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Join the fight against climate change at the 9th annual Earth Day Parade, April 20, 2019

More than 1,000 community members will march on Saturday, April 20, will you be one of them?

BY RACHEL CHOW

Our planet is being hurt by our environmental and social decisions and the first step to changing that is by raising awareness and shifting how we think about our relationship to the natural world.

The Youth 4 Climate Justice Now Committee invites everyone in the Lower Mainland to attend the 9th annual Earth Day Parade on April 20, 2019, to participate in a fun day of learning about environmental issues, celebrate the work being down in communities around climate justice and learn how we can shape a more sustainable world.

Windermere Leadership students invite the community to march in the 9th annual Earth Day Parade, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Pictured is Earth Day Parade 2018. Photo by Michael Wheatley

“It’s hard to take the first step towards making change, especially for youth, but this generation is the future and our choices will affect both us and generations to come, so we need to take action now if we still want a planet to live on,” says Rachel Chow, one of the organizers this year.

“Throughout the years, society’s connection to nature has faded, but that connection will never disappear,” she continues. “My whole life, I’ve been surrounded by both cities and nature, and I can’t imagine a planet where that balance is broken. I want to spread awareness about these problems because if our view on nature isn’t changed, I don’t even know if I’ll have a future to look forward to.”

The goal of the parade and festival is to inform the community of our current climate situation and provide them with a reason to care about the planet. It will be on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm starting at Commercial and Broadway and continuing to Grandview Park. There will be guest speakers, performers, and diverse booths about many topics that youth find most pressing in the climate justice movement.

About the Earth Day Parade

For the past 9 years, Windermere Leadership students have taken on the role of organizing the parade to host an event for Earth Day created by youth, for youth, about environmental and social problems and how we can help shape the future that we want. Each year, they host a festival with many different booths and speakers at Grandview Park to engage the community in these problems. This year will be the 9th year Leadership students will host this celebration and they hope to bring about change in any way they can. Learn more at: http://earthdayparade.ca/ or https://instagram.com/windermereldp?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1civybdp6bxpx

Rachel Chow is a student in the Leadership program at Windermere Secondary and the Earth Day coordinator.

Copyright 2019 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News

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Read On: There is something in the spring air

Read On Word Search April 2019 – There is something in the spring air

BY TONY WANLESS

When spring arrives, bringing with it better weather and renewed spirits, many of us find our moods lifting. We feel more cheerful, energetic and friendly.

We notice that spending so much time in our houses or apartments during the rainy and cold winter has left us thinking they look a bit worn, shabby or dirty.

So we decide a good scrubbing will help renew the place.

We also start thinking that maybe our lives could also use a good cleaning of a sort.

We believe we should spend more time enjoying and less complaining. Maybe we should get out there and have a little fun. Maybe we should be better human beings.

We think these thoughts because spring is a time of renewal.

In spring, birds that disappeared during the colder months suddenly sing again outside our windows. Thoughts that were gloomy are now more positive and joyful.

For most of us, spring signals a time to start a new life, or change an old one.

So we sort through our closets or lockers for our warmer weather clothes. Sometimes we find them old and inappropriate and decide to buy new ones to celebrate the new feeling.

We also start sorting through our mental closets because we believe that, maybe, our minds also need awakening after dark and cold months.

Signals that winter is over and brighter times are beginning to appear leave us with more bounce in our steps, our heads held a little higher, and a belief that this is the way it will be from now on.

This mental and physical spring cleaning can also revive old plans and desires – for different ways of living or the renewal of plans that had been tucked away in our minds because they seemed too difficult.

Now they seem more possible.

Similarly, we start thinking about reviving relationships with other people that may have withered during the long period of solitude.

Like the flowers, we also look forward to renewing.

Definitions

mood: a temporary state of mind or feeling
shabby: in poor condition through long or hard use or lack of care
sort: to put in a certain place or rank according to kind, class or nature
wither: to lose vitality, force or freshness
renew: to make like new; restore to freshness, vigour or perfection

Copyright 2019 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News


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April 2019 issue of RCC News is here

 

RCC News April 2019

The cherry blossoms are a sure sign that spring is here! Let’s celebrate the season with heartwarming stories from this issue of the RCC News – it’s full of the many wonderful people, events and programs happening in our neighbourhood.

Get your latest issue of the RCC News at your local coffee shop, grocery store, library and community centre.

Or click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • CIBC at Kingsway and Joyce celebrates its 100th anniversary on April 3
  • Windermere Leadership presents 9th annual Earth Day Parade April 20
  • Earth Fest at Everett Crowley Park April 27
  • Movie Night: She Has a Name
  • In Loving Memory of Owen Michael Brown
  • Collingwood Corner: Joyce and Kingsway in 1931
  • Third Community Open House at Three Links

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the May 2019 issue is April 10. We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.


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March 2019 issue of RCC News is here

March 2019 RCC News

Spring is almost here!

This issue of the RCC News is full of the many wonderful people, events and programs happening in our neighbourhood.

Get your latest issue of the RCC News at your local coffee shop, grocery store, library and community centre.

Or click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Gendered Voices: New series at Italian Cultural Centre explores gender and traditional social roles
  • Collingwood Corner: Rupert and Kingsway, 1947
  • Eco-art at Slocan Park: Still Moon Arts returns as artist-in-residence
  • Neighbourhood Small Grants – Apply by April 9
  • MOSAIC helps refugees find work
  • The Other Guy’s Opinion: On artificial intelligence
  • March Nutrition Month 2019: Unlock the Potential of Food

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the April 2019 issue is March 10. We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.


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Eating Out in RC: The Deli by Continental Sausage

The Deli by Continental Sausage

These are monster-size sandwiches at The Deli by Continental Sausage. Photo by Paul Reid

2406 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Monday – Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

BY PAUL REID

Greetings food fans. I want to inform you now of a hidden little gem, tucked away in the northwest corner of our community, just north of Nanaimo and Broadway. It’s called The Deli, by Continental Sausage.

This is Continental Sausage’s one-and-only outlet store, full of excellent deals on sausages, deli meats and more.

I thought I would try their sandwich combo. First, you choose your meat from their entire selection. Kristine, my lovely server, piled it on.

Next, you get to choose your cheese from their fine assortment. Hmm, German Edam or smoked Havarti? Next, the vegetables selection: their lettuce, onions, pickles and tomatoes are fresh and delicious. Then, you get to choose from a variety of their high quality sauces, including that Dijon mustard. Mmm. Then pick your chips and a pop. Quick, affordable, healthy and filling.

Yes, these are monster-size sandwiches, folks.

In addition to these awesome sandwiches, you will find quality German meat and cheese products, as well as an assortment of condiments and specialty items from Germany, Hungary and Eastern Europe at reasonable prices. There’s double-smoked bacon, heritage ham, German salami, pate, head cheese (which is a meat jelly often made with flesh from the head of a calf or pig), smokies (supplier to Mr. Tube Steak); smoked gouda cheese, Irish ham, beer sausage, salami bites, cocktail wieners, ham and bacon loaf and ajvar – a condiment made from red bell peppers and oil.

Continental Sausage is a small family-run business of about 30 employees. Created in 1960, Continental Sausage sells to independently owned delicatessens, butcher shops and restaurants.

They see their relatively small size as a positive: more personable, accessible and exclusive; listening to customer’s feedback while adapting to the changes and trends of the market place.

Continental Sausage’s products are produced more frequently in small batches for quality and freshness, They purchase their pork and beef from local Fraser Valley farmers within a 100-mile radius.

Their European Sausage Meister takes these choice cuts of hand-trimmed meats to make a broad range of delicious sausages, salamis, hams and roasts in European tradition.

In addition to my awesome mega sandwich with chips and pop, I picked up some Canadian back bacon and some chorizo sausage, all of which I will be back for more.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you investigate The Deli, by Continental Sausage, for yourself.

Keep on eatin’.

Copyright 2019 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News


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February 2019 issue of RCC News is here

RCC News February 2019

Happy Lunar New Year!

This issue of the RCC News is full of the many wonderful people, events and programs happening in our neighbourhood.

Get your latest issue of the RCC News at your local coffee shop, grocery store, library and community centre.

Or click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Raising the totem at CNH Annex
  • Family Tree Tips: Using Ancestry Library Edition
  • Seniors care home receives provincial funding for new equipment
  • Volunteering with Seniors on the Move
  • Eating Out in RC: The Deli by Continental Sausage
  • Neighbourhood Creative Entrepreneurs Club
  • Are we using Google Translate responsibly?
  • Take part in Perspectives: An Anti-racism Arts Festival

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the March 2019 issue is February 10. We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.


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Read On: Create a new habit

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BY TONY WANLESS

Every new year begins with a period of dreaming that our lives will be different.

We will stop bad behaviours. We will be better people.

However, after a short time, these plans have almost completely faded away.

Why? Because changing a habit is difficult.

Habits, good or bad, are simply patterns of behaviour that have been built over time by repetition. For instance, we often eat at the same time every day.

We create habits to be short-cuts for our busy brains. When triggered, they help us perform repeated actions without our having to think about them and so save energy.

But sometimes, when patterns are very strong they become “ruts.”

Ruts once meant the deep track left by wagon wheels. Now, “being in a rut” means having a behaviour that is difficult to change.

Usually, ruts are created by bad habits. But they can also be used to build good habits.

To do so you must repeatedly perform a new behaviour in a bad behaviour’s place. This imprints the behaviour pattern in your mind.

At first this requires much attention and, and therefore, mental power. You must be constantly on guard to perform the new behaviour.

But, eventually, the new behaviour becomes the new habit.

It is a new “good” rut in place of the old one.