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Rezoning Application – 2075 West 12th Avenue. Open House April 20 (Thurs): Rezoning Application – 2075 West 12th Avenue. An open house is set for Thursday, April 20. The new mapping system created by a tech-savvy citizen we mentioned recently is a useful way to see rezoning and development applications in context. From the map you can see that there are few rezoning app...
5 projects go to Urban Design Panel in 24 hours (April 19, Wed) but agenda not yet published (to include 3365 Commercial / 1695-1775 East 18th + 4): Tomorrow the Urban Design Panel is to review five projects, but the agenda has still not been made public. UDP meetings play an important role in the development process. It is a disservice to the public if agendas are not made public in a timely way. We have noted the same late public notificati...
New online map displays all development and rezoning applications in Vancouver: Click to view slideshow. We have received a tip from a technically talented citizen who has created this brilliant map using Google Maps. The slideshow above alternates between all development and rezoning applications in the city of Vancouver listed on the City’s own website (developments, rezon...
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Board of Trade issues report endorsing “missing middle” forms of housing and alternatives to home ownership: I have to say, it’s a sign of the times that 350 people, many from the business and development community, would turn out to a five-hour session on housing policy. But that’s what they did yesterday, when the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade organized a set of panels to go along with a report the...
A rare housing choice: Living in a rowhouse without having to be in a strata: For almost as long as I’ve covered the urban-issues beat in Vancouver, people have talked about how great it would be if we had fee-simple townhouses — that is, townhouses where the owners don’t have to belong to a strata. They just own their particular row/townhouse individually, with some agree...
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A Citizen Takes on BC’s ‘Wild West’ Campaign Financing (in News): Grassroots online initiative encourages public to tell politicians unlimited contributions must end now.  Related Stories Political Donations Investigation Handed to RCMP (in News) NDP’s John Horgan Unveils Climate Plan, Would Put an End to Liberals’ ‘Failure’ (in News) Horgan Town Hall Turns Dee...
Lessons for Canada from Hunt for Lost Jungle City (in Culture): Gripping book about search for fabled ‘White City’ sheds light on why civilizations die.
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Searching for a Lost City, eyeing the wildlife of China, honoring the guru of better cities: And there’s more: friends and monsters connect long distance, wartime feelings that don’t go away and the real life of drug addictsread more
NDP education platform is the best of an uninspiring bunch : BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver lashed out at teachers and critics over the weekend on twitter after reports of testy meetings with teachers and the B.C. Federation of Labour read more
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Sailing into Unknown Waters: file photo: Reuters There is a lot wrong with the present BC government’s obsession with establishing an LNG industry. It is, of course, based on fracking – which has been creating earthquakes in BC, a place which, you might think, has quite enough of an earthquake risk already. We also know tha...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth: When I first saw the challenge for this week I was thinking of looking for one of my gigantic panoramas. But then as I was scrolling through Photos on my MacBook I saw this little snapshot. We were walking around the Cleveland Dam and Capilano park, when I saw this skunk cabbage emerging from th...
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Return Of the Zombie Villain: Yes, folks, the dope-smoking HIPPIE has returned from its societal graveyard to menace our land. Perhaps you thought this anarchy-promoting villain had died a merciful death in the ’70’s, along with tie-died t-shirts, bell-bottom jeans, communes, peace, love and flower power. But here they return...
Ontario-Changes to Rentals, New Foreign-Buyers’ Tax: The Globe and Mail reports that  some aspects of Vancouver’s foreign-buyers regulation have been embraced in Greater Toronto’s “Golden Horseshoe” the area from Peterborough to the Niagara region that houses a population of over 9.25 million people. Effective today a new measure similar to Vancou...
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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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In the shadow of Vancouver’s traffic viaducts: Vacant lands next to False Creek in downtown Vancouver. The city government’s plan will see the removal of two elevated roadways, the extension of a waterfront park and up to 20 new residential towers. The first Georgia Street automobile viaduct was built in 1915 as a bridge over railways and i...
Pitt Meadows 1 — Osprey Village: The recently completed commercial core of Osprey Village. The brick-faced structure in the foreground was approved as a live-work development, with shopowners living above their businesses. The city of Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, population 18,500, has shown how a small municipality can fun...
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Video Vancouver: Anyone Can Lead Their Own Jane’s Walk!: Jane’s Walk 2017 is on May 5, 6, and 7! Whether the conversation is about art, architecture, soundscapes, diversity, history, nature, technology, cuisine or culture, every one of Vancouver’s transforming neighborhoods has a story to tell. Jane’s Walks are lively discussions on legs led by volun...
Urban mosques: Places of worship that knit communities together: The attack on the mosque in Quebec City early this year left many Canadians deeply perturbed. While we were still grappling with the loss of lives and the event’s deeper implications on our collective values, more troubling incidents followed. Anti-Muslim rallies were held outside a downtown Toro...
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Some random thoughts on Earth day 2017: Earth Day was started 47 years ago. Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic Senator form Wisconsin, was moved to action after witnessing the ravages of an oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. He partnered with California Republican Senator Pete McClosky working to promote events across America ...
5 ways Vancouver is bringing more wildlife back to the city: From restoring a salt marsh to creating wildlife corridors, Vancouver's biodiversity strategy aims to make wild animals at home in the city  By: Jen St. Denis Metro Published on Fri Apr 21 2017 The Vancouver Park Board biodiversity strategy is starting to take root, one year aft...
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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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Surrey Youth Showcase on Saturday, May 6, 2017: Visit Miss604.com for the full postThe Surrey Youth Showcase returns on May 6th as the city’s largest, free, annual Youth Week event! Surrey Youth Showcase Where: Guildford Recreation Centre (15105 105 Ave) When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11:00am to 8:30pm Admission: FREE! Register for the Dance...
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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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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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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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