The Happenings: Three things to do in Vancouver on Wednesday, May 23

Looking for something to do in Metro Vancouver? Here are three suggestions for Wednesday, May 23.

David Byrne: American Utopia Tour

Former Talking Heads frontman (and capital “L” Legend) David Byrne takes over the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for his American Utopia tour, in support of his new solo record of the same name. American Utopia was released in March of this year and is the first studio album from Byrne since his excellent 2004 effort, Grown Backwards. But this show is more than the album: Byrne will performs songs from it, but he’ll also performs some of his classics and what’s more, he’ll be accompanied by a twelve-piece band and choreographed moves. It should a real spectacle and, incredibly, tickets are still available.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St., Vancouver
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $71 and up

Modified Ghost Festival III

As I am a sucker for festivals, I have to recommend the third annual Modified Ghost Festival, a weekend of metal shows at the Rickshaw, where pretty much all metal shows in Vancouver are held. This year’s Modified Ghost Festival, which runs for four crazy nights, begins with a headlining show from Obituary on Wednesday night.

Where: Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
When: Doors open at 5 p.m.
Cost: $45 per night, or $145 fort a four-day pass

rEvolver Theatre Festival

And speaking of festivals, the rEvolver Theatre Festival opens Wednesday evening as well, running until June 3. Presented by Upintheair Theatre and held at the Cultch, the 6th annual rEvolver Theatre Festival features an innovative program of new works by distinct voices from across Canadian live theatre. We’re talking 11 mainstage shows over 11 days, plus site specific micro-performances, staged readings, works-in-progress, long table discussions, and The Speakeasy Lounge each Friday night. Check out the schedule here and get your tickets …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Rachel Notley: The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion must be built

For a number of years, I lived in Vancouver. I loved it. Diverse, and forward-looking, Vancouver embodies so much about what makes Canada great. My feelings about Vancouver are shared by countless Albertans who have deep roots in B.C. through family, friends and business.

So when Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says that Alberta’s energy industry “represents a tiny fraction of the overall economy and job count,” Albertans quite rightly get their backs up. In a country as diverse as ours, we are bound to have disputes, but it is important that we base our arguments on facts, not convenient fictions.

So let me correct the record.

Tens of thousands of British Columbians work in Alberta and pay taxes in B.C. — 50,000 at last count. The energy sector contributes 10 per cent to Canada’s GDP, and mining, oil and gas is responsible for 28 per cent of private non-residential investment in B.C. and employs hundreds of thousands of Canadians. So, Mayor Robertson is wrong. Canada’s energy industry is hugely important to the national economy, including B.C.’s.

While benefits of a strong energy industry are shared by working women and men across the country, Canadians also share a deep environmental ethic. My government was elected, in part, on a commitment to overturn decades of Conservative environmental neglect. The energy industry, environmental organizations, First Nations and ordinary Albertans developed a climate leadership plan that establishes an economy-wide price on carbon, phases out coal, reduces methane, incentivizes green technology, and caps emissions. It is the most comprehensive response to climate change in North America.

Many Canadians ask me how our commitment to the environment is reconciled with our work to build the Trans Mountain Pipeline. It’s a good question. And it highlights a key feature of our Climate Leadership Plan. Alberta has capped emissions — that means that …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun