Ada Slivinski, 24 Hours Vancouver

Ada Slivinski is a communications consultant based in Vancouver. Contact her at and on Twitter @adaslivinski


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Parents left out of Vancouver’s parking priorities

Looking for a parking spot in downtown Vancouver with two screaming children in the backseat of your SUV is a frustrating experience at best. Then, just when you spot one that seems free, you start to turn in only to realize the spot is marked “small car only” or, better yet, reserved for electric vehicles. The number of these special spaces has in

Kevin Thomson and his company Legendworthy Quest Inc. is starting an adventure climbing business on the Lions Gate Bridge. (submitted photo)

Fun can’t trump function on B.C. bridges

This week, the B.C. government announced they have been in talks with a local entrepreneur to host guided climbing tours on the Lions Gate Bridge.

A Chevron gas station in Vancouver, B.C. (Carmine Marinelli/Vancouver 24hours)

Vancouver residents running on empty

Vancouver may be the “luxury car capital of North America,” but there may soon be nowhere to gas up in the city’s downtown. Chevron has just listed five of its Vancouver gas stations, including its West Georgia location, which is one of just two gas stations downtown.

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'Useless' kids? Blame home ec cuts

When my four-year-old wants to help put her pillow in a pillowcase or crack eggs into crepe batter, I know the task is inevitably going to take at least twice as long but I slow down and let her do it anyway; both because I’m glad she wants to learn and I know how important these skills will be for her down the road.

'Useless' kids? Blame home ec cuts

When my four-year-old wants to help put her pillow in a pillowcase or crack eggs into crepe batter, I know the task is inevitably going to take at least twice as long.

Brandon Ma fills a bucket with sand and salt from the pile at a Vancouver Fire Department station. (Postmedia Network)

What the ‘salt crisis’ teaches us about socialism

Last week, Vancouverites lined up for hours at fire halls around the city with their empty buckets hoping for a pound or two of salt to spread over their icy sidewalks and driveways. When the fire hall doors opened, there wasn’t enough salt to go around and many of those who had been waiting were turned away. Nobody could say when the next delivery

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Count blessings, not calories

From hypnosis to food diaries to drinking water to eating before a holiday party, almost every media outlet has run a story this month centering around how you can avoid the “dreaded” holiday weight gain which is often pegged at between seven and ten pounds.

University of Alberta Pharmacist Aaron Walker holds a take home naloxone kit, at the University Health Centre Pharmacy, in Edmonton on Friday Nov. 25, 2016. (David Bloom, Postmedia Network)

Recovery needs more resources amid overdose epidemic

This week, the B.C. Coroners Service announced that Vancouver police had for the first time found carfentanil at the scene of an apparent illicit-drug overdose death on Nov. 17. The deadly drug is used as an elephant tranquilizer and 100 times more toxic than fentanyl, and deadly to humans in an amount smaller than a grain of salt.

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Income suite issue must be handled delicately

If you calculate the household income a family living in a detached home in Vancouver would need to pay their mortgage, you quickly realize that the cost would be strenuous for even the doctors and lawyers making $130,000 per year.

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End double-ended real estate deals

Last week, my husband and I put an offer in on a really great condo in North Vancouver. Our offer was strong, we were willing to pay asking price and we had already sold our current place so there wasn’t an inordinate amount of conditions attached. We found out shortly after making the offer that there was another – better – one on the table. Anoth

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End the stigma around grow-ops

With marijuana about to be legalized in Canada, much of the stigma around the drug is gone. According to the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey on Mental Health, 12.2 per cent of Canadians aged 15 or older (3.4 million) used marijuana in the past year.