December 3, 2020

Free Webinar~Transportation Alternatives~Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead with Department of Transportation Leaders

Presented in partnership with Active Transportation Alliance, BikeHouston, and Denver Streets Partnership

National politics can limit or expand the ambition and scope of what’s possible on our streets. Local transportation agencies must abide by federal rules to fund, develop, and construct new projects, and must allocate federal funding to infrastructure for cars, public transportation, walking, and biking. In the wake of the 2020 election, DOT leaders from across the U.S. will discuss how the incoming administration will shape the future of how we move around our cities.

Featuring: Danny Harris, Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives

Eulois Cleckley, Executive Director, Department of Transportation & Infrastructure, Denver, CO

David Fields, Chief Transportation Planner, Houston, TX

Jeffrey Sriver, Director of Transportation Planning & Programming. Chicago, IL

Jessica Zenk, Deputy Director, Transportation Planning & Project Delivery, San Jose, CA

Date:Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Time: 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

To register please click here.

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Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing Safe & Accessible Transportation Systems

On Wednesday, December 9th, America Walks will release a new White Paper on Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities and broadcast a live webinar featuring the author and members of the Project Advisory Board.

Funded through a Partnership for Inclusive Health Innovation Grant, this project has involved research, key informant interviews, and expert analysis to understand how people with disabilities are currently engaged in tribal community planning processes, and develop recommendations for expanding inclusion and ensuring the design and construction of safe and accessible transportation systems.

White Paper author Yamelith Aguilar will describe her research and key findings around tribal culture, existing infrastructure for walking and rolling, and the legal applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A panel of experts in disability inclusion, community engagement/advocacy, accessible design, and tribal planning will discuss the implications of the study and recommendations for future projects and processes.

Details of a new Tribal Inclusion Mini-Grants Program will be announced ahead of awarding two $2,500 mini-grants in January.

Date: December 9th, 2020

Time: 11 a.m. to 12 noon Pacific Time.

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Urban Logiq presents another webinar on ‘Managing  Equitable Economic Recovery” featuring Vancouver’s Duke of Data, Andy Yan.


 This 1-hour webinar explores the topic of managing equitable economic recovery from COVID-19 and, in particular, how agencies can approach pandemic recovery as an opportunity to “build back better.” UrbanLogiq will be joined by guest Andy Yan, who will bring his perspective as an accomplished urban planner and Simon Fraser University City Program Director to deep dive into issues and implications around community planning and economic recovery.

Andy Yan, MA, MCIP, RPP, GISP is the director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University and a registered professional urban planner. Prior to his SFU appointment, Andy has extensively worked in the non-profit and private urban planning sectors with projects in various American and Canadian metropolitan regions.

Leah Hanvey  is a former Advisor to the Canadian Minister of Small Business and Tourism and Government House Leader. Leah was also a technical analyst in financial modelling for Deloitte, completed an exchange at the University of Zurich in banking and finance, and worked at the Vancouver Economic Commission performing economic research. Leah currently works as UrbanLogiq’s Manager of Business Development.

Date: Tuesday June 16 2020

Time: 10:00 Pacific Time

You can register for this event here.


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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and City of North Vancouver present “Let’s Do It Now“, part of the speaker series on Climate Change Adaptation + Momentum in MetroVan.

Wednesday, October 9
The Pipe Shop Venue – 115 Victory Way
City of North Vancouver

Featuring local urban designer Gloria Venczel, SABmag editor Jim Taggart, District of North Vancouver community planner Shazeen Tejani, and Lilian Chau of Vancity’s Impact Real Estate team, the panel will discuss what we can do about the issue many planners are grappling with every day, and perhaps for the rest of their career — what can we do right now to support climate change adaptation and mitigation?

Registration and venue map.

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Imagine the West End in the seventies and early 80s.  After the highrise building boom, before Expo.  And before AIDS.

The West End was a welcoming neighbourhood for gay men who decanted into Vancouver from everywhere in Canada, from the world – the post-Stonewall generation of suburban-raised boomers.

For gay men, the West End was a paradise of one-bedroom apartments, even its own shopping street.  Clubs for every branch of the emerging LGBT communities. Beaches and park trails. Restaurants and bars. The streets were yours for your own parades.


Max Baker captured that time.

He used his colour camera like a camera phone today.  He was selective, reflected the in this retrospective taken from his personal photo albums.  His eye was for the beautiful, especially the men.

Max was photographing the beautiful boys of those days when it seemed there were hot guys on every block.  The sex mostly free of consequence, except emotional.  The city mostly affordable and the sky mostly blue.

Thanks to Jamie Lee Hamilton and volunteers, those pictures of Max’s from his albums are on display.

REMEMBER WHEN…” is a retrospective of personal photo albums created by photographer Max Baker.

The show is a the Mole Hill Gallery (who knew?) in the basement suite of a beautiful Mole Hill home – geographically near the centre of the gay population as it was in the 70s and 80s.

The images also show LGBT parades, parties and events from 1984 to 1994. Many of the images are identified, but the organizers are hoping visitors to the exhibition will be able to put names to some of the unidentified youthful faces from the 80s.

Sept 20 and Sept 27 only – at the Mole Gallery.  1-7 pm.

The Mole Gallery is located in the Jepson-Young lane between Bute and Thurlow, and between Pendrell and Comox streets. Official address is 1157 Pendrell in the rear.


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Can’t make the Price Talks event next Wednesday?

On Tuesday, June 25th, a coalition of five North Shore community agencies are hosting a panel discussion on possible solutions for North Shore seniors experiencing the impacts of the housing crunch.

Solutions to be discussed include the proposed affordable housing development on the site of North Shore Neighbourhood House, and the proposed Seniors Roommate Registry which, according to Hollyburn Family Services Society, is already attracting interest.

This event will be a ‘community conversation’, including brief presentations from the panel, engagement with representatives from the three North Shore municipalities, and audience participation.

Creative Housing Options for North Shore Seniors

Tuesday, June 25 • 10 am-noon
Delbrook Community Recreation Centre
851 W Queens Rd, North Vancouver District


  • Bunny Brown, President, Special Services Society, and a home-sharer for 10 years
  • Michael Geller, housing property developer, on municipal zoning, bylaws, and options for heritage home owners
  • Joy Hayden, Hollyburn Family Services Society, on the North Shore Seniors Roommate Registry

Presented by:

  • Lionsview Seniors Planning Society
  • Capilano Seniors Action Table
  • Capilano Community Services Society
  • Hollyburn Family Services Society
  • North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Committee

To register, call 604-985-3852, email Lionsview, or just show up — the public is welcome.

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Do you live or work on the North Shore? Are you a fan of Price Talks, the podcast? Want to hear — and be part of — a discussion about decisions on housing, transportation, and public spaces in West and North Vancouver?

Join Gord and a panel of local residents and pundits in a public chat, and a live recording of Price Talks:

Wednesday, June 26
Doors @ 6:30pm | Recording @ 7:00pm

North Vancouver District Public Library – Lynn Valley Branch
1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver

Register here — tickets are free.

After the recording, the conversation will continue next door at Brown’s Social House.

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At 7pm this evening, award-winning landscape designer and author Margie Ruddick presents the third of the Inspire Jericho Talks public lecture series, “Creating Great Neighbourhoods – Respect the Land“, hosted by Canada Lands Company, the MST Partnership, and the City of Vancouver. (Details and registration links follow.)

Ruddick is a New York-based landscape architect and author of Wild by Design, and winner of the National Design Award in 2013 for her pioneering, environmental approach to urban landscape design, “forging a design language that integrates ecology, urban planning, and culture”.

Her reputation for realizing the idea of nature in the city once actually resulted in a court fine for bringing a bit too much nature to her own backyard.

As the landscape design mind behind some of the east coast’s most treasured, natural public spaces, Ruddick is perhaps the perfect choice to talk about strategies for creating life-enhancing landscapes that combine ecological function with design, reflecting the aim of Inspire Jericho Talks — to share inspiration, spark ideas, and explore possibilities for the future of the Jericho Lands.

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If you’ve ever wanted to see changes in how City of Vancouver parks — the public spaces themselves, as well as their facilities and services — are managed and delivered to citizens, now’s the chance to have your say.

On Sunday, April 7 from 1-4pm, Park Board Commissioners and staff are holding an open house at CityLab (511 West Broadway) to gather public input for “Vancouver’s Playbook” (also called VanPlay), a new plan intended to guide the parks and recreation strategy through to 2045.

Vancouver is home to world-class parks and recreation, and our population is growing and changing.

It’s essential we look to the future to protect and improve parks and recreation across the city.

VanPlay is a year-long conversation with you, our staff, partners, stakeholders, and experts to make this the best plan it can be.

Of note – the Park Board wants to define “Strategic Big Moves for a More Equitable and Connected future”. What does that mean?

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