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Volume 4, Issue 3

MARCH 18, 2013

More Stores Start in Village

UNA Board Brings Concerns of Parents To Attention of UBC/Gov’t Planners Parents are concerned about safety of children crossing 16th Avenue; improvements to the road are planned

WESBROOK BARBER IN BUSINESS. Wesbrook Place resident Richard Alexander gets hair cut in the community in which he lives. Chair of the University Neighbourhoods Association board of directors, Mr. Alexander sits beside the sign for University Barbershop, which opened recently on Wesbrook Mall. Joey, the barber, stands behind him. University Barbershop is one of dozen or more stores which have opened in the Wesbrook Village commercial centre. Please see barbershop story on Page 2.

The University Neighbourhoods Association will host a meeting Monday, March 18 in an attempt to resolve concerns some residents have about the safety of crossing 16th Avenue beside the roundabout at Wesbrook Mall. The UNA hosted a similar meeting two weeks ago with representatives of UBC campus and community planning, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) and two parent advisory councils (PACs) on campus in attendance. MoTI representatives attended the meeting because UBC does not own the neighbourhood roads on campus - rather MoTI does. Richard Alexander, UNA chair, said after the UNA March 12 board meeting that “the UNA is working closely with campus and community planning on the PAC concerns related to the roundabout at Wesbrook Mall and 16th Avenue and a planned crosswalk in front of University Hill Secondary School.” In an article published in this paper, Hazita Harun, PAC Co-Chair UHill Secondary School, and Denise Lauritano,

Wall Financial Files to Build UBC Highrise 22-storey residential building is slated to stand in Wesbrook Place; Wall project is first of

what is expected to be ten new highrises along east flank of neighbourhood

Model of Wesbrook Place at the Welcome Centre on Wesbrook Mall shows proposed Wall Financial 22-storey tower (white building, top, second from left). Wall Financial has applied to UBC for permission to build what will eventually be a set of ten 20+ storey high-rises on Binning Road.

PAC Co-Chair UHill Elementary School, explain their concerns about school children crossing 16th Avenue. Please turn to Page 3 to read this article. Meanwhile, the UBC planning department released an illustration March 13 of the future roundabout at East Mall and West 16th Ave and the pedestrian midblock crossing. A ‘Fact Sheet’ providing additional background information came with it. Margaret Eckenfelder, acting director of public engagement, UBC campus and community planning, said, “Improving the safety of our roadways is UBC’s first priority. “As such, we have been working with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on a series of safety improvements to West 16th Avenue between SW Marine Drive and Wesbrook Mall. This includes moving from old standard 4-way intersections to roundabouts and mid-block pedestrian crossings to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. “Phased implementation of the safety improvements began with the construction of the Wesbrook Mall and West 16th Avenue roundabout in 2008. The next phase is to introduce a new roundabout at East Mall and a mid-block pedestrian crossing between Wesbrook Mall and East Mall. CONCERNS continued on Page 3

Listen In Session Spurs Lively Comments Despite Low Turnout

The first of what is expected to be ten high rises dominating the east flank of the Wesbrook Place neighbourhood at UBC has reached the drawing board stage. Wall Financial Corporation has filed an application with UBC Campus and Community Planning for a permit to build a 22-storey apartment building on ‘Lot 6’ beside Binning Road in the northeast part of Wesbrook Place, the largest of several residential neighbourhoods at UBC. UBC received the permit application from Wall Financial January 31. Subject to permit approval, Wall Financial plans to start construction on the new building this summer. UBC plans to hold Open Houses prior to the development permit board meeting at which a permit will—or will not—be granted. One of the Open Houses on the proposed Lot 6 development will take place Tuesday, March 19, 4-6 pm at the Wesbrook Village Welcome Centre, 3378 Wesbrook Mall.

The University Neighourhoods Association held its second of three planned Listen In sessions March 14th in Chancellor Place, and despite low attendance, lively and constructive conversation ensued.

HIGHRISE continued on Page 2

LISTEN continued on Page 7

UNA event - second in a series of three - was held in Chancellor Place


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THE CAMPUS RESIDENT MARCH 18, 2013

“Friendly” Barbershop Begins Cutting Hair in Wesbrook Village Wesbrook Village is a “community on the rise”, says Brennan Cuff; Brennan is co-owner of the new University Barbershop on Wesbrook Mall Brennan Cuff believes in the future of Wesbrook Village. Brennan, co-owner and manager of the new University Barbershop on Wesbrook Mall says, “We believe that Wesbrook

Village is one of the friendliest communities —if not the friendliest—in the Lower Mainland, and residents and visitors deserve the availability of local businesses without having to leave the Village. “The barbershop is committed to growing with Wesbrook Village, and we look forward to years of dedicated service to all that enter our shop.” What Brennan hopes to bring to the Village—and UBC at large—is a meld of traditional barbershop and acute sense of current trends and styles. “We believe our first full-time barber, Joey, gives the best

Brennan Cuff, co-owner of University Barbershop, has hair cut by Joey, the barber. Brennan sees great future in cutting hair business in Wesbrook Place. He opened his store on Wesbrook Mall on recent Lunar New Year Day.

‘fades’ (one of the most popular haircuts today) in British Columbia.” He said, “The comforts of a traditional barbershop are starting to become a mainstream trend again in this new decade. Men are growing out their facial hair, their crops are becoming a bit neater, and the local barber can meet the growing need for these styles.” Brennan and his fellow barbershop coowner come from diverse industries in a variety of countries. The other owner started in the hair industry by sharpening knives in Australia, which lead to sharpening scissors back home in Vancouver. Brennan, who is at the University Barbershop each day, has a Masters Degree in Theatre from the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow, Scotland as well as a theatre diploma from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. It was theatre which brought Brennan to Vancouver where he secured a position managing the prestigious Eliane Hair and Spa in West Point Grey and also in Wesbrook Village.

Brennan said, “Eliane is a visionary in the Vancouver hair industry. The trifecta of her business acumen, her eye for talented staff, and her steadfast drive for great customer service make her a true idol.” It was through these channels that the two owners met and created a vision of their own for Wesbrook Village. Preliminary hours of operation at University Barbershop are 10:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Prices for haircuts range from $15 $25, and a full breakdown of prices can either be found by visiting the website www.theuniversitybarbershop.com or by going to see them. Brennan says, “Wesbrook Village is a community on the rise. “With each business that opens and each residence that welcomes its tenants, the profile of the community is raised and the services available need to rise with it. “We are excited to announce that the University Barbershop is open on Wesbrook Mall.”

HIGHRISE continued from Page 2 Wall Financial, which developed what at the date of its completion in 2001 was the tallest building in Vancouver (the 449feet One Wall Centre building downtown on Burrard Street), has not previously entered the UBC land development market. A public company, its shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. UBC had originally not planned on developing ten high-rises along Binning Road, which skirts Pacific Spirit Regional Park. This changed when the UBC board of governors agreed that the UBC Farm should no longer be zoned ‘future housing reserve’ provided housing density could be “transferred” to other parts of campus—notably Wesbrook Place. A group of shocked residents—most living in low-rise apartment buildings in Wesbrook Place— responded by forming a society called Organization of University Residents (OUR). Members of the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) have since elected three members of OUR to seats on the UNA board.


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THE CAMPUS RESIDENT MARCH 18, 2013

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16th Avenue CONCERNS continued from Page 1 “The last step of the improvements will be to the existing roundabout at Wesbrook Mall and West 16th Avenue as well as exploring the possibility of a new mid-block pedestrian crossing at Hampton Place and West 16th Avenue. As implementation progresses, UBC and MoTI will continue to engage with the community and stakeholders.” According to the Fact Sheet, UBC and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have been working together on a series of pedestrian and cycling safety improvements to West 16th Avenue between SW Marine Drive and Wesbrook Mall. The planning document lists the following changes proposed for West 16th Avenue: • Conversion of the existing intersection at East Mall and West 16th Avenue to a roundabout. • Introduction of a new mid-block pedestrian activated crossing on West 16th Avenue between the two roundabouts (East Mall and Wesbrook Mall), connecting Wesbrook Village and the multi-use

pathway through Thunderbird Park--this crossing will include pedestrian activated amber (yellow) lights above the travel lanes that will caution drivers to stop, and enhanced illumination to improve pedestrian visibility. • Introduction of three meter wide sidewalks to connect East Mall, Wesbrook Mall and Ross Drive along West 16th Avenue where there currently are none. • New bike lanes on West 16th Avenue. • Consolidated bus stops on the north and south side of West 16th Avenue, close to the new pedestrian crossing. • Reduced speed limits from 60km/hr to 50km/hr from East Mall to Wesbrook Mall with an advisory posted speed limit of 30km/hr in the new roundabout. • The alignment of 16th Avenue will be straightened between Wesbrook Mall and East Mall improving sightlines. • Change from the current three or four lane cross section to a consistent four lane cross section along West 16th Avenue to reduce merging and the number of decisions a driver must make, allowing them to focus on other road users including pedestrians using the mid-block crossing or cyclists in the bike lanes.

Beautiful New Schools Come with Terrifying Cost: the Safety of our Kids By Hazita Harun, PAC Co-Chair UHill Secondary School, and Denise Lauritano, PAC Co-Chair UHill Elementary School Accident statistics and many personal stories tell the tale: crossing 16th Avenue is dangerous and about to become even more so. Parents are working hard to get positive change but we very much need your help. We urge concerned citizens to write to our MLA, the Ministry of Transportation, and Campus and Community Planning to request a safe place for 600+ Grade 1 – 12 students to cross 16th Avenue. Thanks to the work of many UNA residents, we are lucky to have not one but two new state-of-the-art schools in the neighbourhood: the recently opened new University Hill Secondary and the soon to be completed K – 8 school on Acadia Road. However, our collective enthusiasm is dampened by serious and widespread concerns about the safety of the children going to and from the schools. A bad situation promises to get much

worse very soon. With the plans to replace the one traffic-light controlled intersection with another roundabout and to finalize a mid-block crossing of 16th, there will be no safe place for pedestrians or cyclists to cross 16th Avenue. The stories of children very nearly being hit are terrifying and ubiquitous. More children will be put at serious risk when the new Rose Point Elementary School (formerly known as Acadia Road Elementary School) opens. About 300 people presently need to cross 16th en route to the secondary school. Another 300 – 400 younger students will need to cross 16th en route to the new Rose Point Elementary school. Many parents find 600+ kids crossing 16th with no safe way to do so is an unacceptable situation. We share the values of UBC and the UNA and wish to have the most environmentally sustainable community possible. We want our children to be able to walk or cycle to school safely. Yet, as a great many parents are convinced there will soon be no safe way to cross 16th Avenue, parents feel sure a child will be killed and they naturally vow to do whatever it takes to ensure it won’t be their own.

SAFETY continued on Page 11

Illustration of future roundabout at East Mall and 16th Avenue. According to the UBC document, several benefits will flow from the improvement: It names two as follows: • Slower Travel Speeds Through the Intersections Travel speeds through multilane roundabouts range from 25km/hr to 40km/hr depending on the movement a vehicle makes (left turn, right turn or straight through). In all cases travel speeds are lower within roundabouts than at regular intersections, where there are effectively no restrictions on vehicle

Do we really need a UBC Highway (also known as 16th Avenue)? By Thomas Beyer Did you know that the UBC peninsula not only was planned to house the university, but also a ferry terminal? That is why the highways into UBC are so wide: on SW Marine Drive, Chancellor Blvd. and 16th Avenue. SW Marine Drive and Chancellor Blvd. are essentially parkways through a forest, and as such provide a nice, leisurely, relaxed country-side drive—or can be abused for car races. There is relatively little pedestrian traffic and as such the speed and width is not a major issue. However, along 16th Avenue between Wesbrook Mall and East Mall, it is! Do we really need a four-lane highway – in a campus / community that calls itself green and sustainable and wants to be more pedestrian and bike friendly – in a community with hundreds of seniors and thousands of children – growing by 100% in a decade or so? A four-lane highway was okay perhaps ten years ago at the south end of campus, but now it bisects

speeds. • Fewer and Less Severe Accidents at Intersections As a result of lower travel speeds, the severity of crashes at roundabouts decreases when compared to regular intersections. West 16th Avenue is part of the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure roadway network. As such, the design of West 16th Avenue must adhere to ministry standards to be approved by ministry engineers.

Traffic navigates a single-lane roundabout in Europe. Many residents at UBC - especially parents of children at its school - wish to see the two-lane roundabout at 16th Avenue and Wesbrook Mall converted into a singlelane to create greater safety for children and others crossing roads. the growing community – and endangers lives. Two lanes, one in each direction is perfectly sufficient, with appropriately reduced speed through signage and road measures (such as bumps, materials or slight curves). Traffic circles are a good idea to reduce speed in principle, but those with two lanes in each direction—such as the one at 16th Avenue and Wesbrook Mall—are too car-friendly.

HIGHWAY continued on Page 11

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THE CAMPUS RESIDENT MARCH 18, 2013

HOW TO BEST ENHANCE THE VALUE OF OUR LEASES (4th in a Series) Jim Taylor, Hampton Place Resident, Lawyer and First UNA Chair In the last two articles I compared the LH (leasehold) value when new of six groups taken together. Four groups had LH values that were either exactly or almost 100% of the FS (fee simple) value. These are our Neighbourhoods, SFU, an area owned by COV in the Fraser River Lands and an area owned by Musqueam on the Fraser River

(“Musqueam FR”). Two of the groups had LH values substantially less than 100% of FS. These areas are owned by COV in False Creek and by Musqueam on Marine Drive (“Musqueam MD”). In these two cases the value of the LH compared to FS were, respectively, 77% and 71%. In the last article I asked what could explain these apparent differences in comparative values? I concluded that given that these were all values when new, before there was any history that might affect the value, that this required an examination of

the leases. Following is a table in which I examine, in summary because of space limitations, the different terms of the leases involved. You will see that in Groups 1, 2, 4 and 6 (the four instances where the LH values were 100% of FS) the LHs are all prepaid for 99 years. In the other two cases, the LHs are not prepaid for their term. In one there is an annual rent set for the first 30 years and then a series of rent reviews (either at 20 or 10 year periods) to determine what the annual rent should be going forward from

then. In the other lease there are rent reviews every 10 years. So while acknowledging what I said earlier (the difficulty in making comparisons) it appears that in cases where the LH is pre-paid for a very lengthy period of time (and in all four of the 100% LHs the time is 99 years) that when these LHs are new, the market treats them as being equivalent to FS value. When they are paid by annual rents and there are periodic rent reviews, the market discounts the value of these LHs as compared to FS.

UNA (Neighbourhoods) (Group 1)

SFU (Group 2)

COV –False Creek (Group 3)

COV – Fraser Lands (Group 4)

Musqueam–Fraser River (“FR”) (Group 5)

Musqueam – Marine Drive (“MD”) (Group 6)

UBC

SFU

COV

COV

Canada

Canada

Individual strata lot leases are eventually sold to purchasers.

The substance of the lease is essentially a copy of the Neighbourhoods’ lease.

See SFU

In 1960 Musqueam created and serviced 75 lots. Leases were then granted.

See Group 5.

Term

99 years

99 years

Approx. 65 years

99 years

Approx. 99 years

Rent

Prepaid for 99 years.

Prepaid for 99 years.

Some of these COV leases Prepaid for 99 years. are prepaid for their term (approximately 65 years), while others require payment of annual rent to the City for 10-year periods in an amount agreed upon or as determined by arbitration.

Annual rent was set for the first 30 years. For each of four subsequent periods annual rent is determined by a rent review or by the Courts.

Prepaid for 99 years.

Renewal

Renewal term is 5 years or such longer period as UBC agrees to. UBC may elect to purchase the lessee’s interest in the strata lot (which is expressly stated to include the interest in the dwelling itself) for its fair market value as agreed upon or determined by arbitration.

The Renewal provision is substantially a copy of the provision in the Neighbourhoods’ lease.

Upon termination, the City may purchase the lessee’s interest in the strata lot for its fair market value as agreed upon or as determined by arbitration.

No renewal provision.

No renewal provision.

Owner

So, in part answer to the question that underlines these series of articles, THE FIRST STEP IN ENHANCING THE VALUE OF OUR LHS IN THE NEIGHBOUR-

HOODS IS TO HAVE A LH INTEREST THE TERMS OF WHICH ARE SUCH THAT AT THE DATE OF ACQUISITION THE MARKET EQUATES THE

99 years

VALUE OF THE LH TO FS. I do this work as a volunteer. But to do this I need paid consulting help - a property consultant and someone to identify (so I

can analyze them) other leases in the Lower Mainland by using various indices beyond my skills. The UNA and UBC are covering this cost.

UNA (邻区) (第1组)

SFU (第2组)

COV (温哥华市) – 福溪 (第3组)

COV – 菲 沙河地 (第 4组)

Musqueam (玛斯昆族) 菲沙河 (“FR”) (第5组)

Musqueam Marine Drive (“MD”) (第6组)

UBC

SFU

COV

COV

加拿大

加拿大

个别分契单位的租约 最终都会卖给买主。

租约的实质内容 几乎是我们邻区 租约的翻版。

请看 SFU 一栏。

租期

99 年

99年

大约65 年

租金

预付了99年。

预付了99年。

这些COV 租约中有部份 预付了99 是预付了整个租期 (大 年。 约65 年),而其余的租 约规定,必需根据经过 彼此同意或是仲裁规定 的金额,每次向该市支 付10年期的年度租金。

租约规定了头30 预付了99年。 年的年度租金。 在其后四期里, 每期的年度租金 需重新检讨确 定,或由法院裁 定。

续约

每隔5年或是由UBC同 意的更长时间续约一 次。UBC 可以选择以 彼此同意或经仲裁决 定的公平市价,购买 租客对该分契单位拥 有的权益 ( 所谓权益 明文规定包含了居住 权本身) 。

续约条款的实质 内容几乎是我们 邻区租约中续约 条款的翻版。

租约中止时,该市可以选择以彼此同 意或经仲裁决定的公平市价,购买租 客对该分契单位拥有的权益。

没有续约条款。 没有续约条款。.

地主

Musqueam 在 请看第5组的说 1960年建造并且 明。 维护了75个单 位。租约都是当 时核准的。 99 年

99 年

大约99 年


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THE CAMPUS RESIDENT MARCH 18, 2013

Nominations are Underway for the 2012-2013 UNA Volunteer Awards These are the inspiring stories of four outstanding UNA volunteers, as well as information about the Volunteer nomination process. (Stories of more outstanding volunteers will appear in the April issue of the Campus Resident)

Nomination Process If you know of a volunteer whose contribution has enriched our community, we encourage you to make a nomination before March 31, 2013. The information on the nomination criteria and process is available at www.myuna.ca and www.oldbarn.ca The nomination form can be downloaded from the UNA and the Old Barn websites, or obtained from the UNA Office or the front desk of The Old Barn Community Centre. Nicole Fitzsimmon

Volunteer instructor, Intermediate Conversation Club What motivates me to be a volunteer?

Pauline Hong,

Volunteer instructor, Mandarin Conversation Club What motivates me to be a volunteer? It is my honour to teach Mandarin in the community in which I live. In 2009, when I moved to UBC from Burnaby, I participated in different activities and programs at the community centre, such as Nia, Yoga and English Conversation Club. In these classes I met some of my neighbours who are Canadian, Japanese, Korean and Indian and on many occasions, these new friends wished to talk to me in Mandarin because they have neighbours who are also Chinese. They wanted to learn Mandarin to speak to their neighbours, some wanted to learn Mandarin for other reasons too, such as travelling to China in the future. As I had been working as an education consultant in China for six years before I moved to Canada, the education and communication skills I have gave me the boldness to take the job. I hope that I am doing well in helping my neighbours to fulfill their purposes. I greatly enjoy this opportunity and I appreciate the fact that I am building a bridge between the community members and Chinese culture through my volunteer work.

David Deng,

Volunteer instructor, Beginner Conversation Club (David is a fourth year UBC student in microbiology & immunology and psychology) What motivates me to be a volunteer? I became a volunteer in hopes of making a positive contribution to my local community. I was specifically motivated to teach practical conversation English because I wanted to help newcomers to Canada enjoy the experience of living here and see firsthand how accepting we are as a society. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to teach this course along with one of my best friends, Michel Phan. Through my time here, I have met many great students and gained valuable teaching experience. As a result, I believe that I have become a much more confident, outgoing and mature person. My experience at The Old Barn has been incredible so far. I look forward to being even more involved here in the future.

What is my vision of the UNA community?

What is my vision of the UNA community?

I hope that the UNA community is not only a beautiful place to live, but also a place that cares for our residents’ social life and well-being, a place where people really know each other and learn from each other. I believe that there is room for the UNA to improve its services, communication with residents about new plans and policies, and offer more multicultural opportunities for residents to participate in.

I believe that one of the most unique features of the UNA community is how people of many different backgrounds and cultures have all learned to work, play and live together in a harmonized fashion. I hope that the residents of the UNA community can continue building positive relationships with each other and become an even better example of a multi-cultural community in the near future.

In 2009, I became a landed immigrant to Canada and moved into the UNA community at UBC. During the 12 months prior to my arrival, my husband and I had a wonderful opportunity to spend a year in Kenya, China and Japan which we enjoyed tremendously. For some time, I had an interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages. However, having those experiences really helped me to understand what it feels like to have to learn and use a second language to survive. I identified with the stresses and struggles of getting basic daily needs met in the new countries we were living in, and also the joys of success when communicating in a second language. Settling in to a new community anywhere in the world takes time. It requires that opportunities be provided to help newcomers make new friends, make their own meaningful contributions and enjoy a sense of feeling a part of their neighbourhood. The English Conversation Club programs offered at The Old Barn Community Centre seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to do all of those things and to help others to do the same. What is my vision of the UNA community? My vision for the UNA community is that those who are new to Canada or new to the UNA community will feel at home. To help those whose first language is not English be empowered with the skills and ability to communicate confidently and be able to understand and enjoy Canadian culture along with its customs. To help people feel connected to each other and valuable members of the UNA neighbourhood.

Vincent Tu,

UNA youth volunteer What motivates me to be a volunteer? Although it may sound clichĂŠ and overused, what motivates me to be a volunteer are the wide smiles across the faces of children as participate in their exciting activity programs. From the very beginning when I decided to volunteer to see if I could make a difference in my own community, I was always interested in working with children. I especially believe that children reflect the possibility of newborn discovery and show their understanding of the same subjects in new and different ways. Children, who are much more open to new ideas, present their ideas in such an interesting matter that it is simply a wonder to be working with them. What is my vision of the UNA community? My vision of the UNA community is quite simple, as I believe that it is performing a great job right now. However, what would be a great asset is to raise awareness for the UNA, since not all people within the community know what the UNA actually is. While the UNA has recently opened a twitter account to publicize itself, it is in great lack of the normal twitter usages that people apply to get their tweets better known, such as addressing another tweeter with @ and the hashtag, #. I believe that by addressing more tweeters as well as hashtagging more tweets, the UNA could become far better known and attract members of the local community.

Team up with our fun and energetic leader for an action packed party!

To book a Saturday birthday party at The Old Barn, please phone 604.822.9675 or email bookings@oldbarn.ca 6308 Thunderbird Blvd @ UBC


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UNA Approves On-Street Parking Fees for Hawthorn, Wesbrook, Effective June 1st On March 12, the eight-member UNA board passed a motion to start charging residents of Hawthorn Place and Wesbrook Place for on-street parking. Only resident-director Charles Menzies voted against the motion—residentdirector Thomas Beyer did not attend the meeting. Effective June 1, and lasting until March 31, 2014, a resident parking decal for the first vehicle parked on the street in Wesbrook Place and Hawthorn Place will cost $40. A parking decal for a second vehicle will cost $80 and a third $160. Visitor parking permits for this period will cost $40 with an allowed limit of one visitor permit per legal suite address. The UNA considers introduction of this fee schedule both as an important first step towards the long-term UNA goal of a cost recovery parking operation, and as a means to help discourage abuse of permits.

THE CAMPUS RESIDENT MARCH 18, 2013

Encouraging UTown@UBC Residents To Give and Receive By Scott Steedman A new program urges UTown@UBC residents to give to a different charity each month — and get a chance to receive services from local youth in return. If you walked by the Acadia Park Commonsblock, Wesbrook Village Welcome Centre or The Old Barn Community Centre in the last few months, you may have been greeted by young people handing out free candy, cookies and hot chocolate, and encouraging you to place a donation in one of the collection bins. The volunteers, mostly local high school students, have been drumming up support for “Give and Receive,” a unique new community-building project on campus. Every month they collect donations and raise awareness for a different local charity. December, the first month, focused on the Salvation Army Toy Drive; January saw a sock drive for Union Gospel Mission; February supported the AMS Food Bank. “Every time someone gives a donation, their name is entered in a draw to receive a service donated by a member of the UTown@UBC community,” explains Gabriella Scali, coordinator at Campus and Community Planning (C+CP), who helped fund “Give and Receive” through the UTown@UBC Community Grant Program, a joint initiative of C+CP and the University Neighbourhoods Association. “It’s a fascinating way to encourage people to donate, and get them involved in community life. The services provid-

ed include things like gardening, cleaning, and dog-walking — all done free of charge by young volunteers who live in UTown@UBC.” “Give and Receive” is the brainchild of Dee Wang, a grade 12 University Hill Secondary School who lives on campus. “I always wanted to make a more significant difference in the community,” explains Wang. “I started off volunteering, and then wanted to initiate something new to allow friends and other people my age to contribute too. There are so many simple things we can do that can make a difference—helping different causes, like homeless shelters, the children’s hospital.... So I came up with the idea of holding different drives for different charities, and the grant made it possible.” February’s drive focused on door-todoor collection, as well as telling people about the program—hence the free candy and cookies. Student volunteers have donated various services, including some rather surprising things such as drawing lessons, photographic portraits and piano lessons. “We’re really playing to the talents of the community,” says Wang. “There are some talented people here with great skills they can share.” The project for March, the fourth and last month of “Give and Receive,” will be a book drive for Adopt-A-School, to help schools around Vancouver to fill their libraries. “Give and Receive��� donations bins can be found at The Old Barn Community Centre, Acadia Park Commonsblock and the Wesbrook Village Welcome Centre.

Dee Wang

Check the “Give and Receive” website each month to find out more about the new events and new items to be collected! Article is reprinted with permission from Campus and Community Planning February Newsletter.


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THE CAMPUS RESIDENT MARCH 18, 2013 LISTEN continued from Page 1 In a room in the stately Iona Building, residents offered their thoughts on the topic ‘UNA Service Delivery: Focusing on the Public Realm’. Mike Feeley, a former UNA chair, led the session, reminding all in attendance— including UNA resident-directors Richard Alexander (current chair), Charles Menzies and Shaohong Wu; UNA staff members Jan Fialkowski and Ralph Wells; a representative of UBC Properties; and two media representatives—that residents only were invited to speak with others there to listen. In fact, due to the relatively small turnout, Mr. Feeley allowed a limited number of comments by resident-directors. Mr. Feeley also reminded residents that in the spirit of Listen In, they should seek to offer thoughts without engaging in debate with fellow residents when something was stated with which they disagreed. The UNA board, which inaugurated the Listen In Series in October of last year, considers it a new, and novel, approach to the democratic process with its objective to expand and develop UNA accountability in areas of resident concern. Mr. Feeley invited residents to speak in a series of three ‘rounds’. “Tell us first what you like about the way the UNA delivers services to residents. Then tell us what areas need improvement, and finally, tell us what actions you think should be undertaken fetch about these improvements.” Speaking to what she liked about the way ‘public realm’ services are provided, a resident—who came to Canada from China relatively recently—remarked on the satisfying sense of security she has

in the Chancellor Place neighbourhood in which she lives. “I feel so safe when I take my daughter for a walk in the evening in this neighbourhood,” she said. “And clean,” she added. “Everything is so clean.” Speaking to reasons for complaints about services in the public realm, another Chancellor Place resident referred to the relative lack of play space for children in his neighbourhood, especially given the construction of a high-rise tower in the heart of it called ‘Axis’. “And what a name, Axis! Don’t people remember what this name meant in the Second World War.” (Nazi Germany was an ‘Axis’ power.) Referring to what action might be taken to make the UNA areas more livable, a third resident wanted to see the UNA board enact a bylaw that would control noise on the one hand, and the use of herbicides on the other. The first Listen In session took place October 30 at Tapestry (Wesbrook Place) when the topic was: What are your thoughts on development, housing density and our public spaces. The third - and final - session will take place May 21, 2013, 7 to 9 pm at The Old Barn Community Centre (Hawthorn Place) when the topic will be: Engaging Community Members’.

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UNA Community News Sustainability Corner Conserving Energy at Home You may be aware that Earth Hour 2013 occurs on Saturday, March 23rd. This WWF global campaign encourages folks to turn off their lights for one hour every year to raise awareness of energy conservation and climate change (find out more at earthhour.org). In keeping with the Earth Hour theme, the focus of my March column is energy conservation at home. There are many things you can do at home to conserve energy (and save money). With the help of a UBC Clean Energy Engineering student, Sunny Brar (you may recall reading about Sunny’s work in

Ralph Wells, UNA Sustainability Manager

The Campus Resident), we reviewed energy consumption in multi-family homes, using information from the Vancouver region. We found that about 63% of energy consumption was for home heating, 17% for water heating, 10% for appliances, 5% for lighting and 4% for electronics. While energy use will vary in individual buildings and homes, these consumption figures are helpful for considering actions you can take in your home. Because heating is the largest source of home energy use, turning down your thermostat at night and during absences will have a significant impact. Using a programmable thermostat is an effective way to control temperature. Typical temperature settings would be 21°C when occupied during the day and 16°C at night or during absences (for extended absences 10°C is a good setting). Hot water use is another area of significant home energy use. The primary sources of hot water use are showers, baths and laundry (combined, these represent much of a home’s hot water consumption). Helpful actions include taking a shower rather than a bath, and using cold water wash. Most new UNA buildings will come with low flow shower heads (typically rated at about 9 litres/ min), but if you live in an older home, consider installing a low flow shower head if you haven’t already. For laundry, many cold water laundry detergents

are available, making for effective cold water washing. Hang drying clothes is another effective way to save energy. Use of Energy Star rated appliances can yield big savings over the life of the appliance. New UNA buildings will generally have Energy Star appliances installed, but be sure to consider Energy Star ratings when you upgrade or replace old appliances. This is particularly important for refrigerators (and freezers) which are typically the biggest energy users. If you purchase an Energy Star rated fridge, you will likely qualify for a free pick up of your old fridge and a $50 credit. An Energy Star front load washing machine will save water as well as electricity. For lighting, CFL and LED bulbs are very efficient. LED bulbs are currently expensive, but prices are dropping rapidly (even at higher prices, LED bulbs can

pay for themselves because they can last for 20 years or more). Turning off lights that are not in use remains a good habit. Using a power bar to turn off electronics when not in use can save standby power (and new powerbars can automatically turn off peripheries when the main unit is turned off). Institute these measures and you will not only help conserve energy, but you will save money as well. There are also many building level sources of energy consumption, for example the lighting in underground parking lots, and heating systems for common areas (e.g., lobbies and hallways), these will be the topic of a future column. For any questions or comments on these or other sustainability topics please feel free to contact me at rwells@myuna.ca or 604.822.3263.

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Future of Broadway Fuels Transit Debate By Maria Harris, member, Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation The issue of rapid transit in the Broadway corridor between Commercial Drive (or vicinity) and UBC is heating up again. After close to four years of study and consultation, TransLink has released a report in which it proposes three options for further consideration. A recent report on the economic potential of the Broadway corridor, jointly sponsored by Vancouver and UBC, adds fuel to the debate on the appropriate option. Rapid transit must be paid for somehow. TransLink has no room in its current revenue sources to fund rapid transit in

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the Broadway corridor, nor to fund other equally necessary expansions of the transit system. The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation has been working hard to seek the Province’s agreement to enact legislation that would enable new revenue sources. These efforts included two letters this year to the responsible Minister. In Phase 1 of its UBC Line Rapid Transit Study, TransLink identified seven options for further evaluation. Phase 2 culminated in a report released two weeks ago that singles out three options for a more detailed consideration: • Street-level or partially-tunneled light rail transit (LRT). • A combination of street-level LRT and tunneled SkyTrain. • Tunneled SkyTrain. The SkyTrain option received the highest acceptability rating based on market research. The combination and SkyTrain options have a shorter travel time and would attract more riders, so perform better on a number of measures of costeffectiveness. However, they are the most expensive, with a capital cost of $2.7 and $3 billion, respectively, compared to a capital cost of $1.1 billion for LRT. Bus options were rejected since they would not have the capacity to meet long-term demand. On February 28, Vancouver and UBC released a jointly-sponsored report prepared by KPMG called “The UBCBroadway Corridor – Unlocking the Economic Potential”. It finds that the Broadway corridor has enormous economic potential and concludes that an underground rail rapid transit system is required for this potential to be fully real-

ized. In a letter to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure dated January 31, the Mayors’ Council proposed a menu of five new near-term and long-term revenue sources for TransLink: • a vehicle levy, • a regional sales tax of up to 0.5%, • regional carbon tax, • land value capture, • and road pricing (some form of pay-byuse charge for roads). In a further letter to the Minister sent on February 28, the Mayors’ Council expressed frustration with the process and disappointment that the Province is distancing itself from any active role in developing new funding sources. Realistically, it cannot be expected that either the Liberals or the NDP will endorse new taxes to support TransLink ahead of the May 14 provincial election. TransLink is currently developing a new Regional Transportation Strategy, as mandated by legislation. This will consist of a long-term (30-year) strategy and a medium-term (15-year) implementation plan. The decision on a preferred option for Broadway will be made as part of this comprehensive regional planning process so that trade-offs can be considered between the various regional investment needs, having regard to the funding opportunities and constraints. In the course of the planning process, TransLink intends to facilitate a regional discussion with the public, stakeholders and elected officials. The consequence for these consultations, if the Province does not make a timely decision on which revenue sources it will enable, is unclear. (www. mariaharris.ca).

Director Departs to Live in Richmond Shaohong Wu, a resident-director of the University Neighbourhoods Association, will sit at his last UNA board meeting in April. Mr. Wu, a director since September, has decided to live in Richmond—making him ineligible to represent campus residents on the UNA board.

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UBC Study Sees Soccer Centre Creating Little Impact on Residential Zones around Playing Fields Use of Thunderbird fields already high - is expected to increase; but impact will be mitigated by use of currently unused paid parking spaces, says UBC Participants in athletic activities and events currently make more than 700,000 visits to the playing fields at UBC annually, and the University expects this number to grow with the new and improved facilities planned for its well-used Thunderbird Park - surrounded by residential neighburhoods Hampton Place to the east, Wesbrook Place to the south, East Campus to the north, and Hawthorn Place to the west. These new and improved facilities will include a new National Soccer Development Centre - complete with Fieldhouse, Plaza and additional playing fields. However, a UBC transportation study of the proposed facilities predicts that increased use of the fields when the facilities are built will not generate significantly more impact on daily traffic and parking volumes on weekends or evenings in areas around the field, including nearby residential neighbuorhoods. UBC planners say their study shows the reason for this is the already ample number of paid-parking spaces available beside Wesbrook Mall, East Mall, the huge Thunderbird Parkade just north of the playing fields and elsewhere.

Field studies undertaken by planners indicated only 65% of current available parking space is being used. The current inventory of available parking spaces includes: Thunderbird Parkade (1,634); East Mall on street (east side) (78); East Mall on street (west side) (56); Thunderbird Stadium parking lot (135); Wesbrook Mall (east side) (28); and Wesbrook Mall (west side) (54). Meanwhile, the study predicts that with the introduction of the proposed new facilities in Thunderbird Park, the total traffic on East Mall and Wesbrook Mall would increase by less than 10%. The UBC transportation study was undertaken because beginning in the summer and over the coming years, Thunderbird Park will become the home of a new training facility which will form the centerpiece of the proposed National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) – a new athletic facility to be shared by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the university and community. Once complete, the NSDC will serve UBC’s varsity and UBC REC students, Whitecaps FC, men’s, women’s, and Residency teams, local youth teams and other sport partners. More than 50% of the field time will be dedicated to community programs and use. The proposed facilities are being pursued as a partnership between UBC, the Government of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club. As part of the planning for the new facilities, UBC says, it is important to assess the current and future transportation

Map of Thunderbird Park shows available paid-parking spaces in and around playing fields. UBC study finds enough unused parking space is available to accommodate increased future use of fields without disrupting adjacent neighbourhoods. demands for the Thunderbird Park area in order to determine impact to UBC and our community while also ensuring safe and appropriate access for all field users.

“We want to ensure that the addition of the new facilities is a positive one for the campus community,” the University says.


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Biodiversity in your backyard Grow Me Instead By Daniel Mosquin, Research Manager, UBC Botanical Garden One of the principles of being a responsible gardener is to avoid the use of invasive plant species. For those who garden with an eye to sustaining biodiversity, it is critical that garden plantings complement the native flora and fauna in and around their backyard. With spring in the air and gardeners’ thoughts turning toward new plants to try, it’s an excellent time to become informed about what plant species should be avoided due to invasiveness. And it is indeed critical to be informed as a potential purchaser; unlike other industries that are prevented from selling products that are harmful, the nursery trade and retailers have few restrictions on the plants they can make available. A mistake on the part of the gardener in purchasing and growing an invasive plant can have a devastating effect on local biodiversity over the course of a human generation or two. Fortunately, the Invasive Plant Council of BC (IPCBC, http://www.invasiveplantcouncilbc.ca) provides some excellent

SAFETY continued from Page 3 Feeling there are no other options, parents are increasingly deciding to drive their kids to and from school each day. We all know the irony of this. With more cars on the roads, the roads become more congested and more dangerous. But we also know that one is much more likely to survive a lower speed vehicular crash as a driver or passenger than to survive being hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian or cyclist. Parents and guardians have made some simple requests: 1. Campus and Community Planning and the Ministry of Transportation acknowledge there are problems with the existing roundabout. However, inexplicably, their plans are to build two more roundabouts

HIGHWAY continued from Page 3 The traffic circle at Wesbrook and 16th (as the future one on East Mall and 16th will be) is heavily used by pedestrians, bicyclists and children. A roundabout there

resources. Not only do they give advice about what to avoid, but they have also produced a brochure with planting alternatives: Grow Me Instead: Beautiful NonInvasive Plants for Your Garden. Inside this 68 page brochure are 26 species of plants invasive to at least some part of British Columbia, including at least a dozen with proven invasiveness in local habitats. For example, English ivy continues to be sold in the Vancouver area as a rapid-growing cover for walls and structures. Like so many invasives, its characteristic of quick growth makes it an excellent competitor, such that it smothers and starves other native plants. Its thick growth also prevents the establishment of native seedlings. In Grow Me Instead, the IPCBC details five alternative native and ornamental plants (and lists several others) that have similar properties to English ivy, but without the invasiveness. As an aside, it should be noted that most English ivy in the Vancouver area (and in the brochure) is actually a slightly different species, Irish ivy — but the advice in the brochure to avoid growing all true ivies in the Vancouver region is sound. Other examples of invasive plants to avoid locally include butterfly bush, English holly, Armenian (Himalayan) black-

berry, and spurge-laurel. For each of these, five recommended alternatives are detailed and additional alternatives listed. Grow Me Instead can be downloaded for free from the Invasive Species Council of BC web site or purchased for a nominal fee: http://www.bcinvasives.ca/resources/ outreach-materials. In addition to the recommendations, the brochure also provides suggestions on what else you can do to help halt the spread of invasive plant species, such as encouraging nurseries to sell only non-invasive plants, removing existing invasive plants, and reporting invasive species sightings. In the Collections: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum hosts Invoking Venus: Feathers and Fashion, with several artist talks accompanying this exhibition. On April 25, come for 50 Years in Serengeti: the Story Behind the Science, a free lecture with Dr. Anthony R.E. Sinclair. Info and tickets to these events are available at beatymuseum.ubc.ca/events. There are still space in the popular UTown@UBC Nature Club (free for campus resident children); register early at botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/utown. For people into gardening, check out our adult courses and lectures at botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/courses.

without any attention to the issues with the existing one. They tell us to trust them that the next couple of roundabouts will be improvements over the existing one. We ask that they fix the well-documented problems with the first roundabout before building any additional roundabouts. In so doing, they would re-build community trust and buy-in to the roundabout expansion plans before actually building additional roundabouts. 2. We ask that any pedestrian crossing should be designed such that pedestrians are crossing one lane at a time. We ask that plans for the additional roundabouts be modified to take best advantage of the extensive experience and huge body of research in Europe which shows that single lane entry, single lane exit roundabouts

and single lane around the roundabouts represent modern best practice. 3. We ask that there be serious consideration, including costs estimates, for a pedestrian overpass or tunnel. Parents have been requesting this for years and have never once been taken seriously. Requests for cost estimates were not only never fulfilled but never acknowledged. PACs have successfully raised hundreds of thousands of dollars when child safety was impetus. 4. We ask that the posted speed limit in the stretch of 16th Avenue encompassed by the three roundabouts be lowered to 30 kms. We feel very, very strongly that this is warranted giving the number of kids who need to cross 16th, especially after the Rose Point Elementary School opens.

Parents who are passionate about their children’s safety have tried since the beginning to get these requests incorporated into Campus and Community Planning and Ministry of Transportation plans but have not been heard. Time is running out and Ministerial intervention may be the only hope. Please visit the UHill Secondary PAC website at http://uhillpac. blogspot.ca/ and use the easy template for writing to our MLA. Every letter counts and will help. You are also most welcome to contact the co-chairs of the PACs for more information or ways you can help. Good ideas are always welcome!

with two lanes in each direction—as it is now—is not required. It benefits mainly traffic flow, based on ancient pre-ferry idea days, but not 2013 community thinking or current traffic flow volumes. Extensive studies in Europe show that roundabouts

with two lanes in each direction are unsafe in areas with any pedestrian use, and as such are only used in high- to mediumspeed car-only areas, or where there is a separator between each lane, as depicted in the photo on this page. The pedestrian crosses one lane, then has a one-meter or so island where to wait for traffic flow breaks in the next lane. Not only is this roundabout at 16th Avenue and Wesbrook Mall -- with two lanes in each direction -- confusing for experienced car drivers, it is unsafe for pedestrian and especially seniors and children. Over 750 children attend the newly opened U-Hill high school, and in less than two years even more kids will cross 16thAvenue to get to the new school at Acadia. There is a retirement centre in South Campus and many seniors reside in Hampton Place or other communities on the UBC campus. It is already a very busy intersection, as anyone can attest to who uses it in the morning, at noon or in the afternoon when school starts or ends or UBC empties out. As more schools open, and more housing is built in South Campus it will get far worse. Furthermore, the mid-block crossing

halfway between East Mall and Wesbrook Mall also crosses four lanes. A yellow flashing signal is planned, but this crossing will become accident-prone if people—distracted by thoughts of returning home in the afternoon—drive at excessive speeds in the traffic-friendly roundabouts, A two-lane roadway would be far safer. The UBC planning department and the ministry of transportation and infrastructure (MOTI) really ought to consider if 16th Avenue has to be such a highway! (For historic reasons, the major roadways on campus are owned by MOTI, not UBC. As such the planning of roadways is beyond the control of either the UNA or the town planning agency.) A more pedestrian friendly solution that is safe can and must be found.

Irish ivy (often incorrectly referred to as English ivy) smothers both the ground and the trunks of trees.

Thomas Beyer is a driver and pedestrian and has navigated many traffic circles in Europe when he lived there. He is also a UNA director and chair of the UNA Transportation committee. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the UNA or UBC.


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