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Press release on synthetic turf on school fields and parks, public access and health impacts: Park Board decision tonight 15-Apr-2019 (Mon): As a public service, here we publish a press release and materials relating to turf in parks. For background, please see our February 11, 2019 post, “Petition aims to save five grass playing fields in Vancouver parks, stop conversion to synthetic turf, and keep fields accessible to all.” This top...
Community meeting on Jericho Lands & subway extension to UBC (11-Apr-2019, Thurs), by WPGRA: Event notice Community Meeting on the Jericho Lands & Subway extension to UBCApril 11, 2019 (Thursday) 7 pmJericho Hill Gym (4180 West 4th Ave)Organizer: West Point Grey Residents’ Association A community organized meeting to inform on the issues. Guest speakers to be announced. Meeting Topi...
Can False Creek South remain a model community in a changing world? Talk by Dr. David Ley, 4-Apr-2019 (Thurs): Event notice: Can False Creek South remain a model community in a changing world? A talk by Dr. David Ley (Emeritus Professor of urban and social geography, UBC) April 4, 2019 (Thursday), 7 to 9 pm Sitka Square Meeting Room (Ground Level), 1092 Sitka Square, Vancouver ******** City Council creat...
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Cullen and Rankin: A Tyee Conversation (in News): The two New Democrats look back and ahead as they make their parliamentary exit.  Related Stories BC Indigenous Leaders Fear Cabinet Shuffle Signals End to Reconciliation Agenda (in News) On the Record: We Did Nothing Wrong, says Trudeau’s Ex-Top Advisor (in News) Jagmeet Singh: ‘People Need Me, ...
Mark Carney Says Climate Change Will Bring Economic Disaster. Will the Powerful Listen? (in Opinion): Global bank heads say urgent action needed to prevent a ‘Minsky moment’ collapse in asset prices.  Related Stories How Citizens Can Stop the Big Five’s Disastrous Fossil Fuel Funding (in Opinion) A Plea for Rapprochement Between BC and Alberta (in Opinion) It’s Up to Canadians to Save the Boreal ...
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A Message from the Future: You might recall that Guy Duancy wrote a book on the same theme. This is mainly aimed at the US readers who need to know about the Green New Deal. Everything under the line is simply cut and paste.   New York, NY – April 17, 2019 – “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” the 7-...
Notre Dame: The fire was terrible. It was unintentional. It was the result of efforts to refurbish the cathedral. It has not been well looked after for a variety of reasons. I happen to have some pictures which include the roof – which is the greatest loss – and the spire. One thing I am sure of, it will be ...
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Weed Festival, Vancouver-style:
Weeds, Vancouver-sized:
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Squamish plan for massive development by Burrard Bridge gets a surprisingly warm welcome: So my big story for the week was the news that the Squamish are moving ahead with plans to create a huge new development by the Burrard Bridge. My story was in the Globe Thursday, with a follow-up including the mayor’s comments on Friday. (I’ll post the full stories below.) The reaction on often-...
Airbnb-style rentals getting fines, investigations into 820 units — but critics say city is losing the battle: Like many other cities, Vancouver is fighting the war against short-term vacation rentals that take housing away from long-term locals. Their info here. The city was the first to put in rules last April. Yesterday, they released results on the numbers of licences and investigations. But critics o...
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Stranger Than Kindness: Allyship Versus Support in the DTES: Over the last decade, the BC government has shifted to a model of “supportive” housing for low-income communities in Vancouver and across the province. There is a dissonance however between the stated intentions of support staff and the conditions that supportive housing reinforce for a large num...
Looking Ahead At 58 W Hastings: Photo Essay: What lies ahead for 58 and the people of the Downtown Eastside? If history has been any lesson, the vision of 58 West Hastings was born and fought for in the streets. Its future cannot be won otherwise.
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City Council and Park Board meetings to be streamed via a new platform: April 12 2019 –     From April 15 onwards, City Council and Park Board meetings will be broadcast using a new live video streaming system. Earlier this month, we were notified that NeuLion, the previous video streaming provider, would be withdrawing their provisio...
Cannabis in Vancouver parks: I am asked frequently why the Park Board doesn't just issue the 420 organizers a permit. Printed below is the Province of British Columbia's regulation controls on cannabis. As you can see provincial regulations do not allow cannabis to be smoked in parks. This along with the Park Bylaw prohibit...
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Back in Langley City: The central square in downtown Langley, where they have music and such when it is not raining This is a promising urban village in Metro Vancouver’s South-of-Fraser, with a wide array of locally owned businesses and housing choices. The arrival of Skytrain, connecting with Surrey and Vancouver,...
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Health and Wellness | The Low FODMAP Diet a Digestive Wonder: Do you suffer from the occasional bout of gastro-intestinal distress? Most people do, and at best find it to be uncomfortable and discomfiting. At times, that gastro-intestinal distress can flare up to such an extent, a person becomes bed-ridden, as was woefully the case in February ...
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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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VOX is Vancouver Opera’s Inaugural Vocal Competition: The Vancouver Opera Festival season is kicking off on a high note with the inaugural VOX vocal competition. The next generation of Canadian opera stars will compete at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on April 26th, ahead of the festival program which runs April 27 to May 5, 2019. The post VOX is Vanc...
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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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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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21st Century Housing Includes Short Term Rentals:
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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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Second fatal crash forces Boeing to update software for diving 737 Max aircraft: Renton, Washington – The second fatal accident involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 in six months has prompted the manufacturer to release updated flight control software. In October, Lion Air Flight 610 dived into the Java Sea killing all 189 on board after the pilot asked to turn around. The plane flew...

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