Vancouver Canucks fans treated to a street hockey game with Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler

Vancouver Canucks star Kevin Bieksa jokes around with a young fan alongside teammate Ryan Kesler and TSN's Cabbie who were joined by hundreds of fans at an impromptu street hockey game under the Cambie Street Bridge on Dec. 5, 2012.

Vancouver Canucks star Kevin Bieksa jokes around with a young fan alongside teammate Ryan Kesler and TSN’s Cabbie who were joined by a throng of fans and media for a street hockey game under the Cambie Street Bridge on Dec. 5, 2012.

Working two jobs all summer/fall left me little time to update here, but I am back and what better way to re-start than with an impromptu street hockey game hosted by some of Vancouver’s local heroes Canucks’ Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and newcomer Jason Garrison.

About 150 to 200 fans and hoards of media and bloggers showed up at a basketball court underneath the Cambie Street Bridge in the afternoon on Dec. 5 after Kesler announced the event over Twitter earlier in the day.

Due to injuries, Kesler and Garrison announce they will be refereeing the game, while Bieksa will show off his moves on the court. None of the players wanted to talk about the 80-day-old NHL lockout dispute.

Due to injuries, Kesler and Garrison announce they will be refereeing the game, while Bieksa will show off his moves on the court. None of the players wanted to talk about the 80-day-old NHL lockout dispute.

After more than 80 days of the NHL being locked out, it was good to see the smiles the event brought on the faces of hockey-starved fans. TSN personality Cabbie appeared to be organizing the event and his crew was filming the entire session to air on his show Cabbie Presents. The Green Men were also there and anthem singer Mark Donnelly even sang his spirited version of ‘Oh Canada.’

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The Canucks Green Men pose for Vancouver Is Awesome blogger at the end of the impromptu road hockey game.

The Canucks Green Men pose for Vancouver Is Awesome blogger at the end of the impromptu road hockey game. You can check out the photo she made HERE.

The event was great for me to bust out my new Canon EOS 7D and get some practice with live moving subjects. The lighting was terrible and beside cranking my ISO, which gave a lot of images too much noise, I realized I need more practice and research to get better in these tricky scenarios. Stay tuned with more on the new camera and new projects such as highlighting Vancouver’s Christmas Market and a potential video project on Vancouver’s reputation on being an ‘unfriendly’ city.

The Protester: Quebec’s ‘Maple Spring’ drips west to Vancouver

Around 70 protesters marched down East Broadway Avenue and Commercial Drive in Vancouver on June 3 blocking traffic to show solidarity with protesters in Quebec who have been holding massive demonstrations since February, 2012 in reaction to tuition fee hikes.

I was on my commute home from work and I stumbled upon a cacophonous group of about 70 protesters banging away on pots and pans to express their dissent with the rise in tuition fees in Quebec and in British Columbia.

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At one point the noisy ruckus, who were escorted by police, took over an entire busy intersection near downtown Vancouver creating tension with Sunday drivers as traffic snarled to a halt. According to a Globe and Mail article, this loud style of pot banging protest originated in Latin America where it’s called a cacerolazo.

As I whipped out my camera to grab some shots, the whole situation made me think of Time Magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year, none other than the protester. It seems almost everywhere there is a mood of discontent on this planet and with it a protest, an uprising or revolt is taking place.

Although the demonstration was a fraction of the massive protests taking place in Quebec and other places in the world, it made me take a step back and look at the bigger picture of how disgruntled the so-called 99 per cent are around the world from Greece to Russia to New York.

This signals a future of only more protests and upheaval across the globe, in both poor and rich nations such as Canada.

This photo of a protester attending Occupy Vancouver in 2011, armed with the sign “nice day for a revolution” and a Guy Fawkes mask, has received the most clicks out of any photo I’ve posted from Russia and the Middle East.

Here are a few more photos of the protest I took that Sunday afternoon:

Springtime in Vancouver: Freelancing for The Province, another 4/20 pot rally

A Vancouver Whitecaps fan break dances in front of the Whitecaps FC drummers outside BC Place before the match against the San Jose Earthquakes on May 5.         (Click images for larger view.)

The spring of 2012 in Vancouver, B.C. so far has been a blast. I’ve worked on The Province’s special May long weekend guide with three stories with photos, I covered the annual Vancouver 4/20 pot rally, which saw around 20,000 in attendance and fit time to check out the Vancouver Aquarium.

I wrote about the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and was able to get some great shots of their loyal fanbase  dancing, chanting, drumming and doing back flips during a pre-game ceremony outside BC Place earlier in May.

—————————————————————————————————————————–  I also covered how to grow your own food in Vancouver and way to improve your golf game. But the gardening story was great because I got a dozen photos published of local gardeners in the best spots in the city.

Gardening veteran Janet Chasse tends to her Swiss chard at her garden plot at Maple Community Garden in Vancouver.

———————————————————————————————————————————- Earlier in the spring I was covering a speech by B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix for a medical union and was able to get out in time to get behind the scenes and cover the annual Vancouver 4/20 pot rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on April 20.

Upwards of 20,000 marijuana enthusiasts came out on April 20, 2012 to promote free and legal use of the drug, including Jodie Emery (right) the wife of Marc Emery who has been extradited to the U.S. for selling marijuana seeds.

The Province photographer Les Bazso, who also taught me photojournalism at Langara College, takes video and still photos of random marijuana enthusiasts at the Vancouver Art Gallery for the 4/20 pot rally on April 20.

————————————————————————————————————————— And I had time to check out the Vancouver Aquarium, which produced some decent photos.

The orange Sea Nettle Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium make for great photo subjects.

Vancouver Aquarium beluga Aurora appears to smile as she swims by.