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Heads up: City wants to let developers “buy” extra density, at bargain price $86 per sq ft. Public Hearing Sept 19 (Tue): [Revised, updated] INTRO: After the summer hiatus, City Hall is moving quickly on many topics this week, with two Council meetings and a Public Hearing. Here is an important topic relating to “heritage density.” More public scrutiny and analysis is important here. We are not aware of any public c...
Important: Write City on 2 big problems in RT-11 zone (small house/duplex) BEFORE they spread across the city: Eye on Norquay sent an open letter several days ago to Gil Kelley and other senior planning staff at the City of Vancouver pointing out two big problems with the new RT-11 zoning.  This is time sensitive for the Public Hearing on Sept 19. The letter describes two significant problems that are bec...
No spending limits for Vancouver byelection Oct 14 (but Greens & One City already reject developer donations): Mike Howell of the Vancouver Courier wrote on Sept 12, 2017, that there will be “No spending limits in place for Vancouver byelection: Minister says goal is to have new rules for next year’s municipal vote.” From the CityHallWatch perspective the biggest public concern should be for Vision Vancou...
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City puts on a big push to demo new programs for lower-cost housing: rentals geared to income, infills: The Vision council is using the slow summer months to push out lots of news on its planned “housing reset” — new policy aimed at trying to shape supply in the city more than it has in the past to create lower-cost housing. The target market, planners and politicians keep saying, is the households...
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...
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Fish Farm Occupation Moves From Sea to City (in News): Fish farm opponents urged the government to followup on campaign pledge and shut down facilities on Vancouver Island First Nations territories.  Related Stories Study Finds Wild Salmon Infected by Sea Lice Grow More Slowly, ‘More Liable to Die’ (in News) BC Fish Farm Sues Alexandra Morton for Tre...
As Climate Change Opens the Arctic, an Adventurer Rows the Northwest Passage (in Culture): Book chronicles expedition through the changing North.  Related StoriesIn ‘The Politics of Fear,’ M&eacutedecins Sans Fronti&egraveres Reflects on Response to Ebola Crisis (in Culture)
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Your numerology cycles September 16–30: Calculate Your Key Number To find out what this month has in store for you, calculate your key number by adding the day and month of your birth. Continue adding until you arrive at a...read more
Jennifer Lawrence in mother!, Dylan O’Brien in American Assassin and Catherine Deneuve with The Midwife: Also what rodents can tell us about society in Rat Filmread more
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Double Deckers for Vancouver: Translink is saying that it will start trials of doubledeck buses this year. I just came across a picture of a German bus in Berlin This is a Lion’s City DD (A39) by manufacturer MAN – and is 13.73 m long (just over 45′ or five feet longer than the current fleet of single deckers. The feature th...
Jericho Pier Renewal: Jericho Pier is a regular destination for our walks, but I have many more photos taken from the pier than of the pier itself. I thought it might be a good idea to record what is there now, before work starts. Then I took a look at the City webpage The Vancouver Park Board, in partnership with t...
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Vancouver Gavotte: In case you missed this video from the City Of Vancouver, here it is again.   Don’t watch it as bunches of bikes.  Watch it as a kind of dance, and enjoy the movement of the cyclists to the music.   This is a well-crafted video.  It’s a love letter, as well – to the kind of city we’ve become.  T...
A Good Reason To Go to Church – Sep 30: Here’s a West End (and music) institution: Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church – 25 years old. Tickets for the concert here.
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Transforming Metrotown: Paterson SkyTrain station, looking to new residential towers south of the Metrotown shopping complex The older retail blocks on Kingsway near the mall have struggled over the years. Tenants include payday loan shops, tattoo parlours and porn outlets. The City of Burnaby has adopted a new long...
Winnipeg, summer 2017: By six p.m., they’ll be lined up 15 deep. “I don’t think Winnipeg is underrated,” says my brother Brian. “I don’t think it’s rated at all.” He moved here about 10 years ago after an extended time in Canada’s far north. He and his wife Lorraine (she grew up in Winnipeg) decided that living the ...
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Video Vancouver: Meditation Park: Via The Tyee: An East Van Family Story in ‘Meditation Park’ It’s a movie filmed in Vancouver that actually takes place in Vancouver! Meet an East Van family in director Mina Shum’s Meditation Park. Not long after Maria’s family-oriented husband turns 65, she discovers a thong in her husband’s p...
Masters of West Coast Modernism: This past week, the West Vancouver Museum hosted Masters of West Coast Modernism, a reception featuring the architecture of five living legends of West Coast Modern architecture – Barry Downs, Zoltan Kiss, Blair Macdonald, Geoffrey Massey, and Arthur Müdry. All five were present to meet both the ...
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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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Balloon ban motion defeated by Vancouver Park Board: Majority felt the proposal, which received national attention, was too far reaching with not enough studyBy Justin McElroy, CBC News Posted: Sep 19, 2017 5:56 AM PTThe Vancouver Park Board has deflated a proposal to ban balloons in all city parks.In a 5-2 vote, commissioners rejected the...
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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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Tri-Cities Culture Days Weekend: Visit Miss604.com for the full postGet out and enjoy activities and events in the Tri-Cities during Culture Days, September 29th to October 1st. Culture Days represents the largest-ever collective public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in Canada with over 7,50...
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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 2017: Yet More Award Winning Films Screening at VIFF: Today on VanRamblings, we'll present three more award-winning films that are set to screen at the 36th annual Vancouver International Film Festival, films without Canadian distributors in place, films you are likely to miss unless you purchase a ticket for an upcoming VIFF screening, w...
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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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