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The History The Royal Canadian Legion

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

poppytray1Accent Inns has been a proud supporter of the Royal Canadian Legion for many years and guests can always donate and get their poppy at any of the hotel locations in Victoria, Richmond, Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna. (more…)

 

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Halloween – English or North American

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

guyfawkesAs many of my readers know, I was born and brought up in England, so Halloween was unknown to me until I moved to Canada almost a quarter of a century ago. When I was a kid we celebrated Guy Fawkes Day (aka Bonfire Night) on November 5th. For several weeks prior to the big day we’d make our ‘Guy’ an effigy of the original Guy Fawkes who was part of a plot, to blow up the U.K. Houses of Lords on November 5th 1605. We’d then take it out onto the streets and basically panhandle – calling “Penny for the Guy, penny for the Guy” and depending on how good your Guy was, passersby would toss some change into your hat. (more…)

 

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HUB Cycling Staff Retreat to Accent Inns, Victoria

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Staff Retreat 2015 - bike laneHUB Cycling is a charitable non-profit society that works to get more people cycling for transportation, more often. We are based in Metro Vancouver where we provide education in schools, community centres and workplaces, action to make cycling conditions better, and events like Bike to Work Week. (more…)

 

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Fly or Drive BC This Winter?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

FlyandDriveI’ve travelled extensively across this wonderful province both by car and by airplane and as winter approaches I got to thinking about the pros and cons of both alternatives. On the face of it flying is quicker but more expensive, and driving is slower and less expensive. But is that all there is to it? (more…)

 

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Thanksgiving – U.S. vs Canada

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Happy-ThanksgivingI was watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, recently and was struck by how important it was for these two completely different Americans to get home for Thanksgiving – more so I think than if they had been Canadians (I realize Candy was actually born in Canada). It made me wonder what other differences there are between the two special days. (more…)

 

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Running Around British Columbia

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

DF raceThe other day I was looking at all the organizations Accent Inns sponsor, or support and came across an intriguing one called Dirty Feet. Excuse me I thought – why are they sponsoring unhygienic practices? (more…)

 

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Canadian Cancer Society Tour de Rock 2015

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Cops_2015_TR_Banner_970x327Last year while travelling Vancouver Island my wife and I came across the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock bike team twice, initially in Ucluelet and then again on the highway south of Parksville. (more…)

 

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5 Team Travel Tips

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

chargers 2Accent Inns is proud to both sponsor several and welcome many teams as they travel around our province to compete in tournaments and championships. Many of the trips are planned and chaperoned by volunteer parents. This can seem like a huge job and overwhelming to some but there are planning ideas that can help. Here’s a few travel or organizing tips for those dedicated volunteer parents. (more…)

 

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Adrienne’s IRunYouRun Story

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

IrunYouRun2 - rockFrom sitting on the sidelines in school because of her arthritis to running the New York City Marathon, Adrienne shows that great feats are possible with her #IRunYouRun initiative.  We are pleased to support The Arthritis Society and are sharing Adrienne’s story to help create awareness during Arthritis Awareness Month!  When Adrienne was diagnosed with juvenile ideopathic arthritis (JIA) at age four, no one could have anticipated that long distance running would become her passion and an achievable goal.  Here, Adrienne shares her story…. (more…)

 

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Labour Day and Putting the ‘Accent’ on Sales

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

labour day 2Labour Day was declared a national holiday in 1894 by Prime Minister Sir John Thompson. The inspiration was initially a strike in the printing industry in Toronto two years earlier, where workers demanded a shorter working week. Marches, or parades, to support the strikers became an annual demonstration of solidarity in many cities across Canada, pressurizing the prime minister to recognize it as a national holiday. (more…)

 

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