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Metro Vancouver and its member municipalities are encouraging people to “Create Memories, Not Garbage” this holiday season, by making gift choices that reduce garbage and help protect the environment. The initiative asks Metro Vancouver residents to remember that what they purchase will eventually need disposal and to consider buying higher-quality, more durable gifts to reduce the amount of waste heading to the landfill. Or, to think about giving memorable experiences rather than material things. To help people make this choice, the regional district’s website – has a variety of green gift ideas.

In addition to the marketing campaign, a specially produced one-hour television program (also available online) entitled The Flame features local performers sharing their personal stories of Christmas, reminding us that memories of Christmas past are the things that truly last.

The Flame excerpt:
Christmas with the Great Sood-ini
by Veena Sood
A South Asian actress discovers she has unwittingly followed in her doctor dad's footsteps, after all

A 60-second promo for the Christmas edition of The Flame can be found here:

The Flame, Christmas Edition: Create Memories, Not Garbage, is based on a live storytelling series called The Flame. The 2011 Christmas edition is produced by actor and media personality Deb Williams (Mom's The Word creator) and actor Joel Wirkkunen (Bard on the Beach). The stories vary in content, style, and tone, ranging from heart-wrenching memories to funny, knee-slapping yarns. They are true stories told by local performers such as Veena Sood, Shawn Macdonald, Beverley Elliott and Allan Morgan. The performers shared their stories in front of a live audience at the Cottage Bistro on Main Street in Vancouver. This year’s Christmas Show - a collaboration of Metro Vancouver and The Flame - will run on Shaw TV on these dates and times:

Dec. 11th@ 2 p.m.; Dec. 17th @ 4 p.m.; Dec. 18th @ 11p.m.;
Dec. 21st @ 9 p.m.; and Dec. 23rd @ 9 p.m.

For a direct link to the online version of the Flame, click here: