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Well it’s that time of week again, where we compile all of the pertinent local news and current events from in and around the Lonsdale Avenue corridor of North Vancouver. We want to take this time to thank the staff at North Shore News for reading our content and using it to create articles for their newspaper, we know you read these and are grateful for you doing so.

This month the Government of BC licensed Zoom Video Call software for all of the students in the province to use for keeping on top of their studies. The only issue is that Zoom is not end to end encrypted and therefore is not 100% secure, so using the App for video calls for your kids can actually be a risk. It’s good to keep on top of technology news especially nowadays with how much time we spend indoors during the pandemic. We suggest reading Techmeme.

Another neat point to make is that the Apple App store and the Android App store have seen a 20% increase in year over year profits from paid downloads versus the same period last year. Which is an indication that we are all “bored in the house, in the house bored” as they say on TikTok.

Here is the roundup of noteworthy topics for you to checkout below.

Lynn Valley Ecology Centre – is offering stay at home digital workshops to learn how to grow your own fruits and vegetables in your garden, ensuring you have enough food for yourself and members of your family.

GoFundMe – Claire Gamache is doing a fundraiser for midwives and healthcare workers who are on the front lines in North Vancouver and are in need of full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

Fundrazr – Cargill is working with our nonprofit and NGO partners around the globe to help address food insecurity and emergency medical needs for those who are vulnerable during this pandemic, including the Harvest Project.

News 1130 – Christine Reid and her husband, Joe, are trying to launch a new business in North Vancouver, the United Strangers Corner Store, to help people who might be struggling during this difficult time.

Daily Hive – Capilano University is hatching plans to provide its campus in North Vancouver with a new student residence building that includes housing for over 300 students along with great infrastructure.

Kare 11 – a French bulldog battled it out against a hailstorm in North Vancouver British Columbia on March 31 and it doesn’t look like he’s winning this battle however he’s clearly having tons of fun.

Pacific Junior Hockey League – the PJHL Leading Scorer for the 2019-2020 regular season is Alex Suprynowicz of the North Vancouver Wolf Pack. The NHL, WHL and other sports leagues are now closed for the year.

Youth Unlimited – the youth of North Vancouver present, CityFest at Home! On May 2, British Columbia’s biggest youth event is moving from the Lower Lonsdale Shipyards District straight to your screens at home.

Globe and Mail – the Canadian Government is opening British Columbia schools to help with childminding for front line and essential industry workers, this will also happen here in North Vancouver as we move forward.

Capilano Courier – North Shore residents will finally get to try out the new R2 Marine Drive RapidBus, which will replace the 239 Park Royal/CapilanoU, starting service at Park Royal and ending at Phibbs Exchange.

Business in Vancouver – the hotel industry has been decimated and completely flatlined, however new developments will continue says North Vancouver-based Carrie Russell, a partner at HVS hotel consultancy. 

Electrek – in North Vancouver Canada, gas-pump warnings display graphics depicting loss of biodiversity. However, the designs were co-opted by the Canadian fuel industry for use in a national “smart fuelling” initiative.

Global News – 2 British Columbia based police officers share April Fool’s video and COVID-19 message, they are from West Vancouver and North Vancouver, and it shows a great sense of community and wanting to spread joy.

Hello Magazine – Tessa Virtue, who is on lockdown here in North Vancouver, shares the morning routine she’s using to get through self-isolation and stay on top of her regular health and fitness needs.

Truhavn – had the pleasure of interviewing Ariela Badenas, the co-founder of Tempea Natural Foods based in North Vancouver BC Canada, about the nutritional benefits of fermented soybeans, also known as tempeh.

Ottawa Citizen – a Canadian father and son are safely home after an epic, Indiana Jones-style journey from the heart of Peru’s Amazon basin to 2 weeks of quarantine in a North Vancouver AirBnB.

Glacier Farm Media – industrial operations like grain terminals and rail lines aren’t just near to multimillion-dollar condominiums in North Vancouver, they are literally neighbours and it’s creating a weird vibe.

Vancouver Sun – have you tried to order groceries online for delivery or pickup? No stores in North Vancouver — Real Canadian Superstore, Stong’s Market, Safeway and Save-On-Foods — have any available times right now.

Castanet – Henson Development is proposing 146 rental and 439 strata units in a series of two-to-12-storey buildings on 8.9 acres on the North Shore, being accessed by a gondola style transportation system.

CBC News – email and text message phishing attacks are on the rise and using the same strategy as other attempts in the past, said Joe Martin, with North Vancouver-based tech firm Compunet.

Polygon Gallery – every Saturday is ‘kids collage portrait time’, combine a photoshoot or illustration with old-school collage techniques to create a contemporary take on portraiture! Super fun for the whole family too.

District of North Van Fire Department – thanks to District employee Gerry and his 3D printing pals for volunteering their time to print 100 face shields in 5 days for our fire department and various aligned agencies (main photo).

North Van Arts – has launched a series of online classes and resources for the community including stories and songs, mindfulness through art journaling, an introduction to acrylics, and stories from the home.

North Van School District – ​the North Vancouver School District recognizes the suspension of in-class instruction has created the need for emergent care arrangements for many of our families, especially front line medical workers.

North Van School District – we need to provide educational continuity for students and families, while recognizing the uniqueness of our current situation and the unfolding and uncertain global concern we now face.

North Van Museum and Archives – welcome to the launch of THE INLET – a virtual hub for NVMA staff, supporters and our community to tell stories, share ideas and stay in touch during this time of social distancing.

North Van Recreation and Culture – has compiled a list of 15 ways for you to stay active and healthy at home, which will help many parents and families with both their physical health but also improving mental health.

North Van City Library – this week, we have launched a new chat function on our website so you can connect with library staff virtually and we’re still available by phone at 604-998-3450 or email at info@nvcl.ca.

District of North Vancouver – has cancelled regular council meetings given the covid19 pandemic as they consider the possibility of doing them using live stream video conference calls the same as the City of North Van is doing.

North Van District Library – has created an online survey to reach out to the community to ask for feedback on what you would like to see from their ongoing email newsletters, they want to provide a better service quality.

North Van Chamber – it is not “business as usual” for commercial tenants and landlords given the challenges we face. Join Jonathan Vroom, of North Shore Law, as he explains your rights and obligations under commercial leasing.

City of North Vancouver – has suspended the public development applications process until later this spring. They will resume bringing forward applications for Council consideration once the COVID-19 situation subsides.

City of North Vancouver – has taken the leap and begun doing video conferencing for regular council meetings, this most recent time they were discussing the budget constraints currently being placed on the city coffers.

City of North Vancouver – sends out their weekly email newsletter called CityView, and this week it includes updates about how to be a good neighbour, permits now being done via email, Translink changes and more.

That’s all of the top news this week, and we suggest that you stay connected to social media for the most real time updates which happen much faster then any website can publish content. We like a mix of social media updates along with regular news websites for the best depth of coverage. Remember you can contact us any time to chat.

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