Summer is definitely starting to wrap up in Vancouver, especially since today was the day they launched the Pumpkin Spice Latte! That didn't stop a few adorable Vancouver residents from making the most of their last days of summer by indulging in a surprise buffet of popsicles. Vancouver Aquarium Otters Tanu, Katmai and Rialto found the cutest way to stay cool.
The Vancouver Aquarium posted a video today on their social media channels of the otters frolicking, playing and slurping up icy treats. In the video, three fluffy sea otters emerge from their pool area to find a colourful summertime spread just for them.
The sea otters who live at the Aquarium were rescued when they were only babies. A team of staff had to bottle feed them and teach them how to take care of their signature fluffy coats. Now, they're thriving in their habitat and they often get spoiled with fishy treats.
According to reps on the Aquarium's Instagram page, the treats were made out of ice and clam paste and that the ice treats are "otterly delicious!" Watch the video to see all the adorableness in action!
This isn't the first time that the Aquarium's most adorable residents have been spoiled. Earlier this year, the otters were treated to a special Valentine's Day spread that said: "I Love You Like No Otter."
We're glad they had fun, but we'll pass on the fish popsicles for ourselves. Here's hoping that the otters continue to get love and attention like this every season.
Can't get enough of the otters? The Aquarium's Sea Otters are one of the most-loved attractions. Check out the Vancouver Aquarium's live Sea Otter Cam and see what these mischevious little cuties are up to.
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On Tuesday, May 11, B.C. announced that the province will now offer paid sick leave to all workers who need to miss work due to COVID-19 related reasons.
According to the B.C. government, this means anyone who is sick with COVID-19, awaiting results from a COVID-19 test, needs to self-isolate or is missing work to follow orders from either the province or their employer will now have three paid sick days off.
All full-time and part-time employees are eligible, and nobody will need to provide a doctor's note to take that time off. Employers are legally required to pay staff their full wages, and the province says they will pay back employers without an existing sick leave program up to $200 a day per employee to make up for it.
According to a news release, these three paid sick days will only be offered until December 31. That being said, on January 1, 2022, the legislature says they will create permanent paid sick leave for workers dealing with any injury or illness.
B.C. is the fourth province to implement laws that offer paid sick days to workers. It follows Ontario, which just announced on April 29 they will also offer workers paid COVID-19 sick leave. Quebec employees who have been working with their company for at least three months are legally allowed to take two paid sick days. P.E.I. residents can take one paid day off after working five years at one place.
Police said they received reports of the drivers speeding and purposefully ramming their vehicles into one another. "The vehicles finally came to a stop at the intersection of 227th Street and 119 Avenue, when two men jumped from the vehicles and began physically fighting on the street," said a police report. The drivers had also hit several other vehicles amid the altercation.
"This type of behavior was completely dangerous and reckless. These two people were so engrossed in whatever their drama was that they weren't thinking about any other person other than themselves," said Constable Julie Klaussner. "Thank you to the public for the overwhelming number of reports and updates helping police to shut down this incident quickly. Thankfully no-one was seriously injured in this reckless event."
Both men were arrested and are now facing multiple charges.
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A new ranking of the top Canadian cities for young adults to work in was released on Tuesday, May 11. For those who want to work on the West Coast, it seems like now is the time to hunt for jobs in Vancouver.
While there were 27 major Canadian cities included in the list of the best places to work, B.C. cities ended up snagging more than one of the top 20 spots. Victoria ranked fourth, and Kelowna came out at number 12.
The RBC and Youthful Cities' 2021 Urban Work Index determined the rankings by using 11 different criteria, including good jobs for youth, cost of living, climate change, and equity and inclusion.
Youthful Cities says it recognizes the impact COVID-19 has had on youth looking for entry-level work. The hope is that the urban work index can serve as a guide "for a more inclusive and accessible work in our great Canadian cities."
Vancouver was ranked number one for public transportation, public health, and equity and inclusion. Even though it landed first place, Youthful Cities said that Vancouver was close to having the lowest score for cost of living.