Issues and concerns of the Dunbar/Southlands neighbourhood

Dunbar/Southlands
dunbarDunbar is a neighbourhood north of the Fraser River that contains a mix of commercial and residential areas. From upper class homes to farmlands, the community is unique to say the least.

According to Jonathan Weisman president of the Dunbar Residents Association Dunbar was traditionally a family neighbourhood.

While in the past the neighbourhood was a relatively affordable place for families and working class people to buy homes, present day buyers and newer residents are most likely to be higher income earners, therefore creating an interesting mix of income levels within the population.

The abundant amount of large lots in the area has made the region a very desirable place for both homebuyers and commercial businesses.

Housing costs in Dunbar have skyrocketed in the past few years and residents are concerned with new developments moving in. Locals have emphasized the value they hold in keeping the neighbourhood as family-oriented as possible.

“In the 60s and 70s the neighbourhood of Dunbar was a family place where a schoolteacher and a garbage man could buy a house and raise a family,” said Weisman. “Today that is no longer the case.”

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VCC and Fire Department vs. Ambulance response times

New changes in code response have created long wait times. B.C. Ambulance Service have yet to respond. Photo by Ali Crane

New changes in code response have created long wait times. B.C. Ambulance Service have yet to respond. Photo by Ali Crane

Vancouver ambulance response times have grown drastically longer after a change in provincial emergency response rules, the fire department and city council allege.

Without any consultation, the provincial government changed 74 emergency call codes from “emergency” to “routine” last October, said city councillor Geoff Meggs.

“This means that arrival times of ambulances have deteriorated from seven to eight minutes to 30 minutes in the city of Vancouver, and it’s worse elsewhere,” said Meggs.

When an emergency call comes in it is assigned a code based on the nature of the incident. The code determines how emergency personnel respond. Continue reading

Terminal City Rollergirls back for 8th Season

Jammer Sarah Saturday (left) of the Riot Girls jumps past blocker Lamb Baste-Her of the Bad Reputations at a roller derby event

Jammer Sarah Saturday (left) of the Riot Girls jumps past blocker Lamb Baste-Her of the Bad Reputations at a roller derby event. Photo by TJ Chase, http://www.tjchasephotography.com

Spring is around the corner and that means the Terminal City Rollergirls are ready to kick off their 8th season of roller derby with their home opener on April 5th at Kerrisdale Arena.

Roller derby is a contact racing sport where one member must try to lap the opposing team while defenders try to stop them. Teams gain

It’s an action-packed, fast-paced event that keeps you on your toes, said Terminal City Rollergirls media director Jenna Hauck. Continue reading

TED Talks streamed at Langara library draw small crowd

Locals and educators view TED Talks, with noticeable lack of students. Photo by Ali Crane

Locals and educators view TED Talks, with noticeable lack of students. Photo by Ali Crane

Despite TED Talks being streamed live at Langara last week, few students attended.

TED Talks is an annual conference where live speakers come together to talk about innovative ideas and inspiring topics.

This year the 30th annual meeting of TED was held in Vancouver with tickets being sold at $7,500 and higher.

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St. Paddy’s Day paints Vancouver green

St. Patrick's Day celebrators take a selfie.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrators take a selfie. Photo by Ali Crane

Vancouverites partied hard this weekend in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day at various events held around the city.

Green takes over Vancouver

The thousands of attendees who braved the rain to watch the parade in downtown Vancouver were treated to a show of Celtic dancers, pipe bands and dancing leprechauns. Continue reading

Langara Falcons head coach leads team to nationals

Falcons head coach Paul Eberhardt looks on in practice. – Photo by Ali Crane

Falcons head coach Paul Eberhardt looks on in practice. – Photo by Ali Crane

Langara Falcons basketball coach Paul Eberhardt describes himself as passionate, demanding and fat.

It all started in high school

Eberhardt came from a family of basketball fanatics. In his senior year of high school he broke his foot in his first game of the year and was then asked by the school’s vice-principal to coach the Grade 8 basketball team. Continue reading