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West Wing of Wednesday Night #12
Judging by the flowers in our garden, spring has sprung (hopefully!) and once again it will soon be time for another gathering! Come join us on Wednesday, March 11th. 7PM as we go full circle for our 12th monthly edition. Note that the Montreal Wednesday Night made it to their 1,408th edition last week – and see a copy of Diana Nicholson’s delightfully thought-provoking invite.
Now back to Vancouver – a few things worth delving into:
Last week some of us attended
That said, there are real issues and in fact, many more than what the front pages ring alarms about – in addition to the economy, gang violence, east side homelessness and Olympic village, there is for example decreasing access to the interior where many communities feel left out, and now even more so in the economic turbulence – e.g. Greyhound cutting back service . Also – what if Vancouver’s future as a port was to be greatly diminished by the imminent completion of the expansion of the Panama canal – so where is the main anchor for our province’s future industry?
And thankfully, economics does not seem to impede those who are determined to innovate. Look at Wireless Electricity – a future green solution allowing us to meet local power demands without building a lot of extra infrastructure and the resources that it entails? That and cloud computing are stretching all business as usual notions.
Another cause for celebration – last February 23rd was the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada (or the Silver Dartiversary as James calls it in honor of the name of the aircraft). An invention that opened up Northern Canada and led to the growth of companies like Bombardier (who recently used their engineering skill and wind tunnel testing to produce the first of 12,000 torches for the 2010 Olympics).
And of course, we’ll have to spend some time on politics in BC,
So, don’t stay home – come to think, discuss, be inspired, and exchange ideas and insights, all you of interested, interesting, informed and informative folks in town.