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Info on October 14, 2017 by-election for one City Council position in Vancouver: The City of Vancouver has released information on the October 14, 2017 byelection, triggered by Councillor Geoff Meggs, who has resigned to become the Chief of Staff (political position) for NDP Premier John Horgan. The election budget due to his decision is over $1.5 million. The official websi...
Public Hearing is tonight for 969 Burrard (1st Baptist Church). But Westbank already offering VIP access and marketing globally: Many questions should be answered before City Council can vote on this application returning to a Public Hearing for its second night tonight (969 Burrard and 1019-1045 Nelson Street ). Tonight (July 25, 2017) is the second night of a public hearing for this rezoning. (Click here for all details/...
@CollectivistaX condensed parody version of Robertson interview on new rental housing strategy hits the main message: Supply and Density: The Supply Mayor, in his own words. Full 2 mins: https://t.co/2DY8XLOpp9 @jhwfung @mtnbvan @Lidsville @brettdrc @YVRHousing #BuildMOAR pic.twitter.com/xTJVDlS9um — Collectivista (@CollectivistaX) July 25, 2017 Above is a two minute condensed-parody version of an interview by Sonia Deol of Gl...
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City puts on a big push to demo new programs for lower-cost housing: rentals geared to income, infills: The Vision council is using the slow summer months to push out lots of news on its planned “housing reset” — new policy aimed at trying to shape supply in the city more than it has in the past to create lower-cost housing. The target market, planners and politicians keep saying, is the households...
A hidden wrinkle that will make the group decision to sell your condo building even harder: There are about 70 groups of residents in the Lower Mainland at present thinking about selling their buildings to developers. That process is already stressful enough. I’m told that, no matter what price sellers get, they are always convinced the developer is somehow ripping them off and making a...
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Christy Clark Resigns as Leader of the BC Liberal Party (in News): ‘I am certain that British Columbia’s best days lie ahead,’ says former premier.
New Course Helps First Nations’ Managers Take Back Their Housing (in News): Sylvia Olsen’s training program prepares Indigenous people to manage on-reserve housing.  Related Stories Higher Rents, Fewer Units As Indigenous Housing Agencies Lose Subsidies (in News) What Would a National Indigenous Housing Strategy Look Like? (in News) New Minister Vows ‘Fresh Attitude Towa...
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Women of various types, in Atomic Blonde, Lady Macbeth and a typical film noir : Also a film series about faith and transcendence visits traditional healers in the Amazon and blares against noise pollution everywhereread more
Meta-magic @ Malkin Bowl: Musical theatre in Stanley Park: starlit spectacles for all agesread more
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction – part two: Another response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction and not just a terrific jolt of caffeine but superb crema with (after a quick swirl with a teeny tiny coffee spoon) a nice accidental café art too. Also inspired by Jina Jay’s effort and my comment on it, yesterday.Filed under: photogr...
TransLink on track for record-breaking ridership: Source: TransLink on track for record-breaking ridership I was expecting to actually see the Press Release and the stats from Translink instead of just a link, but this is easier than all the copy and paste I was going to have to do otherwiseFiled under: transit, Transportation, Vancouver
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Seniors Moving to Walkable Inner City Neighbourhoods: Urbanist and Simon Fraser University’s Director of the City Program introduced me to the expression “NORC” which stands for “Naturally Occurring Retirement Community”.  A NORC is any neighbourhood or area where a groups of folks over 60 years of age choose to reside. Patrick Sisson with Curbed.c...
Going Up — Vancouver House: Rising rapidly at Pacific and Howe.  Vancouver House:  “A Total work of Art”. [Click to enlarge]
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Condos Love Culture: New arts development brings “creative placemaking” to Chinatown: While arts and culture aren’t bad things, governments and developers have increasingly instrumentalized them as a way to stimulate market value in marginalized and working class communities. Under intense pressure by the City to develop, BC Artscape is the latest wolf in sheep's clothing making...
New Players, Same Game: How the NDP-Greens Won’t Address the Housing Crisis: “Every day that the Liberals delay allowing a new government to be formed,” said NDP’s Spencer Chandra Herbert earlier this month, “is a day that more people lose their homes.” With today’s vote of non-confidence, a feeling of optimism is now in the air. But will an NDP-Green government actually ...
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RELEASE: VPSN, Laneway Living Rooms: Grandma’s House, July 29th: Laneway Living Rooms: Grandma’s House WHEN: 12pm – 9pm Saturday, July 29th, 2017 WHERE: 1027 Commercial Drive laneway (south of Venables St between Parker St and Napier St) Kitsch, cookies and nostalgia with an East Van twist – Welcome to Grandma’s House! Grandma’s House is the first of the Vanco...
Video Vancouver: The High Cost of Free Parking: Via Vox: Hidden parking rules hurt our cities. Will Chilton and Paul Mackie of Mobility Lab explain. The post Video Vancouver: The High Cost of Free Parking appeared first on Spacing Vancouver.
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Summertime dos and don’ts at Vancouver parks and beaches: $500 fines can be issued for not butting out properly John Kurucz / Vancouver Courier June 27, 2017 04:12 PM Barbecues ...
Park Acquisition Strategy Explained: Vancouver Park Board Information Bulletin July 7, 2017   The Vancouver Park Board and City of Vancouver have mutual goals of a healthy city, active living and ensuring all residents have access to green space a short walk from home. This is particularly important in dense, urban areas wit...
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A development surge in Vancouver’s River District: The River District, in Vancouver’s extreme southeast corner, offers a quiet riverside walk, lunch at a good pub restaurant overlooking the water, and a feeling of imminent transformation. The area was identified for conversion from industrial to residential use at least as early as 2004. At that...
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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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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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The Queen’s Baton Relay and Block Party in Vancouver: Visit Miss604.com for the full postHost city of the 1954 British Commonwealth Games, Vancouver will welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay with a full day of events on August 1, 2017 as it makes its way to Australia for the next Games in 2018. Queen’s Baton Relay and Block Party The Queen’s Baton Relay ...
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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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VIFF 2016: VIFF movie mania is upon us: It's that time again — Vancouver's yearly 16-day immersion in films from across the globe. The 35th annual Vancouver International Film Festival is as always a daunting prospect. This year's edition of VIFF, which begins today and runs through until Friday October 14th, will screen 3...
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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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CBC Early Edition - interview on local governance : This morning I had the chance to chat with Rick Cluff on CBC's Early Edition about the deplorable state of UBC's local governance and the democratic deficit here. You can listen to our conversation here.
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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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