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Volume 4, Issue 12
DECEMBER 16, 2013
Community Comes Together during Holiday Season
The UNA’s Christmas Concert, held at The Old Barn Community Centre on December 9, showcased an outdoor tree lighting (above, left), and indoor community performances, including The UBC School of Music Pacific Spirit Brass band (above, right), The Old Barn’s Dance Fusion group, as well as carolling and other performances. Photo credits Tony Yuan.
UBC Athletics Asks for New Liquor License at Thunderbird Rink Liquor would be served at concerts and DJ events (some call ‘raves’); currently liquor is served only at sports events UBC Athletics wants the right to sell liquor at concerts and DJ events (some call
‘raves’) in the Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre across Westbrook Mall from the East Campus residential neighbourhood. Athletics has applied to the B.C. liquor control and licensing branch for a change to its current ‘primary’ license, which allows it to sell liquor in the winter sports centre only at sporting events. The UBC department had originally asked for a license to sell liquor at con-
certs and DJ events in 2009, but the liquor branch decided to limit liquor service to sporting events at that time The liquor branch also determined that if ever UBC Athletics reapplied for a license to sell liquor at concerts and DJ events, fresh public input would be required, and this process has got underway. The branch has asked Metro Vancou-
UEL Looks for Fourth New Manager in Just Seven Years Marie Engelbert was appointed in November, 2011; reasons for leaving are said to be “personal” The provincial government has begun to look for its fourth new manager of the University Endowment Lands in just seven years after Marie Engelbert left in November. Ms. Engelbert began as UEL manager in November, 2011, taking over from Margaret Eckenfelder, who began in May, 2009. Before Ms. Eckenfelder came Greg Yeomans who began in November, 2007. In turn, Mr. Yeomans took over from Bruce Stenning who served as UEL manager for over 21 years until retiring in the spring of 2007. The abrupt departure of Ms. Engelbert
from her $105,000 a year position has residents wondering about reasons for it, and reasons also for the rapid turnover of UEL managers in their community in general. The ministry of community, sport and cultural development bears responsibility for management of the UEL, and to carry out its administration, the minister (currently Coralee Oakes) appoints a UEL manager. The Community Advisory Council (CAC), which both represents 4,150 UEL residents and advises the government on community issues, held its regular monthly meeting December 9th, and at the meeting in community space at the University Marketplace, CAC chair Ron Pears said had spoken to Ms. Engelbert since her departure. “She lives in Eaglecrest (in West Vancouver), has a three-year-old daughter and her husband works downtown in the
ver to provide a resolution of its board and gather public input with Metro likely to canvass opinions widely, including those of the University Neighbourhoods Association, the Community Advisory Council (on the University Endowments Lands) and the RCMP.
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financial industry.” Mr. Pears said. “She has a family life and she said she left for personal reasons.” The absence of Ms. Engelbert from the CAC meeting put the council in an obvious bind for the manager normally attended to receive advice from council members and also to advise on administrative issues. Mr. Pears said he had contacted the office about the possibility of someone substituting for Ms. Engelbert at the meeting, but “was told there was no one there to attend to us.” Mr. Pears said the CAC was placed in a further bind by the absence of a qualified administrative person from the UEL office to take minutes of the meeting. Normally, such a member of the UEL office accompanied Ms. Engelbert to CAC meetings.
Development of a 22-acre swath of forested land locally has progressed—or is about to progress—to formal review by the University Endowment Lands administration from detailed planning by the Musqueam Indian band.
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Musqueam band is ready - or almost ready - to formally ask for permission to build; concerns of residents are again expressed
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‘New UEL’ Looks Good to Residents Ron Pears is chair of community council; council of seven is behind plans to phase out ‘old UEL’ By John Tompkins, Editor, Campus Resident I spent an hour with Ron Pears recently at the community space belonging to residents of the University Endowment Lands in the University Marketplace. I invited Ron to talk about what the Community Advisory Council (CAC)—of which he is chair—has been trying to achieve the past few years, and I believe he was happy to oblige. A retired architect, Ron had this to say: “The initiatives we have undertaken have been done by the entire CAC, all seven of us, with the support of the whole community. “The story we have to tell is of a community that knows the ‘old UEL’ is largely gone, and that the changes of the past ten years or so mean we need to look at how we can best manage our affairs, both now and into the future. “Certainly we need a stronger and more active advisory council, and we have had lots of feedback that people are really happy with a more active Council. “But it is also maybe more than that. It could well be the days of subcontracting our administration to a distant authority (the provincial government in Victoria) are numbered, and that we should grow up and manage our own affairs.” I asked Ron to list some areas in which he felt the ‘new UEL’ varied from the old,
BLOCK F continued from Page 1 Speaking to The Campus Resident at the end of November, Stephen Lee, acting CEO, Musqueam Capital Corporation, said the band had already submitted a draft of the rezoning application. However, the draft needed minor revisions, and Mr. Lee set mid-December as the date by which the band expected to be fully “compliant” with UEL guidelines for submitting rezoning applications. At the same time, Trisha Kaplan, UEL planning project manager, said, “Once a full application has been received, in line with the UEL’s bylaw requirements, the application will be accepted for processing and a full technical review of the application will begin.” Ms. Kaplan added, “At that point, the applicant’s submission will be posted on the UEL website for public information. The Musqueam band received the land, called Block F, from the provincial government five years ago, and began promptly to plan its development over
MANAGER continued from Page 1 This raised the issue of government responsibility to residents. A director said that under the terms of the Official Community Plan, the government “has a responsibility to assist the CAC” in developing the community. CAC members agreed they would con-
and I noted he promptly said, “Communications and events.” I consider this to be absolutely the case. As recently as the mid-2000’s (before the CAC existed), an inside-group called the UEL Ratepayers Association conducted business on behalf of residents save that to belong to the ratepayers group you needed to own a home on the UEL—renters were not allowed in. Even as recently as 2011, when the new group took over, the CAC held its monthly business meetings wholly in private—no media allowed and no residents allowed. If you wanted to know what was going on, you checked minutes of the meetings on line sometimes posted months later. This elitism has vanished from the UEL in the last two years, and fortunately, democratic reform has come instead of it—reform well illustrated by the series of town-hall meetings the CAC has organized the past 18 months. Ron Pears, community activist as well as retired architect, speaks here of the four town-hall meetings he and fellowCAC members have organized in their community space in the University Marketplace. He says, “I am happy to see so many people coming out to the meetings. It’s not just the same people all the time. I see people I have not met before. They are coming from all (four) areas of the community…it not ‘lumpy’ (from just a few areas).” The CAC chair puts it down to “two years of the council drumming up support.” Elected in the CAC election in November, 2011 (held at the same time as the last round of municipal elections in British Columbia), Ron Pears—along with fellow elected councilors—started in May 2012 with a ‘Vision workshop’.
Ron Pears pointing to the UEL portion of the Point Grey peninsula A trained facilitator who practiced the art of fetching various groups of people together in cultural events around the world for 30 years before retirement, Ron Pears worked with fellow CAC members to organize an initiative that has UEL residents part way along the road of possible incorporation. As the conversation winds down, the UEL spokesperson sums up the changes taking place on the UEL. He says, “It’s different now to what it was in the early 1990s. A lot of those who opposed change are gone. We had a stable population of 2,200. Now, it is 4,150 and growing. The people had no voice then. If people did speak up, they were told by the government (which runs the UEL) to shut up. The feeling here now is that a municipal-
ity is needed. We need more local management. We need more control.” With this in mind, the CAC has approached the provincial government to support and fund a UEL incorporation study. Ron says the formal CAC request for a study was sent to Victoria recently with appropriate letters indicating the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver and UBC would not object if the government undertook such a study. He said Vancouver and Metro Vancouver provided “letters of non-objection” as requested. UBC provided a letter indicating it was not involved in the issue. “It’s either thumbs up, or thumbs down. I’d say there’s a pretty good chance the government will say yes to the study.”
ten years into a model residential community of up to 4,000 residents. This development, if approved by the UEL (managed by the provincial government), will double the population of the UEL. The Musqueam submission to the UEL seeks to reach two objectives: firstly, the band wants the land—which came to the Musqueam zoned—to be rezoned both for higher density and for commercial developments such as a 120-room hotel; and secondly, it wants a set of development permits for its various multi-family buildings, including both low-rise and high-rise condominiums. The Musqueam people have a long and storied tradition in the area now known as Metro Vancouver dating back between 3,500 and 4,000 years. They obtained the patch of Block F land under the terms of a ‘reconciliation agreement’ with the provincial government in 2008, and with Colliers International serving as its main agent, the band began planning development of Block F
last year. It held three Open Houses on the Block F development over the course of nine months. The Musqueam reserve lies three miles to the south of Block F, and the band sees the profitable development of Block F as a key to economic self-sufficiency on the reserve. Writing in the UEL Connections newsletter, Ron Pears, chair of UEL Community Advisory Council (CAC) listed “some of the concerns raised” by UEL residents during the public consultation period. “It does not appear that many of the issues raised in this input were taken seriously,” Mr. Pears writes. Mr. Pears listed the following six areas of concern in particular: • Increase in allowable density: the application amounts to a 20% increase in the currently allowed density, without any offer of offsetting benefit to the community as is common; • Density calculation based on total site area, not net area: most developments
calculate allowable buildable space on the net area of the site after taking off the space needed for roads. In this case the applicant appears to want to use the total area, which would result in a further 10% -15% increase in density; • Inclusion of two uses not permitted under current zoning: specifically, a hotel and commercial space; • A change in maximum building height: from four storeys, as allowable under current zoning, to 22 storeys; Huge buildings: some lower rise buildings appear to be quite massive; • No proposal for development cost charges: all municipalities, and our neighbours at UBC, impose development cost charges for community facilities and, in some cases, overall infrastructure costs; The Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (currently Coralee Oakes) will make the final decision on whether Block F should, as proposed by the Musqueam band, be rezoned.
tact a senior government officer in Victoria to confirm the relationship. They hoped the government would be able to resolve the issue before the next CAC meeting in January if only because consultation was required on the annual budget either by then or soon after. The issue of relations between the government and UEL residents comes at a
pivotal time in the history of the UEL, long a beacon of community stability on the Point Grey peninsula. Three major issues face the community, all of them requiring the unprecedented attention of both government and residents: • the CAC has embarked on a plan to incorporate after 80 years of the UEL be-
ing what some have called “a colony of the provincial government in Victoria”; • the Musqueam Indian band has embarked on a land development plan that would potentially double the UEL population to over 8,000 residents over 10 years (see story also on Page 1); and • the community has decided its official community plan needs to be revised.
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Taylor Tasks UNA Board to Review Governance This article is written by Hampton Place resident Jim Taylor, the founding UNA Board Chair, in response to a Letter to the Editor by UNA director Thomas Beyer in November In my opinion, the UNA does a disservice to Residents in any discussion of a new governance structure without first examining and making a decision on what it is we can and cannot do. Any such decision involves choices and judgments, of course, about which reasonable people may disagree. As well, at some point it will involve testing UBC’s willingness to do certain things that would have to be done for us to change our present governance arrangement. Thomas Beyer, in his letter to The Campus Resident in November, suggests adding the UEL as a third party to the mix. This is, with respect, simply grandstanding unless Mr. Beyer has an assurance that the UEL would be willing to accept the non-taxation of UBC and franchise risks, to say nothing of substantially higher property taxes and an unavoidable loss of development controls. I think it is a real disservice to Residents to suggest that there is some way to do this without telling us how.
As Mr. Beyer knows, I wrote a paper on governance options. In my opinion, without some fundamental change in the way that municipalities, UBC and leaseholds are legally structured there is no possible and safe way to change our present governance structure. In my opinion, it does no credit to the UNA, or any of its Directors, to make bold statements about things that are not possible. I do not understand why the UNA does not conduct a study, lay out the options, talk to Residents, make a reasoned judgment about the issues, decide what issues the UNA thinks can be overcome and what can’t and then advise Residents about the UNA’s position. If the UNA’s position is that some sort of different governance arrangement should and could be achieved, and we would be able to address the unavoidable problems that it raises, then that should be said. And a road map should be set out. If the decision is that it should not or cannot be done then Residents should be told that. Given how well our present governance arrangement works, I am sure we would all be delighted if the UNA board formally concluded this and said that that is our preferred option going forward. In my opinion the Province would never try to IMPOSE on us any different governance model than what we have except for one -- amalgamating us with Vancouver. In my opinion, we would be substantial losers in an amalgamation for
at least the following reasons: a. The quality of our public realm would diminish. b. We would most likely lose our local police presence. c. Our “franchise” would change denying a vote to over half of our Residents. d. Given that Vancouver has two tax supported community centres for the (I estimate) 75,000-plus folks of West Point Grey, Kitsilano and Dunbar, in my opinion, Vancouver would not, and politically could not, have two centres here for what will be at build-out only about 25,000 folks. e. In my opinion, The Barn and its programmes has been the single most important reason for the “community engagement” we do have. I think the new centre in Wesbrook will contribute in the same way. f. Based on what Vancouver is doing all across the city, we would have to give over control of what we were left with of our community centres to the Vancouver Parks Board. We would lose much of the volunteer participation we have which, in my opinion, is the principal thing that makes The Barn so special to our community. g. Etc, etc, etc. And, in my opinion, as a result of all of this, our property values would inevitably diminish, and we would be a less happy place. There are some powerful folks who,
for various reasons, would like to see us amalgamated -- Vancouver itself, Metro Vancouver (which, when asked by the UEL to support a governance study of the UEL, insisted on us being included in the study). Metro had a governance study in 2000 (I was on the study group) and the Metro staff and reps on the study pushed to an unseemly extent for amalgamation. Some people who still have a lot of influence in Metro, such as Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan, publicly object to the unique governance model we have developed (and that works so well) and, in my opinion, some within UBC itself see amalgamation as an option. All these people need to push the Province toward amalgamation is evidence that we are unhappy with the model we have. And every time someone here, particularly someone on the UNA Board, calls for a new form of governance it is carefully noted by some. And to call—as Mr. Beyer does—for one big city of all of us West of Blanca is, with respect, completely divorced from reality unless he wants to end up with amalgamation and raises the issue to show discontent. If the Board concludes that there is a possible route to a different model and that the Residents want to work to achieve it, then obviously we should take the risk to which I refer above. But if not, the Board should not irresponsibly encourage or promote such consideration.
Letter to the Editor Governance System Serves Residents Well
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I am writing to respond to Thomas Beyer’s Letter to the Editor in The Campus Resident in November. As a Resident Director of the Board, I wish to be clear that what I say here is my personal opinion. I feel my role, in part, is to develop positive relationships with all concerned parties and to ensure that our community continues to be a vibrant and accepting community. After the studies of the pros and cons of governance options that I have done, I believe that we should be working to enhance the status quo. I realize this is our best governance option. I think our present system works well. From a financial point of view, we pay the same tax as Vancouver but there is no doubt that we deliver ourselves a decidedly better level of municipal-like services. Our community centres are not governed by some distant board but by ourselves. We maintain our public areas in an excellent fashion. We are developing a real community here and we have accumulated a series of reserves in the Neighbours’ funds of about 11 million dollars. There is no guarantee of what will happen to these reserves under any changed governance option.
Our present governance option is unique. It encourages volunteers as a critical component of our community building. Our community is marked by a willingness of the residents to learn, grow, develop and accept people of different backgrounds. We have to continue this with all our new residents. Volunteer numbers have increased dramatically each year, a very encouraging sign. We have many programs organized to build a wonderful, caring and supportive community. It is important for us to work together to enhance our rights and interests through a realistic strategy of enhancing the status quo. Finally, I should mention some things about our present system that have a particular impact on our community. Under the UNA all residents, regardless of citizenship or property ownership, have equal rights. This is unique in Canada. Residents may join the UNA, vote in our elections and run for Resident Director. Also, unlike “regular municipalities”, it denies votes to absentee land owners. Because of the nature of our community, we have many newcomers: University faculty, staff, students and new Canadi-
ans. Many of these are not yet Canadian citizens, but are willing to contribute to our community with their passion and professional backgrounds. We have had at least three Resident Directors including one Chair, Mike Feeley, who have been in this category. I, myself, am on the road to citizenship but, as yet, have only Permanent Resident status. Only by maintaining the status quo, will we benefit from these special skills and knowledge that these newcomers bring to our community. Ying Zhou, Chancellor Place resident and UNA director
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Voice of Campus Youth Speak Mandarin at Home, but English inside School Show respect for others not able to speak your language Written by Daniel H. Lee, U-Hill grade 11 student Edited by Mark Hwang, U-Hill grade 11 student Our school is one of the friendliest schools in Vancouver. Due to our small but growing size, it is not uncommon for students to know most of the people in their grade. Despite our open and generous community, there is still an issue at hand: student exclusion. This exclusion is much more discreet than obvious, and it is performed through the use of foreign language inside the school. When students use language other than English, they are excluding everyone else from their conversation. One most obvi-
ous example is the use of Mandarin inside a classroom. Many students do not seem to realize the significance of using a foreign language in front of those who do not comprehend a word of it. Not only is it exclusive, but it is downright disrespectful. For instance, what if these people talking in foreign language are gossiping about the people around them? There is no way for people who don’t speak the language to find out for sure. Interestingly, people who demonstrate such disrespect on a daily basis have confessed that they too feel uncomfortable when others talk in a language they don’t understand. Other than disrespect, use of a foreign language has a strong exclusive nature. This is especially concerning in our school because the majority of students are Chinese. There is nothing wrong with enjoying communicating in your mother tongue when you are only with your
friends, right? Well the problem is that this causes many non-Chinese students to feel even more excluded. Perhaps this is why our school has such a heavy Chinese population with many others abandoning the school. Since U-Hill has accepted many more non-Chinese newcomers to our school this year, it is especially crucial that we prevent these students from feeling excluded. All things considered, the moment these students stepped into our school and took their first class, they already became U-Hillians; they are now part of us. Students who regularly use a foreign language should also consider the negative aspect of this practice in terms of their academic work. From a personal observation, international students seem to have the highest tendency to speak in a foreign language. While it is understandable they would reach out for people with whom they are comfortable in Canada,
use of a language other than English could nullify this purpose. Why would you come to an English-speaking city such as Vancouver if you do not wish to speak English to begin with? Many international students come to British Columbia, more specifically Vancouver, in order to learn or enhance their English, and so it is only reasonable that they speak English when here. If you are in Rome, do as the Roman do. In fact, U-Hill, has a bright future in terms of this issue. Especially this year, we have received more non-Chinese students to increase the diversity in our school. Perhaps this is our chance to make up for the past mistakes and allow our new students to feel more welcome than earlier students have felt. (First published in The Hawk’s Eye student newspaper at U-Hill Secondary, reprinted here with permission)
请在家讲中文， 在学校讲英文 本校拥有全温哥华最和睦的学习环 境。就读学生人数不多，所以学生认 识大部份同级的同学也不足为奇。学 校的环境虽有善，可是还是有存在学 生被排挤的问题。这一种非一般的排 挤是由学生不在校内使用英语沟通所 形成的。 每当学生用外语沟通，他们会把 其他学生排除在外。学生在课室使用 国语是其中一个常见的例子。很多学 生不明白使用外语对其他学生带来的 影响。不明白外语的学生不只会有被 排挤的感觉，还会深深的感到不被尊 重。假如在说外语的学生是在说一这
有损不明白外语的学生的名誉的话， 这不是对他们很不公平吗? 不明白外 语的学生根本没有任何办法找出究 竟。有趣的是，平常做出如此不尊重 行为的学生碰到同样不公平情况的时 候也会有不安的感觉。 除此之外，排挤不明白外语的学 生是校内使用外语沟通的附带条件。 尤其当本校大部份都是中国的学生， 这是一个令人十分担忧的情况。朋友 之间用母语沟通，原则上是没有问题 的，可是其实这会让非中国人的学生 加陪感到被排挤。可能就是因为这个 原因，很多非中国人的学生选择离校
或转校。今学年，有更多非亚洲藉的 学生加入University Hill， 因此防 止排挤的情况发生变得更为重要。我 们有责任让这些新的学生在University Hill 感到被欢迎, 有责任帮助 他们融入 University Hill 这个大 家庭。 其实在校内长期使用外语沟通， 会对学生的学业跟发展带来负面的影 响。从个人的观察发现国际学生比其 他学生更有用外语沟通的倾向。身处 国外，国际学生会找一些自已比较容 易沟通的朋友是绝对能被理解的， 可 是这不就间接宣布这个安排好的学习
经验无效? 为了学好英语而特意来到 加拿大，可是就因没有好好把握机会 练习英语而浪费了。 本校相信University Hill Secondary School终会解决这个问题。 尤其是今年增多了非中国的学生来提 升校内的文化的多样性。我们需要好 好把握机会儞补过去的错还要热烈的 欢迎新的学生。本校的学生的行为应 要充份的代表University Hill和睦 与有善的学习环境。 Above article translated into Chinese by Kristie Lam, U-Hill Grade 12 student.
Appointments Afford UNA ‘Political Voice’ on UBC Wellness Council Chair Richard Alexander, resident-director Ying Zhou and The Old Barn Community Centre manager Stephanie Nesbitt are appointed to council Directors of the University Neighbourhoods Association will have ‘a political voice’ on the UBC Recreation and Wellness Council following a vote at their December 10th meeting. At the meeting, directors voted to appoint Richard Alexander, chair, Ying Zhou, resident director, and Stephanie Nesbitt, The Old Barn Community Centre manager, to represent the UNA on the UBC Recreation and Wellness Council. The directors determined that it was “important” to have a political voice on the council, whose mandate is to support and promote physical, educational, personal and social well-being for members of UBC and the UBC community through the development of sport and recreation policies which are complementary to the
mission, goals and strategic direction of the University. Resident-director Charles Menzies reported to the board meeting that the UNA was first invited to sit on the UBC Athletics Council as part of the Access Agreement between UBC and the UNA for UNA residents’ access to certain athletic facilities on campus. Mr. Menzies, chair of the governance standing committee, said then-chair Mike Feeley and Jan Fialkowski, UNA executive-director, attended the meetings with Mr. Feeley as the voting delegate. “As the business of the meetings was mainly operational, and rarely required members to vote, Mr. Feeley delegated his vote, should there be one, to the executive director and asked Ms Fialkowski to represent the UNA at meetings. “Subsequently, the community centre manager, who is more directly attuned to the recreational needs of the community, has been attending meetings of the UBC Athletics Council.” Ten voting members sit on the UBC Recreation and Wellness Council: • president of the Alma Mater Society; • president of the Graduate Student So-
ciety; • president of the Thunderbird Athletic Council; • two alumni, appointed in alternate years, by the department of athletics, in consultation with the alumni association; • two faculty / staff members, each appointed in alternate years by UBC vice president, students (Louise Cowin) • two students, each appointed in alternate years by the Alma Mater Society; • a University Neighbourhoods Association representative ; Serving over two-year terms and reporting to Ms. Cowin, the council will meet four times a year (September, November, January, and April), purposefully to provide input and advice to the managing director of athletics (Ashley Howard), on, among other things: • Promotion and support of athletic and recreation programs and activities to all constituent communities; • Review and development of general policies concerning athletics and recreation; • Facility use and budget for athletics and recreation; • Feedback and input on program re-
views; • To make representation or recommendations on department matters through the managing director to the Alma Mater Society, Graduate Student Society, University Neighbourhoods Association, the University Administration, the Alumni Association and/or the community at large. The following set of principles will guide the council in its works: • Sport, recreation, physical activity and wellness programming is an integral part of the educational experience and campus life of UBC. • Programs and services shall be offered in an inclusive, accessible, ethical and safe environment. In two other pieces of business at the December 10 meeting, UNA directors voted to (1) appoint Richard Alexander and Ralph Wells, UNA sustainability manager, to represent the UNA on the 20Year Sustainability Strategy for the UBC Vancouver Campus Steering Committee; and (2) appoint UNA staff to represent the UNA on the UBC Emergency Planning Steering Committee (EPSC).
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Connecting Seniors in Our Community The Seniors Program Working Group The existence of a senior population could be overlooked in a community like the UNA with only a ten-year history, located on a busy university campus. However, according to the UNA Community Profile Survey conducted in 2008, 16% of the UNA residents were between 55 and 64, and 16% of them were aged 65 and over. This is close to the 2011 provincial number of 15.7% of BC residents being 65 and over, and above the national average of 14.8% in 2011. Using the current UNA population, the estimated number of seniors living on campus is over 2000. This number has the potential to go up as the UNA community continues to grow. It is therefore important to evaluate the needs of seniors in the UNA and the need for an age friendly community. In 2012, the UNA completed a Program Needs Assessment, which recommended a further study on the needs of seniors in the community. In May 2013, the UNA’s Multicultural Committee (MCC) proposed a new project “Twinning New
Canadians with Seniors”, together with a proposal of conducting a Seniors Program Needs Assessment to the UNA Operations and Sustainability Committee. The UNA Board approved the proposal for the development of a Program Needs Assessment and Planning process in September 2013. The first step of this process was the establishment of a Seniors Program Working Group. The Working Group was created to provide additional community guidance to Community Centre staff about the suggested process and methods of conducting the assessment. An invitation, for residents 55+, to join the Working Group, was posted online and in some buildings in Hampton and Hawthorn Place and announced in the UNA e-newsletter. Personal invitations were also made to UNA residents who had expressed an interest in Senior’s programs to UNA staff. Six residents are currently volunteering on the Working Group, representing Hampton, Chancellor and Hawthorn Place. As well, there are two Community Centre staff and two members of the MCC participating in the group. Currently two Working Group meetings
have been held. The discussion at these meetings focused on how to reach seniors in the community and the strategies and incentives to obtain their feedback. A number of ideas were generated from the meetings including: 1) engaging not only seniors, but also caregivers, family members and people who work with seniors; 2) having a Senior lead communication with seniors; 3) using person-to-person contact and informal ways to get feedback; 4) creating a senior’s column in The Campus Resident; 5) providing dedicated space and social opportunities for seniors. The Working Group also discussed the sensitivity in putting an age on seniors, realizing that seniors are the most diverse group compared to other age cohorts, and their interests and needs are quite different. Recognizing these differences and providing a variety of programs is important. Another aspect discussed within the Working Group is the emerging senior population from other cultures. In Canada 2011, 7.2% of seniors identified themselves as a visible minority. The numbers in BC and Vancouver are 13% and 26% respectively. The Dunbar Community
Centre and the South Granville Senior Centre have seen an increasing number of Chinese-speaking and Spanish-speaking seniors in their programs. The UNA’s Community Profile Survey 2008 shows that 53% of all residents speak a language other than English. Grandparents of Asian origin are particularly involved in the programs and events held at The Old Barn Community Centre and in other neighbourhoods on campus. Some of the seniors only speak their native language. Engaging seniors from other cultures in the Program Needs Assessment will be a great learning opportunity for everyone. The Working Group is now planning to organize a social event especially for seniors, as the first step to connect seniors in the community. The event is being planned to take place in the Hampton Place neighbourhood in mid-February. All UNA senior residents are welcome to attend. If you are interested in joining the Seniors Program Working Group, or helping with the social event in Hampton Place, please contact Qiuning Wang at email@example.com at 604.822.3799. Current Working Group Alice Bradley - Hampton Place Jill MacGregor Bock - Hampton Place Ng Yun Sian - Chancellor Place Pat Wakefield - Hampton Place Margherita Repetto Alaia -Hampton Place Susan Eadie - Hawthorn Place Ying Zhou - Chancellor Place; Director of the UNA Board; MCC Vice Chair Jane Kang - Hampton Place; MCC Member Stephanie Nesbitt - The Old Barn Community Centre Manager Qiuning Wang - Community Engagement Coordinator
Helpful Seniors Spur Hopes of Newcomers Meetings of news reading groups are held regularly; newcomers and seniors are involved in bringing harmony to community by Jane Kang, Hampton Place Resident I appreciate living in the University community and having the opportunity to meet my neighbours. They are very kind and willing to help me with my English. I can improve quickly because they never laugh at my accent. Instead, they quietly correct my pronunciation. They are knowledgeable and elegant, and they influence not only my language but also my attitude toward life. I have learned to slow down my daily busy routine and enjoy everything around me. My neighbours often give me different ideas, and help me see the positive side of things. I am especially lucky because we have a seniors’ news reading group (organized by the multi-cultural committee) in our Hampton Place neighbourhood. It meets once a week. We talk about the news, broad topics from our community to international affairs, from language to economy. I am surprised that our neighbours are so knowledgeable and tactful. They live in Canada but they know about the world, including China. Not only do they read about China, they are interested in learning to play mahjong. Nothing beats
popular games as a way of learning about a culture. I hope they understand that in Chinese social life people talk while they are playing mahjong. I am happy to be a member of our community. There are so many newcomers seeking to become involved in the community. This is the reason for our reading group. They all speak English well. So I can learn from them. Living in a place is
not only living in a home with a garden or furniture; it is not only living near forests, banks and beautiful snow-covered mountains; but it is also living with people, your neighbours. If I can’t speak with people, if I can’t communicate with my neighbours, I will feel I am living in a prison, albeit a beautiful one. Our news reading group is conducted by kindly and helpful neighbours. They
are senior people—retired and enjoying life. They are willing to help me and also willing to help other people. I hope more senior neighbours and more newcomers will join to make our community more harmonious. Everyone is welcome. To find out about meeting details, please contact Jane Kang at Hollyfirstname.lastname@example.org
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Green Gets Greener with Major REAP Update REAP is the Residential Environmental Assessment Program at UBC; a major update is making UBC’s residential district even more sustainable, and it’s mandatory. By Scott Steedman As part of its many sustainability initiatives, UBC is setting higher and higher standards for green construction on campus. In its academic district, all buildings must now attain LEED® Gold certification or higher, and green building requirements have been built into the university’s technical guidelines. In its residential districts, UBC has taken this even further by developing the Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP), its own residential green building program. The first version—developed collaboratively by several departments at the University, including Architecture professor Dr. Ray Cole and his students, Campus & Community Planning, and Campus Sustainability—were released in 2006, and Version 2.1 has been in force since July 2009. Early next year it will be replaced by REAP 3.0, a major upgrade that includes a whole series of higher standards, notably around energy consumption. This is a crucial step towards sustainability, because buildings devour an enormous amount of energy. According to figures from LEED Canada, buildings account for 30% of energy use in Canada, and 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions. “REAP is unique because it’s UBC’s, and the tie-in to residential buildings is very important,” explains Penny Martyn, green building manager with Campus Sustainability. “It reflects UBC’s vision for the neighbourhood lands, a vibrant, sustainable residential community.” When UBC began to build condos and townhouses on campus, no green building rating systems, like LEED, existed for four-storey, multi-unit residential buildings. To fill the vacuum, the University developed REAP. REAP can be applied to both low- and high- rise buildings. It ensures lower consumption of water, energy and resources, better indoor environments, and con-
‘Sail’ in Wesbrook Place is first building certified REAP Platinum
struction practices with lower impacts on both the site and the larger community. All developers of residential buildings at UBC must apply REAP standards to their projects. Each project is assessed in seven key areas of environmental impact and applied credits, from “Gold” to “Platinum Plus” (all buildings in the neighbourhood lands now have to earn at least REAP Gold certification). Since REAP was launched in 2006, 19 buildings have been developed to its standards. So what makes REAP 3.0 better than 2.1? “The most important difference is around energy,” says Ms. Martyn. “Now we are asking for energy intensity targets for all developments. Building designs have to reach a certain energy consumption target to be certified.” Another key change is that buildings must now be ready to run on a district energy system, which UBC is in the early stages of developing. “They have to have the space and the connection ready for the moment that district energy is available, so they can connect with this great, low-carbon system,” explains Ms. Martyn. Then there’s “the fun stuff,” as Ms. Martyn calls it. Composting and recycling facilities are now mandatory instead of optional, and there’s a new credit for having more bike storage places (1.75 per unit instead of 1.5) and for adding a bike maintenance station in the building. Developers can also get extra credit for adding electric vehicle charging stations on site. “And this is fun, for me anyway,” Ms. Martyn adds with a laugh. “There will be a new credit to encourage transparency in the ingredients of building products, like a nutrition label for your construction materials. “Presently we don’t know what’s in many of them, though there are some product characteristics that can earn credit, such as using recycled content. Down the road, hopefully more manufacturers will start to label their products, and products with less harmful ingredients will gain greater market share.” The sustainability executive explains, “They’re still giving a lot of credit for certified wood. But we’re now putting slightly more emphasis on FSC certification, because it’s more rigorous. Our first six-storey, all-wood building—framing and structure—opened at UBC last month: ‘Sail’. It’s only the second allwood structure of that height in BC, and it’s just achieved REAP Platinum certification.” A Gold Standard REAP 3.0 will come before UBC’s Board of Governors early next year. Once it passes, all future developments will have to attain Gold certification with Version 3.0. REAP 3.0 is another milestone in an ongoing process to make construction at UBC more sustainable. “We will revise it periodically to stay up-to-date with building codes and be ahead of the curve if possible—keep moving it forward as construction practices improve” says Ms. Martyn. “The next revision we’ll be looking towards the life cycle assessment of buildings and products, and the actual performance of buildings—not simply modeled targets.” (Written for November issue of UBC campus and community planning e-letter and reprinted here with permission)
Kids having fun creating crafts at Welcome Centre
Wesbrook Families Find ‘Kids Club’ Good Fun Club is open Tuesday mornings at Welcome Centre; positive sense of community is developing By Leonor von Baer, a Wesbrook mom As the population at Wesbrook Village diversifies and grows, so does the need for programs for families, especially for those with pre-school aged children. Regardless of the reason, many kids in the area are not going to daycare or pre-school and the parents are looking for ways to keep the kids busy and entertained, as well as find options to meet other parents in the same situation. For some, the playgrounds in the area have been a vital place to meet others, connect, chat and play. Others have play dates at home. But the idea of having a playtime with more structure was very appealing and so a couple of moms (Leah Ettarh and Leonor von Baer) decided to take action and organize a playgroup that would allow pre-school kids and parents to meet, sing, do crafts and play together beyond the playground. With this idea, they approached the Welcome Centre to see if the group could use the room for the indoor activities, given the lack of indoor common space in the community. Their answer was immediate and positive, even agreeing to open an hour earlier to accommodate the childrens’ schedule. And so the Wesbrook Village Kids Club came to life in September 2013. The Kids Club has been meeting every week on Tuesday morning. It has been a nice and fun experience. The group has grown to be now almost a dozen kids from the area, ages 18 months to 3 years, boys and girls, from different
backgrounds and nationalities. The group first meet outside, rain or shine, to participate in some simple games or other outside fun activities like looking for bugs, collecting leaves, walking in the forest or just running around. Then the children move inside the Welcome Centre to wash hands, have a snack and join a circle time, with songs and stories. The moms and caregivers get involved in the storytelling, songs, and music, while others prepare the supplies for the crafts or look after the kids. The craft has been the big hit! Even younger kids or less crafty adults have had lots of fun with the creations. Leah has come with some amazing and cute projects, usually related to the season, the holiday or the theme of the week: a bear face made out of a paper plate and cotton, a spider plus web for Halloween, a card with leaves, and most recently a snowman to decorate the Christmas tree. There is also room to discuss topics that interest the parents and to learn more about our community. The first attempt to do this was the visit to the UBC Farm, where the kids got to see the chickens and the pumpkin patch. Next, the children were visited by the dental hygienist from Wesbrook Village Dental Clinic who showed the kids the proper way of brushing and taking care of their teeth. For the future, the group hopes to visit the Fire Hall. So far, it has been a fun and good experience for both the children and their parents. Not only does it provide educational and social opportunities for young children being cared for in the home, but also, it gives parents the opportunity to connect, meet others in the neighbourhood, and develop a positive sense of community. With a larger and more child-friendly space, even more kids would be able to be a part of this amazing initiative.
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Crafts Keep Tapestry Filled with ‘Festive Cheer’
Kabir family displays hand-made bags and pouches at Festive Cheer. (left to right) Paul Jensen (son-in-law); Tanya Jensen (daughter); Rasheda Kabir (Tapestry resident); Shahnaz Nizami (daughter); and Hasan Kabir (Tapestry resident and husband of Rasheda).
Well-attended event is joint enterprise of staff and residents at retirement centre Tapestry retirement centre in Wesbrook Village launched its inaugural Christmas arts and crafts event called “Festive Cheer’ December 4th with two groups of resident vendors among those brought in from outside with their wares. A total of 27 vendors displayed a wide variety of arts and crafts for sale. Crafts included chocolates made in West Point Grey and handbags and clothing accessories stitched in recent months
Knotty Knitters display knitted goods at Festive Cheer. (Tapestry residents and staff from left to right): Doreen Lumb; Primrose Anderson; Eleanor Lee; Sarah Narin; Carol Kresitschnig; and Lauren Dickey.
in the Tapestry arts and crafts room. Tapestry made room available for the large number of arts and crafts on display on its ample and well-appointed community space on the ground floor. A huge Christmas tree decorated the common area; music played; and seniors danced. Janet Hassell, of Home Instead Senior Care, introduced visitors to a ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ fund-raising campaign. Ms. Hassell said funds raised and gifts collected from the well-off seniors at Tapestry - where monthly rents run to $7,500 - would go to less well-off seniors in homes around the province. For more info, go to www.homeinstead. com. Janet Hassell, left, of Home Instead Senior Care, with Christina Capp, of Tapestry
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UNA Community News Sustainability Corner
This Holiday Season, Make Memories, Not Garbage This holiday season, I thought I would ‘recycle’ tips for sustainable holidays from past December columns, since they remain as relevant as ever. The first thing I thought I would focus on was the Metro Vancouver’s holiday “Make Memories, not Garbage” campaign. The campaign focuses on the giving experiences instead of things. This campaign supported by research has shown that objects tend to produce pleasure mostly at the time of purchase, whereas memories produce almost as much pleasure as original experiences – truly the gift that keeps on giving. Some examples of experiences that can be giving include giving tickets to a show or lessons, or a gift certificate for a dinner out. The campaign also focuses on gifts that are durable and activity based (such as sporting equipment that also supports a healthy activity), buying locally, “low waste – but in good taste” decorating, and food. There are many Christmas fairs where you can buy gifts from local artisans (and avoid packaging), and you
can make homemade decorations (such as a wreath made from fallen evergreen branches from our local parks). Christmas baking in re-usable gift tins is another great choice. To avoid food waste, sending leftovers home in reusable containers – and eating them yourselves (a big part of holiday tradition, I think!). You can find out more at www.metrovancouver.org/Christmas. You might be surprised to know that a cut tree can be a sustainable choice, since they are often locally grown and the new trees that replace them will sequester green house gases ( it could take 20 years of use for a manufactured tree to make up for environmental costs of manufacture and transportation). If you use a cut tree be sure to take it to the UBC Botanical Gardens for free chipping after the holidays, so that your tree becomes a locally used landscaping resource instead of waste. Also you could consider using a live tree service for your Christmas tree. Evergrow Christmas Trees (ever-
The UNA is excited to announce that site preparation for the new Wesbrook Community Centre will begin shortly! Located in Wesbrook Place, nestled among the surrounding forest, the 30,000 sq ft community centre will provide increased programming and recreational opportunities for residents. The facility also supports the UNA’s sustainability goals through design and building features such as energy efficiency measures, a community recycling centre, and being LEED Gold equivalent. Selective tree removal on the site is scheduled to take place between December 16 and January 1. The preservation of existing trees continues to be important goal in the design of Wesbrook Community Centre and only trees within the building footprint and immediate construction zone will be removed. Additionally, plans are in place to repurpose and incorporate materials from felled trees into the Community Centre landscape in features such as seating and playground equipment. Tree removal was approved as part of the Development Permit application and September 2012 public consultation. As per UBC policy, all trees larger than 15 DBH (diameter at breast height) that are removed from the site will be replaced within the neighbourhood.
Watch for more information on this exciting UNA project at www.myuna.ca. Detailed information on the development permit is available at www.planning.ubc.ca.
growchristmastrees.ca) is a local business started by UBC students that will deliver a tree to you and then pick it up and ensure that it’s planted or kept live for use next year (they’re sold out this year, but it’s never too soon to start planning ahead!). LED Christmas lights are highly energy efficient, attractive, long lasting and durable, making them a very sustainable and cost effective choice. On the topic of electronics, consider giving rechargeable batteries along with your electronic gift (which will reduce waste, and save a great deal of money). As well, new powerbars can ensure your device is truly off instead of drawing standby power. Finally, be sure to use the UNA e-waste program to ensure proper recycling of your old device (find out more at www.myuna. ca/service/recycling). However you choose to prepare for the holidays, I hope everyone has a happy (and sustainable) holiday season! For any questions or comments on these or
Ralph Wells, UNA Sustainability Manager other sustainability topics please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 604.822.3263.
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Opinion Rattling the Golden Cage By Thomas Beyer, Chancellor Place resident and UNA director Braving the cold day for a group photo
Walk and Talk with Ben Seghers The Walk & Talk Club was formed in September 2012 and we have just completed our 120th walk. Over 200 different people from a dozen countries have joined us on at least one walk and some have completed more than 100 walks. That’s a lot of miles underfoot and many calories burned! Also a lot of talking! Most of the participants live at UBC with Wesbrook Village and Hampton Place providing the lion’s share but we also have walkers from the UEL, City of Vancouver, and one lady comes in all the way from Chilliwack! Next year we will try something new to involve more participants from Chancellor Place and the East Campus: a ‘Five Neighbourhoods Walk’ on the first Monday of the month visiting each neighbourhood in turn in a single clockwise loop of about 5 km. So just wait in your own neighbourhood and join the group as we pass by! (see details below) As the year comes to an end it’s interesting to review some highlights of our many walks. One of the advantages of living in Vancouver is that we enjoy four distinct seasons and it’s always rewarding to revisit familiar places because the scenery always changes. One unforgettable walk occurred exactly one year ago on 19th December. It had snowed heavily the previous day and also overnight and the trees in Pacific Spirit Park were overloaded with heavy wet snow. As we approached Council Trail at Binning Road a man walking his dog warned us that it might not be a good idea to enter the forest because he had noticed a few branches falling down. We were not deterred by this and marched ahead on the trail. All was well for about 1 km and then some big chunks of snow exploded near us and we also heard the ominous loud ‘crack’ of large branches breaking high up on the giant Douglas Fir and Hemlock trees. Then the wind
Walking down Main Mall
picked up and incredibly, even entire trees began to topple over! Suddenly the walkers turned into runners and hurdlers (over downed trees) as we sprinted about 1 km to make our escape at 16th Avenue. Whew, close call! Let this be a lesson for others who may be tempted to explore this beautiful park under similar snowy conditions in the future. Five Neighbourhoods Walk First Monday of the month: January 6, February 3, & March 3 10:00 AM Hawthorn Place (The Old Barn Community Centre) 10:25 AM Chancellor Place (School of Theology, North entrance) 10:50 AM East Campus Neighbourhood (Acadia Park Commons Block) 11:00 AM Hampton Place (The Pemberley, 5605 Hampton Place) 11:05 AM Wesbrook Place (Khorana Park) 11:30 AM return to The Old Barn Community Centre If you would like to walk & talk with Ben Seghers and other local residents, please phone The Old Barn Community Centre 604.827.4469 or visit the website www.oldbarn.ca
The Habsburgs in Austria/Hungary built an impressive empire with beautiful palaces and cities like Budapest and Vienna, ruling from 1526 to 1867. It may have been better for the average citizen than in other then-emerging democracies like the UK or the US in the 1800’s well before a democracy finally emerged in Austria in 1922. This is somewhat akin to the current state at UBC. UNA residents are democratically castrated citizens living in a beautifully landscaped, centrally controlled, surface-happy Habsburg like monarchy. They are consulted on major issues, but often overruled by the King, because, well, because he can. Specifically, what is not working today: a) UBC residents do not have a seat on the UBC board of governors, the main body governing UBC; b) UBC residents do not have a veto nor any vote on any land development issues; c) UBC residents cannot widen or narrow roads, or even regulate parking as the roads are not in their city; d) Tax levels (I mean levies) are not set by the citizens nor its board, the UNA; they are imposed by a foreign jurisdiction, Vancouver; e) Density is imposed on citizens with no legal avenue to change it, vote on it or
veto it; f) Speed limits on highways are imposed on citizens with no legal avenue to change it; g) Athletic facilities are designed primarily with students in mind, yet comprise the biggest budget slice of UNA’s annual budget; h) The development permit board, even for residential developments, has no citizen appointed representative on it, let alone a majority of citizen appointed residents for the residential neighbourhoods; i) The actual municipal leadership team which holds the power (Campus and Community Planning and UBC board of governors) cannot be voted out or changed; Yes, it is beautiful to live here. Yes the landscaping is better than on average in Vancouver. The cage is indeed golden, but it is still a cage. Long live the King…or maybe we can work together to amend the current neighbourhood agreement to rectify some of the democratic deficiencies listed in a) to i)? That might be a good compromise as we strive for even more democratic principles which took almost 500 years from the initial Habsburgs king to an Austrian state or 550 for the Hungarians. (Thomas Beyer is a UBC resident. He is also a director of the UNA. This personal expression of opinion is soley his own).
Letter to the Editor Time to Think Outside the Broadway Box Are there no other routes for rapid transit to UBC? The November article by Maria Harris about rapid transit on Broadway tells us about our three options for the Broadway Corridor. How did Broadway become the only option for transit? There is no ‘Broadway Corridor’ for transit. There is, however, a congested, pedestrianblocked, traffic-jammed, shopping and business street called Broadway. I agree that transit improvements crossing mid-Vancouver and serving UBC are urgently needed but why is the only option the so-called Broadway Corridor’? Yes, the thousands travelling to UBC must be accommodated but why use Broadway for this? Any mass transit construction would make Broadway a nightmare for three years and cost merchants millions in lost business revenues. It would be far worse than the ill-fated Cambie Street construction experience. Building surface rail, an elevated Skytrain, or a cut-and-cover, tunneled underground system would be disastrous to Broadway. Tunneling the entire system underground would cost far too much to even be considered. Why are no other routes put forward? Were we ever presented with a choice of routes? Was there simply a political choice made to keep transit away from certain residential ar-
eas? Is there only a Skytrain option because we are familiar with it, and certain people know certain people? There are other options. There are other cross-town routes on wider streets -some with spacious central boulevards, all ready for quiet, smooth, efficient light rail. There is also an old railway right of way that angles across from Kitsilano through Kerrisdale to Marpole which is just sitting there as valuable but vacant weed-covered land which might be an included link to a UBC connection along 41st or 25th. Look at No.3 Road in Richmond and the Lougheed Highway and ask if that’s what we really want on Vancouver’s west side? If, in the end, Broadway must be used, then let us see the plan for minimizing the impact on the Broadway Corridor before giving it the ‘green light’. Sandra Price-Hosie, Hampton Place
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New Playground Needs Community Support By Eagle Glassheim, Norma Rose Point Playground Committee UBC’s newest school, Norma Rose Point, needs a playground! Currently housed off campus on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth school, Rose Point will move into its innovative, LEED certified, new home on Acadia Road in September of 2014. The Rose Point Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is raising funds to build an adjoining playground that will provide a challenging, educational, and accessible experience for students and the wider University community. “We’re committed to making the playground inclusive and accessible for all children,” says parent representative Megan Thrift Chrostowski. “Our playground would become one of the few playgrounds in the city of Vancouver fully accessible to special needs children and families.” Given the high concentration of children in the Acadia Park area and the lack of a fully accessible playground at UBC, the PAC sees the Rose Point playground as a major asset for UBC. It will also showcase UBC’s com-
mitment to accessibility, in conjunction with UBC’s hosting of the Special Olympics in July 2014. “We really need the help of the community,” says Rose Point PAC co-chair Roos Spanjers. Because the province, city and Vancouver School Board do not fund school playgrounds, the financial and logistical responsibility falls to the school’s PAC and local fundraising efforts. The PAC’s goal is to raise $200,000 for the purchase of playground equipment by February 2014. This includes an extra cost for rubberized surfacing, which allows children with limited mobility to enjoy the playground with other children. “Inclusivity is good for everyone,” Spanjers says. “We’re designing the playground to emphasize cooperative play, and accessibility will allow all our children, of all ages and physical abilities, to play together.” Donations for the playground are tax deductible and will be devoted entirely to playground equipment. All donors will be invited to the playground’s grand opening in September 2014. For more information or to make a donation, contact the Rose Point PAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UBC Unveils Project to Heat Homes with Waste Energy TRIUMF would be source of waste energy; benefits to residents would be significant, says developer A project to heat homes on campus using waste energy from TRIUMF—the national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics in South Campus—goes before the UBC board of governors in January for approval. Discussion at this upcoming board meeting will follow public consultation and ‘stakeholder engagement’ on the plan that took place in November. The home-heating project bears the name ‘UBC neighbourhood district energy system’, and should the UBC board approve it, the University will enter into an agreement with CORIX Utilities, a British Columbia-based company which designs, constructs and operates innovative energy, water and wastewater systems in communities across North America. Earlier, UBC and CORIX entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the district energy project in September. Michelle McLarty, CORIX director, business development told the Campus Resident in e-mail correspondence that district energy is one of the most common approaches worldwide for heating university campuses and is an established strategy for heating high-density, mixeduse, multi-owner urban developments. “As part of its commitment to sustainable development, UBC is exploring the opportunity to develop a neighbourhood district energy system (NDES).” Ms. McLarty said. “This will lower the carbon footprint of the new neighbourhood developments because of significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.” Currently, the NDES project is in the feasibility stage, and the goal is to design the overall system such that it is competitive with traditional approaches to providing heat and hot water. The system will also provide greater flexibility to adopt newer technologies
and alternative fuels over time. The regulator (BC Utilities Commission) will determine if the project is in the public interest. Ms. McLarty said that for customers, the district energy system provides a number of community benefits. “The UBC NDES will provide a resilient platform that provides the environmental benefit of low greenhouse gas emissions with similar lifecycle costs to traditional energy sources for the expanding residential neighbourhoods. “Furthermore, since district energy is centralized, individual buildings will not require on-site heating equipment, leading to increased system reliability with lower operation and maintenance costs.” Waste heat from the TRIUMF cooling towers is being contemplated—waste heat is commonly used in district energy systems. For example, the City of Vancouver uses waste heat from city sewers to heat the Athletes Village downtown. Also, ESS, a particle research facility under construction in Lund, Sweden, has signed an agreement with the local municipality to provide all its waste heat to the local district energy system. They predict that the transfer of waste heat to the system will start in 2019. Other existing district energy systems in the Lower Mainland include a system at UniverCity, a residential development at Simon Fraser University similar to the project being developed by UBC. CORIX is the owner and operator of UniverCity district energy system. With over 1,800 employees, CORIX owns and/or operates over 800 utility systems in Canada and the United States, and Ms. McLarty said that in British Columbia, CORIX has successfully installed and operates district energy systems at Sun Rivers in Kamloops, The Rise in Vernon and Dockside Green in Victoria. “We are working with a number of municipalities in the Pacific Northwest to determine the feasibility for the implementation of district energy at UBC,” she said.
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Map shows where district energy system will be located at UBC
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Biodiversity in your backyard A Biodiversity Battlefield by Tanis Gieselman, Interpreter at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum Do you sometimes wonder if the average third grade student in your neighbourhood knows more about Pokemon than they do about pigeons? According to a letter published in Science in 2002, eight-year-old children in the UK were able identify nearly 80% of the Pokemon characters they were shown, but only about 50% of the common local biodiversity. This prompted David Ng, Director and Senior Instructor at the Michael Smith Labs here at UBC, to spearhead a project to create a Pokemon-style card game that would inspire kids to take an interest in learning more about biodiversity. Thus, the Phylo trading card game was born! The project began in January 2010, which was coincidentally the beginning of the International Year of Biodiversity. This game was created through a collaborative process, where contributors shared art work and expertise to develop the game rules and card design over the internet. The result is a visually stunning card game that uses the laws of nature in a biodiversity-inspired battle, and shows how important biodiversity is to making ecosystems resilient to threat. Species cards are laid down on the table
as each player builds their cards into an ecosystem. The cards look a bit complicated at first, but the rules are really the same as in nature. For example, animals need plants so they can breathe and eat, which means at least one plant card must be laid down before any animals can be played. Before you can have carnivores, you must have herbivores or omnivores. Players also need to build the ecosystem so that it is resilient to events like climate change or oil spills. During the game, players start to recognize more species,
Phylo trading card game. Photo credit Derek Tan.
Campus Resident Policy Passes Three-member editorial review board is instituted; editor, UNA Secretary and resident living in UNA part of campus are members At a board meeting December 10th, directors of the University Neighbourhoods Association supported a recommendation of the UNA governance standing committee and approved The Campus Resident editorial policy (draft 2) for immediate implementation. Under the new policy, an editorial review board will act on behalf of the UNA board of directors “to facilitate and ensure the publication of The Campus Resident in accord with this UNA board policy composition.” The review board will consist of: • the Editor, who has full discretionary decision making authority (within the scope of this policy) for the editorial decisions related to the publication of The Campus Resident; • the Secretary of the UNA board, who is responsible for ensuring that the official voice of the UNA is represented in the publication of The Campus Resident and who shall also be the chair of the editorial review board; • a resident living in the UNA part of campus who is not a UNA director or employee and who is responsible for provid-
learn how they are interconnected, and what happens when a species is lost. Best of all…the game is free! On the official website (phylogame.org) you can download a starter deck, customize your deck with hundreds of cards contributed by players, and even share your own art work for new cards. On the education page, you can also find classroom decks made by students at University Hill Elementary. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum recently collaborated with David Ng and local contributors to create a custom
ing an independent community perspective. The UNA standing committee on governance shall appoint the members of the editorial review board annually at the meeting of the standing committee which immediately follows the annual general meeting of the UNA. In February 2013, the UNA board of directors asked for public comments related to a proposed editorial policy for The Campus Resident newspaper. In April 2013, the board reviewed the comments received from 19 individuals and asked the governance standing committee to develop a second draft. The second draft was reviewed by the board at its September 2013 meeting and was subsequently circulated to the public for further comment. No written comments were received. As part of the November 19, 2013 Listen In session, attendees were asked to comment on the second draft. There was no opposition to the proposed editorial policy (which may be found online at www. myuna.ca). (Note from the editor: Community members interested in serving as a member of the editorial review board should contact Charles Menzies at email@example.com expressing their interest. A formal announcement on the process of appointment will be made in the New Year.)
deck of Phylo cards which highlight local species. You can try out the game in the Beaty Museum’s family area, and professionally printed museum decks are now available in the gift shop for purchase. This new deck provides a great way to learn about local biodiversity, even when it is too cold to go outside! Ten-year-old Sara is a big fan of Phylo, and says: “It’s a really fun card game. I like the pictures on the cards and I wish I could collect more cards. I learned that there are waaaay more plants than animals, and you can’t play the game without them.” If the battle to conserve biodiversity begins with an interest in the living things around us, then Phylo is leading us in the right direction! In the Collections: the UBC Botanical Garden is preparing for the annual Christmas Tree recycling event. Bring your Christmas Tree between December 26th and January 5th and it will be shredded and used on garden pathways. We are also collecting donations to support General Brock Elementary School’s food garden expansion project. Information can be found at botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/ events. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum and UBC Botanical Garden have recently launched new membership programs with expanded benefits. See the websites www.botanicalgardens.ubc.ca and www. beatymuseum.ubc.ca for details.
THE CAMPUS RESIDENT DECEMBER 16, 2013