Firing Adds Spark To Community Plan Meeting

January 31, 2012

As mentioned in the previous post, we are this afternoon to have an Open House on the Grandview Community Plan hosted by City Planning.  The interest in the meeting (already high) will be tweaked even further after the news that City Council last night fired Vancouver Planning Head Brent Toderian.

Will the new Community Plans move forward? What does the firing of Toderian mean for the future of planning in Vancouver in general and Grandview in particular?

Watch this space!


More Dates For The Calendar

January 30, 2012

Tomorrow (Tuesday 31st) between 4:00pm and 6:30pm Andrew Pask and the Grandview Community Plan folks will be hosting an Open House at the Family Activity Room at Britannia. At the meeting they will introduce the material they have collected from focus groups.  It is hard to emphasize how important it is to have public participation in these Community Plans that will govern zoning etc for the next generation.

Next Monday (February 6th) at 7:00pm is the next meeting of GWAC, also at Britannia. The agenda this month will include potential development of the Kettle-Astorini’s site at Commercial & Venables.

In a couple of weeks, on Thursday 16th February at 7:00pm, the Grandview Heritage Group holds its next meeting in the Board Room at Britannia. Plan to join us for a discussion of the one-hundredth birthday campaign, the GHG website, and a whole bunch of other stuff to do with Grandview, Commercial Drive, history and heritage. They are always fun!

The NFL Will Pay A Pedophile For Super Bowl Music

January 28, 2012

I won’t be watching the Super Bowl; American Football holds as much interest for me as professional wrestling.  However, all of you who do will be helping the NFL pay royalties to convicted pedophile Gary Glitter.

Glitter’s song “Rock and Roll Part Two” is a theme song for the New England Patriots, played after each touchdown.  His music has been banned on British TV and radio since his molestation convictions and even the NFL started using a cover version.  However, as writer he will still receive a huge whack of cash for its use on one of the largest-TV audience shows of the year.

The BBC owns the Super Bowl rights and there is a campaign in the UK to have them black out any use of Glitter’s music.  It would save us all a lot of trouble if the NFL did the right thing and told the Patriots to change their song of choice.


Upon Reflection: Downtown

January 28, 2012

The VHS Speech

January 27, 2012

I had a great time last night delivering the Vancouver Historical Society’s monthly lecture.  I talked about the history of Commercial Drive in the 1930s and 1940s. It was standing room only and I really want to thank everyone who came out for it. Thanks!

Morning Radio Date

January 25, 2012

In advance of my talk for the Vancouver Historical Society tomorrow (Thursday) evening, I am being interviewed on CBC Radio 1 at 8:15 tomorrow morning by Rick Cluff for the Early Edition.

I’ll be giving away a copy of my “Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive to 1999” as part of the show.

Waldorf Hotel’s Birthday

January 24, 2012

I have a new posting at the Grandview Heritage Group about the original opening of the Waldorf Hotel on East Hastings.