Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods in 1,000 years
“We are excited for our community to ring in the New Year surrounded by local talent, Vancouver’s natural landscape and, of course, family and friends,” said Charles Gauthier, president of the not-for-profit Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society, in a statement.
“We anticipate the same joyful atmosphere experienced at past community celebrations that have taken place along Canada Place Way, such as Canada Day. With the help of our partners, the community’s best interests have been top of mind during all stages of our planning.”
The initiative to revive Vancouver’s annual New Year’s Eve festivities was launched in 2012 by Vancity Buzz, which also created the New Year’s Eve Celebration Society. Members and other founding sponsors of the organization include the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, Port Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Tourism Vancouver, Starbucks Coffee, Vanterre Projects, Boughton Law Corporation, Burrard Landing, and BDO Canada.
Other partners and sponsors include Concord Pacific, City of Vancouver, 102.7 The PEAK, WestPark, Herschel, CF Pacific Centre, Tom Lee Music, Nelson Square, Global B.C., 24 Hours, Molson, Granville Island Brewing, PCI Developments Corp., Pinetree Creative, AntiSocial Media Solutions, Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, Brix Media Co., The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, Terminal City Club, and EventCorp Services Inc.
Programming at the 102.7 The PEAK Stage, located on Canada Place Way, will focus on the participants of The PEAK Performance Project. Over the last seven years, the program has educated, promoted, developed and launched the careers of some of British Columbia’s up and coming artists.
Five bands will take the stage beginning at 8 p.m.:
Prior to the band performances, there will be DJs and multicultural performances by First Nations, Kin Fung Athletic Group, and Vancouver Okinawa Taiko.
Early Eve Countdown Fireworks
There will be an Early Eve countdown event from the 102.7 The PEAK Stage, coinciding with the East Coast countdowns. The early countdown provides families with young children with a chance to celebrate New Year’s revelry.
A three-minute-long high-aerial fireworks display at 9 p.m. will conclude the Early Eve program.
Midnight Countdown Fireworks
The celebrations to mark the arrival of 2016 will conclude with an 11-minute, high-aerial fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. There will be also be a final countdown from the 102.7 The PEAK Stage.
The Midnight Fireworks, presented by WestPark, are synchronized to a soundtrack, which will be broadcasted on live radio at 102.7 The PEAK FM. For those celebrating the New Year from home, Global B.C. will be broadcasting live from the event.
Similar to Canada Day, both fireworks displays will be launched from a barge anchored in the middle of Coal Harbour – just west of the Canada Place pier and north of the Vancouver Convention Centre’s West Building.
Canada Place Way by the 102.7 The PEAK Stage has been deemed the best location to view the fireworks, given that it will also include a countdown and fireworks experience with the soundtrack.
Please note that the fireworks are not visible from English Bay and Kitsilano.
All public transit services – buses, SeaBus, SkyTrain, and West Coast Express – in Metro Vancouver will be free to encourage revellers to stay off the roads after celebratory drinking. Transit will be free beginning at 5 p.m. on December 31 until 5 a.m. on January 1.
In addition to free fares, all three SkyTrain lines and SeaBus late-night services will be extended by one hour. The last trains and ferry will depart Waterfront Station after 2 a.m.
Trains will operate more frequently to handle the surge in traffic traveling to parties and the downtown celebration.
Buses will operate on their regular weekday schedule on New Year’s Eve and additional late-night trips will be made on a number of routes.
For the full New Year’s Eve transit schedule, click here.
Canada Place Way between Howe and Burrard streets will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30 to allow for the set-up of the festival. However, the route will remain open for local access to parkades and the hotels in the area. Additional restrictions could be put in place in the evening due to large crowds.
Where: Canada Place Way and Coal Harbour, Downtown Vancouver
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2015 to 12:20 a.m. January 1, 2016
Chan, Kenneth. (2015, December 22). New Year’s Eve Vancouver. VancityBuzz. Retrieved From: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/12/new-years-eve-vancouver-fireworks-festival-schedule-road-closures/
Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island’s first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.
Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago but a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.
“I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet,” said Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, high priest of ‘Asatruarfelagid’, an association that promotes faith in the Norse gods.
“We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”
Membership in Asatruarfelagid has tripled in Iceland in the last decade to 2,400 members last year, out of a total population of 330,000, data from Statistics Iceland showed. Read more…
CBC News Posted: Dec 29, 2015 5:00 AM ET
There was a time in Canada when indigenous peoples weren’t allowed to hire lawyers without the permission of government officials, and First Nations people couldn’t enter law school without first renouncing their “Indian status.”
That all changed in 1954 when the late William Wuttunee graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, becoming Western Canada’s first status Indian lawyer.
Since then, many indigenous people across the country have followed in Wuttunee’s footsteps, graduating from law school, being called to bar and succeeding in a field that was until recently off-limits to them.
Here’s a look at five indigenous people who are using the legal profession to change Canada.
A founding member of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, Donald Worme is a Cree lawyer based in Saskatoon.
From the Kawacatoose First Nation, Worme first rose to prominence for his work in the Neil Stonechild inquiry in 2003, during which he represented Stonechild’s family.
Since then, Worme has represented many families and groups who often find themselves at odds with police and the justice system. These include the family of Matthew Dumas, shot and killed by Winnipeg police in 2005, and Kinew James, who died in Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre in 2013.
Worme was also commission counsel between 2004 and 2006 at the Ipperwash Inquiry — which was tasked with investigating what led to the shooting death of unarmed Anishinaabe protester Dudley George — was more recently, for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
A great-grandniece of famed Métis leader Louis Riel, Jean Teillet had two-decade career in theatre – dancing, acting, teaching and choreographing – before entering the University of Toronto’s law school at age 38.
When she graduated in 1994, she quickly established herself as a staunch defender of indigenous rights.
In 2003, Teillet won a landmark victory in the Supreme Court of Canada for Métis rights. The case centred on Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., resident Steve Powley who was charged with hunting moose without a licence.
Now a partner with Pape Salter Teillet LLP, Teillet specializes in aboriginal rights law, a field in which she’s won numerous awards, including the 2011 Indigenous Peoples’ Council award by the Indigenous Bar Association and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Outside the courtroom, Teillet helped create the Métis Nation of Ontario and has served as vice president and treasurer of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, and founding president of the Métis Nation Lawyers Association.
A member of the Georgina Island First Nation, an Anishinaabe community in Ontario, Christa Big Canoe is the legal advocacy director of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.
Big Canoe, known as a passionate advocate for First Nation children and women’s rights, has appeared before all levels of court in Canada where she’s provided an aboriginal perspective and representation on issues that most affect aboriginal people in Canadian law.
While at Legal Aid Ontario, she led the province-wide Aboriginal Justice Strategy aimed at removing barriers to accessing justice for First Nation, Métis and Inuit people.
Most recently, Big Canoe is representing six of the seven families of the students whose deaths are the subject of an inquest in Thunder Bay. All of the young people came to the city from remote First Nations to attend high school.
Katherine Hensel was called to the bar in 2003.
Just a year later, the member of the Secwepemc nation began to serve as assistant commission counsel for the Ipperwash Inquiry.
After working with a prominent litigation firm for several years, Hensel left to establish Hensel Barristers in 2011. She’s since been involved with several cases involving indigenous rights, and served as counsel for the Native Women’s Association of Canada during the British Columbia’s Missing and Murdered Women’s Inquiry.
Hensel often speaks to the media about issues surrounding indigenous peoples, including a recent appearance on CBC’s The Current, where she offered pointed criticism of the justice system in the wake of a controversial not-guilty decision in the Cindy Gladue murder trial.
“There needs to be a 360-degree analysis of what happens in Canadian courtrooms, in the Canadian justice system,” Hensel said.
He’s not even been called to the bar yet, but Caleb Behn is already planning to use the law to defend the traditional territory of his people, the Dene.
Behn was born into in a very political family, with several close relatives serving as chiefs. He grew up in northern British Columbia, a land increasingly changed as the oil and gas industry grows.
Driven by a responsibility to protect that land and water, Behn entered law school at the University of Victoria.
Before officially entering his chosen profession, Behn has seen that goal — and his life — become the subject of a critically acclaimed 2015 documentary, Fractured Land.
“Anybody who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with,” said Bill McKibben, 350.org founder.
(2015, December 29) Legal warriors: Profiles of 5 indigenous lawyers. CBC News. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/legal-warriors-five-indigenous-lawyers-1.3371819