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What happens when the Viaducts are gone? GWAC meeting 6-May-2019 (Mon): A view from below the Viaducts. Phote: GWAC. The text below is from an notification e-mail from the Grandview-Woodland Area Council. For the full notice, please visit their website – http://www.gwac.ca/news/may-6th-meeting-what-is-the-plan-when-the-viaducts-are-gone. What Happens When the Viadu...
Public Realm Improvements needed at 12th and Kingsway – Dangerous intersection, stark streetscape: Safety issues with the intersection of 12th and Kingsway were clearly summarized a few years ago. Simple changes can prevent further serious accidents at this intersection. Residents Association Mount Pleasant Vancouver A key area of public safety concern has been overlooked by the City of...
Press release on synthetic turf on school fields and parks, public access and health impacts: Park Board decision tonight 15-Apr-2019 (Mon): As a public service, here we publish a press release and materials relating to turf in parks. For background, please see our February 11, 2019 post, “Petition aims to save five grass playing fields in Vancouver parks, stop conversion to synthetic turf, and keep fields accessible to all.” This top...
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‘Stars Aligned’ to Make BC First to Protect ‘Force for Good’ Businesses (in News): How financial advisor Bernie Geiss went to Victoria and made history.  Related Stories Despite Promises, Province’s ID Changes Hurting Homeless and Marginalized (in News) Premier Horgan on LNG, Climate Change and the Year’s Highlights (in News) Wrongly Fired Health Workers ‘Very Close’ to Receivi...
Why Gasoline Prices Are High in BC (and Jason Kenney Is Wrong) (in Analysis): Four reasons fuelling your car has nothing to do with Alberta’s pipeline demands.  Related Stories Gas Gouging: Blame Big Oil, Not Taxes (in Analysis) Is the Oil Industry Canada’s ‘Deep State’? (in Analysis)
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Book Review: Civilization Critical by Darrin Qualman: This book was not sent to me by a publisher, nor promoted by a PR firm. It was given to me, by a friend, who in turn had bought it – and three copies more – from his friend, the author, who used to be director of research for Canada’s National Farmer’s Union. Actually that in itself makes for a ...
Petition against Woodfibre LNG: I just signed a petition – so of course they then send me an email asking for more help. The following comes from My Sea to Sky: it is their content and I have not checked any of these assertions: comments are closed and should be directed to them, not me.   Howe Sound is under threat from Woodf...
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Park Board Cycling Policy: To, Not Through – and not even that: Let’s just say it (because the Park Board doesn’t want to have to): Its de facto policy towards cycling is ‘To, Not Through’.  ‘We’ll accommodate bikes going to our facilities, but we don’t want to build cycling routes to enable them to cycle through our parks on the way to somewhere else or to r...
Mulhouse’s Magical Downtown Transformation: If you have been on the eastern border of France near Switzerland and Germany you may have visited Mulhouse, a former textile manufacturing town that has gone sleepy and was past its prime. But as The Guardian’s Angelique Chrisafis reports in the past decade 470 new stores and businesses have co...
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The Vancouver dilemma: How to build new apartments without displacing tenants.: I had a story in Tuesday’s Globe about a couple of old and very inexpensive apartment buildings on Oak Street in the heart of Marpole, which are up for redevelopment. (Full text of story after the break.) The owner wants to build 91 new units to replace the 1959 and 1964 buildings on site with 43...
Squamish plan for massive development by Burrard Bridge gets a surprisingly warm welcome: So my big story for the week was the news that the Squamish are moving ahead with plans to create a huge new development by the Burrard Bridge. My story was in the Globe Thursday, with a follow-up including the mayor’s comments on Friday. (I’ll post the full stories below.) The reaction on often-...
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Landing at Marine and Cambie: The towers at Marine Landing seen from the north, April 2019 The Canada Line went into service just about 10 years ago, as a rapid transit connection between the City of Vancouver’s downtown and the international airport in Richmond. Outside the Marine Drive transit station. Starbucks, Subway,...
Kerrisdale, vaguely defined: Classic one-story shopfronts on West 41 Avenue,  February 2019 This is an urban village with extensive services, a large stock of apartment housing, some of it pre-1960, and elegant streets with fine detached homes — as you would expect on the west side of Vancouver.  In case you’re interested,...
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#VanPoli Civic Politics | Civic Politicians' Annual Remuneration: br>The table above represents only a portion of the annual remuneration for our Mayor and Councillors. In fact, civic official remuneration can, and often is, much more. The most frequent query put to VanRamblings occurs in respect of the remuneration received by our City Councillo...
#VanPoli | An Instructive Tale for Vancouver City Councillors : The Board of Variance. A History and Background. Since the mid-1950s, every village, town & city elected body / City Council on the North American continent with a population of 10,000, or more, has been required by law to empower a quasi-judicial body of its citizens to constitu...
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Vancouver Aquarium parent body sues City of Vancouver and park board, alleging millions in lost revenue: by Charlie Smith on May 18th, 2019 The Ocean Wise Conservation Association has filed another legal action against two local governing bodies.The parent organization of the Vancouver Aquarium has alleged breach of contract in a lawsuit naming the City of Vancouver and Vancouver park board as d...
Vancouver Park Board puts moratorium on hosting new commercial events: Jessica Kerr / Vancouver CourierMay 16, 2019  It will likely be a few years before Vancouver could see any new large-scale events coming to one of the city’s parks.Vancouver Park Board this week voted to put a moratorium on introducing any new commercial ...
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Stranger Than Kindness: Allyship Versus Support in the DTES: Over the last decade, the BC government has shifted to a model of “supportive” housing for low-income communities in Vancouver and across the province. There is a dissonance however between the stated intentions of support staff and the conditions that supportive housing reinforce for a large num...
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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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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 ?? somethin...
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PNE Summer Concerts Lineup for 2019: PNE Summer Concerts Lineup for 2019 with Blue Rodeo, Billy Idol, The Beach Boys, TLC, STYX and much more. Free with Fair admission at the PNE. The post PNE Summer Concerts Lineup for 2019 appeared first on Vancouver Blog Miss604.
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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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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...
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Ant Season - environmentally friendly ways to encourage them to leave: Every year the cries goes out - "Ants! They're everywhere." My partner and I have been noticing them swarming out of their underground homes on our morning walks.  Over by the Music Building we even saw a sign on the ground asking people to respect the ants and let them carry on. Gardners often b...
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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 t...
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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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Second fatal crash forces Boeing to update software for diving 737 Max aircraft: Renton, Washington – The second fatal accident involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 in six months has prompted the manufacturer to release updated flight control software. In October, Lion Air Flight 610 dived into the Java Sea killing all 189 on board after the pilot asked to turn around. The plane flew...

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