“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it until it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”
— Henry David Thoreau
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.
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.