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Tip: Head to City Hall NOW (6:30 pm) to observe Council debate + vote on mass rezoning of RS zones citywide: A historic decision is about to be made within a short time after 6:30 pm tonight. This deserves witnesses and full public attention, in person and/or online. Look them in the eyes. As their last decision ever in a Council Meeting before the October 20 civic election, the current regime of Vancou...
Rezoning in RS (one-family), RT-7, RT-8, RT-10+10N zones: Public Hearing speakers continue now (Wed, Sept 19): A Public Hearing that started yesterday continues right now at Vancouver City Hall for zoning changes affecting most of Vancouver, including most RS (one-family) zones in most of the City, as well as RT-7 and RT-8 (two-family, in Kitsilano), and  RT-10 and RT-10N (Kensington-Cedar Cottage). Speak...
Tipsters: Who’s secretly funding Hector Bremner’s mayoral campaign? Activist launches crowdfunding to pay for anonymous tips: This video at a recent civic election candidates’ debate (UBC Sauder) shows  “YES Vancouver” mayoral candidate Hector Bremner’s evasive response to a question about secret funders of advertising for his campaign. *********** (Note: Tipsters see info at bottom) Civic activist Justin Fung has laun...
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Task Force Urges BC Government to Slash Rent Increases Now (in News): Tying increases to inflation alone would swiftly help struggling renters, but landlords aren’t convinced.
Fauxpologists like Jian Ghomeshi: How to Deal with Them (in Opinion): Fame is power. Abusive celebs have proven they can’t be trusted with power.  Related Stories Fauxpologists like Jian Ghomeshi: How to Deal with Them (in Opinion) #MeToo Means Men Need to Step Up for Change (in Opinion) Farm Work Program Leaves Women Vulnerable to Sexual Violence (in Opinion)
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Every Street Tree in New York: This is a shot I took on my New York trip in August (see Urbanist Abroad) that I selected to illustrate a special feature of the city. (Nope, not the Citibikes nor the bike lane.) It’s the unit block of East 2nd Street, in a neighbourhood that doesn’t seem to have its own name yet. It could be o...
Lecture: Ken Cameron on Peter Oberlander and Citizenship – Sep 24: From SFU Urban Studies: Ken Cameron will introduce his new book, Showing the Way: Peter Oberlander and the Imperative of Global Citizenship. Through the previously unpublished story of Oberlander’s progression from persecution and internment to becoming a pioneer in Canadian urbanism, Cameron’s b...
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Municipal-election drama kicks into high gear as campaigns really get going: So, as everyone in Vancouver who cares anything about local politics knows, Vision Vancouver’s campaign turned into chaos this week after the surprise announcement that mayoral candidate Ian Campbell was withdrawing from the race. As I’ve said multiple times, it’s not because the polls were showi...
The farewell note: A senior city-hall employee goes to work for a major developer: Lots of praise for Bill Aujla, the head of real-estate services who is going off to be vice-president of real estate with the Aquilini Group. This move, though, is raising questions for some. From: Johnston, SadhuSent: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 3:31 PMTo: All Staff (COV) – DLSubject: Staffing Chang...
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Vancouver Election 2018: The City has now produced its randomly ordered ballot for the upcoming election. Given the size of the ballot I realised I would need something written to take into the voting place with me, where the names of the progressive candidates I would like to see elected would be in the same order as th...
Fighting the climate wreckers: The article that I am going to point you too is concerned about the fight against fossil fuel companies in the United States. “The Climate-Wrecking Industry—and How to Beat It” appears in Sierra Magazine copied from The Nation While acknowledging that there is strength in numbers, some legal obse...
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The Haney-to-Hammond family cycling route: a proposal: A cycling route from Haney to Hammond as proposed by Fraseropolis and HUB Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, with a potential loop at the western end. The map was developed by Cindy Farnsworth The John Hammond house, c. 1893, on the proposed route. In 2017, the local government in Maple Ridge asked ou...
Brighter days in Nanaimo: On Wallace Street at the edge of the Old City Quarter The Occidental Hotel, 1886, restored in the 1980s. Nanaimo’s roots go back to the 19th century. Its central area has rich architectural and heritage interest — combined with a mix of sometimes brutal modernist styles, and a tendency in rec...
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Vancouver Votes 2018 | Hatred Invades The Election Process: The homophobic and anti-SOGI (Sexual Indentification and Gender Identity) forces of hatred have emerged as a malevolent and troubling force in the 2018 civic election process across British Columbia. On Sunday afternoon, former Vancouver School Board Chairperson and current Georgia St...
VIFF 2018 | VanRamblings' Annual Definitive VIFF Column: 37th Annual Vancouver International Film FestivalThursday, September 27th thru Friday, October 12th The 37th annual Vancouver International Film Festival is about to fall into place, taking over cinemas across Vancouver with 300 films representing 55 countries. Running from Sept. 27...
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Battle for 58 West Hastings: Broken Promises and Co-optation, 2016-2018: For years, an empty lot at 58 West Hastings has been at the centre of a fight for social housing in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). The present article covers the years from 2016 to 2018, detailing the City’s efforts to defer and ultimately dismantle the promise of 100% welfare- and pension-rate ho...
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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 — something I ne...
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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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Win a Trip to New York From Cathay Pacific and Big Sisters BC Lower Mainland: Has your life been positively impacted by your Big or Little Sister through a Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland mentoring program? If so, they’d love to hear from you and you could win a trip for two to New York courtesy of Cathay Pacific! The post Win a Trip to New York From Cathay Pacific and Bi...
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The rebirth of X̱wáy̓x̱way, X̱epx̱páy̓em and Iy̓ál̓mexw as Vancouver place names: The park board will be looking at adding traditional First Nations names to many civic parks and beaches.    John Mackie Updated: September 19, 2018 Vancouver Sun   Many local landmarks had names long before Europeans arrived in the Vancouver area. And Vancouver park board chair St...
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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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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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One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back : Closed Session. That is phrase that will become more and more common in the UNA Board vocabulary. It's a shame given that even the UBC Board of Governors, famous for their secrecy these past few years, has turned a new leaf and is busy revamping governance structures in order to be more open, d...
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UBC, SFU, Calgary universities to honour Aga Khan with degrees: Vancouver – Three Canadian universities will confer honorary degrees on the Aga Khan next month. Two of BC’s top universities, UBC and SFU, are collaborating in awarding honorary degrees to the Aga Khan. And the University of Calgary will also honour the Aga Khan’s global humanitarian work with a...

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