You’re Invited: City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week Public Event Series on Housing Affordability October 24 – 28, 2016, at No Cost for Most Events

The following video presents BC Consultation on the National Housing Strategy:
On September 13th and 14th, 2016, housing experts from across B.C. came together to discuss what they’d like to see included in the federal government’s forthcoming National Housing Strategy.

Over 100 stakeholders discussed a range of housing issues affecting British Columbians including:
• Rental Supply
• Affordable Home Ownership
• First Nations Housing
• Serving the Most Vulnerable
• Social Housing
• Sustainable Communities

The input gathered through the facilitated workshops will help to frame British Columbia’s feedback in the development of the new National Housing Strategy.

This is an update to the previous blog, Canada’s New National Housing Strategy – Canadians, Share Your Ideas & Views before October 21, 2016 + Belinda’s Place Opens to Offer Affordable Housing for Canadian Women Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness

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The City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week will feature a series of events designed to improve the dialogue on housing affordability in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

“Vancouver’s housing crisis is impacting people of all ages and neighbourhoods, with young people being hit especially hard. Vancouver is doing everything we can to protect and build affordable homes, using all tools available to ensure the best use of all our housing, but we need the support of senior governments to deepen affordability and support both owners and renters in this tough market. The federal government’s National Housing Strategy is a tremendous opportunity to up the ante on investments in affordable housing.”

Mayor Gregor Robertson

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  • Re:Address Week will run October 24 – 29, offering a wide variety of engaging events that will take place, throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

“Come participate in an innovative, accessible, and interactive process with global leaders, local experts, and engaged citizens that will help us shape the priorities of our Housing and Homelessness Strategy over the next five to ten years.

We will be exploring ways to best deliver a diversity of long-term housing solutions that are resilient, future-focused, and – most of all – target the needs of people who live and work in Vancouver.

The housing crisis has produced a wealth of innovative ideas. Now we need a diversity of voices and creative partnerships to bring these ideas to fruition.”

The City of Vancouver and its partners and collaborators invite you to “explore ideas, share solutions and envision futures where cities are able to produce a diversity of housing options that reflect the needs of all their citizens,” at the following FREE events: Read more of You’re Invited: City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week Public Event Series on Housing Affordability October 24 – 28, 2016, at No Cost for Most Events

The following video presents “Michael Shapcott – Affordable Housing and Homelessness in Canada November 20, 2012.”

  • Michael Shapcott is Director of Affordable Housing and Community Innovation at the Wellesley Institute, an independent, non-profit policy, research and social enterprise / innovation institute.
    • Shapcott has worked extensively in Toronto, in many parts of Canada, nationally and internationally on housing and housing rights, poverty, social exclusion, urban health and health equity.
      • He has worked with community and municipal officials in a dozen Canadian cities to develop local housing plans.
      • Shapcott has worked with Aboriginal housing and service providers nationally and in a number of communities to develop practical and effective strategies for Aboriginal housing under Aboriginal control.
      • He is co-author, with Jack Layton, of “Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis” (Penguin, 2008) and co-editor, with David Hulchanski, of “Finding Room: Policy Options for a Canadian Rental Housing Strategy” (CUCS Press, 2004).
    • He has worked on housing rights issues with the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
      • He is co-chair of Canada’s National Housing and Homelessness Network.
      • He is active internationally with the Habitat International Coalition and has worked with community partners on housing issues in Beijing, Istanbul and Nairobi, as well as seven U.S. cities.
  • United Nations Human Rights: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Part III, Article 11 states:
    1. The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions. The States Parties will take appropriate steps to ensure the realization of this right
  • Duration of video is 53 minutes:40 seconds.

This is an update to the following previous blogs:

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) meeting in Ottawa (October 28, 2013), just launched the Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch campaign.

Calling for Nominations/Applications for the Position of Vancouver Poet Laureate 2011-2014

Calling for Nominations/Applications for the Position of Vancouver Poet Laureate 2011-2014

Calling all published poets who currently reside in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and who have either an established body of work or have been recognized for notable contributions early in their career to submit nominations and expressions of interest for the position of City of Vancouver Poet Laureate for the 2011 – 2014 term.

The Vancouver Poet Laureate’s duties are as follows:

  • participate in the literary life of the City;
  • produce new original works during their term that reflect or represent ideas and issues of importance to the people of Vancouver;
  • present, in person, works of significance at civic events, City Council meetings, or official civic functions;
  • read from their work at the annual City Vancouver Arts Awards and other civic cultural events; and
  • such other duties as are proposed in their submission and are deemed viable by the Assessment Committee.

The Vancouver Poet Laureate will be selected for a period of three years commencing in Fall 2011.  A stipend of $5,000 per year will be provided.

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Happy 125th Anniversary Vancouver!

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, invites you to join in the Birthday Live celebration – a free, all-ages event at Jack Poole Plaza, site of the Olympic Cauldron.

The Birthday Live itinerary includes the following activities:

Birthday Live – FREE!

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 2pm to 10pm
Location: Jack Poole Plaza (site of the Olympic Cauldron), outdoor plaza at Thurlow & Canada Place, adjacent to the Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place)

Featured Artists & Activities

  • Street Hockey Tournament for adult and youth teams from 2pm to 5pm.
  • Official ceremonies from 6pm to 7pm with Mayor Gregor Robertson, leaders of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and other dignitaries.
  • Olympic Cauldron Lighting during the official ceremonies.
  • A giant birthday cake created by the faculty and culinary students at Vancouver Community College Baking and Pastry Arts Department. Free cake will be served following the official ceremonies.

Main stage performances running from 4pm to 10pm (all performance times are approximate only):

  • Uzume Taiko (4pm performance time)
    • Uzume Taiko is a mesmerizing percussion ensemble that infuses traditional Japanese taiko drumming with a unique West Coast style.
  • mmHoP: HOP•JUMP•JIVE •125 (4:40pm and 7:10pm performance time)
    • HOP•JUMP•JIVE •125, darlings of audience-engaging, multi-media performance art, mmHoP  dancers will perform Hop-Jump-Jive-125 a site specific birthday dance party.
  • Leela Gilday (5pm performance time)
    • Leela Gilday is a Dene singer/songwriter whose acclaim includes a Western Canadian Music Award, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, and an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award.
  • Vancouver Bach Choir (6:40pm performance time)
    • Vancouver Bach Choir will lead the crowd in singing O Canada and Happy Birthday, and perform popular arias and choral favourites.
  • Bend Sinister (7:35pm performance time)
    • Bend Sinister is hailed for their original indie songs and high energy shows.
  • Time Drifts: Video and light art installation (8:20pm start time)
    • Time Drifts is a large-scale video and light art installation by Berlin-based multi-media artist Phillipp Geist. Geist works internationally using video, performance, photography and painting.
  • 54-40 (8:45pm performance time)
    • 54-40, the iconic Canadian alternative rock band with Vancouver roots, will headline the Birthday Live main stage.

View the location map and full schedule of events and activities

Birthday Live of Vancouver's 125th Anniversay on April 6, 2011!

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City of Vancouver’s green scene gets better and better thanks to another great green pilot project to help Vancouver meet its 2020 Greenest City targets.

This time the green spotlight is on the employment program to weatherize or draft-proof neighbourhood homes of inner-city residents, which provides employment opportunities for low-threshold inner-city residents by facilitating community-based business support and training programs coupled with employment services through EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society) Green Renovations enterprise (www.embersgreenrenovations.com).

The City’s weatherization project was supported and funded by:

  • The City of Vancouver, and partners:
  • FortisBC (formerly Terasen Gas) – $15,000 contribution,
  • BC Hydro,
  • Vancity (a credit union) – $50,000 mission-based grant contribution,
  • non-profit EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society). City and Vancity are providing $150,000 to support the newly created social enterprise, EMBERS Green Renovations, during the first year of operations.

Here are the green and social benefits of the single-family home weatherization project:

  1. supporting green economy:  creating green jobs and producing “social enterprise growth”,
  2. providing training and job opportunities to citizens (4) that face barriers,
  3. providing green home renovations to inner-city residents,
  4. providing services free of charge to 50 homeowners,
  5. helping build sustainable communities,
  6. saving energy and helping the City to meet the 2020 Greenest City targets,
  7. promoting energy conservation and environmental responsibility,
  8. reducing electricity costs for customers,
  9. improving the environment,
  10. reducing air leakage by an average 15 to 20 per cent with the weatherization service,
  11. cost-effective way to improve building performance by preventing heat loss, reducing energy consumption and lowering greenhouse gas emissions,
  12. eliminate more than 775,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, saving a total of 15.5 million gigajoules, which is enough natural gas for close to 155,000 homes for one year,
  13. and thus making important contributions towards achieving British Columbia’s climate action goals.

The City of Vancouver wants to increase demand for weatherization services among Vancouver homeowners via regulatory improvements and financial incentives.

Weatherizing homes and creating green jobs: March 24, 2011, Mayor Gregor Robertson (center) with partners celebrating a program to weatherize neighbourhood homes which provides work to people who face barriers to employment. Photo Credit: City of Vancouver

Weatherizing homes and creating green jobs: March 24, 2011, Mayor Gregor Robertson (center) with partners celebrating a program to weatherize neighbourhood homes which provides work to people who face barriers to employment. Photo Credit: City of Vancouver

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Instead of demolition, deconstruction of neighbourhood homes is a wonderful, great green idea!

And it has already happened as a pilot project in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, funded through Service Canada’s Youth Skills Link ($200,000) initiative titled “Creating a Sustainable Tomorrow (CAST) Youth Skills Link Project.”

“CAST provides a unique opportunity for “at-risk” youth to develop employability and life skills and environmental awareness, followed by supported attachment to the construction/deconstruction/renovation (CDR) labour markets or return to school.”

The youth are:

  • between the ages of 15 – 30 at time of intake/selection
  • unemployed or underemployed (working less than 20 hrs/week)
  • are identified as a youth at-risk
  • have a high standard of physical health and stamina suitable for full time work

Twenty inner-city youth at risk acquired 11 weeks of Group Based Employability Skills and confidence as well as concepts of environmental responsibility and stewardship.

This innovative green project to deconstruct homes provided the following green and social benefits for the City of Vancouver:

  • “creating green jobs and
  • keeping over 90 per cent of a home out of the landfill….and incinerator… salvaging, recycling and re-using home materials through deconstruction will help us meet our 2020 zero waste target
  • testing deconstruction techniques, efficiencies and the reuse/resale/recycling of these housing materials
  • furthering regional and provincial objectives to substantially reduce waste and carbon emissions by 2020
  • advancing the proliferation of the new “green” economy
  • reducing poverty in our communities by training and employing marginalized youth and adults
  • generating non-profit businesses who will use profits to invest further in training and services”

Please click here to see the outcomes of this pilot project of deconstructing homes.

The City wants to promote a deconstructive strategy.

Vancouver Gets Green and Social Benefits from Deconstructing Neighbourhood Homes

Vancouver Gets Green and Social Benefits from Deconstructing Neighbourhood Homes

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