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Heads up from West Kitsilano Residents Association on impending “stealthy changes” in RT-7 & RT-8 zones: Consider this another mini-case study of how planning is currently being done in the City of Vancouver. It is by no means an exception these days. Below is an open letter we received from the West Kitsilano Residents Association. The existing zoning in area was the result of an extensive public c...
Epilogue + case study on Nanaimo Street after zoning amendment decision (June 10) to Grandview Woodland Community Plan: Map of area covered by zoning amendments to Grandview-Woodland Community Plan This epilogue to a recent council decision serves as a mini-case study about some serious flaws with processes in our municipal government — last minute changes, confusing materials, jargon, and lack of consultation. ...
Public Hearing July 10, 2018 (Tues): 3655 West 3rd, 8444-8480 Oak, 2109 West 35th, 3560-3570 Hull, 777 Pacific Blvd, 750-772 Pacific Blvd: Some major items are up for the Public Hearing on July 10, 2018. Here is a list of upcoming Public Hearings — a total of TEN in the next 2.5 months. Vancouverites will need to be on their toes, as the current regime moves toward its end with the October 20 civic election, trying to secure a legac...
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Cambie Report with Price & James: You will enjoy the latest live version of the funny and lively Cambie Report, featuring Price Tags’ Editors Gordon Price and Sandy James. What does Gordon Price think is the major issue in this upcoming civic election?  And what kind of issue is it?  Is it a small but noisy hot button issue, is i...
Let’s Talk Vancouver Civic Election: And then there were seven. Continuing developments around Vancouver’s 2018 civic election include polling, endorsements and withdrawals. Latest Canseco poll:  taken after Patrick Condon’s unfortunate departure from the running.  And then there were seven.  Undecided: 35% (down from 47% in June)D...
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Movies Can Make Us Mean; They Can Also Save Us (in Culture): As it feels like we are racing deeper into the sewer, some films remind us of the way out.  Related Stories ‘Miss Hokusai’, ‘Moonlight’, and Fall Film Brilliance (in Culture) ‘HyperNormalisation’ (in Culture) Silent Cries for Humanity in 'The Tribe' (in Culture)
A Brave New Way to Fund Journalism (in News): Project taps ‘attention economy’ to let you pay for the information you actually use.  Related Stories Federal and BC Privacy Watchdogs Combine Investigation into Facebook and AggregateIQ (in News) Tyee Story on TransLink Data-Sharing with Police Prompts Provincial Investigation (in News) TransLi...
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The farewell note: A senior city-hall employee goes to work for a major developer: Lots of praise for Bill Aujla, the head of real-estate services who is going off to be vice-president of real estate with the Aquilini Group. This move, though, is raising questions for some. From: Johnston, SadhuSent: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 3:31 PMTo: All Staff (COV) – DLSubject: Staffing Chang...
Line in the sand for next election: Support new kinds of housing in single-family neighbourhoods. Or don’t.: As I’ve remarked a couple of times, I’ve seen a revolution unfold in Vancouver the last couple of years — something I thought I’d never see. That revolution is powered by a new generation of people who’ve gotten interested in housing and who have made it a mission to lobby for new development as ...
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Buses for BC: You may have seen some back and forth on twitter today. It started off with a tweet from iPolitics Former federal budget watchdog Kevin Page will deliver a blunt message to premiers this week about the costs of a future national pharmacare program: if Canadians want one, taxes will have to go up....
I get things wrong: sorry about that: I was looking forward to a change of pace for a Sunday morning. Normally we get up – instead of lolling around drinking cappuccinos and playing on our iPads – and go to the Kits Farmers’ Market. That is a lot more fun than Safeway. But even so gets a bit predictable. So I was ever so pleased to g...
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Battle for 58 West Hastings: Broken Promises and Co-optation, 2016-2018: For years, an empty lot at 58 West Hastings has been at the centre of a fight for social housing in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). The present article covers the years from 2016 to 2018, detailing the City’s efforts to defer and ultimately dismantle the promise of 100% welfare- and pension-rate ho...
Downtown Eastside Housing Organizers Blockade City Hall: The fight for 58 West Hastings escalates in historic May Day action: "We, the poor and the homeless of the Downtown Eastside will not sit idly as our elected officials deprive us of the housing we need."
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Metro Vancouver transit: fastest growth in North America in 2017: A detail from a 2016 Council of Mayors plan showing transit improvement priorities TransLink’s service levels are increasing rapidly, and a new funding plan should allow continued expansion — for a while. The Metro Vancouver transit authority’s latest performance report, published on June 21, s...
Trouble in Brookswood:   Brookswood, a classic 1950s subdivision in the Township of Langley, has been locked for years in a dispute over the pace of development. It sits just minutes from malls and highways, but it has a deep country feel. In late 2017, on the third try in four years, Township Council approved a plan ...
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VanRamblings | Posting Will Cease Until Further Notice: > VanRamblings will cease publishing until further notice, until such time as we have addressed a circumstance of import that requires our attention.
Vancouver Votes 2018 | Patrick Condon | The Man With a Plan: UBC's Patrick Condon — The Unlikely Revolutionary br>Patrick Condon, the tousle-haired 2018 revolutionary candidate for Mayor of Vancouver In today's VanRamblings post, we set about to introduce you to University of British Columbia professor in Urban Design and Landscape Archite...
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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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Vancouver demographics: brief overview: With over 2,400,000+ population Vancouver is one of the largest cities in North America. It is also one of the cities which are regarded to be the cleanest ones in the world. The city has awesome demographics which mean that as compared to any other place this city consists of highly well-off peo...
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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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Vancouver Park Board approves new three year capital plan to improve city parks, facilities: By Michelle Morton Reporter/News Anchor  CKNW  July 20, 2018 3:30 am A new capital plan for the next three years has been approved by the Vancouver Park Board.Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon said it was a unanimous vote to invest more than $399 million for parks, open spac...
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Free VMO Live Symphony Performance: The 5th annual VMO Live Symphony Performance music program features iconic overtures, dances and movies by Tchaikovsky, Hisaishi, and more on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Jack Poole Plaza. The post Free VMO Live Symphony Performance appeared first on Vancouver Blog Miss604.
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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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One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back : Closed Session. That is phrase that will become more and more common in the UNA Board vocabulary. It's a shame given that even the UBC Board of Governors, famous for their secrecy these past few years, has turned a new leaf and is busy revamping governance structures in order to be more open, d...
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Amphibious ‘Duck boat’ sinks, more than 11 feared dead on Missouri lake: Branson, MO – At least 11 people died, several are still missing and seven have been admitted to hospital after an amphibious boat sank in bad weather near Branson, MO. Two of those in hospital were reported to be in critical condition as recovery efforts continued overnight. Authorities think wi...

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