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Opinion: Vancouver growth targets don’t add up (Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, 7-Jun-2019) – Crucial motion coming June 12: Reprinted here, with permission. Elizabeth Murphy writes in a Vancouver Sun op ed challenges the City’s numbers. Excerpts: Vancouver’s housing strategy is based on population growth targets that are much higher than projections that census data would justify. City policies, programs and budget ar...
Residents in support of neighbourhood pools plan rally June 10 in front of City Hall: Notice received: Despite over 5000 combined signatures collected by the Templeton and Lord Byng Community to keep the Neighbourhood Pools open,  VanSplash in their  November, 2017, the final draft strategy, Park Board staff recommended “Moving away from a predominantly neighbourhood scale pool sy...
Development applications snapshot 1-Jun-2019: For an explanation of our monthly snapshots please visit this page:https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/city-hall/snapshots-rezoning-development-applications/ As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Rezoning Applications listed on the City of Vancouver website. The l...
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Site that Advertised Lie about NDP’s Singh a Client of Israeli Ad Firm (in News): Israeli publication gets closer to origin of ad that sparked federal probe.
Dementia: A Community Centre’s Small, Important Victories (in Analysis): Caregiving is a ‘difficult journey that no one should travel alone.’ A special program in North Van helps.  Related Stories In Dementia Caregiving, Countless Unrecognized Acts of Love (in Analysis) Taking on the Public Health Issue of Dementia (in Analysis) How Can You Avoid Dementia? We Just Don...
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Do we really want driverless buses?: A consortium has been formed of US transit agencies who want to try out driverless buses. The idea is that the cost of getting into this new technology will be lower if it is shared. I think the idea of a consortium to try out new technologies is a good one, and one that has a long history ...
The Bicycle Diaries: Episode 14: Yesterday we got the bikes tuned up by Velofix (they come to you, which makes things very convenient) and the old, sprung front fork was put back on to replace the solid one I needed to accomodate the electric wheel. I never heard back from the guy who bought the other one, so I do not know if h...
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Vancouver Developers,Temporary Gardens & Expensive Tomatoes: There has been a large loophole enabling developers not to have to pay the full cost of property tax on undeveloped property in Vancouver. A developer can purchase a piece of land in the city and instead of immediately establishing a timetable for development can leave the land fallow for tempor...
Saskatoon Rips Out Downtown Bike Lane because of “Unsafe Situation for Drivers”:   City of Saskatoon begins removing downtown bike lanes citing in part that they pose an “unsafe situation for drivers”. People can say those sorts of things but what kind of City Council acts on such conjecture and anecdote rather than on fact? https://t.co/4AnQg5hJua — Neil Arason (@neilaras...
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Two-thirds say our housing crisis the result of “basic flaws of capitalism,” others say cheaters; critics say false choice: Okay, 361 people voted in my silly little poll asking if our housing crisis is the result of “basic flaws of capitalism” or cheaters taking advantages of a basically good system. And 64 per cent picked door number 1, although I have to note that a number of Twitter commenters said I was posing a ...
The Vancouver dilemma: How to build new apartments without displacing tenants.: I had a story in Tuesday’s Globe about a couple of old and very inexpensive apartment buildings on Oak Street in the heart of Marpole, which are up for redevelopment. (Full text of story after the break.) The owner wants to build 91 new units to replace the 1959 and 1964 buildings on site with 43...
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Vancouver’s housing crash and the cost of living: A recent report estimates that B.C.’s housing price downturn, underway for the past year or more, has cost Metro Vancouver homeowners 89 billion dollars in notional home equity or almost $40,000 for every resident of the region. This number, which appears to originate with a couple of retired mi...
Landing at Marine and Cambie: The towers at Marine Landing seen from the north, April 2019 The Canada Line went into service just about 10 years ago, as a rapid transit connection between the City of Vancouver’s downtown and the international airport in Richmond. Outside the Marine Drive transit station. Starbucks, Subway,...
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Music Sundays | Angus and Julia Stone | Sibling Folk: Julia Natasha Stone was born on the 13th of April 1984 in Sydney Australia. Julia's parents, Kim and John Stone, were both well-regarded Australian folk musicians who played locally. Two years later, on April 27th 1986, her brother Angus was born. At family gatherings, it was not unc...
Stories of a Life | 1978 - 1982 | Chief Cook and Bottlewasher: br>1978. Jude, at age 3, and Megan at 18 months of age. At the kitchen table for breakfast. A couple of weeks ago, when I was extolling the virtues of my Instant Pot to a friend, in a lull in the conversation, she turned to me and said, "You like to cook, don't you?" The short ans...
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Park Board approves strategy for improved non-motorized watercraft opportunities: June 11 2019 Our waterfront is a treasured asset and a key part of our identity – from the seawall to our beautiful beaches. The On Water Strategy, I hope, will encourage more people to explore non-motorized water sports & increase access to the water from the shore. Vancouver Park B...
Canada Bans Keeping Whales And Dolphins In Captivity: By Amy Held | NPRTuesday, June 11, 2019  An orca surfaces near Vancouver Island, Canada. The country's Parliament has passed legislation banning the practice of breeding and holding dolphins, whales and porpoises in captivity. VW Pics / Universal Images Group via Getty ...
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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...
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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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5 Reasons to Attend Surrey Canada Day and Win Food Tickets: Miss604 is giving away $50 in food truck tickets for Surrey Canada Day happening July 1st in Cloverdale with headliners Our Lady Peace. The post 5 Reasons to Attend Surrey Canada Day and Win Food Tickets appeared first on Vancouver Blog Miss604.
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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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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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Ant Season - environmentally friendly ways to encourage them to leave: Every year the cries goes out - "Ants! They're everywhere." My partner and I have been noticing them swarming out of their underground homes on our morning walks.  Over by the Music Building we even saw a sign on the ground asking people to respect the ants and let them carry on. Gardners often b...
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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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