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Archive for April 1st, 2008

Request for information

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I expected to see or hear something today about a very high profile visitor to Vancouver today. But nothing can I find

At around 11 am a calvacade passed along Russ Baker Way, and all traffic was stopped to let it pass. It was headed northbound. It appeared that the entire Vancouver Police motorcycle squad were invloved and a lot of Vancouver police cars too. The local mounties did not know much. One was behind me on the Dinsmore Bridge and made a U turn rather than get delayed by it. The vehicles included unmarked SUVs with black windows and a stretch limo.

Just curious is all

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April 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm

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Picture a convivial citywide Spring event with cyclists fanning across Westside to Eastside, riding under fragrant pink canopies of cherry blossoms . . .

Owing to the huge success of the 2007 Slow Food Vancouver Agassiz Cycle Farm Tour, (400 cyclists!) the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival was inspired to partner with Slow Food Vancouver to create the Slow cycle tour event, Bike the Blossoms during the 4 week long festival.
It will be a self-guided tour where cyclists go at their leisure with family, friends and visitors while partaking of tasty food and drinks along breathtaking routes that include delicious eateries, and tasting or buying artisan foods from Fraser Valley farmers. Cyclists can see farmers’ displays, meet with them and hear their talks.
slow bike the blossomsThe idea of biking and eating s l o w l y fosters Slow Food’s philosophy of Good, Clean & Fair while bringing a very active, tasty, fun, and beautiful experiential awareness of our city. We want to have Vancouverites, Lower Mainland residents, our American neighbours, and new visitors, s l o w l y cycle, taste and discover Vancouver’s “other” unknown neighbourhoods that they normally would not experience.

City bike route maps highlighting boulevards of peak cherry blossom viewing will feature exceptional Slow Food selected refueling stops at eateries, bakeries, coffee and tea places as well as the featured farmers.
There will also be Treasure Hunts with prizes to die for. You will be sorry if you don’t join in at least one!

By registering and participating in Bike the Blossoms you will have the chance to win 1 of 2 tickets to Japan, courtesy of Japan Airlines!

TIME: 9 am – 4 pm (this is not a race – start & finish when you like)
REGISTRATION: 9 am – 12 pm (prior online registration recommended)
START PLACE: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St.
Main Parking lot at entrance. (parking on Oak & 37th streets only)

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April 1, 2008 at 3:45 pm

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Hydrogen highway hits roadblock

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San Jose Mercury News

Four years ago this piece of nonsense started. Gordo tried to climb on board with his own Olympic Highway to Heaven – or Whistler anyway. And in all that time not one hydrogen fuelling station has opened. Which is just as well as there are not too many hydrogen cars either.

In February, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office, a non-partisan agency, recommended the Legislature not fund the program this year because “the administration has little visible progress to show.”

Of course the BC Liberals kept very quiet about that. Or perhaps Arnold forgot to tell them.

There are just 175 vehicles in California running on hydrogen, nearly all of them experimental and in government fleets. Retail sales are about 10 years away by most expectations.

And if you had the misfortune to jump on to any of the earlier alt-transportation-fuel programs, you might have noticed that there are fewer CNG, Propane and Methanol pumps at gas station these days. Indeed, the poor folks in Creston who bought Ford single fuel CNG cars have been without refuelling facilities for some years now. That is because in the tight margin gas station business you really want to be able to sell Mars bars and car washes to make some profits – and there really is no commercial justification for pumps that no-one is going to use very much.

What I find really interesting is the size of the story. It would appear that there are some new sources in North America that do not have to boil things down to a couple of slugs. I wish we had more like that here.

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April 1, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Evolution Continues

Those of you concerned about polar charismatic megafauna are right to be worried. But it looks like this group of penguins has got it sorted.

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April 1, 2008 at 8:03 am

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TransLink boss defends secrecy

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BC Local News

Basically I am doubtful about every story I see today. I will let you read this one and decide who the joke is on. This cannot be an accurate report of a responsible public body even in BC

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April 1, 2008 at 7:19 am