Episode 2 - 2013: Secrets and Celebrations

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In this episode of Vancouver Special, we explore the 125th anniversary of Stanley Park, stroll around Vancouver as the most walkable city in Canada and hear about the library Foundation’s TOUCH fundraising event supporting the VPL Inspiration Lab. CBC's Ian Hanomansing sets the scene for 2013 as we feature interviews with Vancouver Park Board general manager Malcolm Bromley, author and historian Jean Barman, walking advocate and writer John Atkin, and VPL Foundation directors Paula Shackleton and Susan Knott along with artist and curator Malcolm Levy.

Stanley Park is designated a national historic site of Canada, and it’s a lush 400-hectare urban forest with a spectacular seawall and numerous famous landmarks. Park Board general manager Malcolm Bromley talks about the park, its 125th anniversary and what draws millions of visitors each year.

Jean Barman is a B.C. author who has written numerous acclaimed books on the history of Canada, women and indigenous peoples. Her book Stanley Park’s Secret is a City of Vancouver Book Prize winner. Jean shares some of the history of our city's first, largest, and most beloved urban park.

He can wear out a pair of walking shoes in just a few months. Author John Atkin has written several books highlighting some of the best walks around Vancouver, which in 2013 was named the most walkable city in Canada, ahead of Toronto and Montreal and just behind New York, San Francisco and Boston on the international scene. He talks about the joy of walking in Vancouver.

It was called TOUCH, and it was a dynamic evening of art, literature and technology to support the VPL Inspiration Lab. VPL Foundation directors Paula Shackleton and Susan Knott along with artist and curator Malcolm Levy look back at this exciting event of installations and live performances.

And VPL librarian Tim McMillan brings it all together with some great reads you can find at your library about Stanley Park, walking around our city and experiencing some historic photos from VPL’s Special Collections department.

The theme song is “North Wind” by Vancouver band Lakefield, from the album Sounds from the Treeline.

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