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  • Release: Vancouver’s Megaphone becomes first street paper in world to release a phone app - Spacing Vancouver
    the app is a way for us to respond to customers who have expressed difficulty finding a vendor to purchase new issues from says Sean Condon Megaphone s executive director Street papers around the world like Megaphone help homeless and low income individuals earn their own income by creating publications that are then purchased and resold by vendors Roughly 40 homeless and low income Vancouverites sell Megaphone which is published every two weeks They buy each issue for 75 cents and sell it for 2 keeping the profits To date technology has been little used amongst street papers and never in the form of an app The Vendor Finder app was designed pro bono by Vancouver interactive firm Denim Steel who worked with Megaphone over a number of months to create the app and to ensure it would benefit both readers and vendors As a web app any iPhone or Android phone will be able to access the app for free We re inspired by the way Megaphone creates economic opportunity for low income and homeless Vancouverites and the quality of content in the magazine Creating the app was a way to support a cause we believe in says Denim Steel co founder Todd Sieling Denim Steel have also made the app open source so other street papers can use it and support their vendors There are more than 100 street papers around the world which like Megaphone work to help support homeless and low income people Selling Megaphone has helped increase my quality of life and given me extra money to do things with my daughter says Mark Irvine who sells Megaphone at Commercial and Grant The app will help people support me by finding out how they can purchase a copy of the magazine every two weeks The

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2013/09/12/release-vancouvers-megaphone-becomes-first-street-paper-world-release-phone-app/ (2015-11-16)
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  • RELEASE: Vision Critical, City of Vancouver launch Talk Vancouver, an innovative online community - Spacing Vancouver
    Vancouver We re thrilled to be working on this groundbreaking initiative with the City of Vancouver says Andrew Reid Vision Critical president and chief product officer We developed this software here in Vancouver and it s great to see it being leveraged in our own backyard Talk Vancouver is powered by Vision Critical s online community platform connecting busy Vancouverites with their city online through ongoing consultations and engagement on their time and on their terms We re increasingly turning to digital and mobile technology to work finish errands connect with family and have fun says Shachi Kurl Vision Critical vice president of citizen engagement It s time for public institutions and local governments to engage people where they are spending time online Vision Critical is also proud to provide its platform in the City of Surrey where residents are having their say through the City Speaks online community and at UBC where students and alumni are engaging with the university as members of the Open Minds Forum According to a survey conducted by Angus Reid Global in March 2013 70 per cent of British Columbians polled say they wish it was easier to make their views heard to their local governments About Talk Vancouver The Talk Vancouver online community is open to anyone over the age of 15 living working or going to school in Vancouver To join go to www talkvancouver com About Vision Critical BC based Vision Critical was founded in 2000 by Andrew Reid and employs more than 300 people in Vancouver 300 more work for Vision Critical at offices in Cape Town New York London Hong Kong Paris San Francisco Sydney Tokyo Toronto Cologne Minneapolis Chicago and Detroit More than 600 governments and organizations around the world including a third of the top 100 brands

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2013/09/11/release-vision-critical-city-vancouver-launch-talk-vancouver-innovative-online-community/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Call for Submissions - "WE ARE BC," a crowdsourced, user-generated film - DEADLINE EXTENDED, Sept 2nd!! - Spacing Vancouver
    To Film and submit it online by AUGUST 15th SEPTEMBER 2nd Contributors could star in the We Are BC film as co directors win a 500 Peoples Choice Award and have their video showcased in a We Are BC legacy website We can promote any media coverage of on our website s media page http www sfu ca publicsquare community summit 2013summit wearebc media html The We Are BC film will be screened in a world premier at The Orpheum Theatre October 3 to kick off a critical province wide dialogue that explores the question How do we chart BC s economy to create wealth promote equality and protect the environment This event is part of a larger 2013 Community Summit on Charting BC s Economic Future hosted by SFU Public Square http www sfu ca publicsquare community summit 2013summit html For more info see the interview on Global BC1 with Jill Krop http www youtube com watch v p4wAmU4zRwI For more of a personal story about the project http www sfu ca publicsquare blog 2013 WeAreBC html For more details www sfu ca wearebc Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Video Vancouver TILT City Engagaing the Street SFU Launches We the City Community Summit Oct 30th to Nov 7th EVENTS We The City 2015 Community Summit EVENT Researching the City October 30 2015 Tweet More posts by Spacing 2 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Stephen Rees 2 years ago Posted on August 12 submission deadline August 15 Thanks for the notice Spacing Erick Villagomez 2 years ago Sorry about the late notice Stephen we post these when we receive them In this case

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2013/08/20/call-for-submissions-we-are-bc-a-crowdsourced-user-generated-film/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Wood Windows - Making the Case for Sustainability - Spacing Vancouver
    windows actually fall to the end of the line in best efficiency upgrades Insulation and draft proofing came in at the top along with furnace upgrades both at 34 energy savings exterior wall insulation came in at 18 and door and window replacement came in at 11 savings Windows are a lightening rod for heated debate forgive the pun on retrofitting older buildings What is forgotten lost in the plethora of promotion for new energy efficient windows is that wood windows are surprisingly easy to restore making them once again energy efficient Using simple products available at the hardware store heat loss high energy consumption cold drafts and condensation can be minimized Installing new sash locks and casement hinges tightening hardware lubricating and cleaning moving parts ensuring weatherstripping and caulking are fully functioning and installing storm windows are all inexpensive and or easy ways to improve the functionality of wood windows If you re not a DIY aficionado windows labelled maintenance free are very enticing But buyer beware they can introduce a host of challenges namely that for the most part they are not repairable Commonly the hardware is damaged and it is often impossible to find replacements within 5 years of installation as styles change The vinyl welds can break the finishes fade and cannot be painted seals fail and within ten to twelve years this window too is torn out and tossed in the landfill with many more before it The most energy efficient window is one which offers less consumption of energy across its entire life cycle Measuring the environmental footprint of any item includes its manufacture shipping time in service and its eventual disposal or recycling not just its performance on the day it was installed The window debate about whether to replace or repair will

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2013/04/10/wood-windows-making-the-case-for-sustainability/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Video Vancouver: A Day in the Life of a Downtown Ambassador - Spacing Vancouver
    More Topics All Topics Architecture Bikes Cities for People Civic Engagement Communication Community Culture Curiosities Events Features Film Video Food Green Space Headlines History Housing Infrastructure Maps Media Neighbourhoods Parks Photos Politics Services Spacing Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Film Video Comments 0 Tweet Video Vancouver A Day in the Life of a Downtown Ambassador March 10 2015 By Yuri Artibise Have you seen the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association s team dressed in blue and wonder what they do Here s a day in the life of an Ambassador We re celebrating our 15th year of service Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts RELEASE Thousands Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver in 2040 Tweet More posts by Yuri Artibise Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts RELEASE Thousands Re Imagine Downtown Vancouver in 2040 Vancouver s True Colours Inspired by Nature Religious Buildings Reincarnated Do High Rise Towers Destroy Community Gardening with Chayote Buddha Hand Melon A Very Vancouver Squash From the Spacing Store 22 Buy yourself a subscription 22 Buy a renewal subscription 22 Buy a gift subscription 5 Back Issues 2 Toronto

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/03/10/video-vancouver-day-life-downtown-ambassador/ (2015-11-16)
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  • RELEASE: Metro Vancouver’s Only Local Carshare Coop Celebrates Milestone with 300th Vehicle - Spacing Vancouver
    2014 Nissan Note and District Main provided free parking and broad communications support both in the building and amongst neighbourhood allies For District Main residents and neighbours having carsharing options close to home was a priority according to the building s general manager Lolly Bennett I asked our tenants when it came to carsharing who were they most interested in and the answer we heard back was Modo We have a strong connection to our community here businesses and neighbours and Modo s own commitment to supporting community initiatives made for a great fit at District Main Grassroots values have helped Modo grow from a small group of forward thinking folks to more than 9 000 members and business drivers across Metro Vancouver Vehicle locations are determined based on where members are and their proximity to transit and cycling infrastructure with partnerships with developers and residential properties like District Main offering opportunities for further expansion Being a not for profit co operative means Modo is able to offer the lowest rates on carsharing in the region We re proud to not only save people money but to achieve that through our co operative business model says Modo board chair Joel DeYoung We re making cities across the region from North Vancouver to Surrey from UBC to Coquitlam more livable and less congested protecting vital green space by removing cars from the road Modo estimates that for every vehicle it adds to the grid as many as 13 privately owned vehicles are taken off the road with 41 of members reporting they d sold or gotten rid of a vehicle within one year of joining Modo In a recent survey 81 of members said they would definitely or likely have bought a personal vehicle had it not been for Modo In

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2013/11/05/release-metro-vancouvers-local-carshare-coop-celebrates-milestone-300th-vehicle/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Urban Planet: Boston packs up City Hall in truck to go - Spacing Vancouver
    By Jonathan Zettel Boston City Hall has decided to take their services on the road This truck which used to be a SWAT vehicle has been transformed to offer constituents a multitude of services The truck will roll into neighbourhoods across Boston where most of the usual services will be offered including birth marriage death certificates and the ability to pay parking tickets While food trucks and pop up fashion trucks have been on the radar for quite some time the City Hall to Go truck in Boston is the first of its kind The truck will communicate its location via twitter CityHallToGo Urban Planet is a roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments We ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues For more stories from around the planet check out Spacing on Facebook and Twitter Do you have an Urban Planet worthy article you d like to share Send the link to urbanplanet spacing ca Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Tweet More posts by Jonathan Zettel Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2013/01/29/urban-planet-boston-packs-up-city-hall-in-truck-to-go/ (2015-11-16)
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  • City of Vancouver Urban Design Studio: R.I.P 2004 - 2014 - Spacing Vancouver
    and construction of places You can see more of his artwork on his Visual Thoughts Tumblr Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts RELEASE Procedural Fairness for the Proposed Re zoning Application at 508 Helmcken Street Solving The Housing Crisis at SFU Part 1 Solving The Housing Crisis at SFU Part 2 SFU Launches We the City Community Summit Oct 30th to Nov 7th Tweet More posts by Erick Villagomez 3 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Anita Molaro 12 months ago Dear Mr Villagomez We were somewhat surprised to read your recent commentary on the Urban Design Studio as it does not acknowledge the majority of urban design work in the Planning Department that has been and will continue to be provided by many staff contributing their expertise and creative abilities The City of Vancouver Planning Department has an extraordinary history of urban design leadership over the past 30 years delivered by many talented staff including the Urban Design and Development Planning Centre a 15 person staff group consisting of architects and urban designers The urban design studio was created by Larry Beasley 10 years ago and carried on by Brent Toderian former Director s of Planning During this 10 year period the Urban Design Studio was comprised of only two employees Scot Hein and Matthew Roddis who joined five years ago While some great urban design work came out of the studio the majority of creative and hard urban design work achieved including innovative problem solving visualization and strategic thinking for the past 30 years was led by the Urban Design and Development Planning Centre group of staff Under the leadership of Brian Jackson who joined the City in 2011 as General Manager of Planning Development Services the relevance of urban design was critical to the current restructuring of the Planning Department For the first time the City has a management level Assistant Director of Urban Design to ensure that urban design has a high profile within the management structure of the entire City The Planning Department also now has an Urban Design Division that consolidated all the urban design resources that had existed previously across four separate divisions including the urban design studio 2 staff the urban design and the development planning staff 15 staff and is also joined by landscape architects 7 staff and heritage planners 4 staff The actual number of urban designers architects landscape architects and heritage staff has actually increased in the last year not decreased The studio staff were incorporated in this new structure to provide mentoring and training opportunities for all of the city urban designers architects and planners also allowing for workload to be distributed in a fair and equitable manner and to ensure that there was accountability for actions decisions and advice that was provided to the development community and the public In addition the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/12/01/city-vancouver-urban-design-studio-r-p-2004-2014/ (2015-11-16)
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