Sunday, 20 May 2018

Proposed Vancouver school catchment changes triggers petition

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Parents in Yaletown are not happy with plans to change catchment boundaries of one elementary school in their neighbourhood.

One parent has even launched a petition, hoping the Vancouver School Board will not go through with the changes.

Shirley Anthony and her family have lived at their Yaletown home since 2013. Anthony and her husband were looking forward to their eldest daughter attending Elsie Roy elementary, which is adjacent to the Roundhouse Community Centre. Their daughter is already on a wait list to enter kindergarten at the school this September. It’s a school that is overcapacity, and as such, conducts lotteries for spaces in kindergarten.

Anthony is well aware of the capacity problem at Elsie Roy. She was prepared to see her daughter attend Crosstown, about a 20 minute walk away, for one year, until she could try again for a spot in Elsie Roy, a school one block away from their home on Alvin Narod Mews. But if catchment areas are redrawn, her daughter will no longer be able to switch to Elsie Roy.

“We walk by Elsie Roy elementary every day. My daughter always plays at the park right next to Elsie Roy. Many of her friends catchment are going to Elsie Roy,” explains Anthony.

She wonders what went into the school board’s new boundary decisions.

“We are literally a block away from Elsie Roy. There are a bunch of super tall highrise buildings that stretch to Crosstown elementary, yet are included in the Elsie Roy catchment.”

Besides launching an online and paper petition in her neighbourhood, Anthony plans to raise her concerns at a public meeting with the school board this week.

“There is a bigger story here, in that the Vancouver School Board is looking in the wrong place in trying to solve over-capacity. It needs to work with developers that are contributing to densification. Developers should be part of the solution.”

The school board is looking at rejigging boundaries at a number of schools in the downtown, Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant neighbourhoods.

Trustees will vote on the matter June 25.

The last of three public information sessions happens this Tuesday evening, at King George Secondary School.

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Jericho Wavechaser Paddle Series – Next One May 24 @ 1900H

Welcome to the Jericho Wavechaser Race Series 2018!

The Jericho Wavechaser is a 10 race series running every second Thursday from April 26 to Aug 30 off the beaches of the Jericho Sailing Centre.  The races are open to all levels of paddlers in outrigger, SUP, surfski, and kayak.  This is our 5th season, and we’re growing each year!

Courses vary depending on conditions, each race night has a short and a long course. Race entry is just $10, and for Jericho Sailing Centre members it’s $5!  Post race nosh and beverages upstairs at The Galley Patio & Grill where racers will receive Galley Specials on race night, catch the sunset from the best patio in the city!

We’ve got great sponsors providing all kinds of swag and prizes.  We’re stoked to have Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres on board to help run the races this year, and check out our sponsor page to see what else we’ve got in store!  
Registration opens at 6pm on race nights.  Race is at 7 pm with a mass start.  Prizes and results upstairs in the Jericho Sailing Centre members’ lounge after the last paddler is off the water.


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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Kits Pool is set to re-open Saturday after months of renovations and millions of dollars in repairs. The goal of the $3.3 million facelift was to make the ... Read more..

PHASE 3 Vancouver Board of Parks & Rec On-Water Strategy

Help inform the Draft Strategies and Actions for the Park Board’s On Water Strategy!

The Vancouver Park Board is developing On Water, Vancouver’s waterway recreation strategy to guide future planning relating to non-motorized watercraft activities, including the facilities that support these activities and emerging waterfront opportunities. 

We are now in Phase 3, our final phase of public engagement, and are looking for your feedback to help inform the draft strategies and actions. Join us at one of our upcoming events and fill in our online questionnaire at to let us know what you think! The Questionnaire will be available online by May 28th until July 2nd. 

Upcoming Open Houses and Workshops

Drop-in anytime and attend our open house (first hour) followed by an informal presentation and workshop. 

Wednesday, May 30th from 5-8pm, Creekside Community Centre,
1 Athletes Way

Saturday, June 9th from 11am – 2pm,  Jericho Sailing Centre,
1300 Discovery Street

Thursday, June 21 from 5-8 pm, False Creek Community Centre,
1318 Cartwright Street



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Friday, 18 May 2018

Resilience Billboard Project

Over the next two months, billboards across Canada will feature art by Indigenous women. This vast linear gallery, with unprecedented visibility for women’s stories, is an act of cultural reconciliation.

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It pays to invest in biodiversity

Rashid Sumaila, director of the Fisheries Economic Unit at UBC, wrote an op-ed for The Conversation about the benefits of biodiversity.

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