Friday, July 26, 2013

Sign The Petition! Making Biking Safer around Point Grey-Vancouver

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2013!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Please sign and share. Help make it safer to bike in Vancouver. Help complete the seawall to be a great safe ride around Point Grey.

Watch this video, it's points out all the problems.

Sign the PETITION!
Support Safer Cycling along Point Grey Avenue and help fill the gap in our cycling network!

Submit a letter to the editor to local media outlets in support of cycling & pedestrian safety improvements on Point Grey / York. Check out examples below and a list of media contacts here:
Pete McMartin:
David Suzuki Foundation:
Adam Cooper:
Holly Foxcroft:
For more information about why these safety improvements are needed - check out this fantastic infographic: or video:

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bless the White Wizard as his Journey continues! R.I.P. Isaac Kawapit

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2013!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

This made me so sad. I didn't hear about it until now. This video really brings it home. It's so sad that this amazing man accomplished so much by leading those kids on a massive journey and now he's gone. I really feel so deeply for the kids, they must be devastated.

It makes me so angry when I think back about how Harper wasn't even there to greet  Isaac and those kids. It should have been such an amazing moment for the nation,...but it was overshadowed by Harper's panda bear photo shoot.

Still they didn't need his approval or for him to even be there as they really did accomplish so much. R.I. P. Isaac Kawapit. God bless you on your journey.

Read more about Isaac here

Nishiyuu's 'White Wizard' walked 1,500 km for First Nations issues

"Isaac Kawapit was a humble man who led a hard life in a remote Cree community near the shores of Hudson Bay in Northern Quebec, living largely off the land and relying on his extraordinary skills as a hunter.

But at the age of 46 (though he was also said to be 47 or 49), Mr. Kawapit did something remarkable. In January, he led a group of six young men, aged 17 to 22, on a frigid 1,500-kilometre walk from Whapmagoostui to Ottawa to raise awareness of the problems facing Canada's First Nations.
By the time they reached the capital, there were 300 walkers and thousands of supporters waiting to greet them and the Journey of the Nishiyuu had become a galvanizing event for young native people across the country.

Mr. Kawapit, the man the walkers called their spiritual leader and their "White Wizard," was found dead in his northern community on Saturday morning. His body was lying outdoors just a short distance from where his mother's house once stood.

Tribute to Isaac Kawapit "The White Wizard" of the Journey of Nishiyuu

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Save the Orcas-------Before it's too late

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2013!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Well, are we going to do something?? What are you doing? I don't drive, I only eat wild salmon, I restrict my water and plastic use...we all need to more...

Southern Resident Killer Whales: Losing Love (HD)

About the Video- by MEG MCDONALD
From her YouTube page

Published on Jul 23, 2013
The endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales searched for salmon next to sunny San Juan Island on July 10, 2013. Listen to their powerful blows while you watch these wild killer whales swim close together in their tightly bonded family groups! The exuberant cartwheels and breaches by these orcas were filmed next to Vashon Island on December 3, 2012.

These wild killer whales are free to roam where they please, unlike the ones in marine circuses like SeaWorld, and they never leave their mothers. They remain in closely bonded matrilineal family groups for their entire lives, which can last (in the wild) over 100 years for females and over 60 years for males. They swim up to 100 miles per day.

These orcas are endangered because SeaWorld got its start decades ago by capturing and selling one-third of them—specifically targeting the babies, taking an entire generation, and killing many of their mothers, who were trying desperately to protect them. (All but one of those young captured orcas died in SeaWorld's barren concrete tanks within a few years. The sole survivor is Lolita at the Miami Seaquarium, imprisoned alone for 43 years in a tiny bathtub-sized tank.) The population of the Southern Resident Killer Whales has never recovered to its precapture numbers, and these beloved killer whales of Puget Sound remain endangered.

Please visit my beautiful photography website and my Facebook page for incredible high-resolution photographs of killer whales and other wildlife, as well as the majestic wild scenery of the Pacific Northwest.

The entrancing music in this video is "Losing Love" by Dexter Britain:

Thanks to the Salish Sea Association of Marine Naturalists for helping me compile many marine biologists' recommendations for how we can help these endangered killer whales survive!


Check out this cool t-shirt!

Save ‘em tshirts from Zazzle

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Bard was Great!! Don't Miss It!! - Twelfth Night

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2013!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

We had the greatest time today at Bard on the Beach. I must admit we are truly blessed and that my sister and her husband treated us to the play as a gift for Angel's birthday.

I was a little nervous, seeing how it's Angel's first Shakespearean play and thought perhaps she might get bored. Completely opposite, at intermission she kept commenting on how funny it was. And it was!!

I'm not going to spoil it in case you get to go, but you should try, it really was special. Lots of laughs and surprises too!

It made me really emotional, we were commenting after about it, mentioning that it must be because it's live. They were really good actors too, obviously!

My favourite actor was Todd Thomson, he's really excuse me...I mean very handsome!! :DD  They are all terrific!

Well I hope you get to seen it. Here's some links for you.


They have class to teach acting to kids too!! Maybe next year Angel can go! That would be really fun!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

To make you feel my love

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2013!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Since the verdict was announced on the Trayvon Martin/ George Zimmerman trial I haven't said much.

I wanted to let my emotions calm and try to step back and not make the situation worse by adding to the pain, frustration, anger and anxiety that so many people were expressing.

This song has been running thru my head...and I just want to send it out to all of's for everyone that hurting... "To make you feel my love"

When the rain
Is blowing in your face
And the whole world
Is on your case
I could offer you
A warm embrace
To make you feel my love

When the evening shadows
And the stars appear
And there is no - one there
To dry your tears
I could hold you
For a million years
To make you feel my love

I know you
Haven't made
Your mind up yet
But I would never
Do you wrong
I've known it
From the moment
That we met
No doubt in my mind
Where you belong

I'd go hungry
I'd go black and blue and
I'd go crawling
Down the avenue
You Know there's nothing
That I wouldn't do
To make you feel my love

The storms are raging
On the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change
Are blowing wild and free
You ain't seen nothing
Like me yet

I could make you happy
Make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn't do
Go to the ends
Of the Earth for you
To make you feel my love, To make you feel my love

But now we need to address this whole issue, and thankfully there are people working on it. This film Fruitvale Station is working on it, but we need a lot more. Please read this article, it's very well written.

Stand Your Ground, Be A Man

Written by Imran Siddiquee on Jul 17, 2013"The final shot of Fruitvale Station – Ryan Coogler’s remarkable new film based on the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant by a Bay Area Rapid Transit officer – is of Grant’s daughter, Tatiana."

and finally this video it's on Kickstarter, this project needs to be made. Please share and help so that we can have better future for our boys, our men and for a daughters...I worry,.. I worry for my daughter, what kind of boys will she meet...what kind of men will she meet. Already we have seen disturbing things in school and with the media and culture as it is, it will not improve unless we all work together to change it.

The Mask You Live In by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

From the director of Miss Representation - an exploration of American masculinity.

Let's hear it for the boys...Let's raise boys that we can be proud of.  It takes a village...make sure you tell the boys and men in your life you love them and help them be strong empathic, loving men, give the direction the best you can, we all need to do this the best we can.

Please watch these two powerful videos, everything makes so much sense ...we have to keep focusing on the positive..meditate the lightworkers...we have to chose LOVE NOT FEAR!! Make that your mantra!

Friday, July 5, 2013


Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2013!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Wow, this amazing story was shared on my Search Grads Group FB page. Check out these videos and info, it's so inspirational what this group of citizens are accomplishing.

Free Space [  ]

From Co-exist- Ariel Schwartz

"Walk into the mural-covered 14,000-square-foot space in San Francisco’s Central Market district and you’ll see a flurry of seemingly organized activity: people manning desks in the front, a day-by-day schedule scribbled in chalk on the wall, someone sweeping the floor, a family examining the makings of a slide...."

"This Is What Happens When You Give A Creative Community An Empty 14,000-Square-Foot Building-"  Read more here

What started as a one day project turned into a month long project and then amazingly they have now got the space for another month  using Indiegogo

It's just so inspirational, I really love what all these talents artists and energetic spirits have accomplished. Truly wonderful and I hope we can see it replicated over and over.

On there Indiegogo project they wrote:
What We’ve Achieved
[ San Francisco, California ]
In order to demonstrate how communication, collaboration and innovation flourish when people have a space to come together, we obtained a lease for a 14,000 sq ft building for $1 for the month of June in the heart of San Francisco’s dynamic SOMA district.

In just one week the building was transformed. Artists removed traces of urban decay by covering the walls with murals and the parking lot has been converted into a garden and food forest, attracting the admiration of passers-by. Read more

I especially love the perks they offered
Their perks were super ingenious. I tried Indiegogo alone..not the easiest but one of the toughest things was coming up with really great perks. I just love these!

Your mark in [freespace] 

[freespace] farewell festival

Print your own t-shirt

[freespace] t-shirt delivered 

The [freespace] Poster 

First Dibs Red Tag Sale

Headshot Photoshoot 

Park Cycle Party 

Host an Event in the Art Lot 

Be in our documentary 

The whole shebang

 I am so glad they achieved their goal and more, they wanted $25,000 and recieved $26,061. Really fantastic. 

What a great story!!

Please read and watch the videos and follow up on this, because if they can accomplish this there, it can be done anywhere....because I know there are super amazing talented generous people everywhere and this is the kind of encouragement our kids and communities need to show them we can make this world a better place..