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NBC Sports Network touts its Wednesday night matchup as “Rivalry Night.” Sometimes this leads to unintentionally hilarious reaches – oh, the storied rivalry of the Sabres and Red Wings last week! – and sometimes it puts the spotlight on ...
NBC Sports Network touts its Wednesday night matchup as “Rivalry Night.” Sometimes this leads to unintentionally hilarious reaches – oh, the storied rivalry of the Sabres and Red Wings last week! – and sometimes it puts the spotlight on the kind of rivalry that an NHL fan makes time to watch. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues were that rivalry about 20 years ago, when they met in the playoffs five times from 1988-93 and featured names like Hull, Oates, Belfour, Savard and then Chelios. The wars would rage, earning names like the “St. Patrick’s Day Massacre.” As Jeremy Roenick told the Post-Dispatch earlier this year: “I don’t know if it’s because of the closeness or what, but Chicago-St. Louis was the toughest, grittiest of any of them,” Roenick said. “It was a war, especially in the old buildings. The Arena was a lot like Chicago Stadium. It was a tough place to play. “Those buildings had their own character, their own smell, their own sounds. I could close my eyes and hear that organ play in St. Louis and I knew where I was.” But for years after, the Blues were never in the same class of rival for the Hawks as the Detroit Red Wings. Nor did they bring out the hatred quite like the Vancouver Canucks did. The Blues were always just … there. Intense games that meant something to fans old enough to remember the chaos these meetings used to produce, but even exactly reaching those heights. Which brings us back to Rivalry Night, when the Blackhawks and Blues meet for the first time this season and for the first time since the Detroit Red Wings packed up and moved East. Mark Lazarus of the Sun-Times sees the timing right for this conflict to reignite: Traditional rivals who always have taken a back seat to the Red Wings, the Blues are poised to become the Hawks’ new nemeses for years to come. They’re geographically close but stylistically far apart — the big, bruising Blues against the skilled, offensive Hawks. And with divisional playoffs (the first two rounds of the postseason will be confined within the divisions, with the potential exception of a wild-card team being moved from one division to the other to even out the brackets), they’re likely to see each other in the spring — where rivalries truly are created — more often than not for the foreseeable future. They may not have to wait until the playoffs to establish this rivalry again. As Ken Hitchcock noted to the Post Dispatch: “I think what creates the rivalry is they have the Cup and everybody wants a piece of it,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “They’re a measuring stick for everybody that plays them… “You want information for your team. As a coach, the quicker you can get information, the more it helps. Sometimes it hurts getting lulled into a sense of security. We haven’t played somebody that’s won before.” With all due respect to the upstart Avs – which is to say, ‘Please, Mr. Roy, don’t punch me in the face for this’ – the Central Division is a two-horse race between the reigning champs and the Blues, a darling pick for the Cup this season. Without the Wings as a measuring stick, these storied rivals are refocused on each other. An intense regular-season series dotted with brutality -- paging Mr. Backes, Mr. David Backes -- and in which every game is a four-point swing for the division crown, is just what they need. And, ultimately, a playoff war between the two is what the West wants, both its fans and its teams.
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Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • Via Mooney, well done, NHL.com • Sergei Fedorov, current GM o...
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • Via Mooney, well done, NHL.com • Sergei Fedorov, current GM of CSKA Moscow of the KHL, is returning Friday night to play against Mike Keenan's Metallurg Magnitogorsk. [@plysenkov] • Tim Thomas suffered a groin strain last night against the Flyers. The Panthers are saying it isn't serious, but Scott Clemmensen is expected to be called up. [Miami Herald] • The NHL Premiere Games in Europe are expected to return next season and could be scheduled for late-October. [ESPN] • Braden Holtby signing a baby? Braden Holtby signing a baby. [RMNB] • Sean McIndoe ranks the 10 greatest players who stayed with one franchise. [Grantland] • Griffin Reinhart will be leaving the New York Islanders and heading back to his junior team, the Edmonton Oil Kings. This move should pave the way for Cal Clutterbuck to return to the lineup Friday in Chicago. [Islanders] • It was 35 years ago today that the Los Angeles Kings dealt a draft pick away for goaltender Ron Grahame. That draft pick would turn into Ray Bourque. D'oh! [The Royal Half] • Why the Cory Schneider trade will work out for both the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils in the end. [Eye on Hockey] • Jake Gardiner has seen his name floating in the rumor mill this month. Mirtle makes a case for why the Leafs should consider dealing him. [Globe and Mail] • This picture demonstrates why goalies should check their masks after each game. This could be the end result if you don't. [The Hockey News] • Princeton will wear throwback jerseys marking the 100th anniversary of Hobey Baker's final season with the Tigers. They are beautiful. [United States of Hockey] • Patrick Roy's son, Frederick, is finding his way in professional hockey as an AHL pest. [USA Today] • Michael Nylander's kid and teammate, William, is scoring some nice goals over in Sweden. [Buzzing the Net] • Sportsnet and the NHL Network in the U.S. will be picking up 10 AHL games beginning in February. [AHL] • Better old guy fantasy hockey pick up: Daniel Alfredsson or Ray Whitney? [Dobber Hockey] • Examining critical inaccuracies in Mighty Ducks 2. [The Hockey Writers] • In Canada, all the best smuggling is done in hockey bags. [Crookston Times] • Finally, great shot from Tyler Johnson after a nifty pass from Victor Hedman, though it was nice of Christian Ehrhoff to correct the pass's course so it got where it was supposed to:
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In addition to looking goddamn magnificent whilst standing in pastoral settings, my friends Joe Pug and Vandaveer also make some fine music — and when they switch songs it gets even more delightful. For their Fall 2013 tour togeth...
In addition to looking goddamn magnificent whilst standing in pastoral settings, my friends Joe Pug and Vandaveer also make some fine music — and when they switch songs it gets even more delightful. For their Fall 2013 tour together that JUST STARTED, they have each picked a song of the others’ to record for a split single. I am pleased to be able to premiere these songs for you all, to entice you further into their winsome grandeur. STREAM (since Yahoo broke my embedded player) DOWNLOAD Waking Hour (Vandaveer) – Joe Pug Call It What You Will (Joe Pug) – Vandaveer The original Vandaveer song that Joe picked is from their wonderful 2011 record Dig Down Deep, one of my favorites of 2011. The Joe song turned lush by Vandaveer comes from his original debut EP, 2008′s Nation of Heat. I’ve had the privilege of having both of these artists in my chapel sessions and house shows, and I just came across an old interview I did with Joe Pug what feels like 1,000 years ago. It remains one of my favorite interviews I’ve done, because Joe’s brain is amazing. See: We promised too much and we gave it too soon: The Joe Pug Interview (7/10/09). Then go out to one of these shows, and hug them all for me: JOE PUG FALL TOUR 2013 Oct 8 Albuquerque, NM–Low Spirits * Oct 9 Phoenix, AZ–The Rhythm Room * Oct 10 San Diego, CA–The Soda Bar * Oct 11 Los Angeles, CA–The Satellite * Oct 12 San Francisco, CA–Cafe DuNord * Oct 13 Felton, CA–Don Quixote’s * Oct 14 Sacramento, CA–Harlow’s * Oct 16 Eugene, OR–Sam Bond’s Garage * Oct 17 Portland, OR–The Doug Fir * Oct 18 Vancouver, BC–Electric Owl * Oct 19 Seattle, WA–The Crocodile * Oct 20 Bellingham, WA–The Green Frog * Oct 21 Moscow, ID–Mikey’s * Oct 22 Boise, ID–Neurolux * Oct 23 Salt Lake City, UT–The State Room * Oct 25 Denver, CO–The Larimer Lounge * Oct 26 Kansas City, MO–The Record Bar * Nov 5 Milwaukee, WI–Linneman’s Nov 6 Iowa City, IA–Gabe’s # Nov 7 Minneapolis, MN–7th Street Entry # Nov 8 Chicago, IL–Lincoln Hall # Nov 9 Indianapolis, IN–Do317 Lounge # Nov 10 Akron, OH–Musica # Nov 11 Newport, KY–Southgate House # Nov 12 Columbus, OH–Rumba Cafe # Nov 13 Nashville, TN–The Stone Fox # Nov 14 Louisville, KY–Zanzabar # Nov 15 Champaign, IL # Nov 16 St. Louis, MO–The Firebird # Nov 18 Fayetteville, AR–George’s Majestic # Nov 20 Tulsa, OK–The Vanguard # Nov 21 Norman, OK–Opolis # Nov 22 Houston, TX–Fitzgerald’s # Nov 23 Austin, TX–The Parish # * With Vandaveer # With Sera Cahoone [top photo taken by Todd Roeth -- I believe in the orchard outside my house! Second photo I bet by Sarah Law, though I have no confirmation of this. I have damn talented friends all around.]
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© 2004-2013 Rebecca Bollwitt - Miss604. The 9th annual Taste of Yaletown will take place October 16th to October 27th with 30 participating restaurants offering up set-price lunch and dinner meals for $25, $35, and $45. Taste of...
© 2004-2013 Rebecca Bollwitt - Miss604. The 9th annual Taste of Yaletown will take place October 16th to October 27th with 30 participating restaurants offering up set-price lunch and dinner meals for $25, $35, and $45. Taste of Yaletown showcases neighbourhood eateries each year, offering a diverse range of dining options and creative dishes from local chefs. Aside from the specialty menus and convenient pricing, a portion of profits support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. As a media partner of Taste of Yaletown I have a pair of gift cards to give away, each valued at $50, for participating restaurants La Pentola della Quercia and Glowbal Grill. La Pentola della Quercia Taste of Yaletown $35 lunch Two antipasti parmesan soufflé and seafood ‘saor’ Pasta taglierini with squash and prosciutto Secondi lamb shank ‘osso buco’ Dolci lemon cream Taste of Yaletown $45 dinner Three antipasti veal tonnato, parmesan soufflé, and seafood ‘saor’ Pasta taglierini with squash and prosciutto Secondi choice of fish, pork, or beef Dolci lemon cream Glowbal Grill $25 (per person) Lunch Sharing Menu First Course Fried Artichoke Salad & Crispy Calamari gem tomatoes, roasted peppers, candied pumpkin seeds pumpkin seed pesto Main Course Spicy Tomato Gnocchi & Seared Albacore Tuna szechuan green beans & ginger soy Dessert Lemon Sorbetto $35 Taste of Yaletown Dinner Menu First Course Fried Artichoke Salad 7 minute egg, gem tomatoes, roasted peppers, candied pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed pesto or French Onion Soup caramelized sweet onions, gruyère toast Main Course Rare Seared Albacore Tuna spicy green beans, ginger soy, crispy noodle salad or Grilled Angus Striploin Brochettes cippolini onions, baby potatoes, sprouts Dessert Sweet Cream Panna Cotta macerated berries, toasted hazelnut crumbs Here’s how you can enter to win one of these $50 gift cards: Leave a comment naming your favourite menu item listed in this post from La Pentola della Quercia or Glowbal Grill (1 entry) Post one the following on Twitter (1 entry) RT to enter to win a $50 gift card for @La_Pentola from #TasteofYaletown + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/pEnUH OR RT to enter to win a $50 gift card for @Glowbal_Group Glowbal Grill from #TasteofYaletown + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/pEnUH I will draw two winners, who will each receive one gift card, at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Reservations are recommended during the Taste of Yaletown. For more information, including free trolley locations and schedules, follow the Yaletown Business Improvement Association on Facebook and Twitter. © 2004-2012 Rebecca Bollwitt - Miss604.com. If you are not reading this via official Miss604 channels, this content is being reproduced without permission. The post Taste of Yaletown 2013: Gift Card Giveaway appeared first on Vancouver Blog Miss604.
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© 2004-2013 Rebecca Bollwitt - Miss604. On Saturday October 19, 2013, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice will welcome guests to the Westin Bayshore Hotel for their 9th annual Gift of Time Gala, where over 600 partners, supporters and f...
© 2004-2013 Rebecca Bollwitt - Miss604. On Saturday October 19, 2013, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice will welcome guests to the Westin Bayshore Hotel for their 9th annual Gift of Time Gala, where over 600 partners, supporters and friends of the Hospice will come together for an evening to honour the courage found at Canuck Place. Living in British Columbia, we have all likely heard of Canuck Place, its fundraising events and connection to the community. However, perhaps not all of us have had the opportunity to hear a personal story of care and continued support. I was fortunate enough to connect with Nelia Evans, who graciously gave her time so that I could share her story: In 2007, Nelia became pregnant – bringing a third child into the family – a sister for Olivia and Isaiah. Nelia calls her third pregnancy an “unexpected blessing,” and that is where her journey with Canuck Place began. At just 18 weeks gestation, ‘baby Gracie’ was diagnosed with a severe form of hydrocephalus (water on the brain). Nelia and Andrew were given little hope for her survival. “The doctors were taking a long time reading the ultrasound,” said Nelia. “That’s how we knew something was wrong.” Grace was born on February 14, 2008, and received a shunt operation which proved very successful. “For the ?rst two months of her life, she was like any other newborn,” Nelia recalled. After that, Grace began to lose control of her eyes, and signs of constant seizures were apparent. Nelia and Andrew spent 40 days at BC Children’s Hospital by Grace’s bedside until September 11, when she stopped breathing. “At that point, the doctors at Children’s suggested Canuck Place for end of life care.” “I think for me you know Canuck Place is tri-fold,” Nelia told me over the phone. “They’re there for end of life care, they’re there to help with symptom management and they’re also there for respite and I’ve been blessed to be part of all three. I think more-so for me Canuck Place was a haven in the storm and I think when you’re in the fight of your life, for your child, and everything is kind of at the worst it can be, Canuck Place is like that lighthouse.” Nelia with Grace. Photo courtesy of Canuck Place. It’s been several years that the family has been without baby Grace but Nelia says that even now, Canuck Place continues to be that haven for her children. “They are revisiting their grief and they’re entering new stages as they’re getting older and asking us questions.” Nelia emailed one of the counsellors at Canuck Place recently to see if they could come in for play therapy. “Because my kids miss Canuck Place and my son was only two and a half at the time when Gracie passed away. He can’t remember her but he feels close to her at Canuck Place. And so he just asked us last week.” “I mean that’s something you can’t put a price on although they provide respite and they do all those wonderful things. I mean there’s something really, really special about Canuck Place that can take an experience of losing a sibling at two and a half and still now at seven years old remembering Canuck Place with a longing and a joy to return so that they can take such a negative experience and it then becomes positive.” Based on her experience, Nelia has been compelled to speak out on behalf of Canuck Place, to help other parents and families. “Very early on I felt just this overwhelming feeling of ‘I want to be an advocate’. I want to be an advocate for families that feel like they’re alone and when you’re walking through such a dark valley it’s really hard to relate to real life. Maybe friends of yours that talking about being up late with their babies and changing diapers, which is all normal and great but when you’re dealing with g-tubes and trachs and really difficult life-threatening things that
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Blues fans consider this a rivalry. Maybe it's because the Hawks have a winning record against the Blues all-time, or maybe because it seems so difficult as of late for the Blues to win a season series against the Hawks. Perhaps it's bec...
Blues fans consider this a rivalry. Maybe it's because the Hawks have a winning record against the Blues all-time, or maybe because it seems so difficult as of late for the Blues to win a season series against the Hawks. Perhaps it's because we've all been geared to assume a geographic rivalry between all things St. Louis and Chicago - pizza, National League Baseball, and hockey. I would mention the Rams and the Bears, but honestly, the Rams' biggest rival is themselves. NBCSN would agree with us, since they've made tonight's game their Wednesday Night Rivalry game of the week. Of course, this is also the network that assumed that the Hawks and Wild(s) were rivals because of the Minnesota North Stars, so draw whatever conclusions from that which you'd like. Brandon Bollig believes that this is a rivalry. Talking to Scott Powers of ESPN, he had this to say: "I would say so, yeah," Bollig said after Monday's practice. "Obviously they're close, and we play them all the time. The way our two teams match up, they're always intense games. I would definitely say they're our biggest rival in the division now. I'm sure each and every game will be pretty exciting." Keep in mind Bollig is from here, so he's probably been raised with the expectation of this being a rivalry. Patrick Kane, well, he thinks that their main rival are the Vancouver Canucks. It makes sense when you think about it. The Canucks and Blackhawks have more recent playoff history. The Blues need to fix that. Regular season rivalries are fun, but it's the playoff rivalries that count. St. Louis has allowed just two goals to start their first two games. The Blackhawks' goaltending has not been as lucky, though they're still off to a solid start. Brandon Saad has two goals and two assists, and Nicklas Hjalmarsson has three assists. Kane also has two goals to start the season. These aren't the Predators. These aren't the Panthers. These are the guys who just won the Stanley Cup. If the Blues want to make a statement, a win tonight would go a long way to doing that. Is is possible? Of course. There might be bigger post-season things on the line down the street tonight, but the Blues have a lot riding on this game as well. It's not about filling some "rivalry void" for the Blackhawks now that the Wings are gone. It's about keeping this traditional rivalry alive.
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Tuesday October 8 Vancouver 3 - New Jersey 2 (OT) Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks got the last laugh in a somewhat uninspired contest against Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Going into the g...
Tuesday October 8 Vancouver 3 - New Jersey 2 (OT) Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks got the last laugh in a somewhat uninspired contest against Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Going into the game, all eyes were on the goaltendersâ??former teammates who faced off for the first time as rivals. Schneider got a well-deserved standing ovation from the cro...
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Publisher: Red Stylo Media If you're going to play God, why not do it with some style? When James decides to resurrect his dead boyfriend, he takes the opportunity to make a few "improvements" on the original design. Unfortunately, tamp...
Publisher: Red Stylo Media If you're going to play God, why not do it with some style? When James decides to resurrect his dead boyfriend, he takes the opportunity to make a few "improvements" on the original design. Unfortunately, tampering with nature has consequences even James could not have predicted. Mad science has never looked this good, in Extreme Makeover: Resurrection Edition, courtesy of Ryan Schrodt and Jarrod Perez. The digital download includes art pieces “Frankenspace,” by Jason Folkes and “Rosie the Reanimator,” by Jackson McBrayor and Xander Kent. Ryan L. Schrodt made his professional writing debut in Mark Millar’s CLiNT Magazine in 2011 and has not stopped making comics since. Also in 2011, he released a collection of short comics, Matinee Eclectica. Upcoming work includes the one-shot King of Cool (Comic Aid Press), the graphic novella How the Krampus Saved Christmas, a Supreme story drawn by Rob Liefeld, and contributions to various anthologies. He also writes and “draws” the weekly webcomic Dear Dinosaur for www.twoforonecomics.com. When he’s not making comics, he is fanatically supporting the Vancouver Canucks and trying to eat as many different grilled animals as possible. For more about Ryan’s adventures in comics, check out his website www.schrodtcomics.com. Jarrod L. Perez (or TOONZi, as he signs his work) is the founder/owner of Milqtoast Comics, a company branded with high quality comics created by himself with stimulating and playful illustrations and stories, touching anywhere from stoner adventures in strange lands to random humorous social commentaries by engaging colorful characters. Picking up a comic by Jarrod is the formula for intellectual and thought provoking comedy at its best. UNFASHIONED CREATURES, A Frankenstein Anthology, is a collection of original comic art and stories inspired by Mary Shelley's classic horror novel "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus." Edited by Enrica Jang. Read the other fifteen titles in the Unfashioned Creatures series right here on DrivethruComics.comPrice: $1.99
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It may not have been the start everyone was expecting from the Calgary Flames, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The first week of the regular season has gone surprisingly well for a team just embarking upon a rebuild. In fact, so ...
It may not have been the start everyone was expecting from the Calgary Flames, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The first week of the regular season has gone surprisingly well for a team just embarking upon a rebuild. In fact, so far the Flames are undefeated in regulation. Granted, two out of three of the games have been losses, and the goals against is a little high, but as far as opening weeks go, the Flames have had a good one. Game 1 In the season opener, the Flames went head to head against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Those expecting a blowout from the reigning Hart Trophy winner and his elite team were surprised at the pace at which the game began. The Flames outskated and outplayed the Caps, with newbie Sean Monahan picking up his very first NHL point, assisting on David Jones’ snapshot to open up the scoring in the first. Lee Stempniak and Jiri Hudler added a couple of goals of their own, and heading into the second, the Flames were sitting pretty with a three-goal lead. Karri Ramo had big shoes to fill as the starting goalie for the night. The Finnish heir apparent to Miikka Kiprusoff’s throne (which appears to be unoccupied for the time being) looked solid on the ice, stopping all 12 of the Capitals’ shots in the first. Connor Carrick (Tom Turk/THW) The netminder’s confidence boost was short-lived, however, and so was the spark that had the Flames dominating the Caps in the first period. What could have been seen as inevitable began to unfold in the second frame, starting with 19-year old Connor Carrick’s first NHL goal, which put Washington on the board seven minutes in. And it was all Caps from there. Lance Bouma scored the lone goal for Calgary, while Alex Ovechkin played catch-up for his team, bringing the Capitals to within one as the period closed out. And although Ramo stopped a barrage of shots in the third, it only took one wrister from Nicklas Backstrom to send the game into overtime. The extra frame solved nothing, and the first round of the shootout deemed the Capitals the victors of the night. Despite blowing a 3-0 lead, the contest between the Flames and Capitals was not as unevenly matched as predicted. The Flames youth played with grit and high energy, and it was a shame that the ice time for youngsters like Sven Baertschi and Sean Monahan decreased as the game went on. But the firepower of Alex Ovechkin (who skated away with 2 goals, 1 assist and a shootout goal that night) proved to be too much for a roster as green around the edges as the Flames. Calgary fell to Washington 5-4. Game 2 The Flames looked to redeem themselves against the Blue Jackets the very next day in Columbus’ home opener, this time with Joey MacDonald starting in net. Again, Sean Monahan wasted no time trying to solidify a permanent spot on the roster, and drew first blood for the Flames with a wrist shot less than three minutes into the game. And again, Calgary’s youngsters looked to make a statement, playing with tenacity and obvious heart. Columbus and Calgary traded goals twice each throughout the first period, with the second Flames goal courtesy of a gorgeous backhand breakaway shot by T.J. Galiardi. Both teams were held scoreless in the second, but in the third, veterans Jiri Hudler and Curtis Glencross scored the tie-breaking and go-ahead goals. Although Marian Gaborik brought the Blue Jackets to within one with less than five minutes left  to play, the Flames remained lively and aggressive, managing to hold on to the lead and win the game 4-3. Game 3 The Flames home opener was a big one, with division rival the Vancouver Canucks in town to play in the newly renovated Saddledome.  Just like in the season opener, the ice was not tilted towards the Flames end as most would have expected. The Canucks may have had big names like the Sedin twins, Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa dressed for the night but the Flames put up a good fight, regardless of the end result of the game. David Booth put the Canucks up
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Here is our favourite photo from those submitted to the Inside Vancouver Flickr photo pool . Keep submitting your photos – we love showcasing our city through the eyes of our readers.
Here is our favourite photo from those submitted to the Inside Vancouver Flickr photo pool . Keep submitting your photos – we love showcasing our city through the eyes of our readers.
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