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What’s On East Van: September 27th Edition

27 Sep

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Vancouver International Film Festival – Rio Theatre-September 26 to October 11

The Vancouver International Film Festival is now under way until October 11th. The Rio Theatre has a great line of films showing for the festival.  To see the full line up, visit Rio Theatre.

Climate Strike Day Of Action – Everywhere – September 27

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, teenager and climate activist, Greta Thunberg, has shaken the tree on the issue of climate change. We all have a stake in this issue. What we do and don’t do matters.  So this Friday, expect more voices and actions in support of the Climate Strike.  Many local businesses will be closed such as MEC, Plenty + Spare, Bandidas Taqueria, Earnest Ice Cream and LUSH in support of the Climate Strike and transit will be busy. Recommend planning ahead.

Mrkt By Make It! – Croatian Cultural Centre – September 27 – 29

The local handmade movement comes to the Croatian Cultural Centre this weekend.  Mrkt by Make It! kicks off Friday at 5:00 pm and goes till 9:00 pm.  It continues Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  There will be over 100 Canadian artists and makers on hand with a wide variety of items including clothing, accessories, home décor, gourmet edibles, body care and yes, stuff for the guys.  And if that’s not enough, food trucks and a bar.  Advance admission is $2.50 or $5.00 at the door. Check online for $2 off admission.

June Hunter Fall Studio Sale – 2785 Parker Street – September 28 & 29

East Van artist and nature photographer June Hunter is hosting her Fall Studio Sale this weekend. Her backyard studio is located at 2785 Parker Street in the Hastings Sunrise area.  She’s have many beautiful creations perfect for gift giving for the nature lover, or for yourself.  There will be jewellery, tiles, prints, cushion covers, tote bags and much more.  As always, refreshments and nibbles will be available and very easy and relaxed way to do some shopping.

Repair Café – Vancouver Hack Space – September 29

Do you have something that’s broken?  Maybe a household item that needs fixing? If so, you are invited to stop by Vancouver Hack Space at 1601 Venables Street this Sunday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and bringing your item that needs fixing. It can be a small appliance, textile, computer, bike or jewellery.

Vancouver Improv Fest – The Cultch – This Weekend

The Cultch is hosting the Vancouver Improv Fest which is on now until September 28th.   There’s a whole lot of talent hitting the stage for this event  Tickets range between $18 and $22.  To see the full line and to grab your tickets, visit The Cultch.

The Shipment – Firehall Arts Centre – This Weekend

SpeakEasy Theatre’s critically acclaimed production The Shipment is on now at the Firehall Arts Centre until October 5th.  Korean-American playwright Jean Lee brings to the stage a modern minstrel show about black identity meant to wake the world to the ridiculous narratives in dominant media.  For tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

June Hunter Fall Studio Sale September 28 & 29, 2019

23 Sep

JuneHunterStudioSale2019East Van artist, June Hunter, is hosting a Fall Studio Sale Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th.  If you follow us regularly, you know we are big fans of her work.  Vancouver’s urban nature features prominently in June’s work as do some iconic East Van landmarks. If you wish to know more about the crows and other birdlife that inhabit the green space in our neck of the woods, you may wish to check out some of her blog posts. June also captures some truly amazing photos of the visitors that come to her idyllic backyard. During her Studio Sales, June transforms her working space to showcase all her creative works which include cushion covers, jewellery, small prints, large scale wall art, totes, wall decals and more. She has lots of beautiful new designs this Fall which will help you bring a touch of nature indoors.  Her rescue dog Geordie is usually on hand as ambassador to greet you. June Hunter’s Studio is located at 2785 Parker Street (one block west of Renfrew – between Hastings St. and First Avenue). The Studio Sale runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

If you are not able to attend this weekend’s Studio Sale, we invite you check out her online shop which is open 24/7.  You can also find some of June’s pieces at Doctor Vigari Gallery, 1816 Commercial Drive and Bird on A Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street.

 

$10,000 Reward Offered For The Safe Return Of Canuck The Crow

4 Sep

CanuckReward$10,000In case you missed the recent news, the infamous local crow, Canuck The Crow, has not been seen since August 30th.  His human friend Shawn Bergman is concerned for his well being and his mate, Cassiar, has been calling for him, as Canuck became a parent this year.   Canuck also recently became a federally protected bird. Recent possible sightings haven’t turned up anything as yet.  Canuck has 2 ankle bracelets one orange and the other silver which makes him unique as for sighting him. If you have any information on his whereabouts or a possible sighting, Shawn Bergman asks that you get in touch with him ASAP. You can reach him at canuckandi@gmail.com. You can also message him through Facebook at Canuck and I.

Fresh Local Produce + Artisans At Community Market August 16th

30 Jul

CucumbersThe Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street (near Nanaimo and Hastings) is hosting another Community Market Friday, August 16th  from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  You can expect to find fresh produce, preserves, snacks, seeds, popcorn, activities for the kids. There will be some local artisans including Jessica Woo of Perching Art Clay will be back along side City Beet Urban Farm and Golden Era Burger food truck.  We hear there will be some great fresh local produce on hand at a low cost. Also, post market, Kiwassa’s Youth Program will be featuring an outdoor climate change film screening.  For more info,  visit Kiwassa.ca.

Kiwassa Community Market Friday July 5th

1 Jul
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The Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street (near Nanaimo and Hastings) is hosting a Community Market this Friday, July 5th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  You can expect to find fresh produce, preserves, snacks, seeds, seedlings, coffee, activities for the kids along side local artisans one of which will be Jessica Woo of Perching Art Clay.  Check out some of these beautiful designs she’s created.

Vancouver City Council Washing Their Hands Of Notre Dame Debacle

30 May

 

For those that follow us regularly, you will know we are big fans of East Van artist, June Hunter.  We have a mutual love, admiration and respect for urban nature and wildlife that call East Van home.  June and her Notre Dame Neigbours organized a peaceful group last Fall to oppose a large stadium being built at Notre Dame Secondary School in Hastings Sunrise.  If you are not up to speed on the issue, check out our last post What Does Community Really Mean? for some background. A big part of the quest is to save a small piece of urban nature, some poplar trees that line the City street next to Notre Dame Secondary School.  Today, we provide you with an update. It was learnt that an error was made in respect of this development application (admitted as such by City staff), but alas Vancouver City Council appears to have washed their hands of this issue and passed the matter to the Development Permit Board for decision which will be made on June 10th. No consultation has been done with the community, no traffic impact studies, noise implications addressed or environmental concerns, nothing.  So this is a Council that was elected to ‘do things differently’, so they say to get your vote.   But are they really doing things differently?  You be the judge.

We now share Notre Dame Neighbour’s letter to elected members of Vancouver City Council and Mayor Kennedy on this issue:

While the fate of our neighbourhood is a relatively small municipal matter, the character of a city is made up of these “small” issues and how they are dealt with. The principles that are being ignored in this situation are vital ones. Allowing them to slide says something disturbing about our city.

The permit process has been unfair from the start. Front line Permit staff were not correctly briefed on the content of the original permit (DE410128) and went on to treat the matter, in error, as a minor permit amendment for months. Although they were forced to admit the mistake in late March 2019, the process has still not been amended in any meaningful way. Now there is a rush to get it over the finish line by June 10, only weeks after it was “discovered” to be a new permit application at all.

Because of all this confusion, no independent studies have been done on safety, traffic, parking, noise and environmental problems posed by the stadium. A 2018 one-sided “Tree Risk Assessment” has been allowed to supersede an earlier, far more complete, Arborist report that said the trees on Kaslo could be saved by setting the field back by 5.5 metres.

While this may seem a minor matter,  is top of mind for many of the people living in our neighbourhood. 360 of us signed a petition to that effect, and many people wrote letters to the City of Vancouver on the topic. As Vancouver taxpayers, we stand to have our lives turned upside down by this project. Beneficiaries of the stadium are students, parents, staff, alumni of a private school, many of whom do not live in Vancouver, let alone close enough to the school to be affected.

We accept that our area is becoming denser as more people need housing. Housing people is a necessity and a  moral issue. A recreational facility for people who drive here and leave is not.

 This issue could well come back to haunt Council later. Notre Dame School insists that their stadium will be used very occasionally for school games, drawing negligible traffic. If you look at the cases of St. Patrick’s School in Toronto and Immaculata High School in Ottawa the potential problems are made crystal clear. In each example the sports fields there are rented extensively, causing traffic and noise problems sufficient to destroy local quality of life. Legal action is pending in Toronto, and City officials in both cities are left scrambling to retroactively solve the problem. 

Once a permit is issued, there will, as far as we can tell, be nothing preventing Notre Dame School from emulating the revenue-gathering practices of these Ontario schools, in spite of current  assurances to the contrary. 

Vancouver Council has a chance to get in front of this issue now and take a greater interest in what it really means for our neighbourhood — and for other Vancouver neighbourhoods where similar issues will no doubt be arising soon.

This council was recently elected on the promise to do business differently than the previous Vision Council, with more listening to, and consulting with, citizens.

I have asked them look at this matter again. Live up to the promise: halt the rubber stamping Development Permit Board meeting, and subject this project to proper scrutiny.” 

So is it the same old same old at City Hall?  The talk of being more open and transparent and having community consultations seems a line only intended for the election news cycle.

What Does Community Really Mean? Notre Dame Neighbours Are Learning It Doesn’t Include Them

28 Mar

NotreDameNeighboursLogoFor those that follow us regularly, you will know we are big fans of East Van artist, June Hunter.  We have a mutual love, admiration and respect for urban nature and wildlife that call East Van home.  June Hunter and many of her neighbours organized last Fall to form a peaceful group called Notre Dame Neighbours to oppose a large stadium and artificial turf field.  This development application was proposed in 2004 – 2005 by Notre Dame School located in Hastings Sunrise. The school is just steps from June Hunter’s home.  In 2004-2005, Notre Dame School had revealed plans for a new campus, sports stadium and removal of the perimeter poplar trees.  Residents were fine with the new building, but opposed the sports stadium and tree removal.  So after some back and forth, a compromise was reached and Notre Dame School agreed to build a grass practice field instead of the stadium and keep the trees.   The building was finished a few years ago, but the sports field construction never took place.NotreDameNeighboursConcerns

In September 2018, residents learnt purely by accident that Notre Dame School had submitted a request for a minor amendment to the 2008 building permit to the City of Vancouver. But the amendment was far from minor, it was basically the original development plan submitted in 2004-2005 that was opposed by residents. This time around, funny thing, neither the City of Vancouver or Notre Dame School informed the residents of the proposed changes to the development application.

Last winter Notre Dame Neighbours started a letter writing campaign to get more information which continues you to this date with Freedom of Information requests and minimal helpful response from the City of Vancouver.

Hundreds of local residents have signed a petition, citing urgent concerns around parking, traffic safety, noise, and loss of green space and asking that the matter be moved to a new building permit process so that all of those important matters can be properly studied. Notre Dame Neighbours will hand this petition over to the City next week. If you wish to get a sense of the timeline of events, Notre Dame Neigbhours have prepared one, see Timeline.

We appreciate development and change are necessary as part of a growing City, but the communities we live in are shared by everyone who lives and works there.  That includes the wildlife and birdlife that June Hunter regularly features in her art work and on her blog.  She truly provides a bird’s eye view into the variety of species that call East Van home.  June Hunter is committed to saving her urban forest and on doing research on the topic, learnt that urban forests play an important role in climate change. June also learnt of an interesting new project called Citizen Cool Kit being discussed by the University of BC Forestry Department.  It’s an initiative encouraging local neighbourhoods to come together to lower their carbon footprint.  The view is that it is an all community based effort to combat climate change.  An important aspect of this is maintaining and enhancing our urban forests.

What we don’t like about development in Vancouver is when the City slamming the door on residents trying to get access to information about what’s happening in their own neighbourhoods.  The Notre Dame Neighbours were hopeful with a new Council having been elected last fall that there might be more transparency and although they did get a few ears after much persistence, they do feel left out of the process. Considering the repercussions that residents would have to deal with including extra noise, traffic and a host of other issues, Notre Dame Neighbours should be party to the discussions that affect their daily lives.

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There is an Open House happening at Notre Dame School, 2880 Venables Street on Wednesday, April 3rd from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The timing is a little suspect, as those with families, working and commuting, may find it challenging to make that time.

We at ILiveInEastVan are passionate about community, we all share the spaces we live  whether apartment buildings, churches, schools, streets, roadways, parks, the air, all of it.  So this one has us a bit perplexed as it’s Notre Dame Secondary School, a school which is founded on God and Community and espouses values to its student, faculty and alumni. This is what they state as their values on the school’s website and we quote (our emphasis in bold):

LOVE

We are committed to loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our souls and all our minds, and to loving our neighbours as ourselves.

SERVICE

With Jesus Christ as our model we serve our own community and respond to the needs of the greater community through prayer and good works.

COMMUNITY

Students, teachers and staff, parents, pastors and parishes, and alumni work together as the Notre Dame community. We foster healthy relationships  between  all members of the community and we respect. 

So when they speak of community, do they mean only amongst themselves?  It certainly is the impression that the Notre Dame Neighbours are left with at this juncture.

If you wish to contact the City about this development application, you are welcome to write to Project Developer, Andrew Wroblewski at email Andrew.wroblewski@vancouver.ca or Director of Planning, Gil Kelly email Gil.Kelly@vancouver.ca.  If Vancouver wishes to continue touting itself as one of the Greenest Cities In The World, they may wish to try and keep more of what makes it green.

If you wish to learn more, visit Notre Dame Neighbours:NotreDameNeighboursStopTheStadium

Web site: www.notredameneighbours.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ndneighbours/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ndneighbours

 

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