UBC Community-Builder First Chair of the UNA Tireless Volunteer James (Jim) Taylor, Q.C. 1943 – 2016 UBC lowered the British Columbia Flag located at Main Mall and Agronomy Road on October 20, 2016 in memory of the late Jim Taylor and the many contributions he has made to the academic and residential communities of UBC. Please see stories on Pages 6-8.
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UNA Agrees to Support Residents with GamePlan Letter to UBC Board Residents in both Hampton Place and Hawthorn Place are concerned a new Thunderbird Stadium will be built beside them; grass roots movement is emerging against Options 3 and 4 of UBC GamePlan
Directors of the University Neighbourhoods Association have agreed to send
the UBC Board of Governors a letter supporting residents who strongly object to the possible development of a 5,000-seat stadium adjacent to where they live. Two delegations of residents appeared before the UNA Board of Directors at its meeting November 8. First, a delegation of Hampton Place residents objected to the possible relocation of Thunderbird Stadium from where it has stood on Stadium Road—since construction in the 1960s—to the Thunderbird playing fields across Wesbrook Mall from Hampton Place. Then, a delegation of Hawthorn Place residents objected to the possible reloca-
tion of the stadium to the playing fields just across East Mall from Hawthorn Place. Most of those in the Hampton Place delegation appear to reside in the Thames Court housing complex, which lies immediately across Wesbrook Mall from one of five sites UBC is considering for the new stadium which would be used to stage spectator sports such as international rugby matches and outdoor events such as rock concerts. The Hampton Place delegates say they oppose the possibility of UBC relocating Thunderbird Stadium to a site across Wesbrook Mall from where they live be-
cause of the damage it would do to their community. Both groups of neighbours see potential blight on several fronts: noise from spectator sports, traffic congestion during events and floodlights over the new Thunderbird Stadium during evening games. The grass roots movement against the relocation of Thunderbird Stadium began in early October following the unveiling of UBC GamePlan both online and at a series of four open houses on campus. GAMEPLAN continued on Page 2
Fassbender Follows through on Pledge to Meet UEL Community Advisory Council will be updated on its three-year old request for an ‘UEL-only’ incorporation study; meeting is scheduled for November 16
Hampton Place at Wesbrook Mall. Thunderbird playing fields in the background. Photo credit UBC Public Affairs.
Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, has asked elected representatives of the University Endowment Lands to meet with him to discuss governance on the UEL. The meeting between Mr. Fassbender and members of the UEL Advisory Council (CAC) will take place November 16 with Maria Harris, Electoral Area Director, and Bill Holmes, Electoral Area Alternate Director, also in attendance. The ministerial call for a meeting with
the CAC follows an April 2016 meeting in which CAC members discussed with Mr. Fassbender their case for a ‘UELonly’ incorporation study of the UEL. Mr. Fassbender promised to follow up on this discussion, and the proposed November 16 meeting appears to be the outcome of this promise. Maria Harris, Electoral Area Director, said: “Minister Fassbender’s office contacted me to set up a meeting of UEL area representatives plus Bill Holmes and me on November 16. There is no agenda for the meeting, but we have been told that the Minister and his staff wish to update us on the subject of UEL governance.” The initial CAC request for an incorporation study to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (CSCD) was made almost three years ago—in November 2013. UEL continued on Page 5
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UNA Exec Excels in Risk Management Field Calvin Cheung was tested along with 93 other professionals in his field; Calvin was awarded plaque for highest marks in province
Calvin Cheung, Director of Operations and Risk Management for The University Neighbourhoods Association, has done exceptionally well in a provincewide test of 93 professionals in the risk management field. The British Columbia Risk and Insurance Management Association (BCRIMA) honored Calvin as its top graduate in 2015, and at the annual general meeting of BCRIMA in mid-October, Calvin was awarded a plaque for “achieving the highest academic results for the courses prescribed by the Canadian Risk Management Society for 2015.” Commenting on the achievement of the UNA Director of Operations and Risk
Management, Jan Fialkowski, UNA Executive Director, said, “We are lucky to have Calvin’s expertise in the UNA.” In an interview, Calvin explained the business of risk management. “The definition and scope of the term ‘risk management’ can vary, depending on how an organization decides to develop their risk management framework,” he said. “Traditionally, individual departments within one organization did their own risk management without talking or sharing information with other departments. For example, the finance department would only consider and manage financial risks such as fiscal challenges, and operations would manage only operational risks such as infrastructure and equipment failures,” said Calvin. “Risk mitigation strategies were also mainly focused on compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and associated risks were transferred through the purchase of insurance.”
This narrow and fragmented approach can hamper an organization’s ability to effectively identify an all-encompassing risk profile. Within the last decade, the risk management field has evolved to incorporate a more integrated and holistic approach that manages risk across an entire organization, thus breaking down the ‘silo effect’. According to Calvin, the UNA has taken an even more dynamic approach where the organization has incorporated Health and Safety, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning under the umbrella of risk management. “This not only effectively addresses the day-to-day operational and financial risks of the UNA, but also factors in the non-routine high-impact events such as a large scale disaster. “By leveraging on in-house knowledge of staff and the relationships built within the campus community, risk management enables the UNA to continue providing a safe and sustainable place for residents to
reside.” Calvin, who has a degree in bio-resource engineering from UBC, worked in the Department of Risk Management at UBC before joining the UNA in 2012.
Calvin Cheung is awarded plaque for achieving the highest academic results in risk management course.
UBC Sets Stage for Installation of President Ono Series of events will be held throughout November 22; most events are open to all, including neighbours, students, faculty and staff UBC prepares to install Santo J. Ono as its 15th President and Vice-Chancellor on Tuesday, November 22. There will be a number of events throughout the day. The majority of these events will be open to all members of the UBC community including students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, community partners, neighbours and friends. From 7:00–9:00 am, there will be a breakfast with Professor Ono for a randomly selected group of UBC students, faculty and staff who registered for a lottery. On October 17, the UBC Ceremonies and Events Office selected 45 successful candidates who have been contacted. The actual Installation Ceremony— open to all—will take place 10:00–11:30 am at The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. It will be a lively and entertaining event to welcome Professor Ono, fea-
GAMEPLAN continued from Page 1 Under the banner of UBC GamePlan, the University proposes to spend $150 million upgrading sports facilities on campus. In particular, UBC planners envision the renovation or relocation of two major sports facilities—the War Memorial Gymnasium and Thunderbird Stadium—since each is approaching the end of its life cycle. Hampton Place residents say that while they don’t object to UBC GamePlan in principle, in practice, they object to the possibility of Thunderbird Stadium being relocated to a site adjacent to their community. In UBC GamePlan jargon, residents in Hampton Place object to Option 3 of a set of five options. Under Option 3, the University would tear down Thunderbird Stadium and rebuild it on what is now the Rashpal Dhillon track and field oval. This proposal
turing musical performances and special guest speakers. Judith Guichon, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, will present the Oath of Office. Installation Lunch will take place 12:30–2:00 pm at The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. This will be a private luncheon for special guests and out of town visitors. From 3:00–5:00 pm, a forum hosted by Professor Ono—Celebrating Discovery: Four Visionary Thinkers—will be held at the Old Auditorium. UBC welcomes members of the public to join Professor Ono as he interacts with four North American thought leaders in the areas of brain health, robotics, music and mathematics. The presentations and presenters are: After this talk your brain will not be the same — Lara Boyd, Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology of Motor Learning; Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. Discovering what it means not to be human — Elizabeth Croft (BASc’88), Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UBC & Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Applied Science, UBC.
Choral Bridges: Musical Pathways for Dialogue and Peace — Hussein Janmohamed (BMus’96, MMus’98, MMus’14), Singer, Composer and Community Music Director; PhD student (Music Education), University of Toronto. The Man Who Knew Infinity: The Legacy and Legend of Srinivasa Ramanujan — Ken Ono, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University. A celebration concert will follow in the
would reverse a sports development at UBC in which the Dhillon family three years ago donated over $2 million to pay for the installation of this running track. As well as objecting to UBC GamePlan Option 3, Hampton Place residents object to Option 4, which calls for Thunderbird Stadium to be relocated from Stadium Road to a site immediately across East Mall from Hawthorn Place. They advocate against this location on two grounds. Firstly, any new Thunderbird Stadium there—less than a kilometer away— would still cause disruption in Hampton Place, albeit less disruption. Secondly, the residents feel concerned for fellow campus residents living in Hawthorn Place who would then bear the brunt of the disruption. Hawthorn Place residents make similar arguments about Options 3 and 4. Representatives from both the Hampton Place and Hawthorn Place neighbourhoods say they are working as a common
front, and they explained that as well as appealing to the UNA Board of Directors, strata councils in all buildings are urging residents to write to the UBC Board of Governors expressing their objections to Options 3 and 4 of UBC GamePlan. One such letter from a Hawthorn Place resident brought a surprising response from UBC about the viability of Options 3 and 4. The resident was advised, “Using the Board-adopted Guiding Principles as the criteria against which each of the options is being evaluated, Options 3 (Rashpal Dhillon Track and Field Oval) and 4 (Osborne Centre) have performed less well due to their technical and financial feasibility and community fit (residential and academic). “We will be conveying this information to the Board of Governors later this month to assist in the short-listing of options. Following the short-listing of options, staff will continue technical
evening, 7:30–9:00 pm at The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. All are welcome to attend this celebration concert in honour of Professor Ono. It will feature students and faculty members from the UBC School of Music and special musical guests Dr. Judith Forst, Dr. Momoro Ono, Edmund Chung and Irene M. Setiawan. For more information, please contact UBC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UBC President Dr. Santa Ono. Photo credit UBC Public Affairs.
analysis and consultation for a final draft strategy to be presented to the Board in spring 2017.” The Hampton Place and Hawthorn Place groups both criticized the UNA for not getting involved in the planning process at UBC earlier, so that residents might be forewarned about pending developments which might adversely affect them, and for not advocating more strongly on behalf of residents in this issue. The UNA agreed to send a support letter to UBC and to work with UBC Campus and Community Planning to arrange an all-residents meeting focused on Thunderbird Stadium relocation issue. The UNA is also working with UBC to promote stadium relocation discussion at the upcoming Community Conversations event at the Tennis Centre on Saturday, November 26, 1-4pm. Please see on Page 3 Submission of Thames Court, Hampton Place Strata Council to UNA directors, November 8.
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Submission of Thames Court, Hampton Place Strata Council to UNA Directors on November 8, 2016
Hampton Place Community Seeks UNA Help to Oppose Options 3 and 4 of UBC GamePlan (The 3,800-word Thames Court Strata Council submission is condensed here. The full presentation may be found at UNA website www.myuna.ca.) INTRODUCTION UBC has prepared ‘UBC GamePlan’ which is ostensibly to provide more recreational facilities to students, staff, and residents, and to upgrade spectator facilities. GamePlan includes 5 options for expanding Thunderbird Stadium. Options 3 and 4 will increase traffic burden and noise on Wesbrook Mall at Hampton Place to dangerous levels, and will increase hazards to all persons using the Wesbrook Mall and West 16th Avenue corridors. Option 3 would demolish the current Thunderbird Stadium and Rashpal Dhillon Track and Field Oval and build a new 5,000 person stadium at the corner of Wesbrook Mall and West 16th Avenue, in place of the Dhillon Oval and across the street from the Hampton Place neighbourhood. This would be directly across the street from the Thames Court and St. James House strata communities. Thames Court and St. James House were the first established strata communities in Hampton Place, which was the first university neighbourhood. In addition to the 5,000 person stadium, Option 3 would also construct a baseball stadium with a capacity of up to 2,500 persons and an “Athletic Centre of Excellence”, all in the playing fields across from Hampton Place. These will be added to substantial athletic facilities under construction or recently completed in the UBC playing fields, the National Soccer Development Centre and Baseball Indoor Training Centre. The impact of those facilities on traffic, parking and noise has not been considered in the UBC GamePlan. Option 4 would construct the new Thunderbird Stadium and Athletic Centre further west, in place of the Osborne Centre. That location would be of most concern to the Hawthorn Place neighbourhood, but we express solidarity with that neighourhood as the resulting road closures would shift more traffic burden onto Wesbrook Mall to the detriment of Hampton Place. UBC’s stated purpose for the university neighbourhoods, which is stated in the ‘Planning Context’ of the UBC GamePlan, is as follows: “Overall, the vision for UBC’s neighbourhoods is to create vibrant, sustainable communities on campus, where students, staff, faculty and other residents can live, work and learn together.” Option 3, in particular, is utterly inconsistent with that vision and is, rather, a fundamental threat to the safety and livability of the Hampton Place neighbourhood.
HOW UNA CAN HELP US We ask the UNA to help Thames Court and Hampton Place oppose Options 3 and 4 of the UBC GamePlan by asking the UBC Board of Governors to remove those options from further consideration. The UNA is named as a stakeholder in the UBC GamePlan. As a stakeholder, its request is likely to be given significant weight. We believe UNA’s support for us in this is consistent with the purposes of the UNA as set out in its constitution. Not opposed to all athletic facility or market housing development We are not in general opposed to the objectives of the UBC GamePlan, which is stated on the website as: “To provide highquality recreation and sport experiences for students, faculty, staff and neighbourhood residents. . . .” We have not complained of the extensive development of the playing fields, including the construction of major structures, such as the pavilions for rugby, soccer, baseball, or the various fields that have required extensive excavation, removal, storage and replacement of substrates and soils. Similarly, we are not opposed to the Stadium Road Neighbourhood Plan, which is envisaged by UBC’s current Land Use Plan for the Whit Matthews Field adjacent to the East of the current Thunderbird Stadium. Solidarity in Neighbourhoods The presentation of these five options has the potential to divide the university residents against each other if each focuses only on avoiding the GamePlan option that will damage their neighbourhood. We wish to avoid this. None of the other University Neighbourhoods have cause to object to removing Options 3 and 4 from the table. We presume that Hawthorn Park would be strongly in favour of removing Option 4 from the table. Removing those options from the table would still leave Option 1 and Option 2, which do not greatly change the status quo. Either option would avoid drawing further traffic down West 16th Avenue from Marine Drive or down Wesbrook Mall from Marine Drive. CONCERNS Substantial other new athletic facilities across from Hampton Place Ironically, the tagline for the UBC GamePlan is “It’s getting crowded in here”; that is very much the problem for the UBC playing fields and Hampton Place under that plan. The new stadium and athletics centre will be added to an area of playing fields that is becoming increasingly covered with buildings and with facilities that restrict general participation. The UBC GamePlan must be viewed in
the context of these recent, major facilities, but UBC Planning has failed to do so. These new facilities will add to the traffic burden and parking burden for Hampton Place residents and for all users of the Wesbrook/16th Avenue corridors, but their full impact cannot yet be fully assessed, as they have not yet been fully completed.
fic problems on Wesbrook Mall, especially when events empty, and it therefore impacts Hampton Place residents. Exiting and entering Hampton Place at Wesbrook Mall is already difficult and dangerous. This is especially so during the morning rush hour, but it can be a problem at any time of the day or night.
National Soccer Development Centre This is a 36,000 square foot multi-storey “field house” plus three playing fields, which have been under construction since June 2015 and is not scheduled for completion until next year. It will be a major training centre for the White Caps FC. There was a single day of public consultation (December 3, 2014), which Thames Court residents do not recall being specifically invited to. It has resulted in the left turn lane from Wesbrook into Hampton Place being shortened, with a new access pattern being built into the playing fields. This project will create a significant burden by drawing traffic to Wesbrook Mall and lining it up in front of Hampton Place. There will be a need to park all those cars somewhere. We have not seen either of those problems adequately addressed, especially in the context of vehicles from two new stadiums also entering there. This will add to the access and parking problems already created by the fields. The new Thunderbird stadium would be adjacent to the south.
Traffic Burden Impacts along Wesbrook Mall and West 16th Avenue Corridors These are not just traffic hazards to the residents of Hampton Place, but hazards to all persons using those corridors. Options 3 and 4 will draw traffic up 16th Avenue from Marine Drive and from Blanca Street, rather than up Stadium Road.
Baseball Training Facility This 13,000 square foot multi-storey building was completed recently. It will be immediately to the west of the proposed Thunderbird stadium. There was a single day of ‘open house’ public consultation on September 3, 2014, which Thames Court residents do not recall being invited to. It is envisaged as part of the new baseball stadium. The UBC GamePlan planning site says that new stadium will have a capacity of 1,000 persons, but UBC Athletics says the stadium can be expanded to accommodate 2,500 persons. This again calls into question the credibility of the UBC GamePlan planning process. This will also add to the access and parking problems already created by the fields. The new Thunderbird stadium would be adjacent to the east. Traffic Burden More than 2,000 people have their homes at Hampton Place. The main entrance and exit is at Wesbrook Mall, across from where the new stadium would be located under Option 3. There is also an entrance and exit on West 16th Avenue at the east end of Hampton Place for west-bound traffic only. Option 4 would locate the stadium and athletics centre in place of the current Tennis Centre and Osborne Centre. While that location is closest to Hawthorn Park residents, it would also create significant traf-
Traffic Burden at the Traffic Circle Special mention must be made of the traffic burden increase at the junction of Wesbrook Mall and West 16th Avenue. This traffic circle is already at its safe capacity and will not be able to bear the increased traffic Options 3 and 4. It has poor sight lines and many users are unfamiliar how to use it. We are particularly concerned for cyclists and pedestrians using the traffic circle. This will particularly impact residents and businesses of South Campus, but it is a hazard for all who will use that intersection. Noise A large stadium will obviously generate a large amount of noise and interfere with the peaceable enjoyment of our homes. This noise will obviously come from special events such as rock concerts, but it will also come from operating noise from traffic and HVAC type sources. The noise from rock concerts and other events at the present Thunderbird stadium has already been unacceptable. Regardless of UBC Planning claims to Noise Analysis standards, the noise from the proposed stadium cannot be made acceptable to Hampton Place residents. We have not objected to the sound of track meets at the Dhillon Oval, with its starting pistols and occasional results announcements. But, there is an increase trend to sports events requiring ‘club’ sound tracks and there will be an obvious increase from 5,000 fans compared to the relatively small attendance at track meets. Loss of Open Space As the GamePlan web site says: “It’s getting crowded in here”. That is especially true of the UBC fields which are becoming crowded with buildings. The current field complex invites people to walk in it as a respite from the intense development on the rest of campus. It is easy on the eye and invites entrance and participation. This will be lost with the construction of a stadium and yet more buildings on the site.
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THE CAMPUS RESIDENT NOVEMBER 15, 2016 UEL continued from Page 1 “The Minister at the time advised the CAC in spring 2014 that research was underway to assist the government in making a decision about how to proceed,” Ms. Harris said. “Minister Fassbender and CSCD staff then met with community representatives, Bill Holmes and me in October 2015 and April 2016 to hear from us on the request for an incorporation study. “These meetings were followed with a letter in July 2016 from Minister Fassbender to the CAC in which he indicated his commitment to exploring the governance of the UEL. However, he also stated that ‘now is not the time for a study that pre-determines the range of outcomes for governance change.” Ms. Harris says Mr. Fassbender indi-
cated his intent to share with the community some of the facts that have emerged from the Ministry’s work to date and a desire to seek a better understanding of the community’s current key issues and priorities. “To that end, Minister Fassbender asked his staff to develop a detailed plan on how best to get information out to the community and to be able to gauge the community’s key interests. He stated that he would share this plan in the fall of 2016. The meeting on November 16 may be in furtherance of that commitment.” Unlike the current CAC application for an ‘UEL-only’ incorporation study, a referendum on local government in the late 1990s grouped both UEL residents and Hampton Place residents under the same banner. However, the referendum failed, and the two communities went their sep-
arate ways on governance. On the UBC campus, the University incorporated the University Neighbour-
hoods Association. In contrast, the UEL remains managed by the provincial government to this day.
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JIM TAYLOR: CELE Jim Taylor was widely known in the residential community at UBC as co-founder—with UBC—of the University Neighbourhoods Association John Tompkins Editor Neighbours in the residential community at the University of British Columbia knew and admired Jim Taylor for his passionate and unflagging love for the University Neighbourhoods Association. “As the first chair of the UNA, Jim combined his legal expertise and deep sense of civic duty to ensure that the UNA functioned as an effective local governance system,” said current UNA Chair Richard Alexander on behalf of the eight-member UNA Board of Directors which now provides municipal services to over 11,000 UBC campus residents. “It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Jim Taylor,” Mr. Alexander said. “He was a great friend to the residents of the university neighbourhoods and was instrumental in the creation of the UNA.” Mike Feeley, a former chair of the UNA, called Mr. Taylor “a truly good man.” Eloquently summing up Mr. Taylor’s contributions to his community, Mr. Feeley said, “He touched so many lives with his kindness.” Jim Taylor, who died on October 16 at the age of 72, spearheaded the creation of the University Neighbourhoods Association—incorporated under the B.C. Society Act—in 2002. Jim was a passionate believer in the strength of UBC community and the idea of neighbours helping neighbours. From the early days of UBC’s residential devel-
opment, he was a tireless and determined volunteer. He inspired fellow residents to work together by organizing community events and raising funds to finance self-help projects. In one such project, he organized community yard sales held annually in the early 2000s on vacant land by the UBC Bookstore. During Jim’s tenure on the UNA Board of Directors and for many years afterward, he acted as mentor to new directors and legal advisor to the board of directors. He organized an active multicultural program and crafted various governance options for the University Town, where the UNA is responsible for local regulation (such as noise and parking) as well as community programs and recreation, elections, landscaping, policies and bylaws, and where it acts as a liaison for the community’s use of UBC facilities. In later years, Jim continued to set up community initiatives that integrated new residents into the community, brought residents closer to students and the UBC administration, and fulfilled the mandate of the UNA as the governance system in a sustainable University Town. In recognition of his civic leadership, UBC dedicated a park—Jim Taylor Park located around the Old Barn Community Centre in Hawthorn Place—in his honor in 2009, and in 2012 he was awarded a Commemorative Medal during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for his work in the university neighbourhoods. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James (Jim) P. Taylor, Q.C. on October 16,” UBC said in an official Statement shortly after his death. “Jim was well known in the UBC community and far beyond.” Jim Taylor started his association with UBC as a history student but discontinued his B.A. studies after three years to
Jim and Judy Taylor at the opening of Jim Taylor Park in November 2008. enroll in the law school, where he earned his LL.B. in 1968. He returned to UBC in 1974 as a faculty member, where he had a meteoric career, becoming tenured in only his third year and promoted to the rank of full professor in 1979. “In addition to a truly outstanding record as a scholar, Jim distinguished himself as a lawyer,” UBC said. “His name is familiar to all British Columbia litiga-
In Memoriam Dennis Pavlich, a retired UBC professor and vice-president was a friend of Jim Taylor since their days together in UBC law school. Mr. Pavlich spoke of his friend in a Celebration of the Life of Jim Taylor at the Shaughnessy Golf Course October 29. Here is an excerpt from the speech Professor Pavlich gave to more than 500 people in attendance.
In deeds, Jim was the personification of goodness. Suzanne (my wife) and I first experienced this immediately on our arrival in Vancouver from South Africa. Jim and Judy welcomed us to all their family events. Out of this, a traditional Christmas get together morphed into an annual friendship dinner with three other families. So when Judy texted me that Jim lay dying, sadness turned my thoughts to this remarkable man whose life, like the
one to which Roman patricians aspired, had so successfully accomplished the high values of domus and virtus—family and the virtues needed to be a good citizen. The sun was not shining that afternoon when I received the sad news about Jim. It lay hidden behind the two hearts Jim Taylor had needed to advance the welfare and justice of others: his family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and community. Jim and Frederick Nietzsche are unlikely fellow travelers. But Nietzsche coined a tag line that captured Jim’s inner essence. “Become who you are.” And over 72 years Jim did just that. He was principled to the core, generous with time, love and consideration, a leader in his community good, giving help in manifold ways, a wonderfully caring husband, father and grandparent, exacting, the best raconteur I have ever known, and a brilliant lawyer – one of Canada’s best. Oh and I forgot: the quintessential negotiator—tough and pragmatic. That’s our Jim. I surmise that if Jim were to find himself in hell, he would find a
tors, as he co-authored with now-Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin the litigators’ bible that is formally titled ‘British Columbia Practice’ but more commonly referred to as ‘McLachlin & Taylor’.” Mr. Taylor served as the Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice for the Province of Saskatchewan, as a partner and the head of litigation for national law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon, and as a founding partner of his own successful law firm, which recently merged with Harris & Company. He was recognized with awards and accolades from the Canadian Bar Association and other groups and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in recognition of his
way of successfully negotiating with the Devil an air-conditioning system for the benefit of all the inmates. Jim reached his destiny because he was not scared to reach for the stars and challenge himself to perform his personal best in everything… Professor Pavlich concluded his salute to “a wonderful, unforgettable friend” with lines from the poet Percy Bysshe Shelly: Thou wert as a lone star, whose light did shine On some frail bark in winter’s midnight roar: Thou hast like to a rockbuilt refuge stood Above the blind and battling multitude. In honored poverty thy voice did weave Songs consecrate to truth and liberty:— Deserting these, thou leavest us to grieve, Thus having become, that thou shouldst cease to be. Engraved plaque installed in Jim Taylor Park.
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EBRATION OF LIFE Inspiring Leader Florence Luo and UNA Multicultural Committee
leadership and contributions to the profession. UBC referred to Mr. Taylor as “a prototypical civic leader and, in many ways, he was the ‘mayor’ of University Town.” The UBC Statement concludes, “Jim was a lifelong supporter of UBC, actively engaging with his fellow alumni and contributing his time, talent and money. “Despite his contributions and accomplishments, he was a modest man and his gifts, often substantial, were usually made anonymously or in honour of other members of the UBC community. CELEBRATION continued on Page 8
Jim Taylor, our inspiring leader, passed away on October 16. I’ve been deeply saddened by the news, so has every member of the UNA Multicultural Committee (MCC). Among the many committees that were fortunate to count Jim as a member, MCC is probably the last one in which he was not only an active member but also an inspiring leader. A decade ago, Jim and his wife Judy started the children’s Storytime program at The Old Barn Community Centre. Jim got to know many new Canadians while running the program. He was quick to identify the ‘isolation issue’ among many of the ‘single-parent’ families with moms and school-aged children living in Canada and dads working in home countries. Many of the moms live in social isolation due to limited English language skills. As a loving and compassionated person, Jim always wanted to help. He strongly voiced to the UNA the need to connect these families to other parts of the community and guided the UNA Multicultural Committee to take actions. Under Jim’s leadership, this volunteer committee has initiated many volunteerrun programs, including Let’s Cook Club, Seniors and Friends, UNA Community Connection Nights, Book Club and Sudoku Club. In a short period of time, gaps among diverse cultural
groups in the UNA community have been bridged. For example, Let’s Cook Club connects people by sharing favorite home recipes and celebrates culinary and cultural traditions of our diverse community. In one session, I demonstrated a simple vegetarian tofu dish and Jim exclaimed, “I never knew tofu could be so delicious, and I always hated tofu!” He said this like a child. Jim was always so real, never pretentious, one of the many reasons why we loved him. Jim even planned to be a demo chef for one session. Unfortunately, he was not able to do this as his health worsened quickly. During the few years while I worked alongside Jim as a volunteer and a cochair of the committee, I was sometimes intimidated by his work intensity, but most times I was deeply moved and inspired by his love for others and his sincerity in making the UNA community
Jim Taylor and Florence Luo, Chair of the UNA Multicultural Committee.
Jim Taylor with the members of the UNA Multicultural Committee. inclusive, caring and functional for all residents. Once he said to me, “If what I do can change just one person’s life for the better, it is pretty amazing and totally worth it, isn’t it?” To this day, I still remember that moment so clearly and how greatly I was touched. Jim was the type of true friend who wanted to take your troubles upon his shoulders and used real actions to help out. Everyone on the Multicultural Committee and I were very fortunate to know Jim and have the opportunity to work with him as volunteers. He was the most supportive and open-minded mentor, believing in each and every team member. He was a kind and insightful soul who was both a friend and mentor to all of us. He will be deeply missed. We would like to dedicate the upcoming 10th anniversary of Lunar New Year celebration to Jim Taylor. Please join us at this event which will be held on Feb 4, 2017 at The Wesbrook Community Centre.
Lifetime Role Model Ying Zhou Campus resident and UNA volunteer I would like to write a few words in memory of Jim Taylor who passed away in October. Jim was my cherished friend and mentor. My life as a new immigrant to Canada changed dramatically after I met Jim at the Sudoku Club in September 2010. That was my first encounter with Jim, a volunteer instructor at The Old Barn Community Center. I discovered later that he was the founding chair of the UNA Board of Directors. Jim encouraged my friends and me to get involved in the UNA election that year. This was the first time I had voted, and it was my introduction to democracy.
Brian Collins, Ying Zhou, Judy and Jim Taylor at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Presentation Ceremony in 2012 at which Jim was awarded a Commemorative Medal for his work in the university neighbourhoods.
Jim’s volunteerism included running the UNA Book Club along with his wife Judy. This Book Club has continued to provide a great opportunity for residents to understand different cultures and participate in open discussion. As soon as Jim realized that there was a feeling of isolation in the immigrant community, he recognized the need for programs that would integrate newcomers. He founded the UNA ESL Committee; he became leader of the UNA Multicultural Committee; he donated thousands of dollars to support the UNA Community Connection Night and UNA Lunar New Year events. I want to add, that together with his wife Judy, he cooked very delicious strawberry pies for over 50 residents at the UNA Let’s Cook Club! Jim was straightforward and easy going. Once, I asked Jim if he felt insulted when I said I did not like the book he recommended. He replied, “Ying, we call it integrity in Canada—expressing your true feelings.” Jim always encouraged the volunteers who were working with him. He reminded us constantly that as volunteers, we were all helping to make this place a home for so many who needed a helping hand. Jim was a very hard worker, and the future of our community was one of his priorities. As a member of the UNA Board of Directors, I often relied upon his good advice. And up until a month before he passed away, he gave me his opinion on the provincial fire protection service
charge. This was Jim, the lawyer. Another side of Jim was the loving family man. This was so evident when we saw how proud he was of his extended family when he introduced his son-in-law to us as his “son” when we met them at the UNA Lunar New Year event. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and husband to his wife Judy whom he always called “my bride”. Jim’s impact on my life is immeasurable. I cannot imagine where I would be today without his encouragement and generous support. His spirit and legacy will be a part of my life forever. Thank you, Jim!
Flowers from the UNA Chinese community in Jim Taylor Park.
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of activities. He loved the law, UBC, the University Neighbourhoods Association, race horses and Hawaii. In health he was larger than life and in illness he remained committed, kind, appreciative and loving. He will be missed by many. “Special thanks go to the many doctors, nurses and allied health members who cared and nurtured Jim’s body and spirit over the years. The teams of Dr. Fritz, Dr. Isserow, Dr. Yeung, the heart transplant team, CICU and 5A will forever have a place in our hearts for all that they did for Jim.” A celebration of Jim’s life was held on Saturday, October 29, at Shaughnessy Golf Club with over 500 family members, friends and neighbours as well as colleagues from the legal profession in attendance. A special time of recognition of Jim’s legal career and contributions is scheduled for a date to be determined at the Vancouver Law Courts. POSTSCRIPT: From the community newspaper perspective, Jim Taylor was a prolific communicator ever passionate about issues facing a growing University Town. Over the years, Jim submitted many letters and articles to UBC community newspapers The V6T Community News (later called The Hampton Journal) which I published in 2003-2009 and The Campus Resident published by the UNA since 2010. In a notable article submitted to The Campus Resident in July 2010, Jim and
Mike Feeley, then UNA chair, responded to a question raised by Lois Jackson, the mayor of Delta, who was then also chair of Metro Vancouver Board of Directors. Ms. Jackson had wondered in print, “When will the rapidly-growing community at the University of B.C. have its own democratic and accountable local government?” Jim and Mike replied that through public meetings and surveys, UNA residents had expressed support for the local system of governance at UBC. “There are changes that could improve on our current model of governance…” they wrote. “But, please, can Metro stop pretending that up is down, and that the UNA does not exist. We do exist. We provide governance. We are democratic. And we don’t need the Mayor of Delta to come to our rescue.” As a Hampton Place resident, I met Jim Taylor after receiving a copy of the letter he sent to all Hampton Place residents in September, 2002 about formation of the University Town at UBC and incorporation of the University Neighbourhoods Association as the governance body in this town. Soon after the meeting, I started work on a newspaper for UBC residents, and three months later, in January 27, 2003, the first edition of the V6T Community News rolled off the presses. Jim was then the Manager of the UNA office located on the northwest cliffs of UBC in Cecil Green Park House, an elegant mansion with sweeping views of Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia.
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Recently, the openness has been reduced by the construction of large, private structures (the soccer, baseball and rugby pavillions) and enclosed fields. Nevertheless, the fields remain a place that invites residents to enjoy by strolling through. One can enjoy watching games being played on open fields and track meets at the Dhillon Oval. The excellent track at the Dhillon Oval is available to residents of all ages to use in their own fitness programs, whether walking or running. The construction of a stadium on the Dhillon Oval will add to the structural congestion of the fields. The sense of openness will be lost to a sense of urban jungle. Yet another part of the fields will be walled in from public use. Far from increasing the athletic spirit of the campus, Option 3 will bury that spirit under concrete and create a hostile, soul-
Continuous Construction Hampton Place residents have been subjected to the noise, hazards and disruptions of constant construction projects on the fields since at least before the 2010 Olympics. The Olympics have been followed by construction and reconstruction of various fields with both natural and artificial turf. Now some of those facilities that were built over that time will be demolished and the cycle of construction will begin again.
UBC’s Trojan Horse and UNA’s conflict of interest We are uneasy, however, that each of the five options is significantly evaluated in terms of maximizing development of market housing. This market housing could potentially be significantly more than that necessary to fund the UBC GamePlan. To continue the Trojan Horse metaphor, we are concerned that the UBC GamePlan has become a plan for UBC to maximize market housing revenue in general, and that Option 3 and Option 4 may sacrifice existing neighbourhoods such as Hampton Place in order to maximize housing revenue to UBC, quite apart from athletic needs. We are also uneasy that UNA is in a conflict of interest in that its revenue comes from Services Levies from market housing. We ask UNA to acknowledge this conflict of interest and to re-assure us that it will
“His kindness, generosity and intellect touched the lives of countless people, and he will be sorely missed by his former students, his fellow faculty members, his colleagues in the legal profession, and the many other communities that were fortunate to have counted him as a member.” In memory of Jim and the many contributions he has made to UBC and to the broader world, UBC lowered the British Columbia Flag located at Main Mall and Agronomy Road on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The Taylor family published the following notice, “Jim passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, October 16 with his loving family around him. He faced many health battles over the years and always with bravery and his own perpetual optimism. “Jim touched many lives and left this world a better place. He loved his family intensely, his wife Judy, daughter Jennifer and husband Sidi, grand-daughter Sophia, daughter Carolyn and husband Krish, grandchildren Savannah and Quincy James. “Also mourning his loss are his sister Phyllis and husband Mike, brother Jon and wife Debbie, brother Rob and wife Marta and many cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members, friends and colleagues. “Jim was kind and thoughtful, generous and beloved. He lived life to the fullest and devoted his heart to his multitude
Legal Challenges It is beyond the purview of this presentation to discuss bases for challenging Option 3 in the courts. However, considering that persons of sophistication and means will been caused significant loss in the values of their properties, one might expect them to fully explore their legal options against those who have caused their loss, failed in their
In those early days, fewer than 2,000 residents lived in Hampton Place—the only one residential neighbourhood on campus. Hawthorn Place was still a mass of ground-level parking lots. Chancellor Place was still ‘the theological precinct’, and Wesbrook Place was still a varied world of research labs and blackberry bushes over which the UNA had no jurisdiction. Today, Hampton Place, Wesbrook Place, Chancellor Place, Hawthorn Place—and East Campus—make up the thriving and diverse University Town governed by the UNA, which Jim Taylor co-founded with UBC.
place the interests of existing neighbourhoods ahead of the prospect of increased revenue from new neighbourhoods. Thank you We will continue to pursue our concerns at all levels of governance available to us, including at the UBC Board of Governors, at Metro Vancouver and at the legislature in Victoria. We look forward to having the support of our Neighbourhoods Association in all those pursuits, but especially in our immediate presentations to the Board of Governors. If Options 3 and 4 can be removed from the UBC GamePlan, those further presentations will not be necessary. Joleen Haupt, President, Thames Court Strata Council David Van Blarcom, Resident, Thames Court
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UBC Building Becomes Tallest Wood Tower in World 400 students will be housed in Brock Commons Tall Wood Building starting September 2017 UBC has completed construction of a student residence it believes is the tallest wood building in the world. Brock Commons Tall Wood Building is located near the Chancellor Place neighbourhood at the north end of campus and will be occupied by 400 students in residence. The massive wood structure and façade is 18-storey high (53 metres, about 174 feet), and it has been completed four months ahead of schedule—showcasing the advantages of building with wood. The structure was completed less than 70 days after the prefabricated components were first delivered to the site. Con-
struction will now focus on interior elements, with completion expected in early May 2017—18 per cent (or four months) faster than a typical project. “This remarkable building, the first of its kind in the world, is another shining example of Canadian ingenuity and innovation, an apt demonstration of how Canada’s forest industry is finding new opportunities through technology and innovation—opening up a world of possibilities for our forest and construction industries,” said Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. Brock Commons is the first mass wood, steel and concrete hybrid project taller than 14 storeys in the world. The building has a concrete podium and two concrete cores, with 17 storeys of cross-laminatedtimber floors supported on glue-laminated wood columns. The cladding for the façade is made with 70 per cent wood
Brock Commons Tall Wood Building on UBC campus. Photo credit UBC Public Affairs. fibre. “Brock Commons is living proof that advanced wood products are a terrific material to build with and support efficient assembly. It also showcases new applications for B.C. lumber, leading to new job opportunities in B.C.’s forest industry,” said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “Wood is increasingly recognized as an important, innovative and safe building material choice. This new tall wood building reflects UBC’s leadership in sustainable construction and our commitment to providing our students with more on-campus housing,” said UBC President Santa J. Ono. The project is expected to cost approximately $51.5 million, with $47.07 million financed by UBC. Being the first of its kind, it entailed an initial innovation cost and received funding from Natural Resources Canada ($2.34 million), the Province of B.C. ($1.65 million), and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council ($467,000). In the House of Commons, Joyce Mur-
ray, MP for Vancouver-Quadra, said, “Mr. Speaker, I’m proud to recognize the University of British Columbia for successfully completing the world’s tallest wood building called Brock Commons Tall Wood Building. At 18-storey high, Brock Commons shattered the previous record of 14-storey high for wood construction. Trees sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide, and their wood stores the carbon, so in addition to being aesthetic, versatile and safe, wood is a sustainable building material. “Expanding possibilities for wood construction is good for the environment, and it’s good for the economy too, since wood product innovation provides new markets, new jobs and new export opportunities. UBC’s newest wood building will serve as a living lab for continuing this innovation. “Mr. Speaker, B.C.’s forest industry leadership, our world-class university and its partners, and this record-busting building have shown that through green innovation, the economy and the environment do go hand in hand, and when it comes to green buildings, the sky is the limit.”
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Student Residences Replace Orchard Garden at UBC Site Orchard Commons is home to over 1,000 students in school year; views of Howe Sound from tops of towering buildings are magnificent
Orchard Garden at the University of British Columbia no longer exists, its fruit trees uprooted to make way for two 20-storey student residence buildings at Agronomy Road and West Mall. Only the names of these new buildings remain as testament to days long past when agriculture was the largest field of study at UBC. One of the buildings—the south tower—bears the name of Bartlett House after a variety of pear commonly known in British Columbia; the other building—the north tower—bears the name of Braeburn House after an apple commonly grown in British Columbia. Since both names celebrate the history of this site as an orchard, the $125 million complex as a whole bears the name Orchard Commons. Providing living and study space for more than a thousand students, Orchard Commons is the newest student residence at UBC. Cost of accommodation is $896–1,012 per month plus the mandatory cost of a meal plan. UBC Vantage College for first-year students who need
special training in academic English is also located in Orchard Commons. UBC officially opened Orchard Commons on Thursday, October 10, although students have been living and studying there since start of the school year. New UBC President Santo Ono addressed up to a hundred guests at the grand opening ceremony of Orchard Commons, calling it “my first buildings’ opening at UBC.” Professor Ono—who started at UBC in August—considers the buildings proof of the “amazing abilities” of staff at UBC, and he said that the opening of Orchard Commons represents another step towards the University achieving its goal of having 16,000 UBC students living on campus—out of the 60,000-plus taking courses here. UBC plans to invest $450 million towards the cost of developing more campus housing for students over the next several years, Professor Ono said. The housing of 1,047 students at Orchard Commons brings the number of students living on campus during this eight-month school year to 11,000 and reduces the number of students waiting to enter halls of residence at UBC to 4,000–5,000. Coincidentally, the number of permanent residents living at UBC is also 11,000, a fact which prompted Professor Ono to refer in his address to “the healthy mix of students and market housing at
From left: Managing Director at UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services Andrew Parr, UBC President Santo Ono, UBC student Katie Williams and Principal of UBC Vantage College Joanne Fox at grand opening of new Orchard Commons student housing October 20. Photo credit Paul Joseph, UBC Communications and Marketing.
Orchard Commons student residences at UBC. UBC.” During the Orchard Commons opening ceremony, Professor Ono also drew attention to the high quality of facilities at Bartlett House and Braeburn House. “Structures such as this are the envy of campuses in the U.S. and around the world,” he said. Guests who took guided tours of the buildings after the opening ceremony noted fitness rooms, games rooms and three lounges in each tower. As well, Orchard Commons has child-care facilities and a large food hall. Staff explained the food facilities are ‘open kitchen concept’ meaning that cooks who work in them are not hidden away in distant kitchens but work in the open spaces where students eat. Lounges on the top floors of these buildings look out to magnificent views of Howe Sound and beyond. Joanne Fox, Principal and Academic Director of UBC Vantage College, said at the opening of Orchard Commons that a unique institution such as UBC Vantage College would not have been possible without close working relationship between the college and UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS). Professor Fox referred to Orchard Commons an “an open and welcoming space”, where academic English language instruction—for first-year students only—is integrated into each course of study, be it chemistry, business or politi-
cal science. The successful transition of a student into year two of their degree is supported with mentorship, small class sizes and peer-to-peer learning. After successfully completing the 11-month Vantage One program at UBC Vantage College, students can transition directly into the second year of their degree. International UBC student Katie Williams addressed the opening of Orchard Commons and described how she had found the inspiration she needed at UBC to transition from “a confused first year student” to the point where she is now advising other students on how best to adapt successfully to life at UBC. Andrew Parr, Managing Director of SHHS, led the opening ceremonies and described how UBC had built Orchard Commons with both technical innovation and the good of students in mind. “I think UBC hit a home run with Orchard Commons,” Mr. Parr said. Editor’s Note: Elsewhere on campus, UBC has two other student residences under construction. One is on Marine Drive just west of the huge Totem Park complex of student residences; and the other is in the far north of campus. This latter building—which was ‘topped off’ recently at 18 storeys—is believed to be the tallest wood building in the world. Please see story on Page 9 about Brock Commons Tall Wood Building at UBC.
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Biodiversity in your backyard Local Online Resources to Learn about Nature Isabella Laird UBC Botanical Garden student It can be hard to convince yourself to go and explore the outdoors during Vancouver’s cold, grey months. The following websites are a great way to learn about nature in your neighbourhood from the comfort of your couch. There are lots of animals living in the city, and sometimes even in your backyard. The Urban Wildlife section of the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website contains fantastic descriptions of animals you may encounter, how to identify them and their tracks, and ways to best cohabit alongside them: www.spca.bc.ca/ animal-issues/wildlife/urban-wildlife/. The Stanley Park Ecology Society also has great similar information on their
Who’s that knocking on your door? Photo credit Isabella Laird.
website www.stanleyparkecology.ca/ conservation/urban-wildlife/other-wildlife-resources/. The Vancouver Bird Week website www.vancouverbirdweek.ca/commongarden-birds/ contains a simple and easy guide to identifying birds that you may spot through your window. There are a lot more out there than you may think! There are a great variety of trees in Vancouver, but sometimes it can be tricky to identify them. Is that tree a Western Hemlock or a Douglas Fir? The Key for Identifying Common Trees in Southern BC has an infographic for identifying eight trees that are common to the Lower Mainland area on the website www.sfu. ca/soils/lab_documents/common_trees_ identification.pdf. UBC Botanical Garden also has a handy tree app for on-thego tree spotting: www.botanicalgarden. ubc.ca/learn/vancouver-trees-app/. The Native Plant Database on the Evergreen website is a great way to search for native plants all over Canada and includes photos, characteristics, fun facts and uses for many different species all over the country as well as an advanced search system: www.evergreen.ca/getinvolved/resources/native-plants-andinvasive-species/. The Grow Green Guide from the City of Vancouver has everything you need to learn about being eco-friendly and growing a sustainable garden or lawn in Vancouver: www.growgreenguide.ca. After all the nature you’ve learned about
through your screen, you might be feeling adventurous enough to put on your winter coat and head outside. BC Nature Guide website is a user-friendly resource that points out easily accessible places in British Columbia to view nature, including what you may see in each location: www.bcnatureguide.ca. Vancouver is a rich area of biodiversity just waiting for you to discover! Hopefully, these local online resources will help you learn more about the plant and animal life that exists in this wonderful city,
and may even encourage you to brave the rain and experience some of it firsthand! Beaty Nocturnal Did you know that every third Thursday of the month, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is open late with admission by donation? Come by between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm for an evening of familyfriendly activities at Beaty Nocturnal. Keep an eye on our website for themed nights and special membership perks at these events! beatymuseum.ubc.ca/ beaty-nocturnal.
Curious about the nature around you? Online resources can help. Photo credit Tamara Litke.
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