Your local friendly top-of-its-class airport has thoughtfully compiled a list of airport businesses looking for people.
Your local friendly top-of-its-class airport has thoughtfully compiled a list of airport businesses looking for people.
Several positions. Check ’em out HERE.
Bike Mechanic; Brand ambassador; Rebalancing Crew.
Now that the GreeNDP cabinet is in place, with Metro Vancouver well represented, here’s the brand new Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink looking for input. Via Twitter, of course.
Just a thought in passing — does anyone here have any ideas? Freeways? Gigantic bridges? More cars? Referenda on everything?
What do the Mayors think, I wonder?
Bowinn Ma, P.Eng @BowinnMa
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As your ParlSec for #TransLink, thinking long term is essential. What do u want to see for the future of #PublicTransit in #MetroVancouver?
From a standing start at zero bikes and zero stations a year ago on July 20, Vancouver’s Shaw and Vancity-sponsored bike share system has become just another get-me-around choice that you can make. And people are using it a lot.
Here are a few numbers to describe Mobi’s start-up year.
For me, the telling bike-share operational statistic is “average number of rides per bike per day“. Since the number of bikes has been growing steadily to around 1,200 today, from zero a year ago, I can’t do useful math without a whole lot more fine-grain detail.
However, we do know that on the peak day (July 1), the rides per bike was around 3.3. This is OK, if not spectacular. My guess is that the big ride-per-bike-per-day numbers occur in big mature systems with broad geographical spread. Vancouver’s Mobi is new, comparatively small and operates in a limited size area.
It’s also worth noting, for a moderately complex system startup like this, that operational glitches have been small. What I tell people is this: “It just works“.
Movies in the park, between the trees, on the grass, beside a beach. Nothing like it on a warm summer night, a gathering of up to 5,000 people.
Evo Summer Cinema Tuesdays.
Lots going on as the city grows and changes. In particular, a focus here on public spaces. And on fun.
Excerpts from job posting:
The Manager Partnerships & Engagement has primary accountability for retail district operating and marketing plans; public space activation; and event sponsorship. The role will ensure key aspects of projects/plans are established including planning, implementation, budgeting, tracking, metrics, ongoing maintenance, etc. A primary focus of the role is to engage stakeholders and members in order to influence the ongoing activation of public spaces and to foster engagement of members and the public.
. . . . This is a 13 month term maternity leave contract with some overlap and training with the current employee. This is an incredible opportunity for someone interested in making Vancouver more fun!
Looking for a 13-month gig and a big boost to visibility? Apply HERE.
The Director Operations has broad accountability for both the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as overseeing member engagement and services in order to ensure that members are informed, supported by, and work collaboratively with the DVBIA. A primary focus of the role is to oversee the operational plan and ensure effective and efficient operations by managing the day-to-day financial, marketing, facility and personnel activities as well as the programs that serve the association’s membership. The role will ensure appropriate oversight and direction is provided and that the programs/services are carried out in the best interest of the DVBIA.
This is a 13 month term maternity leave contract with some overlap and training with the current employee.
- Oversees the day-to-day operations of the DVBIA by providing administrative and technical leadership to staff on financial, marketing and personnel related matters
- Builds relationships with community stakeholders and Association members to provide information and ensure that members see value in the services provided
- Oversees the DVBIA’s member database/information systems by providing overall oversight in order to facilitate timely and appropriate communication/engagement with members
Since Vancouver city councillor Meggs has resigned in favour of a senior staff position in the spankin’ new GreeNDP gov’t in Victoria, Vancouver voters may be heading to the polls on Oct 14, subject to City Council’s approval of the date.
BTW, the vacant Vancouver School Board seats do not have a by-election date or plan as yet confirmed by the Prov gov’t. Hopefully, these two by-elections can be made coincidental.
Who, I wonder, will toss their deposit into the coffers? How hotly will this seat be contested? Do any voters care?
For the trivia-minded, feast on this sure-fire party starter:
By-elections are very rare in Vancouver. The last one was in 1992, when then-Councillor Bruce Yorke of COPE resigned due to ill health. The NPA’s Lynne Kennedy won the seat.
Yorke gained his Council seat in 1985 in another by-election, beating Phillip Owen to win a place on Council.
Over its more than 125-year history, Vancouver City Council has had just 16 by-elections.
Here’s Pete Meizsner’s take on the new PGR, complete with bafflement about a few residents’ opposition to the changes.
Point Grey Road used to be a busy commuter route between downtown Vancouver and UBC, with thousands of cars using the route daily to avoid traffic on West 4th and Broadway. Now it’s a low-traffic street, which improved property values and quality of life.
It begs the question, what are the vocal minority of naysayers really concerned about? Is it really the cost of the upgrades, or is it the hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians now passing by? Would these homeowners prefer a seawall along the waterfront in front of their properties (and their views)?
There’s no shortage of issues city hall deserves criticism for, but an improved cycling and pedestrian route in one of Vancouver’s most spectacular settings isn’t one of them.
Personally, I do understand commuter motorists’ problems at having their high-speed high-volume arterial turned into a traffic-calmed neighbourhood street. But the remaining arterials on 4th Avenue, Broadway, 12th Avenue, 16th Avenue and 25th Avenue seem to have survived quite nicely and absorbed the 6,000 – 8,000 motor vehicles that formerly used PGR per day. Who knows, maybe a few people have even changed their commute to involve a bike or a bus.
As a trend, this one is particularly welcome: Space in the city being repurposed for people and active use.
This time, it’s in Yaletown at Smithe and Richards, where city residents can soon enjoy a fresh spankin’ new 0.8 acre park. Today, this site is a parking lot. The design goes to the Urban Design Panel in July, and the park should open by mid-2019.
Many thanks to Pete Melszner at Urban YVR for the information.
Here’s an earlier PT post on the project.
We seem to be moving into a new era in energy production where fossil fuels’ popularity is declining even more rapidly as other choices rise. Let’s hope that our new political awareness in BC allows us to get a focus on investment in renewable energy sources.
To this point, I have promoted a recent comment by regular PT commenter Alex Botta.
There is a huge trend becoming apparent with respect to renewables: By the time you hear new news about them, that news is already outdated. BC was only two years ago touting LNG. The wild claims about the industry by supposedly educated cabinet ministers and the (soon to be former) premier seem outrageously naïve with every new report that either condemns the claims with real evidence on actual production data from tight rock and methane release, or dismisses them with the new evidence of the increasing economic power of wind and solar. The NDP-Green government had better pay attention.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance has just released a report on the latest findings on renewables. A picture is just coming into focus that portray fossil fuels as doomed over the next decade, especially in producing electricity. The 2020s will probably be an historical decade of transition.
1. Solar and wind dominate the future of electricity
72% of the $10.2 trillion spent on new power generation worldwide to 2040 will be invested in new wind and solar PV plants.
2. Solar energy’s challenge to coal gets broader
Solar is already at least as cheap as coal in Germany, Australia, the U.S., Spain and Italy. The levelized cost of electricity from solar is set to drop another 66% by 2040.
By 2021, it will be cheaper than coal in China, India, Mexico, the U.K. and Brazil as well.
3. Onshore wind costs fall fast, and offshore falls faster
Onshore wind levelized costs will fall 47% by 2040, thanks to cheaper, more efficient turbines and advanced OPEX regimes. In the same period, offshore wind costs will slide a whopping 71%, helped by experience, competition, and economies of scale.
4. China and India lead in energy investment
They account for 28% and 11% of all investment in power generation to 2040. Just under a third of Asia Pacific’s investment in energy will go to wind, a third to solar, 18% to nuclear and 10% to coal and gas.
5. Batteries and flexibility bolster the reach of renewables
Utility-scale batteries increasingly compete with natural gas to provide system flexibility at times of peak demand. In conjunction with small-scale batteries, this will help renewable energy reach 74% penetration in Germany, 38% in the U.S., 55% in China and 49% in India by 2040.
6. Electric vehicles bolster electricity use
In Europe and the U.S., EVs will account for 13% and 12% of electricity demand by 2040. Charging EVs flexibly, when renewables are generating and wholesale prices are low, will help the system adapt to intermittent solar and wind.
7. Homeowners’ love of solar grows
By 2040, rooftop PV will account for as much as 24% of electricity in Australia, 20% in Brazil, 15% in Germany, 12% in Japan, and 5% in the U.S. and India. This, combined with the growth of large-scale renewables, reduces the need for existing large-scale coal and gas plants.
8. Coal’s point of no return
Sluggish demand, cheap renewables and coal-gas fuel switching slash coal use by 87% in Europe and 45% in the U.S. by 2040, while coal generation continues to grow in China but reaches peak in 2026. A mere 18% of planned new coal power plants will ever get built. That means 369GW of projects stand to be cancelled.
9. Gas is a transition fuel, but not in the way most people think
Gas-fired power sees $804 billion in new investment and 16% more capacity by 2040. But save for the Americas, where gas is plentiful and cheap, gas plants will mainly act as one of the flexible technologies needed to help meet peaks and provide system stability.
10. Global power sector emissions peak in 2026
CO2 emissions from power generation increase by a tenth before peaking in 2026, then falling faster than we previously estimated, lining up with China’s peak coal generation. However, a further $5.3 trillion investment in 3.9TW of zero-carbon capacity would be required to keep the planet on a 2-degrees-Celsius trajectory.
There are many related articles. This is a good one:
What’s the Tacofino takeaway here? How about: food so good that we need a secret location to throttle demand to sane levels.
Whatever the reasoning, I’m happy to plug this restaurant’s expansion. It’s been a fave for a while now, and a great addition to Vancouver’s famous and highly competitive food scene.
Thanks to Scout Magazine for the tip:
There’s another Tacofino on the way. This one, the fourth for Vancouver, is a 38 seater in the most unusual of locations: a narrow, labyrinthine breezeway behind Bentall One in the Financial District (122-1050 West Pender).
The location is handy to Burrard Skytrain, with a Mobi station right across Pender and even a parking lot next door.
Before, during and after — the transformation of a street into a people place.
With the lines of buildings fixed, it can be a challenge to find space for public seating. Yet just south of Robson at Bute is a newly installed pavement to plaza, welcoming everyone in. Day or night, you can enjoy melodies from the community piano while relaxing in bright modular seats. The trial space is a City partnership with the Robson St BIA, recognized by Transportation 2040 and West End Community plans.
Again, a lovely production from Kathleen Corey and Brian Gould. Make sure your sound is on and providing hi-q audio to you.
Warren Frey writes in the Journal of Commerce about his interviews with a group of construction industry spokespersons. What, he has asked, is the industry’s view of the political climate in BC now that the GreeNDP alliance will form government?
Here’s a sample of hard-nosed opinion, very much on the topic of jobs, and where they may or may not come from:
BC Building Trades executive director Tom Sigurdson said he didn’t see the shift in government changing the temperature of the industry.
“There will no doubt be a change in attitude from the soon-to-be-sworn-in Horgan government but I believe that will be more about developing sustainable economic opportunities instead of cheerleading for projects that are merely conceptual,” Sigurdson said.
“The Clark administration promised LNG development that would lead to 100,000 jobs in the construction industry. We have yet to see 1,000 construction jobs in LNG development. I would hope the Horgan administration will be more realistic in their announcements regarding economic development,” said Sigurdson.
Recently released numbers show that, in a 12-hour period, 2,000 people on bikes and 700 people on foot used the temporary, under design, but steadily improving Arbutus Greenway.
I am so pleased that a variety of Vancouver residents are taking advantage of the evolving Greenway for everyday travel. I hope that lots of us will think about what we’ve experienced, and bring those thoughts to the design team.
Thanks to Naoibh O’Connor at the Vancouver Courier for the information.
Features along the nine-kilometre route include an all-weather hard surface that’s divided for walking and cycling, a bark mulch path for walking and jogging, washrooms, benches and MOBI bike share stations. . . .
. . . There’s also some lighting that will be installed before the fall, along with signals at 12th, Broadway and Marine Drive — at this point signs direct users to the nearest intersection.
More features such as art or sustainable green ideas around habitat could be added over the coming months. Dobrovolny said the city has adopted the concept of “action while planning.”
“While we’re in the design process and the consultation process, if good ideas come up, we’d like to try them out,” he said. “So if [residents] have got some great ideas over the next while, we’ll try to get them in.”
And there are some nifty pix in the article, including this one, from the twitter note about a recent Price Tags post:
Does BC’s self-image need a tune-up? Perhaps this report (37-page PDF) will help stimulate a few new thoughts about how we earn our living, especially in Metro Vancouver. And perhaps a few new thoughts about where our jobs will come from, other than solely from LNG plants and bridge construction.
Despite all the noise about resources, the report notes that in 2016, the tech sector in BC has become its largest employer, generating more jobs than mining, oil, gas and forestry combined.
Called British Columbia’s Digital Technology Supercluster, the report is the result of work by Deloitte, and was sponsored by the BC Tech Association, the Research Universities’ Council of BC, Wavefront and the Chief Advisor of the Innovation Network, Dr. Santa Ono.
Thanks to the BCTech Association for this overview:
BC is home to a vibrant, diverse and successful technology-enabled economy that has been building momentum since the 1960s.
- $26 billion a year generated in revenue, making BC the fastest-growing technology sector in Canada
- 150,000 people employed in technology, making BC the fastest-growing tech workforce in Canada
- Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, Cisco, Disney, GE, Sony and Electronic Arts are a few examples of global companies that are increasingly attracted to the province
- Boeing, Finning and SAP have set up global analytics centres of excellence in BC; Sierra Wireless and Wavefront drive global leadership for the Internet of Things (IoT) and D-Wave and 1QBit are the world game changers in quantum computing
- BC universities are producing world-class research and talent: They attract over $800 million a year in research funding; since 2001, they have been awarded over $1.2 billion in funding for research infrastructure and equipment and they have evolved their program mix to meet the needs of the technology sector by supporting a 57 per cent increase in engineering and computer science program spaces between 2006 and 2015
- The fact that three out of five Canadian “unicorns” (tech companies worth more than $1 billion) call BC their home, 25 per cent of all US patents were derived from post-secondary research in BC and the visual effects for top-grossing films (Star Wars) and games (Nintendo) are being produced in BC is a testament to the province’s world-class, creative and digital media talent
- BC has a significant geographic advantage as the Canadian gateway to both Asia — one of the fastest growing global economies — and the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, with access to cross-border talent, research, capital and distribution.
For me, the things I note are the ground-floor presence in fast-growth, high-potential areas such as the Internet of Things (see pages 18 and 27). Plus academic and research capability. And solid talent in digital media and entertainment via video games, special effects and animation (page 17).
At least for the next few years, if not more, BC’s tech sector also benefits from Canada’s political stability and its immigration policies, that allow us to attract top talent from around the world.
Summer’s signs on a lovely evening: picnic dinner on the beach, and brown grass in the park.
Things change, including how we earn a living — as individuals and as a city.
There is an unexpected change afoot, as described in this assessment of prospects for start-ups and entrepreneurs at 25 global locations. Vancouver rates #1.
And yes, Vancouver is expensive, but on the world stage it is not near the top of that heap.
With thanks to David Prosser, writing in Forbes.
Vancouver on the West coast of Canada is the best city in the world in which to start a new business and if you’re a UK entrepreneur, you’re better off launching your start-up in Manchester than in London. These are among the key findings of a new ranking of the world’s leading cities for start-up businesses which throws up some surprising findings.
PeoplePerHour, the UK-based freelance marketplace business, looked a variety of factors in order to compile the StartUp City Index, including quality of life, cost of living, the ease of starting a business and the cost of office space. Some 25 global locations were ranked according to the criteria.
On that basis, Vancouver topped the index, scoring highly on its high quality of life, good access to office space and the relative ease of getting a company off the ground in Canada. Berlin, which already has a strong reputation as a start-up hub, finished second in the index, with the German city already hosting a large number of entrepreneurs.
Want to take some friends out for a fun night on the water? Well, here’s an idea for you. The BBQ doughnut boat.