Forest Fire Risk

Now that summer is upon us, the temperatures soar and British Columbia’s dense forests dry out and become prone to forest fires. Small fires, including camp fires, are now banned through much of the province due to the risk. If you see a forest fire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a mobile device. For more info, click here.

Canada turns 150

Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary since Confederation in 1867. Throughout 2017, communities across the country are hosting events to commemorate this occasion. Here’s to 150 years of the true north, strong and free! #Canada150

Stanley Park Rose Garden Path

Stanley Park Rose Garden

Stroll along the paths and take in the aroma of dozens of blooming flowers in the Rose Garden in Stanley Park. While summer is nearly over, it’s not too late to enjoy the colour, depth and selection of the roses, whatever the time of year may be. A collection of photos over the years are available for viewing on Gallery.

 

Yuri!!! on ICE DVD and Blu-ray combo arrives February 2018

Yuri!!! on ICE The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD box art

Artwork of the Yuri!!! on ICE The Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD box set.

FUNimation unveiled their line-up of home releases for February 2018 and the hit anime series Yuri!!! on ICE was mentioned next to series Fairy Tail, Attack on Titan and All Out.

A limited edition combination pack includes all twelve episodes on both DVD and Blu-ray. This accompanied by an 80 page booklet chock full of artwork and interviews with the co-creators, three art cards, a three-inch button of Victor Nikoforov hoisting his golden medal, all inside a beautiful box that has a holographic Yuri!!! on ICE label and metallic silver snowflakes. A regular edition, minus all the goodies, is also available.

Yuri Katsuki made it to the Grand Prix Finals of ice skating, but winds up last. Upon returning to his home in Japan, Yuri contemplates on what to do next, until legendary Russian ice skater Victor Nikiforov shows up to be his coach. As the two train together, they learn more about each other and what they want to achieve, despite fierce competition from another Russian skater, Yuri Plisetsky and others from around the world. Will Yuri come out on top and win the gold this time?

This collectors edition of Yuri!!! on ICE is available for pre-order through FUNimation’s web site and is slated for release on February 6th, 2018.

Source: FUNimation

Free! to return with new anime in 2018

The boys from the Iwatobi Swim Club are coming back with a new series scheduled for summer 2018. Promotional artwork for this new anime is being screened at showings of the movie called Free! -Take Your Marks- in Japanese theatres.

Additionally, fans who purchase Blu-ray or DVD copies of Free! -Timeless Medley- and Free! -Timeless Medley- Promise movies, can receive tickets to enjoy episode 0 as a bonus; this episode isn’t being broadcast publicly.

Further details on the new Free! series will be added to the official web site at a later date.

Source: Free! -Take Your Marks-

Remembrance Day 2017 photos

Vancouver’s Victory Square was packed with people for Saturday morning’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. The sombre mood was reflected by the grey clouds above, the silence pierced by the occasional crying child, the planes flying overhead and intermittent sounds of the 21-gun salute from Portside Park.

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Remembrance Day 2017 services in Metro Vancouver

On Saturday, November 11th, 2017, communities throughout Metro Vancouver will hold ceremonies to honour the men and women who serve and have given their lives for Canada for Remembrance Day.

  • Vancouver – Ceremony and Parade at Victory Square (West Hastings Street between Cambie and Hamilton streets). Starts at 10:00 am PST.
  • Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at North Burnaby Cenotaph in Confederation Park (Willingdon Avenue and Penzance Drive). Starts at 10:30 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
  • Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at South Burnaby Cenotaph in Bonsor Park (Imperial Street and Nelson Avenue). Parade starts at 10:30 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
  • New Westminster – Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of New Westminster City Hall (511 Royal Avenue). Starts at 10:30 am PST.
  • Surrey – Ceremony at Cloverdale Cenotaph at the Surrey Museum and Surrey Archives (17710 – 56A Avenue). Starts at 9:30 am PST.
  • Richmond – Ceremony and Parade at Richmond City Hall (6911 No. 3 Road). Parade leaves Minoru Park at 10:20 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:40 am PST.
  • Coquitlam – A Remembrance Day service will be held at the Blue Mountain Park Cenotaph (975 King Albert Avenue) beginning at 9:45 am PST, followed by a parade from the Como Lake Middle School to the Cenotaph at 10:30 am PST and concluding with services at the Cenotaph in Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Avenue).
  • Delta – Ceremony at North Delta Social Heart Plaza (11415 84th Avenue). Starts at 10:40 am PST.
  • Delta – Parade and Ceremony at Ladner Memorial Park (5010 47th Avenue). Parade starts at 10:15 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:45 am PST.

Arby’s advertising wins over anime and gaming fans with their marketing

Arby’s joins the ranks of fast food companies with awesome social media campaigns (including Wendy’s sassy Twitter posts). The sandwich chain uses their food and packaging to recreate various pop culture scenes from video games, anime, television shows and more. Here’s a selection of some of their most recent anime and video game posts from Facebook.

InuYasha

Sit boy!

Posted by Arby's on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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New Yuri!!! on Ice Nendoroid designs announced

Figure manufacturer and distributor Good Smile Company unveiled the designs for three new Yuri!!! on Ice characters for its Nendoroid series. The concept art shows Victor Nikiforov in his coach outfit and the casual styles worn by Yuri Katsuki and Yuri Plisetsky.

No date for release was mentioned.

Yuri!!! on Ice Victor Nikiforov Coach Version Nendoroid Yuri!!! on Ice Yuri Plisetsky Casual Version Nendoroid Yuri!!! on Ice Yuri Katsuki Casual Version Nendoroid

 

Source: Good Smile Company

Third season of My Hero Academia approved

With the second season of My Hero Academia wrapping up this weekend, there’s news that a third season of this action packed anime is on the way. Twitter user @YonkouProd posted a sneak peek from an upcoming issue of Weekly Shonen Jump revealing the production is approved to move forward. When that season will air, though, is not known.

My Hero Academia is being streamed online by Crunchyroll.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Twitter

Live-action Tokyo Ghoul movie comes to Canada

The live-action film of the popular horror manga Tokyo Ghoul is coming to Cineplex theatres across Canada. Sui Ishida’s work comes to life in this 2 hour showing named after the manga and anime series in Japanese with English subtitles on October 16th, 2017.

The world has become a mixture of humans and ghouls who eat flesh. University student Ken Kaneki is forced to undergo surgery with what’s supposedly a routine organ transplant. While the operation is successful, Kaneki develops a taste for human flesh; becoming something he hated. Now as a half-human half-ghoul, he must hide his fearful tendencies from the rest of the public and authorities, finding refuge in an unlikely place — with other ghouls. Can Keneki save himself and his newfound acquaintances?

Directed by Kentarō Hagiwara, the cast includes:

  • Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki
  • Fumika Shimizu as Toka Kirishima
  • Yu Aoi as Rize Kamishiro
  • Nobuyuki Suzuki as Kotaro Amon
  • Yo Oizumi as Kureo Mado
  • Shunya Shiraishi as Nishiki Nishio
  • Hiyori Sakurada as Hinami Fueguchi
  • Shoko Aida as Ryoko Fueguchi
  • Shuntaro Yanagi as Renji Yomo
  • Bandon Minosuke II as Uta

Visit the Cineplex web site for a list of showtimes, participating locations and to purchase tickets.

Sources: Cineplex, FUNimation

UBC Apple Festival returns for 26th year this October

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A bag of Grimes Golden apples at the UBC Apple Festival.

Take a bite into fall with the UBC Apple Festival this October! On Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th, 2017, between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, you can sink your teeth into everything apple related at the UBC Botanical Gardens on the west side of the university campus.

Some 63 types of apples are lined up, with 70 varieties of trees for purchase. While a list of cultivars for this year won’t be posted until October, some of the ones served up last year included Ambrosia, Bramley’s Seedling, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Grimes Golden, and Salish.

In addition to the apple sales, this family-friendly event will include an apple tasting, food stalls, a kids play area, crafts, live music and entertainment. Plus, the gardens are open for exploration, with special pricing for the Greenheart TreeWalk.

Admission is $5 (cash only), or free for those aged 12 and under, which gets you access to the event and the botanical gardens. There is no parking at the gardens, but shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes between the Botanical Gardens and the West Parkade and the Fraser River Parkade on campus.

For more information, visit the UBC Botanical Garden web site.

Four Yuri!!! on Ice Pop! vinyl figures to arrive in October

The hit ice skating anime Yuri!!! on Ice is the latest series to join Funko’s Pop! vinyl figure line-up this October.

Four figures, each in their skating outfits, were unveiled: Yuri Katsuki (Yuri), Yuri Plisetsky (Yurio), and two of Victor Nikiforov (Victor and Young Victor). Yuri is dressed in his eros costume, with Yurio in his agape attire, the fanciful uniform Victor wears for his free skate, and in his younger form, donning a crown of blue roses, and a gold medal around his neck.

Unlike most Pop! figures, these will stand on rounded plastic bases to show the detail of their ice skates.

Yuri Pop! figure Yurio Pop! figure
Victor Pop! figure Young Victor Pop! figure

Source: Funko

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