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David Byrne, Gregor Robertson to Talk Bicycles

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This I want to see.  Byrne has been a bicycle activist in NYC for some time.  He’s also not a bad lead singer.

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From The Tyee

On Oct. 24, David Byrne will host Cities, Bicycles, and the Future of Getting Around. It’s a new take on Talking Heads: a lecture series that brings the Grammy/Oscar/Golden Globe winner together with a civic leader, an urban theorist and a bike advocate to discuss how to make Vancouver more bike-friendly.

The Tyee is the media sponsor for when Byrne fastens his u-lock to a Vancouver rack for this event, part of Capilano University’s Pacific Arbour Speaker series. Our team will be there with our helmets firmly fastened, ready to take part in this one-of-a-kind discussion.

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Vancouver digital media takes on the giants

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Very interesting article on the dualing media getting set for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The world’s first truly digital games are starting in 4 days. We’ll soon see whose voice carries the farthest.

Huffington Post column here.

… we might not find out what’s going on simply by watching television or reading the papers, as these media forms also behave quite peculiarly during an Olympic Games. It is common for a host city’s national media to report considerable anger and anxiety about an Olympic Games on its approach, as these are the headlines that generate the most attention. However, as the Games begin, this agenda shifts towards being the good host, welcoming the world and celebrating the sports achievements. Indeed, given that the mass media pay for this privilege, nearly all of their resources are dedicated to sports stories and very little else can catch their attention. To this end, the disenfranchised communities of Vancouver will need alternative media allies if they hope to reach the attention of both their local and global audiences.

btw, W2 Culture + Media House opens this Wednesday and Thursday with a 9:30am ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Gregor Robertson on Wednesday.

“W2 is all about using intelligent tactics to provide a place for Vancouverites to tell their stories”, says Irwin Oostindie, executive director. Although partially embedded in the Olympics in their relationship with the Cultural Olympiad, they are comfortable with the dialogue that will result from the games. “We’re an independent cultural institution that provides guaranteed access for its citizens for training, access, broadcast, and sharing their stories,” says Oostindie. With partners in alternative, independent, and citizen journalism, they expect to be here long after the Olympics leave.

Full article here in Vancouver Observer.

Olympic mayor aiming even higher

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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says he likes his job, plans to seek re-election and has zero interest in standing for provincial office.

In a wide-ranging interview marking his first full year at city hall, Robertson said he’s happy with the progress he’s made so far. But he still has a long list of things he wants to do, including helping create a slew of green jobs.

And that may take years. “I’m intending to run again for another term as mayor,” he vowed.

There had been speculation that, after the Olympics, Gordon Campbell might step down as premier, paving the way for a new leader of the Liberal party — and the NDP. And the personable Robertson, a former Vancouver-Fairview MLA, had been touted as a replacement for current NDP leader Carole James.

However, the Vision Vancouver mayor dismissed such aspirations. “I like the job, and it’s good to have stability and a record of achievement here at city hall and getting things on track,” he said. “So the provincial scene is of no interest right now.”

Read the whole article here.

Mayor Gregor Robertson – Launch Party – Vancouver Biennale

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The Vancouver Biennale official launch was this morning @ Morton Triangle, English Bay. Take a look at this flickr set by Kris Krug.

Chicago’s Chief Environmental Officer leaves for Vancouver

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September 6
by Amy Deroo

Chief Environmental Officer Sadhu Johnston announced last week that he is leaving Chicago for the role of Deputy City Manager of Vancouver.

Considered a prodigy by many, the 35-year-old is leaving just two years after Mayor Daley specifically created the position of Chief Environmental Officer for him.

Johnston was put in charge of Daley’s ultimate goal to make Chicago the greenest city in the nation. The development of green job programs, implementation of sustainable energy standards in buildings and green roof grants are among Johnston’s contributions to this objective.

Johnston, who is a dual citizen of both the U.S. and Canada, was hand-picked by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Read the entire article here.