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Council and Park Board Preview – March 27-29: Housing policy reset, Railtown zoning changes, Grants, Liquor Licences in Parks Establishments and more: This week the Vancouver Park Board has a meeting on Monday, March 27, and City Council has two meetings (Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28 and 29). It is a relatively quiet week, but a major topic is the Vancouver Housing and Homelessness Strategy Reset – Housing Vancouver Emerging Directions  on T...
What Can Quebec’s Anti-Corruption Inquiry Teach BC? Sonia Lebel speaks Mar 21 (Tues) – Lead lawyer of Charbonneau Commission: Did we plant this idea? On February 27, CityHallWatch asked this question: “Do Vancouver & B.C. need a Charbonneau Commission? South Vancouver Parks Society might be showing the way.” Well, Vancouver and B.C. will get some help to answer that question soon, just three weeks later. On March 21...
SVPS society shines light on shady deals with public funds & land at Emery Barnes Park: Emery Barnes Park in Vancouver. Blue building (Jubilee House, social housing) has now been demolished. Future site of the “8X8 ON THE PARK” condo tower The South Vancouver Parks Society (http://vanparks.ca/, @FeeSimplePark) has been delving deep and shining light on what appear to be shading de...
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The biggest housing challenge of all: affordable apartments for the developmentally disabled: This story came my way in the most random way. I was at the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association dinner and talking to the man across the table who, it turned out to be the CEO of the Community Living Society. So what, I asked Ross Chilton, is the big story in your world? He said: the problem of f...
Surrey: It’s harder to build a suburban downtown than it looks: I’ve been curious about how Surrey will evolve ever since former mayor Dianne Watts set out to transform the city’s image and its reality. Besides the music festivals and the beautification and the stunning new pools and other facilities built in the city, Watts also promised to create a downtown...
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Is NDP’s Horgan Really Public Enemy No. 1? Only to Big Business Right Wingers (in Opinion): Don’t fall for their multi-million dollar ad blitz.  Related Stories Spot the Difference: BC Liberal Campaign TV Spot, or Taxpayer-Funded ‘Government’ Ad? (in Opinion) Please Advise! Which of These Blatantly Partisan Liberal Ads Did the Liberals Actually Pay For? (in Opinion) Clark’s Failure on H...
NDP Forest Plan Positive, But Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Says Forester (in News): Horgan pledges to curb raw log exports and increase value-added manufacturing.  Related Stories Voters Not Sold on Clark — or NDP or Greens (in News) NDP’s Horgan Reintroduces, Again, a Bill to Stop Wealthy Donors from ‘Buying’ Government (in News) ‘Plenty of Work Left to Do’ on Candidate Diversi...
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Snowboarding star Mark McMorris in hospital after backcountry accident: An accident on a jump "well within his skill level" in British Columbia's backcountry as has left Canadian snowboarding star Mark McMorris with serious injuries. A medal favourite at next year's...read more
B.C. appeal court rules against Burnaby in bylaw battle with Trans Mountain: A legal battle between the City of Burnaby and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has ended with the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling the National Energy Board can override municipal bylaws...read more
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Arbutus Greenway North End: We walked from Valley to Granville Island today. Since I was on foot there are more photos than the last episode. A woodchip trail has now been laid parallel to the blacktop between King Ed and 16th. It would appear that some of the neighbours have needed to adapt a STOP sign to something more ...
Evidence based policy making: There was a flurry of commentary yesterday in the wake of the budget. General approval of the huge expansion of funding for more transit services, but griping at the removal of the tax concession to transit passes. Now we could get into a debate about how the BC Liberals seem prepared to go into ...
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A Flood “Utility Pod” New York City Style: Ny.Curbed.Com describes the interesting “utility pods” commissioned by the New York City Housing Authority and designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to buffer a large public housing development against a superstorm like Hurricane Sandy that ravaged Brooklyn’s Red Hook area. These 14 “pods” are mul...
Japan’s Population-“A Demographic Time Bomb”: The Independent’s Business Insider describes the increasing aging population of Japan, called by economists as a  “demographic time bomb.”  With little consumer spending the economy has shrunk and fewer people are having children, while people are living longer.  With a population of 127 million...
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They’re stackin’ ’em in at Brentwood: Space between apartment towers off Rosser Avenue, looking to Gilmore A rendering of the Shape Properties “Amazing Brentwood” development plan as published in VanCity Buzz The City of Burnaby is on track to win an award, if it exists, for the most extreme residential densification in western C...
Metro Vancouver’s homeless report: where to from here?: With a growing number of homeless camps (now estimated at 70) dug into Metro Vancouver communities, conversation on the issue has veered into a world of personal attacks and draconian proposals. One sample “solution,” endemic in community news chat threads, would re-establish the vast 1905-era a...
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Visual Thoughts #61: Last VT image: Idiosyncratic attic window in Strathcona, Vancouver. ***Erick Villagomez is one of the founding editors at Spacing Vancouver. He is also an educator, independent researcher and designer with personal and professional interests in the urban landscapes. His private practice – Metis ...
Unpacking Kellie Leitch’s phony threat to sanctuary cities: In an echo of President Donald Trump’s policy-by-Twitter, MP Kellie Leitch has turned her attention to sanctuary cities. In a March 9, 2017 tweet, the Conservative leadership candidate wrote, “One law for all is a Canadian value. “‘Sanctuary cities’ will be ineligible for transit funding if I am ...
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Vancouver Park Board launches map showing best places to find flowering cherry blossom trees in city: 23 March 2017 The Straight.com Cherry trees will soon be in bloom around Vancouver, offering residents the chance to capture the city during one of the most beautiful times of the year.Photo by Cynthia Wong Vancouver’s cherry blossom season is imminent and with it comes an opportunity to ca...
BC SPCA supports Park Board decision to prohibit ‘importation and display’ of live cetaceans:  March 10, 2017  The BC SPCA applauds the Vancouver Park Board Commission, whose commissioners voted unanimously in favour of a motion to amend bylaws "to prohibit the importation and display" of live cetaceans — porpoises, whales or dolphins — at the Vancouver Aquarium.“We are thrilled with...
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Fassbender’s “transit-supporting levy:” a new way to make municipalities pay?: Transportation minister Peter Fassbender’s latest musings about a new “transit-supporting levy” imposed on transit-oriented development sound like a complex new way for Victoria to impose the entire cost of transportation investment on municipalities. Says Fassbender: “If you build transit corrid...
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Gentrification as Symbolic Cannibalism: From “Fraserhood” to Chinatown: On a cold Saturday night in January a haphazard line-up has formed outside the Fox Cabaret.  Everyone is underdressed – young women with leather jackets draped over tank-tops and men with tight black jeans, thin t-shirts, and undersized polo hats. Above, the refurbished façade glows red, hinti...
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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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Red Robinson Day in Vancouver: Visit Miss604.com for the full postMarch 30, 2017 has officially been proclaimed “Red Robinson Day in Vancouver”, in honour of Canada’s original rock and roll deejay. From emceeing for both the Beatles and Elvis Presley, to bringing the music of Buddy Holly to Vancouver’s airwaves, and even launc...
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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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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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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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