Urgent public meeting to protect the last remaining natural foreshore in Vancouver

From Mel Lehan

 Wed. Oct. 3, 2012 – 7:30pm at Kitsilano Sailing Club (just west of Kits Showboat on path)
Organized by the Point Grey Natural Foreshore Protective Society

KEEP THE MOST VITAL REMAINING NATURAL FORESHORE IN VANCOUVER WILD

It is being proposed by some that we extend the seawall over the most important remaining natural foreshore in the city of Vancouver – the area between Kitsilano and Jericho Beaches. This seawall proposal is a particularly bad idea – both for mother earth and for people.  We are talking about a very fragile ecosystem here. Continue reading Urgent public meeting to protect the last remaining natural foreshore in Vancouver →

Details of Comox-Helmcken Greenway shared with residents, open houses planned


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Little Mountain tenants win a small victory

From David Chudnovsky
The last remaining residents of Little Mountain Social Housing, threatened with eviction at the end of the month, have won a small victory in the appeal of their eviction at the Residential Tenancy Board. They have been granted an “in person” hearing. The RTB scheduled a conference-call hearing, but the tenants argued that a more fair and less confusing process was to conduct the process face-to-face. Continue reading Little Mountain tenants win a small victory →

Civil Disobedience in a Changing Climate: A public dialogue, Friday Sept. 21, 7:30 pm, Alice Mckay room, VPL

What are our obligations as good citizens if government pursues policies that recklessly endanger our future?

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6th Annual Women’s Housing March in DTES, Saturday, September 15, 1:30pm


Facebook page for the event
Photos from last years march


Sat. Sep 15 @ 1:30 pm
Starts at Cordova and Columbia, just west of Main St.
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

The event is described on its Facebook Event Page in the following:

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Open House on the proposed changes to 1862 Barclay St. September 6, 2012

The City of Vancouver has received a Development Application from Merrick Architecture to retain, rehabilitate and heritage designate the existing house (Mason Residence), 1862 Barclay St. and to develop an addition of a 6 storey building at the rear of the site, with parking accessed from the lane. Continue reading Open House on the proposed changes to 1862 Barclay St. September 6, 2012 →

Vancouver Pride Parade 2012


more photos

Free summer movies in Stanley Park.


It’s starting to really feel like summer now.The sun is out and 2nd Beach pool is open. Vancouver’s Free movies series is about to start. I can’t wait to see if my kids with enjoy Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Here is the schedule for the movies in Stanley Park.

Films start at Dusk

Tuesdays in Stanley Park at Ceperley Meadow/2nd Beach in between the water and Stanley Park Dr.
July 31 Grease
August 7 The Blues Brothers
August 14 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
August 21 Labyrinth
August 28 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Yerevan Armenia


I am away on vacation visiting family. My wife’s brother lives in Yerevan, Armenia where his wife is stationed with the UNDP. My extended family are here in Yerevan to meet my nephew who is 2 years old and this is our first opportunity to meet him.

Yerevan was once part of the Soviet Union and this is my first opportunity to be in a former Eastern Block country. I am going to organize my thoughts about the experience in a little while and I will post my first impressions. My first quick observation is the view of Mount Ararat which looms over the city and is a real surprise in the different lights of the day. Morning seems to be best time so far to really see the mountain. We are fortunate to have a great view of the Mountain from our hotel room and it is a treat to wake up and see it in the morning.

I am lazying around reading as much as I can (Hans Gelh’s Cities for People and Doug Saunder’s Arrival Cities) and trying not to log into twitter, just posting links. I am re-embracing Facebook a bit, just not to be totally cut off from Vancouver and all my friends.

I am taking loads of photos and here is a link to my Flickr account where I am posting them: Brent’s photo stream

The 2012 CMHC Spring Rental Report: affordability still an issue for Vancouver.

spring rental report

It’s not surprising that there was little media coverage of the CMHC Spring Rental Report release given that it contained pages of tables and no concise summary of the results. Pretty dry reading and lots of page scrolling to find relevant information for Vancouver.

However, in a media release by CMHC announcing the report, the following summary states:

“An overall improving job market over the last year, in conjunction with new migrants coming to Canada’s major centres, are factors that are supporting rental demand in Canada,” said Mathieu Laberge, Deputy Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “Immigrants, as well as young workers, usually tend to rent first and then move to homeownership.”
CMHC media release

The report indicates that Vancouver is continuing with the tread of low vacancy rates and increasing rental costs to tenants. In 2012, vacancy rates drop two tenths of a percentage point from 2011 to 2.6 from 2.8. Average rents went up as well, with studio apartments increasing from $839 to $855, one-bedrooms increasing from $934 to $965, two-bedrooms increasing from from $1,288 to $1,219 and three bedrooms having a minimal rise in rent of a buck from $1406 to $1407.

Vancouver has the ignoble distinction of being the most expensive city to rent a two- bedroom apartment in Canada. If you are looking for a deal on rent try Trois-Rivieres where a two-bedroom goes for $543 or Saguenay at $553 or consider the lovely Eastern Townships in Sherbrook at $581.