Update as of 9:30 PST on April 9, 2019: Organizers have announced that this event is regrettably cancelled for 2019. They hope to be able to bring it back for spring 2020.
It's weird to think that Spring is right around a corner, especially since here in Vancouver we were recently met with an unceremonious dump of snow. We don't know what to do with snow! Our whole city seems to grind to a standstill as we all shiver and wonder if our bus will ever come. The only fluffy and puffy and white that I want to fall from the sky are cherry blossoms, thanks, not snow!
Soon enough, it'll all melt away and the cherry blossom trees will bloom again in their shades of white and pale pink. As part of our annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, there will be a totally magical cherry blossom light show—Spring Lights! This is the first of its kind cherry blossom light show in the world and it's absolute magic to see in person.
This would make a really romantic date idea or you could grab your friends and take a bunch of incredible photos together! It almost looks like photoshop in real life creating incredible displays of colour and light projected onto the puffy canopies of blossoms overhead. You definitely want to put this on your Spring bucket list!
Spring Lights is happening on Sunday, April 14 in Queen Elizabeth Park. Check out their website for more information and to see more details on the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. The light show begins after sunset, but it might be worth it to show up a little early to see the blossoms in the dusky sunset glow!
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.