The BIA’s Christmas On the Drive

November 21, 2017

This coming Saturday, at Grandview Park, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, the Commercial Drive Business Society will present its annual free public event, Christmas On the Drive.

The event is advertised as suitable for all ages and everyone is invited to start the season!

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Important Community Plan Meeting Tonight!

November 6, 2017


Development on Commercial: Open House

November 6, 2017


Click on the image for a full-page look.

Note that the map is inaccurate; the development proposal is for the buildings north of the lane on Commercial between Adanac and Venables, not the entire block north of Venables.


Important GWAC / Community Plan Meeting

November 3, 2017

Comoe to the meeting and find out where we are at after four years of effort.


All Candidates’ Meeting — 2nd October

September 27, 2017

The usual Grandview Woodland Area Council meeting next Monday has been set aside to allow for an All Candidates’ Meeting for the upcoming City Council By-election.

It looks like all the candidates have agreed to attend, so it should be an informative and lively evening. You can submit questions in advance to info@gwac.ca.


Housing At Britannia — Important Meeting

September 19, 2017

This coming Thursday, September 21st, there is a very important forum on the question of whether there should be housing on the re-developed Britannia Community Center site and, if so, what kind of housing should be contemplated there.

A week or so ago, Elizabeth Murphy wrote an opinion piece in the Sun that opposed housing of any kind on the site. This led to my own argument, more or less in favour of the idea with certain conditions, and a very spirited email exchange between a number of interested parties. Now, it is the broader community’s turn to have a say.

This particular debate about the future of a vital community resource is perhaps the most important we will have in this neighbourhood this decade, and I urge everyone interested in the future of Grandview to attend.

I would also urge that this debate be continued in the broadest possible sections of our community through public gatherings, email chains, and other means, rather than be delegated to a small and perhaps unrepresentative (though worthy) group who are able to attend certain committee meetings.

Finally, we must ensure that the decision on whether or not to include certain types of housing at Britannia be a genuinely community-wide decision, made by a plebiscite or some other form of all-resident participation.

In the meanwhile, I again urge everyone to attend this forum and make yourself heard.


Major Road Disruption at Commercial & Broadway

September 15, 2017

Upgrades to the Commercial Skytrain station will start to impact drivers and bus users starting today, according to a report in the Province.

The installation of a new overhead walkway across Broadway will involve a massive crane sitting in the road, blocking a sidewalk and some traffic lanes. The #9 and #99 buses will have temporary stops other than in their usual places from today until October 1st.

“The weekend of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 is when drivers will really feel the pain. Broadway will be closed completely so that a crane can be erected in the middle of the road. The two cranes will move the largest piece of the walkway, which weighs 13,600 kilograms, into place over the road.  “It’s a pretty significant disruption, obviously, to Broadway as we do that, but it’s necessary to make that lift take place,” said Matt Edwards, manager of engineering project delivery. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area while detours are in effect.”