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Education Matters

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
High school kids - education is important

Education is Important

As our children, grandchildren, nieces & nephews are all settling back into their routines at school our friends at the Adoptive Families Association of BC remind us that there are more things to consider than just what books the kids need this year. They remind us that education matters and not all children have the same level of support.


Courtesy of the AFABC:

It is well documented that dropping out of high school has a number of negative impacts on youth relating to unemployment, lower wages, increased chances of incarceration, and other significant areas of a young person’s life. Studies indicate that youth who age out of government care experience an 80% high school dropout rate.



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Back to School – Travel Without The Kids

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

back to schoolOK, the children are back in school. Parents are busy dealing with getting all the back to school items their children forgot to mention they needed, sorting out what it is they want in their lunches, counselling their off-spring as they complain about who’s sitting next to them in class or on the  bus and  realizing that they have to re-learn everything they thought they would never need to know,  just so  they can help their kids with homework!

Ah, but you are grandparents or perhaps folks that decided the above path wasn’t for you. Of course you love the little “rug-rats” but whichever category you fall into, this is a very special time for you too.  You’ve had your fun with the grand-kids all summer and now it’s time to focus on you. You’ve dealt with all the lines for the really cool things to see & do but now there are no children to be seen and access to attractions is suddenly easy (and quiet).  This is your time to travel. (more…)


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The End of Summer Vacation and Back to Work Confession

Friday, September 6th, 2013
accent inn inbox

What’s your inbox look like after a summer vacation

Without a doubt the worst part about summer vacations is that eventually you have to come back to work. This is coming from a woman who adores her job, loves coming to work on a daily basis, and is eager to get cracking even on Monday mornings… I just don’t like coming back from vacation.
I’m probably one of those people who’d be just fine not taking a vacation as I like my job so that I never feel that I need a break from it. Speaking of breaks, it’s vacations THAT actually seem to break my stride just when I’m on a roll! (more…)


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Ribfest, A Preview Worth Drooling Over

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Ribfest truck, one of the Ribfest & Car show coming to Esquimalt

Ribfest & Car show coming to Esquimalt

Victoria BC, September 9, 2013 – Have you heard about those wildly popular food trucks that use social media to announce when and where they’ll be each day and are then greeted by huge line-ups of hungry customers? Are you’re already salivating at the thought of Ribfest coming to Esquimalt’s Bullen Park for 3 days September 13 -15? Then you’re in luck. Monday September 9th, for only a few hours (11:30am -1:30pm), one of the very cool Ribfest food trucks will set-up in the parking lot of the Accent Inn Victoria (Blanshard & Cloverdale) for a special advance tasting. (more…)


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She Kills Me, filmed in Victoria BC

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

She Kills Me promo for Accent InnsSpring 2013 Accent Inns had the pleasure of sponsoring a new stand -up comedy show being produced for APTN by Less Bland Productions. “She Kills Me” was filmed in Victoria BC before a live audience and showcased all female comics with several being first nations. The show was hilarious to watch and we hope everyone enjoys the many episodes expected to air sometime in 2014 on APTN.

Watch the video… (more…)


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A Special Perspective : ALS Cycle Of Hope

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
ALS cycle of hope

ALS Cycle of Hope Riders

Below is a very special letter written by Neil McComb . This revolves around the ALS Cycle of Hope event, Kelowna section, and the fundraising efforts that have gone on. Have a read and you’ll see why we asked if we could share this with the world. This is a story of caring, of support, of respect and determination.” If you try your hardest, you can do anything!” If you’re not inspired after reading and listening…. (more…)


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Good Times, Good Memories of the PNE

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The fair at the PNE VancouverWell it’s that time of year again when the Fair at the PNE is happening in Vancouver.  This time of year means that you not only have the fun rides that Playland offers, the PNE means the addition of concerts & performances, exhibits, attractions and lots of great food! Although I grew up Victoria, the PNE coming to Vancouver was still a highlight of every summer. In fact the PNE used to give passes to all the school kids in Victoria (my home base as a kid) to remind and encourage us to “take our parents”. (more…)


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My Experience Local BC, a visual tour

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Accent Inn’s, Pam Chung likes to Experience Local and is not only known for her friendly smile but also for her keen eye.

Pam has kindly shared some of her visual experiences, captured on film (or sd card..) of her local travels around Victoria, Vancouver and more.

Remember to enter the Experience Local contest (Aug 5 – 31, 2013)  and add your own suggestions to the site.

Sit back, relax and Experience Local BC through Pam’s eyes.



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Get Your Blood Pumping in Kamloops

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

BC has the best golf coursesOk sure Kamloops has lots of “refined” and “relaxing” things to do while you visit. There’s the great music festivals,  the symphony, taking in a play, fly-fishing, tubing down the river, sunning on the beaches and even incredible golf courses. Although if you golf with me I wouldn’t call that relaxing (fore……).  These are all wonderful things indeed,  but what if you feel the need for a little excitement or adrenaline? Well of course you could visit one of the local ranches and try and ride an unbroken stallion (highly unlikely) but Kamloops offers several more practical options. (more…)


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Hitting the Beach in Kelowna

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

“Hey” can you spot Ogopogo out there!

One wonderful thing about Kelowna B.C. (besides the fact that it has an Accent Inn) is that it’s located next to one of the most beautiful lakes in the Northwest. Okanagan Lake is approx. 110 kms long and when you visit Kelowna, you’re roughly in the middle. A lake of this size, in one of the warmest areas of B.C. is perfect for just about anything. Avoiding your mother in-law or that cousin that just won’t leave you alone… It evens hosts a lake “monster” Ogopogo. No really it does! I tried to get it to eat my cousin when I was little but alas, it must be a vegetarian. (more…)


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