Vancouver’s Dude Chilling Park needs its Dude back

Dude Chilling Park in East Vancouver is missing its Dude, so a campaign has been launched to restore the sculpture and bring it back to the park.

The Indiegogo campaign is seeking $20,000 to have the natural cedar sculpture bronzed after it suffered extensive deterioration, according to the Vancouver Art House Society, which is spearheading the campaign.

Reclining Figure is the “dude” of Dude Chilling Park.

The natural cedar sculpture, which is officially called Reclining Figure but is nicknamed The Dude, was created by artist Michael Dennis and has been in the park since 1991.

It later inspired local artist Viktor Briestensky to create an art installation in the form of a City of Vancouver park sign replica with the park’s nickname Dude Chilling, according to the society.

After that initial sign was taken down by the city, public outrage led to a community campaign to restore the sign.

A very official looking sign that reads Dude Chilling Park has replaced the official City of Vancouver sign at Guelph Park.

The locals won, and the city agreed the sign would be permanently installed in Guelph Park at the corner of Brunswick Street and East 8th Avenue.

In 2017, the sculpture was transported to Denman Island for repairs and to be cast in bronze, according to the society.

The society says it needs to help to pay for the expense of the restoration and its transport back to the park.

Organizers hope The Dude will be bronzed and chilling in the sun by late summer.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

Teen who died at Kelowna festival last summer was given MDA instead of MDMA

A coroner’s report has ruled a Kamloops teen who died at a Kelowna music festival last summer unknowingly took a dose of MDA.

According to the report signed by coroner Adele Lambert, 16-year-old Adison Davies attended the Center of Gravity music and sports festival with friends on the night of July 27.

Davies attended NorKam Secondary School and was planning a career in medicine, according to a gofundme page set up to help her family.

According to the coroner’s report, Davies was an excellent student with no health concerns.

The report found that at 8:30 p.m. Davies consumed a tablet that she thought was ecstasy (MDMA). She was dead within half an hour, from pulmonary edema (fluid on the lungs).

Lambert said that the tablet, instead of containing MDMA, contained MDA, which is a stronger drug at the same dose.

“Street drugs often contain adulterating agents such as diluents and/or unexpected psychoactive substance,” she wrote. “For example, MDMA (ecstasy or molly) can also be sold as MDA (sally, sass, or sassafras), which has more stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. When unexpected, such effects can pose increased risk for consumers.”

She said that during the summer of 2018, the B.C. Centre on Substance Use tested drugs at several music festivals (not including the Center of Gravity). The centre found that of 85 tablets bought as ecstasy, 15 contained MDA.

Lambert recommended that the B.C. Centre on Substance Use continue to test drugs at major events where illicit substances are a known risk.

It is also recommended that drug users be careful with dose, stay hydrated, avoid mixing substances, use with someone who knows what an overdose looks like and carry a naloxone kit.

In the case of Davies, no charges were laid against the person who sold her the MDA tablet.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

Coast Guard ship back in action after North Vancouver repairs

The Canadian Coast Guard vessel damaged when it hit the Ogden Point breakwater last month has been repaired and is back in the waters off Vancouver Island.

The 64-metre Sir John Franklin, the newest ship in the coast guard’s fleet, underwent two weeks of repairs in Seaspan Shipyard’s dry dock in North Vancouver, giving it a new rudder, rudder post, propeller, tail shaft and steel work on the port stern quarter.

“That this work was completed in a matter of 13 days from the vessel’s docking at our dry dock in Vancouver is a true testament to the capabilities of our integrated marine company here and the leadership being demonstrated across the three shipyards,” said Seaspan Shipyards vice-president Tim Page.

The shipbuilder is on track to deliver the Sir John Franklin by the June 28 delivery date, Page said.

The vessel resumed sea trials off Vancouver Island on April 10 and those will last until April 26.

The Franklin was wrapping up its first week of sea trials when it reversed into the breakwater on March 22. No one was injured and Transport Canada is still investigating what caused the crash. The impact caused superficial damage to a section of the breakwater about 100 metres from the light.

The Sir John Franklin was the first large vessel designed and built under the federal government’s national shipbuilding strategy, the first of three offshore fisheries science vessels being constructed by Seaspan.

The company was chosen in a competition to provide the next generation of non-combat vessels for Canada’s military and coast guard.

The Franklin’s original delivery date of early 2017 was delayed after officials found problems with the ship’s welding, which led to Seaspan redoing some of the work.

Page said the original shipbuilding timeline was overly optimistic, and the company now has a better grasp of how long it takes …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Vancouver’s Dude Chilling Park needs its Dude back

Dude Chilling Park in East Vancouver is missing its Dude, so a campaign has been launched to restore the sculpture and bring it back to the park.

The Indiegogo campaign is seeking $20,000 to have the natural cedar sculpture bronzed after it suffered extensive deterioration, according to the Vancouver Art House Society, which is spearheading the campaign.

Reclining Figure is the “dude” of Dude Chilling Park.

The natural cedar sculpture, which is officially called Reclining Figure but is nicknamed The Dude, was created by artist Michael Dennis and has been in the park since 1991.

It later inspired another local artist Viktor Briestensky to create an art installation in the form of a City of Vancouver park sign replica with the park’s nickname Dude Chilling, according to the society.

After that initial sign was taken down by the city, public outrage led to a community campaign to restore the sign.

A very official looking sign that reads Dude Chilling Park has replaced the official City of Vancouver sign at Guelph Park in Vancouver, BC Thursday, November 22, 2012.

The locals won, and the city agreed the sign would be permanently installed in Guelph Park at the corner of Brunswick Street and East 8th Avenue.

In 2017, the sculpture was transported to Denman Island for repairs and to be cast in bronze, according to the society.

The society says it needs to help to pay for the expense of the restoration and its transport back to the park.

Organizers hope The Dude will be bronzed and chilling in the sun by late summer.

ticrawford@postmedia.com …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun