The Damn Towers — Again!

September 23, 2020

At the end of August, the developers of the Safeway site at Broadway & Commercial put their heads above the parapet for a moment and offered some sort of tour to engage the community. I applied for tickets as did several of my friends here and none of us ever heard back. Perhaps they were just doing an email scrape for their database.

Now, according to the report in the Georgia Straight, they have made an amended application to the City that pushes the number and size of the towers ever upward. Now there will be three towers of 25-, 29-, and 30-storeys.

In 2013, our opposition to a 36-storey tower brought the Grandview Community Plan to a stand-still for a year. In 2016, when the Community Plan was finally approved, the Vision majority pushed through approval of two towers, of 12- and 24-storeys; a total of 36 storeys. The current proposal calls for 84-storeys of towers on the same site.

Talk about ignoring all the work that went into the Community Plan!

This is a development fight that the younger generation of activists needs to take over, and they need to show themselves now.

The Broken Promises of Internment

September 23, 2020

Some years ago, when I was writing “The Drive“, I came across a lot of material about the internment of the Japanese in British Columbia in 1942.  There were poignant stories of very popular shops having to close, of the missing athletes and scholars at Britannia who simply didn’t show up one morning, of visits by east-enders to the PNE to say goodbye to their friends and neighbours who were being held there before being shipped off to the Interior, of lives and families suddenly disrupted  beyond imagining.

The Nikkei Museum on Burnaby has an exhibit starting this weekend called “Broken Promises” about the lives of Japanese in BC in the 1940s.

Grounded in research from Landscapes of Injustice – a 7 year multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, community engaged project, this exhibit explores the dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s. It illuminates the loss of home and the struggle for justice of one racially marginalized community. The story unfolds by following seven narrators. Learn about life for Japanese Canadians in Canada before war, the administration of their lives during and after war ends, and how legacies of dispossession continue to this day.”

Looks interesting.

Image: Pirates in Puerto Vallerta

September 23, 2020

Grandview 23rd September 1920

September 23, 2020

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