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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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Our Kids Are Safe: It's Homeless People Who Are in Danger (in Opinion): Protests against citywide housing for homeless ignore the real dangers to those living on the street.  Related StoriesToo Little, Too Late for Vancouver’s Housing U-Turn (in Opinion)
Oceans Are the New Front Line in the Fight Against Climate Change (in Presents): Last week, a panel of Canadian and French experts weighed in on the major environmental threats and the task at hand.
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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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Translink Phase 3 of Fare Review: Translink are now narrowing down the options for fares based on what they heard in the first two phases. Would you prefer a system that prices fares by kilometre on the rapid transit, but maintains a single-zone on buses? Or a system that prices fares by kilometre across the entire system? How ...
It’s Time: The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission is conducting a survey in Metro Vancouver. They have asked me to share the link to the survey which closes on November 26. The following is taken from their web page. Congestion on Metro Vancouver’s roads and bridges is a challenge many of us experienc...
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Is the Need for More Vancouver Housing Supply a “Myth”?: There’s a big news story circulating right now from the Globe and Mail by Kerry Gold which clearly suggests that increasing the supply of housing will not solve the affordability issues in Vancouver. Dr. John Rose has researched the idea that Vancouver has a housing supply shortage. And guess wh...
What Happens to Those Shuttered Large Floorplate Malls? Lessons From the Sears Warehouses: There is no doubt that the heaving  change in retail malls and major store closings will leave structural buildings demanding reuse.  And this has all happened before-as reported in Citylab Sears built several “plants” across the country ninety years ago  that were subsequently  transformed into...
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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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CP Holiday Train Rolling Through BC with Free Concerts: The 19th edition of the CP Holiday Train is ready to support communities and raise awareness​ across Canada as it sets out to visit 171 communities and host free events in November and December. There are over 20 stops in BC, from Sparwood to Port Coquitlam, with each featuring an opportunity to ...
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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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