Powell Street, Pride and Peace

August 07, 2008

Who says there is nothing to do in Vancouver?

It’s been non-stop events as soon as I got back from my Vancouver Island North tour.

I attended the 32nd Annual Powell Street Festival (PSF). It’s the largest event of its kind and the longest running community arts festival in Metro Vancouver. PSF celebrates Japanese Canadian arts, culture, heritage and features dance, music, film, arts, martial arts, sumo, crafts, displays and lots of delicious Japanese food. Anniversaries of Change brochures (produced by BCGEU) and BCGEU flyers and pens were at the display tables – thanks to JCCA Human Rights Committee and the Kalayaan Centre.

I was also part of the multi-union float at the 30th Annual Pride Parade – along with BCGEU president Darryl Walker and BCGEU and other union activists. It was great fun – and we also had a quick visit with BC NDP Leader Carole James and Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton who were also participating in the parade.

And on August 6, I attended the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Lantern Ceremony in Central Park in Burnaby. We launched lanterns in the pond and made a wish for peace and remembered Hiroshima.

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