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.

Calendar Date: Putting Up The Fallen Walls

November 4, 2015

At noon on 12th November, at the CBC  Vancouver Broadcaster Centre Plaza, the new exhibit at the public art installation named The Wall will be officially unveiled.  The Wall is an initiative of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation in cooperation with the CBC, JJ Bean, and the City of Vancouver.

The new installation called by artist Faith Moosang is of particular interest to all of us concerned with development issues, history, and neighbourhood change:

“down. town. is a large-scale composite photograph created from 164 individual film frames, video stills and digital photographs gleaned from the CBC Archives and Wikimedia Commons. There were three questions behind the work – how many buildings have been demolished in downtown Vancouver between 1954 and 2015, how many of these demolitions were considered newsworthy and how does one represent the notion of absence or missing? … The high number of buildings that have gone missing from our collective landscape is indicative that humans are notorious for forgetting, and that what is normal is always shifting. Vancouver has a (short) long history of development in the pursuit of density and profit.”


Happy 20th Birthday to VPL

May 26, 2015

Library Exterior V copy

Our glorious Central Library was opened twenty years ago today!  It has been a joy to view and visit ever since.

[thanks to Eve Lazarus for the reminder]

Our Library Is The Very Best!

December 19, 2013


Our fabulous downtown library has been declared the very best in the world in a study compiled by the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany.  The study “analyzed the services and spaces, both digital and physical, of 31 libraries around the world and how they support learning and creativity in their respective cities.”

Good for the Vancouver Public Library and good for us all!

Save The Hollywood Theatre!

November 12, 2013

STH Rally poster letter size copy