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Major development proposed at Broadway & Commercial (Safeway site): Open House June 27 (Tues): Broadway/Commercial Pre-Application Open House Croatian Cultural Centre Tuesday June 27, 2017 Doors: 5:30 pm • Presentation: 6:00 pm • Open House: until 8:30 pm Organized by Brook Pooni Website: http://www.broadwaycommercial.ca/ For some comments visit Broadway & Commercial: Another Open Hou...
Residents still not liking Park Board’s proposed Joint Operating Agreement: Kerrisdale Community Centre Society meetings (June 20): Intro: Below is a media release from the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society. See bottom for context and links to KCCS website outlining concerns with the JOA, which the Park Board is expecting to have signed by September 30. This topic is a huge one for the character of our communities, life in ...
Kerrisdale Community Centre Society to hold community meetings June 20 (Tues) seeking input on Park Board ‘Joint Operating Agreement’: Here is a media release from Kerrisdale Community Centre Society,  which has called a community meeting to ask for public feedback on a proposed Joint Operating Agreement that the Park Board requires all Community Centre Associations in Vancouver to sign by September 30, 2017. To sign or not to ...
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Who is really buying Chinatown condos? You’d be surprised (or not): The story of the battle over development in Chinatown is an endlessly mesmerizing one. There are so many political forces, so many internal battles, so many different groups, so many issues. There’s also an incredible amount of misinformation, “facts” that have taken on a life of their own in the...
The battle over short-term vacation rentals (aka Airbnb) is heating up in both cities and resort towns: Victoria council’s recent move to start clamping down on short-term vacation rentals prompted me to do a quick canvas to see what is happening in various cities around B.C. with this issue. Whoa, was that an eye-opener, to hear about the struggles various towns are going through as they try to st...
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New Research Sparks Health Canada Warning Deer Plague Might Infect Humans (in News): Chronic wasting disease long thought not to affect human health.
In the Church of Naomi Klein (in Culture): ‘No Is Not Enough’ includes plenty of articles of faith for the radical remaking of public life.  Related Stories How Hillary Clinton, Trapped in the Past and Privilege, Lost (in Culture) At DOXA: Trumped! What the $%*%(!! Now? (in Culture) 'Where to Invade Next' Waves a Banner of Hope (in Culture)
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Anthony Hopkins playing with Transformers, Harmonium’s potent Japanese drama and something not to do on vacation: Also the only bank indicted for 2008’s financial crisis, a “nice Jewish girl” finally getting recognition for her photography and Keanu Reeves in a dystopian noveltyread more
School closures off the table along with Christy Clark’s flip flops: The VSB’s $1.5 billion capital plan request to government all but takes school closures off the table, despite the district being governed by a B.C. Liberal government-appointed trustee read more
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Monet’s Garden: A new exhibit opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery today entitled “Monet’s Secret Garden” – here’s the Courier’s review. The first thought that crossed my mind was that there is not much secret about his garden. It’s in Giverny, Normandy and is about 45 minutes on the train from Paris, and is one o...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient: The snow goose (Chen caerulescens), a transient through southwestern British Columbia. Formerly they would travel on to Mexico in the winter before returning to the tundra in the spring. They seem to be spending more time here each year, causing concerns due to their voracious appetites – and co...
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Dragon Boat Festival: Bigger and better than ever.  And more fun. The usual Vancouver mix of all demographic niches you can imagine. As always, click on any image to see a large-size slideshow of them all. 
Shocking Robbery: Persons unknown have purloined some of the NDP’s most treasured property — their platform.  It may be hard to fence this stuff, since almost everyone knows where it came from and who it belongs to.  Smart operators should sit on it for a while before trying to sell the material in the media marke...
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Home ownership in the Lower Mainland: a diminishing prospect: Central Pitt Meadows, 2017 A report on housing from VanCity, a member-owned financial institution, finds a continuing decline in housing affordability in the B.C. Lower Mainland. Home ownership costs are rising across the region as buyers look beyond the City of Vancouver. In the background, th...
Revisiting the Heights: Confederation Park, Burnaby Heights, Friday morning At the suggestion of a Fraseropolis.com reader, I returned to Burnaby Heights this past week, five years after my first visit to the community. Hastings Street in northwest Burnaby is the city’s most interesting commercial strip, with an array...
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RELEASE: VAG North Plaza reopens: Upgrades to the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery are completing this week in time for the Jazz Festival on Saturday. “The plaza to the north of the Vancouver Art Gallery is host to Vancouver’s most significant events and is a popular place for people to pass through, sit and relax, and me...
OP-ED: Will Canadian Infrastructure Bank lead to more privatization?: This week, Spacing is publishing three columns about the proposed $35 billion Canada Infrastructure Bank, which was proposed as part of the Liberal government’s omnibus budget bill and is currently being debated in the Senate (here are details of the recent manifestations of the bill).  About th...
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Wilderness Committee mourns the passing of Gwen Barlee: For Immediate Release - June 23 2017  VANCOUVER – The Wilderness Committee is deeply saddened by the passing of Gwen Barlee, one of Canada’s leading environmental advocates. Barlee work...
Opinion: VSB trustees accountable for toxic work environment: by Janet FraserPublished on: June 15, 2017 Vancouver SunWith the recent resignation of the Vancouver school board (VSB) superintendent I’ve been asked, “What was really going on at the VSB? I don’t know what to believe.” Looking back at the trustees’ behaviour I witnessed and reading the two i...
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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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Against Canada, Towards Queer Liberation: As Canada 150 draws nearer, those committed to supporting Indigenous sovereignty and dislodging the power of colonialism are faced with the task of dispelling the myth of Canada as a benevolent nation. While the expanding grip of neoliberalism has given rise to a reactionary global righft-wing...
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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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Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza Reopens: Visit Miss604.com for the full postThe Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, one of the most popular meeting places in the city, is set to reopen on Saturday June 24th after being closed for a massive revitalization effort. The opening will coincide with the Vancouver Jazz Festival‘s Downtown Jazz series,...
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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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