Published monthly by the University Neighbourhoods Association Published monthly by the University Neighbourhoods Association
Volume 5, Issue 2
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
Lion Dancing Draws Appreciation on Lunar New Year
UNA Adopts Work Place Policy against Bullying New policy is also against discrimination and harassment; it is compliant with new government regulations
UBC Kung Fu Club perform a traditional Lion Dance at the UNA’s Lunar New Year Celebration, held at The Old Barn Community Centre on Saturday January 25, 2014. The lion dance brings good luck for the coming year to those in attendance. For more on Lunar New Year festivities, please turn to Page 12. Photo credit Jerry Chen.
Hospice Hopes to Reopen in April after December Flood St. John Hospice is forced to relocate residents to other palliative care facilities; water damage is extensive The hospice at UBC anticipates reopening beds in early April following a flood which closed the 14-bed palliative care facility in early December. A water pipe broke in St. John Hospice on December 7th, a day when temperatures in Vancouver plunged to minus-10 degrees Centigrade, the coldest day of year 2013. This caused flooding, which in turn caused the hospice—opened only five months ago—to be closed with a dozen terminally-ill residents relocated to other palliative care centers around the Lower Mainland. The flooding did extensive damage. Shaf Hussain, a spokesperson for Providence Health Care, which operates the hospice on behalf of the Sovereign Order of St. John charitable organization, explained that “a (water) pipe above the ceiling on the ground floor broke”. Water damage followed.
Mr. Hussain gave an estimate of the damage as “extensive.” He hoped that work underway will lead to completion of the restoration of St. John Hospice “by mid-March to lateMarch” and “the reopening of beds in early April”. The Providence spokesperson indicated that five of the 12 hospice residents were relocated to palliative care facilities at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver, also operated by Providence Health Care. Others joined residents at the palliative care unit at Mount St. Joseph Hospital, which Providence operates in east Vancouver. HOSPICE continued on Page 10
The family room in St. John Hospice.
Families Face Key Decisions on Schools Decisions needed by March 1st in some cases Changes taking place in what the Vancouver School Board calls the University Hill ‘Family of Schools’ affect all residents with school-age children in the area. University Hill Elementary, University Hill Secondary, and Norma Rose Point School (previously known as Acadia Road School) belong to this family. The Campus Resident commissioned a report on what UBC residents and residents of the University Endowment Lands should know about changes underway. In some cases, families must decide by March 1st what to do about schools for their children in the coming 2014-2015 school year. (Please see report on Pages 6-7 along with school board map showing recent division of elementary catchment into two areas. Report is in both English and Chinese).
The University Neighbourhoods Association has adopted a policy against discrimination, harassment, and bullying in the work place. All UNA directors at their February meeting backed the new policy, which is effective immediately. Providing the directors with background, Jan Fialkowski, executive-director, said the new UNA anti-bullying policy comes following implementation of new provincial government regulations on workplace safety November 1, 2013. These regulations draw on amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA), which sets out the general duty of employers to ensure the health and safety of all workers working for that employer. Ms. Fialkowski explained, “To ignore or not comply with the new regulations, in a timely manner, puts the UNA, as an employer, at serious risk of penalties, including monetary fines, and the recovery of damages sustained by a worker.” The UNA policy features numerous examples of conduct and comments that might constitute bullying and harassment, including: • Verbal aggression or insults, e.g., calling someone derogatory names; • Vandalizing a worker’s belongings or work equipment; • Sabotaging a person’s work; • Spreading malicious gossip or rumours about a person; • Engaging in harmful or offensive initiation practice; • Physical assault or threat; • Making personal attacks based on someone’s private life and/or personal trait; • Making aggressive or threatening gestures; • Engaging in targeted social isolation. The UNA policy statement also gives note to what may not be construed as bullying or harassment since it might amount to reasonable action. It states, the definition of “bullying and harassment” specifically excludes reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers or the place of employment. POLICY continued on Page 3
THE CAMPUS RESIDENT FEBRUARY 17, 2014
U-Hill Elementary Raises Over $1,700 for SOS Club and Charity
Members of the SOS Children’s Villages International club at University Hill Elementary School welcomed guests to the school in January. Fund-raising campaign for B.C. and international groups netted over $1,700. Photo credit, VSB.
Eleni Georgantas, teacher at University Hill Elementary School and Petros Papadakis, director of SOS Children’s International Village of Vari, Greece, with orphans at their Art Room in Vari. Ms. Georgantas volunteered in the village over the Christmas break and plans to return in March. Over 100 families dropped by University Hill Elementary in January to support the school’s SOS Club which supports the SOS Children’s Villages International, the largest charity working with orphaned and abandoned children in the world. During the festivities, the students of the club created holiday cards and bags to sell along with some finger knitted scarves. There was also a cake walk, a student sketching portraits, face painting and a rummage sale. Since no good fair is complete without food, students and their families got to dine on corn dogs, popcorn, treats and even a chocolate fountain while they waited for their names to be called in the raffle where 30 prizes ranged from a home cooked meal by the sponsor teacher to a handmade wreath for a lucky family’s front door. The event raised over $1,700 dollars for both the SOS Club and SOS Children’s Villages International. The decision to divide the funds evenly between the two organizations was made by the students who came to a consensus after a lengthy discussion. Sponsor teacher, Eleni Georgantas, says that not only are the students deeply committed to the club, but they truly understand the purpose of the club - that all children need to belong and grow up with love, respect and security. “The way the students in the club help each other exemplify what this club is all about,” Ms. Georgantas says. SOS Children’s Villages International provides assistance to more than 1.2 mil-
lion children and adults around the world through its various social services (family strengthening programs, schools, vocational training centres, medical centres, emergency relief etc.) It was founded in Austria in 1949 by Hermann Gmeiner, and the first SOS Children’s Village was built in Austria. By the time of his death in 1986, Mr. Gmeiner had established some 230 SOS Children’s Villages all over the world (today, there are more than 500). Both, SOS Children’s Villages and, individually, Mr. Gmeiner have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times. Ms. Georgantas worked as a volunteer at the orphanage affiliated with SOS Children’s Villages International. in Vari, Greece over the Christmas break. In an email, Ms. Georgantas said she led an art activity for the students in Vari which included showing them pictures and video of the (U-Hill) club’s activities. In return, the Vari students made thank-you cards for U-Hill. “I gave them Canada Tattoos and Canada Pencils. The national director of SOS Greece also attended and later I was presented with a certification to represent all SOS children in Greece and to work in collaboration with SOS Canada. “I was invited to teach English and another art activity in March as well as being asked to attend, speak and represent our club at their major fundraiser music concert in March where the Canadian Consulate will also be attending.” (Story credit VSB).
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Members of U-Hill Elementary School SOS Club selling holiday treats. Photo credit, VSB.
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Making a Pitch for Little League Baseball at UBC Field Alright, UBC-area Little League baseball lovers, the time has arrived for you to step up to the plate—home plate that is. UBC Properties has built a model baseball diamond called Nobel Park in the Wesbrook Place neighbourhood of South Campus, and with the recent opening of Nobel Park, Little League baseball teams have the opportunity to battle for glory there. The 2014 Little League season starts shortly, and this seems a good time to start a conversation about Little League at UBC. For those not familiar with the world of Little League, we offer the following
road map: Little League is an international pastime that has been a fabric of societies throughout the world for 75 years. Since its founding in 1939 by Carl Stotz, Little League has instilled leadership, character, courage and loyalty in all who participate, including the nearly 1.5 million adult volunteers. Little League can be found in more than 80 countries worldwide with more than 2.4 million children participating each year. Little League has celebrated many milestones due to the dedication of its players, parents and volunteers. When a town or neighbourhood such
as the residential neighbourhoods at UBC looks to become involved in Little League play, it can take comfort in knowing the “Little League” name is one of the most recognized and respected names in youth sports. To be “Little League” offers the assurance that the league’s children and adult volunteers are the highest priority. The outcome of a game will never outlive the pride of belonging, the experience of playing, the friends and the fun. The essence of Little League is the people, their communities, and the everlasting bond between them. What a shame, then, if this coming sea-
son sees no children from three to twelve years of age knocking balls around on the beautiful new field at Nobel Park. The University Neighbourhoods Association, which operates the baseball field on behalf of residents, would love to hear from residents with some experience in Little League to help get it off the ground at UBC. Call them in the coming days if you’ve volunteered in Little League before. Let’s make Little League a big deal at UBC. For booking enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hampton Place Resident Jim Taylor Takes Aim at Letters - From Charles Menzies In the January issue of the Campus Resident, you ran a letter from Charles Menzies, a UNA Resident-director, on ‘governance’. As maniacally bizarre as it is outrageous, Mr. Menzies equates UBC’s conduct with that of the ruthless Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Among his many cruelties to his countrymen, all to silence criticism of him, and all without any pretence at due process, Pinochet killed as many as 3,200, tortured as many as 30,000 and interned about 80,000 (the latter famously being referred to as the ‘Disappeared’). Mr. Menzies says that in “parallel” with Pinochet’s crimes to silence dissent, UBC “systematically [silences] opposition” from residents. How does UBC do
- From Bill Holmes I write to respond to Bill Holmes’ letter in the January issue of this publication. Mr. Holmes criticizes my call on the UNA to conduct a study to identify our governance options. He says I am wrong to do so because the Province has a “wellestablished process” to do just this. With respect to Mr. Holmes, in my opinion, he
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this according to Mr. Menzies? Apparently primarily through a provision in Neighbours Agreement (NA) 2008 that he says allows UBC to withdraw from our relationship if they “feel” that “the UNA is not acting appropriately”. First, all commercial agreements contain a provision for termination. Second, importantly, we have a right to expect Mr. Menzies to at least quote truthfully and fairly. What NA 2008 says is that in certain factual situations (one being the UNA members deciding to dissolve the UNA) then the Agreement is automatically terminated. Or if UBC concludes that the UNA has done something within an enumerated list (one item being using our Service Levy monies for a purpose not permitted under our leases) “UBC may request that the UNA …[within] 30 days” address the matter. To which, I say to Mr. Menzies, “I would hope so!” If the
UNA does not address the matter, then NA 2008 is terminated. Incidentally, Mr. Menzies does not tell us that either UBC or the UNA may terminate without reason simply by giving 90 days notice to the other. What does he want? That one Board try to bind all other Boards forever by having an agreement that cannot be terminated? I doubt it. Mr. Menzies refers to an enhanced status quo “a la Jim Taylor”. He is too generous here. A large number of Resident-directors—including new Residentdirector Ying Zhou—have worked hard over a long time to make our community (through enhancing the status quo) the best place we can be, including Mike Feeley, Brian Collins, Sharon Wu, Prod Laquian, Mankee Mah, Shaohong Wu, Erica Frank, Ms. Zhou and Richard Alexander. Others are doing the same. In the case of Ms. Zhou (to whom Mr.
Menzies refers critically), in addition to all her Board duties, she—all as a volunteer—runs the Sudoko Club, works tirelessly to help new neighbours learn about our community, is a very active member of the UNA’s multicultural committee and is intimately involved in our Community’s new Seniors and Friends programme. She is every day making this community a better place for all of us to live in and enjoy. Mr. Menzies ends his letter calling for a “democratic reform of the UNA”. All well and good. But without details as to how we can do this such a call is nothing but self aggrandizing politics. Cheap theatrics. Entirely empty words. We have a right to expect more from a Residentdirector than this.
is just plain wrong and at the same time directly inconsistent with a position he took earlier. He is wrong, in my opinion, because, as he himself says, “I have discussed this process several times with provincial government officials. They advised that the first step is to identify the problems with our current governance arrangement and to show that there is broad interest among residents in considering reform (my emphasis).” Mr. Holmes goes on to say that any group of residents “could take this first step”. So how does he propose we take this first step that the Province insists on? In my opinion the obvious honest broker is the UNA by studying the possible options, consulting with Residents and reaching an informed conclusion as to the “broad interest” and, if warranted, advising the Province as to what that interest is. Who does Mr. Holmes say should do this necessary initial work that the Prov-
ince insists on? Him? Me? Metro Vancouver? Anyone who decides to? I think it best be done by the UNA which has the resources and representational right to examine this issue. And Mr. Holmes is inconsistent because in July 2012 he wrote the Provincial Minister about this topic and said (and I quote verbatim) that being unhappy with our present governance arrangements, a group of residents is “advocating the
establishment of a resident-led process to examine the options…” Mr. Holmes hopes that when the Province is approached regarding this that “you will be supportive of this initiative” (my emphasis). I propose that instead of whomever Mr. Holmes might choose to include in his group to advise the Province of our “broad interest” that the UNA do this for all of us. Call me crazy, or maybe too democratic.
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back; • Work evaluation; • Performance management; • Discipline, suspension, or termination; At an upcoming committee meeting, Roslyn Goldner from Taylor Jordan Chafetz, Barristers and Solicitors, will present the draft policy to the directors. Ms. Goldner’s areas of legal practice are employment and labour law.
Management and direction of workers or the place of employment include, for example, decisions relating to the following: • Job duties or the work to be performed; • Workloads and deadlines; • Lay offs, transfers, and reorganizations; • Work instruction, supervision, or feed-
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New Planning Leader Lands at UBC Michael White is new top planner; Mr. White is former planner in Vancouver and Abu Dhabi A former senior planner from the City of Vancouver has arrived at UBC—by way of the United Arab Emirates—to take over the top post in the campus and community planning department. Michael White began work at UBC on February 3rd, assuming the position of associate vice-president, campus and community planning, taking over from Nancy Knight who left the University six months ago after holding the post for six years—in which time she served as a UBC-appointed director of the University Neighbourhoods Association. The University cites Mr. White as having 17 years experience in urban planning in North America, the Middle East and Asia, including ten years with the City of Vancouver and several years as senior planning manager in Abu Dhabi (UAE). In a statement, UBC describes Mr. White and his work as follows: In Vancouver, he worked for 10 years leading city-wide initiatives such as Ecodensity, community revitalization and sustainability planning through Neighbourhood Centres, as well as city planning for the new Canada Line working with the City and TransLink.
In Abu Dhabi, Mr. White was the Senior Planning Manager for Planning Policy at the Urban Planning Council, where he helped create a new development agency to plan and develop the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In this role, Mr. White’s team created a range of plans and policies, including a new capital city plan for the UAE and neighbourhood plans and development regulations throughout Abu Dhabi. He returned to Vancouver two years ago and has enjoyed a successful consulting practice with projects throughout Canada and internationally.
Michael White. Photo credit, Don Erhardt Photography.
UNA Spring Meet-n-Greet
For Seniors and Their Friends!
Saturday March 1, 2014 The Palm Lounge at The Bristol (5735 Hampton Pl.)
2:00 - 5:00pm
Bring a friend & meet your neighbours! Food & Refreshments Special demonstrations by UNA Residents
- Painting Demonstrations by Shize Li from 3:00 to 4:00pm - Erhu Music by Michelle Wang and Morgan Talbot at 3:15pm - Opera singing by Marco Song at 4:00pm
Share your ideas about programs and activities for seniors at the UNA Community Centres!
노인분들과 여러 친구들을 위한 UNA 봄맞이 행사 (UNA Spring Greet-n-Meet) 가 2014년 3월 1일 오후 2-5시에 열릴 예정입니다. 다과, 음악 공연과 그림데모등이 제공됩니다. 장소: The Palm Lounge, the Bristol (5735 Hampton Place).
UNA春季老年朋友交流会 2014年3月1日下午2点到5点。有茶点供应，音乐演奏和绘画表演。 地点：The Palm Lounge, the Bristol (5735 Hampton Place)。 欢迎参加！
Phone The Old Barn Community Centre for more information 604.822.3799
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2013-2014 UNA Volunteer Awards - Nominations Start Soon! Each year the University Neighbourhoods Association recognizes the great contributions of individuals and groups who volunteer their time and skills to provide services and programs in the UNA community. 2013-2014 nominations will begin Feb 24, 2014. Thank you for taking the time to nominate a volunteer from our community!
Nomination Criteria • Adult or youth volunteers, who meet the following criteria, are eligible for a UNA Volunteer Award: - Makes an outstanding contribution in building a caring, connected and sustainable community through volunteer service; - Demonstrates exceptional commit-
ment, service, cooperation, or leadership; - Inspires others to engage in volunteer service and serves as a role model for others in the community; - Improves the overall quality of life of residents and the community as a whole. • Length of volunteering, time commitment and contribution in the year of 2013-2014, the number of people who have benefited from their work and impact they have created within the community are important factors in the award selection. • Use examples and stories to make a stronger and more complete application. • Nominees must be someone who provides volunteer service to the UNA community. • Youth nominees must be between 12 and 18 years of age.
• Nominators may nominate one person only.
Awards Categories Community Development and Leadership
Lead, advise and enhance civic and community engagement through strategic planning, policy development, and/or program delivery that helps shape the future of the UNA community.
Sustainability and Environment
Lead and support initiatives that lead to the achievement of the UNA’s sustainability goal and a green UNA community.
Education, Art and Culture
Lead, support and engage community members to foster a welcoming and inclusive UNA community through education, art, dance, music and the sharing of cultures.
Recreation and Health
Lead and support programs and activities that enhance the physical, social and mental health of members in the UNA community.
Supporting Children, Youth or Seniors
Lead and support initiatives that improve the physical and social wellbeing of children, youth or seniors in the UNA community.
Outstanding Youth Volunteers (aged 12-18)
Lead, support and participate in programs and activities that enhance youth leadership, communication and participation in the UNA community.
Award Selection Process • A UNA Volunteer Recognition Committee will be created to review all nominations and decide on the award recipients. The Committee will consist of staff members of UNA and The Old Barn Community Centre, as well as three UNA residents. Anyone who is interested in joining in the Committee, please contact Qiuning Wang before March 5, 2013. • Successful nominees will be invited to attend a ceremony on April 29, 2014 at The Old Barn Community Centre to receive their awards and attend the reception. • As the nominator, you will receive a letter in mid-April, informing you if your nominee is an award recipient. Alternatively, please contact 604.822.3799 or Qiuning Wang after April 15th, 2014 to inquire.
Residents Reach Goal with Purchase of Posts for New Soccer Field Up to $12,000 will be spent on goal posts; Vancouver United is currently using borrowed posts for its games on UNA Community Field Goal posts for the new UNA Community Field should arrive shortly. UNA directors, meeting in February, backed a motion calling for the expenditure of up to $12,000 on new posts for the field. Acquisition of the posts—plus installation—will conclude development of this fine facility lying beside University Hill Secondary School to the north and site of the Wesbrook Community Centre (under construction) to the east. A new season of soccer dawns in the residential neighbourhoods at UBC. In fact, the Vancouver United Football Club began playing on the UNA Community Field on a seven-week trial basis for evening and weekend soccer games and practices on January 25—using borrowed goal posts for their games. UNA Staff is working with VanU on an
extended contract. A new club with a long history, Vancouver United is the result of the combination of three long standing west side Vancouver soccer clubs: Dunbar Soccer Association, Kerrisdale Soccer Society, and Point Grey Soccer Association. In the middle of March 2011, the membership of the three clubs voted to move forward with the formation of the new soccer club. The new club is one of the largest soccer clubs in Western Canada with 3,700 players ranging in ages from five to eighteen. The founding clubs have been in existence since the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. As indicated in a UNA staff report, the budget for construction of the UNA Community Field (artificial turf field) did not include any moveable equipment like the goal posts, an obvious requirement before the UNA could start using the field or renting the field to other organizations. For maximized use of the field, three pairs of goal posts are required: • one pair of full-size goal posts with wheels to use for adult games; and • two pairs of junior-size goal posts with wheels to use for youth games (the full
field can be divided in half to allow two youth games simultaneously). The cost of the goal posts will be shared (60 % UNA / 40% Vancouver School Board) as per the Joint Use Agreement. Approval of the Joint Operating Com-
mittee (JOC) will be required before purchasing the goal posts. Staff has reviewed quotes from three different companies and has compared the three systems.
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Families Face Key School D By Connie Chen, Ofira Roll, Bahareh Shigimatsu and Nancy Brown We would like to update residents on meetings and decisions taking place in our University Hill Family of Schools which includes University Hill Elementary, University Hill Secondary, and Norma Rose Point School (previously known as Acadia Road School). In September 2014 the Norma Rose Point School which has been operating in temporary facilities at Queen Elizabeth School will move into its new building on Acadia Road. At that time, the school will officially launch its two programs. The first is the new Elementary School (Kindergarten to Grade 5) and the second program will be a new Middle School (Grades 6-7-8) that will be the first within the Vancouver School Board. The new school has been built to accommodate a total of 860 children. The addition of this school will ease the years of overcrowding and waitlists that U-Hill Elementary School has faced and allow it to become a smaller and more intimate Kindergarten to Grade 5 School that can more comfortably accommodate the projected 300 children who will remain after the transition. Middle School Transition It is expected that all children at both UHill Elementary and Norma Rose Point Elementary schools finishing Grade 5 in June 2014 and onwards will attend Grades 6,7 and 8 at the new Norma Rose Point Middle School. The 2014-2015 school year will be a transition year for our schools as children stream to this new Middle School model. Therefore: o Children finishing Grades 5 and 6 in
June 2014 at U-Hill Elementary and Norma Rose Point Elementary will move to Grades 6 and 7 at the Norma Rose Point Middle School in September. o Children finishing Grade 7 in June 2014 at U-Hill Elementary and Norma Rose Point Elementary will move to Grade 8 at University Hill Secondary School in September. This will be the last cohort of children that do so and beginning in September 2015 children in Grade 8 will attend Norma Rose Point Middle School. o Students in Grades 9-12 will attend University Hill Secondary School. Elementary School Transition By March 1st, 2014 families in our community with children in preschool to Grade 4 have transitional decisions to make. The recent division of our elementary school catchment into two areas (see http://www.vsb.bc.ca/schools for access to the School Attendance Boundaries Map) means that families fall into one of the following four categories detailed below, with associated change implications. A series of meetings are currently taking place (hosted by the Vancouver School Board, and also independently by parents) through which the community is trying to understand the short-term and long-term implications of these changes in order to make informed decisions for their children. 1. Norma Rose Point catchment and currently attending U-Hill Elementary These children have a one-time only offer for a “Grandfathering” privilege from the Vancouver School Board to continue to attend U-Hill Elementary to the end of their elementary education (i.e. Grade 5) or to move to Norma Rose Point Elementary now or at some point in the future. These students and their families are being asked to declare before March
1st, 2014 which school they would like to attend in September 2014. These students are encouraged to stay at U-Hill Elementary School in order to maintain their peer groups and reduce the number of transitions that they will experience in their elementary school years. 2. U-Hill Elementary catchment and currently attending another school (i.e. Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Southlands, Norma Rose Point School, pri-
vate school or home school) These families are being invited to attend U-Hill Elementary in September 2014 since spaces will now be available. These students and their families are being asked to indicate before March 1st their intent to attend U-Hill Elementary in September 2014. 3. Norma Rose Point catchment and currently attending Norma Rose Point School in the portables at Queen Eliza-
Chinese Translation of Article in English above
2014年3月1日前, 學齡家 庭將面臨重大的學校抉擇 By Connie Chen, Ofira Roll, Bahareh Shigimatsu and Nancy Brown 身為UHill小學的家長,我們將分享 最近發生在UHill大家族的會議和討 論內容。這裏說的UHill大家族包括 UHill小學, UHill 高中和 Norma Rose Point 學校(過去稱Acadia Road 小學) 2014年9月，暫居在Queen Elizabeth 小學旁的Norma Rose Point(NRP) 學校將搬入位於Acadia路的新校舍。 於此同時，NRP也將正式開始擁有兩 個學校部門; 一個是新的小學(幼稚園 到五年級), 第二個是初級中學部(六 到八年級),這也是溫哥華教育局管轄 內，第一個初級中學。新學校預計將 可容納860位學生。這個學校的加入 將減緩UHill小學多年來過於擁擠及 過長等候名單的情況，也使得UHill 小學變成較小，師生較為親密的幼稚 園到五年級的學校。這讓轉型期後， 預計可留下的300位學生有更舒適的 學習環境。
初級中學轉型期的入學情況 2014-2015學年度開始，新的初中 模式將改變五年級及以上年級的學生 所要就讀的學校: 1. 2014年6月在UHill小學和NRP小 學完成五年級和六年級的學生,9月將 到NRP初中上六年級和七年級。 2. 2014年6月在UHill小學和NRP小 學完成七年級的學生, 9月將到UHill 高中上八年級; 這是UHill高中最後一 年收八年級學生，2015年9月, 8年級 的學生將到NRP學校的初中部上課。 3. 九到十二年級的學生全部到 UHill高中上課。 各小學轉型期的入學情況 2014年3月1日前，我們社區內有 學齡前到小學四年級孩子的家庭，會 面臨轉型期學校選擇的重大決定。這 個社區將被劃分成2個小學校區(學區 劃分可參考以下網站www.vsb.bc.ca/ schools)。一系列由溫哥華教育局和 家長舉辦的講座，都在試著了解轉型 期的長，短期衝擊，以便為孩子做最 好的學校選擇。 1.住在NRP校區內，現在就讀於 UHill小學 這些孩子有溫哥華教育局保障的一 輩子一次的祖父特權，即可以留在
The Vancouver School Board recently divided the elementary school catchment at UBC into tw are in: University Hill Elementary (shaded grey) or Norma Rose Point (white). Map courtesy o
UHill小學就讀到完成小學教育(五年 級); 或立即，或之後到NRP小學就 讀。這些家庭被要求在2014年3月1日 前表明2014年9月要讀哪一所學校。 這些孩子被鼓勵留在UHill小學, 一 方面維持他們即有的同儕團體，一方 面減少轉型期UHill小學流失的學生 人數。 2. 住在UHill校區內，現就讀於其 他學校如Queen Mary小學Queen Elizabeth小學Southland小學, NRP小學, 私立小學或者家庭學校 這些孩子被邀請回來就讀UHill小 學，因為2014年9月以後, UHill小學 將有較多空間容納這些學生。這些家 庭被要求在2014年的3月1日前表明他 們是否九月會回來唸UHill小學。 3. 住在NRP校區內，現就讀於Queen Elizabeth小學旁NRP的臨時校舍 這些孩子在2014年9月繼續就讀NRP小 學，並且會搬到Acadia路新的校舍。 4. 住在UHill校區內，現在就讀於 UHill小學 這些孩子會繼續留在UHill小學校就
讀。 溫哥華教育局體認一個穩定的學習 環境和同儕團體在孩子學習過程中的 重要性，因此特准一輩子一次的祖父 特權, 讓這些原本就讀UHill小學而學 區是NRP的家庭能安心的在UHill小學 就讀到五年級結束。 然而溫哥華教育局希望新來註冊公立 學校的家庭, 註冊就讀自己學區內的 小學。若想要越區就讀, 除非有祖父 特權，溫哥華教育局將每年審核他們 的申請書，當他們越區就讀的學校有 人數增長的情況發生時，越區就讀的 孩子將被要求返回自己的學區就讀。 過去兩年, NRP校區內學生數有著明 顯的增長，這種情況至少會持續到下 一年。新聘僱的教職員在適應新的教 學理念的同時，也要適應新的校舍環 境，他們將維持一貫的專業精神來適 應持續湧入的學生人數。 UHill小學有著類似但是相反的挑 戰，當他在調適學生人數減少的同 時，教職員工也在減少中。因為教聯 會的集體合約, UHill大家庭將會失去
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Decisions by March 1st, 2014 beth School These children are expected to move in September 2014 to the new Norma Rose Point School on Acadia Road. 4. U-Hill Elementary catchment and currently attending U-Hill Elementary These families are expected to continue attending U-Hill Elementary School. The Vancouver School Board recognizes the benefits of nurturing a stable learning environment for children and maintain-
ing their peer groups in their education experience. For this reason, they have granted the one-time only “Grandfather” privilege to those families with children (and their younger siblings) currently attending U-Hill Elementary but who now find themselves in the newly formed Norma Rose Point Elementary School catchment. This one-time offer promises that students and families can continue in their current school until graduating
wo areas. Refer to the school attendance boundaries map above to see which catchment area you of VSB.
一些非常捧的小學老師，即便我們沒 能做什麼，我們衷心感謝他們的貢獻 造就了今天這麼優質的UHill小學。 在這個時刻, UHill小學的家長和教 職員工團結一致, 建築在一貫的社區 核心價值如優良的學業表現，慶祝多 元文化和親近大自然上，協助孩子度 過轉型期。我們已經看到許多正向的 結果及許多優質的課程; (例如青少 年自然科學俱樂部，讓我們玩音樂， 可食用的花園，珍愛美術活動，拯救 孩子的靈魂，樂高機器人俱樂部和一 個未來的，與溫哥華公園局合作的新 模式，提供一個富教育性的自然科學 戶外資源中心!) 我們衷心期盼在家 長，教職員工和社區利益相關人的努 力下，維持即有的合作關係和成就， 進而搭建到UHill大家族和更寬廣的 社區。 社區如何支持這個轉型期 校園居住者的讀者如何支持這個社區 轉型期?以下有幾點建議: 1. 請告知你的社區, 在2月25日 晚上五點到七點, UHill小學將舉辦校
園開放日，歡迎所有2014年9月進入 UHill小學或對此校有興趣的家庭參 加。 2. 根據你的特殊情形, 與孩子 的小學老師溝通，聽取學校選取的建 議。 3. 如果你有任何對哪個學校的 問題，或者有需要釐清的地方，請直 接連絡該校的行政人員。 4. 請確定幫你的孩子在2014年 3月1日前註冊到你選擇的學校。 5. 在UHill學校有更多空間的此 時，參與並發展課後活動和社區主題 相關的優質課程。 6. 在UHill大家族中，增益橫 跨各學校及社區利益相關人的合作模 式，為社區及我們的孩子提拱更優質 的教育經驗。 UHill小學想藉由這個機會歡迎我們 的姐妹校加入UHill這個大家族。長 遠看來，新的小學和初級中學，將為 我們的社區帶來無以計量的利益！
at the end of grade 5. However, the Vancouver School Board expects new families registering for public school in our area to stream to their catchment school. Families considering a cross boundary application should be reminded that unless they have the “Grandfather” privilege, the Vancouver School Board policy is that applications will be assessed on a yearly basis and may lead to a requirement to return to their respective catchments if the cross boundary school they are attending experiences tremendous growth. Over the last two years the school population at Norma Rose Point has been increasing at an exponential rate and will continue to do so at least into the next school year. As staff members are hired and orient themselves to a new teaching philosophy in a new physical space they will do their best to cope with this growth in a professional manner. U-Hill Elementary has a similar but opposite challenge as it adapts to a reduction to its school population and the resulting contraction of staff. Our community may lose some great teachers in the process due to constraints in the collective bargaining agreement, but we want them to know how much we parents have appreciated their dedication to our children and their contribution to making our school what it is today. Building on our core community values of academic excellence, celebration of world cultures, and connections to our natural environment, this is a time when parents, teachers and administrators at U-Hill Elementary are coming together to support our children through this transition. We are already seeing the positive results of this process in the new and enriching programs at our school— i.e. Young Naturalists’ Club, Let’s Play Music, Edible Garden, Art Appreciation, SOS Children’s Villages Club (see article Page 2), Robotics Club, and a new collaborative initiative with Metro Vancouver to offer a Natural Sciences Outdoor Education Resource Centre (see article by Maria Harris Page 7, below). And we
look forward to working with parents, staff and stakeholders to carry-on this momentum and bridge connections within the extended U-Hill Family of Schools and also with our broader community. How Can The Community Support This Transition? What can you, a reader of The Campus Resident, do to support this transition in our community? Here are a few suggestions: o Inform your community that on February 25th, from 5-7pm U-Hill Elementary will be hosting an Open House for all families interested in attending U-Hill Elementary in September 2014. o Talk to your child’s teacher to get advice on the best school choice for your particular circumstance. o Contact the Administration at each school if you have questions or require clarification. o Ensure that your child is registered at your school of choice before March 1st, 2014. o Propose and develop after-school and community-focused programs in our schools now that more space is becoming available. o Facilitate ways that the University Hill Family of Schools can make connections and collaborate beyond their individual school structures with each other and with community stakeholders who can offer enriching educational experiences for our children and our community. The U-Hill Elementary School community wants to take this opportunity to welcome Norma Rose Point School, our new sister school, to our neighbourhood. Considering the changes to our Family of Schools in the long term, there are immeasurable benefits to our community in adding a new Elementary School and Middle School. Connie Chen, Ofira Roll, Bahareh Shigimatsu and Nancy Brown are four parents from the U-Hill Elementary community who collaborated on this article using information gathered from the VSB, their school’s teachers and administrators.
Talks Touch on Chance of Outdoor Centre at U-Hill Elementary By Maria Harris, director, Electoral Area A, Metro Vancouver I have recently been meeting with members of the U-Hill Elementary School community to identify and facilitate new opportunities that will be enabled by imminent changes to the elementary schools in this area, and in particular, we’ve been working with the Vancouver School Board and Metro Vancouver on the possibility of creating a U-Hill Community Outdoor Education Resource Centre as part of U-Hill Elementary School. This idea provides a wonderful opportunity for the whole community and builds upon the school’s world class outdoor learning environment centred in
Pacific Spirit Park and its well-developed community partnerships with: • Metro Vancouver Regional Parks • UBC Biodiversity Collections (Beaty Museum, UBC Botanical Gardens) • Museum of Anthropology • Intergenerational Landed Learning Project at UBC Farm • Other UBC Departments and Faculty (Advanced Molecular Biology Lab, Modules in Ecology & Evolution and Development Program, Health Sciences, and Human Kinetics) • Vancouver Art Gallery • Young Naturalists’ Club of British Columbia • Evergreen • Think & Eat Green @ School • U-Town@UBC • University Hill Secondary School
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UNA Community News Sustainability Corner
Sustainability and Our New Wesbrook Community Centre You may have noticed that a new construction site has sprung up near our high school in the Wesbrook Place neighbourhood. Of course, a new construction site in itself is not remarkable in our growing community, but this one has special value for our residents – it marks the beginning of construction of our new community centre, the topic of this month’s column. The new Wesbrook Community Centre (WCC), which is expected to open before the end of 2015, will bring new amenities
to our neighbourhoods. It will be three times the size of our existing community centre (The Old Barn Community Centre in Hawthorn Place), and will feature a full size gymnasium with a stage, a dance studio and a large fitness centre as well as many multi-use rooms. It will also include a daycare facility and a small water park. WCC also includes many sustainability features, which I’d like to introduce to you. It will meet the equivalent of the
Projected drawing of Wesbrook Community Centre - view towards the dance studio
Upcoming Changes to Parking Fees Hawthorn Place & Wesbrook Place New fee schedule implemented for Hawthorn Place and Wesbrook Place parking permits.
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Gold standard of the LEED green building certification. It’s designed to be highly energy efficient, using nearly half the energy of an equivalent standard building, which will provide the UNA with substantial savings on operating costs, and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This performance will result from an innovative heating and cooling system and intelligent use of passive design features include building orientation, management of glazed area, and insulation. A building control system will allow staff to program and monitor building heating and cooling and allow the public to see building energy performance. The building structure will prominently feature an innovative wood product called cross-laminated timber (CLT), which will serve as major structural elements of the gym, dance studio and roof support. This sustainable material is also attractive and will form a significant part of the identity of our new community centre. The WCC also will conserve water through high efficiency fixtures and water efficient landscaping. Finally, the Wesbrook Community Centre will feature the UNA Recycling Centre, a location where residents will
Ralph Wells, UNA Sustainability Manager
be able to bring many recyclable materials, including computer and audio visual equipment, small appliances, batteries, cell phones, and more. Since there are currently limited local opportunities for recycling this class of items, the Recycling Centre will provide a valuable local resource for our residents. It will also be an accessible location where you will be able find information about recycling. For more information on this or other sustainability related topics, you can contact me at email@example.com or 604.822.3263.
UNA Agrees to Jointly Produce Marketing Video Wesbrook Place Community Centre will be promoted; “tremendous advantage” seen to UNA Directors of the University Neighbourhoods Association at their February meeting agreed to collaborate with UBC Properties Trust on the production of a two-to-three minute marketing video for the new Wesbrook Place Community Centre. UBC Properties Trust brought forward the idea of a marketing video and, following discussion at the board meeting, UNA directors backed it unanimously. They considered the following comment in a staff report on the proposal: “There is tremendous advantage to the UNA as the new community centre is overbuilt
for the size of the current and foreseeable population, and a promotional video will assist UNA staff to market facilities for functions and events that will generate revenue for the association.” The staff report describes the video proposal as intending “to create an anticipation and excitement for the new community amenity that will open in mid 2015.” It is expected, the video will: • provide an overview of the building and its program; • use digital renderings to communicate the look and feel of the future building; • show appealing imagery of the Wesbrook community; • be posted on both the UNA and the Wesbrook Village websites, where it could be used by UBC campus and community planning and Wesbrook stakeholders to market the centre and the neighbourhood. • be produced at no cost to the UNA.
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Walk and Talk with Ben Seghers Walking should be one of the safest forms of physical exercise especially when it takes place on a university campus. News reports from Metro Vancouver often describe accidents causing injury or death to pedestrians and cyclists who were hit by motorists. What is very worrying is that many of these occurred in crosswalks where the pedestrians were obeying all the rules. I lived in the U.K. for 16 years and was impressed with the courtesy afforded by motorists when they noticed someone waiting at a pedestrian ‘zebra crossing’: all traffic came to a gentle halt and no one seemed frustrated by the minor delay this caused. Here at UBC we also see many courteous drivers who respect the law but it only takes a few ‘close calls’ for pedestrians to realize they must always be vigilant and not assume that the approaching vehicle will actually slow down or stop. And I speak from personal experience! Over a year ago I witnessed a young woman getting struck in the crosswalk in front of the UBC Hospital. More recently, in Wesbrook Village, I saw a senior who was being treated by paramedics as the RCMP took photos of the side of a car that was angled across Shrum Lane in front of the liquor store. Yes folks, tiny Shrum Lane is not as safe as it appears! Not that long ago I was using the crosswalk from Hampton Place to Wesbrook Village. As many of you will know, this crossing is adjacent to the traffic roundabout with its decorative ‘mound’ created (I assume) to display the ‘University of British Columbia’ sign. Unfortunately this is a hazard because pedestrians and motorists cannot always see each other resulting in narrow misses on the crosswalk. In my case I was halfway across
when a woman driving an SUV came around the blind bend and I assumed she would slow down. Imagine my astonishment when she actually accelerated as if I was not there! I am a senior but still have a good reaction time and was able to leap to the curb. Other seniors might not have been as fortunate. The bumper of the SUV missed me by a few inches. I blurted out an expletive and saw the woman glancing over her shoulder at me with a blank expression and then she stepped on the gas and headed for the city. Perhaps she was distracted, had a hard day at work, or anxious to get home ASAP? Luckily she didn’t send me to the hospital. Another jaw dropping event occurred on the crosswalk from Hawthorn Place (Stadium Road) to the Botanical Garden. This is a long four-lane crossing on Marine Drive and I was with five other people on a sunny afternoon. When we were about halfway two cars heading north appeared in the distance travelling at highway speed. Again, our assumption was that the drivers would slow down but instead one darted in front of us at the same time as the other one nipped in behind! We all just shook our heads and gasped, “Can you believe it?” Were they trying to save wear and tear on their brakes? I hope I have not discouraged anyone from walking on campus! Enjoy your walking, running and cycling but stay safe out there. If you would like to walk & talk with Ben Seghers and other local residents, please phone The Old Barn Community Centre 604.827.4469 or visit the website www.oldbarn.ca
NOTICE OF INTENT APPLICATION TO AMEND THE EXISTING LIQUOR PRIMARY LIQUOR LICENCE AT: Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre 6066 Thunderbird Blvd Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5 The University of British Columbia has applied to the Liquor Control & Licensing Branch to amend the terms and conditions on their EXISTING LIQUOR PRIMARY liquor licence (with a current occupant load of 9,444 interior and 49 on patio and hours of 9 am to 1 am Monday to Saturday and Sunday of 11 am to Midnight) as follows: • To remove the restriction that prohibits liquor service at concerts (including DJ events). Currently liquor service is only permitted at sporting events.
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Clockwise from top left- Walk and Talk Club walking past new construction on Acadia Road; Ben Seghers; and the group posing for a photo at the UBC Skate Park.
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page 10 HOSPICE continued from Page 1 Vancouver General Hospital will look after some terminally-ill patients until St. John Hospice is back in operation, Mr. Hussain said. The North Shore Hospice Society has also made its services available. Peter Hebb, public communications officer for the owners of the St. John Hospice, said, “The Sovereign Order of St. John (SOSJ) was naturally very dismayed to learn of the water damage in early-December. “We were thankful the residents were all safely transferred to other palliative care facilities. “The SOSJ is confident that the full insurance carried by Providence, as the lessee, will enable restoration of the Hospice for its intended purpose.” The hospice has faced challenging situations before. Originally, UBC and the Order of St.
THE CAMPUS RESIDENT FEBRUARY 17, 2014 John planned for the hospice to be built at University Boulevard and Marine Drive. In a last-minute decision, however, UBC questioned if this was the right location given is proximity to the many student residences there. UBC then revised the plan to have the hospice built at the foot of Stadium Road, immediately adjacent to a block of market-oriented condominiums. Protests from a large group of Asian residents in these homes, however, set the time-table for development back further when they claimed that UBC should not reasonably expect them to live next to a home where people come to receive palliative care. In fact, construction did take place on Stadium Road. The Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation, which owns the $5.4 million facility unveiled the 14-suite palliative care centre on Stadium Road in a wellattended ceremony in September 2013.
Retailers Revive Prospect of Discounts Plan is only prospective at this stage; however, idea of discounts in Wesbrook Village stores for UNA services card holders is greeted warmly by directors Directors of the University Neighbourhoods Association agree the idea of discounts for residents presenting UNAissued community services cards when making purchases at Wesbrook Village stores is a good one. Directors brought forward the idea for discussion at their February meeting. A UNA community services card (CSC) confers on its holder numerous benefits. Should the plan to discount UNA card holders go ahead, the benefits accruing to them buying good or services at Wesbrook stores would differ from business to business. The CSC’s are provided by the UNA to residents who request them. They identi-
fy persons living in the UNA neighbourhoods who are entitled, by their residency, to services, benefits, and/or preferred rates negotiated by the UNA or offered to residents by service providers. Currently CSC holders are given: • preferred rates for programs offered by the UNA at The Old Barn Community Centre and UNA Community Place; • preferred rates to the UBC Aquatics Centre, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Arena and UBC Tennis Centre through the Access Agreement, and more recently to the UBC Bird Coop Fitness Centre, and to the UBC Rec and Student Recreation Centre; • free membership to the UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden, and the Museum of Anthropology, and a preferred rate at the Beaty Biodiversity Centre through separately negotiated agreements; • preferred rates to the Changing Aging Program at the Osborne Centre; • free membership to the UBC Libraries and to the Vancouver Public Library.
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The University Neighbourhoods Association The living room in St. John Hospice.
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Biodiversity in your backyard The Bizarre Life of the Barnacle By Sheila Byers, Beaty Biodiversity Museum Interpreter The seashore around Point Grey offers ample opportunities to explore the beautiful and interesting marine flora and fauna. If you have ventured forth, you may have noticed how invisible barnacles can be when they are living on the surface of rocks. Their grey-like colour camouflages them well. Perhaps more importantly – many people do not realize that the barnacles are on the rocks until after they slipped and fell, ending up with scratched and bloody legs. Ouch - that hurts! Indeed the common barnacles have a very hard outer volcano-shaped casing that protects the soft animal inside. But when you think about the cold water, the pounding waves and amount of time that the barnacles are exposed to the ‘elements’ when the tide goes out, it stands to reason why barnacles need a hard protective casing. What lives inside this shell-like casing is a peculiar-looking, shrimp-like animal with lots of legs – and it is upside down, cementing itself to the rock by its head. How bizarre. Yet, it is easier for the barnacle to use its legs to collect food when in an upside-down position. Feeding illustrates yet another equally amazing adaptation. When the tide is out, the barnacles tightly close the trap-
doors at the top of their casings to keep the moisture inside and to prevent their bodies from drying out. They can’t move around either so they have to wait until the tide comes back in to bring them the nutritious food that they need to survive. So attuned are they to their environment, that the barnacles quickly sense when they are surrounded by the incoming tide. Opening up the trapdoors, the barnacles extend their feathery legs into the seawater and begin to filter out tiny plankton carried along the seashore by the current.
There is no time to waste – they have a limited period in which to eat as much as they can before the tide goes out again. Another bizarre aspect of the life of barnacles is that the adults may eat some of their own young! When barnacles reproduce, thousands of tiny larval forms called nauplii are released into the seawater and become part of the plankton. As the nauplii grow they metamorphose into cypris larvae. When the adults use their legs to filter food from the plankton, the nauplii and cypris larvae inad-
Common acorn barnacle. Photo credit, Sheila Byers.
vertently get sieved out in the process. For the lucky cypris larvae that don’t get caught, they will try to find a place along the seashore to land where they, in turn, can grow up to become an adult. Weird as it seems, the cypris larvae are attracted by their own parents because they indicate a favourable location for barnacles to survival. That strategy, however, only works if the cypris larvae aren’t eaten first! In the Collections: A new exhibition at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Remnants: A Visual Survey of Human Progress features drawings by UBC Botanical Garden’s Artist in Residence, Dana Cromie. Visit beatymuseum.ubc.ca/remnants for details. UBC Botanical Garden has a number of spring workshops scheduled. Visit botancialgarden.ubc.ca/learn for more information.
Chthamalus stellatus. Photo credit Michael Maggs, Wikipedia Commons.
For children 6-12. Register early as space is limited! Registration deadline 5pm Feb 19. UNA/UBC (with CSC): $30.00 Public: $33.00 Please register through The Old Barn front desk 604.827.4469
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UNA Neighbourhoods Celebrate Lunar New Year UNA Residents were treated to two Lunar New Year celebrations during the 15 days of Spring Festival. The UNA
held their event on Saturday January 25 at The Old Barn Community Centre, and Wesbrook Village held theirs
on Saturday February 1 throughout the neighbourhood. Both events showcased a traditional Lion Dance (which
brings good luck for the coming year to those in attendance), as well as crafts and community performances.
UBC Kung Fu Club perform music to a traditional Lion Dance, outside The Old Barn Community Centre. Photo credit Jerry Chen.
Top- UNA staff , volunteers and performers pose following the UNAâ€™s Lunar New Year Celebration. Photo credit Jane Kang. Bottom- UNA Choir performs at The Old Barn. Photo credit Leo Lin.
Middle- Residents gather outside Menchies to listen to Kin Fung Athletic Group perform traditional music and watch the Lion Dance. Bottom- Lion Dance outside Chef Hung Taiwanese Noodle House in Wesbrook Village. Photo credits Wesbrook Village.