CandyTown: Fun Free Event this weekend

Seventh Annual CandyTown Kicks off the Christmas Season This Weekend in Yaletown


What: CandyTown is making its seventh annual return to Downtown Vancouver, transforming the heritage district of Yaletown into a winter wonderland on Saturday, November 24, 2018. The neighbourhood-wide celebration will host merchants through the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, featuring food, gifts, music and other local vendors. With over 15,000 attendees last year, the 2018 lineup of activities and sugar-packed fun is sure to bring in even more revellers.


When: Saturday November 24th from 12pm to 7pm

Where: Mainland, Hamilton and Davie streets in Yaletown

Why: Vancouver’s sweetest winter festival is geared to be fun for all ages. With Christmas crafts & gifts, life-sized Santa sleigh ice carving, dancing gingerbreads, specialty cocktails, live music, roving musicians and costumed characters, CandyTown is an event to ignite the festive spirits of even the most stubborn of Scrooges. Kids can create their own candy kebobs at the Candy Hut or visit jolly old Saint Nicholas and the Ice Queen.

Embark on a magical horse-drawn carriage ride outside the Roundhouse Community Centre Turntable and be led on a relaxing seaside jaunt along Pacific Boulevard, Hamilton and Davie streets with a suggested $2 donation to the B.C. Children’s Hospital to help spur on the horses.


New this year, CandyTown will expand onto Hamilton and Davie streets. Adults will have their own set of attractions to choose from on Hamilton Street where festivalgoers can dance the day away at an interactive public disco decked out with a glitter station, take a stroll through a life-sized inflatable igloo, or enjoy live ice sculpture demonstrations. Also on-site will be Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lot pop-up, and environment enthusiasts can check out the Vancouver Aquarium AquaZone Program and Science World’s ‘Science on the Spot’ demonstration station. 19+ guests can eat, drink and be merry with a self-guided CandyTown Cocktail Tour, kicking off at the Vietnamese hot spot, House Special. Hearty appetites can flock to a diverse array of food trucks that will satisfy every craving, including Gary’s Kettle Corn, Sable Shortbread, Cannoli King, Damien’s Belgian Waffles, Sweet Thea Bakery and more. The excitement continues onto Davie Street, where there will be an extension of artisan vendors and gift tents. Guests may also enjoy visits to Engine 374 – Canada’s most historic steam locomotive – decked out in twinkling Christmas lights for the holiday season.


Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for donations that will benefit BC Children’s HospitalStarlight Children’s Foundation and the Rotary Club. Donations will be accepted for horse-drawn carriage rides and visits with Santa and the Ice Queen. 

How: The festival is FREE and open to the public. Visit the YBIA website for a full schedule of activities.



November Events 2018

It’s dark out so early these days! Daylight savings means it’s light out earlier, but it’s kind of depressing that it’s dark by 5 pm!

No matter, there are still lots of fun things happening around town to lift your spirits. As we slide into the holiday season, there will be lots of lights, skating at Robson Square, the Santa Claus Parade…

Here’s what’s happening in the city this month:

Hallowe’en Party Fun!

The Kids/Social Committee hosted a Hallowe’en party for the kids on October 26. There were treats and many games of limbo, musical chairs, and tag. Kids got to decorate cookies, share snacks, and eat some hot dogs!

A good time was had by all!

Stay tuned for info about our Christmas Party on December 16!




Co-op Principles

You’ll find this image posted in the lobby of “A” Building to remind us of the principles under which we live:


1. Voluntary and Open Membership

Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

2. Democratic Member Control

Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.

3. Member Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

4. Autonomy and Independence

Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

5. Education, Training and Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

6. Cooperation among Co-operatives

Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

7. Concern for Community

Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

Voter’s Guide

This municipal election is more complicated than many of the Provincial or Federal elections. With those, you often are just voting for one person, but on Oct 20, we need to vote for a grand total of 28 people, and there are more than 100 running to choose from.


Prepare for the election by picking up a Voter’s Guide at any Library, or go online: