As we head into Pride Weekend in Vancouver, we reflect on the privileges and freedoms afforded to Canadian citizens. While not perfect, they’re far better than many places around the globe, especially for those identifying as LGBTQ+. Rights have been extended in more and more countries but unfortunately, there are still at least 14 countries where homosexuality is legally punishable by death.
Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community organization supporting people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Since 2011, Rainbow Refugee Society has worked in partnership with the Federal government to direct a blended sponsorship program called the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Project (RRAP). This is a national project and Rainbow Refugee has the responsibility of working with its own Circles of Hope as well as other community organizations across Canada to sponsor LGBTQ+ asylum seekers.
The Rainbow Connection is one of the Circles of Hope hoping to supporting Rainbow Refugee. We are a group of friends, lead by Mr. Gay Canada 2019, working together to assist a LGBTQ+ person hoping to resettle in Canada. We are grateful to live in Canada and have the ability to live and love in a safe and supportive community. Supporting a person, presently living in an African refugee camp, whose life is in danger because of who they are is our way of sharing the benefits that we have through our citizenship and friendships.
We have set up a Canada Helps donation page to help raise funds online as well as raising offline funds to support our goal. Along with our knowledge and support, the money we raise will assist this Rainbow Refugee to set up a new life in Canada. It will go towards food, housing, transportation, personal health… anything and everything needed every day to live a full life. We hope you will support us in this endeavour, any little bit you can contribute is greatly appreciated and if you cannot provide monetary support we ask that you share the donation page with your network.
For something more one of a kind perhaps a food experience is what you’re looking for? Next month, especially, is loaded with food fun, check out Vanfoodster.com for some terrific food-fun events. On January 12th get the New Year off to the right bite with NoodleMania, a travelling food tour all across Vancouver in search of all types of noodles: ramen, pasta, udon, mein and more. Every culture has its own form of noodle so take a tour around the world while touring the city.
Also in January is Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival from January 17 – February 2, 2014 restaurants all around Vancouver take part in Canada’s largest restaurant festival with many, many unique food events included during the fortnight. VanFoodster and Dine Out have combined for a few of them; West End Brunch Crawl on January 19 and then a week later, East Side Brunch Crawl – January 26. Each Brunch Crawl is an eight restaurant food crawl through the hot brunch spots in their respective neighbourhoods. Then follow it all up, February 1st with Palate Promenades – Granville Island Discoveries, a visit to 10+ of the Island’s merchants including restaurants, breweries, Canada’s only Sake distillery, butchers, bakers and much more.
Whether you choose these events or any of the other tasty treats available to you in this great food town, your food lover is sure the appreciate the great gift and experience they get from you.
Over 30 years ago, Seattle born sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson began playing music around Vancouver and sowed the seeds of what would become the legendary rock act Heart. Recently inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Ann and Nancy Wilson have always been ground-breakers, paving the way for a generation of female rockers the sisters were the first to write, record and perform their own music. In 2012 the band was very busy, releasing a greatest hits anthology, Strange Euphoria as well as their 14th studio album, Fanatic which featured three hit singles: “Fanatic”, “Walking Good”, featuring Sarah McLachlan, and “Dear Old America”. Ann and Nancy also hit the NY Times Best Sellers List with their memoir Kicking & Dreaming: A Story Of Heart, Soul, And Rock And Roll
Now the band returns to the city of its birth for a first-ever Canadian, holiday show, and they’re bringing along some surprise friends to help them celebrate. Heart & Friends: Home For The Holidays concert is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on December 13, 2013; tickets are on sale now.