Only In Vancouver

By virtue of calling Vancouver home for 35 years, local shenanigans should roll off my back. Not like other major Canadian cities, Vancouver juggles odd contractions – spectacular scenery as back-drop for the poorest postal code in Canada, a mayor whose answer to one of the worst commutes in North America is bike lanes (never mind the fact you can’t buy a house in Vancouver for under $1 million and hundreds of thousands commute from suburbs) or the nicknames “Vansterdam” (in reference to liberal drug culture) and “no fun city” (a perception politicians are desperately trying to shake).

What better way to “have fun” than closing the Burrard Bridge for 7 hours on June 21. Why shut one of the bridges into downtown on Father’s Day? It’s international yoga day silly. Vancouver hopes to hold the largest International Day of Yoga (IDY) event outside India. It would be unfair to point fingers at Vancouver when in truth the edict came from the mouth of provincial Premier Christy Clark.

Woeful as Vancouver closing a bridge for yoga appears on the surface, it might easily be shrugged off if coming from city hall. Vancouverites are used to local attempts at “fun”. Lets not forget event sponsor Lululemon started in Vancouver – arguably the company responsible for resurgence of yoga’s rebirth, most certainly why half the city wears yoga pants. I have nothing against yoga, my problem is with Christy Clark and the city of Vancouver forsaking all else for a bridge top yoga class. June 21 happens to be National Aboriginal Day, officially recognized since 1996 as a celebration of First Nations heritage and culture.

There’s nothing ponderable about Vancouver closing a bridge for yoga – my jaw drops when the Province climbs on board. The city can knock itself out with IDY aspirations – the province should be ashamed for not sponsoring a single First Nations event. What does it say about a city and province more interested in yoga? Only in Vancouver indeed.