City Conversations – The Future of Our Downtown Waterfront

Vancouver’s downtown waterfront suddenly is in play, and many projects and opportunities are on independent tracks. Do landowners and developers make independent decisions, or does the city act as a coordinator, facilitator and advocate for the public? Our presenters are Graham McGarva, principal of Via Architecture,; Anita Molaro, Assistant Director of Planning at the City of Vancouver; and Frank Ducote, representing the citizens’ Downtown Waterfront Working Group. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Because of the number of presenters and interests involved, this conversation will be extended to 2 p.m.


 Thursday, June 4

12:30 pm

Room 1600, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street

Cost: Free. No registration required.



Abrupt Climate Change – Is there still time to act? A Discussion with Guy McPherson 

The majority of mainstream environmental organizations are not engaged with the root causes of climate change. There are many other more radical groups, networks and mobilizations who explicitly locate climate change as a symptom of the capitalist system. Many of these activists view all climate discourses as co-opted by corporate, state and reformist NGO rhetoric. At the same time, there are others who share a radical analysis, but have concluded based on climate science that we have already passed tipping points and that trying to “stop climate change” is now irrelevant. Guy McPherson is the most recognized figure in North America to represent the latter viewpoint.


Friday, June 12

12 pm

Room 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street

Free. No registration required.



Shaping Vancouver – Our Main Streets  

Our main streets are at the heart of our communities, and have often played a key role in the history and evolution of Vancouver’s neighborhoods. Main streets can be seen as cultural landscapes, which evolve and change over time. The panel discussion for this event will address questions such as: What features contribute to the character of main streets? How can this character be maintained, while allowing our main streets to evolve?


Friday, June 12

7 pm

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Free with registration


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  1. Another ‘event’ on a topic that gets surprisingly little play on this blog given it’s impact is the final of 3 open houses for the Cambie Corridor–phase 3. Tonight at 5:30 at Chown Church, 3519 Cambie (at 19th).

    This is the next step in a massive redesign of a huge swath of the City, not just Cambie.

    The area in grey in the pdf below is subject to the phase 3 plan, all up and down Cambie and Oak and basically everything in between.

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