadium had me sitting forward in my seat at home.

Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony

Aboriginal Welcome – courtesy of nucksfan604

What has to be the best welcome of any Olympic Ceremonies I’ve seen was the Four Host First Nations welcoming both the world and the many first nations of Canada to the traditional territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh. The dancing and colours were electric and enthralling and the music alone had me racing to iTunes to pick up the Official Commemorative Album.

2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony, BC Place

Alpine Activities – courtesy of s.yume

I found much of the cultural component of the opening ceremonies truly representative of Canada. With the entire stadium wearing white ponchos and a white raised floor, images were displayed throughout to outline the different seasons, the many flags, and even iconic images of Orca swimming through (and breathing too boot).

Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony

Cosmopolitan Vancouver – courtesy of nucksfan604

In my opinion, the best part of the ceremonies, was the introduction of “We Are More” from Shane Koyczan. I am at a loss for words to describe how this poem got me psyched up for what will come from our Canadian athletes and introduced our new-found patriotism to the world. Yes, we ARE the “what” in “What’s new?”
And although our ceremonies did not surpass what we saw in 2008 in Beijing, I don’t think we need to fret. Canada instead did it our way and for that I’m a proud. And every day throughout the games, I will wear feel honoured to wear red knowing that we have welcomed the world in the best way possible.

The Canadian way.

2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony, BC Place

Let the Flame Burn – courtesy of s.yume

Canadian Pride

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Having only driving across the border a handful of times, I’d never consider myself an expert on the subject, but there seems to be a US flag on every corner – they’re everywhere. And people would likely agree that the pride that those from the US show is unreal (some would even say obnoxious). And yet as close as we are to our neighbours to the south, Canadian patriotism tends to be quiet and subdued. Sure we like to throw a party now and then, but we’re pretty laid back overall.

But not anymore.

If there is one thing that the Winter Games has done, it’s allowed Canadians to bust loose. Everywhere I go there are flags flying high, flags hanging in windows, on cars and on clothes. In fact, I’ve gotten into the action by hanging my Canadian flag up for all to see.

And you know what? I like it. I like that we Canadians are showing the world we are a proud nation. I like that we are ready to welcome the world with open arms and show them what it’s like to be a Canadian. Can you imagine what it will be like when the first Canadian athlete brings home our first gold medal on home soil? Or better yet, the sound of the Canadian anthem being played as the flag is raised high for all to see.

I’d be lying if I didn’ t say hearing the anthem at the Richmond Torch Relay Ceremony didn’t bring tears to my eyes, but I’m proud to say it nonetheless. I like to think that our pride as a nation will continue beyond the games – because that’s a Canada I could get used to.

Georgia Street Canada Flag

True North Strong & Free – courtesy of John Bolwitt

Richmond Olympic Torch Relay Celebration

As I mentioned yesterday, the Olympic Torch Relay was passing through Richmond and I wanted to be part of it. Ideally, I would have wanted to see the torch in Steveston, but unfortunately work got in the way so I was left with attending the celebration itself at the Richmond O Zone.

And a celebration it was!

Richmond City Hall

Richmond City Hall Decked Out in Red

OZone Banners

Richmond O Zone Banners

Richmond City Hall is completely decked out in red maple leaves, red banners, red signage. Being a proud Richmondite, let alone a super proud Canadian, I’m completely stoked that the community is getting behind the Olympic movement.

Inniskillin Ice Wine Sculpture

Inniskillin Ice Wine was Flowin’

Olympic Ice Wall

Olympic Ice Gate

Inniskillin was front and centre providing tastings of it’s commemorative icewine designed especially for the 2010 Winter Games. I wasn’t able to score a taste as I was more concerned on getting a great spot to see the celebration, but having followed them on twitter, I discovered they would be present in the Richmond O Zone throughout the games. I also found out their parent company Vincor Canada was the official sponsor of wine for the Olympics:

To celebrate the 2010 Winter Games, Vincor Canada, Official Supplier of Wine, has created the exclusive Inniskillin Vidal Icewine Commemorative Edition. With a portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold supporting the Canadian Olympic Team and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, there is no better way to honor our athletes and celebrate the best that Canada has to offer.

It’s also important to note that the Ice Gate was made possible through the sponsorship of Inniskillin. Designed by artist Gord Halloran (a Sunshine Coast resident for those keeping score), the Ice Gate is a frozen canvas of ice and colour which will continue to change and evolve throughout the Winter Games. I highly recommend that you all take a look at this magnificent piece of artwork – you should also follow Vincor Canada (@2010Wines on twitter to keep up-to-date on other locations they will be visiting.

Torch Relay Celebration Stage - Before

Just a Few People

Over 20,000 people found their way into the Richmond O Zone and even more outside lined the street as Rick Hansen carried the torch to the community cauldron on the stage. I was fortunate enough to get there early and acquire what turned out to be a great spot to get some video (best footage is about 2 mins in):

I also caught footage of Rick talking about the importance of achieving your dreams – a very stirring speech that revived memories I have of his return from the Man in Motion tour. Having got my eyes slightly moistened, the following rendition of Oh Canada ensured that tears of pride flowed freely (something I’ll also have online sooner than later).

And what would any post about the Richmond O Zone be without pictures of Holland Heineken House?

Entrance to Holland Heineken House

Entrance to Holland Heineken House

Holland Heineken House

Me Thinks Orange is the Colour

Holland Heineken House will serve as the official home to to the Dutch sporting world for the duration of the 2010 Winter Games. Having converted Minoru Arenas in Richmond, Holland Heineken House will have a strong presence within the Richmond O Zone by inviting what will likely be a sea of orange to celebrate what it is to be Dutch. There will be medal ceremonies to celebrate the success of Dutch athletes, restaurants serving Dutch food, music from Dutch DJs, and of course, lots and lots of Heineken. I definitely plan to check it out once it opens – although I may need to become a Dutch citizen as those who can flash the passport will get some serious VIP treatment.

Bike from Holland Heineken House

Dutch Bike at Richmond O Zone

After having a fantastic time, I was amused to see one of the many bikes (400 to be exacty) that have been brought by Holland Heineken House. Free to use by anyone who wishes to go for a ride, I’ve actually seen them in action already as the many people who have been working behind the scenes at HHH have used them to get around town.

If you want to see more a few more pictures I took while at the event, feel free to check out my flickr stream. And for more info on the Richmond O Zone, follow them on twitter (@RichmondOZone).

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