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November 2016 Coming Attractions!

 

New Releases

A Snow Capped Christmas
Airs on W Network, November 14 at 3pm

When champion figure skater Claire becomes injured, she is sent to a rehabilitation center in the snowy mountains, where she meets and falls for a local ice fisherman who shows her there is more to life than competition.

Ice
Premieres on Audience Network, November 16

Training Day director Antoine Fuqua’s series about the diamond trade: the lives of an LA-based family of diamond traders becomes embroiled in turmoil when one of their family members kills a prominent diamond dealer.

Every Christmas Has a Story
Airs on Hallmark, November 18 at 10pm

When a TV personality has an on-air snafu and admits she hates Christmas, she is invited to the Most Christmassy town in the US to try and repair her image. When she’s forced to work with her ex-boyfriend the magic of Christmas and this special town will change the way she views Christmas and her life.

Bachelorette Canada Finale & After the Rose
Airs on W Network, November 22 at 9pm

Does Jasmine, Canada’s Bachelorette, find true love? She started with 20 bachelors, and now it’s time for her to choose her Mr. Right. Make sure to tune in to the series finale. Don’t forget about the juicy and revealing After the Final Rose show that follows to spill all the secrets.

Hearts of Christmas
Airs on Hallmark, December 4 at 9pm

When a beloved neonatal intensive care unit supervisor is forced to take early retirement, her young colleague, Jenny, decides to turn the upcoming staff Christmas party into a surprise celebration for her… but the plan is complicated by the hospital’s new CFO, who’s been tasked with cutting costs.

Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency
Airs on BBC America, Saturdays at 9pm

Corpses, cops, trap, cult, assassins, Pararibulitis, vampires, lottery ticket, kitten, corgi… EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED! Welcome to the world of BBC AMERICA’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; a trippy mystery that thrusts a reluctant sidekick into the bizarre world of an unconventional detective.

Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom
Available now for digital download on iTunes

After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father’s warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange, frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger.

Spirit Unforgettable
Available now for digital download on iTunes

The touching story of Spirit of the West front man John Mann and his battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. With the support of his wife, he and his nearly lifelong bandmates decide to give their fans a goodbye, and possibly final, performance at Massey Hall.

Whistler Film Fest

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Whistler Film Festival. It’s Canada’s answer to Sundance, but we have Caesars, our beer has more alcohol, and our mountain had a starring role in the Olympics!

Sure, you’ve been up to Whistler for some world-class skiing and snowboarding, but we think it’s about time you checked out this amazing film fest that’s happening up there later this month. There’s something about taking in the films, panels, and parties that makes this place even more magical than usual.

This year, WFF is going big and opening with La La Land, an Oscar-buzz-worthy film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone which got rave reviews at TIFF. If the Hollywood scene isn’t your thing, then don’t worry, there are still loads of Canadian and international features and documentaries for you to cozy up to. The BC shot film Raw tells the story of a drug-addicted teen against the backdrop of Salt Spring Island. Skip over to the Australian documentary The Will to Fly about Australian ski-jumper Lydia Lassila as she trains to complete a quadruple twisting triple somersault jump. Yes, believe it or not, Australia does have snow and a ski team! You can see the full lineup here

It doesn’t matter if you’re an industry insider, film buff, or a ski bum. The laid-back atmosphere of Whistler Blackcomb welcomes you. In your downtime, you might want to try one of the other interesting, different, and unique activities this mountain town has to offer.

Snowshoeing: if you’ve never tried this, then now is the time. It’s a guaranteed workout even if you are in good shape and a beautiful way to enjoy the scenery.

The Squamish Lil’wat Museum: this place is fabulous. It’s a little museum that no one knows about. I went there a few years ago and had an amazing time. I saw things that she had only read about in history books, and made a cool bracelet out of bark!

Bobsleigh and Skeleton Experience at the Whistler Sliding Centre: you can slide down the same tracks as the Olympic athletes! It’s not set to open until Dec 12, but with Whistler’s projected early snowfall, it will hopefully open early.

Ice Climbing: climb Whistler via ladders and cables to get an amazing view and sense of exhilaration and achievement.

The Whistler Olympic Park: if thrill-seeking adventure isn’t your thing, then take a tour of the Olympic Park and venues from the 2010 Olympics.

The Longhorn Pub and Saloon: at the mountain bases of Whistler and Blackcomb, in what was the original village, it’s been around since 1981. No trip is complete without a lunch or an evening out at this place.

As Vancouverites, we are blessed to have this gem of a ski resort in our midst, and every year it sparkles a little more when the glitz of Hollywood arrives there. Grab yourself a cup of java and take the short drive up to see this wonderful film festival in the mountains. You’ll make it there even before your coffee gets cold!

The festival showcases 86 films and runs from November 30 – December 4th.  Book with special WFF partners for preferred rates on accommodation.

Accommodation

 

Mapping Line 21 Workspaces

We all have items we can’t do without at work. We surveyed Line 21’s staff to discover what they always have near them. There are the obvious work-related items you’d expect, but there are also lots of unusual…essentials.

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Coming Attractions and Highlights (September 2016)

New Releases

This is HighschoolThis Is High School
Premieres on CBC, October 2

A six-part series that gives audiences unprecedented access into the world of today’s teenagers. Producers put 50 remote-controlled cameras in a typical secondary school—and let them run for eight weeks. This fly-on-the-wall series captures the challenges facing both educators and students alike in a 21st-century public high school. It delves deep into an institution that has a formative influence on all of us, and captures a moment of transition.

Window HorsesWindow Horses
Screens at VIFF, September 30 & October 3

Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Iran. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past, the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her, and the nature of poetry itself. The film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious, staying open, and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.

Romeo SectionThe Romeo Section
Airs on CBC, October 5

The second season of The Romeo Section finds Wolfgang McGee tasked with a covert investigation into an alleged terrorist incident, leading him into the dark side of intelligence. With the help of a blacklisted acquaintance, they sift through inconsistencies that seem too convenient to be coincidence.

Koneline: Our Land BeautifulKoneline: Our Land Beautiful
Screens at VIFF, October 3 & 9

In Nettie Wild’s stunning magnum opus, a mining company helicopter hovers above the pristine land of the Tahltan First Nation in northern BC, carrying a huge electric transmission tower, casting patterned shadows. This conflict between man-made geometries and nature’s vortices is at the film’s heart. Marking a tonal departure from her earlier documentaries, Wild creates a balanced profile that’s free of polemics and a feast for the eyes. “Subtle, beautiful and remarkably even-handed.”

Spirit UnforgettableSpirit Unforgettable
Screens at VIFF, October 8 & 12

Director Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, VIFF ’09) brings us the story of John Mann, lead singer of the iconic Vancouver band Spirit of the West, and his struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s. McCormack has built a compelling and emotionally powerful narrative around archival clips and intimate interviews that reveal Mann, his wife, Jill, and his bandmates to be endlessly engaging and surprisingly candid. This affecting documentary builds to the sort of riveting performance that’s made the band local legends.

TravelersTravelers
Premieres on Showcase, October 17

Hundreds of years from now, the last surviving humans discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These “travelers” assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform missions in order to save humanity from a terrible future.

Political AnimalsPolitical Animals
Multiple screenings across the USA

Follow the first four openly gay California State legislators, all women, whose personal sacrifices and professional accomplishments, including the first domestic partnership registration in the nation, laid the groundwork for perhaps the most important civil rights struggle of our time: marriage equality.

sep2016-releases-viffVIFF
September 29 – October 14

There are lots of great Canadian and international film choices at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Make it your mission to see some great cinema! Turn off your computer for just one night and go out and explore the wonderful world of film festivals. Rain or shine!

September 2016 Recipe: Karen’s Coconut & Sweet Potato Salad

Karen's Coconut & Sweet Potato Salad

Ingredients

6 cups peeled, cooked sweet potato cubes, either boiled or roasted
1 cup toasted ribbon (large flake) unsweetened coconut
1/2 t salt
2/3 cup mayonnaise or yogurt
1 generous T curry paste
1t honey

Directions

Sprinkle salt over cooked sweet potatoes.  Mix curry paste with mayo. Pour over sweet potatoes and toss gently. Gently stir  in toasted coconut, reserving 2 T to garnish the top of the salad.  Enjoy.

 

Line 21-Tested Tips on Employee Retention (or How to Work with Awesome People for Life!)

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by Kelly Maxwell


At Line 21, we have an incredible staff. Many of us have been together since the ’90s, through the life changes of all kinds that you might expect over 20 years or so. I’ve been asked to write some tips about how we’ve achieved our staff retention. The answer, of course… it’s been a team effort. Although we have different job descriptions and responsibilities, we are all very interdependent, and we try to be fluid and respectful of each other. Here are a few tips from our team.

Hiring

1One way to retain staff is to hire good people to begin with. Hire people that you want to share your life with, and ideally, people that add skills to those you already have on hand, rather than matching them. Then be prepared to evolve their job descriptions.

2Understand what an employee is, what a contractor is, and what an employer’s responsibilities are. Do not attempt to classify an employee as a contractor.

3Offer benefits to employees; a company or group has access to tools like group benefit plans and RRSP plans that make lives more convenient, and these are really worthwhile and valuable to staff. One thing we did that made a big difference for people was to reduce the number of hours worked  that was required to qualify for our benefits plan to include our long-term, part-time staff in our full benefits group.

4Enjoy paying people. Pay quickly. Pay often. Never miss or delay. Pay in a manner that is convenient for staff, like etransfer. Payday is a celebration of your basic contract and is the foundation of trust in an organization. This is super important.

5Make sure everyone takes their vacation time, and do allow people to negotiate extra days off and leave if you can accommodate them at all. Remember that vacation time and vacation pay are separate ideas; both necessary, but if you untie the ideas from each other, it allows more flexibility. For this reason, we pay most people hourly, rather than as salary.

6Holiday parties, birthday recognition, bonuses… do these things!

 

Ongoing

1Understand that nothing stays the same in lives or in business. Times and technology change, and people’s availability changes. If you can keep great people on staff by making changes to their work conditions or calendar, make the changes. Great people are very hard to replace, doing so takes a lot of time, and an employee who has helped to shape the business will stay with you longer.

2Think about how you would like to be treated in any situation. Apply that logic when making decisions. It’s basic, it’s simple, but it’s powerful.

3Do not envision barriers where none have to exist. Instead, try to boil your situation down to establish basic criteria, communicate those as clearly as you can, and allow others to make intelligent decisions that respect those criteria (or challenge the criteria, if they deserve challenging). For instance, we need all our work to be done on time. That is non-negotiable, but if someone prefers to work funky hours to do their work, or if they can figure out how to work remotely, we have no reason to disagree.

4Try to be fluid in your ideas about how a particular goal will be accomplished.  Ask for help from all quarters, and see what people come up with. Try to notice if people are spending energy on making suggestions. Can you put them in a position to make changes? On the flip side, sometimes small projects never seem to gain any traction because some key piece of context is missing. Don’t be too attached to how you think this job will get done. Be prepared to re-assess. Think about what people will need to do the task at hand.

5Do staff the courtesy of not micro-managing them. Everyone has a different work style and a different work pace. Invest them with trust that they will hit the benchmarks that you have agreed on, and if those benchmarks are hit — you have no problems. It can be tricky to ask what people have been up to without appearing to micro-manage their time. Work on having this conversation.

6Look forward to finding out what your staff will create, both inside and outside of your organization. Be genuinely interested in them as people. Encourage staff to have lives and interests outside of your work together.

As a manager, I’ve had a few proud moments that took me by surprise. One memory that stands out for me was when one staff member’s child made a present for another staff member’s child. More recently, one of our staff hired her son, whom we first met as a two-year-old (You know who you are. I won’t name names unless you want me to…). These are huge moments in the life of a company. They are among the moments when, as a business owner, you realize that your company has taken on a life of its own.

Coming Attractions and Highlights (August 2016)

New Releases

 

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There are lots of great Canadian and International film choices at Toronto International Film Festival (September 8–18) and Vancouver International Film Festival (September 29–October 14). Make it your mission to support these two great Canadian festivals! Turn off your computer for just one night and go out and explore the wonderful world of film festivals. Rain or shine!


Summer of DreamsSummer of Dreams
Airs on Hallmark, September 3 at 7pm

Fading pop star Debbie Taylor is on the verge of losing everything – including her freedom – when she runs away to suburban Ohio where she finds her way into teaching music to a talented group of misfit kids. As she lays low and taps into the kids’ talents in an attempt to become relevant again, she begins to realize that fame isn’t everything. Stars Debbie Gibson and Robert Gant.

Bachelorette CanadaThe Bachelorette Canada
Premieres on W Network, September 13 at 9pm

In the Canadian version of this show, bachelorette Jasmine Lorimer tries to find her Mr. Right. Based on the format of the U.S. version of the show, she’ll navigate group and individual dates with 20 male suitors, hoping to find her soulmate… and perhaps her future groom.

Highway Thru HellHighway Thru Hell
Airs on Discovery Channel, September 13 at 10pm

Now in season 5, Jamie Davis and his Heavy Rescue shop face the biggest changes and challenges in his life: downsizing his Alberta operation as a result of the economic downturn and returning to his B.C. mountain base roots.

Two 4 OneTwo 4 One
Airs on Super Channel, September 15 at 12:15 pm

When transgendered Adam helps his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend Miriam artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together, and they both get pregnant. Now Adam must reconcile his identity and gender with his biological reality, grapple with his feelings for Miriam, and try to figure out what it means to be a man.

Window HorsesWindow Horses
Premieres at TIFF, September 8–18, exact date and time TBA
Plays at VIFF, September 29–October 14, exact date and time TBA

Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Iran. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past, the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her, and the nature of poetry itself. The film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious, staying open, and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.

Koneline: our land beautifulKoneline: Our Land Beautiful
Plays at VIFF, September 29–October 14, exact date and time TBA

In Nettie Wild’s stunning magnum opus, a mining company helicopter hovers above the pristine land of the Tahltan First Nation in northern BC, carrying a huge electric transmission tower, casting patterned shadows. This conflict between man-made geometries and nature’s vortices is at the film’s heart. Marking a tonal departure from her earlier documentaries, Wild creates a balanced profile that’s free of polemics and a feast for the eyes. “Subtle, beautiful and remarkably even-handed.”

Spirit UnforgettableSpirit Unforgettable
Plays at VIFF, September 29–October 14, exact date and time TBA

Director Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, VIFF ’09) brings us the story of John Mann, lead singer of the iconic Vancouver band Spirit of the West, and his struggle with early onset Alzheimers. McCormack has built a compelling and emotionally powerful narrative around archival clips and intimate interviews that reveal Mann, his wife, Jill, and his bandmates to be endlessly engaging and surprisingly candid. This affecting documentary builds to the sort of riveting performance that’s made the band local legends.

John Apple JackJohn Apple Jack
Available on Super Channel on Demand

When John discovers that his sister’s fiance is Jack, his childhood crush, passions ignite, and his life spirals out of control… losing his job, his playboy reputation, and his underwear, all while rushing to the altar to finally confess his love.

A Novel RomanceA Novel Romance
Available on Super Channel on Demand

Liam is a successful novelist who writes under a pseudonym. He meets Sophie, a book critic and they begin a relationship. As a contractual deadline approaches for Liam to reveal his true identity, he must figure out how to tell Sophie the truth or end up losing her forever.

Perfect MatchPerfect Match
Available on Super Channel on Demand

When an engaged couple can’t agree on anything, the mother of the groom hires a wedding planner and an event planner to help put together the wedding of their dreams. The two planners are as different as night and day, but as they too learn to compromise, they discover opposites do indeed attract and can combine to produce incredible results.

Randomly Interesting Things (August ’16 edition)

Randomly Interesting Things

Sharing is caring! We thought we’d show how much we care about all you loyal followers by sharing some randomly interesting things that a few of us have discovered recently.

Left-Right BrainCurious to know if you are more right-brain or left-brain dominant? Take this fun quiz Patricia discovered to find out!

Gluten FreeIf you have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, you might want to know about this new development that Kelly recently read about.

New York Public LibrarySiri shared a great link to the New York Public Library’s visualization web page, where you can search a huge grid of little thumbnails of thousands of free-for-use images, grouped by year, genre, or colour! Below is one image we found of a “bomb proof” tent from the American Civil War (click to see it full size).

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Google FlightsWhen Steff needs to find a great deal on her next destination, she checks out Google Flights.

Virtual RealityVirtual reality isn’t just for gaming anymore. Michelle uncovered some really cool and unexpected benefits for mental and physical health. For example, apparently VR can be used to treat severe paranoia. People with poor vision are also reporting awesome stuff, and there’s interest in using VR goggles to combat things like lazy eye.

International Animal RescueWhen Rachel needs a dose of cuteness, she goes to International Animal Rescue and watches videos of baby orangutans. You can also watch the orangutan adorableness on Facebook.

August 2016 Recipe: Coconut Tapioca Pudding

Coconut Tapioca Pudding

Remember savouring tapioca pudding as a kid? This grown-up version will satisfy your nostalgia while pleasing your adult taste buds. Based on this recipe.

Ingredients

3 T minute tapioca (small pearl)
1/4 c sugar of your choice
1 egg lightly beaten
2 3/4 c coconut milk  (you can use a can of coconut milk plus some water to give you the volume and reduce the thickness, or I have found a Thai coconut milk that comes in a litre tetra pack and contains only coconut and water!! No gummy things! I used that full strength.)
1 t vanilla
1 t cinnamon or cardamom (or both)

Directions

In a saucepan, mix  tapioca, sugar, egg, coconut milk.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
Gently bring to a full, rolling boil over medium heat.
Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and/or cardamom.
Let stand for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until full thickness.

Chocolate Option

Add 2 T cocoa instead of cinnamon and/or cardamom.

Vegan Option

Substitute a flax egg. (1 T flax meal or chia meal with 3 T water = 1 egg substitute.)

Steffani Cameron Goes Full Nomad

Full-Nomad

We’ve got more than one world traveller in our midst! In 2015, Steffani Cameron, one of our caption editors, sold all her belongings and went Full Nomad. In her first 10 months on the road, Croatia, Portugal and its Azores Islands, and Mexico are just some of the stops she’s made. She’s got thoughtful, funny, and absorbing stories about things she’s seen and people she’s met on her journey.
Later this year, she’ll trade Mexican adventures for Eastern Europe! You can follow her on Facebook, too.