Art and heritage walking tour in the gardens of Mole Hill

This Saturday August 20th at 10am and 2pm – learn about the history of Mole Hill from the early settlers, Elizabeth and Henry Mole, in the 19th century to the present day Society! Join Sean McEwan and Michael Kluckner as they take you on a walking tour around Mole Hill to talk about how the beautiful heritage homes came about.

Free community BBQ this Saturday in Nelson Park hosted by WERA

Happy Pride 2011

More photos from Pride Parade

Job posting: Project Coordinator, Project

A project that I am volunteering on Bikes and Community is looking for a “Project Coordinator”.

I am volunteering with the project as a Director of the West End Residents Association(WERA)in partnership with The YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

The Project uses training in bike refurbishment and maintenance as a means to bring together the complex diversity of the Downtown Peninsula of Vancouver. Participants primarily will be youth and their families, but the project will engage members of the wider community. This project is the result of a partnership between King George Secondary School, Gordon Neighbourhood House, the West End Residents Association, PEDAL and the YMCA.
Job description and posting

Meggs’ motion on St. Paul’s Hospital passes unanimously. My presentation to council on St. Paul’s Hospital on Thursday July 28.

Ok, so the agenda was changed and Cl. Meggs’ motion giving the city’s support for the renewal of St. Paul’s Hospital on the Burrard Street site was moved up in the agenda to the first item.

The motion passed with the fully support of the committee.

Here is my little presentation that I gave to support the motion.

“Mr. Chair and Councilors -thanks for the opportunity to speak to this important issue of the renewal of St. Paul’s hospital on the Burrard St. site.

My name is Brent Granby and I am Vice Chair of the St. Paul’s Coalition.

It’s really gratifying that Vancouver City Council is joining the growing consensus with Providence Health Care, the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, Vancouver Coastal Health, the MLA for Vancouver West End Spencer Chandra Herbert, the West End BIA, residents of the downtown peninsula and the Save St. Paul’s Coalition, that the renewal of St. Paul’s Hospital is a project that is urgently needs to be funded by the Provincial Government.

The Coalition has always viewed the renewal of the St. Paul’s as Possible, Preferable and Prudent. These have been our three Ps for redevelopment.

The Burrard Street site has enough capacity to make a phased development possible.

The Burrard Street site is equidistant and within walking distance between three resident populations – Yaletown, Coal Harbour and the West End, in addition to being ideally located to service the downtown business district.

The outstanding service that St. Paul’s Emergency Department demonstrated in the wake of the riots this year is testament to the importance of the hospital in providing health services during an emergency. One can imagine how critical it will be to have a full service publicly funded hospital in the event of a natural disaster. The downtown location of the hospital makes it a preferable location for a variety health services both for Vancouver and the entire province.

The renewal of St. Paul’s Hospital in a phased renovation on its current location is estimated to cost approximately $600 million as opposed to new construction cost being closer to $ 1 billion, making redevelopment on the Burrard site option a much more prudent and responsible use of public dollars.

PHC has developed a draft concept plan for hospital redevelopment. The hospital has been in urgent need of renovation since well before the first hospital redevelopment plan was announced in 2002. Now, 9 years later we have witnessed the failure of the hospital electrical system and yes, the elevators still break down more than 30 times a month.

Thanks to Councilor Meggs for bringing this motion forward. Thanks to the Mayor and Councilors for their continued support for the Hospital in urging the Provincial government to fund the development of a business case and to allocate the capital dollars for the renewal of a hospital that is used by citizens of the whole province of British Columbia.

Councillor Meggs’ motion on renewal St. Paul’s Hospital moved to Thursday at 9:30 am at Services and Budgets Committee

Now, along with the BIA in the West End,MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, Providence Health Care, The St. Paul’s Foundation, Vancouver Coastal Health, The Save St. Paul’s Coalition and residents of the downtown peninsula, the City of Vancouver joins the consensus that it time for St. Paul’s Hospital to be redevelop on its Burrard St. site.

The City of Vancouver to urge the Provincial Government to confirm the St. Paul’s Hospital redevelopment project.

On Thursday morning at 9:30 am at the City of Vancouver Council’s Standing Committee on Services and Budgets, on the 3rd floor of City Hall in Council Chambers, Councillor Geoff Meggs will move the following motion:

Support for New Investments in Health Care
Vancouver City Council, at its meeting on July 26, 2011, referred this matter to the Standing Committee on City Services and Budgets meeting on July 28, 2011, in order to hear from speakers.
MOVED by Councillor Geoff Meggs SECONDED by Councillor Tim Stevenson
1. Vancouver hosts a wide range of medical and health facilities of regional, provincial and national significance, including all the facilities of Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care, Vancouver Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the BC Cancer Agency and the BC Centre for Disease Control;
2. These institutions not only provide critical health services to some of the most vulnerable and marginalized patient populations in BC, but also form a central element in the city’s economy, employing tens of thousands in advanced medical research and development;
3. Co-ordination and collaboration between these institutions and the City of Vancouver, on issues like transportation, housing, district energy systems and waste management can produce gains both in the delivery of health care and the economic and social life of the city;
4. Renewal of existing facilities like Providence’s St. Paul’s Hospital is urgently required to ensure continued delivery of quality care.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council direct staff to explore the potential of partnership agreements between the City and key health institutions to maximize benefits for both sides;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City of Vancouver urge the Provincial Government to confirm the St. Paul’s Hospital redevelopment project as a priority on the capital projects priority list for Vancouver.

One can speak to the motion by contacting the City Clerk with the following info:

For information or to register to speak, please call Bonnie Kennett, Meeting Coordinator, at 604.873.7269 or e-mail:

Mayor presented with West End Advisory Committee neighbourhood priorities report

The West End Mayor’s Advisory Committee (WEMAC) has released it’s report on development issues with recommendations and results of the survey that the group did.

The report is available on Mayor Gregor Robertson website at the following link:
Gregor’s website


West End Farmer’s Market to collect food scraps starting Saturday August 13 at Nelson Park 9 am to 2 pm.

Food Scraps Drop Spot
Van Farmer’s Market

Finally another project to divert more organic material from landfills in the downtown peninsula. In addition to programs that encourage apartment dwellers to create soil from organic food scraps in “worm composters” the West End Farmer’s Market is starting a new project where residents can drop off organic food scraps at the market on Comox Street on Saturdays beside Nelson Park.

The program is call “Food Scraps Drop Spot” and the Van Farmer’s Market is looking for volunteers for the project starting on August 13 at the market at Nelson Park from 9 am to 2 pm. The project will end when the Farmer’s Market stops in the fall on October 15.

Volunteers would be responsible for receiving and weighing food scraps, taking information, conducting surveys and providing educational information about composting in the city and Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan.

For more info on the project and to volunteer contact Laura Smit at or 604-879-3276

This is how Laura describes the project:

Be a Green Ambassador! Help keep food from being trashed in Vancouver high rises and multiple user dwellings. Vancouver Farmers Markets & the Recycling Alternative are looking for volunteers to receive & weigh compostables, track participation, and educate the public on composting, landfill bans and Vancouver’s Zero Waste targets at our Food Scraps Drop Spot at the West End Farmers Market. Commitment: Four 3 hour shifts during the 10-week pilot period (Saturdays, Aug 13-Oct 15). Interested? Contact for more details.

Please support me in seeking a nomination as a COPE candidate for Park Board, Nov. 19.

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Please support me in seeking a nomination as a COPE candidate for Park Board, Nov. 19.

Brent Granby


With more a dozen years experience as a community organizer and primary care-giver (daughters Saffrin and Mallika and my physician partner, Anita Palepu), I am seeking a seat on the Park Board to fight for more resilient communities, sustainability and the protection of the ecosystems and natural capital that underpins the health, wealth and quality of life in Vancouver.

I want to be your representative on the Park Board based on my 12-year experience as the primary caregiver to my two daughters and as a community organizer and advocate.During this time I have recognized the importance of the Park Board in supporting the lives of Vancouver families and all Vancouver citizens regardless of age. Continue reading Please support me in seeking a nomination as a COPE candidate for Park Board, Nov. 19. →