🏙️ Here comes the sun

Generous funding from governments and individuals round out the week. This is your Sunday Briefing.

There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend in Vancouver. It started off with the massive waves of funding the B.C. government began to allocate earlier this week — a grand total of well over $250 million for the life sciences sector, creative industries, and clean energy tech projects in the province. The spirit of generosity only continued into Thursday night’s charity auction — The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch — where I witnessed someone bid $1,500 for a $60 bottle of champagne (spoiler: The Forum, a national charity supporting women entrepreneurs, went on to raise over $250,000 that night.) And this weekend of summer weather and sunshine? I’m starting to remember why I live in this city in the first place.

Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,145 words: a four-minute read.

-Allison, @allisongacad

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