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Volume 4, Issue 9
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
Car2go Comes to Campus Neighbourhoods
Ralph Wells, UNA sustainability manager; car2go representatives Chris Juvancigh; David Holzer and Justin Macdonald.
Pilot program is in effect until end of December; parking will be allowed in Hawthorn Place and Wesbrook Place The University Neighbourhoods Association has entered into a letter of agreement with car2go, a private, German company whose fleets of small, blue-and-white Smart cars have become ubiquitous on the roadways of Canadian, American and European cities over the last few years. A fleet of 300 car2go vehicles operates in Vancouver, and the UNA/car2go agreement allows for cars from this fleet to be parked in the Wesbrook Place and Haw-
thorn Place neighbourhoods when not in use. The carsharing service will be monitored over a pilot period lasting from now until December 31st, and changes to the service will be made if deemed necessary. Service is expected to be expanded to include Hampton Place neighbourhood, pending results of the pilot program The regional manager of car2go for Canada, David Holzer, said in an interview that “the lifestyle” of people living in the UBC area makes expansion of the Vancouver ‘home area’ to include UNA neighbourhoods attractive. Car2go provides low cost and convenient car sharing, Mr. Holzer said. The 30,000 members of the car-sharing program in Vancouver can pick up or drop
Greenest of Buildings, ‘Sail’ Soars to REAP Heights Sail, a condo complex by Adera, is first to be awarded ‘platinum’ certification in UBC green building program; it is also first six-storey, all-wood building on campus. The opening of a six-storey, all-wood building called ‘Sail’ on September 6th brought to market what Sail developer Adera and UBC Properties Trust call ‘the greenest residential building on campus’. Executives from both Adera and UBC Properties attended an opening event outside the main entrance to Sail at 5983 Gray Avenue in the Wesbrook Place neighbourhood.
Speaking for Adera Development Corp., chief executive officer Kevin Mahon said, “Sail is the most sustainable (residential) building ever built at UBC.” Speaking for UBC Properties, chair Randy Zien said, “Sail is one of the most sustainable buildings in North America, if not the world.” The University has responded to Adera’s efforts to maximize sustainability features at Sail by awarding it ‘platinum’ status under a UBC-developed, greenbuilding rating system called ‘Residential Environmental Assessment Program’ (REAP). Platinum status ranks highest under REAP. Platinum ranks higher than ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze.’ SAIL continued on Page 7.
off cars in the home area 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This home area now includes Hawthorn Place and Wesbrook Place. Mr. Holzer called the service his company provides “a convenient mobility option for UBC residents.” The sustainability manager for the UNA, Ralph Wells, listed numerous benefits he expects to see residents enjoy as a result of the UNA/car2go program. “It gives people an option to car ownership,” he said. Confessing to being “an enthusiastic member of car2go”, Mr. Wells said that in the case of his family, it helped in fetching about the decision not to purchase a second car. He also foresees long term benefits to the kind of carsharing offered by car2go: “It can help alleviate parking pressures in neighbourhoods, and possibly lead to two small cars parking in the space of one large car.” The two-year-old UNA agreement with Modo, another form of car-sharing, remains in effect, Mr. Wells said, calling the two programs (Modo and car2go) “complementary”. Unlike Smart cars which rent out by the minute virtually, the seven Modo cars assigned parking spots in UNA neighbourhoods operate on a more traditional carsharing basis—rental by the day, for example. Mr. Wells pointed to another difference between the two companies. “Modo is non-profit, car2go isn’t.” The German car company Daimler launched car2go in the southern German city of Ulm during March 2009 and in Austin, Texas, in November 2009. As of August 2013, car2go reports it operates over 8,000 vehicles, which serve eight countries and 23 cities worldwide with over 400,000 customers—including 87,000 in the three Canadian cities of Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. See related car stories on Page 8 and 9.
Return to School Runs Smoothly Despite Heavy Traffic on 16th The UNA, UBC, RCMP and parent advisory councils are participants in initiative to keep children safe on pedestrian crossings; caution is key The University Neighbourhoods Association, UBC, the RCMP and parents advisory councils joined forces in the first week of September to assist families and children in safely navigating pedestrian crossings en route to and from school. According to reports from participants, the initiative proved successful in spite of the large number of children crossing the road, heavy road traffic at times and the recent opening of new road works on 16th Avenue. New road works include: • pedestrian activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB’s) at the 16th and Wesbrook Mall roundabout to increase the awareness of motorists to near-by pedestrians; • pedestrian-activated overhead amber flashing lights at the mid-block crossing between Wesbrook Mall and East Mall; and • the East Mall roundabout that replaces a signalized intersection. While assisting students and families crossing the busy roadway, UNA staff members and volunteers, RCMP officers and others had the opportunity to note the behaviour of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and on the basis of their observations, nearly all agree this behaviour could be improved. Some motorists fail to stop when pedestrians are on the 16th Avenue crossings. Some cyclists fail to dismount when using the crosswalks. Some pedestrians fail to activate the flashing amber lights by pressing waistlevel buttons. TRAFFIC continued on Page 4.
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Young Pianists Play Dazzling Concert for Campus Seniors Angeni Wang is 14; brother Arthur is 12 The young Wang siblings—Angeni and Arthur—took their prodigious musical talent to the campus retirement community on August 27—playing a dazzling piano recital at Tapestry in Wesbrook. Angeni, 14, and brother Arthur, 12, live with mom Min Zhao and dad Tongli Wang, and they found an appreciative audience for their classical music among Tapestry seniors. Angeni played pieces by Bach, Chopin and Schubert. Arthur played Bach, Chopin and Lizst. A year ago, the young pianists—playing as a duet—proved unbeatable in the UBC’s Got Talent contest. Delighted that UBC’s Got Talent, 2012 was won by contestants from campus neighbourhoods, directors of the University Neighbourhoods Association at the time invited the Wang family of four to a board meeting to be formally recognized for their talents and achievements. In a brief interview with The Campus Resident then, Angeni and Arthur gave great credit to their music teacher (Dr. Victor Shevtsov, of Richmond), and thanked their mom and dad for supporting their grand goals of becoming professional pianists one day. In response, Min said, “Arthur began playing when he was six, and Angeni when she was 6 ½,” while Tongli said, “Min and I are very proud of them.” The past year has only confirmed the
talents of Angeni and Arthur for performing well in both concerts and contests. Here is selection of their accomplishments: • Angeni won the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association Medal for highest mark in the ARCT (Associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music) exam in August, 2012. • Angeni won the Best Overall Performer Trophy at the Richmond Music Festival in November. • Both won a trophy for best Piano Ensemble performance at the Richmond Music Festival in November. • Both won 2nd prize at the Northwest International Piano Ensemble Competition in November. • Arthur performed Beethoven’s fifth concerto with the Delta Youth Orchestra last December. • Both performed Mozart’s duo piano concerto with the Richmond Symphony in January. • Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival nominated Arthur as their representative in the Provincial competition in Chilliwack in April. • Angeni won the Delta Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition in May. • Both were semifinalists in the International Kaufman Competition in New York in June. • Both were semifinalists in the recent International Seattle Competition. At the campus recital in August, the seniors of Tapestry summed up this virtuosity in a single word. “Bravo,” they called out.
Proliferation of Billboards Pushes UNA Board to Pass Motion UBC and UBC Properties will be asked to join with UNA in creating guidelines ‘to protect viewscapes’; motion is passed unanimously The proliferation of commercial billboards, signage and lighting that detract from the natural grandeur of the UBC landscape has spurred the University Neighbourhoods Association into action. At their monthly meeting in September, UNA directors voted to ask UBC and UBC Properties to jointly develop with the UNA a set of guidelines to regulate commercial billboards, signage and lighting within and adjoining the public areas of the UNA neighbourhoods. In approving the motion, the UNA board acted on the recommendation of its operations and sustainability committee.
The directors also want to work with UBC and UBC Properties to create guidelines to ensure that new building projects provide publicly available viewscapes. The move to seek collaboration with UBC and UBC Properties began in committee in the summer when Charles Menzies brought forward a resolution for the directors to consider related to protecting viewscapes. With an amendment from director Erica Frank, the directors supported the resolution. The directors agreed then that viewscapes are increasingly understood to play a critical role in engendering a strong sense of belonging to an engaged and sustainable community. At the September meeting, the board members passed the resolution unanimously after chair Richard Alexander referred to a ‘plethora of signs’ on campus, and Mr. Menzies referred to “an explosion of signs” in some parts of campus adjoining neighbourhood lands.
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Editorial Page Letter to the Editor Jim Taylor responds to ‘Parting Thoughts…’ article by John Dickinson in August I read with interest John Dickinson’s “Parting Thoughts …” in the last Edition of The Campus Resident. I resist the temptation to deal word by word with this commentary. But one item cries out to be specifically addressed. Mr. Dickinson asks whether in “the absence of a real, democratic, responsive local government with the powers and responsibilities of a true municipality … would [people] invest their life savings in properties on campus”? Well, Mr. Dickinson did (indeed, according to the public records in the Land Title Office during the 8 years Mr. Dickinson owned his residence his investment increased from $620,000 to $1,240,000). My wife and I did. Everyone who has purchased here did. And new neighbours, each day, do the same thing. So why did we all do this? Is it because we think the governance arrangement is not “democratic” or “responsive” or has no power? Or, is it, because we thought that we had or could gain all three and that with hard work, acting wisely, we could create the marvelous community we have? I wrote a study on our governance options a couple of years ago. It can be found at www.myuna.ca. It is long. But I wanted to be as comprehensive as I could about the options we face. So what about the “true municipal” governance option that Mr. Dickinson seems to think we should be able to adopt? And, if it can be accomplished why hasn’t he taken care of it? I start with some questions for Mr. Dickinson. Can he identify a single (just one) municipal entity in Canada, or the US, or, heck, the entire western world, where there is a separate municipal legal entity comprised of five separate, unconnected, land locked areas
where all the connecting lands are owned by one person? Just one. Or, similarly can he identify a single municipal legal entity in the western world where every inch of land is owned by a single landlord and the residents’ rights as regards the use of the land are comprehensively set out entirely in leases, licenses and a negotiated agreement with the landlord extending these rights (as the UNA did in the Neighbours’Agreement 2008 (“NA 2008”)). Just one. It would be instructive for us to consider such examples if he can. And, let me say, we could achieve a municipality if we could persuade UBC to join us in one by making the entire campus a single municipality. But if we were able to do this how would one deal with the issues that would necessarily arise? As an example, the present franchise (right to vote) in the UNA is that all residents have a right to vote (absentee landlords cannot vote). We encourage all residents to participate in our community as volunteers and in our programs. Many residents who currently enjoy the right to vote would not be entitled to vote under a municipality subject to the Local Government Act (and every municipality in BC is subject to the LGA), because the LGA requires that voters be citizens of Canada (and allows absentee landlords to vote). Why is it as a new University residential community we have so many residents who want to and do participate in our community, who are not citizens? Well there are several reasons. First, we have students who come from all over the world, to study here, live here, join the UNA and participate. But they are not citizens. Second, it is not uncommon for faculty, even for faculty who stay here several years, to maintain their citizenship in another country (particularly US citizenship where there is the risk that if you take on Canadian citizenship you may lose your rights as a US citizen). Third, we have an enormous number of new Canadians who come to Canada
with a status that means they will become citizens, but the process of obtaining citizenship takes five or more years. Several people in these categories have, incidentally, been very active members of the community and indeed, on the Board of Directors, including as Chair, of the UNA. Would Mr. Dickinson simply accept the Local Government Act and disenfranchise probably half of the residents who presently vote and participate in our community’s affairs? Surely he should tell us what he would do about this. Incidentally, the chance of the Province changing the franchise rules that apply to everyone else in British Columbia in order to accommodate a municipality we create is zero. So this is a reality reasonable and knowledgeable people considering this option, have to deal with. What would Mr. Dickinson do about it? Another example, if we incorporated as a campus wide municipality, we would have, presently, 10,000 market residents, occupying a portion of about 20% of the campus and a huge educational institution occupying the other 80%. By Provincial Law a municipality cannot tax a provincial educational institute within its borders. So the institution that owns 100% of the land, and uses 80% of the land for institutional purposes, and would surely incur at least 80% of the municipal expense, cannot be taxed. We could go to the Province for a grant in lieu of taxes as a contribution to our revenue, but that would mean that a relatively small group of taxpaying residents would have to put their faith not in setting a mill rate designed to support the services that we determined we should have, but in a guess as to how much the Province might, or might not, grant us in its discretion. That is another provincial law that would not be changed to accommodate us. It is a provincial law designed to protect the Province’s purse from municipalities and it would apply to our municipality. Incidentally, this regime is found in every Province in Canada (and no Province can tax any property owned by Canada)). The difficulty is not with the theory of true municipal independence. Many, including me, agree that is a sensible option to the status quo we enjoy. The intractable questions that those of us who have thought about this seriously have struggled with is, given the fact of our life here as residents and provincial laws that apply to every municipality in British Columbia, how do we achieve this in a way that does not expose us to incredible risk and negative changes to our tremendous community. My objection to what Mr. Dickinson and any who join in his criticism say is not that they wish to improve the status quo. I do too. But, it is a status quo which many have worked very hard to advance and continue to work so as to make this a better place – including, as we did, in NA 2008, strengthening resident’s rights, a process that the present Board is continuing with in negotiations to revise NA 2008 to incorporate new issues that have been identified. No, my
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objection is that these folks seem to believe that if they criticize enough that somehow, magically, this will resolve the intractable impediments to an independent municipal governance arrangement. Let me give you a very specific example. In 2012-2013 a number of people worked very hard (volunteers, the UNA Board, a committee established jointly between the UNA and UBC to verify facts and a working group that assisted the committee) to determine what our proper water and sewer rates ought be. Early on UBC concluded that it had been charging too much and UBC made rebates. And, it was a unanimous recommendation of the committee (a jointly appointed Chair, and two other members one appointed by each of UBC and the UNA) that before UBC set any utility rates in the future that the proposed rates first be passed by the UNA for review to ensure that they are correct. This, in effect, creates a type of UNA utilities commission. It extends residents’ rights. Undoubtedly it will be set out in writing in the revisions to NA 2008. This all represented a lot of hard work. When the rebates were announced, Mr. Dickinson wrote to The Campus Resident saying that the rebates “would not have come to pass if not for questions raised … I have personally asked for this to be investigated at several meetings …”. The point Mr. Dickinson misses is that lots of people had questions and complaints. But what we had to do to advance our rights as residents was the hard work to fix the problem in the context of our special circumstances. And that is what we did as a community. And no amount of standing on the side of the hard work and “personally” asking, even “several times”, for an investigation helped one bit. So, in the context, perhaps Mr. Dickinson in his article should have been a little more charitable about the work that literally thousands of UNA volunteers have done over the years to strive to make this an ever better place to live, even given the unusual governance circumstance in which we find ourselves. Is it perfect? No. Is it a vast improvement from preUNA times? Decidedly. Will it get better, by virtue of the hard work of our Board, the University and others. Undoubtedly. And today, by virtue of the work we have all done, it is a caring, inclusive and thoroughly marvelous place to live. Jim Taylor, Resident, Hampton Place
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page 4 TRAFFIC continued from Page 1. The UNA community engagement & volunteer coordinator, Qiuning Wang, notes traffic at the 16th Ave. roundabout is busiest between 8:15 AM to 8:45AM and 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM. Ms. Wang said, “We saw many U-Hill secondary students crossing at the roundabout and some UBC students from Wesbrook. Many of them wear head-phones and some pay less attention while crossing.” Ms. Wang also observed that cyclists tend to ride through the crosswalks, sometimes close to non-stopping cars. “They are not willing to stop or walk their bikes. Not everyone wears a helmet.” In a UNA staff report, Ms. Wang notes, “It was so important to have RCMP presence throughout the week, Both drivers and pedestrians became more alert. After reminding pedestrians and cyclists throughout the week about the newly installed lights and buttons, we definitely saw an increasing number of people using them by Friday. Some parents gave us thumbs-up when seeing the pedestriancontrolled lights in use.” Meanwhile, the increased safety measures protecting pedestrians at the 16th Avenue/Wesbrook roundabout seem to have a significant impact on motorists. Sources indicate that during school hours, traffic backed up from the roundabout for several blocks north and south
THE CAMPUS RESIDENT SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 on Wesbrook Mall and east on 16th Avenue. Ms. Wang noted the number of westbound drivers at the roundabout “is noticeable, honking is loud and sometimes continuous.” She says, “For sure, more time is needed for all users to be aware about the changes, new signs and rules. The good thing is that the next Walk n’ Roll (schools safety initiative) is around the corner.” The local community policing coordinator, Dev Fletcher (attached to the University detachment of the RCMP), said he feels pedestrians and cyclists crossing the street in the first week of September went well with no issues. “However I did feel that many of the pedestrians failed to push the button before crossing the street and many of the cyclists—when using the crosswalks— need to get off their bikes and safely
UNA and RCMP staff, and volunteers monitoring crosswalk.
walk the bikes across and not ride them across.” Mr. Fletcher said many cyclists were not wearing helmets with UNA volunteers and RCMP officers trying hard to educate people about wearing helmets and safely crossing the road. In an e-mail, Mr. Fletcher writes, “Another issue that I had was that I saw many people using the crosswalk at 16th/Wesbrook and once they crossed the street they would all filter into the Save On Parking lot and walk to school. I think it would be great to see over time students using both the Wesbrook Mall and midblock crosswalks while going to school. This morning I also noticed cars stopping on 16th Avenue in front of the school (University Hill) to drop kids off, I really hope that this does not become a trend.” The University Secondary School Parents Advisory Council (PAC) has led public criticism of the road changes on 16th Avenue this year, and the PAC remains critical of these changes, according to co-chair Jens Lassen. In an e-mail, Mr. Lassen said, the straightening out of 16th Avenue between Wesbrook Mall and East Mall has resulted in the four-lane highway becoming “an inviting racetrack”—right in front of the school. Speed also appears a threat a mile to the south in front of the elementary school on campus. A spokesperson for the U Hill Elementary School PAC said the biggest safety
issue seems to be the high rate of speed of eastbound cars on Chancellor Boulevard.” The Campus Resident conducted an independent survey of the use of the pedestrian-activated flashing amber lights on the four-lane crosswalk in front of the secondary school on 16th Avenue —potentially the most dangerous crossing because of the relatively-high speed of passing traffic. For almost 30 minutes around the time of the 3:03 PM school closing at U Hill, we noted the number of people crossing 16th in both directions. The number came to 40 groups of people ranging in size from one to four or five. Almost 80% of the groups (33 out of 40) crossed after pressing the button to activate the flashing amber lights.
Students cross road at Wesbrook roundabout.
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After ‘Long Journey’, Order of St. John Opens Hospice on UBC Campus
Coming of UBC Hospice Continues Long, Noble Tradition First hospice was opened 900 years ago in Jerusalem
Order of St. John Hospice executives cut ribbon at opening of hospice. The St. John Hospice has opened at UBC after what its sponsor considers ‘a long journey’ to development. A free-standing, two-storey building providing 14 fully furnished en suite bedrooms, St. John Hospice officially opened September 6th after an hour-long dedication ceremony on its grounds. In partnership with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Providence Health Care and UBC, the Vancouver Commandery of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem and the Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation established the building, furnishings and landscaping following a successful fund-rising effort which netted $5.4 million—including $1 million from the province of British Columbia. Kenneth Mahon, hospice fundraising chair, told up to 200 friends of the hospice who attended the ceremony, “This project has followed along a long and winding path.” The journey began eight years ago, according to Mr. Mahon. Following a deci-
sion to build a facility for the care of people at the end of their lives, the Order of St. John secured a generous promise of land from UBC. This land lay at Southwest Marine Drive and University Boulevard, and the local members of the Order drew up plans for its hospice there. However, a year or so later with planning well underway, the project ran into a snag. The hospice funding chair said the snag arose following a complaint by the Wreck Beach Preservation Society to UBC that the privacy of nude sunbathers on the clothing-optional Wreck Beach nearby might be compromised by the presence of hospice residents. “Even residents in the last stages of life may have a twinkle in their eye,” Mr. Mahon said to the amusement of those at the dedication ceremony. Senior members of the Order learned of the snag in a meeting with UBC president Stephen Toope. However, they also received some good news from Professor Toope—in lieu of the land at Southwest
Marine Drive and University Boulevard, the University would make one of up to six other parcels of land on campus available. The choice of land at the foot of Stadium Road immediately across the road from the UBC Botanical Garden came after a review of the six available parcels, and planning the hospice began again. It has resulted in an elegant building where palliative care will be provided by health authority doctors, nurses and other multidisciplinary professionals, and it will serve people from across Vancouver. Mr. Mahon, a Vancouver chartered accountant, thanked all who helped bring the hospice project to fruition. John Norton, chair of the Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation, said: “Because of our generous donors, the St. John Hospice will provide essential endof-life-care focused on providing individual dignity, independence and compassion to people from all backgrounds, faiths, and income levels.”
The opening of the St. John Hospice at UBC comes at the same time as celebrations are held around the world to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the opening of the first such hospice in 1113 in Jerusalem. The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller is an ecumenical, international, Christian organization directly descended from Crusader Knights who founded a hospice for pilgrims before the turn of the 12th Century. The Sovereign Order received papal patronage for its good works on February 15th, 1113. In a collective statement issued at the opening of the St. John Hospice at UBC September 6th, members of the Order locally stated collectively, “We are deeply satisfied that, through our efforts, the St. John Hospice will welcome people from all backgrounds, faiths and income levels. “The Hospice will not only provide essential end-of-life care, focused on providing individuals dignity, independence and compassion, but will contribute to education and research for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.” Numerous public officials paid tribute to the Order of St. John for its efforts in developing St. John Hospice at UBC. Rich Coleman, minister responsible for housing in British Columbia, said, “It is important that individuals in need of hospice care have access to quality support and compassionate care in the community they know and love. “Our government is pleased to have contributed to this facility and I would like to congratulate the Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation and our project partners for their time and dedication to make the St. John Hospice a reality.” Terry Lake, minister of health said, “St. John Hospice will provide supportive care to patients and families and is a testament to how we can build end-of-life care capacity through partnerships. “High-quality end-of-life care is a critical health service and government has committed to doubling the number of hospice beds available in B.C. by 2020.” Dr. David Ostrow, president and chief executive officer, Vancouver Coastal Health, said “The St. John Hospice is an incredible gift not only to patients and their family members, but also to the larger medical community. “The physical proximity of the hospice to a teaching facility like UBC Hospital will provide medical residents and other caregivers the opportunity to partake in meaningful learning experiences about dying with dignity, all in a stunning, purpose-built space.” Pascal Spothelfer, a UBC vice president, said, “The hospice attests to UBC’s staunch commitment to community partnerships. “It opens the door not only to end of life care in a beautiful setting, but also to important research and teaching collaborations with UBC’s faculty of medicine.”
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Electoral Area Director’s 2012 Remuneration Total of $24,000 breaks down roughly into $10,000 annual salary and $14,000 for meeting fees The Vancouver Sun correctly reported in a June story that the total remuneration of Electoral Area director Maria Harris from Metro Vancouver for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $46,342. Sun reporter Kelly Sinoski also reported correctly that only the remuneration of Metro board chair Greg Moore ($78,372) was higher for the year out of 125 paid members of the Metro board and its committees. This raised the question, ‘Why was remuneration to Ms. Harris higher than 123 other Metro elected officials?’ The Campus Resident asked Ms. Harris this question, and she promptly and forthrightly answered it: “Of the $46,342, approximately $22,000 was retroactive payment of the Electoral Area director’s annual stipend for the years 2009-2011. “Net of this retroactive payment, the 2012 Electoral Area director’s remuneration for 2012 would have been about $24,000.” Metro Vancouver is governed by a board of directors. The board consists of 40 directors representing 21 municipalities, Electoral Area A, the Tsawwassen First Nation, and the City of Abbotsford (which is a member of Metro Vancouver only for the parks function). All directors, other than the director representing the Electoral Area, are members of a municipal or First Nations council and are appointed to the board by their council. The director representing the Electoral
Area is the only director who is elected to the position. Whereas there are 40 members on the board, there are a total of 170 elected officials in Metro Vancouver, including committee members and alternate board members, some of who attend as few as one or two meetings in a year. The $24,000 total Ms. Harris earned for 2012 breaks down roughly into $10,000 annual Electoral Area director’s salary and $14,000 for meeting fees. The $10,000 annual salary is set at 14.5% of the board chair’s annual salary. Throughout British Columbia, Electoral Area directors are paid an annual salary. This is intended to cover local constituency responsibilities. With the exception of the Metro chair and Vice-chair, other elected officials of regional districts are mayors and councilors, whose annual salaries are paid by their municipalities. Meeting fees are paid for certain types of meetings that the Electoral Area director attends, including Metro Vancouver board and committee meetings and a few others. All other time is compensated through the Electoral Area director’s annual stipend. Ms. Harris advises she attended 27 paid meetings at Metro Vancouver in 2012 and 31 so far in 2013. The number increased in 2013 because she was asked by the Metro chair to serve on four standing committees (Electoral Area, Transportation, Utilities, Mayors) in 2013 whereas in 2012, she served only on one. In 2012, there were 23 board members (of a total of 40) whose remuneration was similar or higher than the Electoral Area director’s, net of the annual stipend (i.e. $14,000 or higher).
Meeting fees for the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation are paid by TransLink and not by Metro Vancouver. Twenty one mayors, the Electoral Area director and the Tsawwassen First Nations Chief are members of this Council. Mayors’ Council meeting fees are set at approximately $540 per meeting with a maximum of ten meetings paid per year. There are close to 15,000 people living in the Electoral Area, whose interests are represented at Metro Vancouver and on the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation by the Electoral Area director. The vast majority of Electoral Area residents benefits from and pay for the core services provided by Metro Vancouver: drinking water, sewerage and drainage, and solid waste management, regional
parks, affordable housing, the 9-1-1 emergency service and air quality management. In addition, they benefit from planning, advocacy, and education initiatives undertaken at the regional level. A brief description of what Metro Vancouver does for the region, its management plans, its emphasis on sustainability, and also the roles of TransLink, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, and Metro Vancouver in relation to regional transportation can be found on the “Metro Vancouver” page of her website (www.mariaharris.ca). Naturally, Ms. Harris believes residents benefit from Electoral Area representation at the regional level. Do you agree? Do you disagree? The Campus Resident looks forward to your comments.
THE CAMPUS RESIDENT SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 SAIL continued from Page 1. Sail becomes the first project awarded Platinum status. The Sail development—consisting of 96 strata-title units—has also become well-known as the first all-wood six storey building on campus. British Columbia did not allow free-standing, all-wood buildings above four storeys until recently. Following a change in the provincial building code, Adera moved quickly into this field of design. It proposes to build a second Sail building (Sail 2) of 76 strata-title units beside the first. The development company, which has operated in Vancouver for over 40 years, anticipates its green technology—such as the waste water heat recovery system, energy star appliances and high-efficiency windows—will bring direct savings of
up to 75% on energy costs compared to traditional buildings. Norm Coutie, Adera president, said including green technology like the waste water recovery system and renewable wood products in Sail’s design “was a no-brainer.” The building-scale waste water heat recovery system recovers heat from water flushed down the drain and uses it to preheat water used for domestic purposes, as well as in-floor radiant heat for homes and common areas. Sail also sets a new standard in sustainability for homeowners with features such as Modo memberships, EnergyStar windows and appliances, low flow faucets and shower aerators, water efficient irrigation technology, and energy efficient, motion sensor lighting in bathrooms and common areas.
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A large contingent of campus families enjoyed free hamburgers, hot dogs, icecream, soft drinks and cotton candy at 3rd annual Wesbrook Village Festival Saturday, September 7 at UBC. Photo credit Don Erhardt.
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UNA Community News Carsharing in our Neighbourhoods Earlier this summer, my column focused on sustainable holiday transportation options, this month I’d like to look at transportation more locally. Local sustainable transportation options include walking, cycling, transit and carsharing. The latter is the topic of this month’s column (this topic was also covered in a previous column, but read on to see why it is timely for a review). As reported elsewhere in this issue, the car2go carshare service is expanding to our UNA neighbourhoods and offering an exclusive incentive to UNA residents. This new service will compliment the Modo carshare vehicles already available in our neighbourhoods. Carsharing programs (not be confused with ‘ride sharing’ or car pools where people share rides, primarily for commuting) are becoming increasingly popular in urban centres around the world. By joining a carshare program, a member gains access to a fleet of cars (generally distributed in urban residential areas) that are available to be booked on a 24 hour basis. There are three carshares operating in the Metro Vancouver region, Modo, Zipcar and car2go. Access to carsharing can allow residents to avoid purchasing a second vehicle or avoid car ownership entirely. A 2005 Transport Canada study estimated that nearly half of members got rid of a vehicle after joining a carshare organization and more than 20% were able to put
off purchasing a vehicle. Savings can be substantial. The Transport Canada study reported an average monthly cost of $125 for carsharing (including fuel costs), a substantial saving over the total costs associated with car ownership. There are also significant environmental benefits. A 2010 US study that surveyed nearly 10,000 carshare members across North America determined that households that joined a carshare reduced their annual greenhouse emissions by nearly a tonne. Carsharing can also significantly lower the number of vehicles in a neighbourhood: the Transport Canada study estimated that one car typically served 20 members. The availability of carshare vehicles in our neighbourhoods should play an important role in reducing parking pressure as our community grows. The provision of carshare parking locations within our neighbourhoods is one way the UNA is working to provide sustainable transportation option is available to UNA residents. Ultimately, it’s not any one transportation option that is important. Rather it’s the effective integration of multiple modes of transportation that will provide a transportation system that could make car ownership optional for UNA residents. For more information about this or other sustainability related topics contact me at email@example.com or 604.822.3263.
Ralph Wells, UNA Sustainability Manager
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The Future of Cars is not Electric but Individually-Owned Small Cars By Thomas Beyer As cities get denser, the movement of people in and around them becomes increasingly difficult. Three solutions exist: mass public transit, carsharing, and smaller, individuallyowned vehicles. In Canada’s major urban areas, more and more condo towers are springing up, and the quickest-selling urban real estate is usually close to rapid transit stations. Traffic volume on the Canada Line, connecting Vancouver’s airport to downtown, is already past the ten-year projection for 2020 after only two years of ridership, and two recent condo projects along this line were sold out in a weekend. A second trend is the quick uptake of car-sharing firms like car2go. I use it frequently in Vancouver, but also now in Calgary when I travel there, or recently on a family trip close to my native Düsseldorf. There must be close to 30 cities now that have car2Go smart-cars. They are shared by the user base for around 35 cents a minute or $18/hr, including gasoline, insurance and parking on residential streets or in downtown parkades. The third trend is towards smaller individually-owned vehicles, since not everyone loves public transit, nor is it always practical, especially once you leave the denser urban core. Not everyone (the author being one of them) loves hustle and bustle and 24/7 noise from too many people and vehicles. Thus, they prefer not to live downtown, but close by—with more limited transit choices. Hence, the
individual vehicle, be it a bicycle, a motorcycle, an electric car or a small diesel/ gasoline powered car will be with us for many decades to come. I find the idea of electric cars and small cars fascinating, not because I am a climate change fanatic, (I am quite the contrary actually), but for the following four good reasons: I grew up in a household where energy consumption always was discussed; I think huge cars are a waste of precious (land) resources; I own a Vespa that fills up for less than $10/tank; and I am an enthusiastic car2go user. You will see more electric cars even in Canada (mainly Vancouver due to very high gasoline prices) and select European and westcoast cities. British Columbia, Washington State, Oregon and California are working on a grid of electric charging stations from the Baja, California all the way to Whistler, the so-called BC to BC highway. One such project on campus is the electric charging station in the Thunderbird parkade and a similar project in downtown Vancouver. However, of more worldwide interest, in far higher volumes, will be smaller, gasoline or diesel powered vehicles that accommodate one or two people. Think SmartCar, think BMW’s Mini, think the new Fiat 500 or think the new not yet released VW 1 (pictured here). This car, touted at the VW shareholder meeting recently as the “most economical in the world” needs less than a liter per 100km or 258 mpg, has a travel distance of over 600 km with a top speed of around 100km/h. It is over 3 m long, about 125 cm wide and a meter high, is made from
VWI- The coming super smart car carbon fibre and not painted to save weight, for now. It has roll-over protection and will go on sale next year first in China: for about 4000 Yuan or $600 and
will seat two people. So, it begs the question why dense urban cities like Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal still have wide roads, the same parking fee for small or large cars and free bridges for big cars. Why is UBC with its focus on “sustainability” not charging more for parking big cars, or reserving the bottom floor of parkades for smaller cars to implement sustainability in earnest. A new era of driving and commuting is upon us! Note: Thomas Beyer is a director of the University Neighbourhoods Association. The views expressed here are his own, and not necessarily those of the UNA.
Board Bids Farewell to Long-term Director Nancy Knight was UBC appointee to UNA board; Lisa Colby is new appointee acting in place of Ms. Knight, who has left UBC The University Neighbourhoods Association board of directors has said farewell to Nancy Knight, one of its longeststanding members.
Ms. Knight, who was associate vicepresident, UBC campus and community planning, left the University recently. Ms. Knight joined UBC from Metro Vancouver, and joined the UNA board in September, 2007 as an appointed representative of the University. UBC has appointed Lisa Colby, acting associate vice president, campus and community planning, to act in place of Ms. Knight on the UNA board.
THE CAMPUS RESIDENT SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
THE CAMPUS RESIDENT SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
Biodiversity in your backyard The Quercus Rubra of Main Mall By Claire Thompson, Museum Interpreter, Beaty Biodiversity Museum For many, the arrival of September signals a time of change. Around the campus, thousands of students, faculty, and staff have returned, restoring the daily rhythm of people walking along campus streets. Main Mall is a particularly busy pedestrian thoroughfare and features some of the most beautiful trees on campus. In spring and summer the stately red oaks lining the mall greet people with their spreading branches and lobed green leaves. The arrival of cooler autumn temperatures and shorter days cause these leaves to undergo a transformation in colour. Soon they will be illuminated with the bright red fall foliage they are well known for. The two rows of red oak, or Quercus rubra lining Main mall were planted around 1927 from saplings that were believed to have originated from the university nursery. Belonging to the Beech family, or Fagaceae, the red oak species Quercus rubra is native to and widespread across eastern North America. It can be identified by deciduous leaves that have 7-9 lobes tapering from the base to the tip and separated by rounded notches. The deep
red leafy autumn colours give these trees their name. The genus name, Quercus, is Latin for oak, or “tree above all others”, and the species name rubra refers to the red autumn foliage many of us so love to observe and photograph. The bark of mature red oak is furrowed and grey with smooth ridges. Acorns mature in the fall after the second growing season. The saucer shaped cup is covered
Magnificent Quercus rubra line Main mall
in brown scales that enclose one quarter of the nut. While the bitter flavour makes them unsuitable for humans to eat, acorns provide a food source for campus critters such as Eastern grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) and local birds. Quercus rubra can grow up to 25 metres high and lives on average for 150 years, and for as long as 300 years. As a fast growing species known for its heavy,
strong, and close grained wood, red oaks are highly valued in furniture and floor making industries. They are often planted as an ornamental or shade tree in gardens and parks because of the elegant autumn foliage. Oak trees have also been revered in visual arts, poetry, and folklore for centuries, often as symbols of loyalty and strength. The 19th century English author Henry Fothergill Chorley pays tribute to them in the song, The Brave Old Oak: “Then here’s to the oak, the brave, old oak who stands in his pride alone! And still flourish he, a hale green tree, When a hundred years are gone!” Next time you find yourself walking along Main mall, take a moment to look up and enjoy the autumn beauty of these elegant trees. In the Collections: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum will reveal the secret world of microbes through Invisible Portraits, a new exhibition opening on September 27. Extreme Adaptations explores how organisms adapt to survive and exploit the world around them, with special programming and activities at the Museum and guided tours at UBC Botanical Garden. For more information, visit beatymuseum.ubc.ca and botanicalgarden.ubc. ca.
THE CAMPUS RESIDENT SEPTEMBER 16, 2013