May 21, 2017
The Britannia Renewal project is moving ahead rapidly with a regular schedule of meetings and workshops. The next three are the following:
- May 23, 7:00pm to 8:30pm: Designing Safe Spaces. Meeting in the Britannia Ice Rink Mezzanine. Speakers will discuss the design of spaces with two spirit, trans and gender variant, and women’s safety in mind.
- May 27th, noon to 3:00pm: Public Outdoor Spaces Workshop. Meeting in Gym D. Help imagine the kinds of public outdoor spaces the new Britannia could include.
- May 29th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Housing on the Britannia Site. Meeting in B-Lab, Info Centre, Napier Street. There is a suggestion (perhaps even a requirement) that housing be included on the renewed site. What do you think about that? Come along and debate the issues.
May 9, 2017
The Grandview-Woodland Community Plan dog and pony show is back in town! To quote the planning department’s email notification:
“As part of implementation, zoning changes to allow for new housing choices in the community are being proposed. These include two-family dwellings (duplexes), townhouses, and some 4-storey apartments in specified locations. Join us at an open house to learn more about the proposed two-family (duplex) zoning changes, ask questions, and provide feedback.”
There will be two presentations (i.e. a display of presentation boards), both at WISE Hall:
- Saturday May 13, noon to 3:00pm
- Wednesday May 17, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
April 24, 2017
There is an upcoming opportunity to get up close and personal with all the folks running for office in the Provincial election. But the format is much different than in previous elections, allowing for a more vigorous discussion.
Joint All-Candidates’ Meeting for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and Vancouver-Hastings,
Monday May 1st in Gym D at Britannia from 6:30pm.
The meeting is sponsored by GWAC, Britannia, REACH, VPL, Kettle, and Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Quoting from their release:
All ten candidates running in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and Vancouver-Hastings have said they are coming.
The format for this event is different from All-Candidates Meetings in previous elections.
6:30-7:00 — Everyone is welcome to enjoy socializing over a free light meal (vegetarian soup or chili, buns, butter, salad, and dessert).
7:00-7:45 — Each candidate will have an opportunity to make a 3-minute prepared statement.
7:45-9:00 — Participants will sit at either Hastings or Mount Pleasant tables while candidates in their riding visit their tables to have informal conversations about the issues that concern them — World Café style.
Should be interesting!
April 24, 2017
…in the Britannia Renewal Speakers’ Series will be Ouri Scott, architect, and David Ramslie, sustainability planner. Their topic will be Learning and Community Growth and will take place on
Thursday May 4th, 7:00pm at Britannia High School Auditorium
“I think it’s really about an approach to the environment. Not talking about the technical sense of the environment, but the sense of place. Honouring the past of that place, thinking about who and what came before, from people, trees and animals. And making references to the past and to cultural heritage.” – Ouri Scott
Everyone is welcome!
April 21, 2017
Grandview’s own Michael Kluckner, watercolorist, author, and heritage expert, is having his first exhibition in Vancouver since 2006. The exhibition will include watercolours, oils, and drawings “mainly about Vancouver”.
The show is at the VanDusen Gallery Gallery on Oak Street, between April 29th and May 27th. Admission is free. An opening reception will be on Saturday 29th April from 2:30 to 5:30pm.
Michael is also streaming a complete virtual show at his website.
Don’t miss it!
April 15, 2017
There are two meetings of interest at Britannia this coming week.
On Tuesday 18th April at 7:00pm in the Info Centre Boardroom, there is the regular monthly meeting of the team planning the Britannia Renewal Project. the agenda this month includes a discussion on housing, a report on the lease negotiations, an update on the speakers’ series, and other items of interest. All are welcome.
On Thursday 20th April, at 7:00pm in the Britannia Library, there will be a discussion with Asa Kachan, Chief Librarian of Halifax Public Library. The topic will be “Learning and Community Growth” and again, everyone is welcome.
This Thursday would also have been the regular monthly meeting of the Grandview Heritage Group, but we believe the Library discussion to be of such interest that GHG has canceled this month’s meeting and will meet again in May.
March 28, 2017
Next Monday evening, in lieu of their regular monthly meeting, GWAC is encouraging its members to attend a presentation on “Reconciliation & Renewal”, given by Yvonne Rigsby-Jones from Reconciliation Canada.
The meeting takes place:
Monday April 3rd, 2017,
6:00pm: Community meal
7:00-8:00pm: meeting and discussion
Britannia Community Services Centre, Gym D
To quote the GWAC notice:
“How can the Britannia Renewal project inspire positive change and engage community members in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians?
The new 2017 GWAC Board of Directors will be there and they welcome your views and comments,