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Georgia Straight editor calls for media boycott of Mayor Robertson’s Sunday media briefing on rental housing initiative: Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith has brought public some attention to odd behaviour by Mayor Gregor Robertson in his treatment of the media on the hot topic of affordable housing. It is worth noting. Media were invited to a Sunday morning media briefing. But the whole scoop was given to a pr...
East Fraser Lands (River District): Official Development Plan 10-Year Review. Open houses July 22 (Sat) 26 (Wed): The East Fraser Lands (River District) cover 126 acres of former industrial land south of Marine Way and between Kerr Street and Boundary Road Launch of Official Development Plan (ODP) 10-Year Review for East Fraser Lands The City of Vancouver is starting a one-year process to review and update...
Pearson-Dogwood development on 25-acre site for 2,700 housing units + health facilities. Worth $5-10 billion? Rezoning Public Hearing tonight (July 20): Pearson Dogwood development plan. The 25-acre site is between 57th & 59th Avenues and between Heather & Cambie Streets, Onni is the developer. Image: CoV 2017 This is a huge project on the Pearson Dogwood lands, bordered by 57th and 59th Avenues, Heather and Cambie Streets. Is is propos...
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A hidden wrinkle that will make the group decision to sell your condo building even harder: There are about 70 groups of residents in the Lower Mainland at present thinking about selling their buildings to developers. That process is already stressful enough. I’m told that, no matter what price sellers get, they are always convinced the developer is somehow ripping them off and making a...
Expect a lot of jockeying among candidates to be the preferred “anti-Vision” vote in by-election: So, thanks to the resignation of Geoff Meggs from council, as he goes off to be chief of staff for John Horgan in the new NDP government, there will be a by-election sometime in mid-October. Even though whoever wins won’t make a difference to the balance of power on council — Vision will still ha...
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Please Advise! Will Spicer Quitting Loosen the Jaws of Fake News? (in Opinion): And did anyone fact check whether it’s true cheetahs never prosper?  Related Stories The Year in Bummers, from F to I (in Opinion) Please Advise! What Madness Lies Ahead for BC’s Legislature? (in Opinion) Please Advise! Is This British Columbia’s Political Twilight Zone? (in Opinion)
BC’s LNG Industry Dealt Another Blow as Regulator Forced to Re-Review Gas Pipeline (in News): Federal appeal court rules National Energy Board erred in earlier ruling.  Related Stories In Northwest, NDP Candidates Struggle to Make Support for LNG Clear (in News) Canada’s Methane Leakage Massively Under-reported, Studies Find (in News) Wade Davis Endorsed Trudeau, Now ‘Profoundly Disappoin...
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Government cabinet picks bode well for public education and Vancouver schools: Rob Fleming, BC's new minister of education, is the former opposition critic. He knows the file well and can get to work quickly.read more
Spectacular scenes at Dunkirk, poignant fantasy in A Ghost Story and movie treasures found in Dawson City: Also Marion Cotillard goes sexy in her latest film and Sikh history is corrected in The Black Princeread more
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Reform of ICBC needed: The front page of Saturday’s Vancouver Sun was the need to raise insurance rates identified by a leaked report that the BC Liberals asked for, and then kept quiet about. Over the next 24 hours the tone of the Sun story has changed on line since, of course, the corporation (Postmedia) that publish...
Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual: The photo challenge this week is to post “a photo that is unusual in some way for you“. I started by scrolling through my photostream on flickr – and they all seemed pretty usual for me. So then I tried a search of the stream using the term “unusual” – which picked out pictures where I has used ...
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New Bikes in 1899: While looking for something else on microfilm in The Province from September, 1899, I came across an article on new bicycles. Even more than today, there was a tremendous bicycle craze at the turn of the 20th century that only faded about 1908 when Henry Ford’s Model T made cars relatively affor...
You Can Buy a Vancouver Laneway House!: Image Vancouver Sun   As reported by Jen St. Denis in the Metro News there’s some big changes coming for single family homes that add laneway houses to their properties. In some areas, laneway houses will be allowed to be stratified and sold, but ONLY if the original character home remains on th...
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Condos Love Culture: New arts development brings “creative placemaking” to Chinatown: While arts and culture aren’t bad things, governments and developers have increasingly instrumentalized them as a way to stimulate market value in marginalized and working class communities. Under intense pressure by the City to develop, BC Artscape is the latest wolf in sheep's clothing making...
New Players, Same Game: How the NDP-Greens Won’t Address the Housing Crisis: “Every day that the Liberals delay allowing a new government to be formed,” said NDP’s Spencer Chandra Herbert earlier this month, “is a day that more people lose their homes.” With today’s vote of non-confidence, a feeling of optimism is now in the air. But will an NDP-Green government actually ...
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Video Vancouver: Happy Streets Living Labs: What is Happy Streets Living Lab? Join Happy Streets participant Amanda Leahy as she describes the experiment and how the different setting influenced her sense of wellbeing. Happy Streets: Green Laneway vs. Hardscaped Laneway Can adding lush greenery influence people’s happiness and trust in s...
Video Vancouver: LiDAR Data Dublin: This video shows LiDAR data for a portion of a study area in central Dublin. The initial 18 seconds demonstrates standard density LiDAR scanning, while the remainder of the video shows the radically improved 335pt/m2 LiDAR data collected by Prof. Debra Laefer’s Urban Modelling Group at Universi...
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Summertime dos and don’ts at Vancouver parks and beaches: $500 fines can be issued for not butting out properly John Kurucz / Vancouver Courier June 27, 2017 04:12 PM Barbecues ...
Park Acquisition Strategy Explained: Vancouver Park Board Information Bulletin July 7, 2017   The Vancouver Park Board and City of Vancouver have mutual goals of a healthy city, active living and ensuring all residents have access to green space a short walk from home. This is particularly important in dense, urban areas wit...
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A development surge in Vancouver’s River District: The River District, in Vancouver’s extreme southeast corner, offers a quiet riverside walk, lunch at a good pub restaurant overlooking the water, and a feeling of imminent transformation. The area was identified for conversion from industrial to residential use at least as early as 2004. At that...
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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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6 Tours to Get to Know Vancouver This Summer: Visit Miss604.com for the full postBe a tourist in your hometown, or offer guidance to out-of-town guests, when you experience these tours of Vancouver that each showcase different aspects of our city. Whether you’re walking through Stanley Park or on a walkway 20 meters above the forest floor, y...
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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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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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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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