Heritage Dates For The Calendar

February 12, 2020

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation celebrates Heritage Week. The following details are from the VHF website:

Heritage Week 2020

 

Celebrating our cultural heritage and historic places

February 17 – 23, 2020

Heritage Week offers a chance to explore heritage across BC and Canada. In 2020 the theme is “2020 Vision: Bringing the Past into the Future”. The restoration and adaptation of heritage buildings is key to a sustainable future, preserving community and cultural spaces, retaining affordable retail and residential spaces and keeping usable building materials from landfills, all while enriching our streetscapes and neighbourhoods. The future also includes reconciliation with Indigenous communities and a more inclusive telling of the stories of the past for all communities. Join us as we explore the role of heritage in our future throughout Heritage Week, February 17th – 23rd.


Places That Matter Community Celebration
Wednesday, February 19th
6pm – 8:30pm
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
Free, and open to the public

Join us for a free evening of storytelling and community history along with community organization displays and refreshments.


Snow Day In Salsbury Park

January 15, 2020

 

Even with the snow falling at its most intense, the kids are having fun in the Park!


St. Paul’s Could Be Our Saviour

September 23, 2019

The wonderful old St Paul’s Hospital is now for sale.  It was announced some while ago that a new St Paul’s will be built on the False Creek Flats, and so the current 6.6 acre site in the West End has been put on the market.

I am sure any number of major developers are salivating at the prospect. However, what we don’t need are more high-end condo towers designed for foreign speculators and other 1%ers. In fact, the sales agent’s release itself notes that already “there are 11 active and 23 upcoming high-density condo projects in the Vancouver downtown core, delivering a total of 6,766 units.  The average price of these units are reaching up to $2,154 PSF.” That’s more than $2 million for a 1,000 sq.ft condo.

What we do need are a lot of low-income and lower-income rentals, and the old St. Paul’s offers a tremendous opportunity to supply those in the medium term by renovating the current structures.  Not only could this site supply a huge amount of affordable housing, it will save vast amounts of landfill space from any proposed redevelopment and, I am sure, will be cheaper to renovate than to demolish and rebuild.

The only question I have is whether we have any politicians, at any level of government, with the guts and the foresight to grab this opportunity and make it work for the working people of Vancouver?


Mount Pleasant Without Cars!

June 15, 2019

If any of my readers are planning on going to Main Street tomorrow for the Car Free Day event, I would urge them to look out for the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group Heritage Lounge which will  be in front of Heritage Hall.

They have a lot of interesting things to say about how that neighbourhood should recognize and integrate its heritage and history into the ongoing City Plan process.  Stop by and take a look.

 


More On Dogs, People, and Parks

September 13, 2016

I understand that the GWAC meeting last night regarding the potential new Parks Board policy about dogs in city parks was well-attended and polite in its questioning.

If you missed it (as I was obliged to), you have another chance tonight at an open house at Trout Lake Community Centre from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Parks Board says: “The goal of this round of consultation is to find out what is important to park users about dogs in Vancouver’s parks and beaches, including opportunities and challenges. Feedback from this round will inform preliminary design and policy recommendations that will be presented in a second round of consultation in early 2017. “


People, Parks, and Dogs

September 8, 2016

The Vancouver Parks Board has hired some whizz kids to develop a new policy for dogs in our city’s park system. They discuss this briefly on their website.  The Parks Board is keen to involve the public in the decision-making for this new Strategy and their site gives a number of ways in which you can contribute.

If this is of interest to you, you have a chance to say your piece at the next monthly Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) meeting on Monday night, September 12th. Meeting starts at 7:00pm and takes place at the Learning Resource Centre under Britannia Library. If you are not sure where this is, just visit the Britannia Info Centre at Napier and Commercial and they will happily direct you.


The Library in 2020

April 16, 2016

I use the Vancouver Public Library system a great deal, and I think it is a fine organization.  However, the management of VPL are wondering what it should look like in 2020, and they are asking the public to give their opinions and ideas.

“Your voice is a key part of how we’re developing the library’s next strategic plan, VPL 2020, which will guide us in meeting the future needs of the community and the city …

Two ways to participate

If you are concerned about this vital public resource, please take the time to have your say.