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Heritage Vancouver: Up-coming Events

September 16, 2014

Heritage Van

 

Upcoming Events

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Walking Tour: Historic Chinatown

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Sunday, September 21st

10am to 12:30pm

Tourguide: Larry Wong

Meet at Millenium Gate

$10 Heritage Vancouver members; $15 non-members

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Join Larry Wong, who was born and raised in Chinatown, as he takes you on an intimate tour of Chinatown. Larry is a public historian for the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C. Find out how the World’s Narrowest Building came to be, visit the original site of the CPR Roundhouse before it was moved to Yaletown and find out the history of several heritage buildings such as the Chinese Freemasons and the Yip Sang building built in 1889.

Learn how the Strathcona Property Owners and Tenants Association prevented the demolition of the Strathcona area and a proposed freeway which would have endangered Chinatown as we know it today.

Buy your tickets at Eventbrite or purchase in cash 15 minutes before start of tour

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Tales From the West End: An Evening of Mingling, Story Telling and Treats

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Monday, September 22, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

7:30: Story Teller, Mary Gavan – Bring your stories and photographs of the West End

No Registration Required.

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“Tales of the West End” is an invitation to explore and experience our community through stories about our common past.  The JJBean coffee shop is located in the original Maxine’s Hideaway, a West End landmark with many tales hidden in its walls.  Originally a beauty parlour, many legends about tunnels and illicit activity in this building are part of the folklore of the West End.   This is an opportunity to visit this newly renovated historic building, mingle with your neighbours, hear stories about Maxine’s and the West End from storyteller  Mary Gavan, and explore opportunities and ideas to create community around the stories that contributed to creating our neighbourhood.

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Walking Tour: Behind The Scenes at The Bloedel Conservatory and Queen Elizabeth Park

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Saturday, September 27th

10am to 1pm

Tourguides: John Coupar and Vicky Earle

$20 Includes Admission to Bloedel Conservatory

Heritage Vancouver Society and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association invite you to join Park Board Commissioner, John Coupar and VanDusen Botanical Garden Governor, Vicky Earle for a tour of the Conservatory and Gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park. Find out about the history of the park and conservatory, the techniques used to restore the roof and life of the plants and birds that call Bloedel home. To purchase tickets see Eventbrite 

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Frances Willard Commemoration and Walking Tour of Stanley Park Monuments
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Mrs. James Esselmont plants a “Frances Willard” tree in the rock garden in Stanley Park,
September 28, 1939
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Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
11 am to 2 pm
Location: The Stanley Park Pavilion, 610 Pipeline Road, Stanley Park
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11 am: Refreshments and Display
11:45 am: Introduction, followed by Talk by Chris Hay
12:30 pm: Walking Tour of Stanley Park Monuments with Donald Luxton (ticket required)
Meet in front of Stanley Park Pavilion.
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Tickets for Walking Tour: $10 HV members; $15 non-members
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Join us for a historic commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the unveiling of the Frances Willard Plaque in Stanley Park. The plaque and tree planting on September 28, 1939 commemorated the 100th birthday of Frances Elizabeth Willard, founder of the World Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the organization that led the campaign for women winning the vote in many countries.
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We will recognize newly-discovered historical connections between this site and events considered to be of National Historic Significance. Historian Chris Hay will discuss the historic importance of the plaque and these events to BC women winning the vote, and will mount a display of historic information. This is a kick-off event for October’s National Women’s History Month in Canada; there is also a remarkable connection between NWHM and this event!
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Light refreshments will be provided courtesy the Capilano Group of Companies, operators of the Stanley Park Pavilion.Following the event, join Donald Luxton, past-President of Heritage Vancouver, for a lively and informative walking tour of some of the monuments in Stanley Park, including the Japanese Canadian War Memorial, which is currently under restoration.
Purchase your tickets at Eventbrite
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A Converation with Brian Jackson about Heritage in Vancouver
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September 29th;

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Town Hall Meeting Room, main floor Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue (enter by front door)

Admission $10, (all revenues from the event support Heritage Vancouver’s conservation initiatives)

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 Heritage Vancouver welcomes Brian Jackson, General Manager, Planning and Development Services for the City of Vancouver for our annual heritage review. This will include heritage priorities as seen in 2014 and looking ahead to the future of heritage in Vancouver. Heritage Vancouver works closely with the City of Vancouver to find solutions for the conservation of our heritage structures.
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Discussions over the past year have included the The Heritage Action Plan,  the Vancouver Building Bylaw, Heritage Schools, the Hollywood Theatre, First Shaughnessy,  the demolition of the Legg House, and Heritage as part of the neighbourhood plans. We encourage you to submit questions prior to the event to info@heritagevancouver.org to ensure that your questions are on the agenda..

Purchase your ticket today at Eventbrite as space is limited.

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Lecture: Just Sustainabilities – Sep 19

September 16, 2014

SFU 1

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Julian Agyeman will first outline the concept of ‘just sustainabilities’ – that integrating social needs and welfare, offers us a more ‘just,’ rounded, and equity-focused definition of sustainability and sustainable development, while not negating the very real environmental threats we face.

Julian will then look at examples of just sustainabilities in practice in the real world focusing on ideas about ‘fair shares’ resource distribution globally; planning for intercultural cities; achieving wellbeing and happiness; the potential in the new sharing economy and finally the concept of ‘spatial justice’ and how it complements the more established concept of social justice.

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Friday, September 19

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Room 2740, SFU Surrey Campus | 250 -13450 102 Ave., Surrey

Please RSVP here.

The Berkeley Bugle: Financing cities with mini-bonds

September 16, 2014

Berkeley links to this NextCity story: Crowdfunding Fans Are Crazy About Denver’s Mini-Bonds.

Denver gained notice in the municipal funding world last month when a $12 million public offering of “mini-bonds” sold out in a single hour. The sale was supposed to run for five days. The $500 mini-bonds were tied to the $550 million municipal bond program called Better Denver.

Demand was so high and the cap was reached so quickly that afterward, 375 online orders had to be refunded.

“Denver residents — and these bonds were also open to all Colorado residents — really appreciated the opportunity to invest their money in good projects in their own community that they see everyday when they drive around town,” says Deputy Mayor Cary Kennedy, who is also the city’s chief financial officer. …

Better Denver passed as a ballot initiative in 2007. That year the city sold $8 million in mini-bonds over the course of a week. Kennedy attributes the feverish excitement this year to the online ordering system: “Back [then], we didn’t have the online capacity. People had to visit the bank or mail in their orders. This time around people were sitting at home on their computers at 8 o’clock in the morning and those orders came in very quickly.”

Pat Sabol, a senior policy and research assistant at the Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Program, says … “Right now, as an everyday person,” he says, “it’s pretty difficult to invest in my community besides me paying taxes or going out and doing a community garden. If I care about infrastructure, it’s pretty hard for me to invest in it. If you give people a safe path to do that, which Denver has done, you can go on their website and see how well they’ve done … this is really savvy urban planning and really good outreach and communications.”

“What on Earth!” – Motordom from the ’60s

September 16, 2014

Glen Chua writes:

I’m a follower of your Price Tags blog and I’m not sure if this has already been posted before on your blog, but I thought you might find this 1966 short video interesting – a satirical film about the automobile-dominant culture and had an Oscar award nomination.
Surprisingly, Glen, I don’t think we have posted this film before.  Thanks for sending.
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SFU President’s Faculty Lecture Series: Big Data – Sep 30

September 16, 2014

Connecting Big Data with Many People

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“Big Data” is one of today’s greatest challenges, and at the same time an unprecedented opportunity.  It’s often described as the explosion of the velocity, volume, variety, veracity, and value of digital information. Unlocking and making sense of this vast treasure trove of data is of immense value to essentially every sector and can yield untold benefits to society and individuals.

This lecture highlights the exciting research on big data analytics under the central theme of connecting Big Data with many people by enabling its management, integration, exploration and application. It examines some of the novel research challenges presented by Big Data and how leveraging its potential is changing the world.

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Pei

Jian Pei is Professor of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s top researchers in the area of data mining and his work has been embraced by industry and government.

 

Tuesday, September 30
7:00 pm

Room 1420, SFU’s Vancouver Campus –   515 West Hastings Street

 

Event is free, but registration is required here.

Ohrn Image: Bikes on the Beach

September 16, 2014

On a spectacular day, people travelled to Jericho Beach on their bikes, then parked them and themselves in the sand.  

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Ohrn beach

Panel: Adapting to Climate Change – Sep 23

September 15, 2014

Adapting to Climate Change: Global Knowledge, Local Action

PICS CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH SFU UBC LECTURE SERIES

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When: September 23, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: UBC Robson Square, Room C180, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

Register: climatechangeadaptation.eventbrite.ca

Live Web Stream: pics.uvic.ca/events/live-webcast

Join moderator Tim Takaro, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU, and speakers Stewart Cohen, Environment Canada, Lori Daniels, Faculty of Forestry, UBC and Jonathan O’Riordan, former Deputy Minister and now advisor with SFU’s ACT, as they share perspectives on climate change impacts and adaptation.

Stewart Cohen is coauthor of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Working Group II report, “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.” He’ll offer an overview of the report, including future risks for North America: extreme heat events, wildfires and urban flooding.

Lori Daniels will present on BC’s increasing and intensifying wildfires and the adaptation strategies we’ll need to learn to live with them, while Jon O’Riordan offers insight into the future Nexus – our life supporting water, energy, food and ecosystems in a changing climate – and the transformative policies and technologies we’ll need to manage and adapt. After their presentations, Tim Takaro will moderate questions and answers amongst the audience and panelists.

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