I’ve had the opportunity over the past two weeks to see a lot of the city, cover many different neighbourhoods and meet with thousands of Vancouver voters.
A recent Saturday found me out picking up trash in the West End with Suzanne Anton and Kim Capri.
The day before I was at the 15th Anniversary celebrations for the Ming Pao Newspaper chain, one of the largest Chinese-language newspaper chains in North America.
The reception at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel was packed, with the Premier, Mayor and City Council all present, further attestation to the growing influence of the diverse Chinese community in Vancouver.
That evening, we attended a Safa Diwali Gala celebration – “Light up the Night”, in South Vancouver with our good friend and outstanding council candidate Daljit Sidhu. Safa Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness. There were sensational costumed dancers and music and speeches and food.
Revving up the pace, we were also at a launch of REV – Rapid Electric Vehicles – on Main Street. REV is a new Vancouver business converting fleets of Ford trucks to electric engines. It is exactly the kind of green, high-information business we need in Vancouver and I was thrilled to see the vehicles and meet the people behind this innovative new company.
Last Saturday, I attended a fundraiser for ASIA – Asians Society for the Intervention of AIDS – at Floata Restaurant in Chinatown with much-loved Vancouver City Councillor BC Lee. The society raises awareness of the epidemic, and promotes informed choices and equal access to care. This year local celebrities served Dim Sum to the tables, including CBC TV anchor Gloria Macarenko and other leading lights. It was a great cause, a great meal and great company!