Salish Sea Coastline from the Air

The coastline of south-western British Columbia is beautiful jewel, filled with lush islands, sandy beaches and plenty of marine activity. See this amazing landscape from the air in a collection of photos on Gallery. It truly is breathtaking part of our world.

Matamoros Bus

Taking the bus in Matamoros

The border towns of Mexico are the gateway to this amazing country. Getting around Matamoros in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas by bus is a world apart from public transit in Canada and the US, but opens up the what this bustling city has to offer.

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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.

 

AniRevo 2018 photos

Nothing says summer like sizzling cosplay! AniRevo returned to the Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver for three days of Japanese pop culture and entertainment, complete with attendees in costume of their favourite series.


The action continues on Sunday. If you’ve missed it, check out the photos on Gallery.

Well I’ll be go to hell, an Uncharted fan film

While the Uncharted movie is trapped in development hell, actor Nathan Fillion has teamed up with director Allan Ungar for a short fan film on the popular Uncharted action-adventure game series.

A captured Nathan Drake, played by Fillion, is held in a Mexican mansion accused of stealing from an auction. Diego (Geno Segers) plies Drake for the whereabouts of the stolen treasure, but Drake’s humorous banter isn’t enough to prevent the short and vicious El Tigre (Ernie Reyes Jr.) from being called in to soften him up. However, the cavalry isn’t far behind as the cigar-smoking Sully (Stephen Lang) is just outside. Even the adventurous reporter Elena Fisher makes an appearance.

It’s 15 minutes of fun, filled with fight scenes, quotes referencing previous Uncharted games, and a hope that one day, we’ll actually get to see a feature-length film as good as this.

Source: YouTube

My Hero Academia movie coming to Canada and US September 2018

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

Promotional artwork for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

Plus Ultra! The heroes of Class 1-A are coming to the big screen this September in their first feature film. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will screen at select theatres in Canada and the US across five days in both Japanese with English subtitles and in English.

The announcement came earlier today at San Diego Comic Con when English voice actors Justin Briner and Christopher Sabat in an interview with IGN. Briner and Sabat lend their voices in the English dub of My Hero Academia which is licensed by FUNimation.

The English dub will screen on the September 25th, 27th, and 29th; the Japanese with English subtitles on September 26th and October 2nd.

Izuku Midoriya, alias Deku, a young hero in training, receives an invite to attend a Quirk expo with his idol All Might. At the event, Deku encounters Melissa, a girl who had a similar Quirkless upbringing. The fun doesn’t last as a group of villains override the complex’s security system, putting their evil plan in action. Can the heroes help stop these villains and save the day?

Source: FUNimation

Bleach volume 74

<em>Bleach</em> volume 74

Bleach volume 74

It’s been a long journey for Ichigo Kurosaki, from that fateful day he became a soul reaper, with the manga series coming to a close. Volume 74 of Bleach, the last chapters, are coming this fall.

It’s the final fight, the last stand between the Soul Reapers and Quincies as Ichigo heads into battle against Yhwach. Can Ichigo and the rest of Soul Reapers stand up to enormous and endless power of the leader of the Quincies?

The last volume of Bleach, number 74, will hit store shelves in North America on October 2nd, 2018.

Photos from Carnaval del Sol 2018

When the sun comes out, so do the people and for the 10th annual Carnaval del Sol, the plazas were packed and the lines long for Latin American cuisine, music, culture and shopping. The sights, sounds and smells brought together so many Central and South American countries as our neighbours and friends.

Couldn’t make it out? Browse through the photos from Sunday on Gallery.


Attack on Titan Season 3 World Premiere coming to select Cineplex locations in Canada

The titans are returning to the big screen. On July 10th and 11th, 2018, select Cineplex locations across Canada are hosting the Attack on Titan Season 3 World Premiere Event.

With the Female Titan subdued, Eren Jaeger must keep on fighting to stop even more Titans reach Wall Rose. Humanity’s chance at survival is now more dire than ever, with new revelations on these colossal creatures coming to light. And knowing whom to trust in this battle is getting harder and harder.

This movie is a recap of Attack on Titan Season 2 which is then followed by a premiere of Season 3 episode 1, a whole two weeks before it airs in Japan on July 22nd, 2018!

Canadian locations include:

  • Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas
    Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., Calgary, AB
  • Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP
    10 Dundas Street East, Suite 402, Toronto, ON
  • Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough
    320 Water Street, Peterborough, ON
  • Cineplex Cinemas Winston Churchill
    2081 Winston Park Dr., Oakville, ON
  • Cineplex Odeon McGillivray Cinemas and VIP
    2190 McGillivray Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB
  • Cinepex Cinemas Park Lane
    5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS
  • Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin
    350 rue Emery, Montréal, QC
  • The Park Theatre
    3440 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC
  • SilverCity Sudbury Cinemas
    355 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury, ON
  • Cinéma Cineplex Quartier Cavendish
    Le Mail Cavendish, 5800 boulevard Cavendish, Cote Saint-Luc, QC
  • SilverCity Windsor Cinemas
    4611 Walker Road, Windsor, ON

Sources: Kodansha Comics, Cineplex

YURI!!! on ICE movie to be released in 2019

A feature-length film of popular ice skating anime series, YURI!!! On ICE is coming in 2019. Titled YURI!!! on ICE the movie : ICE ADOLESCENCE was announced at the end of the YURI!!! on ICE concert in Osaka, Japan on July 1st, 2018.

A brief trailer shows Yuri Katsuki’s Russian coach, Victor Nikiforov and his pet dog Makkachin, walking on a sandy beach before closing out with the staff credits. The story is written by Mitsurou Kubo and Sayo Yamamoto, with Yamamoto as director. Characters are designed by Tadashi Hiramatsu, based on the original designs by Kubo. The music will be composed by Taro Umebayashi and Taku Matsuhiba, with Keisuke Tominaga on the piano.

Source: YURI!!! on ICE the movie : ICE ADOLESCENCE Official Site

Kingdom Hearts III theme song “Don’t Think Twice” available for purchase on iTunes

Cover of Hatsukoi by Hikaru Utada.

Japanese artist Hikaru Utada has released her newest album “Hatsukoi”, which includes the theme song to the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III game: Chikai (or Don’t Think Twice in English).

Utada has previously performed songs for the Kingdom Hearts series, including Hikari (Simple and Clean in English) in the first title, and Passion (Sanctuary in English) in Kingdom Hearts II.

The song Chikai, along with the full album Hatsukoi, is available on iTunes.

Source: Facebook

Canada Day events for 2018

The Canada Day parade in Downtown Vancouver

Canada turns 151 years old this Sunday, July 1st and it’s time to come out and party! Even though the weather is looking a little gloomy, doesn’t mean the party stops; there’s plenty of fun with food, parades, music, festivals and yes, fireworks! Bonne fête Canada! Sadly, the Canada Parade in downtown Vancouver will not happen this year.

Surrey Light Rail project a terrible idea

Surrey is one of the fastest growing cities in Metro Vancouver. And with that growth comes the need to improve transportation so that residents and visitors can move between home and work and social events. Enter light rail, Surrey’s and TransLink’s silver bullet to making that future a reality.

Unfortunately, that silver bullet is nothing more than a lead weight, heavy with unnecessary spending, ill-advised ideas and a misunderstanding of the community. The first phase is to have street-level light rail transit (LRT) run down the middle of King George Boulevard between Surrey Central station and the Newton Exchange near 72nd Avenue, with another line out east to the Guildford Exchange on 152nd Street.

A map of the proposed Surrey LRT and future expansion to SkyTrain Expo Line. Source: TransLink

It sounds like a good idea considering that these routes are busy on any given day when taking the existing bus service or driving. However, street-level LRT down a major thoroughfare is not the best answer to this problem. Here’s why.

The LRT routes are not grade separated. This means that trains will run down the centre of King George Boulevard and 104th Avenue. This means that these trains will be subject to all existing traffic lights at intersections and traffic. Take into consideration of vehicles making left-hand turns off of King George or 104th and you can easily back a train up. Existing bus service is not subject to this (unless they themselves need to make said turn) as they run in the right/curb lanes. In turn, this is a glorified bus route that is restricted to the rails and can’t go any faster than what traffic dictates.

Then you have to factor in pedestrians. With the platforms for the LRT routes being in the middle of these roads, the potential for jaywalking and pedestrian-related incidents increase as passengers rush to catch a train or seek to cross the roadway after exiting to get to their destination. Watch the video below to see how trams and other LRT vehicles interact with cars and pedestrians.

Capacity is also an issue. Any LRT trains will need to limited to a certain length to prevent them from blocking intersections when stopped or delayed. Trains that are too long and moving too slowly could cause backups for traffic intending to cross when passing through an intersection as lights change or due to other circumstances (e.g collisions, pedestrians, etc). With a bus, you can add and remove vehicles as demand allows — and they can manoeuvre around any issues brought on by traffic, construction, etc.

With LRT sharing the same path as cars, trucks and SUVs, what’s to stop a vehicle from driving into support pillar for the overhead lines, bringing it down and necessitating a halt to transit service? Or if a vehicle collides with a train thus backing up service?

What about the cost? As of June 24th, 2018, the LRT project is projected to cost 1.65 billion CAD. And once the project begins, what’s to stop it from snowballing? That money could be put to better use, like more buses or towards expanding SkyTrain further into Surrey.

These are just a few of the many issues facing this boondoggle of a project. There’s so much wrong with putting a light to medium capacity system in the middle of a continuously growing city — it’s just as hilarious as the idea to limit the Canada Line to two cars per train with short station platforms. It’s not a sustainable vision.

Over the last, local community groups have been calling for extension to the existing Expo Line which terminates at King George. SkyTrain has the added benefit of elevation, meaning it is grade separated keeping it away from vehicle traffic and errant pedestrians. SkyTrain service can also be increased due to demand if necessary, to a max headway of 90 seconds between trains.

The Surrey LRT project is a novelty that might work well in other cities where road traffic is lighter, but it’s not right for Surrey. Surrey council needs to realize that there is demand for SkyTrain and improved bus service, not a dedicated LRT system that has no potential for growth and fuel for commuter’s headaches. You can voice your feedback through any of the community meetings or online.

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