A Socially Distant Gathering

March 21, 2020

A group of us (average age about 70) decided that for the good of our mental health we would gather for a rendezvous at Salsbury Park this morning.

 

We are used to meeting quite often, and this was an excuse to break out of our social isolation for an hour, chat, gossip, run with the dogs. We were all very disciplined about staying a decent step apart from each other. It was a gorgeous day and I am certain it did us good.

This could become a habit if we continue to be house-bound for a few weeks.


Today In Salsbury Park

January 14, 2020

 

I don’t often see seagulls in Salsbury Park; it is generally dominated by crows and squirrels. However the usual suspects must have been at home, keeping warm from the snow.  Their absence allowed a pair of seagulls to walk around to their heart’s content, snapping up whatever they could find.


Today In Salsbury Park

October 31, 2019

 

It was a really beautiful fall day today.  Bright sunshine, a pleasant chill, no wind.

After a long walk, I rested a while in Salsbury Park which was looking at its autumn finest.  I noticed as I always do that a wide range of children’s toys are left for anyone to play with in the playground area. It is a small but tangible indication of the trusting and friendly community we have surrounding this little oasis of green.

Select image for a much better view.


GWAC Meeting: September

September 4, 2019

The next meeting of the Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) is next Monday, 9th, at 7:00pm at the Learning Resource Centre under the Britannia Library.  The main item on the agenda is the proposed development on Grant Street.

Quoting GWAC’s mailer:

“After almost 2 years in the planning process, and multiple rejections, the public hearing for the final version of this project, a 5-storey building at 1535-1557 Grant Street, will go before  City Council on September 12th. This proposal has caused significant local push back  and you can find out more about why at the upcoming GWAC meeting, Monday September 9th.  Guest speakers will provide background and analysis on the proposal and its implications; there will be lots of time for questions and discussion.

This project offers neither affordable rental nor social housing yet the developer is asking for a full waiver of Development Cost Levies (DCLs) and Community Amenity Contributions (CACs).  If approved, this rezoning has the potential to set a precedent for similar large scale proposals in GW. 

The proposal itself calls for a 5 storey building on a narrow street with no back lane, which will dwarf the adjacent homes.  Some of the concerns expressed by neighbors include: 

  • It is a narrow, single lane street, on a steep hill 
  • it is unsafe for regular traffic & emergency vehicles
  • It won’t accomodate fire trucks or garbage trucks
  • It’s not affordable rental even on a living wage
  • It’s inconsistent with the promise of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan
  • It has inadequate parking 
  • And it has been rejected in its appearances in front of the Planning department’s own advisory board

…..Yet the developers & the City planning department have continued to push it through.

 
If it passes, this building and the approval process it’s gone through will set a precedent for future development around the Drive & throughout Grandview Woodland.

 
We agree the City needs housing, but do we need unaffordable, unsafe and unsuitable housing in an already dense location?”

At the time of the project’s public meeting a year ago, I wrote my own views on the project.  The GWAC meeting is open to everyone, so come along and have your own say.


Vision (And Reimer) Still Debasing Grandview’s Community

July 9, 2019

The Napier Greenway, that short section of non-road leading from Commercial to Britannia, is one of the joys of our neighbourhood.  It is a restful oasis of trees, plants and benches in the heart of our concrete jungle. It is maintained that way through the hard work of the volunteers of the Britannia Neighbours group who tend to the gardens and organize litter removal.

We understand, thanks to ILiveInEastVancouver, that during its dying moments, the last Vision Vancouver Council voted — in a secret in camera meeting — to change the name of Napier Greenway to Margaret Mitchell Plaza.  Apparently led by Andrea Reimer — famous for disparaging and ignoring local community groups, and probably the worst Councillor ever to pretend to represent us — Vision’s majority took this step without any consultation with Britannia Neighbours or anyone else that I am aware of.

(Let me hasten to say that Margaret Mitchell, long our MP, deserves all the recognition we can pile on her. This complaint has nothing to do with our fond memories of her).

We should all be upset that they took this step without consultation.  We should also wonder how or why the Vision Council decided to make this change in an in camera meeting.  I just re-read sections 165.1 and 165.2 of the Vancouver Charter which states that all meetings should be open and public except for very specific matters to do with legalities, personnel, and similar stuff. I would love to know from the City Solicitor how this change was allowed to be made in secret.

More importantly, I hope that the current batch of Councillors will reverse this decision and actually ask the residents of Grandview what they think.  By doing so they can prove themselves a lot more democratic than Reimer and Vision ever were.

 


Slacklining In The Park

April 25, 2019

 

I love it when slackliners come to practice at Salsbury Park.


In Salsbury Park Today

February 12, 2019

 

I think all the neighbourhood kids were here this afternoon; they were all over the park, just loving the snow and the slope.

Select the image for a closer view.