Vancouver – Images For Canada http://imagesforcanada.com/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 22:13:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://imagesforcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Vancouver – Images For Canada http://imagesforcanada.com/ 32 32 Cat trio clash with Vancouver owners over blender box https://imagesforcanada.com/cat-trio-clash-with-vancouver-owners-over-blender-box/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:59:37 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/cat-trio-clash-with-vancouver-owners-over-blender-box/ Content of the article Here kitty, kitty (kitty.) Content of the article Three cats are at an impasse with their human owners on Vancouver Island. And it’s everywhere in a mixer box that the feline trio has now taken up residence. Jessica and Nikii Gerson-Neeves bought the Vitamix blender online and the box containing it […]]]>

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Three cats are at an impasse with their human owners on Vancouver Island.

And it’s everywhere in a mixer box that the feline trio has now taken up residence.

Jessica and Nikii Gerson-Neeves bought the Vitamix blender online and the box containing it arrived before Christmas, when the trouble started.

And since then, they document in a very ironic way on a Facebook page which now has 25,000 followers (www.facebook.com/georgemaxandlando).

Their cat Max, also known as the “sentient soccer ball”, jumped on the box and sat on it.

The next day, Max was joined by George, also known as the “Destroyer of Worlds”, and Lando Calrissian, also known as the “Dust Bunny”.

Now the three cats take turns sitting on top of the box so their owners can’t access the Vitamix blender.

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On January 2, more than two and a half weeks after the confrontation began, the desperate couple asked Vitamix Canada for help in providing three empty boxes.

“We are writing to you because it has become clear at this point that without Herculean intervention, we are never going to be able to use the new blender that we have dreamed of for years,” Jessica wrote.

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“Despite what many people have suggested, we’re not writing to ask for extra Vitamixes – that would be ridiculous, and while we’re definitely ridiculous, we’re not that ridiculous.”

Jessica added, “Cardboard boxes seem to lack the appeal of the Vitamix box. I dread and eagerly await your response, and encourage you (because I’m sure you feel the urge) to distribute it to your colleagues as widely as you wish in order to laugh at the absolute lesbian d middle-aged who lose a confrontation with their cats.

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GyanSys Acquires Principal Vancouver-Based Salesforce Partner https://imagesforcanada.com/gyansys-acquires-principal-vancouver-based-salesforce-partner/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/gyansys-acquires-principal-vancouver-based-salesforce-partner/ INDIANAPOLIS & VANCOUVER, January 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – GyanSys Inc. (“GyanSys”), a leading systems integrator based in Indiana, today announced the acquisition of Groundswell Cloud Solutions (“Groundswell “), A Canadian private company headquartered in Vancouver, BC Groundswell is a recognized leader in providing comprehensive Salesforce consulting and implementation services to deliver transformative digital experiences. […]]]>

INDIANAPOLIS & VANCOUVER, January 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – GyanSys Inc. (“GyanSys”), a leading systems integrator based in Indiana, today announced the acquisition of Groundswell Cloud Solutions (“Groundswell “), A Canadian private company headquartered in Vancouver, BC Groundswell is a recognized leader in providing comprehensive Salesforce consulting and implementation services to deliver transformative digital experiences. This acquisition deepens GyanSys’ Salesforce consulting services portfolio, thought leadership capabilities and go-to-market partnership with Salesforce. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2012 by a Salesforce veteran, Groundswell is a leading Salesforce Crest (fka Gold) partner with deep ecosystem relationships providing unparalleled expertise in the consumer goods, retail, technology and life sciences with demonstrated capabilities in delivering global digital transformation solutions. In addition, over the past eight years, Groundswell has reached over 100 ashore– resource base with several accelerators, IP and pre-sales solution capabilities across the Sales, Marketing, Commerce and Experience Clouds with an AppExchange rating of over 4.9.

Combined, this acquisition brings GyanSys’ Salesforce practice to over 250 professionals with 600+ certifications and 500+ successfully delivered projects, further enabling GyanSys to meet growing customer demand for experience-based digital transformations.

Rajkishore Una, CEO of GyanSys, said: “I am delighted that by joining Groundswell on our global solutions platform Salesforce, we are able to deliver end-to-end services to our customers across multiple clouds and across various industries. This new chapter helps GyanSys evolve our strategic partnerships with Salesforce while expanding our coverage in the United States and Canada to better serve our customers around the world. ”

Brian Wiebe, CEO of Groundswell, added, “Our goal is to be sought-after leaders and experts in our industry, and this announcement is a testament to the exceptional expertise, diligence and teamwork of our team in making Groundswell the respected leader. that it is today. We are more than delighted to join the GyanSys family and together deliver even greater value resulting from our inspiring people-centered culture and our continued pursuit of innovative, transformative and high value-added solutions and services for our customers. . “

About GyanSys

GyanSys is a growing mid-level systems integrator and provider of next-generation digital solutions and consulting services that support global clients in key areas of consulting, implementation, managed services and management. data analysis spanning SAP, Salesforce, Microsoft and other leading business applications. We continually invest in the success of our clients, using a mature blended delivery model with over 2,000 consultants supporting over 175 corporate clients across the Americas, Europe and APAC. GyanSys is big enough to deliver and small enough to take care of.

About Groundswell Cloud Solutions

Groundswell is a leading advisor and recognized thought leader delivering innovative cross-cloud implementations for customers using the Salesforce and MuleSoft product suites. The depth of platform expertise and industry knowledge enables us to design and create elegant technical solutions for the most complex business problems at an enterprise scale. We serve as a trusted partner to our clients, embracing an agile delivery process that promotes rapid results and seamless collaboration. Store agility with enterprise level capability. Visit Groundswell at www.gscloudsolutions.com.

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‘Reckless’ Langley shooting kills 18-year-old https://imagesforcanada.com/reckless-langley-shooting-kills-18-year-old/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 08:13:40 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/reckless-langley-shooting-kills-18-year-old/ A passer-by was hit in the shooting and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries The Langley Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) and RCMP are investigating a shooting incident in the Langley Walnut Grove area. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday (January 7), Langley RCMP responded to the 202nd Street and 88th Avenue […]]]>

A passer-by was hit in the shooting and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries

The Langley Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) and RCMP are investigating a shooting incident in the Langley Walnut Grove area.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday (January 7), Langley RCMP responded to the 202nd Street and 88th Avenue intersection for multiple calls for help. First responders arrived and found Julian Moya Cardenas, 18, suffering from gunshot wounds. Cardenas, a native of Langley, later succumbed to his injuries.

Cardenas was known to police and the initial belief shared by IHIT in a recent press release is that this shooting was targeted. Homicide investigators seek to speak with anyone familiar with Cardenas’ activities and associates.

A passerby was shot in the shooting and was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They have been identified but their names are not disclosed.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those affected by this incident,” said Sgt David Lee of IHIT. “The shooting was reckless and a complete disregard for the safety of the community.”

Homicide investigators establish a timeline of events and call in witnesses, cell phone videos and on-board camera footage. Anyone with information or images is invited to contact IHIT.

Anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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Vancouver faces Ottawa for 6th straight home win https://imagesforcanada.com/vancouver-faces-ottawa-for-6th-straight-home-win/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:11:10 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/vancouver-faces-ottawa-for-6th-straight-home-win/ Ottawa Senators (9-18-2, seventh in the Atlantic) vs. Vancouver Canucks (16-15-3, seventh in the Pacific) Vancouver, British Columbia; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Vancouver welcomes Ottawa looking to extend its five-game winning streak at home. The Canucks are 8-7-1 at home. Vancouver is third in the Western Conference with 33.0 shots per game and […]]]>

Ottawa Senators (9-18-2, seventh in the Atlantic) vs. Vancouver Canucks (16-15-3, seventh in the Pacific)

Vancouver, British Columbia; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Vancouver welcomes Ottawa looking to extend its five-game winning streak at home.

The Canucks are 8-7-1 at home. Vancouver is third in the Western Conference with 33.0 shots per game and an average of 2.5 goals.

The Senators are 4-9-2 on the road. Ottawa is last in the NHL with 28.6 shots per game.

When they last met on December 1, Vancouver won 6-2.

BEST PERFORMANCE: Quinn Hughes leads the Canucks with a plus-10 differential in 33 games this season. Brock Boeser has five goals and three assists in Vancouver’s last 10 games.

Josh Norris leads the Senators with 14 goals and 22 points. Brady Tkachuk has scored eight goals in the last 10 games for Ottawa.

LAST 10 GAMES: Canucks: 8-1-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.5 assists, three penalties and 7.1 penalty minutes while allowing 1.8 goals per game with save percentage of, 945.

Senators: 5-4-1, averaging 3.2 goals, five assists, 4.8 penalties and 10.7 penalty minutes while allowing 3.4 goals per game with a save percentage of 0.897.

INJURIES: Canucks: Phillip Di Giuseppe: absent (covid-19), Justin Dowling: absent (covid-19), Brock Boeser: absent (covid-19), Alex Chiasson: absent (health protocol), Tyler Myers: absent (covid ) -19), Brad Hunt: released (health protocol).

Senators: Dillon Heatherington: absent (health protocol), Jacob Bernard-Docker: absent (health protocol), Tyler Ennis: absent (covid-19), Zach Sanford: absent (covid-19), Nicholas Paul: absent (health protocol) , Josh Norris: out (covid-19), Nikita Zaitsev: out (heel), Thomas Chabot: out (covid-19), Anton Forsberg: out (health protocol).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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UBC professor comments on threat of COVID-19 variant “IHU” https://imagesforcanada.com/ubc-professor-comments-on-threat-of-covid-19-variant-ihu/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 05:16:58 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/ubc-professor-comments-on-threat-of-covid-19-variant-ihu/ WHO responded to global concerns about the variant in a briefing. As Canadian health officials and their global counterparts grapple with an unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases, researchers in France have identified another variant of interest. With 46 mutations of the original COVID-19 strain, the B.1.640.2 variant, nicknamed “IHU” by researchers at the IHU Mediterranee […]]]>

WHO responded to global concerns about the variant in a briefing.

As Canadian health officials and their global counterparts grapple with an unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases, researchers in France have identified another variant of interest.

With 46 mutations of the original COVID-19 strain, the B.1.640.2 variant, nicknamed “IHU” by researchers at the IHU Mediterranee Infection, was first identified in November and has raised international concerns. . However, the number of cases did not increase at Omicron’s rate after its discovery.

But that doesn’t mean scientists won’t keep an eye on the pressure.

A proposal in The Panago Network points out: “In a similar vein to the recent splitting of B.1.1.529 (Omicron) into two sister sublines, it appears that B.1.640 may also have a similar problem with a major group noting of the vast majority of the sequences and a small outer group which appears to be related but which has a very different set of mutations … and includes sequences from France and England, indicating some degree of spread. “

Although it was identified around the same time as Omicron, the IHU had no generalized infections. During a press briefing on Tuesday (January 4), WHO incident manager Abdi Mahamud said the organization was keeping the variant on its “radar” but had not spread despite the opportunities. .

Understandably, the announcement of a new variant is causing concern around the world and here in British Columbia. But a local researcher believes the strain is not a threat at this time.

B.1.640.2 variant in British Columbia

UBC’s Dr Sarah Otto said Vancouver is awesome that it does not currently view the tension as a threat to public safety in British Columbia.

“Yes it has 46 mutations, but after two years of evolution it’s not that unusual,” she explained, noting that most COVID variants now carry between 40 and 60 mutations compared to the ancestral strain of Wuhan.

“In addition, most of the B.1.640.2 sequences were observed last year (mainly October and November) and their frequency has not increased to our knowledge.”

Otto, who also holds the Canada Research Chair in Theoretical and Experimental Evolution, added that his interpretation is that there was a “divergence in a fairly isolated population,” which is why the strain did not have been detected before. In addition, some authors estimate that it diverged up to a year ago (January 2021) from the B.1.640.1 virus seen elsewhere.

“There has been talk of it being more ‘infectious’ but I think there is no data on it, just speculation based on the mutations carried,” she said. “Based on the data available, it is strongly selected over Omicron. “

Regardless of her potential transmissibility, Otto emphasizes that she is happy that genome centers around the world are keeping an eye out for unusual variants.

“I just don’t think this is the one that should be of concern to the public, based on the data so far.”

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2 dead after tree fell in West Vancouver home https://imagesforcanada.com/2-dead-after-tree-fell-in-west-vancouver-home/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 21:46:00 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/2-dead-after-tree-fell-in-west-vancouver-home/ West Vancouver Police are calling the deaths of two people in the Horseshoe Bay neighborhood a “tragic accident” after a tree fell on a house overnight. The incident occurred in the 6200 block of Wellington Avenue, according to a press release from the West Vancouver Police Department. Police were called to the scene for a […]]]>

West Vancouver Police are calling the deaths of two people in the Horseshoe Bay neighborhood a “tragic accident” after a tree fell on a house overnight.

The incident occurred in the 6200 block of Wellington Avenue, according to a press release from the West Vancouver Police Department.

Police were called to the scene for a report of “a large tree falling on houses,” police said in a statement.

“While at the scene, officers noticed that Hydro wires had fallen and gas lines had ruptured which had been damaged from the uprooted tree,” police said.

Rescue workers quickly confirmed the deaths of two people – a man in his sixties and a woman in his fifties – inside the house.

“It appears to be a tragic accident,” said WVPD spokesperson Const. Kevin Goodmurphy, in the press release.

“We are supporting the British Columbia Coroners Service in their inquest into the circumstances surrounding the loss of life,” he added. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased.”

Police said roads in the area remain closed to traffic and crews are working to remove the tree and debris.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Ryan Reynolds pays touching tribute to Betty White https://imagesforcanada.com/ryan-reynolds-pays-touching-tribute-to-betty-white/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:36:10 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/ryan-reynolds-pays-touching-tribute-to-betty-white/ A Hollywood icon has died aged 99, just weeks before she turned 100 on January 17, 2022. Betty White’s sassy and ready-to-do charm has made her a mainstay of television for over 60 years, whether as a crazed TV host on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or as a roommate on ” The Golden Girls […]]]>

A Hollywood icon has died aged 99, just weeks before she turned 100 on January 17, 2022.

Betty White’s sassy and ready-to-do charm has made her a mainstay of television for over 60 years, whether as a crazed TV host on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or as a roommate on ” The Golden Girls “.

White’s death was confirmed by his longtime agent Jeff Witjas during a Friday phone call with publicist Pam Golum on Friday (December 31).

Shortly after the news broke, thousands of people around the world took to social media to share their love for the “Golden Girl”, with many noting that the world had lost a “real treasure.”

Just a day before his death, Ryan Reynolds shared an interview White did with People magazine where she joked that the Vancouver-born star couldn’t “get over her thing” for her. Instead, she playfully insisted that she only had eyes for Robert Redford.

On Twitter, the comedian joked, “I’m really sick of the media exploiting past relationships just to generate clicks.”

After learning of her passing, Reynolds expressed her love and admiration for the legendary American actress in another article.

“The world looks different now. She was good at defying expectations. She managed to get very old and somehow not old enough. We will miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret, ”he wrote.

Reynolds and White have enjoyed a long working and friendly relationship. In 2019, Reynolds shared an image of them holding hands on a talk show for his birthday.

“I don’t usually post about ex-girlfriends. But Betty is special. Happy birthday to the one and only, Betty White,” he wrote with a playful voice.

White and Reynold’s playful alchemy made them a favorite to watch together. Fans share some of their interviews and videos on social media.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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Sluggish Kings need a revival against Vancouver https://imagesforcanada.com/sluggish-kings-need-a-revival-against-vancouver/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 21:44:46 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/sluggish-kings-need-a-revival-against-vancouver/ The Kings will need marked improvements in their defensive play and special teams following a 6-3 loss on Tuesday and head for a quick turnaround to welcome the expanding Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Coach Todd McLellan had said his club’s two training sessions ahead of their return from the extended break showed signs of sluggishness […]]]>

The Kings will need marked improvements in their defensive play and special teams following a 6-3 loss on Tuesday and head for a quick turnaround to welcome the expanding Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Coach Todd McLellan had said his club’s two training sessions ahead of their return from the extended break showed signs of sluggishness and lack of commitment. These manifested themselves in a lopsided loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in which the Kings were porous defensively, gave up two power play goals and went 0 to 4 with the extra man.

“My instinct was pretty darn good after two practices,” said McLellan.

If the Kings are looking for a steep about-face, Vancouver could serve as an example. After missing an 8-15-2 start, the Canucks hired former Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. In their first game behind the bench, they smothered the Kings 4-0 and, heading into Monday’s game in Anaheim, they hadn’t lost since. Vancouver’s six-game winning streak was behind Nashville and Pittsburgh, each with seven in a row, for the NHL’s longest active winning streak.

“We have the attention of (our players) now. I think we can go back to who we are, ”said McLellan. “The team we’re going to play on Thursday is a very good hockey club right now.

McLellan said he was pleased with the debut of 2019 fifth overall pick Alex Turcotte, although it was difficult to take firm positions for a rookie given the Kings ended up 5-1 down under 23 minutes of the match.

Also overshadowed by the team’s poor performance against Vegas, it was a milestone for center and team captain Anze Kopitar. His first-period assist put him in exclusive possession of second in the Kings franchise standings for career assists, passing Wayne Gretzky and behind Marcel Dionne 84 for the lead. Kopitar achieved the feat in 1,160 games, while Gretzky racked up his 672 assists in 539 games, less than half the games.

The Kings offense was also a bit brighter than usual on Tuesday, eschewing courage for skill on two extended passes that led to some nice breakaways and a late tally that combined persistence, one pass. perfectly weighted and precise shot from Alex Iafallo.

The Kings were without eight players due to injuries or COVID protocols, although Vegas had even more absences, including its top scorer, top defenseman and starting goalie.

Goalkeeper Cal Petersen officially left COVID protocol on Wednesday after watching Tuesday’s game from the press box. The NHL has announced protocol changes that could cut the time vaccinated asymptomatic players spend in the protocol in half, from 10 days to five days, depending on health circumstances and local government regulations.

Petersen may give the Kings another option in net, but the Canucks hardly look away from starter Thatcher Demko. Of their six straight wins, he has five wins in which he allowed just seven goals while posting a save percentage of .959.

After a terrible start to the season, Vancouver center Elias Pettersson tinkered with a three-game streak with at least one point and had his best game of the season in the face-off circle, winning 11 of 16 draws against San Jose on December 16.

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City warming centers and shelter information for extreme weather conditions https://imagesforcanada.com/city-warming-centers-and-shelter-information-for-extreme-weather-conditions/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 17:54:07 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/city-warming-centers-and-shelter-information-for-extreme-weather-conditions/ In response to Environment Canada’s alert this morning (December 27) regarding an Arctic exit event that is expected to bring extremely cold weather to Metro Vancouver through Wednesday (December 29), we are releasing information on the City of Vancouver Warming Center from a December 23 bulletin. Note: This information is up to date until today […]]]>

In response to Environment Canada’s alert this morning (December 27) regarding an Arctic exit event that is expected to bring extremely cold weather to Metro Vancouver through Wednesday (December 29), we are releasing information on the City of Vancouver Warming Center from a December 23 bulletin.

Note: This information is up to date until today / tonight. Further information from the city will be released as received.

The partial bulletin, minus street snow removal details but with original links for more information, begins immediately below, exactly as received.

In response to the extremely cold weather forecast from December 24, the city of Vancouver is opening warming centers to provide additional capacity for people to come indoors between December 24 and 27, 2021. Warming centers are activated in addition to emergency shelters in case of extreme weather conditions. as an additional vital response for people sleeping outdoors when the temperature reaches -5 ° C or lower (or looks like -5 ° C or lower). They are in addition to other initiatives by the city and the province to ensure that homeless people in Vancouver have a place to warm up during the winter months.

Warming centers

Warming centers are activated when the temperature drops to -5 ° C or below (or looks like -5 ° C or below). The City encourages anyone who sleeps outside to visit one of these centers, which are open to everyone, including people with pets and carts. The centers will provide hot drinks and snacks. Up to 101 Warming Center spaces have been created to bring people inside:

  • Powell Street Getaway (528 Powell St.): Open daily 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Odd Fellows Lodge (1443 W 8e Ave.): Open every day from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Britannia Community Center (Gym D) (1661 Napier Street): Open Dec. 24. 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Dec. 25 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Dec. 26 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
  • West Community Center (870 Denman St.): Open December 24 to 25, 11 p.m. to 9 a.m., daily.

Measures are in place in all Warming Center locations to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Face masks are required for anyone accessing the warm-up centers and will be provided free of charge if required. The proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is not required to access the Heating Centers.

Health or social services provided to those in need, such as warm-up centers, are exempt from the Ordinance on Gatherings and Events of Provincial Health Workers and are not subject to event limitations. or capacity as announced on December 21, 2021.

Severe Weather Shelters (EWR)

EWR shelters are funded by BC Housing and are activated when an extreme weather alert is issued for Vancouver (https://vancouver.ca/people-programs / shelters.aspx), when there is sleet or freezing rain, snow accumulation and / or temperatures of 0 ° C or below, or “looks like” 0 ° C with a wind chill. Up to 109 spaces have been created at the following locations to bring people inside:

  • Directorates Youth Service Center (1138, rue Burrard): Open from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Tenth church (11 10th Avenue West at Ontario Street): Open from 9:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Cascades Church (3833 Boundary Road, west side of Boundary): Open 9:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Evelyne Saller Center (320 Alexander St.): Open from 11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. (Last admission at 1:00 a.m.)
  • Langara YMCA (282 W 49th Ave., south side of 49th): Open 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Bud Osborn EWR (27 West Hastings St.): Open 7:30 to 7:30 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Alerts for these EWR and Warming Center spaces are being issued to partner agencies, community center staff, outreach program staff, and a variety of homeless serving agencies. Details are posted on our website and social media and are also available here. Please check daily for updates on locations and openings.

In addition to the extreme weather reception areas above, permanent and temporary shelters are also in use. Those looking for a shelter can call 2-1-1 to check availability or find a full list of shelters online.

The City thanks the community organizations that make their facilities available as warming centers and EWR shelters on these coldest nights of the year.

Additional warm spaces

As a reminder, community centers, public libraries and other public buildings are also available during their opening hours as spaces for people to come in to warm up:

City of Vancouver Community Centers:

  • The Gathering Place (609 Helmcken St.): Open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Carnegie Community Center (401 Main Street): Open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Center Evelyne Saller (320, rue Alexander): open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Park Council Community Centers:

Vancouver Public Library:

  • Central Library Branch Atrium and Washroom (350 W Georgia St.): Open December 24, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., December 25 to 26, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
  • Library branches: https://www.vpl.ca/hours-Pitches

Please check the City of Vancouver’s social media accounts for warming center spaces open beyond December 27, 2021. The city is closely monitoring the changing weather forecast and will take additional action as needed.

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When home is where the workplace is, injury claims become obscure https://imagesforcanada.com/when-home-is-where-the-workplace-is-injury-claims-become-obscure/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 17:08:56 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/when-home-is-where-the-workplace-is-injury-claims-become-obscure/ Breadcrumb Links News Local news Delineating professional and personal tasks in the event of an injury is increasingly becoming an area of ​​interest for employment lawyers. Author of the article: Matt Scace Release date : Dec 25 2021 • 48 minutes ago • 3 minutes to read • Join the conversation As remote working enters […]]]>

Delineating professional and personal tasks in the event of an injury is increasingly becoming an area of ​​interest for employment lawyers.

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As remote working enters another year as a mainstream concept, workplace injuries have become a gray area of ​​proliferation for employers, employment lawyers and workers’ compensation boards.

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Overall, the total number of workers’ compensation claims has not increased and is not expected to increase, many lawyers said. But when home is where the workplace is, the delineation of professional from personal injury duties becomes an area of ​​growing interest for employment lawyers.

“This remote working environment is in disarray because it’s a bit of a weird physical setting where injuries can occur,” Vancouver-based Ascent Employment Law partner Richard Johnson told Postmedia News.

A Quebec ruling earlier this month revealed that an Air Canada call center worker who was injured descending a staircase in her home deserved workers compensation. The judge found that because she was taking a mandatory lunch break, the injury occurred during working hours and inside the workplace.

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The judge said the employee’s injury met the definition of a “sudden and unexpected event on the job.”

While it’s not clear whether related cases have been tried in British Columbia, similar hazy circumstances are not new in employment law, according to Alissa Demerse, a partner at Roper-Greyell, a mid-market law firm. working in British Columbia. It is not uncommon for employees to file claims for personal injury outside of working hours, such as an employee injured at the airport after drinking with co-workers while traveling. business.

Those blurry lines are difficult to navigate at home, Johnson said, as the definitions of work areas and personal spaces can often be nested within each other. Reviewing each claim will assess every little detail of the incident, including where the person was from, what they were doing before, and where they were at the time of the incident.

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“If you go straight from your office to the kitchen and have an accident along the way… then it’s more like walking into the dining room,” said Fred Wynne, lawyer at Tevlin Gleadle Curtis Employment Law Strategies.

“But if you stop on the way and do some other task, it’s more like walking down the street to the cafe,” a task that would not be covered by WorkSafeBC.

Wynne believes these types of complaints will increase as people move on with their working lives from home, which will be the subject of scrutiny by WorkSafeBC.

“They’re going to look at if anyone was actually doing work at that time, if it was during working hours, and then … in which room did that happen compared to the rooms you normally do. your job, ”Johnson said.

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Uniquely, the decisions made by the Workers’ Compensation Board do not use stare decisis, a legal doctrine that requires lower courts to use similar cases to guide their decisions – meaning that even though prior claims can be used as examples, they do not serve as a precedent.

Even if it were permissible, the number of variables at play in situations involving remote working means that the former would often have little influence, according to Wynne.

“I’m not sure we’re going to get a clear diagram of WorkSafe because there are so many factual variables,” Wynne said. “There isn’t really a clear pattern at the moment, which is why we are fighting so hard for these kinds of claims.”

WorkSafeBC said in a statement to Postmedia that employers should remove as many dangerous variables as possible and control hazards such as ergonomics, falls and working alone as much as possible. The latter, working alone, presents a risk in the event of injury to the employee alone.

Still, the financial impact on companies that follow these steps is unlikely to see a difference in their bottom line, unless the practices diverge from their previous operations, Demerse said.

Despite all the peculiarities and nuances of the matter, Johnson is delighted that conversations around work have become more fluid during the pandemic.

“The definition of the workplace is changing as we become more technologically capable as a society,” he said. “It raises a lot of questions. “

– With files from Christopher Nardi

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