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David Owen: Why Manhattan is the Greenest City in North America

We are pleased to present David Owen’s presentation at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre on March 17, 2011.

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David Owen in Vancouver March 17

I am thrilled that best-selling author and urban thinker David Owen will be coming to Vancouver for a series of public events. On March 17, 7:30 pm, we will be hosting a free public speech at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre titled “Why Manhattan is the Greenest City in North America”. There are only a limited number of […]

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A chance to become ‘Greeting Fluent’

Source: Vancouver Sun Over the last few decades, Vancouver’s streets have filled with voices speaking more than 100 languages. For most of us the sounds seem like impenetrable babble. Although it is unlikely that any of us will become fluent in these languages, this should not deter us from discovering the treasures that they hold nor […]

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What is Greeting Fluency?

What is Greeting Fluency?

Greeting Fluency official launch June 23, 2011. Courtesy of Abco Film Corp. The Greeting Fluency Initiative encourages citizens to learn a few words of greetings in the languages of their neighbors. Our communities are becoming more multicultural and multilingual. This presents great opportunities for both the more traditional older communities and the newer ones. Older […]

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Public Salon 8: February 1, 2011

Venue: Vancouver Playhouse Host: Sam Sullivan Nancy McKinstry has a high profile in B.C.’s business and nonprofit communities. She has served on corporate, university and non-profit boards, and spent more than two decades with Odlum Brown Ltd., where she became the first woman to be appointed as director. McKinstry is the Chair of ICBC and on the board […]

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February 1 Public Salon recap

Nearly 500 guests attended the February 1 Public Salon, the largest turnout to date. Niamh Scallan, a freelance journalist, writes about the evening’s speakers. Videos will be posted soon. Public Salon with Sam Sullivan By Niamh Scallan It was a chilly February evening when Vancouverites came together for the first Public Salon of 2011. Before […]

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Canadians explore greeting fluency concept in Tagalog, 2 languages

Source: Philippine Asian News Today Learning seven simple phrases is not much more difficult than learning to use chopsticks. This was the gist of former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan’s message when he conceptualized the introduction of seven phrases of Vancouver’s three most important languages — Cantonese, Punjabi and Tagalog—in a forum on “Greeting Fluency” at the […]

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World Journal coverage on Greeting Fluency

The World Journal covered the December 9 Greeting Fluency event. This article is written in Chinese.

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A chance to become ‘Greeting Fluent’

Source: Vancouver Sun Over the last few decades, Vancouver’s streets have filled with voices speaking more than 100 languages. For most of us the sounds seem like impenetrable babble. Although it is unlikely that any of us will become fluent in these languages, this should not deter us from discovering the treasures that they hold nor […]

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November 3 Public Salon Recap

Tsawwassen First Nations Chief Kim Baird speaking at the Public Salon We had another great turnout at our November 3 Public Salon. Ryan Going, a student at Douglas College, was in attendance and provides us with a summary of the evening’s speakers and their topics. We will post videos as soon as they become available. […]

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