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UK doctors will soon prescribe cooking classes to combat loneliness

Associated Press, October 15, 2018

LONDON — Doctors in England will be able to write prescriptions for cooking classes and walking groups by 2023 as part of the government’s effort to combat loneliness.

Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday described loneliness as “one of the greatest public health challenges of our time,” saying it is linked with a range of illnesses, including heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

The government says around 200,000 older people across the country haven’t had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month.

The government’s anti-loneliness strategy calls for “social prescribing,” which will allow doctors to recommend group activities such as cooking classes, walking groups and art clubs, instead of medication. About $2.4 million has been earmarked for the initiative.



East Van Chan Joins Hunt for Neon Rooster with Link’s to her Great-Grandfather, Quai Chan

Kim Chan Logan, March 13, 2017

Kim Chan Logan, the BC Liberal Candidate for Vancouver-Kensington, joins search to preserve Chinatown heritage with link to her family. When BC Liberal candidate Kim Chan Logan picked up the Vancouver Sun on February 1, there on the front page staring back at her was a mural of her great-grandfather.
The Vancouver Sun story featured Sai Woo Restaurant owner Salli Pateman, who has launched a public search to locate a large neon rooster sign that hung outside the restaurant’s namesake in the 1950s, as a way to reflect the neighbourhood’s history. The restaurant is located in the Chin Wing Chun Society building and Chan Logan’s great-grandfather, Quai Chan, was one of the original founders of the society and its first treasurer in 1918. As a result, Pateman commissioned a mural of Chan Logan’s great-grandfather to honour the history and culture of the society and neighbourhood. Read more…

Vancouver restaurateur on the hunt for Sai Woo’s original neon sign Staff, March 2, 2017

Salli Pateman is in search of a sign. The owner of Sai Woo — a swanky pan-Asian eatery in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown — is trying to track down the original neon sign that once graced the building that houses her restaurant. Sai Woo first opened its doors as a chop suey house in 1925. Its delightfully garish neon sign, which featured a giant rooster with spread wings, was likely taken down when the original restaurant was closed in 1959. The existence of the sign was known from archival footage. Read more…

Chinatown neon rooster sign search becomes … a B.C. election issue?

David P. Ball, Feb 08 2017

Great-granddaughter of Chin Wing Chun society founder joins the quest to find missing sign that once adorned the building’s Sai Woo restaurant. Ninety-nine years after Kim Chan Logan’s great-grandfather Quai Chan co-founded a benevolent society in a Vancouver Chinatown building, she’s now joined a public search for a piece of that building’s history. The Sai Woo restaurant — a modern fusion eatery in the same space as its 1920s-founded namesake — posted a $500 reward for its predecessor’s giant neon rooster sign on Jan. 24. Read more…

Kim Chan Logan holds an image of Sai Woo Restaurant’s original neon rooster sign as she stands in the eatery on Tuesday. Behind her is a mural depicting her great-grandfather Quai Chan, who in 1918 co-founded the Chin Wing Chun society which owns the heritage building. She’s running for the BC Liberals in May’s provincial election. DAVID P. BALL / METRO

Searching for a lost piece of Vancouver’s Chinatown

JOHN MACKIE, January 31, 2017

When Salli Pateman decided to open a restaurant in Chinatown she wanted to do something that reflected the neighbourhood’s history. The Vancouver Archives had a 1936 photo of her building at 158 East Pender, showing staff from the Sai Woo Chop Suey restaurant watching a parade. So she named her restaurant Sai Woo. Read more…

Men on street in front of Sai Woo Chop Suey House at 158 East Pender Street, circa 1936. James Crookall/Vancouver Archives AM640-S1-: CVA 260-452. JAMES CROOKALL / PNG
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