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Definition of “affordable” today: Housing costing less than 30% of before-tax household income (Jak King cites CMHC): This is a very useful comment and definition of “affordable housing by Jak King, civic historian and blogger. The key points could be printed on a card with updated figures as a memory aid for politicians, media, city staff, election candidates, activists and so on… ********** “Affordable Housing...
‘Community gardens’ give big developers big tax breaks while small businesses suffer and close under tax burden: Wesgroup’s “Community Garden” at 41st and Oak. Photo: CityHallWatch On 9-Jan-2018, regular columnist Allen Garr had an interesting article in the Vancouver Courier, entitled “Small businesses suffer while Vancouver developers cash in on tax breaks.” We capture some excerpts of his findings here...
GWAC meeting tonight: What a community can do when a proposed project raises local concern: The Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) regular monthly meeting (tonight) will look at what a community and its residents can do when a proposed project raises local concern. In social media and even in public hearings, the discussion sometimes gets oversimplified as YIMBY vs NIMBY arguments, ...
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Battle over Northeast False Creek plan passes first stage, but much more to come: There are so many issues wrapped up in the Northeast False Creek plan — which is supposed to become a neighbourhood of 10-12,000 people, with a jazzy new waterfront, a new park, 1,800 units of affordable housing in the 20-per-cent requirement for same, historic redress for the Chinese, black, and...
Candidates to lead left coalition in Vancouver start to emerge. First up, NDP current and former MPs: It’s going to be a long campaign season (election day is Oct. 20, folks) because of the very open elections that will be happening in Vancouver and elsewhere, as numerous mayors announce they won’t run again and all but two Vision incumbents on council have bailed. So, in the ongoing saga, here’s...
A campaign to ensure that communities get the benefit of land-value increases that their tax dollars helped create: I know some of you in my Twitter/blogverse are interested in this topic. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy launches global campaign to promote land value capture CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is launching a global campaign to promote the adoption of land value capture, a po...
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Will BC Get The Bold Budget We Badly Need? (in Opinion): Smart tax increases could allow overdue investment and a stronger future.  Related Stories Christy Clark Isn’t Being Honest about the Housing Crisis (in Opinion) Clark’s Failure on Housing Affordability Big Problem for BC Liberals (in Opinion) Please Advise! Is This BC Liberal Budget Trying to Ro...
NDP Rallies Around Singh At First Convention (in News): New leader signals focus on inequality in speech to delegates.  Related Stories May again Lectures Singh, This Time for Not ‘Rushing’ for a Seat (in News) What Singh Can Learn From Layton (in News) Mulcair Looks to Christmas Retirement (in News)
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Patullo Bridge Replacement: Province of BC picture on flickr Premier Horgan announced today that the province is going to take over the replacement of the Pattullo Bridge. I must admit that I was somewhat surprised, but on reflection I think Horgan’s announcement of the removal of tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bri...
Fair Vote Webinar Invitation: I have a conflict on this day but I hope some readers in BC will be interested – and pass this along if you know someone in PEI Sunday March 4, 7 PM EST (4 PM PST) International Guests: How Proportional Representation Works for Voters in the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania and the Netherla...
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Surprise! Spending up on Toronto’s King Street with the Streetcar Line Project!: The City of Toronto is deep in the throes of motordom even when the King Street Streetcar demonstration project is appearing to be a success.  This one year pilot is restricting vehicular traffic on King Street between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets to give priority for streetcar movement.  As repo...
When the Mountain View Needs To be Trimmed~City Says Three Overheight Towers ARE the View: Mike Howell at the Vancouver Courier has written an an evocative column on why the City says it is  “ok”to build three over height towers (one 18 storeys above the established view corridors) and erase out the natural views of the north shore mountains from Cambie and Broadway. Price Tags Vancou...
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Vancouver’s Chinatown: heritage site, urban village or tourist zone?: Gore Street at Keefer in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Vancouver City Council voted in November 2017 to seek World Heritage Site status for the Chinatown district. This founding neighbourhood began as a segregated zone for Chinese-speaking labourers and merchants outside the railway and lumber camp th...
Surrey Central — Retrofitting or replacement?: Rendering from the 2017 Surrey City Centre Plan, a fantasy perspective showing library (middle background), SkyTrain line, future light rail line and new towers About 10 years ago, the term “Retrofitting Suburbia” came to describe the art or science of converting automobile-dependent sprawl int...
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Artists Align with Anti-Displacement Movements: In the past year, across North America, artists in solidarity with anti-displacement struggles are voicing their discontent with the neoliberal turn towards developer-driven artwashing and displacement, but are they being heard?
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Black Friday Almost Over, Cyber Monday On Its Way: In 1957, my mother gave me a transistor radio for my 7th birthday! We lived at 2165 East 2nd Avenue in Vancouver, just off Garden Park, on Vancouver's eastside. I knew my neighbours, a polyglot amalgam of "displaced persons" (displaced from WWII), refugees from a Europe of destructio...
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Park Board responds to Vancouver Aquarium decision on cetaceans in captivity : Vancouver Park Board News Release January 18, 2018  The Vancouver Park Board applauds the announcement today by the Vancouver Aquarium that it will end the importation and display of live cetaceans in Stanley Park. In May of 2017, after thousands of community submissions on the issue and...
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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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“Raincouver” architecture: making the city better: The best part of the Vancouver is that it is a city full of life and resilience. The management of the city is highly focused to make sure that the architecture is preserved which dates back to 14th and 15th centuries. In this city, you find a combination of both old and modern architecture which...
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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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Lila Downs at the Chan Centre, Win Tickets: The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC welcomes back Mexican-American vocalist Lila Downs, who will share her eclectic and vibrant blend of boleros, jazz, rock, blues, and more on March 10, 2018 at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. Enter to win a pair of tickets from Miss604! The post Li...
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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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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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