Published by the University Neighbourhoods Association Volume 8, Issue 5
MAY 15, 2017
NDP MLA David Eby Re-Elected in Vancouver-Point Grey
Census 2016 figure for number of people living in campus neighbourhoods is—as reported by UBC—almost 10,000; meanwhile, number of “private dwellings not occupied by the usual residents” is almost 20%
In the provincial election on May 9, NDP MLA David Eby was re-elected in Vancouver-Point Grey riding that includes University of British Columbia and University Endowment Lands. Following the election, Mr. Eby said: “Throughout the campaign, I heard from members of our community that they wanted a representative who listened, and who stood up in the legislature to ensure their voices and stories were heard. That’s exactly what I am committed to doing. I’m looking forward to re-opening my community office to get back to work advocating for our community. I’d like to thank everyone in the UNA who came out to the all-candidates meeting, and who volunteered or stopped to talk to me out front of the grocery store. Our neighbourhood’s participation in the election was excellent – I hope to see that UNA involvement reflected in the voter turnout once the final number of ballots are tallied.” MLA David Eby, wife Cailey and son Ezra following election. Photo credit Duncan Watts-Grant.
UBC GamePlan Funding to Be Discussed in June At a meeting in June, the UBC Board of Governors will start discussing how to pay for almost $200 million in new sporting venues, a discussion which will touch upon plans for a new residential neighbourhood on campus. Development of the Stadium Road Neighbourhood would bring to six the number of residential neighbourhoods built on the UBC campus, the others being Hampton Place, Hawthorn Place, Chancellor Place, East Campus and Wesbrook Place. At the upcoming meeting, UBC governors will receive a submission from staff exploring “funding options for realizing GamePlan projects, in conjunction with UBC’s capital planning process.” This submission will also include a consultation summary report for GamePlan Phase 1 (completed in October 2016) and GamePlan Phase 2 (completed in February), and a high-level overview of the Stadium Road Neighbourhood Plan process, which is expected to begin in the fall of 2017. A UBC spokesperson said the Stadium Road planning process will take up to 18 months to complete and will involve significant opportunity for public input.
Census at UBC: Almost 10,000 Live in UTown
Directors Ask for Legal Opinion on Designated Building Agreement between UNA and UBC Residential building called Central is opening soon; it is located outside traditional neighbourhood area on campus John Tompkins Editor At a board meeting May 9, directors of the University Neighbourhoods Association deferred approval of an agreement with UBC allowing a group of residents on academic land to be eligible for UNA membership. The need for an agreement flows from the development of a residential building called Central which is located on University Boulevard just west of Wesbrook Mall. Traditionally, residential buildings have arisen on designated residential land on campus (such as Hampton Place and Wesbrook Place), but Central is built on academic land. Both the UNA and UBC wish to see residents of Central—and other such buildings which are termed ‘Designated Buildings’—to be eligible for membership in the UNA. Executive Director Jan Fialkowski reminded directors that at an April 28, 2015 UNA committee meeting , UBC proposed to the UNA directors that residents who will live in this building in
the University Boulevard precinct would become members of the UNA as the UNA had always anticipated representing residents on campus that were not living in student academic housing. “Although the precinct would not be a UNA neighbourhood, residents would enjoy the benefits of membership and the services provided by the UNA,” Ms. Fialkowski said in a report to directors. “In recognition of the cost of providing services, UBC would remit all Services Levy collected from these residential buildings to the UNA. UBC would provide all municipal services in the precinct.“ At the May 2015 meeting of the UNA Board of Directors, the directors accepted UBC’s proposal and agreed that any residents living in University Housing on University Boulevard (academic lands) would be accepted as UNA members if the residents applied for membership. AGREEMENT Continued on Page 5
UBC has issued a memorandum summarizing the 2016 Census results on campus, and the Census reports that on May 20, 2016, a total of 9,586 people lived in 5,038 dwellings in the five residential neighbourhoods of Hampton Place, East Campus, Chancellor Place, Hawthorn Place and Wesbrook Place. At the same time, the Census reports 3,270 people living in 1,522 dwellings elsewhere on campus, largely student housing. UBC states, “Of note, this is much lower than the approximately 11,000 UBC student housing beds outside of UNA neighbourhoods. The difference is explained by the Census only including students living on 12-month housing contracts as opposed to the 8-month school year.” The Census also reports on the number of private dwellings “not occupied by the usual residents.” UBC states, “The media typically report on this data as ‘unoccupied homes’. In reality, dwellings not occupied by the usual residents fall into three categories.” The categories are: 1. Dwellings occupied by foreign residents. For example, a foreign student or person whose permanent residence is outside of Canada. 2. Dwellings occupied by a temporarily present person. For example, Canadian students or visitors whose permanent residence is elsewhere in Canada. 3. Unoccupied dwellings. For example, vacant dwellings or those for sale or rent before move in. In UBC’s five residential neighbourhoods, Census 2016 reported 18.9% of dwellings as not occupied by the usual residents. This is higher than Vancouver (8.2%), Metro Vancouver (6.2%) and Canada (8.7%), and lower than the UEL (21.2%). UBC states the results “are likely explained by: students living in the UNA residential neighbourhoods with permanent addresses elsewhere; a high foreign population relative to the region; and high levels of apartment housing relative to the region, which is more likely to be not occupied by usual residents than other housing like single family homes. UBC CENSUS Continued on Page 8
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Series of CEC Workshops on Canadian History Starts Up Topic of first workshop is History of Confederation; project is funded by UTown@UBC Community Grant
On April 26, up to 50 people attended the first in a series of three documentary film workshops designed to introduce Canadian history and culture to the growing number of residents on the UBC campus, many of whom are newcomers to Canada. The series is organized by the UNA Civic Engagement Committee (CEC), and the project—called Documentary Film Workshops for Canada 150—is funded by a $1,000 grant from UTown@UBC Community Grant program, a partnership of the UNA and UBC. The subject of the first workshop at the Old Barn Community Centre was The
History of Confederation. The workshop, hosted by CEC co-Chair Nils Bradley, began with three compelling films on the main themes running through Canadian history. Guest speaker Robert Bordon, head of the history department at University Hill Secondary School, gave an excellent presentation to an audience which showed great interest in the topic. Mr. Borton described how 150 years ago, the British North American Act divided the Province of Canada into Ontario and Quebec and joined them with New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to form a confederated state called the Dominion of Canada. British Columbia entered
Community Partnership with Lotus Cycling Club
We Are Community and Wesbrook Community Centre (WCC) are very excited to announce our partnership with Lotus Cycling Club. The season launch party took place on April 12 in the Social Room at WCC and was a huge success! Lotus Cycling Club is an inclusive, Vancouver-based, road biking club catering to riders of all demographics. This year marks the third year of the growing cycling club. We look forward to riding with them this summer! To learn more about Lotus cycling please go to www.lotuscycling.com.
Campus residents attend ‘Canada 150 Series – History of Confederation’ workshop organized by the UNA Civic Engagement Committee. Photo credit Michael Chen. Confederation in 1871. Many questions were directed at Mr. Bordon after his address. Some adults brought their children to this two-hour workshop with many in the audience saying how productive it was to their clearer understanding of Canadian history and culture. Rose Wang, a UNA Resident Director and co-Chair of the CEC, said, “About 10,000 residents live on campus, and a huge portion of them are immigrants. Some are also newcomers to Canada, and it is very important to help them understand our Canadian history and culture. Doing so will enhance their ability to assimilate and embrace their new lives in Canada.” The format of the two remaining workshops in the series will be the same as the first one, namely with a documentary film, a guest’s speech and a question-and-answer session. These
workshops will also be held at the Old Barn Community Centre, Room 1, 7–9 pm: History of Multiculturalism on May 24 and First Nations in Canada on June 21. Meanwhile on April 29, in the midst of the provincial election, the CEC organized an all-candidates meeting at the Old Barn on behalf of the UNA. Around 120 people attended. Volunteers included: CEC members Floyd Mann, Nils Bradley, Michael Chen, Cherie Zhang, Shohreh Ravanshad and Rose Wang. Editor’s Note: UTown @UBC Community Grants program awards up to $1,000 for projects that foster community building on campus. Campus residents are encouraged to apply.
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Letter from UBC President
The Power of Music in My Life Last month saw the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the first performance in UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. It was a wonderful occasion. The UBC Symphony Orchestra, University Singers and UBC Choral Union joined forces to play Mozart’s Requiem (in honour of Chan Centre architect Bing Thom) and the uplifting A Song of Joys, composed by UBC music professor Dr. Stephen Chatman. I was thrilled to be there and to listen to the talented UBC student musicians and singers. I paid special attention to the cellists in the orchestra for two reasons: first, because the Chan Centre was deliberately designed in the shape of a cello, and second, because the cello is my instrument. I own several cellos. I try to play it as often as I can. Knowing this, The Campus Resident recently asked me about my love for the instrument. How many cellos do you own? Five. The first one was given to me by my parents when I was a child. It’s nothing special and is only three-quarter size. The second one is a cello that is actually not very good at all. The third one is a modern
cello, a Chinese one, bought for me by my parents after I finished my PhD hoping that I would play, but, unfortunately, I had no time to play. The last two are my pride and joy. One is a modern Italian cello made by Edson Puozzo, a young luthier who studied in a very famous violin-making store in Cremona. It has a bright sound and is very easy to play and is not that sensitive to humidity changes. My final cello is an 1830 French cello, which I bought in Chicago. When did you first start playing the cello? I started playing cello around the age of nine. At first, I played the piano but I wasn’t very good, so my parents said that I could choose the instrument that I wanted to play. I was drawn immediately to the sound of the cello. I just loved its mellow tone and the fact that it was an instrument that you didn’t hold up to your chin but you actually rested it on the ground. You went for 30 years without playing cello. Why did you stop, and why did you start again? I stopped because I became incredibly
Professor Santa Ono. Photo credit Paul Joseph, UBC. busy after graduate school, and I was really focused on finishing my dissertation and then hopefully doing well as a postdoctoral fellow and rising through the tenure track. And I had kids. So, I didn’t have time. I started again about a year and a half ago, when I was in Cincinnati. I listened to a group of inner city kids who were learning how to play chamber music from students at the conservatory. The kids were playing with relatively poor instruments, but I was inspired by what they were able to do in very suboptimal conditions, and I figured if they could do it, with my formal training, I should be able to pick it up again. And the first time I played again, I played with those kids. How often do you play? I used to play almost every day, but after coming to UBC I became a little busy, so I’m fortunate if I can play once or twice a week.
Professor Ono plays cello. Photo credit Paul Joseph, UBC.
Do you choose which cello to play according to your mood? Absolutely. The first two cellos I don’t play because they’re too small and in a state of disrepair. The cello that my parents bought for me, the Chinese one: I’ll play if it’s hot or inclement weather. Sometimes you have to play in an orchestra outside, and I wouldn’t want to bring my two good cellos in that kind of situation, because it can damage the instrument. Most musicians will not want to play a good instrument when they play outdoors. The last two instruments, they have very different tonalities. The Edson Puozzo cello has a very bright and loud sound, and depending on the venue, it’s the right instrument to play if you want to project in a large hall. The 1830 French cello has a sound that’s almost like butter. If you’re
playing at home or in a smaller hall, and depending on what piece you’re playing, you might want to play it. But the composer also makes a difference. For modern music like Shostakovich, you might want to use the brighter cello, but for something like Bach or Chopin you might want to play the French cello. Does playing music help you to relax? It’s the most powerful, most effective way for me to relax. When I’ve had a stressful experience, I turn to my cello, and it’s the one thing that can take me away from challenges and stresses and take me to a different place. What types of music do you play? I play all kinds. I play classical music, I play cello solo music, chamber music, I play orchestral music and I play rock music. I like to play Beatles, I like to play Moody Blues, I like to play the Wings, I like to play Meatloaf, the Rolling Stones and a whole different variety of music. My favourite classical composers are Brahms, Chopin and Bach. Does the music you listen to or the music you play depend on your mood? Absolutely. If I want to pump myself up before a big speech, I’ll typically listen to pop or rock. If I want to get ready to make an important decision or to read something or think about something which requires concentration, I’ll usually listen to something like Vivaldi or Bach. Editor’s Note: Professor Ono features his favourite cello in his VLOG. You can watch it at http://bit.ly/ santa_ono_cello.
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UEL Council Reacts with Surprise to Population Count Population figure of 3,034 is provided by 2016 Census; figure was expected by many to be 4,000+ John Tompkins Editor At the April 24 monthly meeting of the Community Advisory Council (CAC), community leaders in the UEL reacted with a mix of surprise and concern to a Metro Vancouver analysis of the 2016 Census which gives 3,034 for the number of people living in their community when they had long thought it was 4,000+. A former member of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) recalled having dutifully used the figure of 4,000+ to describe the size of the UEL community for years, believing this figure to be accurate. To find it is only 3,034 is quite a surprise, the former CAC member said, wondering where the figure of 4,000+ had came from originally, and how, in retrospect, CAC members past and present had come to rely on it staunchly. Discussion about the UEL population stood out on the agenda at the meeting held in the Community Space at 300–5755 Dalhousie Road (above Starbucks in the University Village complex). Some council members recalled a community amenity survey from four or five years ago in which the UEL population was listed as 4,000+. Other members wondered about the financial implications of administering the affairs of a community with uncertainty about its size. “You have to have confidence in numbers,” a member of the council said. Questions buzzed around the meeting room. How does this affect UEL fire tax?
How does this affect UEL police tax? At the meeting, Ron Pears—a long term community volunteer—emphasized how the correct UEL population figure was needed for determining the size of a community centre due to be built in the large Block F parcel of land under development by Musqueam Capital Corporation (MCC) south of University Boulevard between St. Anselm’s Church (in the east) and Acadia Road (in the west). Appointed to a Block F community centre advisory group, Mr. Pears said the CAC and MCC had agreed priority should be given to planning the community centre early in Block F development on account of its uniqueness. Upon completion, this community centre will be the first and only such facility developed in the UEL community in its near century-old history. The CAC anticipates community centre users coming from the whole of the UEL as well as “from across the road” in the Acadia Park part of UBC campus. Mr. Pears said he could understand the UEL population figure being mistakenly listed as five per cent in error, or even ten percent. But 30%? As reported in the March issue of The Campus Resident, the lower figure of 3,034 for the population of the UEL is one first produced by Metro Vancouver regional planning staff researching data
provided by Census 2016. A spokesman said that Metro Vancouver researchers looked at the Census data and were unable to find numbers indicating a 4,000+ population figure for 2016 for the UEL. The spokesman said, “Staff double-checked the 2016 Census and confirmed the Census data show a UEL population of 3,034.” To compound confusion about the precise number of people living in the UEL, a recent ‘facts sheet’ mailed to all residents by the provincial government— which manages the UEL through an office on Chancellor Boulevard— listed the number of people living in the UEL as 4,000.
The provincial government also uses the figure of 4,000 at the UEL website, albeit for the year 2008. Editor’s Note: On May 4, Statistics Canada provided The Campus Resident with figures indicating a population drop in UEL over five (2011-2016) years of 7.6%. This compares with the figure of 30% in the story above. Please note below table in which Statistics Canada reports the 2016 Census population of the UEL to be 3,034 and the 2011 Census population as 3,285, representing a drop of 7.6%.
2016 and 2011 Census Total Population and Private Dwellings for UEL Census
Total Private Dwellings
Private Dwellings Occupied by Usual Residents
* The counts were derived from the publication of 2016 Census.
** The counts were derived from the block face data of 2011 and then were randomly rounded.
UNA Amends Parking Strategy at Hawthorn Locations Unauthorized visitors will no longer be allowed to park for free at three Hawthorn locations; parking enforcement has been taken over by UBC Parking Services The UNA has announced changes in on-street parking management at three locations in Hawthorn Place. The locations are: • East Mall between Thunderbird Boulevard to Eagles Drive • Thunderbird Boulevard between East Mall and Eagles Drive • Thunderbird Boulevard between Larkin Drive and West Mall. In a news release, the UNA states it is pleased to announce that effective May 15 UBC Parking Services will take over on-street invigilation and enforcement of parking regulations on Thunderbird Blvd and East Mall. Affected locations will be designated as Reserved 24 Hours for UNA Hawthorn Parking Permit and UNA Hawthorn Visitor Parking Permit Holders. (Please see map on this page of on-street parking management change in Hawthorn Place— indicated by red arrows.) The change of parking management will affect nearby residents and their visitors in a number of ways. • Vehicles without a valid UNA parking decal or visitor permit will no longer be allowed to park for free in the evening from 6 pm to 8 am in all affected locations.
• Vehicles must display a valid UNA Hawthorn Parking Decal in order to park in all affected locations. • Vehicles of people visiting residents must display a valid UNA Hawthorn Visitor Parking Permit in order to park in all affected locations. The UNA news release notes there is no change to valid UNA Hawthorn Parking Permits or valid UNA Hawthorn Visiting Parking Permit holders. The change in management of on-street parking at these locations resolves an issue which impacted nearby residents for years. The news release states, “The UNA parking management strategy in Hawthorn Place is meant to meet the need for on-street parking for Hawthorn Place residents and their visitors. Because of jurisdictional confusion on Thunderbird Boulevard and East Mall, enforcement has been inadequate”. Announcement of a new parking strategy at the three locations in Hawthorn Place comes after a February petition in which a group of residents called for the prevention of unauthorized use of on-street parking spots they had paid for.
Red arrows on the map indicate on-street parking management change in Hawthorn Place. Affected locations are designated as Reserved 24 Hours for UNA Hawthorn Parking Permit and UNA Hawthorn Visitor Parking Permit Holders.
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New UNA Committee will Consider Governance Reforms By-law Review Committee will be convened monthly; no more than six voting members will be on committee The UNA Board of Directors has accepted and approved the Terms of Reference for a new committee—to be called the UNA By-law Review Committee. The purpose of this committee is to consider reforms to the governance of the UNA, with a specific focus on substantive changes to the proposed draft UNA by-laws. The committee will make recommendations to the UNA Board of Directors, taking into consideration public comments received through the draft by-law consultation process. Starting this month, the committee
will meet through to September, aiming to make final recommendations to the September UNA Board meeting. Formation of the By-law Review Committee follows UNA approval in July 2016 of a project to amend the UNA By-laws to comply with the new B.C. Societies Act. In February 2017, the draft by-laws were presented to the UNA membership in an online consultation for comments. The board received a small number of comments but these comments suggested more substantive changes which had never been part of the scope of the project.
Consequently, the UNA Board agreed to postpone the Special General Meeting scheduled for April 6 to engage and communicate more with UNA residents. At the April 11, 2017 in-camera meeting of the UNA Board of Directors, a decision was made to undertake a more comprehensive review of the UNA by-laws in response to the substantive changes proposed. The new By-law Review Committee will consist of no more than six voting members and include: • One or more UNA Board Resident Directors
• One UBC-appointed UNA Board Director • Maximum two UNA members (selected by the UNA Board) • One non-appointee UBC staff person • One or more UNA Staff members, who shall be non-voting • UNA Communications Consultant, who shall be non-voting and participate in an advisory role • UNA Legal Counsel (as needed), who shall be non-voting and participate in an advisory role.
AGREEMENT Continued from Page 1 At the May 9, 2017 meeting, Chris Fay, a policy analyst with UBC Campus and Community Planning, said approval of the Designated Building Agreement would confirm the UNA’s role in representing campus residents. Mr. Fay also said it would provide residents in these buildings with access to community services and ensure a consistent approach towards academic lands. At present, four residential projects are planned for the University Boulevard precinct—with Central the first brought to market. All buildings will be rental. Mr. Fay explained that the tenants would be taxed (paying the Services Levy), the UNA would receive the funds, and UBC would be responsible for municipal services. Central is designated as University Housing, but in this context it not only includes UBC students and employees, it also includes others who have jobs on the UBC campus. That would include people working at UBC Hospital, the public safety building, TRIUMF, retailers on campus, etc. The requirement is that the tenant must be employed on campus or attend school on campus. The main points of the proposed Designated Building Agreement – Central, University Boulevard, between
UBC and the UNA are as follows: 1. The residents of Central are deemed to be Residents as defined in the Neighbours Agreement, and will be eligible for UNA membership. 2. UBC will provide the Neighbourhood Levy collected (both residential and commercial) in respect of Central to the UNA. 3. UBC will provide the Municipal-like Services, as described in the Neighbours Agreement, to Central. 4. The UNA will ensure Residents of Central have access to UNA Facilities and Amenities on the same terms as other Residents. 5. Central does not contain any UNA Amenities or Facilities. 6. Recognizing that UBC has existing policies and procedures in place to address issues described under section 5.5 of the Neighbours Agreement, no rules adopted pursuant to section 5.5 apply to Central or its Residents, provided the Residents are outside of Neighbourhood Housing Areas. Despite considerable discussion, the UNA directors said they were not yet comfortable with the unique nature of designated buildings and asked to be provided a legal opinion before approval of the Designated Building Agreement.
The new rental building Central on University Boulevard is the first residential building on academic land at UBC. Photo credit UBC Properties Trust.
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PARKING in UNIVERSITY NEIGHBOURHOODS
Sustainability is the Guiding Principle in Developing New Parking Management Strategy Residents will be included in developing parking strategy; UNA will be seeking input and feedback when a strategic and detailed proposal is formulated Krysta Wallbank UNA Communications Parking your vehicle within the UNA community can sometimes be a puzzling task. Why do cars get towed rather than receive tickets? How do you get a parking pass for you and your visiting family? And why do parking policies in some neighbourhoods differ from others? As part of our ongoing commitment to communicating with residents, we would like to outline the basics of parking within our community and introduce the next steps in developing our Parking Management Strategy. This is important information for all new or well-established residents, as well as your visiting family and friends. Let’s first look at the history of roads in our community. You may not know that the roads at UBC are private – owned by UBC. But when UBC decided to develop its surplus land for housing, the roads in the neighbourhoods had to be public. In the absence of a municipality, the Province gave the jurisdiction for the roads to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI). Under MoTI, these roads are considered within the Highway Act; this means that the roads are deemed “common and public highways”. That’s right, our roads are technically highways! Because of this interesting technicality, MoTI only has the authority to tow violating vehicles and cannot fine drivers by issuing tickets. That’s why on our neighbourhood roads, towing is required in response to all parking violations, even if it’s a first offence. In 2012, the UNA established a Parking Management Strategy with the assistance of UBC and MoTI, with the goal of providing residents and visitors an opportunity to park their vehicles in UNA neighbourhoods. This strategy was, and still is, meant to prioritize residents, their friends and family, neighbourhood service vehicles, and shoppers in the commercial cores of the community. We began by offering parking passes to residents of Hawthorn Place and Wesbrook Village, and we have been working hard to respond to resident and visitor parking needs since then. So what kind of parking passes are available for residents and their visitors? First, it’s important to note that all passes we offer are available only for residents of Hawthorn Place and Wesbrook Place. Residents, you are eligible to purchase a Resident Parking Decal that allows you to park your vehicle on your neighbourhood streets. These decals are valid from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Please note that your Resident Parking Decal is only valid for the neighbourhood in which you reside, and they are assigned to your specific vehicle license plate number. You also have the option of purchasing additional Resident Parking Decals, in accordance to the fee schedule, for your additional vehicles. One Visitor Parking Permit is available for purchase to each UNA household, and allows your visitors to park their vehicles in your neighbourhood.
Visitor Parking Permits are assigned to your specific UNA address. We also offer complimentary Parking Day Passes to UNA residents who need occasional extra parking for their visitors. To purchase your Parking Decal or Visitor Parking Permit, all it takes is an easy visit to the UNA Office, located at #202-5923 Berton Avenue, in Wesbrook Village (above the RBC). The UNA Office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Debit, and Cash as your method of payment. Don’t forget to bring appropriate identification as well as vehicle and ICBC insurance information. For full details on necessary documentation, visit www. myuna.ca/residential-services/parking/. Here are some important tips to remember: always display your valid Resident Parking Decal in the upper left corner of your vehicle’s windshield and inform your guests to display your Visitor Parking Permit or Visitor Day Pass on their rear view mirror. Make sure to renew your pass by March 31 every year. Read and follow the directions on
neighbourhood street signs – don’t take any chances by parking over the time limit or without a valid pass, because you will be towed! If you follow the rules and parking signs in our community, parking your vehicle will be a breeze. But if you feel that you have been wrongfully towed, you may fill out a Parking Violation Dispute Application and submit it to the UNA Office along with your towing receipt and Notice to Tow. Here at the UNA, we try to make parking in the community as simple and accessible as possible, but we are increasingly faced with a unique set of challenges: our neighbourhoods are expanding, which means our population and number of vehicles are growing; due to daily influxes of students, faculty, staff and UBC visitors who avoid parking at UBC’s parkades, residents may sometimes find themselves without a parking space; and residents of Wesbrook Place are restricted to one parking stall per household under their building’s development permit.
In addition to these challenges, not all five neighbourhoods share the same parking policies and regulations. For example, while the UNA manages and issues parking passes to residents of Hawthorn Place and Wesbrook Place, Hampton Place residents do not currently require permits because there is ample parking both on the street and in the strata buildings. But in Chancellor Place and East Campus, there are hardly any on-street parking areas. Understanding all the different parking procedures in each of the five neighbourhoods can be headache-inducing! That is why this year, the UNA has begun to develop its Parking Management Strategy in order to align all five neighbourhood parking policies and regulations into one straightforward UNA Parking Management Strategy. Right now, we are in the very beginning stages of developing this strategy. Some other matters we will be looking into include expanding the available car-sharing programs (Modo, Zipcar, Car2Go, and Evo) and extending parking
Cars parked in Wesbrook Village. invigilation hours. All five UNA neighbourhoods will be included in developing this strategy, and we will be seeking your input and feedback when we have formulated a strategic and detailed proposal. Sustainability will be our guiding principle in developing this strategy. We will be working hard on this over the summer because we want the UNA community to be financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable. In the meantime, we encourage all UNA residents and visitors to try and incorporate sustainable transport more deeply into your daily lives. There are many sustainable alternatives to driving your vehicle to and within our neighbourhoods, and they are often much easier and more convenient. And with the weather becoming warm and sunny, there’s no better time to start riding your bicycle or walking in your community. If walking or cycling is not an option, consider taking our city’s easy and
accessible transit. Did you know that there are 4 buses and 2 express buses that can take you to and from UBC and the UNA community? There are also 2 community shuttle buses, the C18 and the C20, offering shorter trips in the area. The C18 runs counterclockwise from the UBC Bus Loop to West Mall near student residences, and the C20 runs clockwise from the UBC Bus Loop to Marine drive, offering stops at St. John’s Hospice and the UBC Botanical Gardens. For all smartphone users out there, we recommend downloading a real-time bus tracker app that can help you plan your trip as well as show bus stop information and GPS bus tracking. And if you really love to drive but want to take sustainable transport, consider using our community’s car-sharing programs: Modo, Zipcar, Car2Go, and Evo (you can sign up at modo.coop, zipcar.ca/vancouver, car2go.com, evo. ca). Car2Go and Evo are great for short or long trips because they are meant
to be used one-way. Simply pick the car nearest to you, and when you are finished driving it, you can leave it at any designated parking locations within the UNA or approved spot in Vancouver. For shorter neighbourhood trips, Modo and Zipcar are perfect because you can use the vehicles in 15-minute increments and park the car in the same spot you picked it up. No more driving around looking for a parking spot! We hope that all UNA residents and visitors have benefited and will continue to benefit from the UNA Parking Management Strategy. We look forward to developing this strategy with the goal of improving the lives of all community members, friends, and families. For more information on parking in our community, visit www.myuna.ca/ residential-services/parking/. If you have any questions or concerns regarding parking, please direct them to parking@ myuna.ca.
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Point Grey Fiesta Celebrates 31ST Year (June 16 – 18) Join us June 16, 17 and 18 as we turn West 10th and Trimble Park into the annual start-of-summer event for our community, their families and friends. Fiesta resembles a village celebration with a small-town parade, amateur stage performances and a carnival. The Fiesta is an affiliated group of the West Point Grey Community Centre. Our partners include the businesses and professionals on West 10th Avenue and Shooting Star Amusements, our carnival operator. It is a volunteerdriven neighbourhood celebration where participation is open to local community groups such as sports, arts and business. Fiesta has presented an opportunity for residents and businesses to reaffirm their sense of community for 31 years. Richard Alexander, a member of the organizing committee, is proud of the work of his fellow volunteers, all of whom are from the Point Grey and UBC community. “We have a long history with the Point Grey Fiesta, and we never could have created such a successful community celebration without the vision and energy of our volunteers. Their efforts have enabled us to make improvements every year.” Mr. Alexander said. “Volunteers are the most important resource community organizations have. The ability of people to work willingly together for the betterment of
their community and themselves is a rewarding experience”. The key to the Fiesta are the many organizations that are part of the event. “We also wouldn’t enjoy the success we do without the support of sponsors and local businesses. They are the reason the Fiesta survives and delivers so much fun year after year.” The parade and exhibitors each attract 50 groups who fill 10th Avenue and Trimble Park with family fun and entertainment. This year’s festivities kick off Friday afternoon with bike decorating and carnival rides in Trimble Park. Saturday morning the parade and street acts take over West 10th Avenue, followed by activities in Trimble Park including local businesses, artisans and local acts performing under the big tent. Carnival games and rides run until Sunday afternoon. Editor’s Note: In 1986, during Expo ’86, Vancouver City Hall offered communities grants to develop ways to celebrate their cultural heritage. Fiesta took its name from the Spanish navigator Jose Maria Narvaez, the first European to explore the waters off what is now known as Spanish Banks in 1791. This area is now part of West Point Grey. The festival developed a Spanish theme and Ole the Bull became its official mascot.
Letter to the Editor Lowering the Voting Age to 16 from 18 I recently engaged in a debate organized by the Vancouver Quadra Constituency Youth Council and Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray. It was a thrilling and interesting experience to participate in this debate, which was about lowering the voting age in Canada to 16 years from 18. I was part of a team who believes that lowering the voting age will enhance democracy and mean better representation of issues youth care about. Encouraging people to vote is to give them a chance to exercise their civil rights and to contribute to society. I am very lucky to live in a community (University Neighbourhoods) that allows residents to vote regardless of citizenship. I was elected as a Resident Director before I became a Canadian. More than half of the residents in our community are recent immigrants from diverse backgrounds, including UBC professors and students from all over the world. There are many volunteers devoting their time and energy to breaking down the barriers of culture and language and bridging the gaps between local residents and newcomers. It has been proven that voting is the most efficient policy to encourage residents to get involved and to feel part of the decision-making process in our community. This is exactly the same concern that can be addressed by giving youth the vote. The young people of today are engaged in their world and want to make a difference. My elder daughter went to university at the age of 15. I realize that there are many university students under
the age of 18. They do deserve the right to vote for the future of Canada. If my daughter and her classmates can get their drivers’ licenses, work in different industries, file income taxes, there is no doubt that they are mature enough to make informed decisions about who to vote for. In conclusion, I firmly believe that youth are well prepared to vote responsibly at the age of 16. Ying Zhou Chancellor Place resident Editor’s Note: A Private members’ bill—Bill C-213, which is before Parliament—proposes amendments to the Canada Elections Act lowering the voting age in federal elections from 18 to 16. Currently, you may vote in the federal election if you are a Canadian citizen and will be 18 or older on Election Day. To vote in the provincial elections in British Columbia and in local elections in Vancouver you must be a Canadian citizen, 18 or older on general voting day. Residents living on the UBC Vancouver campus—an unincorporated area—are not able to vote in Vancouver municipal elections. The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) provides municipallike governance for the residents, and residents must be UNA members to vote in the UNA elections and run for the UNA Board of Directors. Anyone 18 years of age or older who lives in a UNA neighbourhood is eligible to become a UNA member. Membership is free.
Annual Point Grey Village celebration in June.
Metro Makes Culture Grants Available Cultural groups can now apply to Metro Vancouver for Regional Project Grants. The Regional Project Grants support research, creation, production, dissemination, audience development, project staff and/or administrative capacity building. The maximum per-project grant is
$10,000. Completed applications must be submitted by 4 pm, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Application form and Project Grant Eligibility and Selection Criteria are available at http://www.metrovancouver. org/cultural-grants.
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2016 Census Results at UBC Population
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UNA SUBTOTAL 5. Other UBC UBC SUBTOTAL 6. UEL PT GREY PENINSULA TOTAL The UBC memorandum also clarifies how Census results relate to the fire protection costs paid by UBC residents to the Province of British Columbia under the Contribution Agreement. This Contribution Agreement includes a per capita method to calculate annual fire protection costs. The method takes the province’s total annual fire protection costs ($7.1 million in 2016–17), determines populations for the five UNA residential neighbourhoods, UBC’s academic campus, and the University Endowment Lands and distributes the total costs based on a ratio of the three population groups. The UNA residential community has approximately 14% of the population, so the Services Levy pays
approximately 14% of the total annual fire protection costs ($1 million). Recognizing the fact that all dwellings—whether occupied or not occupied by the usual residents— need fire protection, the Contribution Agreement method distributes fire protection services costs by using Census Dwelling Data to calculate population. Using the Census results for the average number of people per dwelling type, these numbers are multiplied by dwelling units in each area to get the estimated population. This method estimates the UNA residential neighbourhood population at 10,615 and the UEL at 4,112 — the figures higher than 2016 Census results.
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U Hill Preschool Celebrates 50th Anniversary Special event is planned for Saturday, May 27 at the school
University Hill Preschool teachers Atoussa Kashani, Maria Rodrigues, Aya Ruttan. Fifty years have passed since University Hill Preschool began operating, and all these years later, the school on University Boulevard continues to be highly recommended by parents whose children attend there. Here is what one parent has to say about the school. “My name is Jennie, and I am a parent and board member of University Hill Preschool. I have been a part of the U Hill community now for four years, as both my children have attended. “U Hill preschool is a lovely play-based school, and from the moment I met the teaching staff, I knew this teaching environment was special and that each teacher brought a dynamic skill set to the students. The teachers are fantastic, nurturing and creative. I have witnessed first hand the respect and care the children are given. “The classroom is spacious and bright but also so dynamic, with new and exciting crafts and tasks each day. There is a true community feel to this school’s environment. “The areas of teachings are varied and magnetic for the children. The children learn about contributing to the food bank, gardening in the school’s on-site garden and elements of nature (as they go on nature walks). “Also, the music and art programs are incredible. My three-year old is learning
about Matisse! “As a parent, I feel so lucky to have found this school and grateful to the committed teaching staff at U-Hill.” Maria Rodrigues, who has been a mainstay at the school and its head teacher of recent years, recounts some school history. “A unique part of our school is that we have had teachers who have taught for many years until their retirement, such as Mrs. Koga who retired in 1997. She was an excellent educator and supervisor. “There has not been a turnover of teachers at this preschool, which demonstrates the awesome working environment. Of all the wonderful attributes of University Hill Preschool, our teachers are our school’s greatest asset.” Presently, three teachers work at the preschool. Ms. Rodrigues introduces them. Atoussa Kashani has been teaching at U Hill Preschool since 1991. Ms. Kashani served as supervisor from 1997-2003. She is also an artist and has travelled to Italy to study the Reggio philosophy. Aya Ruttan has been with U Hill Preschool since 1999. Ms. Ruttan focuses on the clay and the community garden program with the children. She is also a talented guitarist. Shauna Farrel has been the music teacher at U Hill Preschool for many
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years. Both daughters of Ms. Farrel are alumni of the school. Ms. Rodrigues herself joined University Hill Preschool in 1996 and has been a supervisor since 2004. In 2014, she won the Prime Minister’s Awards (PMA) for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Also, in 2012, Maria won the Child Care Award of Excellence in Early Childhood Education, Coast Fraser Region. She brings with her an experience in the Montessori philosophy.
Established in 1966, University Hill Preschool is a licensed non-profit school which offers a play-based program primarily following the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching, but includes specific Montessori activities. Above all, its teachers aim primarily to foster a child’s healthy self-image, instil confidence, encourage empathy and teach positive communication skills. U Hill Preschool is nestled in a scenic and natural setting, away from the noise of the city. Its ground level classroom has full walls of windows on both south and north side, allowing natural light to pour into the space, even throughout the fall and winter months. It also has its own fenced-in playground, complete with teeter-totter, climbing apparatus and sandbox. Its program operates on four developmental areas: social, emotional, fine/gross motor skills and cognitive development. These areas are refined through the children’s exploration of science, math, drama and literature, as applied to themed class projects in a playbased manner. University Hill Preschool puts on an annual Holiday concert, Halloween concert, Mother’s Day concert, Sports day and Graduation concert. Ms. Rodrigues and staff are looking forward to families, friends and alumni joining them in celebrating the 50th anniversary of U Hill Preschool on Saturday, May 27, 11 am to 2 pm, at the school.
Change of Command at RCMP University Detachment Staff-Sergeant Chuck Lan is new commander; Staff-Sergeant Pat Reilly has retired Staff-Sergeant Pat Reilly has retired as commander of the RCMP University Detachment, and Staff-Sergeant Chuck Lan has been named to replace him. S/Sgt Lan will start at the University Detachment on May 22, and Sgt Drew Grainger will act as commander until S/ Sgt Lan arrives. S/Sgt Lan comes to UBC from North Vancouver Detachment and is known to have a strong background from working several Lower Mainland RCMP detachments. In an e-mail to The Campus Resident and others, S/Sgt Reilly said, “It has been a very enjoyable experience here at University Detachment, and a pleasure working with you all. “You have been very supportive and encouraging, and I am certain that S/Sgt Lan will enjoy the same UBC/UEL/UNA hospitality as I have.” Meanwhile, Constable Christine Martin has become the new communications officer at the RCMP University Detachment on Wesbrook Mall. Const. Martin served in Surrey for 11 years before arriving at UBC recently. Surrey RCMP Detachment is the largest in Canada. “The University Detachment is a little bit of a change from Surrey,” Const. Martin told members of the UEL Community Advisory Council (CAC) at their monthly meeting in April. She expects to serve at University Detachment
for the next three or four years. The local detachment looks after public safety at UBC (both institutional and residential areas) and on the University Endowment Lands. Const. Martin said that while the local detachment is relatively small, it has access to all the same resources as larger detachments in the province. University Detachment is fully connected to provincial headquarters, she said. The police officer has embarked on a round of public appearances such as the monthly meetings of the CAC and the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) at UBC to familiarize herself with the local community.
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UBC Students Savour Delicious Meal from Recovered Food
Food is recovered one day and eaten the next; recovered foods will be sent to student food bank On Wednesday April 5, two dozen 4th year Faculty of Land and Food System (LFS) students sat down for a delicious buffet of food cooked for them by chefs from Student Housing and Hospitality Services. With a difference — all the food had been recovered, leftovers the students themselves had collected the day before as part of a Social Ecological Economic
Development Studies (SEEDS) project. In the future, recovered food will go to the Alma Mater Society (AMS) Food Bank to feed students in need. Food waste is a huge issue worldwide; in Canada alone, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that the overall cost exceeds $100 billion every year. On April 4, 2017, students from the
The team poses with food recovered from several UBC Food Services outlets. Photo credit Paul Joseph, UBC Communications and Marketing.
LFS450 class helped Daniel Chiang, Executive Sous-Chef from UBC Food Services select edible food from three residence kitchens, Sage restaurant, the Point Grill and four retail outlets. They found about 20 kilos of edible food — enough for 2,100 servings — and stored enough for a class banquet overnight. This SEEDS project led to the first ever partnership between UBC Food Services and AMS Food Bank, which is now ongoing. Some of the recovered food is past its prime but still edible. “It isn’t expired from a food safety standpoint, but rather a quality control standpoint,” explains chef Chiang. “When in doubt, we don’t take a chance. We would never donate anything we wouldn’t eat ourselves.” “UBC started with composting, which is a great beginning,” explains MarieClaude Fortin, who teaches LFS450. “Now we want to take it a couple of steps further.” The first step is reducing waste before it’s even created; the second step is recovering any excess and passing it on to stakeholders like the AMS Food Bank, Agape Street Mission (a UBC student club) and a third-party partner that can support larger donations. “This is a first in the history of UBC— an entire menu comprised of recovered
food,” says David Speight, Executive Chef and Culinary Director at Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS). “I am pleased that the students have been able to complete their project with a real-life experience. It’s truly an exceptional achievement.” “Food recovery matters because there are people who are food insecure and unable to afford necessities while there are tons of organizations that have an excess of food that will end up being wasted,” says Taruni Singh, Food Bank Coordinator for the AMS. “Food recovery solves the trouble of food wastage while also redirecting the food to people who need it.” The next step is for UBC Food Services to develop a comprehensive food recovery strategy. To assist in that process, Dr. Fortin has asked her students to look for an app SHSS can use to post affordable recovered food on campus online. “Our goal is to have a program in place for September that won’t require ongoing micro-management and will create the framework for a long-term solution to food recovery on campus,” says Mr. Speight. Source: UBC Campus and Community Planning May 2017 Newsletter.
UBC Students Sort through Mass of Waste Material Audit is conducted at the Nest student union building during day-long event; hundreds kilograms of waste are recycled towards 80% diversion from the landfill, and it’s important to do an audit for AMS as the Nest is a major source of waste on campus.” Last year, Common Energy and the AMS launched a mug share program to help reduce the number of disposable cups at the Nest. This summer, a mug share machine will be introduced at Uppercase to make it more convenient for students to choose their own mug. The machine is a UBC SEEDS Sustainability Program project. The audit held at the Nest raises awareness of UBC’s Zero Waste Action Plan, which was launched in 2011 following a major waste audit and consultation with the UBC community. The plan includes targets to reduce and Volunteers from Common Energy sort waste collected from the AMS Nest. Photo credit Torun Halverson. For the fourth year in a row, student volunteers led a waste audit at the Alma Mater Society (AMS) Nest building on campus to highlight the amount of material that is thrown into the garbage instead of being recycled. During a 12-hour period on March 15, 2017, 60 volunteers collected 387 kg of waste from the AMS Nest. Volunteers from Common Energy, UBC’s largest student sustainability club, collected items from the Sort It Out stations within the Nest and deposited it on the plaza outside the building for everyone to watch the sorting process. Dressed in white protective suits and gloves, volunteers sorted through, weighed and documented hundreds
of kilograms of waste. Four large stations allowed space for sorting into categories—recyclable containers, paper, coffee cups, plastic water bottles and compost. One table displayed uneaten food that was thrown away. On average, the Nest produces about 3,300 kg of garbage per week, not including recyclables. George Radner, who leads Common Energy’s Zero Waste Team, said, “Overall, we found that items tossed into the garbage were missorted 78% of the time.” Taking a break from sorting through plastic containers, Ana Gargollo, Director of Common Energy, said “We conduct the audit because UBC is trying to work
manage waste across campus. Bud Fraser, UBC’s Senior Planning and Sustainability Engineer, said “The audit of the AMS Nest is an event that directly supports UBC’s zero waste program and waste diversion targets. Not only does it provide important information about the makeup of the garbage generated in the Nest, it also gets our attention in a very visual way, requiring us to confront all the resources we have unthinkingly discarded into the garbage bin.” The audit was sponsored by Campus and Community Planning’s Sustainability and Engineering department. Source: UBC Campus and Community Planning May 2017 Newsletter.
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Biodiversity in your backyard West Coast Invaders: Common Periwinkle Emmanuel Villamejor Administrative Assistant, Beaty Biodiversity Museum The common periwinkle (Littorina littorea) is a small edible snail native to Europe. It was introduced to the east coast of North America in the mid-19th century and has since become the dominant snail. This invasive species changes the ecosystems in which it lives through its grazing activities and by out competing native snail species, which makes its recent appearance in the west coast rather troubling. What is it? The common periwinkle is small, measuring between 16 to 38 millimeters, but can easily be distinguished by its brown, gray-brown, or blackish smooth cylindrical shell with 5 to 8 whorls. It is an omnivore, eating algae, barnacle larvae, and snail eggs. They’re mostly found on the rocky shores along the intertidal zone – areas above water at low tide, but underwater during high tide – but can also be found in tide pools and even muddier habitats. How did they get to the west coast? The common periwinkle was introduced to North America likely through the seafood trade or rock ballasts, and likely found itself along our shores the same way; they’re mostly bought in supermarkets such as T&T and were likely accidentally released. Are they here to stay? UBC experts are still on the fence
whether the common periwinkle is here to stay; while groups of these species have been found in clumps of around 200 individuals, they usually number in 800’s per square metre in the Atlantic Ocean. As well, whenever these snails have been seed in the wild, they’re almost always adults like those seen in seafood markets. The lack of juvenile snails suggests they’ve yet to become establish off our shores. Dr. Christopher Harley of the UBC Biodiversity Research Centre suggests that the physical environment and the kind of predators these snails have in the two coasts might explain why these seemingly dominant snails have yet to make a permanent home in west-coast waters. The Pacific’s salt content is a bit more variable than the Atlantic’s, which might not bode well for the common periwinkle. As well, Dr. Harley argues that the Pacific has an arguably more diverse ecosystem on its coast, which means it’s a bit more resistant to change and to non-native species. Lastly, the common predators in these two ecosystems tend to be different. Seas stars are the primary predators in the Pacific, while crabs dominate the Atlantic. This matters because periwinkles showed little to no reaction when exposed to the sea stars in the lab; when they do react, the periwinkles tend to retreat inside their shells, which might protect them against crabs, but maybe not against sea stars, who are used to opening oysters and mussels.
Are they bad for the environment? Common periwinkles are said to inhibit seaweed and barnacle growth by reducing algae recruitment and overgrazing, turning marshes into cobble beaches. They also reduce an ecosystem’s biodiversity by outcompeting native snail species, and introducing parasites that the native organisms don’t have the capability to fight off. What can we do? As of now, Dr. Harley says that the common periwinkle has yet to establish themselves along the B.C. coast. A new group has been reported around
White Rock though, suggesting they’ve been having more chances as of late to potentially gain a foothold. The best thing we can do is to ensure that everyone knows not to release captive animals into the wild – not only is this illegal, but could severely affect the quality of our beautiful Vancouver ecosystem. In the Collections Starting May 18, you can enjoy UBC Botanical Garden until 8 pm every Thursday throughout the summer. Drop by for a stroll amongst the cool shaded pathways overlooking the Salish Sea. botanicalgarden.ubc.ca.
The image of periwinkles in the museum’s invasive species exhibit. Photo credit Emmanuel Villamejor.
Help is on Way to Repair Historic UEL Hedge Hedge was damaged by snow and ice last winter; growing beside Wesbrook Mall, hedge has been noted boundary between UBC and UEL for years The University Endowment Lands administration has announced it will repair the long and majestic hedge between the UEL and UBC which was noticeably damaged by ice and snow this winter past. Jonn Braman, UEL Manager, told members of Community Advisory Council (CAC) at their monthly meeting in April that “quite a bit of damage” was done to the hedge that runs for a thousand feet from just north of University Boulevard to Chancellor Boulevard. “Quite a lot (of repair work) will need
to be done to get it back in shape,” Mr. Braman said. CAC members expressed support for the proposed work. The 15-foot high hedge—often referred to as the ‘heritage hedge’ for its role in separating the UEL from UBC for up to 75 years—has garnered headlines in recent months because of talk it might be demolished to make way for roadway redevelopment along adjacent Wesbrook Mall. Local residents—especially residents along Wesbrook Crescent, an enclave of UEL homes east of the hedge—
have packed CAC meetings to express opposition to all prospects of hedge demolition. UBC has a huge development underway west of Wesbrook Mall, and onset of this development—a new bus terminal and high-rise student residence—has brought talk that Wesbrook Mall might be widened to improve traffic flows. However, residents have told the CAC they utterly reject the possibility of hedge removal, and they will fight to keep the status quo in which the hedge protects
them from the worst effects of noise and air pollution generated by passing traffic, especially buses arriving at and leaving UBC morning, afternoon and evening. Supporters of hedge preservation point to the UEL Official Community Plan under which the UEL is obligated to protecting the green zone by, among other things, “preserving the hedge on the west side of Westbrook Crescent south of Chancellor Boulevard and north of University Boulevard as a sound and visual barrier”.
Construction Activity Must Avoid Impacting Eagles Habitat
Noble cedar hedge along Wesbrook Mall was damaged by ice and snow in the winter.
A property development company has been told to take care not to disturb eagle habitat as it prepares to build a high-rise in Wesbrook Place. UBC Development Permit Board recently issued two development permits for the proposed residential building. One permit is for a presentation centre to promote the new high-rise, and the other is for test-hole sites. Both are subject to special eagle habitat protection recommendations presented in a report
Protected Species Management Plan: Bald Eagle prepared for UBC Properties Trust by Diamond Head Consulting Ltd. UBC says the test-hole sites fall at least partially within a 160 metres protection buffer area around the existing occupied eagles nest. It adds that construction activity will be monitored by a qualified environmental professional to mitigate potential noise impacts on eagle habitat.
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