Development of St. Francis of Assisi

September 29, 2016

The next monthly meeting of the Grandview Woodland Area Council takes place on Monday 4th October at 7:00pm in the Learning Resource Centre beneath Britannia Library. The topic this month is the plan for development of properties owned by St Francis of Assisi Church east of Victoria Drive.


There will be a number of speakers, and the proposal can be studied at the St Francis School website.

This discussion is another example of how the current GWAC Board is bringing forward issues of direct interest and concern to our neighbourhood.  This is such an invigorating change from some of the obstructionist do-nothing Boards of the recent past.

Public Engagement IS the Problem

September 29, 2016

There are a great many things wrong with the way Vancouver City Hall works today: the fact that we have political parties in municipal government (unlike any other city in Canada); immoral and secretive political financing rules; the at-large system; the fact that the ruling regime acts as cronies for the development industry; the historical fact that, due to the previous issue, the regime refuses to listen to the citizens in our neighbourhoods.

The combination of these structural and political problems has brought us to the dire situation we face today with housing unaffordability, an unworkable vacancy rate for rentals, increasing homelessness, and frustrated citizens who know that however strong their case their point of view will be ignored if it clashes with the greed of developers.

This last problem may be discussed at a forum called “Can Public Engagement Change Systems” to be held at SFU Harbour Centre on 6th October from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Registration and further details can be found here.

Image: City Paints Itself

September 29, 2016


Night Music: Love’s Been Rough On Me

September 28, 2016

The Oldest House in Grandview

September 28, 2016

At last Thursday’s Grandview Heritage Group meeting, a local resident gave an extended presentation on the history of his house which, I am certain, is the oldest house left standing in Grandview (at least south of Hastings).  It was built in 1900 and has been moved twice: once in 1937 and again in 1955 to its present location.

I was privileged to be able to offer guidance during the research.

The presentation is now available for all to see at the GHG website.  It’s a fascinating story and worth reading if you have any interest in our local history.

Happy Birthday Gems!

September 28, 2016

Gemma 2016


Happy birthday to my beautiful grand-daughter!  She takes after her gorgeous mother.


Betty Boop For President

September 27, 2016

Here is a cartoon from 1932 where Betty Boop (HRC) runs against Mr Nobody (DJT). Nothing much has changed!