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City of Vancouver rezoning applications snapshot, 1-Nov-2017: As a free public service we take a monthly snapshot of the City of Vancouver’s Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. A  tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two  handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications). They a...
City of Vancouver development applications snapshot, 1-Nov-2017: A tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications): https://vancouverapps-fa328.firebaseapp.com/ As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Development Applications listed on...
Statement: Community Centre Associations are hopeful on JOA after Oct 23 Park Board meeting: The Vancouver Park Board discussed the Joint Operating Agreement with Community Centre Associations at its meeting on October 23, 2017 (Monday). The next day, the following statement was issued on behalf of several CCAs. October 24, 2017 Statement by Community Centre Associations – CCAs hopeful r...
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2017 U.S. Election | Voters Reject The Intolerant Era of Trump: As results from Tuesday's U.S. elections rolled in last evening, progressive voters across the United States witnessed history as Democratic party candidates made gains in once-conservative districts and majority GOP state legislatures, turning the tide majority blue in one state after...
Arts Friday | VIFF's Magnificent Vancity Theatre: Every year in late September thru mid-October, for 36 years now dating back to 1981, for 16 magnificent days the Vancouver International Film Festival brings the best of world cinema to our shores, offering as it has for so very long a humane, engaging window on our often troubled worl...
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Impact of out-of-town investors: yes, increases prices; increases them more when supply restricted: If you want to be guaranteed loads of clicks in this town, write about how everyone is being driven out by high real-estate prices (caused by heartless politicians, shadowy foreign investors, the real-estate cartel, etc etc) and/or about a study that tries to bring real data to the anecdotes. So ...
The archive of by-election coverage: Catching up on posting some older stories here. First up: the stories before and after the Oct. 14 by-election, which provided a story with endless interpretation possibilities (Vision dead; no, progressive vote on the rise; no, NPA on the rise; no, people-power politics on the rise; coalitions t...
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Government to Restart Winter Wolf Kill (in News): Wolf defenders say human activity, not wolves, to blame for decline in caribou population.  Related Stories Bill Tightens Lobbying Rules for Political Insiders (in News) BC’s ‘Wild West’ Political Fundraising Ends (in News) $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Might Come Faster Than Expected (in News)
Proportional Representation Will Provide Balance, Not Extremism (in Opinion): New Zealand’s PR system allowed the election of a young woman as PM with little compromise to her party’s platform.  Related Stories Proportional Representation Offers B.C. Stable Government and Pragmatic Legislation (in Opinion) Step Right Up! The BC Liberal Leadership Circus Is Coming to Town! ...
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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
Penelope Cruz sends up movie people and a bit of politics in The Queen of Spain, one of my VIFF picks: Also: Arty types get their due in The Square and Western finds today’s European colonialismread more
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental: I was on a cruise last month. I was using my camera quite a lot – over a thousand pictures in 19 days. And ashore I usually had my phone with me as well – searching for free wifi, cruise ship internet connections being both expensive and unreliable. The ship was docked in Corinto, Nicaragua and ...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary: This continues the theme I started with yesterday’s post. This picture was taken in the same city – the Old Town of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia – and is the same technique of peeking in an open doorway onto the street. What we see this time is only Temporary. Filed under: photography Tagged: ...
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Ohrn Image — A New Casino: Reflections on a busy waterway.  A warm departure from the usual green glass and concrete. Click to enlarge
Unfolding the Future: Autonomous Lanes: Despite all the talk (and hype) about autonomous vehicles arriving in our cities in the next decade, the problem is not so much technology as humanity.  Regulating the complex, messy spaces of a dense urban environment will also require preventing human beings from doing silly things outside the ...
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Rethinking Judy Graves: On Charity, Xenophobia, and Class Collaboration: This year there are eight candidates running in the Vancouver city council by-election, including Jean Swanson and Judy Graves. Given their longtime involvement in Downtown Eastside politics, the media has been quick to conflate Graves with Swanson. But are they really so similar, and what exac...
Our Place, Our Home: Belvedere Tenants Fight to Remain in Mount Pleasant: What follows is a personal essay written by a long-term resident of Belvedere Court, Sean MacPherson. The Belvedere is a rental apartment in Vancouver that has recently been in the news following a wave of efforts to evict, intimidate, and coerce the residents into leaving their homes. In resp...
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Sapperton in bits: Columbia Street, showing the Sapperton area’s “Brewery District,” a nearly-complete development built on the site of a vanished industrial brewery. The head office of the regional transportation authority (TransLink) sits in the foreground. A new residential tower peeks out from behind. An aba...
Building a local economy on automotive repair: Crystal Glass and Boyd Auto Body, two blocks east of Maple Ridge City Hall In most parts of Metro Vancouver, more than half the working population commutes to workplaces outside their home town — this is according to a Vancouver Sun analysis from 2014, which echoed findings from the previous de...
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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....
The Robbie collection of Expo 67 objects: Rod Robbie is a Canadian architecture legend, but to Caroline, Angus, Karen, and Nicola ­— the keepers of Rod’s vast archives — he was just a dad with a cool job and a pack-rat tendency. Torontonians are probably familiar with his work on a little ol’ building formerly known as the SkyDome (they ...
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Vancouver Park Board hires first reconciliation planner: Vancouver Park Board News ReleaseNovember 16, 2017    The Vancouver Park Board has approved a new position in its 2018 budget to support an ambitious reconciliation agenda.   The role will be assigned to the park planning and research team and consult widely with aboriginal leaders and communit...
City seeks Community Panel to guide decision making on new arterial through False Creek Flats:   November 15 2017 “As the City has moved through the alignment exploration process for an arterial and overpass in False Creek Flats, it’s become apparent that all of the options explored to date present challenges for various project partners" - Jerry DobrovolnyBeginning in 2018, the City w...
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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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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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North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar: Win a Prize Pack: The North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar happening November 18 & 19; December 2 & 3. Visitors can step into the festively decorated rooms, listen to seasonal music, savour candy canes, buy poinsettias, watch kids have fun with Christmas-themed face painting and enjoy photos with Santa on Sunday...
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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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