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AUGUST 17, 2015
Centennial Harvest Feast coming to UBC in September
TransLink has been well received in the University Endowment Lands community. As an unincorporated area, the UEL does not have an elected mayor and municipal council, and the community is administered through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development under the University Endowment Land Act. So, Mr. Fassbender becomes UEL ‘mayor’. Commenting on this recent appointment of Mr. Fassbender, Dave Forsyth, President of the UEL Community Advisory Council (CAC), said, “The CAC wishes Minister Fassbender success and fulfillment in his new roles. “The CAC hopes that the Minister will take it upon himself to engage the CAC and the UEL community in an open dialog regarding a number of on-going concerns that the community has expressed to the Government. “The CAC is very much looking forward to developing a good working relationship with Minister Fassbender as he transitions into his new role as our ‘mayor’.”
Martha Piper, who previously served as UBC’s 11th president from 1997 to 2006, will serve as interim president from September 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 while the University conducts a comprehensive, global search for a new leader. Since leaving UBC, Dr. Piper has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Shoppers Drug Mart, TransAlta Corp. and Grosvenor Americas Ltd. She was Chair of the Board of the National Institute of Nanotechnology and served as a member of the Trilateral Commission. Currently, she is a member of the boards of the Bank of Montreal, CARE Canada, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation.
Three women—Claire Robson, Ying Zhou and Laura Cottle—are prepared to volunteer their time and talents as directors of the board of the University Neighbourhoods Association for the next two years. Biographical material available in the case of Ms. Zhou—who is a sitting member of the UNA Board—indicates her roles as a community volunteer: Chair, UNA Civic Engagement Committee (2013-2014); Vice-Chair, UNA Multicultural Committee; Co-Coordinator, UNA Sudoku Club and UNA Book Club; Member, UNA Seniors Workshop; and Co-Chair, Parent Advisory Council of the University Transition Program (2013-2015). She says, “Volunteerism is the lifeblood of each community, and I am pleased to be an active member of our community.” In the case of Ms. Robson, she has served in the US as senior deacon in a large open and affirming UCC Church and as board member and publicist for Habitat for Humanity. She’s been a volunteer advocate for children who had been found by the courts to have suffered criminal abuse and neglect. In this capacity, she monitored the well being of her young clients through regular visits and inspections of their family home, submitted reports to the court and made recommendations for the provision of services and final placement. In Vancouver, Ms. Robson has co-organized nine annual nonprofit conferences and served on the steering committee for Agewell Chataqua, a Judith Marcuse project. As original owners at Keenleyside, Wesbrook Place, Ms. Robson and her partner were among the first residents on UBC’s South Campus. A founding member of the Organization for U-Town Residents, Ms. Robson was a highly vocal participant in the consultation process for ongoing construction on campus. She has served on Keenleyside Strata Council for the last five years and as Council Chair for the last three. As Board Treasurer and Chair of the UNA Audit and Financial Committee, Ms. Zhou—a Chancellor Place resident—advocated for a 5-Year Financial Plan as a means of extending UNA vision and planning beyond the usual 12-month period.
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UBC community at Harvest Feast 2014. UBC Centennial Feast will be held September 24 at Main Mall and Memorial Road. Please turn to Pages 6 and 7 for story. Photo credit: Don Erhardt.
UEL community welcomes Fassbender appointment Minister is new ‘mayor’ of UEL John Tompkins The Campus Resident Editor The news that Premier Christy Clark appointed Peter Fassbender as Minister of Community, Sport, Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for
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Construction comes close to completion at new Wesbrook Community Centre ‘Sneak Preview’ will be held September 19 instead of planned Grand Opening
The Wesbrook Community Centre has progressed to the point of near-completion. Philip McKeen, who is managing development of the new community center for the University Neighbourhoods Association, said, “Pretty much everything is near completion.” Mr. McKeen spoke of the need for more work only to the sidings of the elegant wood-frame building before occupancy is permitted. He said that instead of a Grand Opening, which was planned for September 19 and which is now postponed due to construction delays, the UNA will hold ‘a sneak preview’ of the building on this
date—the same date and time as the Wesbrook Festival organized by UBC Properties Trust (11 am to 4 pm). Alex Dominiak, acting Community Centre Manager, said there is “a definite buzz in the air” about the coming opening of the Wesbrook Community Centre. UNA public relations effort over the past four to six weeks has “clearly extracted a lot of questions from the public about the facility.” Mr. Dominiak said registration in 70 programs at the new community centre starts online on August 27 and in person on August 28. The UNA will be mailing out copies of the Fall Program Guide to UNA residents as well as the residents of West Point Grey and Dunbar on the west side of Vancouver. Keep an eye out for your copy to be delivered Tuesday, August 25 or view all of the new Fall programs online at www.myuna.ca.
Exterior of the new Wesbrook Community Centre, in Wesbrook Village. Photo credit: Don Erhardt.
Program Guide Wesbrook Community Centre OPENING IN OCTOBER!
Interior view of the new gymnasium in Wesbrook Community Centre. Photo credit: Don Erhardt.
University Neighbourhoods Association FIND YOUR CENTRE! Wesbrook Community Centre and The Old Barn Community Centre! Activities for All Ages and Open to Everyone- look for your guide in the mail!
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Sustainability: water metering not water restrictions Water use for watering plants and car washing has been severely restricted across Metro Vancouver, including the UNA. Who is studying the impact of these restrictions on trees or bushes in UNA neighborhoods? Unlimited shower use is ok or a bath three times a day but not watering distressed trees or bushes? Will Metro Vancouver, UBC or UNA compensate tree and bush owners for damages and property value reductions due to dead trees or bushes? This is “sustainability”? Who at the UNA is sending a letter objecting to these arbitrary and utterly unnecessary water restrictions? Let the property owner decide how much water they wish to use and for what purposes!! This is not California. It will rain soon enough filling reservoirs. Reservoirs are still 60% full! And we panic about not having enough water? Why is water not metered? Why are water rates not raised in the summer, say five or tenfold, to reduce consumption? Why is water socialized but cars, food, gas or housing are not? Why is there not a committee that looks at this important aspect across Metro Vancouver? Why do we charge a household with six people in it the same amount for water as a neighbouring household with one inhabitant? Is it not the right of this single homeowner paying the same to
wash his car or water his grass, bushes or trees yet using less water than his neighbour with extended family? I strongly object to this totalitarianism in the 21st century without any debate or democratic input! Metro Vancouver’s utter failure on water supply and metering cannot go on unchallenged after this dry summer is over. Leaders and administration have failed more than two million people, and changes are required in the areas of water supply, monitoring, metering and pricing. Private ownership, sustainability and democracy are being seriously eroded. The UNA and UBC pride themselves in being leaders in sustainability. Sustainability and water metering is the same thing in this context. Allowing unlimited personal or community water use is not sustainable! Perhaps the UNA sustainability committee can address this, and then send a letter to Metro Vancouver demanding water metering with higher surcharges when water supply is tight. Unlike socialism, sustainability implies paying for one’s use of expensive land, limited resources and services provided.
UBC continued from Page 1 Dr. Piper received her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University. She has an extensive background in university administration, having served in senior leadership positions at McGill and the University of Alberta. Her work stewarding UBC to become one of the leading research universities in the world was recognized with the Orders of Canada and British Columbia. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. “I am very pleased to welcome back such a passionate supporter of UBC with a deep commitment to academic excellence,” said Chancellor Lindsay Gordon. “Dr. Piper’s considerable experience during her time as UBC President and the years beyond will be invaluable during this time of transition.” “We look forward to her enthusiastic engagement with our students and employees,” UBC Board of Governors’ Chair John Montalbano said. “Building on the legacy of her predecessors, and working together with her academic colleagues, the Board of Governors and UBC’s executive team, Dr. Piper will guide us well as we continue to deliver a globally renowned learning and research environment.” UBC is consistently ranked among the world’s top 40 universities and has an operating budget of $2.1 billion, more
• Watering of turf at turf farms or flowers and vegetables at commercial gardens is permitted. • Hosing of outdoor surfaces (e.g. driveways, sidewalks, roofs) if required to avoid public health and safety concerns or to prepare a surface for painting/sealing or similar treatment is permitted; • Commercial pressure washing for health and safety purposes or to prepare as surface for painting or similar purposes is permitted; • Commercial car wash operations are permitted; • Golf course watering of greens and tee areas at minimum levels to maintain areas in useable condition is permitted; • Sports playing field (including sandbased) and school yard watering at minimum levels as required to maintain areas in useable condition is permitted; • Artificial turf requiring wetting and outdoor tracks if required for dust control or safety reasons is permitted.
Editor’s Note: Metro Vancouver’s (Stage 3) restrictions on the use of water remain
the same at press time (August 14) as they were in July. The lists of what is prohibited and what is permitted are: Stage 3 Prohibitions • Lawn sprinkling is prohibited; • Municipal exemption permits for newlawns or nematode application are prohibited; • Watering of trees, shrubs, flowers, decorative planters and vegetable gardens by sprinklers or soaker hoses is prohibited; • Private pressure washing is prohibited; • Washing of driveways, sidewalks and parkades for aesthetic purposes is prohibited; • Washing of all cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and other recreational and vehicles is prohibited; • Golf course fairway watering is prohibited; • Cemetery lawns – all forms of watering are prohibited; • Municipal parks – all forms of watering are prohibited; • Operation of ornamental fountains is prohibited; • Filling or refilling of private swimming pools, hot tubs and garden ponds is prohibited. Stage 3 Permitted Uses • Hand watering of trees, shrubs, flowers, decorative planters and vegetable gardens using a spring-loaded shutoff nozzle, containers or a drip irrigation system is permitted;
than 59,000 students on its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses and more than 15,000 faculty and staff. The University of British Columbia’s Board of Governors “regretfully” announced August 7 that President Arvind Gupta had resigned to return to the pursuit of his academic career. In a press release, the University stated Dr. Gupta has made meaningful accomplishments in his tenure as president, but has decided he can best contribute to the University and lead Canada’s innovation agenda by resuming his academic career and leadership roles in the business and research community. Professor Gupta was named the 13th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC on March 12, 2014. “I want to take this time to thank Dr. Gupta for his service to the university community over the past year and acknowledge his hard work, integrity and dedication,” said Mr. Montalbano. “Dr. Gupta worked tirelessly during his tenure to advance UBC’s core academic mission. He also developed an emerging strategy to support diversity and underrepresented groups in the university, enhanced the student experience through better services, such as improved access to mental health services. UBC successfully raised over $200 million in one of the largest fundraising exercises in its history, and he facilitated a $66-million research grant that is the single largest
in the history of UBC,” Mr. Montalbano further said. Dr. Gupta, who has a PhD in computer science from the University of Toronto and was Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of Mitacs, a not-forprofit organization that fosters Canada’s next generation of global innovators, will return to UBC’s Department of Computer Science after his academic leave. This leave will enable him to focus on his research and scholarly work that will be of mutual benefit to Dr. Gupta and UBC. The University is delighted Dr. Gupta will continue to build on his accomplishments as a scholar and continue to engage on national policy on research, innovation, science and technology. Meanwhile, Mark McLean, UBC Faculty Association President, sent a letter to UBC faculty members in response to the news about Prof. Gupta resigning as UBC president. Professor MacLean wrote, “This was a sudden and immediate resignation, and I am skeptical that the reason for it is simply that Professor Gupta wishes to return to the life of a professor of computer science. We of course, will not hear directly from Professor Gupta since such resignations typically come with a nondisclosure agreement. “The Board of Governors must explain what transpired to end Professor Gupta’s presidency after only one year. What caused this leadership crisis?
“Over the past year, I had conversations with Professor Gupta about his desire for UBC to thrive as a place where faculty are supported and valued unconditionally. He truly viewed us as his colleagues. Contrary to some of the public speculation since his resignation, he had a serious plan well under development to achieve the goals he set for himself and the University, and faculty were at the heart of his plan.” Prof. MacLean believes Professor Gupta’s resignation represents a serious loss to UBC. “It certainly represents a failure point in the governance of the University,” he writes. “We need to understand this failure and the Board must recognize that we cannot move on until we do. “I also have questions about the future leadership of the University. We have in progress searches for a Provost and VP Academic, a Vice-President Research, and a Vice-President External and Communications. “Those who fill these positions must ultimately hold the confidence of the President they will serve. What will happen with these searches now? President Emeritas Martha Piper has considerable experience as a past UBC President, but should she hire three key Vice-Presidents for the next President of UBC?”
Thomas Beyer, Chancellor Place resident
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THE CAMPUS RESIDENT AUGUST 17, 2015 UEL continued from Page 1 Maria Harris, Metro Vancouver Director for Electoral Area A (which includes UBC and the UEL) and a member of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, said, “Minister Fassbender’s appointment as the Minister of Community, Sports and Cultural Development has the potential to be good news for the UEL community, especially on the issue of governance. “He was the mayor of Langley City which is separate (and completely surrounded by) Langley Township and he was a member of the Metro Vancouver Board. Consequently, he will quickly come to appreciate the importance of
having effective local government in the UEL. “I had a good working relationship with Minister Fassbender at the region and look forward to working with him in his new capacity.” Born in Germany, the new Minister for Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for Translink, immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1952, and since then, he has lived his whole life in Surrey, Aldergrove or Langley. His professional career has mostly been in advertising. After an unsuccessful attempt to enter the provincial legislature as a member of the Social Credit Party, Mr. Fassbender served a four-year term (1975 to 1979)
on the Langley School Board. He was elected for the first time to the city council of Langley in 2002, and then as mayor of Langley in the 2005, 2008 and 2011 civic elections; in this time, he served as Vice-Chair of TransLink’s Mayors’ Council. In November 2012, the provincial government appointed Mr. Fassbender as Chair of the Board for the B.C. Pavilion Corporation, which operates B.C. Place Stadium and the Vancouver Convention Centre. In the 2013 provincial election, he was elected to represent the electoral district of Surrey-Fleetwood as a member of the British Columbia Liberal Party, and he was appointed Minister of Education on June 10, 2013 by Premier Christy Clark. As Minister of Education, one of his accomplishments was to secure a 10-year labour agreement with the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. UEL CAC members will hope to have more face-to-face contact with Mr. Fassbender than they had with his predecessor Coralee Oakes. Just recently, 18 months after the CAC began waiting patiently for a reply to their request for a governance study, Mr. Forsyth felt obliged to write Ms. Oakes, “As the politician responsible for local matters in our community, you are the equivalent of our mayor. Yet you have repeatedly turned down requests to meet with us. It’s as if the mayor of your home town, Quesnel, refused to
have anything to do with the residents of Quesnel. Meetings with your officials are not an adequate substitute for meetings with you.” UEL residents have attempted to gain municipal status once before, doing so in the 1990s in cooperation with Hampton Place residents (the only group of residents living at UBC at that time). However, the bid failed when the UEL group and Hampton Place group failed to reach consensus on governance structure and other matters. Although subject to a different governance structure than UEL residents, UBC residents—governed by University Neighbourhood Association—also have ties to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. In 2010, the B.C. government introduced legislation to transfer control of local land-use planning for the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus from the Metro Vancouver regional government to the province. The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development approves the UBC’s Land Use Plan—a regulatory document that provides the framework for the development of land on UBC Vancouver’s Point Grey campus. Provincial legislation requires consistency between campus development and the policies and targets of the Land Use Plan.
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Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC. Photo credit: Owen Sopotiuk.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC.
Museum Of Anthropology (MOA) Great Hall. Photo credit: Goh Iromoto.
Can’t wait to celebrate UBC’s 100th birthday? Excited to experience the richness and vibrancy of the arts and culture in your community? On assignment from The Campus Resident, I was pleased to interview Deb Pickman, the Communications and Marketing Manager of UBC Arts & Culture District. Ms. Pickman introduced me to
many upcoming events. Let’s take a look at them! Arts and culture initiatives in celebration of the UBC Centennial start with the Centennial Harvest Feast and Arts Night Out. Eager to chat with UBC students, faculty, alumni and to bond with neighbors and friends? Excited about a healthy and delicious three-course meal made with local produce from the UBC farm? Come out to the Centennial Harvest Feast, which will take place on September 24 at Main Mall and Memorial Road. The second annual long table dining style event, organized by UBC in collaboration with the University Neighborhood Association, is a time for great conversations with interesting people from various backgrounds. After the dinner, at Arts Night Out— this year for the first time—guests will also get a chance to tour venues inside UBC’s arts and culture district. Take a
UBC Harvest Feast. Photo credit: Don Erhardt.
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C arts and culture district look at special exhibitions featuring Portuguese folk art and Musqueam culture inside the Museum of Anthropology. Stop by Frederic Wood Theatre to see the UBC Theatre and Film Ensemble rehearse Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Watch UBC alumni showcase their wits and talents at A Night at the Improv and don’t forget to check out Chan Centre’s glass lobby bar for a drink with new friends! If you are interested in films, check out the UBC Centennial Film Festival featuring works by students, alumni and faculty in the last 45 years. There will also be screenings, talkbacks and receptions. If you are interested in music, get excited for many fascinating performances. UBC Opera Ensemble will celebrate the Centennial with a UBC Opera Centennial Tour across B.C., Canada, Europe and Asia. The Ensemble will also welcome the Beijing Central Conservatory Opera Centre and Orchestra to UBC this
December. Together, they will present a selection of opera, operettas and musical theaters on December 3 at noon in the Old Auditorium. In February, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts presents A Conversation with Branford Marsalis, who is a Grammy Award winning musician. If you cannot attend any of the Centennial-related events, don’t worry! You can always engage yourself in other events that take place regularly on campus. The second season of Music on the Point: Concerts with Personality features UBC School of Music faculty. Classical music devotees and neophytes alike should attend to listen to classical music, to get glimpses into the performers’ unique interpretations of their work and ask questions at the reception. Pay particular attention to UBC School of Music’s opening events! They provide rare opportunities for the audience to get a behind-the-scene experience. If you are
a high school student and interested in applying to the UBC School of Music, don’t miss out a chance to ask students and faculty performers about academic curriculum and opportunities at the school. UBC is also home to galleries and museums with a plethora of educational and interactive exhibitions. Visit the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. A new exhibition starts at the Belkin on September 11, displaying the works of Maria Eichhorn, a German artist. Drop by the university’s newest gallery, AHVA Gallery, in September to check out a faculty art exhibition.
Visit the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) for its unparalleled collection of Northwest Coast artifacts as well as for its exciting temporary exhibitions. The Portuguese Short Film Festival will have its Canadian premier from October 10 -12 at MOA. A new exhibition, (In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan through Contemporary Art, is on display from November 20, 2015 to April 3, 2016. All the events are very affordable and easily accessible! Mark down the dates of the special events, celebrate UBC Centennial and learn more about the people, the culture and the arts in your community!
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC. Alvin Balkind Awards (November 5, 2008). Photo credit: Eugene Lin, UBC Public Affairs.
UBC Opera La Traviata production in the Old Auditorium. Photo credit: Tim Matheson.
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Fire danger rating in Pacific Spirit Park remains high Public education about conditions in park is still priority for Metro
The fire danger rating in Pacific Spirit Park has eased a notch to ‘High’, and Metro Vancouver has re-opened Sword Fern Trail adjacent to Hampton Place. However, over-all conditions in the park are unchanged from a month ago when fire danger rating was ‘Extreme’ and Sword Fern adjacent to Hampton was closed. Tyler Langeloo, Acting Supervisor, Park Operations, West Area, said, “Our priority continues to be the education of
the public regarding the fire danger and the safe and responsible use of the park.” Mr. Langeloo said that while Metro staff members were anticipating a minimal amount of rainfall over the August 14-16 weekend, “the precipitation will not likely be enough to change the overall conditions within the park. We are encouraging the public to keep checking our website for further updates.” Park users are reminded that barbeques are permitted only in approved locations and under direct supervision. Propane or gas barbeques are preferred. If visitors are using briquette barbeques, then Metro Vancouver requests that they dispose of coals carefully in provided receptacles. Smoking is only permitted at designated smoking areas.
BOARD continued from Page 1 She believes that with community growth comes the need for added services and increased operational expenses, and the 5-Year Financial Plan combined with the annual list of Board Priorities, allows the UNA to focus on community needs. Ms. Zhou was born in China. Ms. Robson was born in England. The UNA Board currently has seats for eight directors: five seats allocated to campus residents who are UNA members; two seats to UBC staff members; and one seat to a student appointed by the UBC Alma Mater Society. UNA elections are held every year with two or three seats up for grabs each year. Directors receive a modest annual retainer of about $5,000 for their services, which include attendance at monthly board meetings, monthly committee meetings and occasional special meetings with lots of home work to be done before hand. They also represent the
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Ying Zhou UNA at numerous campus functions, and are responsible for the operations of the UNA staff whose budget is over $3 million annually. Currently, the Resident Directors are: Ms. Zhou, of Chancellor Place, Charles Menzies, of Hawthorn Place; Sabrina Zhang, of Hampton Place; and Richard Alexander, of Wesbrook Place and Prod Laquian, Hampton Place. Mr. Alexander is the UNA Board Chair, and he receives a further modest retainer for his services as Chair. Appointed by UBC, Andrew Parr and Carole Jolly represent the University. Appointed by Alma Mater Society, Jenna Omassi represents UBC students. Unfortunately, biographical material on Ms. Cottle was not available at press time. We shall attempt to provide it in September issue.
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City sells dog licences on campus Estimated population of dogs at UBC is 2,000
If you are a dog owner at UBC and you don’t have a licence for your dog, the City of Vancouver would like you to buy one. Although the University Neighbourhoods Association hasn’t yet developed an animal bylaw for UBC residents yet, residents may license their dogs with the City of Vancouver. Seeking to make this arrangement known to local residents and also residents of the University Endowment Lands and Musqueam Indian Reserve, the City of Vancouver sent a representative to UBC on Saturday, July 25. Kelsey Birtch—who works in Licensing Liaison at Vancouver Animal Control— spent six hours in front of Save-On-Food store in Wesbrook Place speaking to the residents about the benefits of a dog licence. In an e-mail, Ms. Birtch said, “I spoke to 48 people with dogs and the feedback was very positive. I gave away lots of free swag and stickers. I renewed five expired licences and sold two new ones which we are very happy about.” This outreach by the City of Vancouver comes at a time when dogs have plenty of canine company on campus. Ms. Birtch agreed that 2,000 is a fair estimate of the number of dogs living in the five residential neighbourhoods at UBC governed by the University Neighbourhoods Association. Vancouver has a population of 600,000 people and an estimated canine population of 150,000. Using the same ratio of 600,000 humans to 150,000 dogs (i.e.,
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City of Vancouver Animal Control Officer with properly registered dog four to one), UBC—with a population in excess of 8,000 people—would have an estimated population of 2,000 dogs or more. In her report, Mr. Birtch also offered, “We license just over 20,000 dogs yearly.” This equates to about 250-260 dog licences issued per year to UBC residents. An annual dog licence in Vancouver costs $40 a year, and the licensing fees generated fund Vancouver Animal Control which helps lost or abandoned dogs. A dog licence is also the best identifica-
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dog parks. • Licensing allows Animal Control Officers to respond to emergency calls of hurt or lost animals, educate the public and enforce the by-laws. • Licensing puts your dog on the Emergency Pet Registry, so emergency responders know to look for your dog in the case of an emergency or disaster. To find out more information, call 604873-7000 at the City of Vancouver or visit their website http://vancouver.ca/ home-property-development/pets.aspx.
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New red oak trees take place of old on Main Mall As a natural part of aging and campus renewal, some trees decline and must be replaced with new trees To maintain a safe campus, under the guidance of its arborists, UBC is replacing some of the Red Oak trees (species: Quercus Rubra) on Main Mall. The earliest original Red Oaks lining Main Mall were planted in the 1930s. The broad canopies of these trees bring a sense of timeless dignity to UBC and lend themselves well to shading the pedestrian promenades. The University maintains the Red Oaks on Main Mall to celebrate its history and maintain hallmarks of the original campus master plan. Over 85 years, new Red Oak trees have been added or replaced as campus grew. The Red Oaks due to be replaced are dead or in permanent decline and pose a
potential safety risk to pedestrians. They were scheduled for removal on the weekend of August 15. The largest usable parts of the trees will be used to produce furniture by a third party. The smaller parts will be composted. The University will plant appropriately-sized replacement Red Oaks in the fall when the conditions are optimal for the trees. Arborists will continue to monitor and prune back other oaks on Main Mall to maintain the treesâ€™ optimal health and support a safe campus environment. UBC takes pride in the diversity and amount of trees it has planted on campus since 1925. There are approximately 8,000 planted trees and over 10,000 native trees in their natural settings. University works with landscape architects, architects, developers, arborists and landscape technologists to protect its forested areas.
Collin Varner with one of the Red Oak trees to be replaced on Main Mall
Residents are invited for guided tour of campus trees
UBC horticulturalist and aboriculturalist Collin Varner invites residents for a guided tour of campus trees. While on tour, Mr. Varner will educate you about the various trees you see and entertain you with stories about the origins of their names. There are approximately 170 different trees and shrubs found at UBC. Learn where the names Old Manâ€™s Bark, Snake Bark Maple, Single Leaf Black Locust and other trees come from. Up to 250 people have joined Mr. Varner in ten tours this summer. Please phone
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Cryptomeria (Japanese cedar)
Robinia (single leaf black locust)
Acer refinerve (snakebark maple)
Chionanthus (old manâ€™s beard)
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Biodiversity in your backyard Helping plants survive the depths of drought Douglas Justice Associate Director, Horticulture and Collections Wow, it’s dry this year! This is a common refrain among visitors to the Botanical Garden. Straw-coloured lawns greet us when we arrive at the Garden, and one doesn’t have to look very far outside of the Garden to see crispy perennials and shrubs, and stressed trees. People are quick to point to Metro Vancouver’s water restrictions, and certainly, the rules make it difficult to keep plants thriving in hot weather, but this is not the whole story. There’s no denying that prolonged drought can be hard on garden plants and that as a society we don’t make the connection between water conservation and weather—that is, until we’re faced with serious water restrictions. And again, we have to admit that many established landscapes in Vancouver are absolutely dependent on summer irrigation. Vancouver’s soils, especially around UBC, are shallow and well-drained, and a good number of our garden plants (many rhododendrons, for example) hail from parts of the world that experience considerable summer rainfall. In some years in Vancouver, summer rainfall is only an unexpected treat. The next time someone you know curses our winter “monsoon”, be sure to remind them those rains fill our
mountain lakes, which is the only thing that allows us to water our gardens in the summer. Trees, perhaps more than any other kind of plant, define our landscapes. Can you imagine the city or the Botanical Garden without trees? They are our most important planted assets. When we grow trees, we are doing so for the future. The leafy canopy that cleans the air, gives cooling shade and a home for birds, is provided by a tree that was planted by someone years ago. Even in the depths of drought, most of our established trees can find enough moisture to hang on, but small trees and especially, young ones are a different matter. In times of water shortage, these trees often need our help. Luckily, good summer maintenance of younger and smaller trees usually means merely deep, infrequent watering. This ensures that roots grow down, where they’re better insulated from drought (and freezing in winter) and where there’s a higher probability of finding moisture. The car will survive a few months of not being washed. The sidewalk can be swept with a broom. The lawn is going to recover with the onset of rain in the autumn. Without watering, some of our trees may not survive. Hopefully, if we all do our part and the weather cooperates we can avoid moving to Stage 4 water restrictions. In the Collections: UBC Botanical Garden has a number
of great workshops, lectures and special events coming up including an outdoor movie night, National Forest Week Walk in the Woods and Growing Food in a Changing Climate. Visit our website botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/learn to find out more information. Take part in a family-friendly Bug Hunt on Saturday, August 29 at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Join us for an adult members Bugs & Beer night Friday, September 4. beatymuseum.ubc.ca/talksevents.
Despite the dry weather there are a number of plants thriving in the Botanical Garden including Eriogonum fasciculatum ‘Wild Buckwheat’ (top) and Allium schoenoprasum, (bottom). Photo credits: Jennifer Douglas-Mills.
Community Policing People still negligently leaving pets in hot cars Cpl. Brenda Winpenny Community Relations, University RCMP E: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 604-224-1322 There has been plenty of media attention on the matter of animals left in hot vehicles, but we continue to receive calls
Cpl. Brenda Winpenny
for service about this problem. The following useful information can be found on the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) website: If it’s hot, your pet may be in trouble! During warm weather pet guardians must take precautions against the danger of heat exhaustion and heatstroke for their pets. The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or even kill your pet. Leaving you pet in a car with the air conditioning on is also taking a risk as many pets have died as the result of a faulty airconditioning system. If you see a dog in a car on a warm or humid day who you believe may be in trouble, ask nearby stores to page customers. If the dog is in distress call our Animal Cruelty Hotline at 1 (855) 6BC SPCA (1-855-622-7722). The call centre is open seven days per week: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If it is an animal emergency outside of these hours, please contact your local police department, RCMP or animal control immediately.
Dogs (and cats) cool themselves by panting and by releasing heat through their paws. On summer days the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves. Your dog will be more comfortable if left at home. Note that dogs also risk overheating if exercised outside during the day in hot weather. Choose the early morning and evening, when it’s cooler, to exercise your dog and always remember to bring extra water for your dog and take lots of breaks. Symptoms of heatstroke • Exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting) • Rapid or erratic pulse • Salivation • Anxious or staring expression • Weakness and muscle tremors • Lack of coordination • Tongue and lips red (which may eventually turn bluish in colour) • Convulsions or vomiting • Collapse, coma and death. Emergency treatment for dogs If your dog shows symptoms of heatstroke follow these instructions: • Immediately move the animal to a cool,
shady place. • Wet the dog with cool water. • Fan vigorously to promote evaporation. This process will cool the blood, which reduces the dog’s core temperature. • Do not apply ice. This constricts blood flow which will inhibit cooling. • Allow the dog to drink some cool water. • Take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment. Veterinarians may apply supportive measures such as intravenous fluids to rehydrate the animal and oxygen to prevent brain damage. Editor’s Note: The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Its mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C. Each year, the BC SPCA helps more than 32,000 animals. The BC SPCA operates with the assistance of over 4,000 volunteers who work at the shelter level and in a variety of fundraising, advocacy and education roles. The organization is looking for individuals who are passionate about animal welfare to join its team.
THE CAMPUS RESIDENT AUGUST 17 2015
Barn 9th Annual
The Old Barn Community Centre 1-4pm
Saturday September 12, 2015 Live music by Coldwater Roa d BBQ and Refreshments Face Painting Pie Eating C ontest Art Battle Games Fitness workshops Lots of f ! un for the y l i m a f wh o l e