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With his versatile offensive game, Liam Öhgren could be the Canucks’ best option at No. 15.

It’s not easy to score goals in the NHL.

Sure, some players make it look easy, but even elite scorers can struggle. Just look at the struggles of Elias Pettersson at the start of the season or Brock Boeser who failed to score 30 goals when he seemed like a lock to becoming an eternal 30-goal player after his rookie year.

Last season, despite three players breaking the 30-goal mark, the Vancouver Canucks finished 18th in the NHL in goals. With the NHL seemingly heading for a more scorer-friendly era, the Canucks could really use more players who can put the puck in the back of the net.

Perhaps that should influence how the Canucks approach the 2022 NHL Draft. With the 15th overall pick, perhaps the Canucks should consider Liam Öhgren.

Liam Ohgren – Left winger

6’1″ – 201 lbs – Jan 28, 2004 (18)
Stockholm, SW
Djurgårdens IF J20, J20 Nationell (30-33-25-58)

Liam Öhgren is usually ranked in the back half of the first round by public draft rankings, with a few outliers. The Puck Authority has Öhgren all the way down at 41st, while Elite Prospects has him highest at 12th.

In his draft year, Liam Öhgren did nothing but tear the Swedish junior league to shreds.

Öhgren led the J20 Nationell in goals with 33, as well as points per game. In fact, Öhgren’s 1.93 points per game is the best ever recorded by a player in his draft year in the J20 Nationell. Some of the players he overproduced in their draft years include Anze Kopitar, William Karlsson and Elias Lindholm.

No one – not even players who have appeared in more games – has scored more than Öhgren’s 33 Nationell goals in their draft year. Öhgren scored those 33 goals in just 30 games.

Öhgren also wasn’t dependent on the power play to rack up goals, with 28 of his 33 even-strength goals.

There is a caveat to Öhgren’s dominance in the Nationell. He was playing in line with two other first-round talents: Jonathan Lekkerimaki at right wing and Noah Ostlund at center. Öhgren outscored them both in the Nationell but Lekkerimaki was more productive in the SHL and Lekkerimaki and Ostlund scored more in the under-18s, although Öhgren was playing injured at the time.

The three obviously all benefited from playing with each other, but how do you separate their performances and assess them as individuals? Has Öhgren benefited from playing with two elite talents or is he an elite talent on his own merits?

“He’s one of the best pure shooters in the class.”

The consensus of the scouting world is that Öhgren is an elite talent.

“All 32 NHL teams would love to have players like Liam Öhgren,” said Will Scouching, who ranks Öhgren ahead of his two linemates. “He has the problem-solving skills and the adaptability to make things work at high levels.”

Öhgren has a terrific shot with an absurdly quick exit. The puck seems to spring from his stick at all times. He uses that shot in a multitude of ways – shooting the puck seemingly from any point in his stride, sliding the puck inside to change the angle of the shot, using defenders as a screen – Öhgren can do it all. do, and he does it all to the beat.

“For my money, he’s one of the best pure shooters in the class,” says Cam Robinson of Elite Prospect. “Maybe even the best.”

Beyond his excellent shooting, Öhgren also has a knack for finding weak spots on the ice for his teammates to find and he’s adept at timing the puck or chaining passes and stripping goaltenders in front of the net.

“Everything happens in motion for Öhgren. He moves as the pucks get to his position, skates through his passes and doesn’t need to slow his stride to get his shot,” reads his Elite Prospects scouting report. “He’s playing at such an accelerated pace that the puck often flies off his stick as soon as you realize he even got possession in the first place.”

His variety of goalscoring abilities and combination of skills has allowed Öhgren to victimize goalkeepers in national and international competition, where he captained Sweden to gold at the World Under-18 Championship. and bronze at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Öhgren has 3 goals and 9 points in 6 games at the World Under-18 and 4 goals and 7 points in 5 games at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. He wasn’t content to feast on lesser competition either – at the Under-18 level, Öhgren scored two goals and added an assist in Sweden’s 6-4 victory in the final against Team USA.

“The definition of a dual threat offensive weapon.”

What sets Öhgren apart from some of the other goalscoring talents in this draft class is that he is not a one-dimensional threat.

“He has a shoot-first mentality, but he can also make plays,” a scout told The Hockey News.

Öhgren uses the threat of his shot to aid his play, tricking defenders and goalkeepers into thinking he is shooting, then throwing a pass to an open teammate. He has the vision to spot his teammates through the layers and the passing accuracy to find them with the puck through those layers.

“When a player scores above a goal per game, it’s rare that we see nuanced distribution play attached to it,” says Robinson. “But in Öhgren’s case, it’s the definition of a dual-threat offensive weapon.”

With his strong skating and passing ability, Öhgren is also excellent at transitioning the puck uphill, using his straight-line speed to support defenders before passing to a teammate or finding himself. a deviation to get to a danger zone. He’s always looking to get the puck out of the defensive zone and into the offensive zone with possession and has the skill to accomplish that task.

Öhgren also has plenty of power in his game, with a chunky 201-pound weight already on his 6’1″ frame. It often seems impossible to knock the puck off. Consider this game where he practically throws his failure aside as he gains the zone before heading towards the net to undress the goalkeeper.

Then there’s that game where he has defenders draped over him while he still managed to get to the slot and beat the goalie.

This strength on the puck shows in his fights on the boards, as he is ready and willing to fight to win a puck and quickly create a scoring chance.

Beyond the physical, Öhgren is smart on the forecheck, making great reads for catching passes in small groups and creating turnovers. His work-rate is noticeable in those moments, as he scrambles to cut off passing lanes, aided by his long reach.

“When he’s on the forecheck, he has the speed and active stick to target puck carriers along the boards,” says Josh Tessler in his scouting report for Smaht Scouting. “His active stick allows him to dictate where the offense goes with the puck.”

“He really gives me Vasili Podkolzin vibes.”

However, that same work rate doesn’t always show up in the defensive zone, which is his main blow as a prospect. He’s a top-notch attacking talent, but his defensive game needs to be worked on.

“Öhgren hasn’t always played with the same level of enthusiasm in the defensive zone as he has in the offensive zone,” says Elite Prospects, but they also note, “His physicality and sense of play are such that the base is there for at least an adequate level of defensive play as he climbs the professional hockey ladder.

Given his work rate and intensity elsewhere on the ice, Öhgren’s defensive play seems like something that could be fixed over time.

That said, he’s been compared to JT Miller, a physical offensive threat with questionable defensive play. Sometimes that defensive play just doesn’t make it, even for hard-working players.

Scouting reports have also compared Öhgren to Timo Meier, Zach Hyman and Filip Forsberg, but Will Scouching had an interesting comparison for the Swedish winger.

“He really gives me Vasili Podkolzin vibes in a way, with a high pace of play, good 200-foot instincts, relatively good transition skill and hard-to-ignore scoring ability,” Scouching said, which has Öhgren 13th in his analyses. -influenced draft rankings.

On top of everything else, Öhgren has the intangibles the team loves. There’s a reason he was named Sweden’s Under-18 captain. Scouts praise his maturity and coaching ability and that’s one of the reasons why his defensive shortcomings may not be as big as they seem – he’s the kind of person who will work diligently to improve its weaknesses.

“He’s a top 10 player.”

Öhgren is a remarkably versatile player, with an array of attacking skills combined with a willingness to play a tough, crushing game. He could very well turn out to be the Canucks’ best option at 15th overall.

“The fact that he is already so advanced in all facets of the game will make him a coach’s dream and provide him with opportunities earlier in an NHL roster than many players drafted before and around him,” Robinson said. “He’s a top 10 player who will probably be outside the top 10.”

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False Creek Ferries celebrates 40 years in business https://imagesforcanada.com/false-creek-ferries-celebrates-40-years-in-business/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 16:06:57 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/false-creek-ferries-celebrates-40-years-in-business/ Breadcrumb Links New Local News False Creek Ferries is a civic treasure. Getting out on the water for a few minutes changes your day, allowing passengers to slow down and relax from the hubbub of everyday life. Publication date : June 26, 2022 • 45 minutes ago • 4 minute read • Join the conversation […]]]>

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They don’t go very fast, don’t carry many people, and their journey is over before you know it.

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But for many Vancouverites and tourists, the False Creek ferries are a civic treasure. Getting out on the water for a few minutes changes your day, allowing passengers to slow down and relax from the hubbub of everyday life.

“It’s very calming,” said Jeremy Patterson, director of ferry operations. “You disconnect from your phone and focus on the environment.”

This year marks the 40e anniversary that George McInnis and his family took over the ferries. So on July 1, the False Creek Ferry fleet will be celebrating with a special “Ferry Ballet” in False Creek from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Synchronized maneuvers include classics like the “Flying V”, “Figure Eight” and “Circle of Death”.

Patterson explains the latter.

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“We make two concentric circles, one inside the other,” he said. “A clockwise turn, a counter-clockwise turn, with a series of ferries. Then we burst simultaneously – everyone makes a sudden turn, like a firework.

Ferries have been performing ferry ballets on special occasions for decades, usually right before the Celebration of Light fireworks display.

“A guy would kind of draw it on paper, come down and hand us a sheet,” he says.

“We look at it and we’d say ‘OK, I think I know what it means’ and we try it. We all have radios on the boats, so one person would say ‘OK, we’ll perform this maneuver in five-four-three-two-one” and then it happens.

The service began in the summer of 1981, when Brian Beesley and Laura Gibson ordered four small electric ferries and began taking people around False Creek for 50 cents.

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Unfortunately, they ran into financial trouble and McInnis purchased the fleet. In 1985 his former partner Jeff Pratt left to start a rival ferry, the Aquabus.

Today both companies operate fleets (False Creek Ferries has 17 boats, Aquabus has 14) in and around False Creek. But business has been tough during the pandemic.

“We were closed for three months,” Patterson said.

“Our business was down over 90%, and progress was slow from there. But we’re busier now than we’ve ever been.

In fact, False Creek Ferries just had its busiest May ever with around 120,000 passengers. The record would be around 250,000 in one month, in July or August.

Patterson started working for False Creek Ferries as a summer job in 1990. He tried other maritime gigs, but always ended up being drawn to McInnis, whose family still runs the business, many years after his death .

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Ferries carry passengers to and from Granville Island on Friday, June 24, 2022.
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It is a unique work.

“I was driving the ferry when this gray whale came up the creek in 2010,” Patterson recalled.

“It was a bit strange. You don’t know what you are looking at. I saw him take a breath, he exhaled and there was a bit of a spout, but my mind didn’t quite process it as I watched him. While I’m thinking, it comes right at me, and I go right there.

He’s laughing.

“The gears were turning very slowly. Eventually I realized what it was, but by then it was going under the boat. I had no chance of taking evasive action or anything like that.

“Once the word got out, people were on the bridges, looking down and all the way to the seawall. He walked up the creek and the police and aquarium staff tried to escort him out of the creek. We had to stop the ferry service while this was happening. As soon as they left, he came back again.

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The electric ferries were quite small and have been removed. The False Creek fleet now includes two types of diesel-powered ferry, including a 20ft built in Port Hardy and designed by Jay Benford, “a fairly famous naval architect”.

The new Fleet Edition was built by West Bay Shipyard in Delta and is slightly larger (22 feet).

“It’s a little easier to get in and out, there’s a little more headroom,” he said. “A little more stable and more stable.”

Business slows down in the winter, when it’s mostly locals, but can reach 2,000 passengers per hour in the summer, when it’s 70% tourists. The ferries can carry 12 passengers each and tickets range from $3.50 for a one-way ticket to $16 for a day pass. You can also charter a ferry for a private trip, like Bono did when U2 were rehearsing in Vancouver a few years ago.

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“We have nine different stops,” he said. “Our westernmost stop is Kits Maritime Museum and in English Bay at Sunset Beach, (easternmost) up the creek to Science World.”

This prompts his standard joke: “Up the creek, no paddle required.”

jmackie@postmedia.com

Ferries carry passengers to and from Granville Island on Friday, June 24, 2022.
Ferries carry passengers to and from Granville Island on Friday, June 24, 2022. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

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What one of the cheapest rental rooms in Vancouver looks like https://imagesforcanada.com/what-one-of-the-cheapest-rental-rooms-in-vancouver-looks-like/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 01:19:22 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/what-one-of-the-cheapest-rental-rooms-in-vancouver-looks-like/ This room is perfect if you don’t need windows and like small, confined spaces. We all know Vancouver’s rental market is tight, but this takes “tight” to a new level (because fitting a mattress is a tight fit). While most parts are measured in feet, this one is measured in inches. It measures 70 inches […]]]>

This room is perfect if you don’t need windows and like small, confined spaces.

We all know Vancouver’s rental market is tight, but this takes “tight” to a new level (because fitting a mattress is a tight fit).

While most parts are measured in feet, this one is measured in inches. It measures 70 inches by 62 inches.

It’s about 5 feet 10 inches by 5 feet 2 inches. The bed of a van, like a Ford 150, is significantly larger, as are the new prison cells. Basically, it’s small.

According to this list of current NBA players, only one (Isaiah Thomas) could sleep here, and barely (good thing he keeps his hair short).

Another way to look at it is mattress size. A mattress size chart only has one that would fit in this room without getting crushed. It’s a cradle. All other standard sizes are at least 74.5 inches, leaving 4.5 inches to get stuck in one way or another.

While some may find its size an issue, it’s also windowless. For anyone claustrophobic, this probably isn’t the room for you.

At $750 a month, it’s one of the cheapest places to live in town. The average rent for individual apartments in Canada is more than double, at $1,888, while in Vancouver it’s more than tripled to $2,377, so cost will likely be a motivating factor for those interested in the room. .

Just like its location; the person who placed the ad on Craigslist writes that it is close to downtown.

“The building is right in the city center and just a 3 minute walk from the Stadium skytrain station,” they write.

They also note that there is only one other person in the studio-style apartment.

“You can also use other parts of the studio,” they note.

With files by Elana Shepherd

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Insurance commissioner Kreidler should resign [The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.] – InsuranceNewsNet https://imagesforcanada.com/insurance-commissioner-kreidler-should-resign-the-columbian-vancouver-wash-insurancenewsnet/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:10:42 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/insurance-commissioner-kreidler-should-resign-the-columbian-vancouver-wash-insurancenewsnet/ June 21 – Following revelations of the bureau’s disparaging conduct, it’s hard to imagine the state insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler effectively discharging its duties in the service of the people of Washington. For the sake of his office and the state, Kreidler should resign from his post. The Colombian is not the first to demand […]]]>

June 21 – Following revelations of the bureau’s disparaging conduct, it’s hard to imagine the state insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler effectively discharging its duties in the service of the people of Washington. For the sake of his office and the state, Kreidler should resign from his post.

The Colombian is not the first to demand Kreidler’s resignation. On Friday, the governor Jay Inslee released a statement that read in part: “Commissioner Kreidler assured his employees and the public that he would work to improve his relationship with staff, but instead fired an employee who spoke about these issues. All staff deserve respect regardless of their will Therefore I think we need different leadership in this position and I think he should step down.

A statement from the state Democratic Party said: “We have been deeply disappointed and disturbed by the first set of complaints against Mike Kreidler earlier this year, and had hoped that his apology and training efforts were sincere and gave him the opportunity to reform his actions and behaviors. But it’s now quite clear: he didn’t learn anything.”

Notably, Kreidler is a Democrat. He is in his sixth term in that position, which is elected statewide, and in 2020 he won re-election with 65% of the vote. But party affiliation or the prior will of voters has little to do with an elected official’s ability to perform their duties effectively. How a state executive manages their office has an impact on how that office serves the people of Washington.

Over the past several months, numerous prospective and former employees have disclosed instances in which Kreidler was demeaning or rude, racially focused, or used derogatory terms for minority populations. In February, Jon Noskithe agency’s director of legislative affairs, filed a formal complaint alleging that Kreidler intimidated him.

Last week, Noski was fired after returning from sick leave. This move directly led to calls for Kreidler’s resignation.

In response to those calls, Kreidler said, “I cannot comment on the specifics of an individual personal matter, but the finding that the departure of an important and valued employee is due to him filing a complaint against me is not true and does not reflect the full context of the story.”

Kreidler’s performance has come under intense public scrutiny over the past year. It unilaterally decided to ban the use of credit scores to determine insurance policy premiums, after the proposal was rejected by lawmakers.

The question of whether or not he has the power to implement such a policy should remain separate from the question of whether he should remain in office. Like party affiliation, political decisions are different from broader doubts about whether Kreidler can do his job effectively.

“I’m committed to doing better and to living up to that commitment,” he said on Friday. “At the same time, I intend to continue to serve alongside the dedicated people of our agency and work on important consumer protection issues ahead.”

That seems unlikely in the wake of the latest controversy. While we don’t know the full story surrounding Noski’s departure from the department, we do know that there is a toxic atmosphere that has led to many complaints and that Kreidler’s management is detrimental to the residents of Washington.

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner touches every resident of our state, regulating health insurance, auto insurance, home insurance, and renter’s insurance. The public deserves someone who can manage it with the utmost integrity and efficiency.

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This Vancouver family built a sailboat in time for its maiden voyage on Father’s Day. Then it was stolen https://imagesforcanada.com/this-vancouver-family-built-a-sailboat-in-time-for-its-maiden-voyage-on-fathers-day-then-it-was-stolen/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 21:50:20 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/this-vancouver-family-built-a-sailboat-in-time-for-its-maiden-voyage-on-fathers-day-then-it-was-stolen/ It was supposed to be a memorable Father’s Day weekend for the McDonald family. Duncan McDonald, along with his wife Julie and two young daughters, spent over a year building a sailboat from the ground up. Christened by his daughters as ‘Salor DoThat’, the boat’s maiden voyage was scheduled for Father’s Day weekend off the […]]]>

It was supposed to be a memorable Father’s Day weekend for the McDonald family.

Duncan McDonald, along with his wife Julie and two young daughters, spent over a year building a sailboat from the ground up. Christened by his daughters as ‘Salor DoThat’, the boat’s maiden voyage was scheduled for Father’s Day weekend off the Sunshine Coast.

But their plans were shattered when the boat was stolen.

McDonald says he found Salor DoThat missing early Friday morning, less than a day after finishing it.

In a Facebook postthe family claims the boat was stolen from its boat trailer near Fraser Street and East 25th Avenue, near their home in East Vancouver.

“We took it out last night,” McDonald said. “I asked a few neighbors to help me lift the boat and put it on the (boat) trailer that was waiting for it. And this morning I was taking out the trash before I left and it was gone.”

A photo of the 14-foot sailboat before its completion. Julie McDonald said the family received support from the community after sharing news of the stolen boat on Facebook. The family has since reported the theft to the police. (Submitted by Duncan and Julie McDonald)

The boat is a 14-foot flat-bottomed skiff with a white base from bow to stern and a blue sail on her mast. Duncan says it’s made of plywood from Home Depot, as well as scoured wood from the neighborhood. The license plate on the boat trailer is WHW 89A.

Julie McDonald says they received rallying support from the community after posting on Facebook.

“It’s been a lot of tears,” she said. “But the amount of social media [attention] was comforting.

“They think the boat probably isn’t expensive, but they understand that emotional connection, the memories and the importance of Father’s Day.”

Duncan agrees.

“It was really nice to see how affected people are by this stuff,” he said. “It would be nice to see the conclusion of the story is to put it in the water and see how it goes.”

The couple said they filed a complaint with the police.

The journey “feels very incomplete”

Duncan McDonald, a teacher with a background in carpentry, began building the sailboat in the spring of 2021.

“I wanted to do something silly and challenging and interesting,” he said. “Something I had no business to build. I mean, who builds a sailboat?”

The decision came on a whim, he says, adding that he took sailing lessons to justify building the ship and bought a book from the 1970s to learn how to build it.

Eventually, his wife and two young daughters helped out, he says: his six-year-old daughter learned to use power tools, while his toddler drew on the boat.

McDonald also remembers his daughters playing with Salor DoThat. “The cousins ​​come and jump on the boat. They pretend the grass is water.”

Julie McDonald says her husband had worked hard to achieve the goal of setting sail on Father’s Day.

Duncan McDonald had worked hard to complete the boat in time for its maiden voyage on Father’s Day, Julie McDonald said. (Submitted by Duncan and Julie McDonald)

The project has also caught the attention of the neighborhood, she says.

“I’m pregnant now and there came a time when I couldn’t work with the boat anymore,” she said. “Every time Duncan had to move it or turn it over, he had to call a few neighbors to come and help him.”

She says the community support since the boat went missing has given them reason to stay positive.

“The journey or the story feels very incomplete,” Duncan said.

“I hope someone sees it and says, ‘Hey, it’s a sailboat’ and we can get it back.”

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Vancouver sportswear brand Daub is hosting a warehouse sale https://imagesforcanada.com/vancouver-sportswear-brand-daub-is-hosting-a-warehouse-sale/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:01:54 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/vancouver-sportswear-brand-daub-is-hosting-a-warehouse-sale/ A good time to buy some jazzy running leggings. In 2010, artist and designer Lexi Soukoreff’s love of color and pattern manifested itself in a short-run sportswear brand that celebrated the basics. Daub is a local handmade clothing company that has gained a following across Canada with bold prints and textures embedded in high quality […]]]>

A good time to buy some jazzy running leggings.

In 2010, artist and designer Lexi Soukoreff’s love of color and pattern manifested itself in a short-run sportswear brand that celebrated the basics. Daub is a local handmade clothing company that has gained a following across Canada with bold prints and textures embedded in high quality comfortable functional fabrics.

They’re gearing up to launch a swimwear collection that’s available to pre-order now. However, the real news is that Daub is having its second in-person warehouse sale this weekend on Franklin Street, just off Clark, with samples starting at $10 and some items up to 75% off. . And for every 25 guests who respond to the event on Facebook, Daub will give away a $25 gift card.

There haven’t been any sales since 2020 for obvious reasons, but this year people can expect to find leggings, tank tops and sports bras on sale alongside sweatshirts and sports bras. ultra-soft bamboo sweatpants. Daub’s collection is minimal, but there are casual tees, tee dresses and flowing jackets. Plus, the clothes are all made and hand dyed in Vancouver. The Adriana leggings look like a tribute to the oceans and mountains that border our beautiful city and one of the shades is called Vancouver Gray for our signature sky shade.

The sale will mainly focus on disposing of previous seasons and dead animals, but there will also be limited amounts of new collections, shoes and slightly damaged items, like perhaps their printed yoga mats. vivid monochromes. The sale will also include items from other brands that Daub offers at its Granville flagship store, such as BYoga and Halfmoon.

DAUB warehouse sale

When: Friday June 17, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday June 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: 1282 Franklin Street, Vancouver

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7 things about living in Vancouver that are so different from Calgary https://imagesforcanada.com/7-things-about-living-in-vancouver-that-are-so-different-from-calgary/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 04:43:02 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/7-things-about-living-in-vancouver-that-are-so-different-from-calgary/ This essay article is part of a Narcity Media series. The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Narcity Media. Vancouver and Calgary may be two West Coast cities, but that’s basically where the commonalities end. Everything from people and food to cost of living varies between […]]]>

This essay article is part of a Narcity Media series. The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Narcity Media.

Vancouver and Calgary may be two West Coast cities, but that’s basically where the commonalities end. Everything from people and food to cost of living varies between them.

I’m a proud Vancouverite and haven’t spent much time in Calgary before, so I honestly didn’t give it much thought — until I started working with Cowtown resident Charlie Hart.

Charlie and I are both editors in our respective cities, so know pretty much everything about them.

Once I started chatting with Charlie, I realized how very different our lives were, all because of where we lived.

Although Charlie mentioned the freezing temperatures and rather affordable cost of living in Calgary, it was hard for me to understand.

Every time I talked about traveling to the US from Vancouver for the weekend or diving into the ocean, the difference became even more apparent.

So, we’ve put together all the major things that are wildly different in our lives in the two cities, and here’s what we’ve come up with.

Weather

Ashley: People don’t call it Raincouver for no reason. The city rains almost constantly or is gray and cloudy. If there is a nice summer day, the whole city will flock to the beaches. It goes without saying that living in Vancouver you will probably own a pair of rain boots and a huge umbrella.

Charlie: Calgary, on the other hand, is one of the sunniest cities in Canada and rain is practically non-existent. However, we pay for the lack of rain with brutal winter conditions. A massive winter coat is an absolute must.

weekend activities

Ashley: Living in Vancouver, we are so lucky to be so close to so many amazing things. From beautiful mountains to hikes to nearby beaches along the ocean, Vancouver has it all.

Not to mention, if I ever want to hop over to the US for the weekend, it’s a quick and easy drive to the border.

Charlie: Banff has some of the most incredible scenery and hiking in the world, so you can take a short drive out of Calgary and find yourself in a truly beautiful place. Unlike Vancouver, we are not blessed with white sand beaches on the ocean. Instead, you should instead enjoy one of the province’s magnificent swimming holes.

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the people

Ashley: Vancouver has a classic stereotype that people are hippies. I’d say Vancouver has its fair share of nature-loving hippies and maybe that’s why we’re so passionate about being a green, eco-friendly city. You will see many Vancouverites choosing to ride bicycles rather than drive and more and more people are choosing to go vegan or vegetarian.

Charlie: Calgary is certainly expected to be cowboys all the time and that’s exactly the case when the Calgary Stampede rolls around. You’ll see cowboy hats for miles and almost everyone gets in on the action. Even at other times of the year you can line dance in some of the bars in West Calgary.

Cost of life

Ashley: Vancouver is so expensive. From food to gas prices to rent, it’s hard to save money when you’re constantly spending it on necessities.

Charlie: Calgary has been named one of the most affordable places in the country for housing and even living downtown is quite doable without breaking the bank. Sorry, Vancouver friends!

The culinary scene

Ashley: Vancouver has an amazing food scene and I’m all here for it. Also, if you like seafood, you are in luck because there is no shortage of good seafood cuisine in this city. Sushi is one of my favorite cuisines and Vancouver has so many great options for it.

Charlie: My city’s food scene is vastly underrated. Although we’re known for having some of the best beef around, there are so many talented chefs in town making amazing dishes. From Italian to Japanese, there is something for everyone. Although seafood isn’t our thing, you can try some really wild dishes in Calgary.

Nightlife

Ashley: Honestly, Vancouver nightlife is so bad. Nightclub options are very limited and frankly most people in the city go to bed early.

Charlie: Calgary nightlife is surprisingly good for such a small town. When summer arrives, bars and restaurants are packed, especially if they have a large patio. There are tons of comedy shows, drag nights and quizzes almost every night of the week.

How friendly people are (or not)

Ashley: Vancouverites pretty much avoid talking to others if we can, all together. I’ve heard many people say that it’s hard to make new friends in the city because people don’t usually stand out much from their current friend groups.

Charlie: Calgarians are super nice and I found that quite shocking at first. People are so willing to help and I have never had so many conversations with strangers than in this town. You can always tell people who come from Vancouver or Toronto that they are surprised when strangers talk to them.

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An atmospheric river will flood Vancouver with rain on Thursday https://imagesforcanada.com/an-atmospheric-river-will-flood-vancouver-with-rain-on-thursday/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 21:52:46 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/an-atmospheric-river-will-flood-vancouver-with-rain-on-thursday/ It’s been a while since the term atmospheric river has floated, but Vancouver and many parts of British Columbia will be hit with heavy rain on Thursday thanks to the weather phenomenon. The last atmospheric river to hit Vancouver was back in January of this year, and this weather event prompted flood warnings. The Weather […]]]>

It’s been a while since the term atmospheric river has floated, but Vancouver and many parts of British Columbia will be hit with heavy rain on Thursday thanks to the weather phenomenon.

The last atmospheric river to hit Vancouver was back in January of this year, and this weather event prompted flood warnings.

The Weather Network is once again warning that flooding will be possible due to heavy rains and melting snow.

Vancouver alone could see 30 to 55 mm of rain, while other parts of the province like Whistler are expected to receive up to 75 mm of rain.

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Rain is expected to start late morning or early afternoon Thursday as a warm front is expected to lift over Vancouver Island and the south coast. The rain is expected to last overnight.

MétéoMédia indicates that the rain “will fall at a fairly steady pace in the afternoon and evening”.

Rising freezing levels are also of concern.

“Snow accumulation remains significantly above normal for this time of year, with snow accumulation measuring 150-160% of normal over the South Coast and Vancouver Island,” said The Weather Network in a statement.

Freezing levels are expected to rise by 2,000 to 3,000m “as the atmospheric river passes over British Columbia bringing rapid snowmelt”.

This could lead to localized flooding in some areas.

After Thursday’s wet hell, the outlook for the rest of the week is not significantly better.

Environment Canada also calls for a few wet days, before the sun comes out on the weekend.

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Atmospheric rivers are to blame for the major floods that destroyed many parts of the Fraser Valley last year.

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Political operative, commentator and lobbyist Bill Tieleman wants to join Vancouver council https://imagesforcanada.com/political-operative-commentator-and-lobbyist-bill-tieleman-wants-to-join-vancouver-council/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 05:09:45 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/political-operative-commentator-and-lobbyist-bill-tieleman-wants-to-join-vancouver-council/ Links to the breadcrumb New Local News More recently, Tieleman lobbied against Vancouver’s Broadway plan which would see intense densification of this area Publication date : June 05, 2022 • 58 minutes ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation Bill Tieleman pictured right seated with Suzanne Anton. Photo by Francis Georgian /PNG Content […]]]>

More recently, Tieleman lobbied against Vancouver’s Broadway plan which would see intense densification of this area

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Bill Tieleman, Vancouver‘s longtime political animal, wants to run in the municipal elections.

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According to Tieleman’s website (which features photos of him standing alongside 12 current and former politicians), he will seek to run in the October municipal elections under the TEAM banner.

The candidate for mayor of TEAM is outgoing councilor Colleen Hardwick and Tieleman will be among those who will nominate their names for a seat on the council, the parks board and the school board. TEAM candidates will be selected on June 11.

Tieleman is well known as a political strategist, analyst, broadcaster and lobbyist.

He worked as Director of Communications for the Premier of British Columbia, Glen Clark, and for the BC Federation of Labour.

His consulting and lobbying firm is called West Star Communications.

More recently, Tieleman lobbied against Vancouver’s Broadway plan which would see intense densification of this corridor.

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Metro Vancouver Park celebrates its 10th anniversary with a birthday party https://imagesforcanada.com/metro-vancouver-park-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary-with-a-birthday-party/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 18:50:00 +0000 https://imagesforcanada.com/metro-vancouver-park-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary-with-a-birthday-party/ A popular New Westminster park turns 10 this month and a big party is being thrown to celebrate. The City of New Westminster has announced that the 10th anniversary celebration of Westminster Pier Park will take place on Friday, June 17. The riverside event will feature a variety of free family activities, live entertainment and […]]]>

A popular New Westminster park turns 10 this month and a big party is being thrown to celebrate.

The City of New Westminster has announced that the 10th anniversary celebration of Westminster Pier Park will take place on Friday, June 17.

The riverside event will feature a variety of free family activities, live entertainment and more starting at 5:30 p.m.

Participants are invited to leave their mark on the Community Canvas Project, guided by artist facilitator Marko Elex. The canvas will be displayed in the Centennial and Queensborough Community Centers in the future.

Toddlers will enjoy the fun crafts and activities organized by New Westminster Family Place, and you can even make your own pirate hat and hunt for treasure for a chance to win a prize.

Dog lovers will have plenty to enjoy during the celebration as Wonderpup Academy will also be on hand for photos and paw shakes.

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The Westminster Pier Park party will also include sea games with the city’s Parks and Recreation team, a meet and greet with New Westminster Police and Fire Services and a chance to have a photo with Sparky the fire dog .

You can learn about the history and design of Westminster Pier Park by taking a trivia walk. Prizes will be awarded for correct answers by DJ Byron James near the Pier Park Concession, who will be playing music all evening.

You have even more chances to win prizes by stopping by the welcome tent to learn more about təməsew̓txʷ, New Westminster’s new aquatic and recreation center.

The festivities culminate with an outdoor movie starting at 9:30 p.m., so be sure to bring a blanket or chair for some fun on the festival lawn.

New Westminster keeps the party going all summer long with the return of Fridays to the Front from July. These night markets take place on Front Street, right next to Pier Park.

Westminster Pier Park 10th Anniversary Celebration

When: June 17, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Westminster Pier Park – 1 6th Street, New Westminster
Cost: Free

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