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Mayor Gregor Robertson has issued a statement criticizing CP Rail's removal of gardens along the Arbutus corridor
AUG 16, 2014 —"CP's removal and destruction of long-standing structures along the Arbutus Corridor is completely unwarranted, and these actions are simply a bullying tactic," he said August 15. "The City made a fair market offer to CP to buy the land, which they turned down. There is no business case to reactivate cargo trains along the Corridor, and the City's right to control the zoning was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada." CP Rail started demolishing gardens in Marpole on Thursday August 14, 2014. In CP Rail's most recent letter to residents, the company's director of Government Affairs West, Mike LoVecchio, stated "Our goal is to have the entire line ready for train operations in the fall." [READ MORE]
BC Liquor Store opens new Marpole Store #38 on West 70th Ave
AUG 06, 2014 — Another milestone has been reached in the Marpole Safeway re-development project as BC Liquor Stores opened their new Marpole location on Friday, August 1, 2014. The store is located at the base of the 2nd residential tower at 1525 West 70th Ave. Regular hours are Monday to Saturday 9:30am-9pm. For more info call them at 604-266-5931, visit bcliquorstores.com or get the app for Apple or Android.
AUG 05, 2014 — A two alarm fire caused heavy smoke to pour from the Marpole Railroad Bridge, just west of the Oak Street bridge, July 9, 2014. Fire officials told Global News that people were seen running from the scene of the fire. The section of the bridge impacted by the fire is used for limited service, says Canadian Pacific Railway media officer Ed Greenberg, with only one freight train per week travelling across the wooden structure. Vancouver police and fire officials are also conducting an investigation and say it could be weeks before any answers are found regarding what caused the fire. [READ MORE]
JUL 08, 2014 — A large billboard outside what used to be the Wild Coyote night club on Southwest Marine Drive in Marpole advertises the soon-to-open Gallery Show Lounge, but it's city hall's proposed high-rises that really have residents' knickers in a twist. Gallery marketing director Brent Gazzio said the club will only be open in the evening and will be "high class." It will offer "high level entertainment" in a style reminiscent of Las Vegas and burlesque, something that Gazzio claims is currently enjoying a revival. [READ MORE]
Photograph by: Arlen Redekop
JUN 30, 2014 — An acclaimed Marpole opera company for emerging artists will close its second season with a rare North American comic opera. Opera Mariposa will present a lively new production of Menotti's English-language opera The Telephone at Marpole United Church on July 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm, with a matinee at 2 pm on July 12. The one-act opera will be presented alongside a concert of English arias, and the show will feature talented, award-winning young artists from across the Lower Mainland. Details at operamariposa.com.
JUN 23, 2014 — Metro theatre recently announced the line-up for its 52nd season beginning this fall. The season marks a departure for Metro Theatre, with five productions never before seen on its stage, including Fawlty Towers, The 39 Steps, Parfumerie, Pride and Prejudice, and The Graduate. Agatha Christie's Go Back for Murder returns, as does Metro's traditional Christmas-time pantomime which promises a great time for all ages.Tracy Labrosse from the Play Selection Committee, says: "Our goal with the shows we selected is to stretch ourselves creatively, and bring laughter, intrigue and surprise to our dedicated audiences."
JUN 13, 2014 — The Marpole BIA has added twelve new black decorative floral pots into the mix of 45 existing floral pots along Granville Street between 63rd and 71st Avenues. The new pots have been placed adjacent to many of the city benches and is part of the larger street beautification intiative. [READ MORE]
Two new flower pots decorate the bench next to CIBC
JUN 12, 2014 — Milltown Bar is Richmond's newest watering hole, offering stunning Fraser River views from its unusual perch. Part of the Milltown Marina and Boatyard, which opened this spring, the bar offers staples like burgers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas, along with a good selection of popular adult refreshments. Its location is also a good conversation starter. Milltown Bar is on Richmond Island—an island that's physically attached to Vancouver, but is actually a territory of Richmond. Adding to the drama is that Richmond doesn't have control of the lands due to federal ownership, and that Milltown says it's a part of Marpole. The Musqueam Indian Band is also involved, as a part owner. All those jurisdictional gems are easy to forget, however, when sitting on the patio with a burger and beer, soaking in views of the marina, Fraser River and YVR runway.
JUN 11, 2014 — On June 28th, Marpole celebrates its biennial cornucopia of dance art, the Marpole Dance Festival, which this year is titled Abundance. Come share the rich variety of Vancouver’s dance talent in an afternoon of free, fun audienceparticipation public workshops, showcase performances, and a multicultural Food Fair. Then stay for the lavishly diverse Gala Evening of professional dance performances, including Urban Hip Hop, Russian Ballet, West African dance fused with Samba, Scottish Country dance, Okinawan Taiko Drumdance, Tap dance, Chinese Traditional dance, Performance Art, Taiwanese folk dance, Bellydance, Contemporary Modern dance, Poetry dance (a new form), and Dance Film! The Festival will take place at the Scottish Cultural Centre in South Marpole and at the Centre’s neighbour, the Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Centre. [READ MORE]
JUN 11, 2014 — The Marpole Business Association BIA has been your local business voice and advocate on community and city issues since 2000. The Marpole BIA is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business owners, retail managers, and commercial property owners. The Association has been privileged with excellent member representation for over a decade, and we need your help to keep that great tradition alive. If you are interested in submitting your name to the Nominating Committee to stand as a Director on the Board, please email email@example.com, or call Executive Director Claudia Laroye at 604.418.8232 for more information and an application.
JUN 11, 2014 — The kids at David Lloyd George Elementary (DLG) School need our help. Recently, Vancouver School Board announced that the existing playground no longer meets current safety codes. DLG has to tear down and replace its intermediate playground by July 2016. The School and PAC are busy fundraising to pay for the new, safe playground. If you are interested and able to contribute to this worthy community cause, please contact DLG School Principal Mike McEwan directly, by phone at 604.713.4895. [READ MORE]
JUN 11, 2014 — The annual Marpole Community Day was held this past Saturday at the Marpole community centre. The fair included community service groups, art stations, fitness courses, as well as a variety of performances from ballet and belly dancing to Chinese line dancing and hip hop.
Photograph by: Rebecca Blissett
JUN 2014 — Marpole Community Day was held on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre. For more information including a performance schedule, see marpoleoakridge.org.
MAY 29, 2014 — City council voted unanimously in May to pass amendments that will implement parts of the Marpole Community Plan. This would rezone some arterial streets such as Granville and Osler from one and two-family dwellings to permit townhouses, rowhouses and four-storey apartments. Many councillors appeared disturbed by some residents' complaints about pushy realtors badgering elderly Marpole homeowners to sell their houses. One resident said her 84-year-old mother has been called so often that she is afraid to answer the phone or the door. Marpole residents are enjoying new public art, such as a Lending Library at Bean Around the World at 65th and Granville, as their neighbourhood is on the precipice of change. [READ MORE]
Photo Dan Toulgoet
MAY 27, 2014 — The sixth annual Chinese Lion Dance Tour of Marpole in February, in honour of the Chinese New Year of the Horse, was a success. The cold temperatures did not chill the enthusiasm of the crowd. More than fifty member businesses signed on to participate in individual blessings by the Lion, and offered the traditional lucky red envelope and lettuce offering to the Lion. The seventh annual Lion Dance has already been booked for February 2015. [READ MORE]
MAY 25, 2014 — The Marpole Business Improvement Association (BIA) recently unveiled the latest flurry of public art projects that have been installed throughout the Marpole community over the past two weeks. A new on-street mural, two Little Free Libraries, and an abacus shelter made up of rubber duckies saved from the landfill are the latest public art projects to appear in the heart of the Marpole neighborhood, in and around Granville St. [READ MORE]
MAY 14, 2014 — The Marpole Business Improvement Association (BIA) is pleased to announce the latest flurry of public art projects that have been installed throughout the Marpole community over the past two weeks. A new on-street mural, two Little Free Libraries, and an abacus shelter made up of rubber duckies saved from the landfill are the latest public art projects to appear in the heart of the Marpole neighborhood, in and around Granville Street. [READ MORE]
MAY 12, 2014 — Last Fall, the undergraduate Illustration program at Emily Carr University (ECUAD) worked on producing street banner designs. The winning banner, created by Set Narathipphatthara, will be on display until June, and will reappear next spring as part of a regular banner rotation. The on-street mural on West 66th Avenue will be touched up in May, along with the painting of a new mural on West 67th Avenue. Following the highly successful and well-received Cloud Coordinate shelter wrap at 71st Avenue, there are plans in the works to wrap the other Marpole shelters in public art. [READ MORE]
Long-running Metro Theatre looks to the future: Attracting new audiences, diversifying productions key to theatre's survival
APR 14, 2014 — The Metro has never received government funding but these days box office proceeds aren't enough. General manager, Les Erskine fears the Metro is becoming a dinosaur. Comedies are the biggest moneymaker. "It's become a tradition for a lot of people," Erskine said. Metro Theatre mounts seven plays and one panto each year. Its loyal audience is typically aged 60 to 75. "We're trying to change that but that's hard to do without alienating," Erskine said. The theatre elected a new board that includes younger members last fall and has been boosting its visibility via social media. Their play committee has also been considering works that are a little more challenging than its traditional offerings of farces, pantos and Agatha Christie murder mysteries. Private rentals already keep the lights on. A staging of a Chinese opera is also planned. Erskine hopes to help the Metro survive long enough to draw occupants of new condo developments in Marpole. [READ MORE]
Photo Dan Toulgoet
APR 12, 2014 — Vancouver's Marpole neighbourhood has a new community plan after it passed unanimously Apr 2, 2014. The new plan minimizes change to existing single-family areas. Growth will be focused near major streets, transit, shops and services, and townhomes will be built in some single-family areas. The plan encourages a wider variety of housing options, such as townhouses for families with children, and new rental housing. By 2041, there would be 1,085 new social housing units, 835 rental units, and 6,800 market homes. Other improvements include improved pedestrian and cycling routes, improvements to five parks, and three new parks including a 10-acre sanctuary along the Fraser River. There are upgrades to the library, community centre, Marpole Place Neighbourhood House and Marpole Oakridge Family Place, as well 478 new child care spaces. [READ MORE]
An aerial shot from Granville at 70th towers
APR 12, 2014 — On the street outside Amy's Loonie-Toonie Town, a dollar store at West 70th Avenue and Granville Street, a pink sign popped up last week: "Clearance Sale, 50 per cent off everything." At the end of this month, Amy's will close for good. The main reason for the closure is no surprise: a year-and-a-half ago, a large competing Dollarama chain store set up a few blocks south on the same street. Owner-operator, John Luk paid a combined monthly rent and city tax of $12,680, which he can no longer afford. Some customers lamented that Amy's departure is just one more sign that the village character of old Marpole is fading away, shoved aside by commercial developments and condo towers. [READ MORE]
Photo Dan Toulgoet
MAR 26, 2014 — St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, a K-to-7 elementary school located in Marpole, enrolls 180 or so children who have pulled together through various school outreach projects over the course of the school year to help the less fortunate in local and global communities. Last Christmas students brought in over 615 kgs of non-perishable food items to support local community families in need. Students also collect donations such as: deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, bars of soap, combs, men's socks, underwear, gloves, scarves, and toques that are delivered to and distributed by the Catholic Charities Men's Hostel and given to the homeless of the Vancouver Eastside. [READ MORE]
MAR 23, 2014 — It's 4 pm on a Thursday afternoon in Marpole and preparations for the weekly three-course community meal begin. Although the dinner, designed to create social connections, started out years ago as a potluck for seniors, it now attracts a more diverse crowd of between 30 to 40 people. Many seniors still pop in for the made-from-scratch meals and the company, but the event also draws young families, those with mental health concerns, those with intellectual disabilities, as well as the homeless or those at risk of homelessness. The grocery bill is about $150 and the aim is to break even — diners pay $6 per person, volunteers eat for free and vouchers are given to those in need. Leftovers are sold at a discounted price. [READ MORE]
Photo: Dan Toulgoet
MAR 17, 2014 — Street banners depicting a boat on the Fraser River, the Arthur Laing Bridge and an airplane are the latest examples of an innovative project between Vancouver's most famous art school and one of the city's most historic neighbourhoods. "We've had many banners in the past 13 years representing our history, including ones showing tugboats on the north arm of the Fraser River," said Claudia Laroye, executive director of the Marpole Business Improvement Association. "And while some people love them, some don't.". [READ MORE]
New street banners designed by an Emily Carr student artist reflect a modern snapshot of Marpole along Granville. Photo: Dan Toulgoet
New street banners designed by Emily Carr University student artist reflect a modern snapshot of Marpole
MAR 11, 2014 — The Marpole Business Improvement Association (BIA) is delighted to present its latest street banner project, on display along Granville Street in the Marpole community until June. The winning design was created by student Set Narathipphatthara, an international Illustration student from Thailand, studying at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. This modern and striking street banner design highlights many of the important physical elements that are part of our community - the Arthur Laing Bridge, north arm of the Fraser River, and airport traffic from YVR. [READ MORE]
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