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THE VANCOUVER COURIER FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011

community briefs Occupy and Santa

The Occupy Vancouver protest on the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery has forced organizers of the Dec. 4 Santa

Claus Parade to change the route of the parade and the location of an annual food bank drop-off centre. Normally, the parade travels east

on West Georgia Street before turning right at Howe Street. This year, the parade will start at 1 p.m. at West Georgia Street and Broughton, travel

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east along West Georgia, turn north on Burrard and finish at Burrard and Cordova. “Our focus is on working with the City to make sure we have a

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JonesMurrell. “We’ll be working with the media to let people know about the new route and encouraging families to join us downtown again this year. The parade kicks off the holiday season, so we want to get the word out that even though the route is changed the Rogers Santa Claus Parade will be as entertaining as ever.” The parade claims to attract 300,000 spectators and is one of the largest food and fundraising events for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Since 2004, the parade has collected $96,200 and more than 63,500 pounds of food for hungry families in the Lower Mainland. Each year, the lawn of the art gallery becomes the Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square, with family entertainment and a drop-off location for donations to the food bank. This year, the Christmas Square will be located on Thurlow Street between Georgia and Melville, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Candidates debate

With the Nov. 19 municipal election looming, all-candidates debates are springing up all over the city. All-candidates meeting for park board happen Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to noon, at Coal Harbour Community Centre, and Nov. 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Kerrisdale Community Centre. Mainstream and independent candidates for council, the school and park boards have been invited to a debate Nov. 6 at Douglas Park Community Centre, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get Your Vote On! is hosting a debate and cabaret at the Biltmore, Nov. 14. The event will include a mix of musicians, artists and council hopefuls speaking about concerns of “young(ish)” voters. A politician “speed dating” session will follow the debate to give attendees and politicians the opportunity to take conversations to the floor. The Caucus Cabaret and Debate runs 7 to 10 p.m.

Vegan Prom

All of Vancouver’s vegans need to hang out more often. This is but one of the socially conscious, community-building mantras of the maiden Vegan Prom, an event organized by partiers who admire animal-rights thrift store finds and don’t want to doubt the ingredients of the seven-layer dip. VeganMania provides the snacks. Beer, wine and spirits available at a cash bar. Party karmically Nov. 5, 8 p.m. at the WISE Hall (1882 Adanac). The $15 tickets can be purchased at Nice Shoes and at Edible Flours. No tickets at the door. You must be 19 or older. Info at Veganpromyvr.com.

Vancouver Courier November 4 2011  
Vancouver Courier November 4 2011  

Vancouver Courier November 4 2011

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