Makin’ it in Dubai: a Viewpoint Podcast Special

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Makin’ it in Dubai: a Viewpoint Podcast Special
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Welcome to a special dispatch from Gordon Price, checking in from Expo 2022 in Dubai. (With apologies for the sound quality. At a place like Expo, it was the quietest place he could find.) ********************************* One of the best things about a world’s fair—after you’ve visited the pavilions, tasted the food, listened to the music —is oddly, also one of …

Three Quick Questions for John Coupar

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We’re back with Episode Three of Viewpoint Vancouver’s election podcast feature: Three Quick Questions. Where in under ten minutes, Gordon Price puts civic candidates on the spot with three unusual questions designed to reveal who they are and what really makes them tick. This time up, Gord turns the political spotlight on John Coupar, the NPA’s candidate for Mayor of the …

Three Quick Questions for Ken Sim

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Check in for Episode Two of Viewpoint Vancouver’s election podcast feature: Three Quick Questions. Where, in under ten minutes, Gordon puts civic candidates on the spot with three unusual questions designed to reveal who they are and what really makes them tick. This time up, Gord puts it to Ken Sim, running for Mayor of City of Vancouver with A …

Post-war bungalows vs transit-hub skyscrapers. Lee-Ann Garnett brings the Burnaby housing story to life.

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Post-war bungalows vs transit-hub skyscrapers. Lee-Ann Garnett brings the Burnaby housing story to life.
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The great BurnaBOOM! took off in the ‘50s, as Willingdon Heights came to model the suburban ideal: a neatly gridded neighborhood of wide streets, tidy flower gardens, and modest single-family bungalows. To some extent, it is still that—but so much more. Lee-Ann Garnett, Burnaby’s Deputy Director of Planning and Building, tells the evolving story of Burnaby housing through the eyes …

Three Quick Questions for Mark Marissen

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Three Quick Questions for Mark Marissen
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Join Viewpoint Vancouver for a quickie! Introducing our new Election podcast feature: Three Quick Questions, where, in under ten minutes, Gordon puts civic candidates on the spot with three unusual questions designed to reveal who they are and what really makes them tick. First up in the series: Mark Marissen, running for Mayor of City of Vancouver with Progress Vancouver.  What has Amsterdam …

North Van’s got urban soul—and big city challenges. Councillor Tony Valente reveals.

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North Van's got urban soul—and big city challenges. Councillor Tony Valente reveals.
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The City of North Van is no bedroom community. With sexy projects like the Shipyards, the Polygon Art Gallery, and new Lonsdale patios and covered seating, North Van is quickly becoming a destination city. In fact, the City has the lowest percentage of single-family homes of any Greater Vancouver municipality. The buzz now is all about market rentals and affordable …

Translink unveils TRANSPORT 2050, and Policy Development Manager Eve Hou is here to spill the beans.

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Translink unveils TRANSPORT 2050, and Policy Development Manager Eve Hou is here to spill the beans.
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Big news for the Region! Translink has just unveiled Transport 2050: its blueprint for the next 30 years of regional mobility. Gordon talks to Translink Manager of Policy Development Eve Hou about the evolution of this important document, and what Translink sees coming down the long-range pipes. Will we have a future of integrated mobility: transit pass, car-share, and share-bike, …

Big Moves: Urbanist Anthony Perl on Global Agendas, Local Aspirations, and Urban Mobility

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Big Moves: Urbanist Anthony Perl on Global Agendas, Local Aspirations, and Urban Mobility
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Gordon and Anthony examine the various historical triumphs and faux pas of Canada’s Big Three cities, and whether the Canadian tendency toward ‘accommodation through equivocation’ has held us back, or helped us dodge some American urban pitfalls. Sensitive listeners be advised: we talk trolley buses.

Panels, manels or womels? Podcaster Mo Amir helps Gord unpack the intricacies of modern lexicon

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Panels, manels or womels? Podcaster Mo Amir helps Gord unpack the intricacies of modern lexicon
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OWG (Old White Guy) Gordon Price enlists the aid of YBG (Young Brown Guy) Mo Amir, for help in unpacking the modern socio-political lexicon. Can white people be ‘racialized’? Is equity of opportunity the same as equity of outcome? What is privilege, really? Who has it now, and where does the balance tip? And, moreover: what does it really take, …

From Kitsilano hippies to Strathcona tent city—Judy Graves believes in housing for all.

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From Kitsilano hippies to Strathcona tent city—Judy Graves believes in housing for all.
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Throughout her 33-year career, Judy Graves was the public face of City Hall to those living in Vancouver’s streets and shelters. She knew who they were, what they needed, and how to get a roof over their heads. She reached out to them, often in the late hours of the night. She knew the ins-and-outs of City Hall, especially the …

Ahead of the Curve, On the Leading Edge, at the Next Frontier, Marc Lee Is Looking There

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Ahead of the Curve, On the Leading Edge, at the Next Frontier, Marc Lee Is Looking There
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Marc Lee has a sort of duality imbued in him that gives him a unique perspective on the world. Raised by a single mother who put him through private school at the prestigious Upper Canada College, Marc developed a perspective on both sides of the spectrum. His work as Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives has taken …

In a World of Acrimonious Political Discourse, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones Has Some Words of Hope  

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In a World of Acrimonious Political Discourse, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones Has Some Words of Hope  
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  Recently retired from federal politics, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones has had a distinguished career; from grassroots local politics, to helping improve the peace and security of women on a global scale. Gord and Pamela talk about densification, reconciliation, the reason she got into federal politics, being a good neighbour, and more.

Mark Sakai on Building For a Warming Future, the Grand Bargain, and Housing Affordability

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Mark Sakai on Building For a Warming Future, the Grand Bargain, and Housing Affordability
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Director of government relations for the Homebuilders Association Vancouver and 4th generation Japanese-Canadian Mark Sakai talks internment, immigration, growing up in Steveston and housing. Housing. What’s important? Mark asks: can you find the housing you want at your stage of life? Single family housing? Spoiler, it still dominates, but you’re probably going to look in Maple Ridge or Abbotsford, or …

To Gian Singh Sandhu, Success Means Not Taking a Back Seat to Anybody

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While the majority of the 27 million practitioners of Sikhism live in India — most living in the state of Punjab — half a million Sikhs reside in Canada. In fact, 1 in 20 British Columbians is Sikh. And according to Gian Singh Sandhu, founding president of the World Sikh Organization (WSO), so is 1 in 4 Surrey residents. Sikhism …