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Two Big Ideas to Address Toronto’s Housing Crisis Now (in News): The city could make serious progress by using surplus land, with the help of real estate tax revenues.  Related Stories Vancouver’s Housing Plan Lifted From Tyee Headlines (in News) Indigenous Housing Crisis Needs Strategy that’s ‘For Us and By Us,’ Say Advocates (in News)
Are Our Southern Resident Orcas Doomed? (in News): As pipeline expansion looms, Ottawa unveils new protection plans. Critics are skeptical.  Related Stories National Energy Board Pushed to Correct Errors in Original 2016 Trans Mountain Report (in News) On the Record: Why the Court Overturned the Pipeline Approval (in News) Court Overturns Kinder ...
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My intersectional, diverse, covering-all-bases voters’ guide to Vancouver council: Okay, deep breath here as I try to provide some insight into candidates in one of the most complex civic elections in Vancouver’s history. A word about the limits I’m working under, first. Usually when I do my little voting guide in the election, I can assess the performance of many of the candid...
NDP has some things to fix with civic-election campaign law when this is all over: One of the big issues in this campaign season has been the discovery of holes and glitches in the province’s new campaign-finance law for local elections. It turns out third parties can spend whatever they want up until 30 days before the election, independent candidates who are a team but don’t ...
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Vancouver Tenants Union to rally to ban renovictions, 12:30 pm Fri (Nov 9), BC Law Courts: From the Vancouver Tenants Union. https://www.vancouvertenantsunion.ca/events FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8, 2018 Tenants organize mock courtroom rally to protest notorious renoviction company. When: Friday Nov. 9, 12:30-1:30pm Where: Outside 938 Howe St. (Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories):...
Berkeley Tower tenants (1770 Davie) appeal for urgent action to prevent renoviction: Oct 29 (TODAY) deadline for public input: Berkeley Tower at 1770 Davie in Vancouver’s West End. Credit: Tenant’s group The West End Community Plan was adopted in November 2013, five years ago. It set off a gold rush for developers, enabling them to build towers up twenty, thirty, forty and more than fifty storeys along the main corrido...
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Civic Election: The Real Dividing Line between Right and Left:   Aaron Licker posted these maps, showing where each party got their votes.  Click here for a closer look.   The map on the lower right showing the leading vote-getters (Sim, Kennedy and Sylvester) interested me the most.  It looks pretty close to the results I remember in the elections from the...
Should Vancouver apply a ‘congestion charge’ when Uber arrives?:   Now is the time for the new council to consider a ‘congestion charge’ when (if?) it licences Uber and other ride-hailing companies to operate on city streets.* From the Seattle Times: The two ride-hailing giants provided more than 91,000 rides on an average day in the second quarter of this ye...
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A pop-up village at the University of British Columbia: A promotional photo from DiscoverWesbrook.com showing new high-rise development at UBC In just seven years, the University of British Columbia has created a highly densified residential neighbourhood on its southern perimeter. Not everyone loves the Wesbrook project. The University sits outside...
No quick fix for North Vancouver traffic: A detail from the 2018 joint agency report on North Shore traffic, with a bunch o’ recommendations on how to reduce congestion. It seems Fraseropolis got it wrong in 2014 when we downplayed reports about traffic jams on the North Shore. I said that with almost zero population growth, an ageing ...
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#VanPoli | City Council | The First Day of the Rest of Their Lives: br>Vancouver's new City Council meeting for the first time, l-r: Councillors Rebecca Bligh, Christine Boyle, Colleen Hardwick, Pete Fry, Adriane Carr & Mayor Kennedy Stewart + Councillors Melissa De Genova, Jean Swanson, Michael Wiebe, Lisa Dominato and Sarah Kirby-Yung, where in...
The Music of One's Life, The Gift of Music from My Son : From the late 1960s on, I have been gifted with having a series of publications publish my music reviews. My love for music started much earlier than that, though — in all likelihood, probably from the womb, because my mother loved music, our home filled always with the popular music o...
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We need physical separation: I have been on Twitter this morning and there is a picture of a mother and daughter riding their bikes on the sidewalk. Seeing that reminded me of the pictures that I had taken outside the place we were staying at in Chicago’s Loop district (downtown). The bike lane is a bit better in Chica...
Book Review: Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places by Jeff Speck Published by Island Press ISBN 978 1 61091 898 5 Paperback I was really delighted to get an actual book, as opposed to an ebook. And this one really ought to be on the desk of every city planner, urbanist and advocate. It was a genuine pleasure to ...
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COPE is Back: A Conversation with Anne Roberts: It's the end of "Gregor's decade." Are we standing at the possible threshold of a new era in Vancouver municipal politics? Mainlander Editor Andrei Mihailiuk sits down with COPE Council candidate Anne Roberts to talk ward systems, movement journalism and how the Coalition of Progressive Electors ...
Downtown Eastside Housing Organizers Occupy 58 West Hastings: Organizers from the Our Homes Can’t Wait Coalition (OHCW) and homeless residents of the Downtown Eastside have occupied the empty lot at 58 West Hastings. The occupiers at 58 West Hastings will hold a press conference at 4PM. The Coalition has issued the following statement:
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Ever wondered what the Park Board does?: Here's a video tribute to our 2014-2018 Board, produced by Margo Harper.To the out-going elected Board: a job well done. So proud to have been a part of it.
New Vancouver park board commissioners sworn in: Two incumbents, five new commissioners Jessica Kerr / Vancouver CourierNovember 6, 2018 01:15 PM It’s official. Vancouver’s new park board commissioners were sworn in Monday night at a special ceremony at VanDusen Botanical Garden.After a thank you and sh...
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VSB Election Outcome vs Election Eve Prediction: On the eve of Vancouver's school board election I made the following prediction as to who, and which parties, would end up on the school board. I got some of this right. clearly my preference for progressive candidates made me slightly more optimistic in their favour than the outcome merited. Th...
Short term rentals and the UNA Elections: In the recent Campus Resident resident candidates for UNA Board were asked to share their opinions on short term rentals. The response from candidates can be broken into three general types: (1) evidence based evaluation (2) procedural and jurisdiction responsibility (3) fear/worry/misconceptio...
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A rising tide that swamps all boats: VIFF screens "Human Flow," Ai Weiwei's pilgrimage on the long refugee road to nowhereread more
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Rejection of 105 Keefer opened the door to new future for Chinatown, but will anyone walk through?: Yesterday??s 8-3 council vote to reject Beedie Group??s proposal to build a 12-story project at 105 Keefer ended the longest public hearing in a decade, a process that turned into a debate on the future of Chinatown. I voted with the majority in that vote and wrote down my comments ?? somethin...
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Vancouver demographics: brief overview: With over 2,400,000+ population Vancouver is one of the largest cities in North America. It is also one of the cities which are regarded to be the cleanest ones in the world. The city has awesome demographics which mean that as compared to any other place this city consists of highly well-off peo...
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Indigo Now Open on Robson: Win a Gift Card: Win a $50 gift card for Indigo on Robson from Miss604. Indigo’s new flagship store in Vancouver is located at 1033 Robson. The two-level, 29,000 square foot location marks the company’s return to the globally renowned shopping district. The post Indigo Now Open on Robson: Win a Gift Card appeare...
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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...
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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 t...
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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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Deadliest fire in California history takes 42 lives: This very graphic video shows the dangers of a fast moving fire and how important it is to leave affected areas after fire officials declare an evacuation order. "The fire came so quickly. One minute it was calm and then suddenly they were on top of us," Rebecca Hackett said. pic.twitter.com/bCG...

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