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Controversial 105 Keefer (Chinatown) rezoning goes to public hearing tonight (Tues, May 23): Beedie Group, 12-storeys: 105 Keefer proposed design. Does the developer’s image make building look smaller than it would really be? Sparks are set to fly at a controversial public hearing scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, May 23 (with reserve night set for May 25 if time runs out). The proposal by Beedie Group and design...
Short term rentals: City of Vancouver announces crack-down on illegal rentals of 3 major operators: Information Bulletin from City of Vancouver. May 19, 2017 City cracks down on illegal short-term rentals The City of Vancouver has escalated enforcement on three high profile residential operators illegally operating short-term rentals at a commercial scale. The Level, located at 1022 Seymour Str...
Heads up: Write Council NOW about VGH bike lane and bypassing council to delegate authority to City Engineer: City Council resumes at 12:45 pm today to discuss agenda items. We are seeing considerable concern about two items in particular (#6 – Complete Streets Policy Framework and Related By-law Changes, and #7 -10th Avenue Health Precinct Street Improvements):http://council.vancouver.ca/20170517/cfsc20...
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How much development in past — and future — for Chinatown: A knowledgeable person helpfully compiled this list of past projects and possible future ones in Chinatown, so you can get a sense of the change in the area area. The unit counts might be off a bit here and there, but all those projects that have been completed, are under construction or have bee...
Chinatown project turns into “line in the sand” as people argue it will change the future of historic area: It’s a 12-story condo plus retail plus social housing building on an interior block of Chinatown, meant to fill what is now a surface parking lot (formerly a gas station). But the project by Beedie Development Group has turned into a pitched battle, with opponents seeing it as the nail in the cof...
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Why the Struggle of Renters is Canada’s ‘Ultimate Housing Problem’ (in News): Being a low-income renter is terrible. Here’s how it got that way.  Related Stories BC’s Interest-free Loan Offer for New Homebuyers ‘Bizarre’, Says NDP Critic (in News) Coalition Pushing New Housing Solutions for BC (in News) Should Developers Meet Quotas for Affordable Housing Units? (in News)
Loved Ones Lost: ‘I Want This Time to Teach You’ (in News): An addicted daughter’s words became her mother’s work. Last in a series.  Related Stories Loved Ones Lost: Death of a Downtown Poet (in News) Senator Larry Campbell Vows Push to Legalize Opioids (in News) An Urgent Call on Overdose Crisis: Prescribe Drugs, End Prohibition (in News)
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Summer action with those Caribbean Pirates, Baywatching lifeguards and a couple of adult tourists: Also getting a great jazzman’s story and a replacement groom for a weddingread more
B.C. Liberals make pitch to continue government as a minority in legislature: British Columbia entered a new stage of political uncertainty Wednesday as the final vote count from an election held more than two weeks ago confirmed the province's first minority government in 65...read more
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Evil: A Matter of Intent: The material below the line was sent to me by a pr firm working for a gallery in Florida. When I pointed out my location and the somewhat limited coverage of this blog they replied “Our experience over the years has guided us to cast a wider net due to the fact that South Beach and Miami attract ...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent: evanescent = any fleeting moment in time I used to do more sunset pictures than I do now. That’s because the longer we live here, the taller the trees around us are – and the less of a sunset I see. But these moments of clouds underlit by red light after the sun has gone down behind the hills of...
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The Dilemma of Affordable Housing Design: We never used to have a term called ‘affordable housing.’  If housing was produced by the market, it was affordable to local buyers or it didn’t sell.   Speculators could only function when scarcity existed, and the danger was that sufficient lower-cost housing could always come on stream and dri...
Port Says Deeper Fraser River not needed, time to Twin the Tunnel, Nix the Massey Bridge?: The timing of this announcement after the Provincial election is puzzling.As reported in the Surrey Leader the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced yesterday that despite everything that is being said-“they have no plans to deepen the Fraser River to accommodate larger vessels.” In a strang...
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Affordable housing? Not if Elizabeth Murphy can help it:   Vancouver proposes to make all new housing serve affordability goals. According to community activist and former planner Elizabeth Murphy, anyone hoping for action to produce affordable housing in Vancouver should forget it. Murphy’s weekend op-ed in the Vancouver Sun condemns Vancouver’s Hou...
Auditor General pinpoints concerns about BC Housing’s Non-Profit Asset Transfer Program: BC Housing’s Non-Profit Asset Transfer Program may not provide long-term protection for social housing stock, says BC’s Auditor General, and could cost taxpayers more than it generates in benefits. The Lux, a BC Housing project on the Downtown Eastside. Last month’s report by Carol Bellringer h...
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Revisiting the Heights: Confederation Park, Burnaby Heights, Friday morning At the suggestion of a Fraseropolis.com reader, I returned to Burnaby Heights this past week, five years after my first visit to the community. Hastings Street in northwest Burnaby is the city’s most interesting commercial strip, with an array...
Back on Kingsway: South side of Kingsway one block east of Knight A few years ago, the launch of a lone high-rise project at Kingsway and Knight Street provoked debate over the City of Vancouver’s management of tower development. A Parisian touch? The inner lane at King Edward Village, with designer lamps, a pu...
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Volunteer Opportunity: Doors Open Vancouver, June 24, 2017: Via Doors Open Vancouver: DOV is an event that will throw open the doors of popular Vancouver buildings to the public. Throughout the day, the public will be able to enjoy free, behind the scenes access to Vancouver venues and learn what it takes to run a city while experiencing Vancouver’s archi...
Sweet Success: The Legacy of the Rogers Family (Part One): VHF would like to think guest writer, Donald Luxton for this post. Donald is a Heritage Consultant and Principal at Luxton & Associates Inc. He also has a sweet tooth and grew up with Rogers Sugar products many, many years ago. Most of us have a bag of Rogers Sugar hidden away in our store cu...
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Spinnaker: A thoughtful piece I found on Facebook. Let me tell you about a dolphin. Spinnaker (or "Spin" as he was sometimes known) was a dolphin that was kept at Vancouver Aquarium during the 90's. But the story actually doesn't start with Spin, it starts with Whitewings. Many decades earlier, Whitewings ...
Park Board approves amendments to Park Control Bylaw governing cetaceans: May 16 2017  Vancouver.ca“The Park Board voted last night to amend the Park Control Bylaw after extensive public input, many discussions with Aquarium staff, and a thorough review of best practices in aquariums around the world,” said Park Board Chair Michael Wiebe.The Vancouver Park Board ha...
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Gentrification as Symbolic Cannibalism: From “Fraserhood” to Chinatown: On a cold Saturday night in January a haphazard line-up has formed outside the Fox Cabaret.  Everyone is underdressed – young women with leather jackets draped over tank-tops and men with tight black jeans, thin t-shirts, and undersized polo hats. Above, the refurbished façade glows red, hinti...
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Must read: How the Premier’s flunkies snubbed a citizen: In my story published by The Tyee on June 22, I reported on the outraged British Columbians who wrote to Premier Christy Clark this spring to express their anger at her $50,000-a-year BC Liberal fundraising bonus and the $10,000-a-head party fundraisers. One of the emails to Clark stood out. A ci...
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Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest: Visit Miss604.com for the full postThe Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, Canada’s largest one-day food truck festival returns to New Westminster this summer! Presented by the Downtown New West BIA and Save-On-Foods, admission is free for this festival of food along the riverfront with live music, ...
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21 Pokemon GO Vancouver locations you need to get to right now: Pokémon GO is taking over our lives. Here’s the lowdown, and where you can find Pokemon GO Vancouver locations. What the hell is Pokémon GO? You remember the Pokémon games from the 1990s right? Well, this July, (like everything else we remember from our childhoods) it got a reboot, with the relea...
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VIFF 2016: VIFF movie mania is upon us: It's that time again — Vancouver's yearly 16-day immersion in films from across the globe. The 35th annual Vancouver International Film Festival is as always a daunting prospect. This year's edition of VIFF, which begins today and runs through until Friday October 14th, will screen 3...
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In loving memory of Russ Benger: My good friend Russ Benger passed away a couple of days ago, and it breaks my heart that I am so many thousand kilometres away from Vancouver to have even had the opportunity to spend any more time with him, to say goodbye, to celebrate his life and to be able to support my good friend Gus Fosaro...
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Mayor Roberston Appears to have no Ethics: November 9, 2014 Well this really pissed me off. Residents of the Seafield apartments on Pendrell Street in the West End were under threat of renoviction from developer landlord Gordon Nelson. Some elderly tenants received rent increases of 300 % and at that time the MLA for the riding Mr Chandra...
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CBC Early Edition - interview on local governance : This morning I had the chance to chat with Rick Cluff on CBC's Early Edition about the deplorable state of UBC's local governance and the democratic deficit here. You can listen to our conversation here.
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7.9 Kathmandu quake causes destruction – felt as far as New Delhi: Kathmandu, Nepal – A 7.9 earthquake followed by another 6.6 quake is reported to have caused buildings to collapse and roads to buckle in the mountainous terrain surrounding the Himalayan area. USGS upgraded the first quake to 7.9 magnitude quake with people reporting extreme to violent shaking i...

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