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Modular Housing proposed at Larwill Park (688 Cambie): Open House May 15 (Tues). Some points to consider.: No notification signs have been posted regarding Open House, Sunday May 13th, 2018 The City of Vancouver is holding an Open House for a proposal to put approximately 100 units of modular housing on the Larwill Park site (688 Cambie Street). This site is identified as the future location of the ...
City of Vancouver Rezoning Applications snapshot, 3-May-2018: Revised As a free public service we take a monthly snapshot of the City of Vancouver’s Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The City does not provide this kind of archived “snapshot” to the public, and as far as we know, a monthly snapshot like this is not available anyw...
City of Vancouver Development Applications snapshot, 3-May-2018: As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Development Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. A tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications): https://vancou...
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Vancouver civic election shows that much is up for grabs in an unstable climate: Catching up here after many weeks, where I’ve been slowed down by a combo of too much election news and killer colds and coughs. But here we are, in what is surely one of the stranger municipal election cycles of the last 50 years. (Counting out Nanaimo here, whose problems seem to go far beyond ...
Top Vancouver developer teams up with former Toronto head planner for massive national project to build rental: No one will ever accuse Ian Gillespie of running short of ideas. The latest from the man who is building both Vancouver House (high-end, sold offshore, unusual building next to Granville Bridge) and, someday, a mix of social and market housing on the Stanley/New Fountain Gastown site — he has for...
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Downtown Eastside Housing Organizers Blockade City Hall: The fight for 58 West Hastings escalates in historic May Day action: "We, the poor and the homeless of the Downtown Eastside will not sit idly as our elected officials deprive us of the housing we need."
Chinatown Victory at 105 Keefer: VANDU Interviews Vince Tao: In November 2017, members of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) interviewed Vince Tao, organiser with Chinatown Action Group (CAG). They discussed the recent victories of the Chinatown community at 105 Keefer, drawing lessons for the ongoing fight for 100% social housing at welfare ...
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Kinder Morgan and the Power of Civil Resistance (in Opinion): Citizens can shine a spotlight on bad laws or draconian consequences. Second of two parts.  Related Stories Pipeline Expansion: U.S. Refineries Win, Canadians Lose (in Opinion) Please Advise! Why Can’t NDP Buddies Notley and Horgan Just Get Along? (in Opinion) Canadian Taxpayers Held Hostage by K...
Global Stakes High in New Ebola Outbreak (in Analysis): Illness has reached urban centres in the DR Congo, raising risk of rapid spread.
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Jobs Jar: Fair Vote Canada BC is looking to hire two summer students in Burnaby. The positions would be for 8 weeks, 30 hours a week. Do you know a secondary or post-secondary student who’s passionate about proportional representation and is great at talking to people? Do you know a student has these quali...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted: Vancouver House is a condominium at the end of Granville Bridge that makes the most of a restricted site by a design that is twisted. This photo was taken a month ago, and the construction is now nearer completion. By a curious coincidence Price Tags – another Vancouver based blog has a more rec...
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Vancouver Diary: East Village Huh?: Dianna noticed these banners on Vancouver’s Hastings Street, between Clark and Renfrew in what is now termed, by the Hastings North Business Improvement Association (BIA), the East Village. One of the banners features a hipster crow leaning on a bicycle: Probably the oddest part is the crow read...
Study Says More Density in Single Family Neighbourhoods is Greener: In Vancouver single family housing is demolished to make bigger new houses, often of the same style. Yet, in this study to be published in July by University of British Columbia researchers and MountainMath Software, the perception that new is greener and better is seriously challenged. UBC Repo...
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Family incomes in Metro Vancouver: Yaletown, 2017 Statistics Canada has added new community profiles to its website based on the 2016 census. These include income measures the federal Conservative government axed from the 2011 census — possibly because open up a discussion about economic inequality. Within Metro Vancouver, the h...
Riding Vancouver’s fast train to nowhere: Adam Fitch’s rapid transit map. His LRT line idea is shown with a cord painted green, from a proposed new Emily Carr SkyTrain station in east False Creek to UBC. The red line, with marked stations, traces TransLink’s SkyTrain route plan as of about 2012. In the real world, stations from Arbutus ...
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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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Arts Friday | Gosh, It's May | It Must Be the Upfronts | Television: In the merry, merry month of May each year, VanRamblings looks forward to two singular events: the Cannes Film Festival — which we'll write about when, in August, the fine folks at the Vancouver International Film Festival announce the Cannes 2018 films that'll play the 37th VIFF — and...
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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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Access for All: Park Board improves beach experience with second Mobi-Mat and new water wheelchairs for those with mobility challenges :  Vancouver Park Board News ReleaseMay 25, 2018     The beach is calling …. and this year two of Vancouver’s most popular beaches will be fully accessible to people with mobility challenges.      It’s the second phase of the Vancouver Park Board’s commitment to a better, more inclusive beach e...
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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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Electric Harbour Tours in Coal Harbour: Enter to win tickets for the new Electric Harbour Tours in Coal Harbour. WESTCOAST Sightseeing has launched a new west coast tour experience aboard electrically powered, 12 passenger boats hosting unique and intimate tours of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and Canada Place. The post Elect...
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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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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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