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Protect Our Parks

Protect Our Parks

The Provincial Government has been asked to approve the Vancouver ABC Party motion to abolish the Vancouver Park Board.  Unless there is massive opposition presented to the Provincial Government this is what they may do.  Once the Park Board is abolished parcels of park lands may be reallocated (sold) for other purposes, most likely starting with housing. The only thing that can stop this is a massive individual email campaign to provincial MLAs, cc’d to the Vancouver City Councillors and VPB Commissioners….

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The Long Green Line – Shaking Hands with History

The Long Green Line – Shaking Hands with History

A brief historical account of the Vancouver Park Board, with SUPPORT for its continuation Submitted by Terri Clark, Park Board Communications Officer for 35 years, now retired. I arrived in Vancouver in 1973, straight out of University in Washington DC. I was 23 and a new Permanent Resident with zero knowledge about the Vancouver Park system. That was soon to change. My newly minted Communications Degree seemed a perfect fit for a job offered on the notice board at the…

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Starting a Landslide – Three People at a Time

Starting a Landslide – Three People at a Time

Submitted by Nigel Peck I have been working more or less full time to do my part to try to save the Vancouver Park Board since December 13th, 2023. You can get more information about that effort through links at the bottom.  Overall the effectiveness of those seven weeks of work feels pretty marginal. In particular, it feels challenging that talking to people who I expected to know more about the issue, constantly illustrates that people are not aware of…

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New Brighton Restoration – Update

New Brighton Restoration – Update

November 2023 Work Parties Despite weather forecasts of continuous rain for the weekend of November 4th and 5th we had excellent New Brighton work parties under a mixture of glorious sun and some cloud and no rain for both work days. This means we have had 71 New Brighton work parties, most through the winter months without any significant precipitation. We got a lot done but still have several hundred native perennials left to plant. Next New Brighton Work Parties are scheduled for…

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New Brighton – Oct 20, 2023 Update

New Brighton – Oct 20, 2023 Update

Submitted by Nigel Peck November’s approach heralds two years of effort to improve the environment at New Brighton. We’ve worked hard to remove invasive species and enhance biodiversity through the planting of native perennials, roses and shrubs. Our efforts are making a difference with Woolly Sunflower, Douglas Aster, Goldenrod, Nodding Onion, and Large Leaved Lupines now dotting the hillock overlooking to the east. There are now about 100 native roses (Nootka, Prickly Wild, and Wood’s Roses) and shrubs (Indian Plum,…

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Robert’s Bank T2 Project – Update

Robert’s Bank T2 Project – Update

Union of BC Indian Chiefs passed a resolution calling for an immediate pause to the Roberts’ Bank Terminal 2 development. Wording from their resolution includes: UBCIC Chiefs Council calls for an immediate pause of RBT2 development which stands to have critical impacts on the title, rights, and treaty rights of First Nations in BC and the USA, including infringement on the right to access marine resources for food, social and ceremonial use. See their open letter to federal and provincial…

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Roberts Bank Terminal 2 – Update

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 – Update

Opportunity to send your comments to BC Government’s Environmental Assessment Office by June 8 It was with great sadness that many of us heard the news of our Federal Government’s approval on April 20, 2023 of the expansion for Roberts Bank Terminal 2, although the approval did include 370 legally binding conditions.  Our Provincial Government is now considering this expansion project and has invited public comment until June 8th. Comments are to be submitted through the BC Environmental Assessment Office….

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New Brighton Restoration Project – 23 Apr 2023 Update

New Brighton Restoration Project – 23 Apr 2023 Update

Report and Photos by Nigel Peck Perhaps I am just getting old and sentimental, or perhaps having over a month since the last New Brighton work party, or that the forecasted raindrops held off until precisely the minute we stopped working – but Sunday’s work party seemed particularly sweet. Looking at our record, it has now been 42 full work days over 15 months – mostly in the winter and early spring months, that we have not had any appreciable…

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Approval of Roberts Bank Terminal-2

Approval of Roberts Bank Terminal-2

Letter from Roger Emsley, Executive Director of Against Port Expansion Community Group I am amazed and disgusted in the decision from the federal government today. At 1330hrs (PST) today – April 20 – Ministers Wilkinson (Natural Resources) and Alghabra (Transport) announced the approval of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project by way of a virtual announcement on Zoom. Missing at the announcement were Minister Guillbeault (Environment) and Qualtrough (MP for Delta), which is telling in itself. You may well ask…

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Old Growth Conservancy – Cypress Mountain

Old Growth Conservancy – Cypress Mountain

Snowshoe Walk – Thursday, March 23, 2023 Submitted by Caroline Penn Nestled inside the elbow of one of the hair-pin turns of the road to Cypress Mountain is the Old Growth Conservancy. It is a 54-hectare forest located at an elevation of 760 metres just south of the Works Yard. The area was saved from development as a golf course in 1990, and is now conserved and protected by municipal bylaw. Like many old growth forests, it is a mix…

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