Musings of a Multilingual 5 | Learning ASL

ASL, or American Sign Language is the sign language commonly used in Vancouver and across most of North America (the notable exception would be Quebec where they use Langue Signe du Quebec).  Because of my line of work with the Deaf community, I was required to learn sign language.  My first job in Toronto actually held ASL classes onsite.  So I was lucky enough to … Continue reading Musings of a Multilingual 5 | Learning ASL

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SFU Public Square: City Conversation IT”S NOT ABOUT THE BIKE: THE SOCIAL FACE OF CYCLING When: Thursday, November 1 Time: 12:30 to 1:30pm Where: Room 1700,  SFU Vancouver Harbour Centre This is a free event.   You can be sure to generate a heated conversation by mentioning “bike lanes” at a dinner party.  But what’s really going on out there?… Continue reading

Transit Culture in Vancouver

A few weeks, I posted a tweet about The Atlantic Cities article on why Germans ride five times more transit than Americans, and I’m sure, more transit than Canadians too.  Then a friend responded back and said that he’s encountered a lot of people locally “who refuse to take transit because they feel it’s beneath them.” I started to wonder about that statement and wonder … Continue reading Transit Culture in Vancouver

Edmonton High Level Streetcar

Attention train/transportation/transit fans:  There’s a great streetcar ride available in Edmonton, Alberta.  Coming from Vancouver, I have enjoyed our own local historic streetcar.  Unfortunately for 2012, the Transit Museum Society didn’t run the streetcar. However, the Edmonton Radial Railway Society seems to be fairly robust with at least 3 streetcars in their rolling stock and trams that run daily during the summer. First off, we … Continue reading Edmonton High Level Streetcar

Julia Baier’s Japanese Bathhouse Photos

JULIA BAIER – Sento – the Japanese Bathhouse, 2005 Many years ago, I had come across an article on the now defunct PingMag website, an online English-language Japanese design magazine.  They featured photos about Japanese Bathhouses known as sento.  I’ve talked about my personal experiences in Japanese sento and onsen back in 2009. While cleaning up some of my old posts, I re-stumbled upon my … Continue reading Julia Baier’s Japanese Bathhouse Photos

TransLink on My Mind – Provincial decisions that have affected TransLink

I still have TransLink on my mind.  So it almost seems like a sport for Metro Vancouverites to bash TransLink recently.  It seems to be losing a PR battle that I’m not sure they realize they are in.  It hasn’t helped that over the past couple of decades, decisions have been made by the BC government that have a direct affect on what TransLink can … Continue reading TransLink on My Mind – Provincial decisions that have affected TransLink

Road Tripping – Revelstoke Railway Museum

Revelstoke, BC – Population: 7,139.  It’s not exactly the first place you’d think about for a railway museum.  However, this tiny little mountain town does have historic ties to the Canadian Pacific Railway and the local resource industries.  At $10 per adult, it’s not a very expensive admission price for a fair sized museum complete with railyard in the back and two actual engines in … Continue reading Road Tripping – Revelstoke Railway Museum

Expo 86 Videos – reposted

Expo 86 videos. Oh the heady days of the summer of 86. We’re still not the great city of transport we wanted to be. http://ow.ly/e8J3J These are videos that I found in my Tyee news feed. The first video is of the original Mark I SkyTrain racing through the eastern end of the Expo 86 grounds.  There are also clips of the temporary gondola and … Continue reading Expo 86 Videos – reposted