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Vancouver’s March was one of the driest on record

Report on Vancouver housing plan shows progress in some areas, gaps in others

IIO files report for consideration of charges against VPD officers

Surrey RCMP searching for man last seen on March 24


On this week’s episode of BCIT Magazine, we bring you stories from around the Lower Mainland.

We feature the Vancouver Art Gallery‘s employees strike for less hours and more pay.

TransLink is curbing their pigeon problem with birth control.

Vancouver organization, Thank DOG I Am Out Rescue Society, held an event called “Meet Your Match” for people to meet and hopefully adopt rescued dogs,

This week’s show was anchored by Kareem Gouda and Aaron Guillen, and produced by Ash Murni and Sean Murphy.


Singh holds a press event at Metrotown, the center of the riding he aims to win. (BCIT News)


Jagmeet Singh held a rally at the Metrotown area of Burnaby Wednesday following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling by-elections in three Canadian ridings including Burnaby-South.

Singh took the opportunity to criticize Trudeau for allegedly purposefully leaving four seats vacant. He then pumped up the crowd to motivate support since Singh is seeking the Burnaby-South seat.

He was questioned as to what his relationship with Burnaby is given that he and his wife are currently renting a home in Burnaby. Before then, he never actually lived here for an appreciable length of time.

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Many Canadians and media outlets were caught somewhat flat-footed when the RCMP clashed with the Wet’suwet’en people Monday.

As this Google trend’s report illustrates, interest and coverage was fairly dormant until Violence broke out ahead of protests across the world.

Given that many people are learning about this situation as it unfolds, many are also playing catch-up with the background and context to this story that has many people still unsure about the What? So-what? and Why?

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The federal government has adopted strict new regulations on how to own and operate drones in 2019.

Part of these restrictions involve passing a knowledge test and registering the drone with Transport Canada.

Dr. Eric Saczuk, instructor at the BCIT geomatics department, says needing to take a test and registration  are moves in the right direction.

“The old regulations were vague and a registration program is required These two new requirements will work to at least make people think twice before flying them (drones) in an irresponsible manner.”

-Dr. Eric Saczuk, Instructor at BCIT Geomatics Department

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he Wet’suwet’en First Nation was unknown by many until earlier this year. However, when RCMP showed up in the small town of Houston, B.C. the world began to take notice.

RCMP went to Wet’suwet’en territory to uphold a B.C. Supreme Court injunction to remove a barrier that was blocking a service road that would be used for construction of the Coastal GasLink  pipeline project. The pipeline would bring liquefied natural gas from near Dawson Creek to a refining facility in the coastal town of Kitimat.

As attention drew towards the conflict, videos surfaced of RCMP, in accordance with the B.C. Supreme Court ruling, arresting 14 people at a blockade located on an access road essential to construction of the pipeline.

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The University of Guelph’s Food Price Report for 2019 is out and the price for meat and seafood is forecasting a drop in price for the first time in a decade.

Categories of meat have previously increased in price year over year. However, produce will not follow suit and eating healthy may be getting even more expensive.

The 2019 food report says that while meat is a bit cheaper, fruits and vegetables may offset that. Families will definitely feel a rise in costs next year.

Dietitian, Jessica Pirnak, says that for the average family of four your monthly grocery bill is already close to a thousand dollars.

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Student Spotlight: Divine Inspiration

Saboor Meherzad receiving his check for the student innovation challenge. May 28th, 2018

Divine Natural Foods is the brainchild of BCIT’s Saboor Meherzad. His products – nutritional mulberry snacks -– earned him top honours at both the Enactus Club’s Lion’s Lair competition and the BCIT Student Innovation Awards. I met up with Saboor to learn more about his journey from idea to product launch. While waiting for him on the Burnaby Campus, I stopped by the school convenience store and spotted his Divine Natural Bars on the shelf alongside titans of the healthy snack market: Larabar to the left, Sunrype to the right. Suddenly, to my right, Saboor walked in. He had a pleasant smile and gave me a firm handshake. He was more kind than Kind bars, so we sat down together to unwrap his past, and mull over the mulberry snack that turned him into an entrepreneur. Click here to read the full article.

City planners open doors to residents for feedback on new 1.5 billion dollar plan

The city of Vancouver is hosting a series of open houses to give residents a chance to look at the major changes coming to the False-Creek area. The North East False Creek (NEFC) plan was started back in 2015 with the idea of replacing the Georgia-viaducts with an improved, complete street network. Currently the designs are on display at 511 West Broadway but are being moved around to different neighborhoods to allow residents to take a look and offer feedback to the city planners. I spoke with the head of the NEFC plan, Holly Sovdi, who was discussing the motivations behind this plan.

“The time has passed for the Georgia viaduct. It is currently not seismically-sound and the costs of the upkeep are better allocated to improving the whole of the North-East False-Creek area.”

The NEFC is a massive undertaking which includes many new commercial and residential buildings, twenty percent of which are socialized affordable housing, expansion of existing roads and building a park and seawall along the waterway. Many people were generally pleased with these changes but others were concerned about what the changes could mean for transportation and their current living situation. I spoke with residents Norm and Yassam about their impressions and criticisms. Norm was rather interested in the timescale and parking.

“We were promised a park 30 years ago, when will we see it built? I also don’t see how these changes will work when we are strapped for parking as it is. They didn’t put any new lots as part of the plan and these new storefronts will make it hard for customers to park even remotely close to this new market.”

Yassam echoed many of those sentiments but was more concerned about there not enough new recreation spaces included in this plan.

“The current aquatic center is very old and there are no other public pools close to downtown. We don’t need a newer marina; we need a bigger community center that actually has a large pool.”

Holly assured residents that as far as traffic and parking go, “we are not anticipating dramatically increased traffic to downtown from east to west.

The NEFC and the city planners will be having another public viewing on Thursday November 23 from 2-6pm at the Chinatown Plaza. All are welcome to participate and voice their concerns about the future of false creek. The NEFC will be put before vancouver city council in the spring of 2018.

Sources: Holly Sovdi, Senior Planner, City of Vancouver


John Freeman, Sustainability planner, City of Vancouver

Phone: (604) 873-7276

 Yassam, Vancouver resident

 Norm, Vancouver resident

Produce Row, Strathcona Park Threatened by Proposed East-West Connector

Strathcona businesses and residents are staring down two very unsatisfying proposals by City Hall for an East-West connector through their neighborhood. The first option goes north from Malkin Avenue, cutting through Strathcona Park and removing community gardens. The other option goes south down the entire length of Malkin and disrupts “Produce Row,” the unofficial name of the produce distributers along the road. Businesses along Malkin would have to relocate since they require the calm nature of Malkin to operate their trucks.

Bryan Uyesugi, President of FreshPoint, has been instrumental in advocating for the future of Produce Row and working with Strathcona’s Residents Association (SRA) to counter with another development option down National Avenue.

“This option would allow us to maintain our businesses and preserve Strathcona Park. The costs of the plans in their current form far exceed development costs.”

The Parks Board is considering but in their assessment the National Avenue option would require 230 million dollars whereas the Malkin options only requires 130 million dollars.

SRA member, Dr. Michael Mandl has voiced his concerns about the health risks associated with bringing 25,000 additional vehicles, daily, through Strathcona.

“An increase in the fine particle pollution from cars leads to an increase in the rates of asthma in children under six, cardiovascular disease and autism from exposure during pregnancy.”

With last week’s election of Hector Bremner to City Council the future of this proposal may be less certain now with the NPA having a new seat at the table.

Sources: Bryan Uyesugi, President of FreshPoint business spokesman for Produce Row (604)-253-1551

                Dr. Michael Mandl, Health Advisor to SRA (Strathcona Residents Association)

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