Vancouver Sports Legends Remember the Glory Days

Glory Days panel (left to right) Iain MacIntyre (moderator), Bob Lenarduzzi, Lui Passaglia, and Dennis Kearns.


Thursday night’s Glory Days panel discussion was a mixture of laughter, insight and comradery, as three Vancouver sports legends gathered to talk about sports and lifestyle in the 1970s.

The event featured former Whitecaps FC player Bob Lenarduzzi, former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dennis Kearns, and former BC Lions placekicker/punter Lui Passaglia. Moderated by the Vancouver Sun columnist, Iain MacIntyre, questions were raised about how different the sporting experience and profession have become. The discussion also hit on their relationships with the fans, the city’s vibrant music scene, and even their struggles with AstroTurf!

Sitting before a mural of exclusive black and white photos from the Vancouver in the Seventies exhibition, the four started the event off with how conditioning and the level of work put into professional athletics have changed.

Bob Lenarduzzi, who is the current club president of the Whitecaps, instantly remarked “training camps!” Specifically mentioning how players would show up having not practiced in the off season. Now, players keep themselves constantly fit. Training camps are for staying in shape, not getting back into it. Dennis even commented on a time player where once allowed to smoke between periods. Times have certainly changed!

When asked what it felt like to be a part of a sports entity, Lui notes that Vancouver was becoming a “big league city” and how special it was have the opportunity to play in his home town. Bob and Lui went on to reminisce on growing up in the same East Van neighbourhood and the irony that was Bob winning a kicking contest, while Lui won a soccer contest.

So what is the biggest change in their respective sport? “Longer shorts,” says Bob. The audience laughs. He goes on to mention how sports science and sports psychology have drastically evolved and how these things make a difference more than ever today. “Bigger, faster players,” says Lui, also mentioning how TV has brought sports into homes 24/7. Dennis remarked on the “phenomenal young players” he’s seeing today, and how entertaining these athletes are.

Inspired by the lively dancing photos in the backdrop, an audience member asked the former players what their favourite part of the music scene was back then. Lui points to Bob, “You should’ve seen him on the dance floor.” The men go on to mention Frank Sinatra, Sly and the Family Stone, and Elton John at the Colosseum. Oh yeah, and Bob loves disco!

When asked what one word best described their 1970s Vancouver experience, Lui answered “Humbling.” Dennis and Bob both rebelled by answering with three. “National Hockey League” remarks Dennis, smiling eye to eye while Bob says simply, “living the dream.”

Bob, Lui, and Dennis brought the 70s sports era back to life at Glory Days. To learn and see more of what life was like in the city during the 1970s, explore the Vancouver in the Seventies exhibition on through July 16, 2017.

Bob Lenarduzzi reminisced about the parade on Granville Street following the 1979 NASL Championship. This photo featuring goalie Phil Parkes (left) and captain John Craven (right) with the trophy was taken by Ralph Bower, Vancouver Sun, September 9, 1979.


New activities added to Winter Wander 2017

Vanier Park hosts 6th annual event on February 4th

This Saturday, people from across the lower mainland will venture to Vanier Park for an exciting day of cultural exploration. And for the first time in the event's history, there will be snow on the ground!

Presented by Port of Vancouver, this event offers people the chance to experience all of the park's attractions for just $5.00 per person.

The Vancouver Maritime Museum, Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives will all be open, with performances from Bard on the Beach's Young Shakespeareans, VAM students, storytelling by Vancouver Public Library, and additional programming throughout.


New this year:

Gamelan Bike Bike at the Vancouver Maritime Museum

Live music inspired by traditional Indonesian Gamelan is played on upcycled bicycle parts, transformed into musical instruments.


Origami Station in the MOV Studio

Explore the endless possibilities of Origami - the art of paperfolding. Learn to make boats, fish, birds, hearts, etc. from a simple square piece of paper.


Migration Map in MOV's Joyce Walley Learning Centre

This giant map is 10.7 metres (35') x 7.9 metres (26') highlights the North American migrations of 20 at-risk species that call Canada home.


Ball hockey in the Vancouver Archives parking Lot

From 11am – 4pm, improve your shooting skills on fully dressed goalies, or join a game. Bring your own stick or use one of ours.


We hope you join us for this exciting event. More details can be found at




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All Together Now contributor Maurice Guibord and curator Viviane Gosselin acknowledge the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 with insights, memories and collectables from this ground-breaking Canadian event.   7pm   +
Explore the MOV, H.R MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Archives, Vancouver Academy of Music and the Maritime Museum all for $5. There will be food trucks, performances and family activities!  10am - 5pm 
Rebecca Blissett, Richard Lam, and Jon Lehmann discuss journalism’s shift from film to digital photography and the role it has in altering the media’s approach to documenting news. Moderated by Jennifer Moreau.  6pm   +
On the last Thursday of every month, the Museum is open late and admission is PWYC between 5pm - 8pm. 

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Province of BC cuts red tape for music festivals and special events

Today at the Museum of Vancouver, major players in B.C.'s government and music industry annouced exciting changes to the Province's liquor laws.

(From left to right) Nick Blasko – advisory committee, BC Music Fund, John Yap – Richmond Steveston MLA, Coralee Oakes – Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction, Graham Henderson –  President of Music Canada, Catherine Runnals  – President of Brand Live

The Province is modernizing B.C. liquor laws and cutting red tape for businesses by simplifying the application process for festivals, concerts and other cultural events.

Previously, only non-profit organizations could apply for a Special Occasion Licence (now Special Event Permit) and were responsible for liquor service at the event, even when it was organized by a third party.

This change allows businesses to apply for a Special Event Permit and accept liability for liquor service at the event. Removing the requirement for charities to be involved in the permitting process will cut red tape for event organizers.

“These changes are the result of consultations with industry and an important step forward in our continued work to modernize B.C.’s liquor laws by cutting red tape for businesses. We expect these changes will increase the number of special events held throughout B.C. and strengthen patronage of the arts in our communities,” stated Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch.

Quick Facts:

  • Effective Jan. 23, 2017, any type of business or individual can apply for a Special Event Permit.
  • Recently, the Province cut red tape for the music industry by creating a more streamlined liquor permit application that requires only one application for an event with multiple venues over multiple days.
  • The Province also recently introduced alternate use for liquor primary venues, allowing them to hold all-ages events as long as liquor is not available.


For more info read the official press release here.

Legacy Awards Dinner

Please join us on October 6th, at the 2014 Legacy Awards Dinner, as we recognize Morris J. Wosk and Yosef Wosk, Dr. Julio Montaner and Wade Grant  for their commitment to shaping a better Vancouver.

Guests at this fundraiser will enjoy an exclusive evening of good company, interesting ideas, a sit-down dinner, complimentary beverages, live entertainment, and a silent auction benefiting our non-profit society. (more info here)

*Tickets are available here. You will receive a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price.

Date: Monday, October 6, 2014

Schedule: 5:30pm Cocktails & Silent Auction; 6:30pm Dinner & Awards

Location: The Museum of Vancouver in Vanier Park, 1100 Chestnut St. Vancouver, BC

Dress code: Elegant

Tickets: $225/person; $2150/table of 10; $2,500/sponsored table of 10.
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BUILT CITY review: Nature, Urban Space & Biomimicry

Many would say that Nature had it right, and that she’d be much better off environmentally speaking, without human interference. However, since we’ve now burned through the industrial revolution and now find ourselves struggling for solutions to house a human population boasting 7-10 billion by 2050, architects, and scientists alike are asking, “Should design imitate nature?”

BuiltCity talk at MOVFor the third and final installation of the MOV’s BuiltCity talks (with Architecture Canada), “Nature, Urban Space, & Biomimicry” Thomas Knittel of HOK and Dr. Faisal Moola, Director of Science at the David Suzuki Foundation responded with a resounding “Yes!”

With close to 80% of Canadians living in cities, and largest population booms expected right here in Vancouver (and Montreal/Toronto), it’s clear that our developmental policy needs change. As Faisal emphasized in his talk, “with scarce resources and little guidance, municipal governments are charged with developing and enforcing many of the policies and programs necessary to ensure that urban development doesn’t consume what’s left of the natural world closest to home.”

HOK Biomimicry

For Thomas, this means moving away from a model of simply reducing harmful developmental practices, towards a model of positive impact. At HOK, they’re focusing on a few key principles, based on examples from the natural world. Take, for example, the delicate bones of a vulture's wing, which can be mimicked in the structural design of a building’s framework to concentrate material where it is needed most, and reduce waste elsewhere.

As exemplified by this orphanage built in Haiti, whose design mimics the function of a forest canopy, HOK calls this process a Fully Integrated System (FIT).

The evening’s lecture was a unique contrast in perspective, pairing Knittel’s practical experience, with Moola’s policy/natural capital point of view. 

Natural capital stocks

Pointing to another HOK project in Lavasa, India, Thomas spoke to how, recognizing the ecological performance standards of a region are key to the FIT model of development, which aim to create the best social, economic, and environmental capacity of design. For example, if a desert plant grows in a way which provides a degree of self-shading, water storage, and a balance between overheating and sun collection for transpiration during cool nights, why wouldn’t a building in the desert follow similar principles?

Following the presentations from Knittel and Moola, there was an interactive discussion, moderated by Ray Cole. Questions were raised about the ability to distinguish between simply a ‘beautification’ vs. ‘biodiversity’-enhancing project; audience members wondered what the most important area of policy change to push forward to encourage the practice of biomimicry; and some technical discussion emerged around the limits to a biomimicry-styled design process? Is it simply the next trend? Overall, it was agreed that we cannot place the same design demands on all buildings. Warehouses, schools, factories and houses have different requirements and restraints, exactly the same way ecological life has more and less generous players. A sustainable future must recognize that complexity.

Ray Cole, professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and co-founder of the Green Building Challenge, summed up the evening stating that we as humans have been more demanding than nature itself, and that the positive messaging of biomimicry and ideas of nature for enhancing life is the type of powerful point that will sow seeds for the fundamental will to change.

UP NEXT: While the BuiltCity lecture series has wrapped up for now, the MOV has a stellar lineup of architectural and planning-based dialogue planned with the upcoming SALA Speaks series taking place every Sunday in March at the Museum of Vancouver.  


[Photos by Hanna Cho and Gala Milne // Images courtesy Thomas Knittel and Faisal Moola]

Moving Through

Over the weekend MOV stepped outside with the latest event in the Not an Architectural Spearker’s Series. Moving Through was a series of walks and talks around the city centred around transit, architecture and urban planning.

Participants explored the city and the built environment from new angles, considering the way that we live, work and move around Vancouver.

At the end, everyone gathered at SFU Woodwards for a talk by Gordon Price, Director of the City Program at SFU. Price asked everyone in attendance about why we need to change.

As he noted, the way we do things has created a lot of economic prosperity and allowed people to live stable lives and raise families with good careers and nice homes. We have lived in a time and place that has been very politically and socially stable. We have a good thing going right now, so why change it?

The environment is changing. Many signs point to us reaching the carrying capacity of the Earth, and this will have far-reaching implications for how we organize our society. The political and economic stability we have enjoyed is not necessarily a given in the future.

Vancouver’s population is growing and construction is not keeping up with demand for new housing. New people moving to Vancouver are going to need places to live but where to put them, and in what kind of accommodation? We’re running out of brownfields to redevelop within the city limits so we’re going to have to look hard at the municipalities outside Vancouver. Our population is aging as well and these people will need to be housed and cared for.

He ended with his wish to see us begin the changes we need before the situation becomes dire. Some sobering food for thought.

Podcasts and video footage from the event are coming soon. Until then, check out some photos from the event.

Images: Kellan Higgins, Michael Schwartz and Gala Milne

DTES Kitchen Tables: Buying food for the DTES

Wednesday’s post about the DTES Kitchen Tables Series dialogues covered the poverty mentality and food donations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, but the majority of food distributed in the DTES is purchased by non-profits from businesses, and some of the discussion focused on the issues they face in sourcing good food for their clients.

Ruth Inglis of the DTES Women’s Centre shared a bit about how she goes about purchasing food for the meal programs in her organization.

When she first took on planning meals for the Centre, food orders were made through a large distributor, and due to the low volume of their orders and the supplier’s minimum purchasing rules, the supplier would only deliver once per month. She was concerned that she was unable to know where the food had come from and how it was grown and wanted to support local and organic growing if it was possible.

She began to look for alternative sources and ultimately settled on another large distributor. In the end, price won out as her main consideration.

Searching for alternatives

There are several organizations that are working in the DTES to provide better access to food. One that was mentioned was Quest Food Exchange, an organization that works with restaurants and grocery stores to divert food that would normally be considered waste toward people who are in need. Some of the food is donated to local charities while much of it is offered for sale to low-income people and non-profits at below cost.

Inglis mentioned that while she was interested in purchasing food from Quest, uncertainty about what goods would be available was a disadvantage. Their stock and prices fluctuate, making it difficult to budget and plan meals, and food may be at the end of it’s shelf life, making storage an issue.

For her organization right now, going with a large commercial distributor is easier and makes more sense.

Large distributors are not necessarily bad. Darren Stott, former director of purchasing for SPUDcontributed some thoughts about distributors and sourcing ethical food. SPUD lists the location that the food it sells comes from so that consumers can make informed choices. Other distributors don’t do this. This is because many other larger distributors are so big and have so many sources that they may not know where their food came from and it is not yet part of their corporate culture to make note of it.

However, this is not to say that it is not possible. SPUD’s decision to list food where food came from was a direct result of consumer pressure. Large distributors have greater capacity and are more efficient at sourcing and purchasing. They would source more ethical products if they felt there was consumer demand.

Kitchen Tables Project

Rock’s vision for the Kitchen Tables Project is a resource that enables easier access to food for organizations in the DTES.

These organizations are small and often acting in isolation from each other. There is a need in the DTES for an organization that helps coordinate communication between different organizations about their needs. This organization could help facilitate collective purchasing directly from farms or from suppliers to drive down the price and support local producers at the same time.

Come join us for the next Kitchen Tables talk this Sunday, November 21, where the next topic will beMaking Food, Making Jobs: Downtown Eastside Residents working in their local food economy.

To learn more about the DTES Kitchen Tables Project, visit

DTES Kitchen Tables: the trouble with donations

The DTES Kitchen Tables Series is a series of dialogues at MOV that put a lens on the issue of providing nutritious and affordable food to people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The first dialogue centred around the ‘poverty mentality’, the assumption that because people are poor, they are less deserving of a minimum standard of living. This mentality provides a huge barrier to access for many people in need of nutritious food. Many Downtown Eastside residents have health and mental issues that are exacerbated by their lack of access to adequate nutrition, and while they may not have the money to pay for it, the need is still there.

On October 24 we were joined by Joyce Rock, Executive Director of the DTES Neighbourhood House, Ruth Inglis of the DTES Women’s Centre and Darren Stott, former director of purchasing for SPUD to talk about practical solutions to the food problem in the DTES. The dialogue, “Harvest… What harvest?” centred around the issue of distributing quality food in the DTES and the discussion uncovered several issues that face non-profits as they try to help those in need. 

The trouble with donations

Downtown Eastside non-profits are often the recipients of food donations from well-wishing donors and businesses that often unintentionally put the recipient organizations in a difficult position.

While they are desperately in need of donations and resources, they are often the recipients of donations that they are not able to use. Often donations are of food that is of low nutritional value - high in sugar and fat - food that is not well suited to meeting the nutritional needs of their clients who may suffer from diabetes, HIV, malnutrition or other conditions.

At other times food donations may be difficult to process. A donation of vegetables or fruit may be at the end of it’s shelf life and an organization may not have the resources - the staff time, volunteers and storage space to make use of it. The organization must then take on the burden of dealing with it’s disposal.

So why accept these donations in the first place?

Once again, the poverty mentality rears it’s ugly head. What right do these organizations in need have to refuse this help that is offered to them? The panelists revealed that it is often difficult to refuse food donations regardless of the fact that they may not meet their organizations’ needs. Non-profits and charities do not want to burn their bridges or be seen to be ungrateful for the assistance that is offered to them.

These organizations recognize that donors mean well, but that better communication is needed so that organizations in the DTES are the recipients of donations that they can actually use. And, in addition to this, there is a need for organizations to be comfortable with refusing donations, to script a depersonalized and non-alienating ‘no’ so that non-profits have more say in what they ultimately distribute to their clients.

Come join us for the next Kitchen Tables talk this Sunday, November 21, where the next topic will be Making Food, Making Jobs: Downtown Eastside Residents working in their local food economy.

To learn more about the DTES Kitchen Tables Project, visit

Home Grown Opening Party


Opening night of Home Grown was a huge success. Over 500 people came to view the exhibit and sample local organic foods. Thanks to everyone who came!


Home Grown is a photographic exploration of local food production and sustainable farming in Vancouver and the surrounding region, presented by MOV and FarmFolk/CityFolk.


In photo-journalistic style, 39 stunning images by photographer, Brian Harris, contain a call-to-action for individuals and communities to reclaim control of local food systems and to think carefully about the ethics of food consumption decisions that are made everyday.

It runs until January 2nd.


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