Published monthly by the University Neighbourhoods Association Published monthly by the University Neighbourhoods Association
Volume 5, Issue 4
APRIL 14, 2014
Magnolias Make Garden Magic Place
UBC Upsets Residents Concerned about Traffic, Noise Board of Governors is scheduled to approve revised Chancellor Place neighbourhood plan April 14th; student population of Iona Building is expected to double
Friends of the Garden volunteers stand with UBC Botanical Garden Director Patrick Lewis (back left, greet shirt)) under one of the Garden’s many magnificent magnolias. UBC Botanical Garden is a magical place in early spring, in large part because of its extensive collection of flowering magnolias. Photo credit, Rebecca Ind.
Study Starts on New Wesbrook Place Exit One-way northbound exit would be connected to West 16th Avenue across from Hampton Place; roadway would be single lane UBC has advised the University Neighbourhoods Association that it is in the early stages of reviewing a planned third roadway exiting Wesbrook Place in the north. The one-way northbound exit roadway—formed by extending Binning Road (in Wesbrook Place)—would bring vehicular traffic out onto West 16th Avenue across from Hampton Place. Chris Fay, speaking for UBC Campus and Community Planning at the April 8th meeting of the UNA directors, said the University has commenced “a technical review” of the project with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We shall engage with the community and provide additional information on the project as it becomes available,” Mr. Fay said, adding that the first public con-
sultation will likely come “in the summer months.” Currently, motorists drive along either Wesbrook Mall or East Mall in order to exit Wesbrook Place in the north. Asked by resident-director Prod Laquian if a pedestrian crossing joining Hampton Place to the north of 16th Avenue with Wesbrook Place to the south was included in the planning, Mr. Fay said, “It’s something we’re investigating.” He said, however, “It’s too early to say what it will look like.” Resident-director Charles Menzies said more roads in Wesbrook Place equates to more cars, which is s shame given “what good work” UBC is doing otherwise in reducing the number of cars coming to campus. “Is it really necessary to build a road?” he asked. Mr. Menzies also asked why residents were not consulted before the start of this study. Mr. Fay said residents were consulted when the Wesbrook Place neighbourhood plan was developed several years ago. Mr. Menzies said, “There will be a road. The only question is, ‘What will it look like?’ The road is going to be built.”
UNA Agrees Not to Cap Election Expenses— for Now Plan was to restrict a candidate from spending more than $1,000 when campaigning for coming September 24 UNA election Directors of the University Neighbourhoods Association have agreed not to restrict how much a candidate may spend campaigning for a seat on the UNA board in the upcoming September 24 election. However, next year, the UNA may bring in a rule restricting how much a candidate spends on the campaign trail to $1,000. Last year, the UNA considered restricting how much a candidate spent to a proposed $500, save that no election took place—because all (two) candidates were acclaimed.
In early February, UBC advertised proposed amendments to a neighbourhood plan as “minor”. However, residents in the Chancellor Place residential neighbourhood on the north side of campus believe these amendments—resulting from the UBC purchase of the Iona Building from the Vancouver School of Theology (VST) are significant—not minor. At a University Open House February 26th, more than a dozen concerned residents communicated to UBC how concerned and upset they are by the expected consequences of this sale of the Iona Building on their Chancellor Place neighbourhood, and they called upon planners to let top administrators at the University know their feelings. Nevertheless, the UBC administration decided to place the proposed neighbourhood plan amendments before its ruling body—the Board of Governors—at their meeting April 14 for approval. A staff report to the board, to be presented by David Farrar, vice-president, academic, reads as follows: “The consultations (about proposed text amendments) have concluded. “There is significant concern from some residents about the consequences on their quality of life from the transfer of the Iona Building from VST to VSE (School of Economics). “The concerns amplify existing irritations these residents have communicated in the past, such as on-street parking and noise from the use of public open spaces. “These can be addressed through the operational management of parking and open space by the UNA. “While the residents have conveyed their dismay at having to adjust to a new neighbour, the text amendments do not change the uses or density permitted in the neighbourhood plan.
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Expanded UBC Bookstore Begins New Chapter in Merchandizing Only books were sold in store when it opened in 1917; today, books, computers, gifts, clothes, and (soon) fruit and vegetables may be bought there A two-day party thrown by UBC Bookstore March 28th and 29th in celebration of its almost-completed large-scale expansion attracted thousands of students, faculty, staff, campus visitors and residents. The party brought into focus the conversion of a store that for much of its near-century of doing business has sold mostly books, but which will now sells as well life-style apparel (Mountain Equipment Cooperative); fashionable clothing (to be named shortly); gourmet coffee (Starbucks); and fruit and vegetables (at a convenience store). Construction of the new space changes what was once a 50,000-square foot store into one 8,800 square feet larger, said Debbie Harvie, managing director of UBC Community Services (which includes the bookstore). Ms. Harvie said, “We are the 14th largest campus store in North America (out of over 2,600) and are very proud of the fact!” She said that although construction work is not complete on the Starbucks and convenience store spaces, the bookstore decided to go ahead with its celebration early to give students a sense of what the bookstore as a whole will look like when they return in September. Students go into examinations and then home at the end of April while expansion will not
UBC A Cappella group welcomes visitors to expanded bookstore
Exterior of the UBC Bookstore at University Boulevard and East Mallconstruction is almost complete.
be complete until early May. The expansion brings the bookstore up to street level, where the convenience store, Starbucks outlet and main lobby are located, while also offering social/ study space on a mezzanine level. A more formal opening event will come later, Ms Harvie said. UBC Bookstore embarked on selling books in 1917—and has been in business continually since with satellite stores now open at the UBC Okanagan campus and the Vancouver-based Sauder School of Business. While students, faculty and visitors have always been the largest customer base (and will surely remain the largest), more and more residents have found reasons to visit the store to shop in recent years: for example, the store sells general books as well as text books—with books overall generating in about 40% of annual business.
Meanwhile, Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) opened an ‘Outpost’ location at the expanded and newly renovated UBC Bookstore during the March party—a first-of-its-kind development for Canada’s leading outdoor retailer. The shop-within-a-shop will provide students and the larger UBC community with a convenient location to purchase more than 100 MEC-brand products. In addition to a selection of lifestyle apparel, the 850-square-foot MEC Outpost will feature clothing for cycling, running, hiking and yoga. The products will sell at regular MEC prices, with UBC Bookstore receiving a portion of the monthly sales. “With the Outpost, MEC has come full circle,” said Gary Faryon, Chief Retail Operations Officer. “A handful of UBC students started the co-op in 1971, and forty-three years later we are excited to be back with a new MEC store format
that will serve students and the wider university community right on campus.” Ms. Harvie said, “We are delighted to welcome MEC to UBC. Its high-quality products, sustainability practices and community engagement are in line with the UBC Bookstore’s values. UBC Bookstore continues to evolve its products and services to meet the needs of the UBC community, including students, staff, faculty and campus visitors.” As a co-operative, MEC only sells to its members. Existing members will be able to shop at the UBC Outpost, and new members will be able to join the co-op at UBC. A retail co-operative, MEC exists to encourage, enable and inspire Canadians to live active outdoor lifestyles. MEC has more than 3.5 million members across Canada, that it serves through 17 stores in six provinces.
UNA-UBC Award 11 Grants for ‘Social Cohesion’ Record number of community grant applications was received; spring grants of up to $1,000 are awarded The University Neighbourhoods Association and UBC Campus and Community Planning department have jointly awarded 11 grants up to $1,000 each to student and non-student residents for projects designed to build ‘social cohesion’ on campus. The spring cycle of this communitygrants program brought a record number of applications, according to a UBC spokesperson, who added that “competition for grants was fierce.” In total, the 11 successful applicants collected $7,200 in awards with the funds coming in equal amounts from the University and the UNA. The grant program, which is open to all community members, encourages residents to think of creative ways to connect with one another and share interests, talents and ideas. According to the spokesperson for the awards committee, “From an intercultural fair to a bike rave, to a seniors meet and greet and more, we are amazed and
inspired by the incredible ideas residents have to help build community on campus each year. “These projects help make the ‘town’ at UBC a very special place to live, work and learn.” Spring grant recipients are listed as follows (with a brief description of projects and grants awarded): Changing the Lens, Audrea Chen, $1,000 Changing the Lens invites you to Spoken, Unspoken, an evening of interactive community theatre that explores the emotions and frustrations behind discussions on Canadian aboriginal issues. Youth Film Project, Dave Huang, $400 Youths will explore the culture of ‘fandom’ by interviewing fans and looking at why this phenomenon exists. Gala-ry Night, Joshua Bokor, $500 The Alma Mater Society Art Gallery in the Student Union Building is turning ‘the big 3-0’ (and the permanent collection is turning 65)! The entire UBC community is invited to celebrate this milestone event at Gala-ry Night. Multicultural Family Resource Fair, Lindsay Wells, $500 This event is an informative, fun, and inclusive community event that celebrates diversity and encourages learning for lo-
cal families. Kids for Charity, Iva Jankovic, $800 Kids for Charity is a program that allows kids and youth to explore their creative sides by participating in a free weekly craft course, while teaching them the importance of being charitable. Seniors & Friends, Zheng Kang, $1,000 Seniors & Friends provides opportunities for seniors to connect with neighbours and fellow campus residents, taking part in various activities. UBC Intercultural Alliance Fair, Benjamin Jelsma, $1,000 The Intercultural Fair will bring together local consulates and campus organizations alongside 13 UBC cultural clubs to showcase their cultures through culinary feasts, traditional garb, and dance and musical performances throughout the day. Community Fitness, Anna Wu, $500 Held at The Old Barn Community Centre, Community Fitness is coordinated by a free, low-impact dance and fitness class for residents of all ages and abilities. Peace of Mind Club, Cheng Liu, $500 The Peace of Mind Club focuses on awareness of the importance of psychological health among youth in the campus community, connecting them with opportunities for stress management and com-
munication among peers. UTown@UBC Debate and Writing Club, Yuntian Wang, $500 Practice the art of the argument and improve your persuasive writing skills with the UTown@UBC Debate and Writing Club! New Life Club, Shirley Li, $500 The New Life Club helps newcomers to Canada get to know their campus community and connect with neighbours with weekly meet and greets, centered around intercultural communications, activities on campus and Canadian history.
Bagpiper performers at the UBC Intercultural Alliance Fair
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Animating Our Campus Community by Carole Jolly, Director, Campus Programs and Animation, Campus + Community Planning A recent article in The Campus Resident shone a spotlight on a group of neighbourhood residents whose efforts are aimed at making Chinese newcomers to Canada feel included and engaged in the community. The Civic Engagement Committee enables these neighbours to be part of a vibrant, inclusive, participatory, and sustainable community Ensuring residents have the opportunity to engage with one another is essential to community building. It is through an engaged and well-connected community that strong sense of social sustainability can be fostered. For many years, Campus + Community Planning and the UNA have worked together to jointly offer programs that help support social sustainability and community-building, including Walk ‘n Roll to School, the Youth Leadership Program and Kids Fit and Youth Fit (coordinated by the UBC School of Kinesiology) and we have been happy to see these programs grow steadily. UBC places a great deal of importance
on sustainability and recognizes that like environmental sustainability, social sustainability is crucial to the health and vitality of a community. The new Campus Programs and Animation team in Campus + Community Planning has been created in part to help advance social sustainability and the creation of a vibrant and animated live-work-learn community. We look forward to adapting and creating new opportunities to support social sustainability and community-building. Our campus is made up of a diverse group of people, including students, faculty and staff from dozens of multicultural backgrounds; residents range in age from tiny toddlers to senior citizens and everything in between. This diversity is a great strength, creating a very special community, with lots of different interests, talents and perspectives; however, we also recognize the unique challenges of building community at UBC amongst different groups of residents. One of our goals is to use animation as a creative new means to help us overcome some of the challenges that keep us apart. Animation projects can translate into new ways to share experiences and come together by harnessing the creative capital of people to create new connections with one another.
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Multi-Cultural Committee “Invaluable” The Campus Resident of March 17th published a very interesting article “Feeling Good about Multiculturalism at UBC” by Jane Kang about the wonderful initiative of Jim Taylor, chair of the UNA multi-cultural committee (MCC). Almost every day in our neighborhood, we meet newcomers from various parts of the world—such as Africa, Asia, Europe, India and South America—who bring with them a rich potential of cultural traditions unknown to most of us while they await learning about Canadian culture, the nuances of our language, our way of life, and about all that Canada can offer immigrants.
This is why the existence of such a multicultural committee in our university environment—helping newcomers find themselves in a new situation—is invaluable. As Jane concludes in her article: “If you see a mixed group of Western and Asian people getting along happily, then it is our UBC community and its culture - synthesis of diversity”. Two weeks ago I attended the first meeting organized by MCC for seniors and it was an extraordinarily fine experience. Andrzej Wroblewski Hampton Place
And there is so much creative capital in our campus community! This spring, we were thrilled to receive a record number of Community Grant applications and are happy to announce that 11 great projects were awarded funding. Projects ranging from a student-run intercultural fair (complete with tasty treats from different countries), to a youth-run craft club (with a philanthropic twist), a seniors social club and more were awarded $7200 in funding with a goal of bringing diverse groups of residents together as a community. (Be sure to check out utown.ubc.ca/ spring14grants for a full list of grant projects and how you can take part in them. Johanna Webber, Residence Life Manager at Acadia Park Residences who sits on the Community Grants Committee, believes that the Community Grants program holds great potential for animation projects to be nurtured within the community, “These Community Grants help provide an opportunity for recipients to show leadership in their community, and allow all campus residents—whether they live in the UNA, Acadia Park or elsewhere on campus—to develop ties to one another in the most creative and inspiring ways.” In the next few months, keep an eye out for lots of great animation projects that present new opportunities to get in-
volved. We are especially interested in how we can “animate our campus in the evening” with more nighttime programs and events. Right now we are hard at work planning the first UBC Night Market and Outdoor Movie on August 20th, with the support of Wesbrook Village and the UNA. We are excited to use animation as a new tool to continue our commitment of working collaboratively with the UNA on fostering interconnectedness between all campus residents, whether they live in the UNA, Acadia Park, or student residences. We see the growing need to foster intercultural understanding and crosscultural collaboration in our community and can use animation to help accomplish this goal. We are also in the process of reviewing our consultation and engagement practices to ensure we are effectively communicating and engaging with all members of our diverse community in the best way possible. We look forward to working with residents to help us bring animation to our campus by taking part in community events, sharing their interests and talents with one another and participating in everything our unique and diverse community has to offer. (Please see community grants story on Page 2)
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Nominees for the 2013-2014 UNA Volunteer Awards Continued from March, here you will find the inspiring stories of four more outstanding UNA volunteers. In May, we will announce the winners from the UNA Volunteer Awards ceremony. Alice Bradley
Alice is a volunteer instructor for The Old Barn Community Centre’s Conversation Club and a member of the UNA Seniors Working Group
Ofira Roll is a PhD student in Curriculum and Pedagogy and a volunteer leader for the UTown Walk and Roll Project
Justin is the volunteer manager of the UNA Community Youth Band
Former UNA Chair, and the CoChair of the Wesbrook Community Centre Working Group
1. What motivates Alice as a volunteer? I signed up to be a volunteer because I have always liked being a volunteer since I was a teenager. When I was in Junior high school, I joined the Red Cross Club not for altruistic reasons but for a somewhat selfish reason. I wanted to spend more time with my fellow classmates but my mother wanted me to return home right after school ended and did not want me to be socializing with my friends. So with the encouragement of my teacher I joined the Red Cross service club. I greatly enjoyed spending time making crafts or baking cookies and delivering the items we made to the hospital or community or homeless shelter. I joined several service clubs during my high school years and participated in activities I might not have experienced unless I joined such groups. I organized ticket sales, fund raising, ushering at school productions, plays, concerts, snack sales, special projects etc. After I retired from work, it felt very natural to want to participate in the activities of my community by volunteering and it has been a rewarding experience, again to take part in activities I did not imagine I would be doing. It’s been my pleasure to meet and work with staff and other volunteers who are dedicated to the community they serve. 2. What is Alice’s vision for the UNA community? I look forward to seeing a community that continues to be inclusive and welcoming to all who come here to live and to treat all newcomers with respect and care. Multiculturalism has not worked everywhere in the world and we are fortunate that this country and this community has and continues to make successful integration of our international citizens, a part of our goals for the future.
1. What motivates Ofira as a volunteer? It all starts for me with a story. It was Sukkot, a Jewish holiday where meals are eaten outdoor in a temporary hut. I was about 8 years old. As my family was feasting around packed tables with joy, food, and relatives, a stranger came to the entrance of our Sukkah. Silence. He asked whether he could say his prayers in our Sukkah while he visited our city. All of us, children to adults, remained quiet until my grandma stood up. She opened her arms and said: “welcome to our family, please join us for dinner and for the rest of the holiday.” This moment of inviting a stranger to our table shaped something in me. Strangers are potential future friends. Thus, coming together gives me a sense of hope and happiness. Bringing people together in carefully designed situations for sharing thoughts, worries, stories, cultures, food, and daily life experiences, is the source that drives my volunteering. 2. What is Ofira’s vision for the UNA community? I believe that there is an ongoing need to support the UNA community organic growth by providing free shared communal spaces where community members, who may be strangers to each other at first, can come together for organizing social gatherings, activism, group of interests, cultural celebrations, and more. I hope that the UNA would be able to continue supporting our vibrant and colorful community in our quest to live together despite our differences.
1. What motivates Justin as a volunteer? Music has always been my passion. At school, I have always enjoyed playing music because it provided a balance to my academics and fostered a sense of community. However, when I came home, I felt disconnected from my community, and struggled to find a creative outlet for my passion in music. This is when I decided to create the UNA Community Youth Band. Since the UNA Community Youth Band was the first band of its kind on campus, there was a lot of work needed to get started. Although it required time, effort, and dedication, the result was far beyond what I could have imagined. Not only was I able to bring people together through music, but I was also able to make new friends along the way. Seeing how successful the band was in bringing youth within the community together, I decided to begin another youth program related to sports, one of my other passions. It was through these two clubs that I realized my passion for volunteering. What motivates me to volunteer is that it allows me to explore my interests, while meeting new people and making meaning connections with other members in my community at the same time.
2. What does the UNA community mean to Justin? For me, the multiculturalism and diversity of this community is what has always made it unique as it promotes people to be more active and social. I envision this openness to continue to blossom in the future through new leaders and volunteers. It is because of the hard working volunteers before me that inspired my own volunteerism; and I hope that the contributions that I have made to the UNA community will foster others to follow in my footsteps.
1. What motivates Mike as a volunteer? Our family moved to Hawthorn Place just as the first building was finished and shortly after our oldest, Caitie, was born. We were desperately seeking an affordable home in which to raise our family. We found a town home in the middle of a parking lot. That’s what Hawthorn Place was at that time: lots of asphalt and some chain-link fences. But, we could walk to work, we had wonderful neighbours, and our parking-lot home was situated in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. A great start, but not yet good enough. What motivated me to volunteer was a desire to help shape this spot into a community were we could raise our family. A place our kids would thrive. A place they would be proud to call home. I have been supremely luck to have been able to contribute in small ways here and there, but mainly I am just grateful to be part of such a fantastic community. Together we’ve done some amazing things. I couldn’t be prouder to call Hawthorn Place and the UNA my home. It hits us every day how lucky we are. In one moment, a while back, I was walking with my 11-year old son, Liam, down Main Mall past the Barn and the children’s garden when he said: “You know Dad. It is like that Molson Canadian commercial. We do have the best back yard in the world.” We don’t have a back yard … well, its the one we share with all of you. 2. What is Mike’s vision for the UNA community? My vision, is simply that our community remains strong and our backyard wonderful.
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Voice of Campus Youth Ultimate Frisbee, the “Ultimate” Sport By David Smith with the help of Rojina SarSalari, University Hill School students Throughout my childhood, I was aware that Frisbees, a brand of discs, existed. I had even thrown a few around from time to time. However, it was only last year that I really started to get into the sport heavily and with dedication. Flashback to seven years ago: I’m at a friend’s house playing in their garage. The walls are completely covered in discs. Along the walls there are many shelves and on each shelf there are boxes all filled to the brim with discs. Being a curious kid, I inquired about the purpose of the well over 100 discs throughout the space. My friend told me that the discs were for her dad’s work and that it was very important not to touch them. Inquiring further, I found out that my friend’s dad was involved in the sale of discs. It was not until recently that I found out this man, Jim Brown, did a lot more than just sell discs. He really helped to get the sport of ultimate started especially here in Vancouver. On top of that, he holds the 1979 Canadian Freestyle champion title, co-founded a VUL (Vancouver Ultimate League) team and, founded Aerial Express, the first Vancouver dedicated touring team. He also recently, just this
past October, got inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame. Although I have only thrown a disc around with him once that I can remember, Jim is the person who made me aware that ultimate even existed. Last year, two very enthusiastic individuals started up our first ultimate team here at University Hill Secondary. U-Hill Secondary isn’t known for its athleticism, so it was pretty exciting when a new team for a new sport was being birthed. After successful tryouts, our first U-Hill ultimate team was made and we were even lucky enough to be provided with new jerseys for our team, making other schools jealous. Practices were productive, but we lacked the strategic exercises that would have helped us in our games. We didn’t have a teacher-coach but there were supervisors during practice. Our first game may not have been our best, but it was a solid effort through the rain and mud. Soaked through our shirts and with frozen fingers and toes, we managed to survive the first game. One main issue we had was that we lacked girls and we nearly had to forfeit some games. Our second game was a success, not only boosting our attitudes but the whole school’s spirit level. We even managed to score points. Honestly, during the recruitment process this year, we had a pessimistic view on the outcome of our new team. More specifically, we thought we wouldn’t
have enough girls. As it turns out, there are more girls than guys on the team this year. It is really a joy to see how many young men and women have an interest in this sport. That is one of the great things about ultimate, it is a co-ed sport that can be enjoyed by all. Compared to other sports such as skiing, it is very easy on the wallet. Good discs can be bought for under $20. When you take into account the fact that there are a minimum of seven players on each team and only one disc is needed for a game, it comes out to a whole bunch of fun for not a heck of a lot of money. As for the field situation, any decently large field will do and fields don’t seem to be lacking here in UBC. Most of ultimate is self-officiated. Points are generally obvious and not disputed but if a dispute arises, it is resolved quickly without too much hassle. That is one of the best things about the sport: there is a kind of unspoken respect. People don’t argue and most of the game is built on trust and the loyalty system. It really helps to bring a sense of community to the game even if players are rivals. I can already see the sport quickly gaining popularity and some could argue it should be named “cult-imate.” Whatever you want to call it, there is no denying that it is a sport sure to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Vancouver Nighthawks Set to Open 2014 Season The Vancouver Nighthawks are set to kick off their 2014 Major League Ultimate (MLU) season in Vancouver with their home opener against the San Francisco Dogfish on Easter Sunday, April 20th, 2014. The Nighthawks are one of eight MLU teams in North America, and the only team representing Canada. The 2014 Nighthawks have retained 15 of their players from the 2013 season, and added 10 new recruits to their roster, including Japanese star Takuya Saiko, one of the best players in the world. Founded in 2012, the MLU is the premier league for top-level ultimate in North America. The league was created to provide a professional platform for the athletic, highlight-packed sport that is ultimate frisbee. The 2014 MLU season consists of 40 regular-season Matches and runs from April 20 through June 21. Nighthawks home games will be played at Thunderbird Stadium on the University of British Columbia campus. For more information, please visit http://www.vancouvernighthawks.com.
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Vancouver School of Theology is scheduled to move out of the Iona Building in Chancellor Place, after building was sold to UBC RESIDENTS continued from Page 1 “Campus and Community Planning supports the amendment to the neighbourhood plan to allow the transfer to proceed and recommends that the Board of Governors approve the deletion of the text to facilitate the transfer of the Iona Building from the VST to UBC.” At the February Open House, UBC officials explained that the VST—currently housed in the Iona Building—will be replaced by the School of Economics, causing student population likely to rise to 300 economics students from 150 theology students. In response, residents expressed concern about the significant impact on their neighbourhood of this doubling of foot traffic. Residents have fought a long battle to tame rogue car parking in their neighbourhood, and they fear a new battle will break out if revisions to the neighbourhood plan are approved by the UBC Board of Governors. The issue of noise in the Chancellor Place community also generated discussion at the Open House with residents suggesting that 300 economics students are more likely to have noisy after-hours public events than 150 theology students. Generally, residents held that the change from VST occupation of the Iona Building to UBC occupation is one which would have affected their decisions to purchase condominium units in Chancellor Place. In e-mail correspondence with The Campus Resident, Thomas Beyer, a resident-director of the University Neighbourhoods Association, said he and other Chancellor Place residents have three concerns. “The major concern is about more traf-
fic and parking, namely affluent, highpowered-car-driving students abusing the very few parking spots. “Parking is generally a major issue on Ministry of Transportation roads at UBC; parking is currently poorly enforced, and with the ministry likely to cancel the funding of the commissionaires, another UNA-funded solution has to be found. “So, UBC is offloading its cost once again onto residents.” The second concern of residents, as expressed by Mr. Beyer, is that Chancellor Place used to be a “theological” neighborhood, and with the decampment of VST, it will be “just another UBC mixed academic-residential community for UBC profit maximization.” Mr. Beyer said, “The third concern is that there is essentially no neighborhood consultation.” “UBC does what it wants, and then informs residents of its decision (to install the School of Economics instead of VST in the Iona Building).” However, he said, consultation “is not accommodation!” Fellow resident Peter Hebb concurred. In an e-mail, Mr. Hebb said, “Thomas Beyer has accurately summarized the parking and traffic concerns of the strata councils and their residents in the ‘theological’ neighbourhood.” Ying Zhou, a Chancellor Place resident who is also a director of the UNA, said the UNA board needs to continue the difficult task of securing increased rights for residents in relation to UBC, “especially on issues relating to developments on campus that are next to us, or near to us or may otherwise affect us.” Ms. Zhou also said she hopes more residents will attend Open Houses in future to express concerns first hand “before any (UBC) procedures are made.”
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Lutherans Look to Re-Build Campus Site Lutheran Campus Centre was built 50 years ago; 30 rental suites for seniors are included in restoration plan A down-at-heel educational and institutional facility in a unique corner of campus awaits rebuilding as a center of community life and universal hope. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (British Columbia synod) built its church on the northeast corner of University Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall in 1965, but for the last five years, this facility—located across the road from the main entrance to UBC in the University Endowment Lands—has brought in few worshippers. Indeed, at an April 3rd Open House— organized by the church as part of its plan to redevelop the property—a spokesperson for the Lutherans called the property “abandoned.” Given approval by the UEL administration, the Lutherans would develop a facility whose features include: • An acoustically-superb 200-seat auditorium with flexible seating arrangements to host a variety of events in the community; • Office space for community programming, accessible year-round; • Four meeting and activity spaces for smaller groups of 20; • 30 market-rental units suitable for se-
niors. The Lutherans envision a shared-usage arrangement at its proposed four-storey facility in which income from the rental suites and stores at street level will support both church and community operations. The spokesperson said, “The Lutheran community—which is a not-for-profit organization—proposes to share the use of these proposed facilities with the UEL community on a mutually-agreeable nonprofit format.” He said, “Our current intention is sharing the facilities on a one third/one third/ one third basis—in other words, 120 days per year for each of the Lutheran community, the UEL community and functions producing revenue. “It is the belief of the Lutheran Church Task Force that this sharing of our collective good is in tune with the shifting patterns and insights of our time, and will help all stakeholders create a vibrant and interactive meeting place for the community in this unique location.” Similar theology-based development projects in Vancouver include St Andrews Wesley United Church on Burrard and Nelson streets and the Presbyterian Church at Thurlow and Pendrell in the West End. Lutheran planning to revitalize its facility at the entrance to UBC began a year ago, and the church expects to spend the next year going through the UEL development permitting process.
Artistic rendering of the proposed Lutheran Campus Centre
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UNA Community News Sustainability Corner
Green Guide Tips for Earth Day By Ralph Wells, UNA Sustainability Manager With Earth Day upon us shortly, on April 22, I thought I would devote this column to reviewing actions you can take at home that can have the most impact. This also gives me the opportunity to introduce our Green Guide for residents that will be released in the near future. The Guide provides information on actions you can take to become more sustainable at home. The Guide includes information and tips for five areas: waste reduction, energy conservation, water conservation,
Ralph Wells, UNA Sustainability Manager
transportation and sustainable food options. In keeping with the spirit of Earth Day, I will provide some highlights from the Guide in this month’s column. For waste reduction, the most impactful action you can take is to compost your food scraps. Food represents about half of household waste and, if land-filled, releases significant amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. If you participate in the UNA-UBC compost program, your food scraps will be turned into soil in the on-campus compost processor, and some of the soil will be returned to our community gardens. If your building has compost service, you will find a green compost tote in your buildings recycling room, in which you can place your kitchen food scraps. If your building does not yet have a compost service, ask your strata council to consider signing up for the UNA-UBC compost program. Compost will be banned from the waste stream in 2015, so your building can be prepared for the ban by signing up now. To conserve energy, using a programmable thermostat—to ensure your heat is turned down at night and during absences—is the single biggest impact action you can take at home. Water heating is the second biggest energy user in the home, so taking shorter showers and us-
YOUR CHANCE TO SPEAK AND BE HEARD
Enjoy a glass of wine and an opportunity to speak one-on-one with UNA Resident Directors on neighbourhood topics of your choice.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 PM WHERE: The Old Barn Community Centre (6308 Thunderbird Blvd)
Registration is required by Monday April 28, 2014, contact 604.827.4469 or firstname.lastname@example.org This is a licensed event, restricted to those 19+
ing cold water for laundry can also have a big impact. Having shorter showers along with using a water efficient front load washer happen to be the best way to conserve water at home as well. You can have a significant effect on greenhouse gas emissions by reducing your car travel. Consider making use of the extensive bus network that accesses the UBC campus, many of which have stops near our neighbourhoods. If you travel off campus in the morning and back in the evenings, you will avoid the crowded buses by being counter flow to student travelers. As well, you can access the Modo and car2go car share programs that are in our neighbourhoods. Studies show that car share users travel
more efficiently, and make greater use of the transit system. This may allow you to avoid the need to buy that second car, and also helping with parking in our neighbourhoods. These are just some of the many great tips that will be found in our Green Guide. Watch The Campus Resident for more information about the guide, and be sure to attend our Earth Day events at the Barn on April 22, and the e-waste drop at the Wesbrook Village parking lot on Saturday, April 26 (see our ad below for details). For more information on this or other sustainability related topics, you can contact me at email@example.com or 604.822.3263
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Walk and Talk with Ben Seghers We all know that physical exercise is beneficial for our cardiovascular system, i.e. our heart, lungs, muscles and associated blood vessels. Walking is one of the easiest low-tech ways to obtain these benefits. What is less well known is the effect of exercise on the brain. UBC is a world leader in brain research and the new Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health opened just a few months ago on Wesbrook Mall in front of the UBC Hospital – you can’t miss this distinctive building with huge neurons adorning its massive glass walls. I have had the pleasure of attending several lectures presented by the director of the Centre, Dr. Max Cynader. When he discusses exercise and the brain he often cites research done with mice engaged in continuous ‘mindless running’ in a rotating activity wheel. This is basically the same thing we humans do on a treadmill in our local gym. The astonishing result of the mouse research is that even simple repetitive exercise significantly improves cognition (memory, decision-making and problem-solving). This has major implications for our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Health experts warn us that these diseases will absorb a large proportion of health costs as the baby boomers reach retirement age. Alarmists refer to this as an oncoming “grey tsunami”. In addition to walking I enjoy running on the trails in Pacific Spirit Park. Many of the trails have been upgraded in recent years and now have far fewer ‘haz-
ards’ such as exposed rocks, tree roots, overhanging branches, mud, creeks and puddles. Some have been widened and straightened and with all the crunchy new gravel they now resemble fire roads. Single-track trails are disappearing and this has disappointed some runners who prefer a more natural environment for their runs. Naturalists will also see more flora and fauna on an unimproved narrow trail that meanders through dense forest. It occurred to me that it might actually be better for brain health to walk and run on more challenging trails. Presumably this requires many more conscious and unconscious decisions to avoid stumbling. More neurons need to fire and it’s their connections we wish to stimulate and strengthen. So, who better to ask than Dr. Cynader himself? I cornered him after a talk he gave at the launch of UBC’s ‘Start an Evolution’ fundraising campaign. After I made my case, he thrust his business card into my hand and exclaimed, “You’re right and you can tell them I said so!” This brings us back to the Walk & Talk Club. As we enjoy our brisk walks and lively conversations we are unaware that our brains are silently saying “thank you”, not only for how we feel today but how we will feel decades from now in our old age. 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
Top left, and bottom- Walk and Talk Club members standing under a Cherry Blossom tree. Top right, Ben Seghers.
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Elected Voices Debate in BC Legislature March 24th Dwelled on UEL Issues On one side was Coralee Oakes, minister responsible for the UEL and UBC; on the other was David Eby, MLA (NDP, VancouverPoint Grey) Eby: The minister is, in effect, the mayor and council of a key neighbourhood in my community, the University Endowment Lands. As the minister is aware, the UEL has received an unprecedented rezoning application from the Musqueam people for an area called Block F which proposes, potentially, to double the current population of the University Endowment Lands. The UEL official community plan, unfortunately, is very out of date and is not responsive to major project proposals like Block F. Unfortunately, that remains the case, and it doesn’t seem to be changing soon. As a result, the community advisory committee at the University Endowment Lands has struck a project-based Block F working group to try to incorporate some level of community vision for the future
this group and ensure that the community voice is important and that it is heard. Eby: I thank the minister very much for that. The second question also relates to the UEL and a request for an incorporation study. During the last estimates process the minister advised me that if there was consensus on governance reform on the peninsula, her office would listen and respond. I’m told that a proposal for an incorporation study that comes from the elected University Endowment Lands’ Community Advisory Council is on the minister’s desk. It’s been there for almost five months now, since November, and there hasn’t been a response. Governance reform will be much easier to do now, before the population of the UEL doubles. Will the minister respond to this request from the community for an incorporation study? Oakes: Thank you for the question. As you well can imagine, the UEL is a complex and unique governance structure with many varied interests involved. It’s an area facing great change due to development, demographic and other shifts, so it’s important first for us to understand the state of the UEL to get a sense of the appreciation of the current arrangements
Federal Funding for UBC Line “Falls Off Cliff”: Murray Liberal MP Joyce Murray is in feisty mood at news conference; Tories are playing election games with federal infrastructure funds, she says Local MP Joyce Murray (Liberal) claims the Conservative government is jeopardizing prospects for rapid transit to UBC by playing an elaborate shell game with infrastructure funding. Ms. Murray made the claims at a news conference she called in March to protest “an 87% reduction” in Canada-wide spending for each of the next two years
Joyce Murray, MP
David Eby, MLA
Coralee Oakes, MLA and cabinet minister
into the Block F planning process. The group is made up of three members of the council plus nine members from the community at large. The success of the working group really depends on the cooperation of the ministry and consultants with this group. Can the minister assure the community that the ministry consultants and the ministry staff will cooperate with the Community Advisory Council’s Block F working group and ensure that the working group’s activities and feedback are incorporated into the rezoning process? Oakes: Thank you very much for the question. Staff of the UEL administration and our consultation team have met with this working group, of Block F, in the past two weeks. I will absolutely assure you that we will continue to work with
and implications. The work that we’re currently doing right now is gathering the facts about the current state of the UEL and understanding where the temperature is to move forward. Eby: Could the minister clarify which steps her ministry will be taking to take that temperature? The elected representatives and a large majority at the most recent meeting asked for this incorporation study. What other indicators will the minister be looking for, and how is she going to find them? Oakes: Thank you for the question. Some of the things that we’re currently looking at on the fact-finding information that we need to address is that we have to start looking at what the service relationships look like. Of course, we’re looking at a unique area that’s in a penin-
on such proposed projects as the rapid transit line along Broadway, Surrey Skytrain expansion and Massey Tunnel replacement. Explaining with the use of a chart (below), she said annual Canada-wide infrastructure spending under the federal Build Canada program for such projects as the Broadway line is being “slashed” from $1.65 billion to only $200 million. Infrastructure funding available under the program is being “pushed over the cliff,” she said. Ms. Murray, who has become a senior member the Liberal Party since a strong showing in the leadership race in 2013, claimed “the infrastructure spending is being put on hold so that the government can balance its budget” ahead of the federal election in 2015. She said, “The Broadway line to UBC must go ahead. “The new Build Canada fund was announced a year ago, and two weeks ago, they announced a new (dramatically-reduced) schedule of spending. “Spending should not be set aside for crass political considerations.” The Vancouver-Quadra MP quoted Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson as saying that the proposed level of Build Canada infrastructure funding is “woefully inadequate” and that the Conservative government needs to be convinced the proposed $3 billion transit line to UBC is “of national significance.” She said this two-year slashing of the Build Canada budget comes at a time when “critical infrastructure projects like the Broadway Corridor need to be planned.”
Graph prepared by Liberal Party sula that has other service relationships. There’s financing. Where are the trunk sewer lines? Where are the trunk waterlines? Who owns it? What is the scope of that? Policing — how is that going to be managed within the scope of the current system? The transportation — who owns which roads?
We have consultants on the ground right now that are currently gathering that information so that we can start to really move this forward in a very clear, comprehensive way. (Courtesy Hansard, British Columbia) View this debate at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXWMLBrZAyw
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Biodiversity in your backyard Slimy Signs of Spring by Sabrina Cornish Shartau, Interpreter, Beaty Biodiversity Museum Spring has arrived, and signs of life abound on campus green spaces and in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Colourful songbirds, furry mammals, and beautiful flowers are some of the more fondly-awaited signs of spring. More subtle signs that spring has arrived include the glistening trails of slime showing up on many ground-level surfaces, and the multitude of snails and slugs that formed these sticky pathways. Gastropods (the scientific term for snails and slugs) can be found living in saltwater, freshwater, or on land. Ninetyfour of the gastropod species found in British Columbia live on land; at least 26 of these species are introduced from other parts of the world. Speaking very generally, “snails” have a hard outer shell while “slugs” either lack shells, or have very small internal shells. Here on campus, spotting a snail can be a rare treat. However, if you look carefully, you may be able to find a Pacific sideband (Monadenia fidelis), a snail whose shell can reach 36 mm wide. More often than not, the slimy trails lining common walking paths will have been deposited by either the Black slug (Arion ater), or the Pacific Banana slug (Ariolimax co-
lumbianus). Black slugs are a uniform colour, ranging from brown to black. These slugs are not native to our province; instead, they have been inadvertently imported from Europe. You are just as likely to see one of these slugs munching on your garden plants as you are to find them crawling through the nearby forest trails. Most people view these slugs as pests and go to great efforts to keep them out of their garden plots. To find a Pacific Banana slug, venture out to the moist forests of Pacific Spirit Park. Banana slugs can be quite conspicuous, reaching up to 25 cm in length, and donning a yellowish body with varying amounts of black spotting (some say their
Banana Slug- photo by S. Cornish Shartau
name comes from their resemblance to an overripe banana). These slugs can be found in leaf litter, on the side of trees, or crawling along on walking trails, and will move much more slowly than their imported counterparts. Banana slugs eat a diverse diet, ranging from fungi, to fallen leaves, to decaying plants and animals, to animal waste. The activity of these slugs helps to recycle nutrients on the forest floor. Banana slugs produce plenty of sticky mucous, which helps to keep their bodies moist, aides in movement, and deters predators. Not only does the mucous get slimier as it gets wet, but it also contains a mild anesthetic that numbs the mouth of an unsuspecting predator. Next time you are out in the forest trails, look for a glistening trail of slime. If you follow it to the end, you are likely to find a fascinating new neighbour. Registration is now open for the next sessions of the UTown@UBC Nature Club. Visit beatymuseum.ubc.ca/utown to register your family today. In the Collections: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum has a lot of great programing on including: • Wondrous Exhibit, Be transported to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the most spectacular and pristine ecosystems on earth. • Way Cool Lectures, family-friendly lectures on a variety topics. First Sunday of every month, at 1:00 p.m.
• And, if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, you can still see Remnants: A visual Survey of Human Progress featuring drawings by UBC Botanical Garden’s Artist in Residence, Dana Cromie until April 20th. • The museum is also recruiting summer volunteers. See the Beaty Museum website beatymuseum.ubc.ca for details. UBC Botanical Garden has a number of interesting spring workshops scheduled and don’t forget to bookmark your calendar for the Garden’s annual A Growing Affair Plant Sale May 10th, 2014 more information can be found at botanicalgarden.ubc.ca.
Pacific Sideband- photo by S. Cornish Shartau
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