Citizens comment on proposed new City “wordmark” (Result: Approved 22-Feb-2017)


Proposed new “wordmark”

(Epilogue: City Council approved the new “wordmark.” You can see the discussion on web video by going to the agenda for the meeting.)

Updated: On 22-Feb-2017, this topic was discussed and the “wordmark” adopted officially by Vancouver City Council this afternoon (Wednesday, February 22, 2017).

Visit this link for agenda and archive video. Below is an excerpt of the City staff report, followed by comments we received from Ian, a CityHallWatch reader.

vision-vancouver-priorities-logo-web-23-feb-2017We have also long-noted the similarity between the ruling party’s (Vision Vancouver) colours (see left, and the municipal government’s official colours. Until recently, Vision’s colours were absolutely identical to the City of Vancouver colours. A coincidence, or subliminal message?

From City staff report (PDF) for February 22, 2017: In 2006, Vancouver City Council adopted a visual identity program to help Vancouver’s citizens and businesses quickly and easily recognize the vast array of programs, services and information delivered to them by their municipal government. This consistent visual identity also made the City more approachable, and supported Vancouver’s reputation as one of the world’s most livable cities.

The City of Vancouver identified the opportunity in June 2016 to refresh its visual identity in light of changing city demographics, evolving popular culture including the increased reliance on social media for communication, and keeping pace with change. A simplified wordmark has been developed which presents an updated image of the City of Vancouver as a modern, innovative and highly desirable place to live and work. More:



Comments submitted to City Council 21-Feb-2017, from citizen Ian:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
3. New City Wordmark

I most strongly recommend you reject with prejudice the adoption of this proposal.
There is nothing particularly imaginative about this logo. It’s boring, uninspired and indistinct. There is nothing to suggest a sense of place. Continue reading

Open house on rezoning of Ryerson Church site (2195 West 45th): Feb 27 (Mon). Ryerson Neighbours list concerns.

ryerson-8791We have received information from Ryerson Neighbours, a community group concerned about a development proposal for 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver.  They are trying to raise awareness about the proposal and their concerns.

A city-hosted public open house is scheduled as follows:
Ryerson Memorial Centre (2195 W. 45th)
Monday, February 27, 2017
5 to 8 pm

Official details of the proposal:

Text further below is copied from a flyer by Ryerson Neighbours. Download flyer: ryerson-neighbours-flyer-open-house-27-feb-2017

Dunbar Ryerson Church and co-developer Wall Financial have applied to the City of Vancouver to rezone properties in the 2100 and 2200 blocks West 45th Avenue for redevelopment that involves tearing down Ryerson Memorial Centre, gym and the neighbouring house plus three homes west of the Church.

In the current proposal, the condo tower is up to four storeys lower than the first rough scheme shown in 2015 but still places an 8-storey tower (with 9th floor mechanical penthouse) directly across the street from a one-storey house.

The group says that this is an unpopular proposal with neighbourhood homeowners and renters—even tower dwellers to the north who will have a tall obstacle in their views to the south.

Ryerson Neighbours


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Crab Park Vigil for DTES Missing Women, Feb 14


Notice received from  Don Larson, Brenda Arrance, Elliott McLaughlin
(Crab-Water for Life Society)

Annual Honor Our Women Vigil
takes place at the Memorial Boulder at Crab Park at Portside beside
the Pacific Ocean. Some people say that Crab Park itself is sacred space
at the foot of Main Street.

Bring drum. Bring Prayer. Bring Sacred Silence.

The time this Tuesday, February 14th at 11:00 AM and it will be
a small personal vigil that we have been doing for many years.

Please feel free to circulate the poster.

*This sacred space is currently under threat from Centerm Container Port Expansion.*

[Search for “Centerm” on for previous coverage.]


Audacity: bold ideas for planning communities (9th Annual SCARP Symposium, March 3, 2017 at UBC)


When: Friday, March 3rd, 2017 8:00am – 6:45pm
Where: The Great Hall, AMS Nest, 6133 University Boulevard, UBC, Vancouver
Cost: General $99 | Students $39
Twitter: @scarp_symposium
Facebook event: Audacity: 9th Annual SCARP Symposium

The School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC is excited to announce our upcoming 9th annual symposium, taking place on Friday, March 3rd, 2017. We invite professionals, academics and students to join us for a full day of discussion on planning issues.

Audacity, is about bold, daring ideas to inspire future planning initiatives. This theme takes a brave stance against the status-quo, and demands a push for new ideas, innovations, and actions.

Keynote Speakers:

severn2-768x465Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Severn is an Earth Charter Commissioner and Council Member; host of the APTN TV series ‘Samaqan Water Stories’; and board member of the David Suzuki Foundation. She has undertaken study of the endangered Xaayda kil (Skidegate dialect of the Haida language) and was a founding member of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society. Severn holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Yale University and an M.Sc. in Ethnoecology from the University of Victoria.

Second keynote TBA

Plus 11 dynamic, planning-related breakout sessions, workshops, and discussions.

PIBC members are eligible for 7 CPL credits.

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Open Houses: People, Parks, and Dogs Strategy (7 events Feb 11-Mar 4)

Dog off leash area, Trout Lake
Park Board has scheduled a series of Open Houses to receive input on its People, Parks, and Dogs Strategy. The schedule of the Open Houses is listed below:

  • Sat, Feb 11, 1:00pm–4:00pm (Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews)
  • Wed, Feb 15, 5:30pm–8:30pm (Langara Golf Course, Clubhouse , 6706 Alberta Street)
  • Sat, Feb 18, 1:00pm–4:00pm (Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street)
  • Mon, Feb 20, 5:30pm–8:30pm (Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street)
  • Sat, Feb 25, 1:00pm–4:00pm (River District Showroom, 8683 Kerr Street)
  • Wed, Mar 1, 5:30pm–8:30pm (Central Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street)
  • Sat, Mar 4, 1:00pm–4:00pm (PNE, The Hastings Room, 2901 Hastings Street)

The Park Board is seeking feedback on key draft recommendations in this Round 2 of public consultation. The presentation boards are available on the Park Board website.

Vancouver population 631,486 in 2016 Census, and 25,502 unoccupied dwelling units

Vancouver skyline winter

Statistics Canada revealed that Vancouver’s population increased to 631,486 residents, as part of the 2016 Census count. This is an increase of 4.6% from the previous 2011 population count of 603,502. As well, the Census also showed that 25,502 residential dwelling units were unoccupied at the time of the Census (May 10, 2016). The overall population of Canada increased to 35,151,728 residents, representing 5.0% growth since 2011.

The population of Surrey increased to 517,887, a 10.6% increase from 2011. Other Canadian cities with high rates of growth in the same time frame included Calgary (13.0%), Edmonton (14.8%) and Saskatoon (10.9%). More moderate population growth was recorded in Toronto (4.5%), Ottawa (5.8%) and Winnipeg (6.3%). The largest city in Canada was Toronto, with 2,731,571 residents and a population density of 4,334.4 people per square kilometre. In contrast, the city of Vancouver’s population density was 5,492.6 people per square kilometre. Vancouver is a denser city than Toronto.

Statistics Canada hired 35,000 additional workers for the 2016 Census; hundreds of enumerators went door to door in Vancouver alone over a four-month period to follow-up and verify data in the field. Statistics Canada counted all residential dwelling units across Canada and recorded the number of residents per unit. Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, foreign workers and students with visas were all included in the population count (excluded were tourists and visitors). One in four residents completed a mandatory long form census.

A total of 309,418 private dwelling units were recorded in Vancouver. 283,916 private dwelling units were occupied by usual residents; in other words, 25,502 residential units were unoccupied on Census Day. The Statistics Canada website notes:

‘Private dwelling occupied by usual residents’ refers to a private dwelling in which a person or a group of persons is permanently residing. Also included are private dwellings whose usual residents are temporarily absent on May 10, 2016.

An unoccupied dwelling unit could be an investment property left empty, or it could be a rental unit without a tenant. The City of Vancouver received a report in March of 2016 that claimed there are 10,800 empty homes by examining hydro (electricity consumption) data from 225,000 homes (this figure of 10,800 empty homes is 14,702 less than the count of unoccupied dwelling units by StatsCan).

Statistics Canada has scheduled the following dates to release additional results from the 2016 Census of Population:

  • May 3, 2017 – Age, sex and type of dwelling
  • August 2, 2017 – Families, households, marital status and language
  • September 13, 2017 – Income
  • October 25, 2017 – Immigration, ethnocultural diversity, housing and Aboriginal peoples
  • November 29, 2017 – Education, labour, journey to work, language of work, mobility and migration

The Census included mechanisms to count homeless, as well as people living in tents, cars, or other vehicles. Data collected for the Census is strictly confidential and covered by the Statistics Act.


Population changes varied over Vancouver. A number of Census tracts recorded population declines (orange). Population increases are shown in purple (see legend). Click on image to see original high-resolution PDF.

Community Centre Associations – Joint Operating Agreements: Crucial meeting Feb 9 (Thu), Decision Feb 16 (Thu)

Killarney Community Centre[Update: The Feb 8 meeting was postponed to Feb 9 due to storm weather warnings.]

As we have reported before, the long-standing discussions about “Joint Operating Agreements” for Vancouver’s Community Centre Associations are approaching a critical point. In December, a group that includes 15 of the 20 CCAs issued a statement opposing the revised proposed text of the JOAs.  Unless modifications are made, it is likely that the CCAs will return to the BC Courts with a lawsuit.

Crucial meetings are happening this week and next, as follows, and public participation is important. See bottom for “what you can do.” Click here for examples of messages to e-mail to Park Board commissioners.

Special Board Meeting:
Community Centre Association Joint Operating Agreement

  • Feb 8 (Wed) 6:00 pm: Staff presentation and speakers, at SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings St [Note: The Feb 8 meeting was postponed to Feb 9 due to snowy weather conditions.]
  • Feb 9 (Thurs) 6:00 pm, at SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings St
  • Feb 16 (Thurs) 6:00 pm: Board discussion and vote, at Vancouver Park Board Administration Office, 2099 Beach Ave

Please visit the Park Board website for the meeting agenda, and to sign up to speak.

For a comprehensive source of the most recent perspective by the “My Community Centre” group, please visit this website: Find them also on Twitter at @Vancouver_CCAs. E-mail is

The Kerrisdale Community Centre Society (KCCS) website also has a good summary of key issues from their perspective:

KCCS states “At this point, KCCS and many other CCAs are not likely to sign the proposed agreement.” Why? Based on the material received to date from the Park Board, the CCAs see too much that presents operational and legal difficulties:

  • Turning over to Park Board revenue from programs and services at each community centre;
  • Park Board can to implement policies at any time that could alter the terms of the agreement;
  • Conditions that violate the Income Tax Act for Registered Charities and the Societies Act;
  • Park Board can unilaterally cancel the agreement any time for any reason it chooses;
  • Overriding the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)(Canada); and
  • Allowing the Park Board to interfere in the CCAs’ internal affairs.

Below we include a few excerpts from their websites. There appears to have been very limited media coverage of this topic in the past several months.  Continue reading