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Volume 3, Issue 10

OCTOBER 15, 2012

Expanded Board of Directors Begins Work at UNA

UNA Board Backs Plan to Hold ‘LISTEN IN’ Workshops -First One Oct. 30th Need for ‘public democratic engagement’ is cited; if ‘one-off’ workshop is successful, series of such workshops will be held over next 6-8 months

The new UNA board of directors sits at eight--up from seven before the recent annual general meeting due to population growth on campus. The board (from the left) is: Erica Frank; Thomas Beyer; Ian Burgess; Shaohong Wu; Charles Menzies; Kiran Mahal; Richard Alexander; and Nancy Night. Photo credit Edward Chang. Please turn to Page 3 for report on AGM by Mr. Menzies.

‘OUR’ Power Prevails at UNA Board Three new ‘OUR’ - backed directors are acclaimed officers of the UNA: Thomas Beyer is acclamied fourth officer In less than a year, the Organization of U-Town Residents (OUR) has come from nowhere to having a firm grip on the University Neighbourhoods Association board of directors. Three weeks after they ran successfully for seats on the UNA Board, Richard Alexander, Charles Menzies and Shaohong Wu, all affiliated with ‘OUR’, have become officers of the UNA. The fourth officer of the board is Thomas Beyer, all officers were acclaimed. As proposed by Erica Frank and seconded by Thomas Beyer, Mr. Alexander became chair. As proposed by Mr. Wu, and seconded by Mr. Beyer, Mr. Menzies, became secretary. As proposed by Mr. Menzies and seconded by Ms. Frank, Mr. Wu, became vice-chair. As proposed by Mr. Menzies and seconded by Mr. Wu, Mr. Beyer, became treasurer. While they vote on some motions that

come before the UNA board, the two UBC appointees to the board (currently Nancy Knight and Ian Burgess) and the student appointee to the board (currently Kiran Mahal) did not vote on the election of board officers. The OUR group, incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia (the same legislation under which the UNA is incorporated), effectively got started in November, 2011 following the UBC presentation of a plan to increase the density of housing in South Campus, a large part of which is being converted into a housing development called Wesbrook Place. Residents who had bought properties when Wesbroook Place was opened in 2008 said they felt “betrayed” by UBC since the future image of their community varied so dramatically from the image when they had bought their homes. UBC said it was transferring housing density to Wesbrook Place only because public sentiment had forced its board of governors to preserve UBC Farm, also in South Campus. This necessitated the construction in Wesbrook Place and elsewhere on campus of homes which had originally been planned for the farm. OUR continued on Page 4

Richard Alexander, New Chair of UNA

Richard Alexander, new chair of the UNA, lived in Point Grey for more than 30 years before moving to a co-development in Wesbrook Place in 2008. An active community builder, Richard’s volunteer roles have included: Chair, Leukemia Lymphoma Trustee (BC/Yukon); Chair, Point Grey Fiesta Committee; and Chair, Canadian Airlines Charitable Donations Committee

The new UNA board of directors wants to ‘LISTEN IN’ to what residents have to say about civic and community life on campus. At its inaugural meeting October 9th, the eight-member board approved a plan to hold an initial LISTEN IN workshop October 30 at the Tapestry retirement centre in Wesbrook Place from 7-9pm. (See formal notice of this LISTEN IN workshop in English and Chinese on Page 8) Should this ‘one-off’ workshop prove successful, the UNA will organize a series of such workshops—held every six to eight weeks—over the next six to eight months. Ideally, each workshop would build on the success of the one before it, raising what new UNA director Charles Menzies called the level of “public democratic engagement” on campus. Mr. Menzies, who opened discussion in favour of the plan to hold LISTEN IN workshops, said, “We have to reach out to people. People react better when they know they are being listened to.” He asked for campus residents “to give us your trust and good will” in going about the “democratic” process of engaging the community. The LISTEN IN plan came up for discussion, and approval, at the UNA board meeting after the concept—if not the name—was widely presented to the public in the recent election campaigns for UNA director of Mr. Menzies, Richard Alexander and Shaohong Wu, the three candidates supported by the Organization of U-Town Resident (OUR). The three campaigns proved successful. At the UNA board meeting, commenting on the promptness with which the new board was acting to determine—and hopefully heighten— public interest in campus issues, Mr. Wu said, “People want to be heard.” WORKSHOP continued on Page 2

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Mr. Alexander saw the need for the workshops to “focus on certain discussion points.” The first LISTEN IN workshop, for example, will focus on: community planning, density, and the public realm. Mr. Menzies said residents should understand that UNA directors and staff will be present to listen to their concerns. “The forum will be moderated and structured to allow each person a chance to participate,” he said. “The objective of LISTEN IN is to expand and develop upon the UNA’s community engagement and public accountability in the area of emergent and longstanding issues of resident concerns.”

Distinguished Residents Donald A. Wehrung Hampton resident recalls founding of international undergraduate recruitment program at UBC Donald Wehrung, a resident of Hampton Place, began creating and building the international student recruitment program at the University of British Columbia in 1996 when the number of international undergraduates at UBC was only 450 (International students are those in Canada on study permits). By the time Mr. Wehrung left the program in 2008, the number of international undergraduates at UBC had risen dramatically to 3,500 (Since then, it has risen to 4,500.) Moreover, in 1996, when UBC appointed Mr. Wehrung initial director of this international student initiative, UBC had no recruiting staff for him to work with, no promotional materials, no office space, and no budget. When he left in 2008, in addition to the 3,500 international undergraduate students who had been recruited, UBC had 30 international recruiting staff, a Welcome Centre for all entering students, and an international student scholarship program that provided 100% need-based funding to 2% of the international undergraduates. The International Student Humanitarian Award, one of the two scholarships started under Mr. Wehrung’s term in office, now bears his name. The Donald A. Wehrung International Student Humanitarian Award (ISHA) recognizes outstanding international students from impoverished or war-torn areas, who have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances and who would be unable to pursue post-secondary education without financial assistance. The other scholarship is the Internation-

Donald A. Wehrung al Leader of Tomorrow Award. Twenty three international undergraduate students entering UBC received one or the other of these awards in 2012. Eight of the award winners were from Africa, four of them from Tanzania. In an interview, Mr. Wehrung said he feels “great” about what he and his team of recruiters were able to accomplish when he was director of the International Student Initiative for 12 years, both in terms of financial rewards to UBC ($78 million in fees in 2008—compared to only $2.2 million in 1996) and the social and educational benefit to international undergraduate students recruited to enroll at UBC. “UBC gave me and the team a lot of rope,” he said. He also feels great about having an international undergraduate scholarship named after him. “Some (scholarship) students come from war-torn countries where genocide has taken place. I wanted to impact people’s lives to the good.” He says he feels UBC has acknowledged the recruitment team for “being bold and helping people.” A graduate of Dartmouth College in the U.S., Mr. Wehrung taught and researched at UBC from 1974 until he was appointed director of the International Student Initiative in 1996. He was Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Services in the Sauder School of Business from 1989 to 1994. He is currently on leave as Professor of Strategic Management from the Sauder School and serving as president and cofounder of Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of UBC involved in English language proficiency tests and the measurement of academic ability.

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Editorial Page Zero Waste Works for Community Good Residents may wish to pay special attention to commentary by UNA Sustainability Manager Ralph Wells on Page 8 of this issue of the Campus Resident. As Ralph notes, the UNA kicked off its Zero Waste Challenge with a successful public event on October 2nd. Residents at the event watched an inspiring movie by two East Vancouver residents (Grant and Jen) about their attempt to go a year without producing garbage. To add flavour to this titanic struggle, Grant and Jen competed with each other to see which of them produced the least waste. Those in attendance at The Old Barn Community Centre not only enjoyed the opportunity to watch this hour-long, reallife movie, called The Clean Bin Project,

they also enjoyed the opportunity—when the film was over—of meeting Grant and Jen, who then participated in lively discussion about it. In their movie, Jen produces less waste than Grant, but neither of them generates much more than would fill a regularsized waste paper basket. This, of course, sets an almost impossibly high standard for most of us. At the same time, it proves what can be accomplished with determination. The UNA Zero Waste Challenge seeks to follow up on the successful UNA composting initiative launched a few years ago. The goal remains the same, namely diverting waste products from the landfill. Let’s give the new challenge a go.

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Letter to the Editor ‘Exile’ of Youngsters Explains Iona Noise Upon reading your article in September about noise coming from a Chancellor Place playground, the biblical word ‘exile’ or the more common word ‘displaced’ seems to be an appropriate term for the school-aged children causing the fuss at Iona Green. I do not doubt that the noise and disruption caused to residents surrounding Iona Green is real. What their responses lack, at least as reported in the Campus Resident article, is the single largest contributor to their newfound problem: the Axis construction project happening at St. Andrews Hall. For longer than any condo development has existed in the Chancellor neighborhood, the green space at St. Andrews Hall has been the primary place for school-aged children to play, whether

they resided at St. Andrews or elsewhere. It will assume that position yet again when the Axis project is complete. Noise complaints have even been raised within St. Andrews in the past, but we have had a good track record of developing in-house community guidelines. Instead of drafting and implementing a knee-jerk reaction of rules and signage, I would implore the UNA to see if the majority of noise issues resolve themselves after the children’s ‘exile’ is over. Until then, let’s rely on shorter daylight hours, rainy skies, and the assistance of parents to make the noise at Iona Green more bearable. Jeff Gullacher, Resident and parent at St. Andrews Hall

Report on The 2012 UNA AGM Report on the Meeting By Charles Menzies (elected resident-director at the meeting) Annual general meetings are rarely exciting events even if they are important to the life of an organization. The annual general meeting of the University Neighbourhoods Association on the night of September 26th at The Old Barn Community Centre was no exception. Several major by-law changes were passed and one significant bylaw change was rejected. Changes to the bylaws: have made the addition of new residentdirectors to the UNA board a more automatic process; have removed a designated faculty/staff elected resident director position; and have made 18 years of age the official minimum age that one can be a UNA member. A proposal to remove the clause that allowed the Chair of the UNA to break tie votes was defeated.

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The only kerfuffle of note came when I rose to table the motion removing a designated faculty/staff resident director position for a year. A resounding circus of confusion followed. Unfortunately many people present did not understand what a motion to table actual means. Nor did they understand what the proper procedure to follow was. When the chair asked for direction many audience members said skip the motion to table. “Do we vote on Charles’ motion,” asked the chair. “No!” shouted out a crowd in the back of the room. Momentary mayhem followed. Not until Jim Taylor, former UNA Chair and long time area resident, interjected was order restored. “A motion to table must be considered immediately. All that can be debated is the length of time. We must vote now.” The motion to table lost by a handful of votes and we then proceeded to vote on the main motion that ended with passing a change in the bylaws that took away the faculty/staff designated seat on the board. In retrospect I rather wished I hadn’t moved a motion to table the resolution as the ensuing confusion lead to a 30 minute delay that, had the rules of order been followed, could have been dealt with in all of five minutes. But what is a meeting without some heated discussion and a little bit of mayhem? The meeting continued with the votes on the remaining bylaw resolutions proceeding with little debate or discussion. The resolution on the Chair’s second or casting vote in event of a tie was

defeated with little debate. Meeting attendees argued that in the event of a tie and no casting vote for the chair (who is typically a resident) the balance of power would in practice fall to the appointed directors. The proposal was defeated by an overwhelming majority of members present.

The meeting ended with a detailed presentation by Jim Taylor on his four options for local governance: (1) status quo (2) amalgamation with Vancouver (3) local municipal government, or (4) special municipal government. REPORT continued on Page 6

Mankee Mah and Prod Laquian receive UNA plaques honoring their contributions to the community. Mr. Laquian served as UNA director for four years, including last year as chair. Ms. Mah served as UNA director for two years. Plaques were presented at AGM Sept 26.

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Opinion Page Protect Vancouver and UBC Bike Share Schemes: Repeal B.C. Bike-Helmet Law By Thomas Beyer

REGENT COLLEGE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Regent College has applied for an OCP amendment and amendment to the Land Use, Building and Community Administration Bylaw to allow for the development of an 62 feet (18.9m), 6 storey addition to the existing building allowing for: • A total site FSR of 1.45 • 75,360 s.f (7000 m2) of new floor area. • 101 underground parking stalls, & bicycle storage, • Below grade classrooms and auditorium; • 10,480.s.f (974m2) grade level retail • 68 non market, Regent College Student rental housing units.

You are invited to attend a Public Open House. Date: Time: Location:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 3:00 - 8:00 PM Regent College Atrium 5800 University Boulevard

Representatives of the College and the architects will be available to provide information and respond to inquiries.

Please direct questions to Brad McTavish at

Considerable discussion has focused recently on the introduction of bike sharing for residents and students on the UBC campus—and also in Vancouver. As a campus resident (and director of the University Neighbourhoods Association), I welcome the idea of a bike share program. However, such a program will be a financial disaster and poor public policy if it’s introduced with the (provincial) helmet law intact. I would support a UNA- or UBC-led initiative to amend British Columbia’s bike helmet law to allow adults to make their own choice based on their skills, bike path availability, speed, traffic density, etc. Personally, I wear a helmet when offroad biking with a mountain bike due to speed and dangerous terrain, but would prefer not to do so around Stanley Park’s paved path or around UBC. In Australia, bike share programs have failed in both Melbourne and Brisbane due to bike helmet laws in those cities. Yet, the bike-hire scheme in the city of Sydney— where riders are not forced by law to wear helmets—has succeeded. More and more experts around the world are encouraging people to bike, and/or participate in bike-sharing plans, and this is causing more and more riders to question helmet laws in place (such as in B.C.) or to extol their absence in other places (such as Sydney). The New York Times has reported that in New York, where there were 21 cyclist fatalities last year, the transportation commissioner is always photographed on a bike and wearing a helmet, but the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg has rejected calls by the city comptroller for a mandatory helmet law when New York’s 10,000-cycle bike-share program rolls out next year, for fear it will keep people from riding. A similar situation prevails in British Columbia where bike-sharing programs are about to be launched in Vancouver and possibly at UBC. The B.C. bike helmet law should be amended since it is doing more harm than good: Allow adults to make their own

OUR continued from Page 1 On June 25th, the founding members of OUR held an inaugural meeting at Tapestry in which Mr. Alexander, Mr. Wu and Mr. Menzies were presented and introduced as OUR-supported candidates in the then-upcoming Sept 26th UNA election for three directors. At the meeting, which was well attended, spokesmen for OUR said its mission was to dramatically change the political landscape at UBC. Five of the co-founders of OUR sat, or stood, at the front of a meeting room at Tapestry dressed in snappy, light-green T-shirts marked with the slogan ‘OUR Town. OUR voice’; they were John Dickinson, of Hawthorn Place; Eleanor Laquian, of Hampton Place; and Claire Robson, Mr. Alexander and Sheldon

Thomas Beyer individual choices, please! Former city councillor Peter Ladner has predicted the bike share program in Vancouver (and at UBC) will fail due to the provincial bike helmet law. Other major cities like New York, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto – and most European cities - allow bike share with no helmets. Many aspects have to be considered in this bike share/bike helmet debate: public health, public expenditures, road safety, civil liberties, freedom of the individual, role of government, public deficits, taxation levels, and so forth. Perhaps we should make biking illegal altogether as it is just too dangerous with several people killed every year and many severely injured (despite helmet use). Our societies have far too many rules and regulations. In British Columbia, the bike helmet law is one of them. Responsible adults should be able to make their own choice. A bike share program is hard to adapt in the first place, and with a helmet law in place, as in B.C., it will fail and be a waste of tax payers’ money. It is a silly proposal unless the bike helmet law is relaxed. Thomas Beyer is a UBC campus resident and also a director of the University Neighbourhoods Association. Any opinion expressed in this article should not be construed as the opinion of the UNA.

Nathanson, all of Wesbrook Place. Mr. Dickinson offered a brief explanation of OUR and summary of its origins at that meeting. “OUR is not the start of a residents group,” he said. “Rather, it is the continuation of what has been going on for years. We like where we live and we want to make it better.” Unfortunately, according to Mr. Dickinson, there “is a growing sense of disenfranchisement on campus”. He said one of the priorities of OUR was to prevent this unwelcome event from having further effect by making residents partners in the development process, “not an afterthought”. The three OUR-backed candidates made similar comments in the September UNA election in which they were successful.

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My Work as the UNA’s Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator By Qiuning Wang Confucius said: “Life begins at forty.” When I decided to go back to school at the age of forty after immigrating to Canada, I didn’t realize that I would end up entering the field of community planning. My previous work experience on international social development at the British Embassy in Beijing posed other opportunities. However, at the time, I was looking for something that had a Canadian context, and the program offered at the School of Community and Regional Planning of UBC (SCARP)

appealed to me. SCARP courses on sustainability touch on many issues that I am deeply concerned about as a human being: the challenges between economic growth and declining natural resources, the way our lives are affected by the built environment, the complexity of a multicultural society, and human vulnerability in the face of natural disasters, and such. The curiosity of wanting to know the techniques to address these issues inspired my application. After three years of wrinkle-forming and hair-losing study, like other SCARPies, I was keen to find an opportunity to apply

Qiuning Wang

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what I have learned from the School. It is a privilege to start my journey on behalf of the UNA, a community that has great assets and potential. In the past nine months while working on a contract position, I witnessed the volunteerism and the growing capacity of our residents in community participation on different levels. Each year, there are over 200 UNA residents who deliver more than 2,000 hours of volunteer service to support the work of different committees, programs and community events. Volunteers are from the five UNA neighbourhoods; they are young and old, aging from 13 to 76; and they come from different places such as Canada, Spain, China, Korea, Australia, Israel, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Iran and so on. When you are new to a community, the beautiful landscape and natural environment doesn’t tell you the full story, it is those shining names among the residents that tell you what type of a community it is and what kind of people live here. Like many communities in the Lower Mainland, each UNA neighbourhood is a mix of long-term residents and newcomers. In the Program Needs Assessment we did in March and April this year, a strong message which came out of the process is that our residents wish to have informal opportunities to connect with their neighbours. In particular, new residents wish to connect with long-term residents. One resident in the Newcomers Focus Group said: “We want to knock on the door of our neighbour, but we are not confident to do so in the new place; we are afraid if it is an intrusion of privacy.” Before a solid plan is put in place to explore the traditional as well as innovative ways to connect our residents, several projects have been introduced in The Old Barn Community Centre programs this fall: Walk & Talk, Women’s Afternoon Social Club, Youth Crew, Senior Bridge and a Mahjong Club. These programs are all led by resident volunteers. The 90-minute Walk & Talk has drawn 20+ residents from the five UNA neighbourhoods, and our Women’s Afternoon Social Club now consists of ten female UNA members from six different cultures. Through these small programs, staff has seen the potential and support from our residents in building one connected community.

A community that is well connected has the capacity to create a shared vision of the future and to decide on things that matter to everyone in the community. Apart from promoting intercultural connections among our residents, another area of community engagement we will be focusing on is engaging our residents in the discourse of significant issues such as governance, budget planning, sustainability and strategic decisionmaking. Some of these topics are not only complicated to newcomers, but also to long-term residents. Communication on these issues with both long-term and new residents are equally important to achieve effective participation. Information sessions and speaker’s series on these topics will be incorporated into the UNA programs next year, to support open and on-going discussion among UNA residents. We hope that through consistent communication and dedicated efforts, both our long-term residents and newcomers will be able to participate in a meaningful way. Building intercultural connections has been a challenge to many multicultural societies; it often requires people to overcome the fear of not knowing and learn from discomfort. When we are talking about intercultural connections, we talk about many things, many important things: an open mind, respect, tolerance, sympathy, skills etc. But sometimes I feel maybe we just need to be a little ‘child-like’. My son was here in the summer and stayed for two months. Before he left, he told me (in Chinese): “Mom, I am going to tell my friends that you work in a barn” “Are you? Are you going to tell them that your mom looks after the horses?” “No, I will tell them that you work in a place with a history.” “How do you know that?” “Because it is an old barn.” I am amazed by this conversation, not only because he is my son, but because as a seven-year-old child, with very limited English, he can cross the language gap and reach the very true part of a place he has felt about. If we can be a little childlike, to look at things like a child, learn as a child, and treat our neighbours in the way as children do, we will overcome the discomfort in learning the new ways, and reach the very true part of each other’s world.

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UEL Couple Cultivate Huge Backyard to Send Produce to Food Banks

Food banks in Vancouver are recipients of all the considerable produce grown in this large garden--whose owners call The Farm--in the University Endowment Lands.

1,200 heads of lettuce alone were delivered in 2011; couple says donating fresh food to charities is better than writing cheques Five years ago, a wealthy University Endowment Lands couple underwent an epiphany. The couple—who wish not to be named—realized in sudden and striking fashion how they might better contribute to charity than by writing cheques. Henceforth, this industrious couple would convert part of their large and lush property into a ‘farm’, growing fruit and vegetables on it and donating all the produce of this farm to charitable organizations in the Vancouver area. The noble initiative has proved productive. In 2011, for example, the couple delivered 1,200 heads of lettuce, 530 bulbs of garlic and 90 squash to food banks or other charitable groups in Vancouver. The huge amount of fresh food they produce and deliver to food banks also includes kale, chard, peas, beans, radishes, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and more. And now, three years after planting their fruit trees and grape vines have begun producing crops. As back gardens go, this one in the UEL containing ‘The Farm’—as the couple call their food-producing part

of it—surely ranks among the largest on the west side of Vancouver. The Farm covers about 4,500 square feet, one tenth the size of the property. The couple take nothing for themselves out of The Farm and—despite having professional careers—do the bulk of the work themselves, amounting jointly to about five hours a day every day in the three- to four-month growing season. The only outside help comes when delivery people arrive once a week to haul produce to food banks. Clearly, it is amazing how much produce can be grown in a backyard, though admittedly this couple has a very large back yard! Clearly also, the couple has found this charitable enterprise a labour of love—with the emphasis on labour at certain times of the year. They keep The Farm in constant production, and this year, they are experimenting with winter vegetables. They grow organically and make their own compost. Philosophically, the couple believes in sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. Besides, they say, “It tastes better.” The couple hopes that news of this initiative will encourage others with garden space to spare—either on their own properties or in community gardens—to consider first turning it into ‘farmland’ and then contributing the fresh food it yields to charity.

REPORT continued from Page 3 Jim walked us through each of these options explaining his thoughts on why they were good or bad. As one of the architects of our current governance structure Jim sees much of value in maintaining some form of the status quo (he sometimes talks about an ‘enhanced’ status quo). Jim also expressed his fears of a Vancouver take over. As the presentation went on Jim focused on how being absorbed into Vancouver would lead to drops in the quality of life, declines in services, and ultimately the devaluation of property values. Unfortunately no evidence was provided to substantiate any of these opinions. The truth is that Vancouver does not want the UNA. The only politician who has in any way advanced this idea is failed conservative NPA mayoralty candidate Suzanne Anton who is on public record advocating the inclusion of the UNA and UEL within Vancouver. Jim also suggested that if we achieved a real local government, residents like “a visiting professor from Arkansas” would be deprived a vote in the UNA and we would end up with a two-tiered community. “I want to be able to walk past my neighbour knowing they have the same rights that I do,” Jim said. If we go down the route of real democracy “we’ll have absentee landlords from Toronto voting in our elections.” Jim is correct that many of the residents

in Vancouver and in our community are not Canadian citizens, which is typically the basic criteria to be able to vote in local, provincial, or national elections. This is the standard that most democracies uphold. However, there is nothing that says our own local governance system couldn’t be created in such a way that all residents who have made a commitment to made this their home, all permanent residents, could be able to vote. Raising the manner in this way risks creating a wedge between people where actually none exists. There are good reasons to make sure that people who participate in a democracy have a real stake in the outcome, not a short term real estate investment or a brief holiday stay, but a long term commitment to make this country their home. One of the ways that people do that is to begin the journey of becoming a permanent resident and ultimately a Canadian citizen. While we may have abstract augments and critiques of the problems with citizenship, for the moment becoming a citizen is a critical act of commitment to belonging and an acceptance of the obligations and responsibilities of a real democracy. I am sure that working together we will be able to find a viable solution to local governance that is inclusive and democratic! twitter @charlesmenzies


COMMUNITY POLICING University Block Watch By Dev Fletcher, Victim Services Coordinator What Is Block Watch? The Block Watch Program is a free community-based crime prevention program administered by the RCMP. Block Watch aims to help residents organize their neighbourhoods to prevent crime in the community. It does this by allowing residents to create a formal communication channel amongst themselves. Residents make the commitment to not only watch out for their neighbours property , but they also make the commitment to report suspicious activities to the police and to each other. By communicating, residents are warned to take precautions and are educated and informed about crime trends that are occurring in the area. To simplify the communication channel, Block Watch requires that a block map of names, telephone numbers and addresses be drawn up and distributed to residents and the Block Watch office. Who Can Join? The Block Watch Program is not limited to residents of single-family dwellings. Residents living in townhouses or condominium complexes can form effective and successful Block Watches! To organize a Block Watch either in a single-family neighbourhood, or in a complex, someone must volunteer to become the Block Watch Captain of the area and enlist the help of Co-Captains. For example, for residents living in complexes, a sufficient number of Captains and Co-Captains

should be identified to provide thorough coverage of the complex. All Captains and Co-Captains must be security cleared by the RCMP. This process merely involves the completion of a Security Clearance Application Form that can be obtained from your Block Watch office. What Does Block Watch Provide? • General home security tips • Block Watch window stickers • Discount on house insurance • Weekly Newsletters to keep you wellinformed of current crime trends, home security, Block Watch events and much, much more! • In most areas, a general reduction in crime • A greater sense of safety among residents If you have any questions or are interested in joining Block Watch, please feel free to contact Dev Fletcher at 604.224.6254 or

Dev Fletcher

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UNA Community News ATTENTION ALL U-TOWN RESIDENTS in Chancellor Place, East Campus, Hampton Place, Hawthorn Place and Wesbrook Place:

THE UNA WANTS TO LISTEN TO YOU! • What are your thoughts on development, housing density, and our public spaces?

• What works, what needs improvement, what more can we do?



Attend the UNA “Listen In” on Tuesday, October 30, 2012


The Tapestry in Wesbrook Village


7:00 to 9:00 PM

UNA Board members and staff will be there to listen. Your comments will guide them in their work in the next two years.

居民意见公开听证会 为增强UNA居民在有关UNA社区发展事宜上的参与,新组成的 UNA理事会于10 月9 日一致通过并决定,在未来一年内举行一系 列的公开的居民意见听证会,使得在有关社区发展及开发的决定 上有效地听取居民的意见和建议。 UNA新理事会诚恳地希望听到您- 我们社区主人的声音!首个居 民意见听证会将于10月30日 晚7点到9点在Tapestry 举行 (老年公寓,Wesbrook Place)。会议议题包括社区发展规划, 人口密度及相关公共事宜。 UNA理事会成员及工作人员将于会听取您的意见,每个参与者都 将有机会表达您的想法 (在会上,您可选择使用中文发言)。 期待您的参与!

UNA 주민 의견 청취 공청회 개발과 주택 조밀도, 그리고 공공 공간에 대한 여러분의 생각은 무엇입니까? 어떤 것이 잘되고 있으며 또 어떤 것은 개선해야 합 니까? 또한 저희가 더 할 수 있는 것은 무엇입니까? 주민 의견 청 취 공청회에서여러분은 의견을 발표할 수 있고, 또한 청취할 수 있는 기회를 갖습니다. 2012년 10월30일 화요일 오후 7-9시에 웨스트부룩 빌리지에 위 치한 태피스트리(Tapestry)에서 주민 의견 청취 공청회를 개최 합니다. 꼭 참석하여 주십시오. UNA 이사회 이사들과 직원들이 여러분의 의견을 청취하기 위해 참석하십니다. 앞으로 2년간 신임 이사들이 일 잘할 수 있도록 여 러분의 의견을 말씀해 주십시오.

Sustainability Corner Community Engagement Opportunities - Part 2 Last month’s column introduced you to two major upcoming opportunities to get involved and influence sustainability in your neighbourhoods: the UNA Community Zero Waste Challenge and the development of the Community Energy and Emissions Plan. This month, I thought I would provide a follow up to the kick-offs of both of these events, and to make you aware of the great opportunities to participate in these two UNA sustainability initiatives. Community Zero Waste Challenge We kicked off the UNA Community Zero Waste Challenge with a successful public event on October 2. Representatives from Metro Vancouver and the UNA Board attended along with a number of our residents. We were treated to an inspiring movie, The Clean Bin Project, about two Vancouverites (Jen and Grant) quest to go an entire year without generating any garbage, and purchasing only basic consumables (with no packaging). Afterword we had a lively discussion with the producers about their extraordinary experience. By the end of the evening, eight UNA families had signed up for the challenge, making the evening a great success. Residents who wish to commit to increase their recycling at home can sign up to participate in a four month program, where they actively track home waste and recycling. The UNA Zero Waste Challenge will be the first to involve multi-family homes. To find out how you can get your home involved, please contact me directly. Community Energy & Emissions Plan As covered last month, our Community Energy and Emission Plan (CEEP) is intended to provide a roadmap for development of a low energy, low green house gas emission residential community on the UBC campus. We launched the CEEP at a kick-off event on October 4, with an evening of short but interesting and inspiring talks. These will be followed by idea and option generating ‘world cafes’ in October and

November, home ‘kitchen table kits’ and online forums. If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to get involved and make a difference, now is your chance. The Community Zero Waste Challenge is an opportunity not only to get involved at home, but a chance to demonstrate what is possible to your neighbours in your community and to families living in multi-family homes across the lower mainland. You can also help shape the vision of an Energy and Emissions Plan that will significantly influence the sustainable future of our neighbourhoods. I hope to see you soon at our kick-off events. If you’d like to more about these initiatives or have sustainability related questions or comments please feel free to contact me at 604.822.3263 or

Ralph Wells, UNA Sustainability Manager

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Voice Of Campus Youth Fall Fetches Changes to UBC Community By Charli Jin, Grade 11 U-Hill Secondary student New school year, new people… this fall has definitely brought some changes to us and our community. We can’t help but notice how different this year has been compared to those in the past. Some changes are subtle and go almost unnoticed. Others are more obvious and have a greater effect on us. For me, a student, the most obvious change has been moving up a grade and realizing that the grads of 2012 are gone and that a new set of Grade 8’s has entered the school. We realize that we are closer to graduation than we thought, and nostalgically look upon the Grade

Charli Jin

8’s with disbelief at how we were once so young. The Grade 12’s of 2012 who were like our older brothers and sisters are now off on their miraculous adventures, and a new set of seniors has dominated the school. Being in a higher grade also increases the wave of work we have to do, with more homework given, more tests to prepare for, and more demand from our extracurricular activities. For many of us, our priorities change from those of leisure to those of work as we begin to realize that our once far-away graduations are not so far away. Another change at UBC this fall is the number of stores and food shops. Wesbrook Village has been developing rapidly over the past few years and this summer opened up new food venues such as Menchie’s, which has proven very popular with not only the youth at UBC but the adults as well. The new venues not only provide more places for youth to enjoy time with their friends but also offer a greater variety of food options in the community. Being the busy people that we are, one thing that many of us may not have noticed is the amount of new people living at UBC. In this last year, many new immigrants have come to UBC to live in its beautiful and peaceful environment. This is not surprising seeing as UBC is an academic community with ambition, drive, and talent.

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Although not evident throughout the campus, the increase of newcomers has been noticeable in the local high school, University Secondary School. Many international students have enrolled this year. As the school was originally built for about 300 students, University Hill Secondary has become incredibly crowded and over-stuffed with students. We are looking forward to moving into the new school (being built next to Save On Foods). When we move into the new school, not only will we have more room to

breathe, but we will also be in a brand new building with new facilities and new equipment. Perhaps then, the academically excellent University Hill Secondary will have a building to match the level of its performance. Overall, the changes to UBC this year are not much different than the changes that take place every year all around Canada. However, as these changes are happening in our community, they are affecting all of the students, parents, and elders and will hopefully improve the UBC neighborhoods.

2013 – 2014 BUDGET CONSULTATION The UNA is developing its Operating Budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014 • How are your tax dollars spent? • What are your priorities to be considered in the next year budget?


Attend the UNA Budget Consultation on Thursday October 25, 2012.


The Old Barn Community Centre


7:00 to 9:00 PM

Have a direct conversation with the UNA Board, who will make decisions on your behalf. Comments and feedback are also accepted by email at until October 31, 2012.

2013-2014运营预算公众咨询会 UNA正在制定2013-2014财务年度的运营预算。 你的税款如何使用? 你的需求是否在下一年度的预算中反映? 参加UNA 10月25日7点在The Old Barn社区中心举行的预算公众 咨询会,和董事会成员面对面讨论。他们将代表居民决定预算。 如果您不能参会,请将建议和意见于2012年10月31日前发送至邮 箱

2013 - 2014 예산 상담 UNA위원회 이사회에서 2013- 2014 회계년도의 4백만 달러 이 상의 예산에 대해 논의합니다. 그리고 새로운 지역 사회 센터의 건설, UNA 의 UBC 시설물에 대 한 접근성, 공공 도서관 사용 및 귀하의 삶의 질에 관련된 기타 문제에 관한 UNA 커뮤니티를 갖추고 있습니다. 어떻게 귀하의 세금를 지출 할까요? 다음 해 예산에 포함 할 우선 순위는 무엇일까요? 올드 반 커뮤니티 센터 에서 10 월 25 일 저녁7시, 사용자를 대 신하여 결정을 내릴 UNA위원회의 이사회원들과 직접 대화를 나 누십시요.

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Seat on Council Serves to Give Residents Transportation Voice Maria Harris is welcomed to her first Council of Mayors meeting as voting member; says UBC and UEL residents are now represented on TransLink council Campus residents—along with residents of the University Endowment Lands and UBC student residents—now have a political voice on the TransLink Mayors’ Council. Maria Harris, who is the representative for Metro Vancouver Electoral Area “A”, attended her first meeting September 19th as an official member of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation. This means that, for the first time, the rapidly-growing community at UBC and in the adjacent University Endowment Lands is formally represented in TransLink issues. The Mayor’s Council was created in 2008 with the change in governance at TransLink, but the unincorporated Electoral Area “A” was not included in its structure, although Ms Harris did attend meetings as an observer and went to many TransLink public events. At the request of the Mayors’ Council, the provincial government introduced Bill 51, which took effect in September, and, among other things, gave the Electoral Area “A” representative a seat on the Council. On being officially welcomed to the Mayors’ Council by Chair Richard Wal-

ton, mayor of the District of North Vancouver, Ms. Harris said, “I very much look forward to the opportunity to work with everyone here as we seek to make decisions in the best interests of the region.” A former economist at BC Hydro with degrees from UBC and abroad, Ms. Harris has lived in the University Endowment Lands (UEL) since 1999. She has taken part in numerous processes related to land-use and community planning, including serving on Metro Vancouver committees, consultation on the Coquitlam watershed and developing the UEL’s Official Community Plan. Elected to the Metro Vancouver board as Electoral Area A representative in 2008, she also provides monthly reports to the University Neighbourhoods Association and the Community Advisory Council in the UEL about events in the region. Commenting on the legislation that has brought the University area—and other parts of Electoral Area A—a seat on the mayors’ council, Ms. Harris said, “It took two years to be enacted, and it took the support and diligent efforts of many people. “On behalf of Electoral Area A, I would like to thank the mayors’ council for their support and, in particular, I would like to thank Chair Walton, former Chair (Peter) Fassbender, and Minister (Blair) Lekstrom. “Together, we have taken an important step to ensure that people living in all parts Metro Vancouver are now represented on this council.”

Maria Harris, Electoral Area A representative, returns home from meeting of Council of Mayors on Regional Transportation in Burnaby. Ms. Harris lives in the UEL.

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Biodiversity in your backyard Spiders: Scary or Beautiful? By Wayne Maddison, scientific director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and professor in zoology and botany at UBC As Halloween approaches, those of us who study spiders enjoy the increasing attention, albeit frightful, paid to our favourite organisms. I wonder if chiropterologists and broom manufacturers also delight in the season. Big, black, gangly images of spiders start appearing everywhere. I’ve noticed, over the last few years, that the images are getting better, more anatomically correct. When you look at a nasty black cardboard spider, check to see if the legs are in the correct place: they should come out of the front part of the body, not from the big round back part. If the legs are in the right place, pause a moment to thank the manufacturers for the respect they show to nature. And try not to shiver too much. Unlike Halloween revelers, my appreciation of spiders doesn’t derive from horror-induced adrenalin. Some are delicate and beautiful -- truly! On the wilder grassy slopes on campus, particularly along 16th Ave and Marine Drive,

is the surprising Habronattus ophrys, a half centimeter jumping spider discovered by scientists only 25 years ago. The male has delicate green front legs and giant tufts of hairs like eyebrows standing above the four (four!) big eyes on the front of a purplish face. Maybe not your favourite colour scheme, but when he dances to the female, he gives John Travolta a run for his money. Their close relative Habronattus americanus, on local beaches, is even more colourful, with legs and feelers plumed in bright red and an iridescent face. He looks like a cheerleader with pom-poms. Mascot, anyone? With their excellent eyesight, female jumping spiders are discriminating critics of the males dancing. Jumping spiders use their acute vision to hunt like cats, spotting small insects then creeping and pouncing. Don’t worry, they don’t pounce on people, and most are too small to bite us. In 40 years of studying jumping spiders, I’ve been bitten twice, and both times I deserved it for unwarranted provocation. No ill effects. Two species of jumping spiders are commonly seen in houses in Vancouver, the smaller banded Zebra spider (Salticus scenicus) and the larger dark Platycryptus. Zebra spiders were probably introduced from Europe centuries

ago, and are distinctive for the oblique bands of white and black on the abdomen. Platycryptus is flat and long, black and brownish grey. I see them wandering inside houses, seemingly lost. They are native to the area, in nature living on tree trunks or rocks. Recently, a third species has started to appear, a Sitticus recently introduced from Europe. Yet another invasive species.

Try not to shiver. With its good eyesight, a jumping spider might look up at you as you go by. Pause to look back, two creatures curious about each other. In the Collections: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is featuring an exhibit of watercolour paintings of birds called “Wider Symmetries” by Lex Alfred Hedley on through to November 12, 2012.

Habronattus ophrys

UNA Staff Start Implementation of New Noise Bylaw Bylaw was approved by UBC board in recent meeting in Kelowna; enforcement, however, is not expected to start for three to six months

UNA staff has started work on implementing a noise bylaw following approval of the bylaw by the UBC board of governors meeting recently in Kelowna. However, residents should expect to wait three to six months before seeing the noise bylaw enforced. Addressing the UNA October board meeting, executive-director Jan Fialkowski explained that staff needs months to

prepare materials explaining how the new bylaw works. “A communications program is needed so that residents know what they are in for.” Appropriate materials in at least two languages (English and Chinese) will include “a layman’s guide to the bylaw.” The UNA executive director said she based her estimate of three to six months before seeing noise bylaw enforcement on

recent experience preparing parking regulations. Next up after noise bylaw approval comes animal control bylaw approval, Ms. Fialkowski said. “This is high priority and we will start work on it in the next two weeks.” Initial work will fall to the bylaw development committee, which will be called together.

Christian Group Gives Series of Six Free Parenting Classes Classes are held at St. Anselm’s; sessions are two hours in length Mother’s Union, an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide, is offering a six-week series of free parenting classes called ‘Parents Supporting Parents’ on Wednesday mornings starting Oct. 10 at St. Anselm’s Church, 5210 University Avenue. Sessions are two hours in length. A light lunch will be served. For more information & registration, please visit stanselm’ or contact Grace Mee

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Why I love Car2Go! By Thomas Beyer You may have noticed a lot of those blue and white Smart-cars on Vancouver’s streets. You see them a lot because they are used a lot. I am one of those users. What is Car2Go, how does it work, what are the benefits, and what are some drawbacks? Car2Go is a car sharing program. It is designed for short-term rentals, usually 30 minutes or less, within a city. While longer rentals, say to Whistler for a weekend or to Surrey for an afternoon round of golf, are allowed there are plenty of other firms in that space already, some of which operate on campus namely Modo and Zipcar, or can be rented at other commercial outfits like Hertz, Avis, Budget, National, etc. The main benefit is its one-way rental. You pick the car up near you, and drop it wherever you have to go, as long as it is in Vancouver. You can park at ANY designated spot. What is a designated spot? It is any residential parking area like in Kitsilano or Point Grey where resident permit parking disallows long term parking by anyone except vehicles with a permit. Each Car2Go has its own residential permit for Vancouver. You can also park in designated downtown parkades (there are about 20) or between signs designating it as Car2Go only. Three of those designated parking zones exist today on the UBC campus, namely near the North-Campus bus loop, Regent College and near Save-on-Foods in South Campus. A wider freer parking scheme in all UNA neighbourhoods or UBC parkades would be nice. To rent a car you need access to the internet, ideally from a smart phone or a web browser enabled phone. You check the status of available cars near you, online. You then walk to the next one, or reserve one for 15 minutes. You hold your Car2Go card against the windshield, and presto, after a few seconds of authentication the doors unlock. The key is inside, you type in your password and off you go. You drop it anywhere within Vancouver in a designated parking space, and the price includes: gasoline, insurance, car maintenance and: free parking. The fee for all this: roughly 38 cents a minute or $14/h – more expensive

Thomas Beyer with a Car2Go

than a bus but far less than a cab ride or having your own vehicle. A trip to downtown from UBC is about $9, twice as much as taking the bus for two people, but at least twice as fast and triple the convenience (especially in the rain or when the bus runs only in-frequently, and when counting wait times)! The main benefit for me is the oneway rental, say after a walk down to Jericho beach or to Granville Island from UBC. The second main benefit for my occasional downtown meetings: no parking costs which tend to be outrageous in Vancouver and make a twohour downtown lunch meetings twice as expensive. The only minor drawback is that each car holds only two people and that on the odd occasion a car has not been available within walking distance. Car2Go was recently launched in Calgary, where we used to live. It is a wild success with a few hundred cars already in operation. It also exists in Toronto and a number of US and European cities, and so you can access a vehicle when on vacation or on business. One reason allowing us to downsize from two cars to one after moving here from Alberta three years ago is the convenience and low cost of having access to a second car once in a while. For many others it will even make one car obsolete. The future of cars is here today: shared resources, used by more than one or two people, as a car consumes not only real precious resources and real capital while it sits there 23 hours a day, but also vast amounts of expensive real estate to park it on the street or underground. Isn’t more green space, a playground or more housing more desirable than ugly on-street car parking, especially in dense cities? This is an excellent (almost) sustainable transportation mode with low cost, a low environmental footprint and convenience. Give it a (car 2) go! Thomas Beyer is a UBC campus resident and also a director of the University Neighbourhoods Association. Any opinion expressed in this article should not be construed as the opinion of the UNA or endorsement of any firm or any transportation mode. The author has not received any endorsement for this article.

Campus Resident October 2012  

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