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  • Vancouver Civic Election Debate Livens Up with "Last Candidate Standing" - Spacing Vancouver
    Sunday November 3 2014 previous editions were held in the 2008 and 2011 municipal elections with 27 of the 49 candidates running for Mayor and Council in attendance The decision to open the event up to all candidates rather than focus on the big players meant more fun and unusual antics Independent mayoral candidate Meynard Aubichon chose to beatbox his answers and Cherryse Kaiser attended the event topless entreating people to live in the utter udder bliss of my Milky Way Universal breast vortex In an effort to garner more applause the Cedar Party s Nicolas Chernen ordered a pizza and handed it out members of the audience The event was MC d by Mark Busse Industrial Brand partner managing director Music was also an important part of the day s activities with professional gong player Kathy Cameron letting candidates know when they had run overtime and The New Shackletons playing music during the five minute breaks between rounds Candidates were asked a variety of questions on Vancouver s future posed by a Panel of Inquisition Emily Jackson of Metro News CTV News reporter Jon Woodward and Jackie Wong UBC Megaphone Magazine These questions covered a diverse range of topics often debated in the media including how Vancouver can shake its no fun city title public transit housing affordability and City Hall s engagement with local neighbourhoods you can watch the full video of the debate here When asked what her favourite moments of the debate were VPSN Spokesperson Jessica Hum said there were too many to name but she did mention three highlights including RJ Aquino and Nicholas Chernan share a selfie moment Keith I ve forgotten what was the question again Higgins who was thrown off his game when Cherryse Kaiser independent exuberantly answered a question just before his turn And in the final showdown between Andrea Reimer and Pete Fry In response to Pete Fry s numerous comparisons of Vancouver to Portland Andrea said I feel like I m on the Pete Fry drinking game Where every time he mentions Portland we all have to take a drink Last Candidate Standing runner up Pete Fry left and winner Andrea Reimer right After nearly three hours of debate the 2014 Last Candidate winner was declared Andrea Reimer Vision Vancouver who won against runner up Pete Fry Green Party based on her answer to a question about how to address social isolation in Vancouver She spoke of when she was sick in the hospital and saw the contrast between people there who had friends or family visiting them versus those who did not I saw how the people who had a steady stream of loved ones coming to visit them would perk up and even walk As soon as could get out of the hospital bed and got back to City Hall I brought forth a motion for an Engaged City Task Force to develop ways to help people get to know their neighbours better and improve engagement with

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/11/13/vancouver-civic-election-debate-livens-last-candidate-standing/ (2015-11-16)
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  • The False Creek Pump Station - Spacing Vancouver
    junctions on the line are seven underground valve chambers each having the capability of sealing off segments of the DFPS in the event of a breach keeping the remainder of the system operational Fire suppression is provided by 70 special high capacity fire hydrants which can be easily spotted by their characteristics blue and white colour schemes When hooked up to five inch hoses water can be delivered to a fire at a distance of up to 825 metres In this way fewer pipes can provide fire protection to a larger part of the city The muscle behind this massive water delivery system is derived from twin pumping stations located at False Creek completed in 1995 and Coal Harbor completed in 1997 Each station is equipped with two Fairbanks Morse Vertical turbine pumps which are driven by two Caterpillar 3512 Diesel engines each the size of a jeep and can put out 1600 HP at 1770 RPM These engines which are always kept warm enough for oil to circulate are started by two giant 200 psi air compressors and are fueled by diesel tanks located in a separate sealed off concrete compartment You may have noticed at this point that the heavy hardware seems to come in pairs This is a deliberate feature which is designed to act as a fail safe While each station can fully operate with just a single pump engine or compressor redundancies were built into the operating systems wherever possible Each pump draws water from a massive 675 000 litre 150 000 gallon storage tank known as a wet well which are located deep underneath each pumping station At full blow each station can pump 45 000 litres 10 000 gallons of water per minute through the DFPS network While an astounding rate of flow the capacity of each station s wet well limits the duration of outflow to approximately 15 20 minutes which isn t very long This is exactly why each pumping station is also fully equipped to draw in sea water from the Burrard inlet and False Creek in the event that the wet wells become depleted or the regular municipally water supply becomes cut off if you are a frequent visitor to the seawall you may have noticed the fire pump intake signs While the pumping station at Coal Harbor is fully automated i e unmanned the False Creek Pump Station serves as the main operations and control hub for the entire DFPS Doors Open Vancouver allowed for me and a number of other interested guests to take partial tour of the facility The station itself is built like a fortress Able to withstand the force of a powerful earthquake it also comes fully equipped with an internal power generator and is stocked with enough diesel fuel equipment and provisions for a crew of six highly trained engineers and operators to last a week in isolation This also makes the station a last holdout for crews coordinating emergency responses in case

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/11/10/doors-open-vancouver-false-creek-pump-station/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Vancouver Confidential: Not your Dad's history book - Spacing Vancouver
    the Police Museum one day I found some long lost documents pertaining to an internal enquiry in 1935 she says There s a perception in society that the Thin Blue Line protects even the most corrupt police officers from facing justice but I thought it was really interesting to see how corruption was perceived by members of the Vancouver police themselves back in the 1930s and how many officers were willing to rat out their brothers to try and put a stop to it Rosanne Sia Before moving to L A to work on her doctorate in American Studies and Ethnicity Rosanne Sia taught English in Paris worked as a storyteller for the Vancouver Dialogues Project as a researcher for the Visible City project and worked on the Hope in Shadows calendar with Pivot Legal Society in the DTES Rosanne s chapter describes a 1937 murder that triggered a ban on white waitresses in Vancouver s Chinatown and is punctuated by a Vancouver Sun photo of 15 waitresses on a protest march from Chinatown to Vancouver City Hall What is so remarkable about these young women is that through their personal experience working in Chinatown they had learned to see issues around race and ethnicity in a different way than almost every other Caucasian in Vancouver she says I loved their determination and the brazen attitude they displayed to the authorities Stevie Wilson At 26 Stevie Wilson is the youngest of our group but she already has a formidable resume Stevie is a columnist for Scout Magazine and she wrote and co produced Catch the Westbound Train a documentary that aired on the Knowledge Network in August and has already notched up a slew of awards The film and Stevie s chapter drops us into the Vancouver of 1931 where

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/11/03/vancouver-confidential-dads-history-book/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENT: West Vancouver Museum "Inside Out" Architect Talks - Spacing Vancouver
    Arthur Erickson s interview at the Hugo Brigitte Eppich House Homes by Design Television Inc Sound Venture 1998 2 30 to 3 30 pm Presentation by Geoffrey Erickson Geoffrey Erickson is editor of the forthcoming book Francisco Kripacz Interior Design The book will be launched in November in conjunction with Inform Interiors release of a collection of furniture The Erickson Design Collection designed by Kripacz and Arthur Erickson Some pieces in the collection were inspired by original designs for the Hugo Brigitte Eppich House included in the current exhibition Geoffrey will tell us about his upcoming book as well as another publication underway about the Hugo and Brigitte Eppich House Tuesday September 15 6 00 to 8 30 pm Meet an Architect Nick Milkovich 6 30 to 7 30 pm Presentation by Nick Milkovich Nick Milkovich joined the firm of Erickson Massey in 1968 and worked on numerous projects for Arthur Erickson Architects becoming an Associate in 1979 and Director of Design in 1987 Principally involved in the firm s custom private residential work Nick was also a member of the design team for the award winning Museum of Anthropology at UBC and the Law Courts in downtown Vancouver Nick started his own firm Nick Milkovich Architects in 1991 The firm has been recognized with AIBC Awards for Excellence for the Waterfall Building in Vancouver the Museum of Glass in Tacoma WA and the Creekside Community Centre in the Vancouver 2010 Athlete s Village as well as the Premier s Award of Excellence in Architecture for the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina Saskatchewan Nick will share his experience of working with Arthur Erickson and his familiarity with other midcentury modern architects as well as his own architectural practices Thursday September 17 6 00 to 8 30 pm Meet Kiriko Watanabe WVM Curator with architect Peter Pratt 6 30 to 7 30 pm Presentation by Kiriko Watanabe with Peter Pratt Kiriko Watanabe is co author and curator of Selwyn Pullan Photographing Mid Century West Coast Modernism and curator of From the Inside Out Integrating Art and Architecture on the West Coast She is Assistant Curator at the West Vancouver Museum and organizes the Museum s annual West Coast Modern Home Tour Kiriko will share some ideas that guided her selection of houses artworks crafts and furniture in the exhibition and provide in depth information relevant to the understanding of midcentury modern art and architecture in Vancouver Peter Pratt has 35 years of experience as a design project architect and a wealth of knowledge His father Ned Pratt is an architectural legend who was an influential figure at Vancouver s prestigious firm Thompson Berwick Pratt In 1951 Ned Pratt built his second family home to experiment new building technologies and materials and showcase his innovative designs Peter has recently restored and updated the house sixty years after his father built it linking the original structure by a cedar pagoda to an addition housing a contemporary kitchen bathroom and bedrooms Saturday September 19

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/09/03/event-west-vancouver-museum-inside-architect-talks/ (2015-11-16)
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  • EVENTS: Jane's Walk - May 1st, 2nd and 3rd - Spacing Vancouver
    abilities and income levels People can sign up to create a walk of their own lead a walk with others or participate in one The walks create the time and space for people to learn about their cities connect with their neighbours and share ideas Walks can also provide participants with the opportunity to build community and promote walking as a healthy activity This year s walks in Coquitlam span a huge range of themes from exploring communities to society The Jane s Walk Festival helps build resilient communities while encouraging walking Some of the walk themes that have taken place over the years include being a newcomer to a community food access and security public art public spaces accessibility health and wellbeing sports safety revitalization and much more In 2014 there were more than 1000 walks in more than 130 cities around the world More than 35 walks took place throughout Metro Vancouver alone This year TravelSmart has issued a friendly mayoral challenge throughout Metro Vancouver to see which city can host the most Jane s Walks With a growing number of walks posted throughout the region 2015 is shaping up to be the most successful Jane s Walk yet Every perspective is important to building vibrant and healthy cities If you have a fun informative unusual way of looking at your neighbourhood then Jane s Walk wants you to host a walking conversation through your community Organizing a walk is easy It involves planning a route thinking through the stories places people and ideas you want to hear and talk about and then registering it online in your Metro Vancouver city Here are few http janeswalk org canada coquitlam http janeswalk org canada vancouver http janeswalk org canada abbotsford http janeswalk org canada burnaby http janeswalk org canada

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2015/04/21/events-janes-walk-may-1st-2nd-3rd/ (2015-11-16)
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  • A Century After 1914: Vancouver’s War Memorials - Spacing Vancouver
    Winged Victory Installed in 1921 this bronze sculpture by Montreal artist Coeur de Lion MacCarthy is one of three identical sculptures installed in Canada Commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway to mark the more than 1 100 CPR employees who perished during World War I the statues were placed near CPR landmarks Vancouver s sits outside of Waterfront Station The others are in Winnipeg installed 1922 and Montreal installed 1923 The dates of World War II were later added on plaques attached to each statues base Winged Victory also referred to as Angel of Victory was considered one of the most evocative memorial sculptures depicting an angel carrying a deceased soldier to heaven at the moment of his death While all three statues were cast identically the Vancouver statue has its own mark of history In the 1960s concerned citizens attempted to clean what they thought was dirt off the statue as they felt its state was disrespectful The dirt was actually natural patina that occurs on bronze over time The scratch marks from their cleaning tools can still be seen Photo Credit www cwgc org Mountain View Cemetery Mountain View Cemetery has four Fields of Honour commemorating Canada s veterans and those from other Commonwealth countries and allied forces There are over 12 000 veterans buried here including over 570 graves that are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission The upright monuments near the flag pole commemorate those veterans whose graves were not marked by 2006 Many still remain without a marker but one can be placed through the Cemetery s donation program There is also a granite memorial which was dedicated in 1983 to all Canadian military members who have passed away Photo Credit www greenclub bc ca Japanese Canadian War Memorial Stanley Park In April of 1920 a monument commemorating Japanese Canadians who fought for Canada was erected in Stanley Park Built with private donations the monument comprises a base listing battles where Japanese Canadians fought and a stone column topped with a Japanese style lamp that was intended to stay permanently lit The lamp which had been lit with the unveiling in 1920 was extinguished in 1942 when attacks on Pearl Harbour led to the internment of Japanese Canadians It was re lit in 1985 with decorated First World War veteran Sgt Masumi Mitsui in attendance Until this year the monument had not received significant restorations for over two decades Recent restoration work has been completed with the assistance of a Vancouver Heritage Foundation Restore It grant This year the annual Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Japanese Canadian War memorial will not only mark the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of World War I but also the restoration of the monument Photo Credit www vancourier com Victory Square The largest Remembrance Day ceremony has traditionally been at the cenotaph in Victory Square This location was significant from the beginning as it was the original site of Vancouver s first courthouse and the intersection

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/11/07/century-1914-vancouvers-war-memorials/ (2015-11-16)
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  • #CycleChicFilms: Observing the Elements - Spacing Vancouver
    Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic Film Video Comments 0 Tweet CycleChicFilms Observing the Elements October 27 2014 By Chris Bruntlett Meet Dave a Vancouver based landscape designer and installer for whom growth is essential personal professional and botanical Since he started his landscape design business eight years ago the company has burgeoned into his life s passion photography and riding his bike around the world come a close second For Dave the key is to keep the elements in balance Enjoyed this Watch our previous films here Director DAVID PHU Producer CHRIS BRUNTLETT Director of Photography CHRISTOPH PREVOST Sound Video Editor TODD LEBLANC Music Composer MICHAEL CHAMPION Stills TY BADALI Special Thanks Stephen Mancer Stephanie Orford Peter Pawlowski Homer Street Cafe Gossamer Threads Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Video Vancouver Introducing Subway Symphony Video Vancouver The Finish Line Video Vancouver FOURWALLS London Video Vancouver No Fun City Tweet More posts by Chris Bruntlett 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

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/10/27/cyclechicfilms-observing-the-elements-4/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Modernism in Vancouver Part Two: West Coast Modernism - Spacing Vancouver
    true first growth wood that was still widely available and relatively inexpensive in the first half of the century the technique adapts to uneven surfaces because it requires only footings rather then full foundations as seen in the feature image of the now demolished Graham House The home pictured above is recognized on the Vancouver Heritage Register for not only its connection to celebrated Modernist architect Charles Edward Ned Pratt but also its early utilization of post and beam construction Floating platforms and cantilevered floors supported by structural posts can hover over any surface or project over rock facings and cliffs making the most of difficult terrain while optimizing stunning views This also meant more of the natural landscape remained and the homes embraced their connection to nature Floor plans were designed around natural terrain and indoor design features flow through large expanses of glass to an outdoor counterpart In some cases large natural rocks have been incorporated into the finished home as in the Hellbaum House in California and the Wong Residence in Vancouver both pictured below The style also made use of the readily available mass produced materials that were developed during the wars Standard 4 8 sheets in various materials including plywood and gyp rock were well suited to rectilinear construction allowing windows and solid surfaces to be placed at regular intervals This made homes less expensive and faster to build The Hellbaum House in California built 1950 Photo Credit www retrorenovation com The Wong Residence with landscaping by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander built 1956 Photo Credit Martin Knowles Photo Media The growth of West Coast Modernism in Vancouver started with a few key players While teaching art and architecture at UBC B C Binning invited Austrian born architect Richard Neutra to lecture on several occasions to the design community including emerging architects such as Ron Thom and Arthur Erickson Neutra was a strong believer in the possibilities of regional West Coast expression which he defined as a response to climate reflections seen on glass and water and the relaxed West Coast lifestyle The influence of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright who drew from Japanese design can also be seen in West Coast Modern architecture Wright maintained that the west coast was no longer an outpost of European culture but its own autonomous member of the Pacific Rim Wright s flowing space and sculptural forms proved more appealing to the west coast than the hard edges of International Style Organic use of natural wood the Japanese affinity for open floor plans and simple construction methods spoke to the west coast way of life In Vancouver the architecture firm of Sharp Thompson Berwick Pratt became instrumental in the local Modernist movement employing architects like Ned Pratt Ron Thom Arthur Erickson and Barry Downs Works Baker House designed by Ron Thom 1952 Photo Credit Martin Knowles Photo Media The thoughtful design expressed through attention to the natural landscape functional furnishing and fixtures and open space planning result in simple elegant

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/vancouver/2014/09/16/modernism-vancouver-part-two-west-coast-modernism/ (2015-11-16)
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