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Definition of “affordable” today: Housing costing less than 30% of before-tax household income (Jak King cites CMHC): This is a very useful comment and definition of “affordable housing by Jak King, civic historian and blogger. The key points could be printed on a card with updated figures as a memory aid for politicians, media, city staff, election candidates, activists and so on… ********** “Affordable Housing...
‘Community gardens’ give big developers big tax breaks while small businesses suffer and close under tax burden: Wesgroup’s “Community Garden” at 41st and Oak. Photo: CityHallWatch On 9-Jan-2018, regular columnist Allen Garr had an interesting article in the Vancouver Courier, entitled “Small businesses suffer while Vancouver developers cash in on tax breaks.” We capture some excerpts of his findings here...
GWAC meeting tonight: What a community can do when a proposed project raises local concern: The Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) regular monthly meeting (tonight) will look at what a community and its residents can do when a proposed project raises local concern. In social media and even in public hearings, the discussion sometimes gets oversimplified as YIMBY vs NIMBY arguments, ...
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Battle over Northeast False Creek plan passes first stage, but much more to come: There are so many issues wrapped up in the Northeast False Creek plan — which is supposed to become a neighbourhood of 10-12,000 people, with a jazzy new waterfront, a new park, 1,800 units of affordable housing in the 20-per-cent requirement for same, historic redress for the Chinese, black, and...
Candidates to lead left coalition in Vancouver start to emerge. First up, NDP current and former MPs: It’s going to be a long campaign season (election day is Oct. 20, folks) because of the very open elections that will be happening in Vancouver and elsewhere, as numerous mayors announce they won’t run again and all but two Vision incumbents on council have bailed. So, in the ongoing saga, here’s...
A campaign to ensure that communities get the benefit of land-value increases that their tax dollars helped create: I know some of you in my Twitter/blogverse are interested in this topic. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy launches global campaign to promote land value capture CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is launching a global campaign to promote the adoption of land value capture, a po...
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Only Fantasies, Desperation and Wishful Thinking Keep Pipeline Plans Alive (in Opinion): There is no waiting Asian market for oilsands crude. In fact there’s no waiting market anywhere.  Related Stories Sorry Alberta, BC Will Not Pay for Your Bungling (in Opinion) ‘Peoplekind’ is a Painful and Goofy Example of Trudeau’s Hollowness (in Opinion) Jason Kenney’s Populist Snake Oil (in Op...
Help for Students, Equal Pay and Reducing Harassment at Work (in National): A Q&A with federal Employment and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu.  Related Stories ‘Bring in a Federal Minimum Wage,’ Says NDP Labour Critic (in National) Trade Talk Secrecy Ruffles Feathers (in National) Construction Union Says Program Abused for Cheap Labour (in National)
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BC Budget 2018: You can read the whole thing on the BC Gov website or Justin McElroy on the CBC ‘s summary. Basically a commitment to increase necessary spending in the right areas which is being funded by increases in taxes on the corporations and the wealthy. So I am generally in favour. But what is missing i...
Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd: A Face in the Crowd “Explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden.” I was stumped by the challenge at first, but then I looked at a couple of recent images that I had taken of t...
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Bigger, Better TransLink: This morning’s TransLink announcement is most welcome to the vast numbers of people who use SkyTrain and Canada Line to get from here to there. 80 new cars, all to be in service by 2020. 28 Expo and Millennium line cars by early 2019; 28 additional Expo and Millennium line cars by the end of 20...
“Wristwatching” and Amazon: National Public Radio reports on what could be the next generation of work gloves. Amazon has been granted two patents for  “wristbands that could track the exact location of warehouse workers’ hands — and give workers tactile feedback to help guide them to a specific shelf.”  Similar to the vib...
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Vancouver’s Chinatown: heritage site, urban village or tourist zone?: Gore Street at Keefer in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Vancouver City Council voted in November 2017 to seek World Heritage Site status for the Chinatown district. This founding neighbourhood began as a segregated zone for Chinese-speaking labourers and merchants outside the railway and lumber camp th...
Surrey Central — Retrofitting or replacement?: Rendering from the 2017 Surrey City Centre Plan, a fantasy perspective showing library (middle background), SkyTrain line, future light rail line and new towers About 10 years ago, the term “Retrofitting Suburbia” came to describe the art or science of converting automobile-dependent sprawl int...
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Artists Align with Anti-Displacement Movements: In the past year, across North America, artists in solidarity with anti-displacement struggles are voicing their discontent with the neoliberal turn towards developer-driven artwashing and displacement, but are they being heard?
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Black Friday Almost Over, Cyber Monday On Its Way: In 1957, my mother gave me a transistor radio for my 7th birthday! We lived at 2165 East 2nd Avenue in Vancouver, just off Garden Park, on Vancouver's eastside. I knew my neighbours, a polyglot amalgam of "displaced persons" (displaced from WWII), refugees from a Europe of destructio...
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Park board approves Vancouver’s World Cup bid: Jessica Kerr / Vancouver CourierFebruary 22, 2018 02:33 PM The park board is on board with Vancouver’s bid to be a host city if the World Cup comes to North America in 2026. Commissioners earlier this week unanimously approved a series of staff recommen...
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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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What tourist attractions you can find in Vancouver: As 8th largest municipality by population Vancouver has a lot to offer to the tourists that visit. It is regarded as one of the most diverse and culturally blended cities of Canada. From parks to movie theatres the entertainment in this city is limitless and therefore it is highly regarded as one...
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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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Vinoscenti Vineyards Presents: European Wine & Culture 2018: Ring in spring at a local winery, with the German flare of the Vancouver Alpen Club. Vinoscenti Vineyards presents a celebration of European Wine and Culture complete with German wine, charcuterie, dinner, dancing, and entertainment among the vines on March 21, 2018. The post Vinoscenti Vineyards...
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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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The UNA's 2017 non-election: It's election campaign season again for the University Neighbourhoods' Association. You wouldn't know it though unless you have paid especially close attention to occasional mentions in the UNA Board Meeting packages, the very rare email blast calling for nominations, or the haphazard webpage not...
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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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