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Stanley Park Advocates critique Park Board statements & press release on “brewpub” in park: Vancouver Council to decide on liquor license 17-Jan-2018: Poster for the proposed “brewpub” in Stanley Park As a response to public outreach by the Stanley Park Advocates,  a concerned citizens’ group challenging a “brewpub” proposed by Stanley Park Brewing (owned by global giant Anheuser Busch), the Vancouver Park Board issued a media release yesterd...
Detailed critique of Bosa’s Jenga Tower at 1500 West Georgia (Public Hearing Tues 16-Jan-2018): Jenga Tower from rezoning application rendering The Public Hearing begins tonight for a proposed 43-storey tower at 1500 West Georgia Street. (See other comments on the consultation process from former chief planner Ray Spaxman, posted yesterday.)   Usually the City Clerk posts correspondence a...
Ray Spaxman on consultation and Bosa’s Jenga Tower at 1500 West Georgia (Public Hearing Tues 16-Jan-2018): In the following open letter, former chief city planner Ray Spaxman shares his thoughts on problems with the consultation process leading up to the Public Hearing on what has been called the Jenga Tower, a proposed 43-storey tower at 1500 West Georgia. City Council will review the application at...
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Vancouver’s bold new housing plan calls for massive rental construction — but the people who would build it say the city makes it almost impossible. Some are giving up: This story is an example of how following a trail of breadcrumbs on a story can lead to outcomes you never expected. I started out planning to write something about yet another West End site selling for a crazy price — $79.5 million to newbie developer Vivagrand, with only one messy project so fa...
Beedie goes for appeal to Board of Variance on controversial 105 Keefer project. Appeal letter included here.: Every retired planner I talked to in the last month was convinced that the development company Beedie Living would take the city to court after the surprise decision from the development-permit board in early November to reject the proposal. The board has never completely rejected a proposal befo...
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Dodging Danger in Paradise (in Opinion): Our man in Kauai hears missiles are on their way — and goes back to his coffee.
Unifor, CLC Rift Called Threat to Labour Movement (in News): Largest-private sector union quits national labour group.  Related Stories Promises Kept, Promise Broken: Trudeau At Two Years (in News) Canada’s Labour Minister Promises More Protections for Workers Coming (in News) CPP Changes Do Little for Low-Income Earners, Study Finds (in News)
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What anti-bikelane advocates don’t want you to see: This is the exact comment blogger Aaron The Planner left on a Victoria, BC anti-bike lane Facebook page that quickly got deleted twice because it was deemed as ‘spam’. Enjoy. via What Anti-Bike Lane Advocates Don’t Want You To See
Taxpayers cannot afford private financing: This blog has long railed against what in BC is called “P3” and in Britain “PFI”. My objection started with the observation that while private finance appears beneficial because the debt disappears from the government debt, this is merely a book keeping legerdemain. The debt is still real, still ...
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Modern Retail in the Age of Amazon: Nordstroms, Friday afternoon.  What do you think, Guest, will hands-on sneaker construction pull them in?
Free Public Wi-Fi: Shaw and City of Vancouver have put in place around 550 free public Wi-Fi locations in the City of Vancouver, with more to come. Shaw’s PDF HERE. Locations are clustered along commercial areas in the city.  Apparently, there is no cost to the city, and none to the public during use. . . .  the S...
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Fight For Affordability | Local group plans alternative tour of Westbank’s ‘Fight For Beauty’: A coalition of Vancouver tenants, including artists, activists, and community organizers are planning an alternative tour and protest of Westbank’s Fight For Beauty exhibition.
United Against Neoliberalism: A Conversation on Artists and Organizers in Vancouver’s Chinatown: Steffanie Ling and Jannie Leung sit down for a discussion on the insidious nature of art-washing, raising political consciousness in the face of neoliberal capitalism, and strengthening the emerging alliance between cultural workers and community organizers in Vancouver's Chinatown.
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Governments gamble on a minimum wage hike: On January 1, Ontario raised the  general minimum wage in its jurisdiction to from $11.60 per hour to $14.00. British Columbians are promised a similar jump in the near future, though the timing is subject to the work of a government-appointed commission. Members of the Tim Hortons restaurants’ f...
Yaletown encore: We last visited Vancouver’s Yaletown district almost five years ago, in early 2013. We noted that the Yaletown brand was so hyper-trendy that developers were making use of it across a wide swath of what used to be called the South Downtown. With its towers, cafes and rapid transit, Yaletown is no...
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Black Friday Almost Over, Cyber Monday On Its Way: In 1957, my mother gave me a transistor radio for my 7th birthday! We lived at 2165 East 2nd Avenue in Vancouver, just off Garden Park, on Vancouver's eastside. I knew my neighbours, a polyglot amalgam of "displaced persons" (displaced from WWII), refugees from a Europe of destructio...
Arts Friday | Lori McKenna | America's Finest Roots Songwriter: In the late 1960s and early 1970s, I was head over heels in love with the music of Joni Mitchell — so much in love, in fact, that I turned around and married a woman (Cathy) who looked just like Joni Mitchell. By the time the late 1970s rolled around, my woman singer-songwriter allegi...
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Park Board responds to Vancouver Aquarium decision on cetaceans in captivity : Vancouver Park Board News Release January 18, 2018  The Vancouver Park Board applauds the announcement today by the Vancouver Aquarium that it will end the importation and display of live cetaceans in Stanley Park. In May of 2017, after thousands of community submissions on the issue and...
Where to recycle your Christmas tree in Vancouver: Adam Nanji / Vancouver Is AwesomeDecember 29, 2017  Chipping Stations The City of Vancouver, along with the Lions Club, is organizing four tree recycling stations across the city. They also encourage you to bring a non-perishable food item; they will be distributing donations t...
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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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How The City of Vienna Handles Affordable Housing and Inclusivity: Vienna is an internationally renowned city, attractive to employees from the high-tech industry, scholars, scientists and other professionals often known as the ‘Creative Class’. As an open-minded city, Vienna is a melting pot that welcomes people from all races, cultures and sexual orientation....
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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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Win a Che Malambo Date Night Prize Pack for Valentine’s Day: Caravan World Rhythms presents the electrifying, international dance sensation Che Malambo in Vancouver on April 11th. Enter to win a pair of tickets PLUS a romantic prize package for your special someone this Valentine's Day. The post Win a Che Malambo Date Night Prize Pack for Valentine’s Day a...
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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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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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The UNA's 2017 non-election: It's election campaign season again for the University Neighbourhoods' Association. You wouldn't know it though unless you have paid especially close attention to occasional mentions in the UNA Board Meeting packages, the very rare email blast calling for nominations, or the haphazard webpage not...
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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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