West End Neighbours upset over proposed high-rise

West End residents say the city hasn't provided adequate consultation for a proposed high-rise at Georgia and Cardero. Submitted Photo www.condoinvancouver.ca

West End residents say the city hasn’t provided adequate consultation for a proposed high-rise at Georgia and Cardero. Submitted Photo http://www.condoinvancouver.ca

The West End Neighbours Association held a press conference yesterday criticizing the city’s approval of a 26-storey tower at Georgia and Cardero they say is in conflict with the coal harbor community plan.

The WEN members say that the city did not consult the community about additional density added to the building that was formerly zoned at a maximum of 13 storeys.

On Sep 17 the city held an open house about the project and on Oct. 22 the urban design panel approved the rezoning proposal.

They say in that time and to date the city has made public no information about any community amendment contributions by the developer, Bosa properties. The city also contributed a portion city owned land to the project that the WEN says is in conflict with the Coal harbor community plan.

NPA City Council candidate Rob McDowell attended the press conference and said  he can see why the residents frustrated with the development.

“This is another example of the city approving these developments again and again without proper input from the community,” McDowell said.

McDowell said this project is tricky because it is in an area sitting between the West End and Coal Harbor community plans.

“These people are angry because they feel they are being kept in the dark,” McDowell said. “And their not wrong.”

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Park Board to save Beaver Lake

The Park Board voted to revitalize Beaver Lake before a new board is  elected Nov. 15.  Photo by Matt Northam

The Park Board voted to revitalize Beaver Lake before a new board is elected Nov. 15. Photo by Matt Northam

At it’s last meeting before a new board is elected next month The Vancouver Parks Board passed a vote on an extensive and potentially costly plan to revitalize Beaver Lake in Stanley Park.

In January 2011 The Parks board outlined its Stanley park ecological action plan. At the top of the list of objectives, its top priority is to save Beaver Lake from drying up and becoming a part of the forest. Due to non- ecological influence over the last hundred years the lake will dry up, possibly, within the next decade.

Last minute move to save lake

The board has identified beaver lake as a critical wetland habit and without action to mitigate human influence it will not survive.

A series of public open houses were held throughout 2013 which outlined four options for the late with varying degrees of impact to the area. Widespread support in favor of an option that would see an observation deck installed with man made islands, having the a marginal impact on the eco system and with cost considerations.

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City Council to vote on real grass for women’s world cup

A city council vote could see real grass at BC Place for the 2015 women's world cup. Photo by Jon Fowler

A city council vote could see real grass at BC Place for the 2015 women’s world cup. Photo by Jon Fowler

 

If a City Council vote to lay real grass inside of BC Place, which currently has an artificial turf, for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup games passes Tuesday the City could be on the hook for the $250, 000 bill.

The motion, filed by Councillor Carr, will be voted on at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Carr’s motion states that failing to provide real grass for the seven games, including the final, would damage Vancouver’s reputation. The report also references the Manchester, Whitecaps game where Manchester refused to play in Vancouver unless real grass was provided for the match and their demands were met.

Carr hopes the province and BC Place will chip in

The decision to install the grass does not lie with the City. If the motion is passed, council will push the province and PAVCO, the company that operates BC Place, to follow through with installing the real grass. However, there is a clause in the motion stating that should PAVCO decline to cover the estimated $250,000 the installation would cost that it would come out of the City’s operational budget.

Decision would ultimately be up to FIFA

PAVCO manager of marketing and communication Duncan Bloomfeild said that while installing real grass for the event for the event is a great idea, that decision would have to come from FIFA. “Any decision to make changes to the event would come down from FIFA, as it stands we’ve meet all their requirements.”

The event is expected to be the largest women’s sporting event in the world to date.

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BCCLA files class action suit against spy agency

Business and photography student Cameron Bower, 19, is one of millions of Canadians that may have been  spied on  by national electronic intelligence agency since 2001.

Business and photography student Cameron Bower, 19, is one of millions of Canadians that may have been spied on by a national electronic intelligence agency since 2001.

 

If the government wants to continue spying on Canadians online they may soon have to pay per view.

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association filed a proposed class action suit Tuesday on behalf of all Canadians who have used wireless devices since 2001. The BCCLA alleges Canadians may have been spied on by Communications Security Establishment Canada, the national electronic intelligence agency.

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Langara RMT program to offer cheap massages to students

Langara registered massage therapy student Jeff Gabert is looking forward to using his skills to at discount massage therapy sessions beginning May 8. RMT students use a variety of techniques from classical Swedish massage to hydrotherapy on clients as part of their student practicum.

Langara’s registered massage therapy program is taking its hands-on learning approach and applying it to the backs of cash-strapped, stressed-out students.

Starting next semester, students in Langara’s registered massage therapy program will be offering discounted sessions every Thursday and Friday at their new campus on West Broadway.

An hour-long session with a registered massage therapist, or RMT, can run upwards of $100, but Langara RMT students will be offering them at a far lower price starting on May 8.

Discounts for students 

“We’re going to have the students working on the public. We’ll have about six rooms and it’s only $40 to get an hour-long treatment,” said RMT student Jeff Gabert. “And if you’re a Langara student it’s half off.”

The clinics could provide some relief for those on a fixed budget.

“I use a standing desk at home, but my back still feels the stress during exam periods. Unfortunately, as a student the regular cost of a massage is too expensive,” said science student Breanna Messerschmidt. “A student discount would make it far more accessible.”

The RMT program is offering the discount sessions as part of an in-house practicum, which program instructor Dae Backus said is one of the ways its students get the best possible professional training.

Building relationships 

“We’re making relationships with the hospitals and health care facilities,” said Backus.  “We’ve got an agreement with Vancouver Coastal Health and we’re hoping to get the students into VGH, GF Strong [Rehabilitation Centre] and some of the other long-term care and brain and spinal institutes.

“When Langara started offering this program, the massage therapy community was actually quite excited because they knew a quality program would be educating their future colleagues,” said Backus.

The students hope they can take all the technical skills they are learning in the program and put them to practical use.

“We’re all here because we want to help people. Some of us have a more holistic spiritual approach, some of us are more physiological, but the emphasis is on the physiology side and there’s real science behind what we’re doing,” Gabert said.

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Citizenship and Immigration streamlines student work permits

Under the new regulations students will no longer be able to bank time at school towards permanent residency requirements.

Under the new regulations students will no longer be able to bank time at school towards permanent residency requirements.

Come June 1, it will be more tempting for international students to study in Canada but no easier to gain permanent residence.

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Students need more than a degree to get hired

As the spring semester winds down Langara students heading into the workforce may need more than their degrees to land the careers they want.

“If you have someone to vouch for you from within a company or a personal connection rather than just going with a paper application, you’re much more likely to find employment,” said Sean Padley, who teaches in the co-operative education department.

 

Experience over degree

“The bottom line is that work experience counts,” he said. “You can’t just assume that you’re going to get hired into a management-level job just because you have a management degree.”

B.C. youth unemployment above average

Canada’s December 2013 Labour Market Bulletin showed youth unemployment in British Columbia at 13.2 per cent, which is above the provincial unemployment rate of 6.6 per cent.

The BC Liberals claim 100,000 new jobs will be created in the province in the next decade, with roughly half of them in skilled trades and technical fields.

Langara geography student Ali Harris studied communications at Capilano University and works for a company doing marketing and branding for wineries. After working in that field she realized communications wasn’t for her.

Langara student Ali Harris thinks students should work in their chosen field while they study.

Langara student Ali Harris thinks students should work in their chosen field while they study.

Try out careers before committing

“I personally think people should be working within their fields while they’re in school if that’s possible,” Harris said. “That way you can actually see if you like it because I decided pretty quickly that it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

Harris says she will continue to work in communications while she studies at Langara because it pays the bills.

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