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Quote of the Day: Though everyone wants to be right, as soon as people start to air incompatible views it becomes clear that not everyone can be right about everything…: Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com QUOTE OF THE DAY This is relevant for us all these days, not the least in Vancouver and Metro Vancouver, dealing with such complex and fast-paced issues. A shout-out to urban thinker and former city planner, Ray Spaxman, for pointing out the quote in his e-mail new...
Broadway Plan open houses (two left): 13 March (Kits House) & 14 March (Kingsgate Mall): The two remaining open houses at this point are as follows: Kitsilano Neighbourhood House2305 W 7th Avenue (at Vine)March 13, 2019 (3 – 7 pm) Kingsgate Mall370 E Broadway (at Kingsway)Thursday, March 14 (3- 7 pm) The City of Vancouver is launching a two-year process “to create a comprehensive Bro...
Westbank + Creative Energy open house today (11-Mar-2019) for 17-storey office tower above steam plant near BC Place: Proposed by Westbank Project Corp and affiliated company Creative Energy (formerly Central Heat Distribution Ltd.), here are details of an open house for a rezoning application for 720 Beatty Street from Downtown (DD) District to Comprehensive Development (CD-1) to permit the development of a 17...
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Holding Out for Bigfoot (in Culture): A naturalist's case for an open mind regarding Sasquatch.
Saying Goodbye to the Poets Who Gave Me My Life (in Culture): Lane, Leggo, Rosenblatt, Merwin — how do I repay such a large debt?  Related Stories On the Friendship, and Poetry, that Saved Me (in Culture) ‘Years of Monstrous Inequity’: Patrick Lane Chose Not to Forget (in Culture) Jane Goodall Isn’t Giving Up (in Culture)
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Not another award!: The Daily Hive reports “Vancouver has been ranked as the second best city for public transit in Canada.” While some residents (particularly transit users) may be surprised, the new ranking comes from Redfin, a tech-powered real estate brokerage. You have to do a bit of digging but by following th...
Report: Transit agencies need new data sources to reverse ridership decline: The headline is taken from an article in SmartCitiesDive about a report by KPMG (which you can get as a PDF if you want) but the TL:DR version is “By analyzing three cities — Denver, Houston and San Diego — KPMG found access to transit stops is not the problem. Instead, the report says “current f...
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A key ingredient in public-space programming: Back in October, PT declared the new roof decks on top of the Vancouver Central Library “Best new public space in Vancouver”.  Spaces, actually, since the two top floors provide meeting rooms, quiet reading areas, displays, a theatre and three wonderful outdoor decks, along with gardens and amazi...
Volunteer Job Jar~Sit on a Civic Advisory Committee in Vancouver:   One of the greatest things you can do is volunteer, and even better learn about your city while doing that. The City of Vancouver is now seeking volunteers for their Civic Advisory Committees for the following committees: Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Children, Youth and Families Advisor...
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Airbnb-style rentals getting fines, investigations into 820 units — but critics say city is losing the battle: Like many other cities, Vancouver is fighting the war against short-term vacation rentals that take housing away from long-term locals. Their info here. The city was the first to put in rules last April. Yesterday, they released results on the numbers of licences and investigations. But critics o...
You’d think people would be panting to have someone pick up and take away their old homes. But no: Stumbled across this story by accident when I was researching something else. It turns out that there is a big market of people looking to buy Vancouver’s (and Victoria’s and anywhere else’s) older homes — and newer homes — that are being demolished for something grander. The problem is: owners s...
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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...
Looking Ahead At 58 W Hastings: Photo Essay: What lies ahead for 58 and the people of the Downtown Eastside? If history has been any lesson, the vision of 58 West Hastings was born and fought for in the streets. Its future cannot be won otherwise.
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Industry in the big city: evolution, decay or disappearance: Automotive shop, possibly c. 1920, at the boundary of Southeast False Creek and the Mount Pleasant Industrial Area Old-time Vancouverites often describe 1986 as the year that everything changed. Expo 86, staged on the north shore of False Creek, brought the world to Vancouver. Once a rail, seap...
The Interurban Tram, 1950-51: My sister Morna has shared a link to a one-hour video record of interurban trams in Vancouver and Burnaby, dating from 1950 and 1951. A brief history on the TransLink website states that these self-propelled street railway cars were “like streetcars, only larger and more powerful.” The video spea...
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2019: The Year of Living Ferociously | Fight Back!: ferocious Definition: a raging of the soul, living with fierceness, determination, gravity, deliberate intention and intensity. And so it will be in 2019, a year of progressive change unlike any other in a generation, across Canada, in British Columbia, in our little burgh by the sea...
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SPCA applauds Park Board decision to consider AnimalKind pest control standards:  March 12, 2019The BC SPCA applauds the Vancouver Park Board’s decision to review its pest control management strategies for wildlife and rodents at the city’s parks and recreational facilities. The motion (PDF) was brought forward by Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon and passed unanimously at the...
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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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Stay in a Lighthouse B&B on the Oregon Coast: Stay at Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B on the Oregon Coast. The Light Keeper’s home, circa 1894, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with the lighthouse. Enjoy a 7 course breakfast and more! The post Stay in a Lighthouse B&B on the Oregon Coast appeared first on Vancou...
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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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21st Century Housing Includes Short Term Rentals:
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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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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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