Monday, January 19, 2009

BC & Beyond: Olympic Athletes Village, Torch, Avalanches, Canadians at Obama Inauguration

Vancouver armed with borrowing power to complete Athletes village -
The Vancouver Sun: "After a marathon 18 hours of debate in a rare weekend sitting, the B.C. legislature Sunday morning unanimously passed an amendment to the Vancouver Charter allowing the city to borrow unlimited funds to finance the Olympic village." Click on the headline to read the rest of the story.

B.C. teen first to be named Olympic torchbearer -
The Vancouver Sun: "A British Columbia teenager has been chosen as Coca Cola’s first pick to carry the torch for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Patricia Moreno, 18, of Vancouver is the first person to be named among some 12,000 torchbearers to carry the flame along the 45,000-kilometre route, which begins in Victoria on Oct. 30." Click on the headline to read the rest of the story.

Snowmobiler becomes 16th avalanche victim
The Province: "Another snowmobiler is dead after being caught in a B.C. avalanche. The man was highmarking -- running his machine as high as he could up a slope -- when the snow broke free, crashing him to his death Saturday afternoon. The 30-year old man from Hythe, Alta., was with a group of five others in the area of Back Meadows on Babcock Mountain outside Tumbler Ridge." Click on the headline to read the rest of the story.

Educating the Emerson boys: The Globe follows a bi-racial couple as they take their sons to witness history in Washington -
The Globe and Mail: Click on the headline to read the the story.

An Aquabus passenger ferry in Vancouver's False Creek
Photo by Sue Frause