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“Vastly under-assessed”: Is public being short-changed on major assessments and deals (Oakridge Centre, 508 Helmcken, 949 W41st transit site, Langara Gardens)? Supreme Court (Fri, Feb 24) & BC Property Assessment Review Panel (Fri, Mar 3): Heads up for major action on Friday, February 24, 2017 in B.C. Supreme Court, and again on Friday, March 3 at the BC property Assessment Review Panel (Croatian Cultural Center). Below is information on important actions that deserve public scrutiny. We encourage people to attend and observe. At s...
Citizen comments on proposed new City “wordmark”: In council this afternoon.: Proposed new “wordmark” This topic is being discussed by Vancouver City Council this afternoon (Wednesday, February 22, 2017). Visit this link for agenda and live video. Below is an excerpt of the City staff report, followed by comments we received from Ian, a CityHallWatch reader. We have also...
Open house on rezoning of Ryerson Church site (2195 West 45th): Feb 27 (Mon). Ryerson Neighbours list concerns.: We have received information from Ryerson Neighbours, a community group concerned about a development proposal for 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver.  They are trying to raise awareness about the proposal and their concerns. A city-hosted public open house is scheduled as follows: Ryerson Memori...
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One way to protect Vancouver from land speculation: community land trusts: I used to hear the term “community land trust” about once a year. Now, I seem to hear about it almost every month. Cities like New York and London are looking to community land trusts as a way to deal with the general real-estate insanity that appears to be prevailing in key cities around the wor...
Vancouver’s unclear rules on lobbying raise questions as ex-chief of staff looks for work: Gregor Robertson’s former chief of staff, Mike Magee, has told any number of councillors that he has no plans to do any lobbying work for developers or others as he strikes out in his new post-city hall career. But he is visiting with people in the development community and, not surprisingly, obs...
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To Critics, Massey Bridge Is an Environmental and Planning Disaster (in Opinion): And something called the ‘human kebab zone’ is involved. Last of two.  Related Stories How BC Taxpayers Ended Up Paying for the $3.5-Billion Massey Bridge (in Opinion) Why Should British Columbians Pay Power Bills for LNG Industry? (in Opinion) BC’s LNG Fraud (in Opinion)
Please Advise! Is This BC Liberal Budget Trying to Romance Me? (in Opinion): I mean, reducing MSP premiums is an awfully nice gift. But so strangely timed...  Related Stories Budget Tax Cuts Come at Big Cost for Those Who Need Help (in Opinion) Christy Clark’s World of ‘Alternative Facts’ (in Opinion) How BC Taxpayers Ended Up Paying for the $3.5-Billion Massey Bridge (in...
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Compromise proposed in dispute over police presence in Vancouver Pride Parade: VANCOUVER — Organizers behind Vancouver's Pride Parade have countered demands that police be banned from marching in the city's annual event by suggesting that officers show up in fewer numbers and...read more
Broad tax breaks, targeted spending increases in B.C. pre-election budget: British Columbia's government is staking its re-election on a nearly $1 billion cut in medical service premiums, a small business tax reduction and carefully targeted spending increases on education...read more
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IN THE DARK: “LIES FROM BC HYDRO”: In-Sights Peace River Farmlands The following item was written by Roger Bryenton P. Eng. (former), MBA, Energy Systems Consultant, Suzuki and SPEC Elder. What BC Residents Have and Have Not Been Told About Site C Dam and Electricity Prices: 1. “BC Needs More Electricity” – the Biggest Li...
WPC: A Good Match: via Photo Challenge: A Good Match As soon as I saw the title of the photo challenge I knew what the photo would be Taken in the garden of the Musée Marmotan in Paris on May 21, 2012 by my sister Rosemary and hitherto only available to friends and family but made public for the first time. A Good...
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A Bridge?? Are You Nuts??: Despite few people swimming across the Rio Cuale, this pedestrian and bike bridge over it quickly became crowded day and night.  Something to keep in mind when tempted to ignore latent demand. Click any photo for a larger version within a slideshow. Includes captions.
Street Scene With Coke Ads: Frontage of old buildings in a different world
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Semiahmoo: 2030?: A 2008 proposal for the Semiahmoo core, looking up 152 Street from 16 Avenue. This rendering was captured in early 2017 from the Amanat Architect website The City of Surrey’s 2014 official plan contemplates a city of 300 square kilometres organized around a city centre, intended to rival downto...
Traffic deaths and urban design: An Iowa street, posted by a Montreal traffic engineer on urbankchose.blogspot.ca Public Square, an online urban affairs news digest from the Congress for the New Urbanism, has listed its 10 most-read posts for 2016. Top of the list is “The morbid and mortal toll of sprawl,” by contributor Rober...
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Release: Full-Tea and History of early Farmers in BC at London Heritage Farm: With Canada celebrating its 150th birthday this year, heritage sites are an resourceful way to discover and revive the history of early settlement life in Canada. London Heritage Farm is a historical site facing the Fraser River in Steveston, Richmond. It is run by the London Heritage Society, wh...
Book Review – The Last Gang in Town: Author: Aaron Chapman (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016) Those who love and study Vancouver know how quickly it transforms through redevelopment, displacement, and shifting civic priorities. The Last Gang in Town: The Epic Story of the Vancouver Police vs. the Clark Park Gang offers a rare window into V...
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Despite mystery over deaths, belugas to return to Vancouver aquarium : DOMINIKA LIRETTE  Globe & Mail February 21, 2017  The Vancouver Aquarium plans to bring back beluga whales by the spring of 2019, despite not knowing what killed two of the mammals last November. Dr. John Nightingale, aquarium chief executive officer and president, said he hopes to bring ...
The problem of Dog Poo isn't going away: During the last civic election, Michael Wiebe and I campaigned on finding alternatives to dog owners putting plastic bags of waste into public garbage totes. After we were both elected we brought up this issue and were told that it would be discussed in the 'dog strategy'. This new staff report w...
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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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Eccentric, Polymorphous, Abstract: Vancouver Art and other Mythologies of the Near-Future: In the central rotunda of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Alison Yip has constructed a mural of a ruined gazebo. Rendered in trompe l’oeil, Yip’s Gazebo (2016) is a scene sensed at twilight. Occupied by skunks, foxes, overgrown weeds, garden tools, and a raft of mythological figures, her vision is s...
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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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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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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend: Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend: Friday, February 24, 2017; Saturday, February 25, 2017; Sunday, February 26, 2017 activities and events around Metro Vancouver The post Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend appeared first on Vancouver Blog Miss604.
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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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