BC flickr photographers help speak out against arts cuts

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Recently I had the privilege of producing a PSA with Jenn Strom for the Alliance for Arts and Culture in response to the BC government’s funding cuts to the arts. About a month ago the Vancouver arts community put together a huge rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This PSA starts with that event.

Thanks to a big community of flickr photographers and several BC artists (listed below) who contributed their time, images and music to this video. Very special thanks to Jenn for contributing her talent and insight.

Please share it widely and spread the word.

Featured photography: Russ Beinder, Jeremy Crowle, Jurek Durczak, Derek von Essen, Dan Fairchild, Electric Company Theatre, Jonathon Evans, Gale Franey, John Goldsmith, Ivan Grabovac, hundrednorth, Ahmad & Gra├ža Kavousian, Peter Kim, Mark Klotz, Kris Krug, Joao Marcelino, Jenn Perutka, Philip, Tony Puerzer, Philippe Sokazo, Susannah Steers, Peter Suk Sin Chan, Vancouver Opera.

Time Lapse sequence (moving): David Suggitt; Time Lapse sequence (still): Tim Matheson; Video clips of rally: Paul Bennett; Audio clips: Keith Higgins.

Producer: Kevin Teichroeb
Editor: Jenn Strom
Composer: Christian Prohom

If you would like to speak out, follow this link to a webform where you can write in support of BC arts.

Linnea on 2010 home page

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One of my photos is now featured in advertising for Canada CODE on the Vancouver Olympic home page.

Linnea on VANOC home page

Here’s the original …


Photo was taken on the sidelines of her sister’s soccer game, played in cold, rainy Vancouver winter weather.


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A reminder of cooler Vancouver days …

Iceman, originally uploaded by WAXY..

Another great photo by WAXY, aka John Goldsmith. From this year’s Polar Bear swim on English Bay.

Day to cheer for Burrard Bridge cyclists

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new burrard bike laneThe new bike lanes over the Burrard Street bridge are up and running and from what I saw today at noon, they’re a pretty clear success. That’s a cyclist’s two thumbs up of course.

I’ve avoided the bridge by car since the lanes opened, but all the same, traffic seemed to be moving smoothly according to plan today: three lanes north into the downtown, and two lanes south out of it.

Video here, and here.

That’s not to say there aren’t some problems with the temporary lanes. According to the traffic cop I talked with on the south side of the bridge, there have been a few instances of frustrated taxi drivers and clients rolling down their windows to yell at all the usurping cyclists. Still, the benefits are huge. Burrard bridge dangerCyclists no longer have to ride with the extreme trepidation of either clipping passengers on the sidewalk as they go by (see photo) or fall off the two foot drop to their left into traffic just an arm’s length away. That’s been the worst fear about the Burrard Bridge for me in the past, and ironically, that makes the ugly new concrete barriers separating cars and cyclists about the best thing to happen to this Art Deco-inspired bridge in decades. The safety factor just went up a thousand fold for cyclists in the downtown area.

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poppies, originally uploaded by inklake.

Poppies from one of my neighbourhood’s community gardens.


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~ ~ solo, originally uploaded by inklake.

Mandolin player breaks out a solo during a Denman Street jam on “Car-Free Vancouver Day” yesterday in the West End.

car free

VANCOUVER – After weeks of rain, more than 125,000 Vancouverites followed the sun on Sunday and took over city streets at four festivals celebrating Car-Free Vancouver Day.

“We have a weather committee and they’ve been working very hard,” laughed event co-founder Carmen Mills.

The event that started four years ago on Commercial Drive expanded this year to include three other venues – Denman Street in the West End, Main Street from 12th to 16th, and Kitsilano, where people on 21 blocks closed the streets and threw parties of their own, each capturing the flavour of their neighbourhood.

Vancouver Sun


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roxanne, originally uploaded by inklake.