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City Council to hear “Regional Transportation Update” (2-May-2017, Tues): Broadway “transit,” land use planning, cycling spot: City Council is going to hear a regional transportation update in the regular City Council meeting this coming Tuesday. As of today (April 29) the  documents have not been published. In a case like this the presentation and related documents go online shortly after the actual presentation. Transp...
Motion “Increasing Whistleblower Protection for Vancouver City Staff” (by Adriane Carr) goes to Council May 2, 2017: City Councillor Adriane Carr has this motion before City Council for Tuesday, May 2, 2017: “Increasing Whistleblower Protection for Vancouver City Staff.” Below is text of the motion, plus some additional references we put together. Coincidentally, CBC Radio (“Ideas” programme) just carried a sto...
Development Permit Board (DPB) May 1 (Mon) to look at 399 East 1st Ave (Onni Group) 4 new buildings, but will City ignore Onni’s illegal short term rentals?: The Development Permit Board (DPB) meets on Monday, May 1, 2017, starting at 3 pm. Two items are on the agenda: 399 E 1st Av – DE420195. Development of 4 buildings ranging in height from 7 to 15 storeys comprised of 2 live/work buildings with commercial podium; 1 hotel building; and 1 office buil...
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Libs not touting it in speeches, but policy position is that referendum still needed for regional share of Broadway, Surrey lines: In the 2013 election, Premier Christy Clark was quite vocal about requiring a referendum for any new tax, fee or whatever that the mayors wanted to help pay for the regional share of transit. This time, candidates have stayed away from that. However, the Liberal Party made it clear — in its respo...
Board of Trade issues report endorsing “missing middle” forms of housing and alternatives to home ownership: I have to say, it’s a sign of the times that 350 people, many from the business and development community, would turn out to a five-hour session on housing policy. But that’s what they did yesterday, when the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade organized a set of panels to go along with a report the...
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Don’t Panic! Fake News Is Easy to Spot If You Know What to Look For (in Mediacheck): Readers should have no trouble noting the red flags — even if editors do.  Related Stories As Readers, We’re Not Powerless to Fight Fake News (in Mediacheck) Why the ‘Rise’ of Fake News Is Just Not True (in Mediacheck) The Attention Merchants: A History of Advertising’s Long Grip on Media (in Med...
From ‘Cheez Whiz’ Vegetarian to ‘Ethical Omnivore’ (in Culture): An excerpt from Marissa Landrigan’s new book, The Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat.  Related Stories That First Goose: Excerpt from a Trapline Memoir (in Culture) My Teacher, Dalton Trumbo (in Culture) Foodies and Readers: You Must Know Laurie Colwin (in Culture)
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Mump and Smoot gibber at the York: Hobo clown odd couple regales cultish fans read more
Films about art and artists with Emily Dickenson, Cézanne and some sparkling Shakespeare: Also Poland’s most important painter versus the Communists and Richard Gere as a political hustlerread more
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Translink Liveries: This post started life as a comment. Back in 2007. Originally the links in the comment went to a site called fotopic.net which ceased operations in 2011. So I went to my flickr stream to see if I could find similar illustrations. So why did I “need” this? Becuase of this in my inbox this morning ...
Fraser Voices Press Release: In the wake of Christy Clark sending a letter to Justin Trudeau suggesting a tax on US coal exports through Vancouver would be an appropriate response to the softwood lumber tariff Actually this lady beat her to it   No Coal Makes Way for a Cheaper, Faster, Safer Second Tunnel     No need for $4...
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Surrealist Dali Sculpture Makes Temporary Vancouver Debut: From Nuvo Magazine, Vancouver will have a very special visitor this summer to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday-an original sculpture by Surrealist artist  Salvador Dalí called “Dance of Time 1”. This installation will be situated  close to the waterfront and is a two meter high bronze sculpture...
Wexting? Its better just to walk or text separately for speed and spelling.: CTV New did an interesting test to discover whether “wexting”-walking and texting-can be achieved optimally at the same time. Now …Continue reading →
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Affordable housing? Not if Elizabeth Murphy can help it:   Vancouver proposes to make all new housing serve affordability goals. According to community activist and former planner Elizabeth Murphy, anyone hoping for action to produce affordable housing in Vancouver should forget it. Murphy’s weekend op-ed in the Vancouver Sun condemns Vancouver’s Hou...
Auditor General pinpoints concerns about BC Housing’s Non-Profit Asset Transfer Program: BC Housing’s Non-Profit Asset Transfer Program may not provide long-term protection for social housing stock, says BC’s Auditor General, and could cost taxpayers more than it generates in benefits. The Lux, a BC Housing project on the Downtown Eastside. Last month’s report by Carol Bellringer h...
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Pitt Meadows 2 – Uptown (aka Downtown): An apartment/commercial complex at Harris Road and Ford Road in Pitt Meadows. This was built in about 2010 on the site of a failed shopping plaza Pitt Meadows City Hall, at the southern end of the commercial zone Municipal governments in B.C. have a limited menu of responsibilities. They send...
In the shadow of Vancouver’s traffic viaducts: Vacant lands next to False Creek in downtown Vancouver. The city government’s plan will see the removal of two elevated roadways, the extension of a waterfront park and up to 20 new residential towers. The first Georgia Street automobile viaduct was built in 1915 as a bridge over railways and i...
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EVENT – Turncoats #6: God Has Left The Details: Turncoats #6: God Has Left The Details DATE: Friday, 5 May 2017 TIME 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT. Doors open at 6.00pm. LOCATION: 303 East 8th Avenue – Vancouver, BC V5T 1S2 ADMISSION: $10, Register on Eventbrite. Salivating over the way pieces of a building come together is a dangerous fetish. Most c...
EVENT: Wellbeing Dialogue—Embracing a Livable and Healthy City: Wellbeing Dialogue: Embracing a Livable and Healthy City through Strong Cultural and Social Connections Details Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDTLocation: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street (map)Admission: FREE. Seats are Limited. Please RSVP by May...
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In support of the Parks Board position Re: Vancouver Aquarium: Dear Commissioners, My field of expertise is animal behaviour; especially, cetaceans. For 10 years I worked closely with killer whales at an aquarium. For nine of those years I was the head trainer and oversaw the operations of the facility’s marine animal rescue centre. During that time, I wa...
Wild About Vancouver week has begun! Park Board Commissioner Mackinnon makes it official: via wildaboutvancouver.comManfred’s Meadow in Everett Crowley Park rests at a height above the north shore of the Fraser River that affords a panoramic view back to towards the river through some maturing trees and a vast number of more recently planted trees (including many new trees being ...
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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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Charlie Anne and Cherie Celebrate Best Days Ever with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice: Visit Miss604.com for the full postWhat is a best day ever for a child at Canuck Place? A life-changing adventure, a chance to express their creativity or living a day without pain. Charlie Anne and Cherie Celebrate Best Days Ever Charlie-Anne is an eight year-old girl who loves creating art, goi...
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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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