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“Active transportation” plan for 2011 will see $2 million in pedestrian, cycling improvements

Pedestrians, cyclists and almost every city neighbourhood will benefit from $2 million in strategic “active transportation” investments proposed in this year’s capital spending program, headed to council for approval next week. (Details are in Ap…

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Want to improve pedestrian experience? Jan Gehl urges attention to achievements of traffic engineers

According to Danish architect Jan Gehl, a global leader in the development of active streets and successful public space, those who want to improve the lot of pedestrians

100% Vancouver: take long form census, add 100 first-time performers, stir, analyze. Repeat as needed.

100% Vancouver, the remarkable PUSH festival play that closes tonight, does the seemingly impossible: explore Vancouver through the eyes and voices of 100 first-time performers selected

100% Vancouver: take long form census, add 100 first-time performers, stir, analyze. Repeat as needed.

100% Vancouver, the remarkable PUSH festival play that closes tonight, does the seemingly impossible: explore Vancouver through the eyes and voices of 100 first-time performers selected

“Solution” to traffic congestion comes down to “let the rich pay” — and the rest can walk?

The alluring subhead on Andrew Coyne’s “Stuck in Traffic,” in the latest issue of Maclean’s, declares: “We now spend the equivalent of 32 working days a year

Inside the VFX industry: another look at wages, working conditions from employer standpoint

My Business in Vancouver column on the working conditions of Vancouver’s VFX workers, the people who produce digital special effects for the film industry, struck a nerve with many

ICBC numbers suggest Hornby bike lane will make big safety contribution for cyclists

Mike Howell’s report in the latest Courier highlights ICBC statistics showing Second and Main was the worst location in the city for crashes involving cyclists (22) between

Growing numbers of temporary foreign workers raise new issues for municipal governments

Even before the recent class action against Denny’s, launched by a large group of Filipino temporary foreign workers,  it was clear that this major change in Canada’

Regional Growth Strategy wins near-unanimous support, as Steves sounds warning on ALR

Richmond city councillor Harold Steves, who probably has done more than any other individual to save BC’s agricultural land from urban sprawl, was the sole vote

Filipino workers’ class action against Denny’s highlights uncertainties of temporary foreign workers’ status

The class action suit filed Monday by 50 Filipino temporary foreign workers against Denny’s Restaurants has shone a harsh light on a potentially serious problem for

View corridors are protected, not threatened, in downtown height review

The snow-capped Lions looked magnificent to me and my neighbours last weekend as we admired them from Charleson Park, the busy seawall location that marks the apex

Translink faces critical 90 days to achieve Evergreen funding, new long-term sustainability

With Campbell gone, is there anyone in Victoria who can deal on Translink funding for the Evergreen Line?

With the pillars of the new Port Mann Bridge

Cost of Hornby bike lane? About equivalent to two left turn lanes on Knight St.

How expensive is the Hornby bike lane? At $3.4 million, it is almost exactly the same price as two left turn lanes approved by council today

Victoria’s restructuring plans threaten employment services to immigrants

A complete restructuring of BC’s employment service centres now being imposed by Victoria could have a devastating impact on Vancouver residents, according to the leaders of the city’s

Cascadia high speed rail advocates plan strategy as Republicans take aim at rail investments

Three newly-elected Republican governors in the US have rejected federal high speed rail funding for their states — don’t ask me why — triggering turmoil along the

VFX artists, the worker bees of Vancouver’s booming digital sector, are looking for a raise

Vancouver’s buoyant film industry — which is overwhelmingly unionized — is building another driver of future economic growth with the expansion of the city’s booming digital special effects

Translink chair spells out transit funding challenges in farewell letter to Mayors

Outgoing Translink chair Dale Parker has issued a challenge to the region’s mayors as they gather this morning to elect a new chair.

Take Translink’s offer to fund the

Japanese-Canadian detainee tells council of Hastings Park’s darkest hours

The marathon council hearing into the proposed new Master Plan for Hastings Park, which will continue for at least another night, was sent back in time Tuesday

Seafield mass eviction a stark reminder of pressures facing city renters

The battle of the Seafield Apartments, which has seen a committed and united group of tenants hold off a landlord bent on evictions for more than two years,

Slow economy, unfunded liabilities pressure Vancouver 2011 budget

With taxpayers facing a two percent tax increase in this year’s budget – actually four percent after a proposed shift from business to residential taxpayers — it’s

They’re miserable in Toronto, but Vancouver is sad, too. Cheer up, people!

No doubt this news that Toronto is the saddest place in Canada provoked a lot of smirks out here in Lotusland.  The massive review by the

A gag order for city staffers at City Hall? Actually, no

When veteran city hall reporter and blogger Frances Bula got shut down by city communications staff this week, she blew a gasket.

There was no doubt in her

Did Emery Barnes pioneer campaign for separated bike lanes in 1973?

Who was the first to call for separated bike lanes in British Columbia?

This excerpt from Hansard, Sept. 24, 1973, suggests it may have been Emery Barnes,

Barrett’s view: “a new society, built on love, trust and understanding”

Dave Barrett

The careers of some political leaders seem to diminish with the passage of time, others grow in significance.

Former NDP Premier Dave Barrett seems to be

Dorsey review could trigger overhaul of collective bargaining across Metro

Metro Vancouver municipalities have undertaken a comprehensive review of how they bargain with their unions, a move that could trigger a complete overhaul of a system most large

City’s court petition details events that triggered receivership decision

Here, for those interested in the difficult road the Vision council has been forced to travel to unravel the Olympic Village problems left by Sam Sullivan’s NPA,

YVR forecasts no increase in $15 airport fee despite big capital plans

With its last five-year, $1.4 billion capital plan completed in time for the Olympics, YVR is at work planning another round of capital spending, airport CEO Larry

Dallaire’s “will to intervene” initiative forces us to think about how war and genocide could be prevented

The proclamation Mayor Gregor Robertson has scheduled to declare tomorrow, Nov. 12, as “Will to Intervene Day” in Vancouver is a modest but important contribution to Lt. Gen.

Chances that Translink supplement will be approved: about zero

Translink’s valiant effort to secure funding for new expansion, including the Evergreen Line and a mix of service improvements, met an icy reception yesterday from Metro mayors

Where are immigrant organizations’ voices in debate over new transit investments?

The debate over the future of Metro Vancouver’s transit system — particularly how much-needed expansion will be funded — has been dominated by politicians and some business groups.

Notably

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