Several weeks ago, multiple construction sites around British Columbia received a “special visit” from members of the CBSA (Canadian Border Services Agency). These construction sites in particular were believed to be hosting workers who were considered irregular migrants, which means that these workers did not actually have permission to be working in Canada. Upon arrival on site, the CBSA employees brutally interrogated each worker, and those who were found to be working illegally were then arrested on the spot. Many who were arrested have already been deported back to their home countries, and the rest will be deported soon. Upon arriving in their home countries, many will find themselves in less than ideal circumstances; some will be in danger, and most will be unable to find work.
The most outrageous part of this ordeal was that at one of the raid locations in Vancouver, camera crews were following the members of the CBSA, recording their every move. This was for the making of a reality television show that was to be aired on Canadian television. The show was intended to “highlight the life on the front lines of national security”. Had the camera crews not been present on scene, the raid may have been conducted in a more ‘peaceful’ manner, however instead it was intensified to add dramatic effects to show on television. Making an entertainment piece out of people’s lives being torn apart as they’re forced out of this country shows the sick state of the media and today’s society. These people had families they were trying to provide for, and many were currently in the process of going through immigration to become legal citizens. Without any warning, their chance of a better life in Canada was taken away from them. Many petitions have sprung up to rally for the cancellation of the program they were trying to film.
Though it is understandable why having no immigration laws in Canada would create a big mess for the country, it doesn’t make sense why it’s such a huge problem for these refugees to be working here now that they’ve already established themselves. They are contributing to society and doing everything they can to take care of themselves and their families. They are no different from the rest of us, they just happen to have found themselves in a very unfortunate situation. All of the men who were deported were going to be portrayed as national security threats on the show, which makes no sense, because they weren’t putting anyone here in danger. It’s true, they did not have legal permission to be working in Canada, but how is that a security threat to the rest of us? What difference would it make to the average person if they all did have the proper legal status? It wouldn’t make any difference, but the brutal way they were treated certainly did not reflect that.
One man by the name of Oscar Mata, who was deported early in the morning on March 20th, was originally here on a six-month student Visa in 2008. While he was here though, his child was born, and he decided to stay longer rather than returning to Mexico. He was working as a house painter.
As Canadians, we should be ashamed to know that our country thinks that it’s okay to treat people in this way. It is one thing to have immigration laws, but it is a completely different thing to exploit other human beings for our entertainment as they are being torn apart from their families and loved ones who are here in Canada. We should know better than this, and the truth is most of us do, which is why when things like this pop up, it is our job to make it known that we think it is a violation of human rights and it should not have happened.
By Sydney Emo
Ahhh spring…snow melting, flowers blooming, skies brightening, term ending, homework increasing, due dates approaching, ALL THAT FUN STUFF! But just in case you’re not a fan of springtime school syndrome; hey that’s what hockey is for! And the Canucks sure are doing their part. After a rocky first few games of the season, the West Coast Warriors are settled in and playing the brand of hockey Vancouver fans are used to. The Canucks sit atop of the Northwest division ahead of the Minnesota Wild. With second line regulars such as Michigan boys Ryan Kesler and David Booth returning to action from injured reserve, as well as the proverbial “settling in” of the Sedin twins, the Canucks seem to have struck a nice chord in their play, being able to go into tough games and come out with wins.
The Canucks have been playing well (no Chicago Blackhawks of course, who have broken the NHL record for consecutive wins without a regulation loss to start a season. Why always the Blackhawks?) as they have been playing with structure and poise. The defense, having been juggled for a few weeks by coach Alain Vigneault, have seem to have found their legs and are getting the job done. Multiple culprits throughout the lineup have scored goals, which is a good sign for any team. However with all of the success the Canucks have manufactured over the past few weeks, one cannot help but fear a breaking point.
For instance, when we look at the lineup, there are clear and apparent holes. Ryan Kesler is nowhere near 100% having had less than 20 games under his belt and recently coming off of serious shoulder and wrist surgery. Players such as Jordan Schroeder seem to be about as effective as a birch wood battery and would seemingly score more goals playing fuss ball. And we all know that the expiry date of the polygamist goaltending situation is quickly approaching. Yet the wins keep coming. This is not to say that the Canucks cannot be effective with two filthy rich goaltenders and a skinny kid from Minnesota, however it does not seem quite as healthy a strategy as one may hope for.
The Canucks see a crucial month of March in the horizon with tough games against Detroit, San Jose, and the reigning Stanley Cup Champions the Los Angeles Kings (otherwise known as Gravol’s best marketing tool). At the end of the month, the Canucks could very well see themselves at either end of the playground as with a short season, wins and quintessentially, losses can really snowball if you let them.
So what should the Canucks do to try and keep the snowballing that of the positive variety? Well I think the obvious first step is to make the trade to move Roberto Luongo. Trading Bobby Lu will not only alleviate stress for Cory Schneider, it would also bring back a potential key piece for the Canucks lineup. Secondary scoring is key, especially if you have any intentions of playing any time in June, therefore a potential playoff MVP could very well come our way if Luongo is indeed delt.
So for now, we’ll enjoy the tentative pseudo success and take the wins in stride, holding our breathe and hoping that it won’t go on so long that we be around for it’s breaking point. So in the spirit of optimism (and shaking the spring stress bug) here’s a joke.
What do you call a volcano with a wax paper wrapping?
Ask Alain Vigneault
By Matthew Inouye
By Matthew Inouye, Grade 11
First is better than last, one is higher than eight, and 111 points is more than 95. So the Canucks beat the Kings, right? Well, despite having the superior roster and regular-season record, the Vancouver Canucks were shown the door by Jared Stoll, who scored the series-winning goal in the overtime period of Game 5.
- The most common misconception: most homeless people are drunks, drug dealers, criminals, and/or failures in society
- Length of time: 47% of the 752 unsheltered homeless people interviewed last year had been living on the streets for 10 years of more
- Total homeless population: 2,650 homeless people were found in Metro Vancouver on March 15–16, 2011
- Number of homeless youth: 397 found in Metro Vancouver last year
- Number of homeless families: 56 families found in Metro Vancouver in 2011
By Kaitlyn Fung, Grade 11
Almost a year ago, a group of students from Windermere organized Vancouver’s first-ever youth-led Earth Day Parade and Celebration. The intent was to engage the community and raise awareness of serious issues concerning the people and the climate of our planet, as well as to empower others, especially youth, to take action. With the planning for the second annual Earth Day Parade well underway, the group (appropriately called “Youth for Climate Justice Now”) and their legacy have continued to grow. This year’s parade will be happening on Sunday, April 22nd. People will once again march down Commercial Drive, but this time the ensuing celebration is to be held at the recently renovated Grandview Park. Brilliant speakers will be there to inspire and educate, local performers will provide lively entertainment, and different organizations will be present a variety of opportunities to get involved.
By Dani Miller
What is Rustic Roots Productions?
Rustic Roots Productions is a new company emerging from the vast music industry and out onto the public stage. The agency is dealing with music artist management and booking.
Owner, Dani Miller, began working on this project during her time at the Art Institute of Vancouver, where she studied Independent Recording Arts. While learning the skills needed in audio engineering, Dani found herself leaning more towards the business side of the music industry.
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By Zhong Zhong, Grade 11
When you walk down the street during the winter, do you notice that some people have created some extremely simple places to sleep somewhere on the street corners? Only a few pieces of thin paper may form their bedding; this is an example of homelessness. What are your thoughts when you see something like that happening in the lovely city of Vancouver? Do you just walk past them? Or do you go up and chat with them instead?
A month ago, something changed my mind about homelessness. (more…)
By Brendan Chan, Alumnus
An article about a couple from East Vancouver and their garden was published in Georgia Straight. According to the couple, Jodi Peters and Jeffery Radke, the reason why they decided to rent was because they were allowed to grow their own food. However, this statement was not formalized as part of the contract. The couple has been renting since November 2009, and their garden has been running since then. Their extensive knowledge on food has transformed a normal green lawn into a flourishing Gaia’s Garden that consists of a vegetable garden, a greenhouse, rain barrels, and an aquaponics system. Through gardening, the couple has been able to not only sustain themselves, but also grow food for their neighbors and others in the community. However, on August 5, 2011, they were given instructions by their renter to remove the garden. (more…)
This month, we are very lucky to have a large number of articles thanks to Ms Lee’s Law 12 class! As part of their homeless campaign project, many Law 12 students have written and submitted articles or interviews relating to the issue of homelessness in the City of Vancouver. While some of these articles can be found in print, the majority are online. This doesn’t mean they are any less well-written, though! They are, in fact, exclusive! You can’t read them anywhere else!
Because of the large influx of articles this month, our editors did not have enough time to edit all the articles, and so many Law 12 articles are presented in their original form; questions regarding an article should be directed to its writer.
Thank you, and enjoy!
Editors of the Windermere Word
By Francesca Drake, Grade 12
(Published online only)
In a city teemed with business, tourism, and urban life, one might think it is unlikely to find poor people living on the streets. Unfortunately, 1,715 Vancouver citizens are forced to call the street their home, according to the Vancouver Homeless Count taken in March, 2010. Among those 1,715 Vancouverites, half are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and a quarter of them suffer from mental illnesses.
While these numbers are startling, there are many citizens dedicated to ending homelessness, who are involved in government projects or non-profit organizations. For example, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson administered the Homeless Action Plan, with a main priority of ending homelessness by 2015. However, in our present 2011, what measures are being taken to ensure we reach this goal?
By Chris Tam and Mike Chen, Grade 12
Editor’s Note: The following was written on October 20th and does not contain the most up-to-date information.
Being so early in the season, the Canucks have yet to find their Presidents’-Trophy-winning form, but it’s clear that the road to the Stanley Cup will not be easy. Great expectations are projected for the home team, but are they up to the test?
By Celia Lee, Grade 12
If you were given a choice, would you want to live in a house or spend your life on the streets? Covenant House Vancouver offers basic needs to 500 to 1000 homeless youths living in Vancouver. It consists of three core services. The first is the Community Support Services (CSS), consisting of street outreach, daily drop-ins, and housing support. Secondly, we have a crisis shelter that provides safe housing, food, clothing, and counselling to people from sixteen to twenty-two of age. The last service is the Rights of Passage (ROP), which is a temporary living program providing up to twenty-four months of supported living. (more…)
By Max Miller, Grade 12
Editor’s Note: This article was written on October 21st and does not account for more recent developments at the Occupy protest; see next month’s article for more up-to-date information.
It’s a rather surreal experience, walking through downtown to come across what looks like a cramped, crowded, haphazard campsite at the doorstep of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Occupy Vancouver assembled on Saturday, October 15th (known as a global “Day of Rage”) in response to the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, instantly brings to my mind the Tent City protest that took place during the 2010 Olympics. (more…)
By Talya Perla, Grade 12
If you live in Vancouver, you are probably aware of the growing issue of homelessness in the city. According to the 2010 Annual Homelessness Count, there are a total of 1,715 homeless people living in Vancouver. That’s 139 more than the number counted in 2008. Forty-five percent of these people have been homeless for at least a year. Some live on the streets or in their cars, while others either live in inadequate housing or stay with friends or family. With these growing numbers, how can we help reduce and ultimately stop the problems caused by homelessness? (more…)
By Tammy Lee, Grade 12
Burns Bog is a remarkable natural site located in the suburban region of Vancouver, and it is the largest raised bog on the west coast of North America. Although it may not be as acclaimed as the “gem in the city” we know as Stanley Park, Burns Bog is considered to be the “rough diamond buried under tons of garbage,” due to the endless garbage disposal at the landfills located right on the edge of the peat bog. (more…)
By: Thea Sample, Grade 10
- The 125th anniversary of Vancouver: April 6, 2011
- Nicknames of Vancouver: Rain City, Terminal City, and Hollywood North
- One of the first Europeans to explore British Columbia: Jose Maria Narvaez in 1791
- The year Japanese Canadians were forced out of the West Coast: 1942, after the Pearl Harbour attack by Japan in World War II
- Oldest television station in Western Canada: CBC
- Number of workers who died in the construction of the Second Narrows Bridge: 19
- The year B.C. Place Stadium opened: 1983
- Constructions for Expo 86: Skytrain, B.C. Place Stadium, Science World, Canada Place and the Plaza of Nations
- First un-elected premier of BC: Christy Clark
- The three First Nations traditional lands on which Vancouver is located: Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh
- The oldest school in Vancouver: Lord Strathcona Elementary School
- The oldest remaining secondary school in Vancouver: Britannia Secondary School
On Friday, April 22nd, a historic Earth Day event took place in Vancouver!
Youth For Climate Justice Now is a group of East Vancouver high school students from Windermere Secondary. They organized this year’s Earth Day Parade and Celebration with great support from organizations such as the Wilderness Committee, Transformation Projects, Metro Vancouver, and the David Suzuki Foundation. This Earth Day event provided a great opportunity to increase youth participation in democracy, especially as environmental issues have been sorely missing from the discussion in the ongoing federal election campaign.
This youth-led Earth Day Parade started at 11:00 AM on the intersection of Commercial Drive and Grandview Highway. An estimated 3000 people from all around the Vancouver area paraded down Commercial Drive to Britannia Secondary School, where the Earth Day Celebration would later be held at. Guest speakers at the celebration included MP Libby Davies, MLA Jenny Kawn, and Melina Laboucan-Massimo, an advocate for indigenous rights with a focus on the impact of the tar sands. The event focused on the need to keep global temperatures from rising beyond 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Throughout the day, student volunteers circulated a petition urging governments to do 2 things that would significantly reduce the supply and demand for oil: redirecting money from highway expansion to public transit and banning oil tankers on the Pacific coast.
Although this year’s Earth Day had already gone by, Youth For Climate Justice Now is not going to stop there! They would like to continue to encourage more and more of their peers to learn, take action, and show everyone that the time to save the Earth is NOW!
By: Thea Sample, Grade 10
You may have heard of the recent tragedy in Whistler associated with one hundred healthy sled dogs being shot or stabbed to death. It brought outrage and questions from around the world. News of these killings came when an employee asked for post-traumatic stress disorder compensation from the BC Worker’s Compensation Board. The employee said he was forced to kill 100 healthy sled dogs and was suffering from depression and nightmares as a result. The employee claimed that his employer had told him to get rid of the dogs after business slowed during the post-Olympic slump. In a later statement, however, the company (Outdoor Adventures Whistler) said that they had never instructed the employee specifically on how to go about getting rid of so many dogs.
The main questions now are why no charges have been laid against the killer, what role the employer played in this tragedy, and why the BC Worker’s Compensation Board accepted the employee’s application for compensation. You might be surprised to know that it is not against the law to kill dogs, but it is illegal to kill them in an inhumane manner. In this case, the animal massacre has definitely gone beyond legal bounds. The dogs did not die instantly as a matter of fact. Some dogs even tried to crawl out of the grave they were thrown into after being shot.
Another question people have is why the employee or the company did not try to put the dogs up for adoption. There has been much controversy over this subject and the company says that it could not be done because the dogs were trained/working dogs. Then what happens when a dog retires from being a sled dog or even from being a bomb-sniffing dog? Well, the answer is that it is up to the company or the breeder to make sure that there is a plan for the dogs after their retirement.
“You have to have a ten- or fifteen-year plan for the dog. Our dogs are raised like pets, so they can be adopted.” said Jason Smith from Kingmik Dogsled Tours.
As a result of the sled dog slaughter, many people are calling for “stronger protection for animals and tougher laws for abusers”, according to Mike Farnworth, a BC NDP leadership candidate.
After this incident, organizations including the Vancouver Humane Society think that sled dog tour companies should be banned. However, this has yet sparked more controversies as there are companies who treat sled dogs well. Furthermore, this tragedy has raised an important discussion on how we treat animals in society, how animals are used for profit by businesses, and what our responsibility is to those animals.
By: Leslie Goh, Grade 12
In the lower mainland, especially in downtown eastside, homelessness is a major problem. As
the years go by, the homeless count has risen. For example, in 2002, the total number of homeless
people in Vancouver was 1121. In 2005, it was 2174. The latest count in 2008 had 2660 homeless people
living in Vancouver.
The causes of homelessness are usually due to youths who run away from home, drug abuse,
low income, etc. Some people may just think that homeless people should get jobs, but it’s not that easy
for them. Since homeless people are mostly on the streets, they can’t take all of their belongings with
them, such as identification, which is very crucial when it comes to getting a job.
My thoughts on homelessness in Canada is that it’s very sad to see someone who has lost
everything and has ended up on the streets, which is why I think that more shelters should be built. I
believe that it goes against sector 7 of the Charter of Rights, where it states “everyone has the right to
life, liberty and security.
Interview with Adrian Dix – Provincial Member of Legislature & Don Davies – Federal Member of Parliament
Our Law 12 Class has been exploring the issue of homelessness in Vancouver. Unfortunately, our city (as wealthy as it may be) has a significant number of homeless people. For our project we interviewed two members of parliament: Don Davies and Adrian Dix. Mr. Adrian Dix, was kind of enough to take the time out of his day to see us in person. Meanwhile, Mr. Don Davies who is currently in Ottawa was kind enough to go into great length in responding to our questions in a detailed e-mail.
1) Can you please define homelessness in your own words?
Adrian: People without a permanent home or do not have a home address.
Don: The state of not having a regular, safe, clean, healthy place to live.
2) Can you list some of the causes of homelessness?
Adrian: One of the main problems is the lack of an affordable, appropriate, and or supportive housing. Vancouver is already an extremely expensive city to live in and with it being even harder to find work; it’s harder to get off the streets.
Don: Every homeless person has a unique story and unique circumstances that led to their homelessness. Some factors include; poverty, addiction, mental illness, ill health, victimization, marginalization, and lack of affordable housing.
3) Can you list some of the ideal solutions for this issue?
Adrian: The ideal solution is to build affordable housing; though a short term solution is to build more temporary shelter.
Don: From my perspective an elected official, I believe that there is much that all levels or go government can do to combat homelessness. These include developing a national housing strategy, investing in affordable housing, supporting mental health and addiction programs.
a) What are your views on this issue?
Adrian: We have to view this as our problem, and have sympathy. As humans we have to treat everyone with dignity, and respect. Also, we have to put resources out to help these people in their times of need.
Don: It is absolutely unacceptable for there to be any homelessness in a country as wealthy as Canada. Curing cancer is hard, curing homelessness is easy. Build affordable homes, house the poor!
b) Are there plans to implement any of the solutions you mentioned?
Adrian: They are starting to build more affordable housing. Also, some of the housing in Olympic Village will be turned into affordable housing.
Don: Libby Davies has a bill (Bill C-304) before the House that would require the government to establish a national housing strategy. Solutions to end homelessness require co-operation between all levels of government
4) In your opinion, is allowing homelessness to proceed violating the Charter of Rights and Freedom? Please elaborate.
Adrian: More important is actually trying to solve the problem. You can take a case and get justice that won’t build you a house.
Don: Interesting question. The right to shelter is considered a basic human right by many people and organizations, however, it is not explicitly enshrined in the Charter.
I think the answer is probably no. For it to be a Charter violation, it would have to be proven that the government is explicitly responsible for causing homelessness and that it therefore caused harm to the security of the person. That said, an argument could be made that government policies and laws have aggravated homelessness or that the government has a constitutional responsibility to deal with homelessness. I would be interested to see how the Supreme Court would rule on these issues. I would note that there have been cases where laws surrounding homelessness have been ruled unconstitutional. Look up the case of tents in Victoria for an example
5) Over the years the homeless have increased in population, why do you think that is?
Adrian: Homelessness has increased in population for many reasons. One being that it’s more expensive to live in Vancouver and affordable housing has stopped being built. Another situation may be that jobs that supported families have stopped supporting them.
Don: Poverty is the most direct cause of homelessness. Over past three or four decades, successive federal and provincial governments gave enacted a series of neo-liberal economic policies that have had the result of growing the gap between rich and poor, and reducing in real wages for the poorest people in our society.
Also, allowing the market to set rents caused an extreme escalation in rents and drastically reduced affordable rentals. This causes a cascade whereby middle income people can no longer afford the homes in the areas where they used to live. Those middle income earners end up in areas usually occupied by low income earners and the lowest income earners end up homeless.
6) How much government funding is put into homelessness annually and/or monthly?
Adrian: I am not sure.
Don: This is a hard figure to pin down. I have not looked into this personally.
7) What do you think are some of the reasons why homelessness is at its highest among First Nations than any other community?
Adrian & Don: Many of the causes of homelessness which I have spoken about already disproportionally affect First Nations people in Canada. All Canadians should learn about how centuries of government policies have devastated the family bonds in many First Nations communities. We are living with the legacy of centuries (literally) of policies that were designed to kill first nations culture.
Take the example of Residential schools: Children were forcibly taken away from their families and raised by people of a different religion and culture. They were not allowed to speak their language or practice their religion. Many were sexually and physically abused by those who were in a parental role and other positions of power.
Imagine the effect that this would have on your self-image, self esteem. Subsequent generations were ill-equipped to parent. This has had a compounding effect on generations of First Nations and led to higher rates of substance abuse, depression and other mental illness, all factors in homelessness.
This is just one example. You must also take into account racism, housing on reserves, the 60s sweep, etc. It will take generations of effort, Government policies and healing to overcome this dark history. Remember, the last residential school was closed in the 1980s. This is not ancient history. I would encourage you to learn all you can about these issues.
8) Have you ever been personally effected by homelessness?
Adrian & Don: No, not personally. However, I did participate in the city-wide homeless count in Vancouver last spring. We went out at four in the morning to count the homeless in our city. This was a profound experience for me and really brought home the magnitude of the problem in our community.
9) Would you ever hire a homeless person for employment? Please elaborate on why or why not.
Adrian: Yes, but no guarantee they would actually get a job. It’s hard when you don’t have any bank account or address.
Don: If a homeless person were qualified for a job in my office, I would not discriminate on the basis that they were homeless. Yes, I would hire them.
10) Was it a necessary step clearing up the Vancouver streets of all the homeless during the 2010 Games?
Adrian: This was a good thing. I give credit to the mayor for this, because they created a lot of temporary housing. They were not clearing people, they were giving them opportunities.
Don: Absolutely not. Homeless people are part of our community. Removing homeless people from our streets prior to the Olympics was entirely cosmetic. Governments should be using their resources to deal with the problems of homelessness, not pretending homeless people don’t exist.
By: Chris Tam, Grade 11
Don’t get me wrong; I am a die-hard Canucks fanatic, but this whole captaincy fiasco needs to be cleared up. Amid all the controversy over Luongo resigning from his captaincy, only one thing seems clear; any captain of the Canucks will somehow manage to choke when they need him most.
Not since Trevor Linden carried the entire team on his back en route to a Game Seven loss in the Stanley Cup Final has a captain of the Canucks showed what it really takes to be the leader of his team. After Trevor Linden was traded, subsequent captains have failed outright at getting the Canucks past the second round.
Mark Messier, the 6-time Stanley Cup champion? He couldn’t even get the Canucks into the playoffs for three straight years; however, it wasn’t entirely his fault. Markus Naslund? Pfft, the guy had three, maybe four excellent regular seasons then went on to choke just about every time in the playoffs. Then the fan favourite Roberto Luongo gets to have the coveted C on his chinny chin chin. No goalie has ever been the captain of any team since the late 1940’s, and for good reason.
As both the goalie and the team spokesperson, if the team had a terrible game, it puts Luongo in a very awkward position. If he has to be the honest spokesman it would sound like he’s putting the blame on the defence rather than himself, which happened a few times during his time as captain. “It was a precarious position to be in,” he said. “Sometimes, it came off the wrong way.”
Maybe the media got to his head or maybe he was more concentrated on other things; but for whatever reason, Luongo was missing in action for both Chicago series, especially for both Game 6 losses. However, I digress; the entire defence was flat-out depleted. Salo had a ruptured testicle, Mitchell had a concussion, and the rest were banged-up as well.
At any rate, Luongo managed to follow in the footsteps of the past captains and choke when they needed him to make the clutch save. Whoever is given the “honour” of being the next Canuck’s captain, whether it be Henrik or Kesler (most likely Henrik), I hope they can wear that C like Linden did and make the chokes of the past forgotten.
By: Jasmin Gadey, Grade 8
Welcome back to Canucks hockey everyone! Now that the Winter Olympics have ended and we’ve proved to our neighbours below the border that hockey is truly Canada’s game, it’s time to get back to the NHL. The Canucks are back in action and ready for the month of March which begins with the team continuing the ridiculously long road trip. Last month our hometown boys had played fairly well, going 3-4 in the two weeks of road games they had. Although each game was on the road, the Canucks were playing solid and working hard each game. Speaking of games away from home, the Canucks will play another six games before returning to GM Place to take on the Senators on the 13th. Believe it or not Canucks fans, that’s one of the last ten home games left. In fact, there are only 21 games left in the regular season. If the Canucks keep up with the level of play they had just before their incredibly long road trip, they’ll stay high in the standings and most likely make the playoffs! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Luongo is an Olympic Gold Medalist and Kesler and Salo also took home silver and bronze medals. The future is looking friendly for the Vancouver Canucks who have now made a name for themselves. Go Canucks Go!
By: Jenn Lin, Alumnus
Despite all the political controversy the Olympics has brought to town over the last couple months, I think we can all agree that there was definitely an uplifting wave of comradery and patriotism that swept over a good portion of us Vancouverites. Whether you were taking a walk down a jam-packed Robson street or riding the Skytrain during any given day, you were guaranteed to see at least a dozen pairs of red mitts and hear at least one full-fledged attempt at the Canadian anthem. Witnessing thousands of people cheering in the streets because Canada won a gold medal was just something you didn’t see everyday – etc., etc. To be brief, it was as if the Olympics spontaneously brought out this whole other side to Vancouver that I had never seen before. When people get together with a goal in mind – in this case, to cheer Canada on – great things happen.