Tuesday June 22, 2010
Revised June 23
Chillwack's Got Game!
City has "monopoly" on votes Staff/Voice
or months now Chilliwack has been waiting with bated breath for news on whether or not the city earned a spot on the 75th Anniversary Monopoly board game edition and today in a televised conference, Hasbro Canada announced what this little city of 75,000 has been waiting for – Congratulations, we got game!
Last January, Hasbro ran a hugely popular contest where people could log-in on the website and vote for their favourite city. Those cities with the most votes would be awarded a square on the game board. Low and behold, residents voted like mad. Today it finally paid off and Chilliwack is on the Monopoly map.
If you were one of the people who voted for the city, then you have yourself to thank and even though the city wasn't chosen for Boardwalk or Park Place, it does mean that "Chilliwack" will be inserted into the one of the orange squares alongside Kawartha Lakes and Montreal. Just two other BC cities were selected after monopolizing the votes; Vancouver and Kelowna.
The following list is of the Canadian cities named to the board:
• Dark Blue: Chatham-Kent, Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu
• Green: Calgary, Sarnia, Edmonton
• Yellow: Windsor, Quebec City, Trois-Rivieres
• Red: Medicine Hat, Gatineau, Shawinigan
• Orange: Kawartha Lakes, Chilliwack, Montreal
• Magenta: Kelowna, North Bay, St. John's
• Light Blue: Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver
• Brown: Beauceville, Banff
Amateur Chilliwack photographer Ryan Dyck's snap was selected as the image for the square. If you look closely in the middle of the picture, you'll be able to spot that appears to be a parachutist against the Mt Cheam backdrop which will probably be more evident in a high rez output. It's unclear how the photo selection process worked or if there was a competition held for the local shooters. It's a big feather in Dyck's cap and portfolio and great that Hasbro went with local image submissions.
Additionally, the new Canadian version of the game will include Chance and Community Chest cards that highlight events and culturally relevant places in Canada. Players might take flight at the International Balloon Festival in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu or skate the Rideau Canal in Ottawa or maybe break waves with a little kayaking on the Chilliwack River?
Orange you glad they chose Chilliwack?
The new version will be in stores on June 28 for $39.99
Fore more information visit their site: www.hasbro.ca
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