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30Apr

Urban design study envisions walking made easier in Vancouver’s historic Gastown | CBC News

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Leaders in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood are asking the public to comment on its future design and how space in the area can be reclaimed for public use. 

This comes in response to the City of Vancouver’s 2040 Transportation Plan, approved back in 2012, which aims to reduce emissions by encouraging more use of public transportation, cycling and travelling on foot. 

The Gastown Business Improvement Society (GBIS) commissioned local architecture firm ph5 to complete an urban design study in 2019, hoping to find out how Gastown could become more usable and livable. It was completed in February 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the group from releasing the results and asking the public to engage. 

“While Gastown remains a thriving business community, there is a sense of urgency to restore this National Historic Site to the jewel of the city that it needs to be,” GBIS executive director Walley Wargolet said in a media release. 

Among the recommendations are reducing vehicle traffic, and increasing space on sidewalks for pedestrians, along with creating more cohesive pedestrian networks. 

“We imagine Water Street as much more of a shared street with wider sidewalks, bicycles and a car lane,” ph5 architect and partner Peeroj Thakre told On the Coast host Gloria Macarenko. 

“We see it as changing the proportions of it. So it’s a quieter street but it’s still accessible for all modes of transportation.” 

A study by architecture firm ph5 Inc. suggests more accessibility in terms of cycling and walking in Gastown. (Submitted by Sarah Bancroft)

They’re also looking at how alleyways can be better utilized for public use. In the past, Gastown alleys were once home to pubs, stables and manufacturers. Today, a few restaurants have alleyway entrances, but the study suggests other businesses could have garage-style doors to “restore the warehouse feel” of the community. Additionally, social services could be available like washrooms and drop-in centre, Thakre said. 

To accommodate that change, waste collection and lighting would need to be reevaluated. 

Creating more space for public gathering is also on the list, primarily on the west and east ends of the neighbourhood. 

“Much of Gastown, its public space, is about movement and there’s very little space for gathering,” Thakre said. 

“We’re trying to look at how all the spaces of Gastown work together to create a healthy and vibrant and equitable public realm for businesses, workers, all residents and visitors.”

Public engagement

Now, stakeholders are looking to the public for input on their plans.  

A campaign called Gastown Tomorrow was launched earlier this week with the unveiling of an outdoor gallery exhibition, featuring large scale work from five local artists.

Art installations in Gastown are asking the public to engage with a study about the future of the neighbourhood. (Submitted by Sarah Bancroft)

Each piece features a part of Gastown that could change, including Water Street, Blood Alley and Maple Tree Square. 

The pieces can be viewed outside Vancouver Film School on Water Street. 

The gallery is the first of several engagement sessions the GBIS plans to host,and Thakre said residents can expect to start seeing posters, coffee sleeves and take-out bags in the area with printed designs asking people to provide feedback. 

“The plan itself is a long and detailed document and the engagement process is really intended to bring it to life,” Thakre said. 

To hear Peeroj Thakre’s interview with On the Coast, click here: 

On The Coast7:45Gastown Tomorrow

A community initiative is looking at how Gastown’s infrastructure can be improved. We speak to one of the top architects, Peeroj Thakre, about the project. 7:45

23Mar

Questions swirling around price tag for Vancouver’s new $645K public toilet

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The B.C. government has allocated $645,000 to buy and install a single public toilet in Vancouver’s Cooper’s Park.

The toilet will be placed in the park, which is located in Yaletown, under the Cambie Street Bridge.


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Inside Esquimault’s Portland Loo prefabricated public toilet kiosk – Mar 23, 2021

The washroom is funded by the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP), to which the government has dedicated $100-million to provide one-time infrastructure funding grants to communities around the province.

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However, the high price is raising some eyebrows.

“Despite stating otherwise, the jobs minister has clearly failed to understand that non-profit organizations like Science World are ineligible for his own business recovery grant program,” Todd Stone, BC Liberal Critic for Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation said in a release.

“To add insult to injury, while we all agree that public washrooms are important, the NDP are out of their mind to think allocating more than half a million dollars for Vancouver to build a toilet is an appropriate use of government relief funds — that’s outrageous.”


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The issue was also brought up in question period Monday with Stone saying “My question to the minister would be this: why was spending over half a million dollars on a toilet more important than grants for struggling performing arts venues that are barely hanging on?”

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B.C. Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon defended their spending, saying B.C. has “the highest per-capita supports in all of Canada for businesses and people. We’re so proud of that — 99.4 per cent of jobs returned, and 10 straight months of job increase, leading the country. This is something we should all be proud of.

“We’ve cut property taxes, deferred others to reduce pressure. We’ve prohibited commercial evictions. We’ve put in tax subsidies for businesses to hire and rehire employees. We’ve provided a 25 per cent reduction to liquor pricing for restaurants. Guess what: we made it permanent.”

The toilet is built by a company called Portland Loo, which claims their products “are designed specifically to prevent problems that are commonly experienced with public toilets. The sleek and modern kiosk discourages crime with graffiti-proof wall panels and open grating.”

Another Portland Loo kiosk, installed in Nelson, cost the city approximately $140,000.


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‘It’s so frustrating’: Lack of public toilets leaves Downtown Eastside residents with few options

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John Irwin, a Vancouver Park Board commissioner, said he is in favour of public toilets and it’s important to note that $150,000 of the allocated funds are for the toilet itself and the remaining amount is for building the services and infrastructure in the area that are needed for the toilet to operate. The pipes and the sewer system have to be installed in the area as Irwin called it an “unserviced part of the city.”

“We’re in the middle of a rebuild of Cooper’s Park so this is the time to do it,” he said.

“Under the provincial funding, that work will create jobs for people. It will create work for local people and services for local people. So yes, the sticker price for the toilet is high but.. it’s like a tank of toilets, it’s virtually indestructible.”

Irwin added the Park Board spends a lot of money to fix up toilets that are vandalized and damaged.


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The City of Vancouver has been criticized in the past for the lack of public facilities, especially for the city’s more vulnerable citizens.

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Dr. Brian Conway, medical director of the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre, said the public needs to remember that the pandemic took away some of the most important resources for vulnerable Vancouverites, causing the situation in the inner city — and especially in areas like the Downtown Eastside — to deteriorate quickly.

The City of Vancouver operates 11 automated public toilets and two “comfort stations” underground, along with three temporary washroom trailers opened during the pandemic. Six of them are open 24 hours a day.

The toilet is one of 63 small-scale public-use infrastructure projects throughout the province.

Josie Osborne, B.C.’s minister of municipal affairs, said Tuesday that local governments could put forward proposals for projects that needed funding.

“We know they have identified this as a priority project for them based on the dramatic increase in people accessing Vancouver parks,” Osborne said.

“We count on local governments to bring forward their priority projects and our staff uses a merit-based process to assess the projects. The local governments will conduct those projects. There is a reporting back mechanism and we will be monitoring that as we always do with all funding projects.”

Ross McPhee lives near the Esquimalt Portland Loo toilet and told Global News it seems to be popular.

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“Especially with the children’s playground right next door, with the parents, I think it gets used a lot,” he said. “I think they really appreciate it.”

He said he cannot understand the cost of the Vancouver model.

“The cushioning must be really good,” he joked.




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6Jul

Drinking in parks: Decision on Vancouver’s pilot program coming Monday

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VANCOUVER —
The Vancouver Park Board will vote Monday on whether to introduce a pilot program that would allow drinking in some local parks as early as this month.

Park board staff have been looking into idea for several years, but have been pressured to make it a priority in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the pandemic, B.C. health officials have encouraged the public to keep their small social gatherings outdoors in order to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.

Park board staff will present their plan for a pilot program Monday night.

The proposal designates specific areas within 10 parks where adults would be permitted to consume their own liquor:

  • Fraser River
  • John Hendry (Trout Lake)
  • Harbour Green
  • Locarno Beach
  • Memorial South
  • New Brighton
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Quilchena
  • Stanley Vanderbilt

The green spaces were picked for their accessibility, amenities and location.

Staff tried to avoid selecting spots with bathing beaches, playgrounds and schools wherever possible.

If approved, drinking would be allowed in specific areas in those parks from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The project could kick off as early as mid-July and run until Thanksgiving weekend.

During the trial, the park board will collect feedback from park rangers, residents and businesses.

Staff will then present a feasibility study which will decide whether or not to allow drinking permanently.

However, the project does face some additional some red tape.

Alcohol is governed by the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Act.

It gives municipalities and regional districts the power to make their decisions about alcohol, but the Vancouver Park Board is neither of those.

It’s now working with the provincial government to amend the act so it can move forward with its decision.

The proposal does not have an exact dollar figure for how much the program will cost, but it is expected to increase operating costs.

Additional park ranger patrols, cleaning, maintenance, signage and education will be needed to run the program.

Those costs will be taken out of the existing park board budget, which will lead to cuts in other areas.

The park board meets Monday at 6:30 p.m.   

18Jun

Should Vancouver’s Stanley Park reopen to vehicles? Emergency park board meeting to decide

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VANCOUVER —
The Vancouver Park Board is holding an emergency meeting Thursday to decide the future of Stanley Park.

The city’s crown jewel has been closed off to vehicles since the start of the pandemic and some advocates are pushing to keep it that way.

Commissioners are considering reducing Stanley Park Drive to one-way, single lane vehicle traffic.

The debate started back in April, when cyclists were banned from the seawall due to overcrowding concerns.

The bikes were subsequently moved onto the roadway, shutting non-essential vehicles out.

Commissioners tasked park staff with looking into the feasibility of permanent traffic calming measures earlier this month.

Those findings are expected to be presented at Thursday night’s meeting. Advocates for the lane closures argue it will make the park safer, greener and more appealing.

Those against the permanent closure are raising concerns about parking and accessibility for seniors, young families, and people with disabilities.

Owners of nearby businesses say the potential reduction of vehicle traffic would be devastating to their livelihoods.

The Tea House, Stanley Park Brewing and Ocean Wise are some of the groups that have spoken out against the change.

They’re urging Vancouverites to write the park board and sign an online petition, which has gained more than 12,000 signature so far.  

15Jun

Socially distanced movies coming to Vancouver’s Rio Theatre

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VANCOUVER —
Vancouver’s Rio Theatre is hoping to reopen to customers in July with socially distanced screenings.

Corinne Lea, the theatre’s owner and operator, says she’s already been in touch with Vancouver Coastal Health and is hoping to be open again sometime after Canada Day.

In a cheeky video announcing the reopening posted to the theatre’s YouTube channel, a concession stand worker wearing a mask throws popcorn, soda and a packet of Junior mints at a customer standing six feet away.

“We’ve put a lot of work into trying to figure out how it’s going to work with the new social distancing restrictions,” Lea said. “Our video was just to have a bit of fun with it…and you know, just try to get the word out that we’re going to be coming back to entertain people.”

Lea says theatre-goers will need to leave two to three seats between each other, but people from the same pod or family will be allowed to sit together. Seats will be cleaned between each film, and bathrooms, door handles, and other high-touch surfaces will be sanitized regularly. Staff will wear masks, and customers will be strongly encouraged to wear them, especially in the lobby, washroom and lineup.

“The biggest challenge is, of course, our theatre was built in 1938 so the lobby is not very big, so we’ve come up with some creative ways that we could organize lineups and things like that so that people can have the space,” she said.

The concession stand will have its full menu available, which includes popcorn, candy and grilled cheese sandwiches.

When it comes to what films will be shown at first, Lea says it’s been tough finding new content as many films that were scheduled to come out have been bumped, and a lot of productions have been shut down during the pandemic.

“We will be turning to a lot of our cult classics. People’s all-time favourite films that they want to see up on the big screen,” she said. “We’re definitely going to put a focus in support of Black Lives Matter to show films made by Black artists, directors, or films that address the issues of racism.”

Prior to the COVID pandemic, the theatre had never needed to shut down before and Lea says the week they decided to close was difficult and emotional since they had fought very hard in the past to keep the Rio open.

She says she’s grateful to be her own landlord since she’s been able to benefit from the six-month mortgage deferral, but she has concerns over the 50-person capacity limit for events.

“There isn’t a venue across this country that can survive with only 50 customers,” Lea said, adding that equals about 12 per cent of her capacity. She hopes the government will eventually raise the limit to 100 people.

“Nobody is expecting to make a profit during this time, but we don’t want to be in a position where we can’t stay in business,” she said. “So we’re just trying to keep afloat.”

Lea says she’s in touch with many other small business owners throughout the city who have reopened but are still concerned about whether or not they will survive. As a result, she says she has “mixed emotions” about the theatre opening its doors again.

“I know people who have hair salons, restaurants. And they’re all saying it’s not easy. They’re all saying that being open has its own challenges compared to being closed,” she said. “Either the business isn’t there because people aren’t coming or they can’t function at full capacity, or there’s just the stress of managing everything. You want to keep staff safe. You want to keep customers safe.”

Lea says the public health benefits of the economic shutdown have been evident in B.C. and that it’s in everyone’s best interest both health and business-wise that there are no setbacks during the pandemic. But she says she and the other small business owners are worried about what the future holds.

“I feel like I’m starting all over again,” she said. “It took me 12 years to build up this business into a very successful operation, and now I feel like I’m back to square one again. It’s a little defeating to say the least.” But she says her efforts will be focused on keeping the theatre open, despite the challenges the pandemic has created.

“My main focus is to make sure the Rio is going to still be standing by the end of this,” she said. “Even if I’m the last theatre standing. That’s my goal.”

29Apr

3-pillar strategy to test for COVID-19 on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside | CBC News

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A team of more than two dozen people is testing and tracing residents on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Patricia Daly, Vancouver Coastal Health’s chief medical health officer, said Tuesday that the testing rate is over 40 people per 1,000, more than double the rate in other regions, and only a small number of cases have been found.

“It’s almost like detective work,” Daly said. “You have to do a lot of interviewing and follow-up with cases, but we have staff who are very good at this.”

The Downtown Eastside is one of the areas where health officials have concerns because other cities have seen outbreaks where people live in communal settings and the virus can easily spread, she said.

A man wearing a protective mask walks on the Downtown Eastside. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said people living in the area may also have several underlying health issues that would make them more at risk of having a severe infection.

Vancouver Coastal Health is implementing a three-pillar approach for prevention, testing and tracing along with support to reduce the impacts on inner-city neighbourhoods of the opioid overdose crisis and the pandemic.

Daly said the team proactively offers testing to anybody who might have symptoms and doesn’t wait for them to come to the clinic, she said.

“We have a very low threshold for testing.”

Tracing contacts

Testing and tracing have been ongoing for a number of weeks and confirmed cases of COVID-19 or potentially exposed contacts are followed-up daily by a public-health team, she said.

If someone on the team identifies a person who is positive for COVID-19, she said health officials try to trace all the close contacts.

“So, the first thing we do is interview the case. We find out where they’ve been in the period of time when they would have been contagious to other people, that’s from the start of the symptoms going back two days.”

If all the contacts of that person can’t be traced, she said health officials put out a news release.

“Early on in the pandemic, we had a case of a person who attended a dental conference in Vancouver and that case had a lot of people at the conference, so we put out a news release,” Daly said.

Health officials also put out a news release if they can’t identify the individual or if there is an outbreak that the public should be aware of, such as at the Vancouver poultry plant where 34 cases have been linked, she said.

If a person from the Downtown Eastside tests positive for COVID-19 and does not have adequate housing, he or she is offered a room in a hotel and monitored by public health officials, Daly said.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart had said BC Housing has secured hundreds of hotel rooms in Vancouver for people who are homeless or precariously housed and who need to self-isolate.

Contacts the person may have had are usually traced through interviews, she said.

“We can go to the building to find out who they shared a washroom with … so it’s working with the case but also working with others in the community.”

23Apr

Newborn found dead inside portable toilet on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: police

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VANCOUVER —
Police in Vancouver say an infant was found dead inside a portable toilet on the Downtown Eastside Wednesday.

Investigators had an area near a bank of portable toilets at Main and Hastings streets blocked off by police tape, but it has since reopened.

“This is a, without a doubt, an extremely tragic incident,” said Const. Tania Visintin in a news release the next day.

“We need to speak with any witnesses and the mother of this baby as we are deeply concerned for her mental and physical well-being. It has been a tough evening for the community and the department.”

Police say they were called to the area at about 6 p.m. They said it was “obvious to responding officers that the baby was deceased.”

Video taken outside a bank of portable toilets in the area showed several police officers in the area.

The door of one of the portable toilets set up near the corner was open and the sidewalk outside the Carnegie Community Centre was closed off by police tape. The area has since re-opened.

The City of Vancouver recently installed 32 portable toilets across the Downtown Eastside to meet COVID-19 health guidelines and provide additional washroom access in the neighbourhood.

The city says the toilets are checked and cleaned twice a day.

The B.C. Coroners Service is also investigating the baby’s death.

It says it is in the early stages of determining the circumstances of what happened after being alerted of the potential death of the infant Wednesday night. 

Police say the investigation is ongoing and ask anyone with information to contact the Major Crime Section at 604-717-2500. Tips can also be sent anonymously through Crime Stoppers. 

17Mar

Emergency response needed for Vancouver’s homeless, advocates say

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VANCOUVER —
Advocates for Vancouver’s homeless population are calling for an emergency response tailored to the hundreds of people who live in the city but don’t have a home.

Recent estimates suggest there are more than 2,200 homeless people living in Vancouver, according to the city. More than 600 of those are believed to be what advocates refer to as “unsheltered.”

Together with residents of areas including Oppenheimer Park, the group is calling on agencies including Health Canada, the City of Vancouver and the Red Cross to put a COVID-19 plan in place.

“How can you self-isolate when you don’t have a home? How do you wash your hands when you don’t have a sink?” a statement announcing a Tuesday morning news conference read.

Among the issues highlighted by the community is a shortage of soap and hand sanitizers in Oppenheimer Park.

The park, which is being used as a tent city, does have washrooms, but sometimes the facilities are closed, and running water is limited.

Also an issue is that those who live in the park, and other homeless Vancouverites, rely on crowded shelters and drop-in centres, and often wait in line for food. Social distancing is a challenge, and washrooms are shared.

“Many are immune compromised, with chronic disease and disability, and a high percentage are seniors. The vast majority don’t have phones to call 811 for testing or help,” the news release said.

This is a developing news story and will be updated. Check back for more.

28Nov

What to know about Vancouver’s bylaws on single-use plastics

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Here’s when Vancouver’s bans on plastic bags, foam containers, and straws will be in effect and what you can expect.


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Vancouver is set to tackle single-use plastics beginning in the new year, after approving new bylaws targeting plastic bags, straws, cups and utensils this week.

But don’t worry. You’ve got time to adjust. The city is working with local businesses to ensure accommodations are made where needed and that there is adequate time to phase out various plastic items.

Here’s when the bylaws come into effect and what you can expect:

Foam cups and foam take-out containers banned beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

The city is currently undertaking an education campaign, distributing toolkits and information to local businesses to help with sourcing suitable replacements for one-time use foam cups and take-out containers. You may also start to see signage at your local restaurants between now and then announcing the changes to come.

Plastic straws to be banned and single-use utensils are by request only starting April 22, 2020.

Plastic and compostable plastic straws will go extinct in the spring of 2020 when this ban goes into effect, however restaurants and bars will still need to stock bendable plastic straws wrapped in paper for patrons with accessibility challenges. The bendable straws will be by request.

Bubble tea vendors will get a one-year exemption, as there are currently no eco-friendly alternatives for the sealed plastic cups and larger straws that are a signature of the popular drink.

Another bylaw coming into effect April 2020 is a by-request requirement for single-use utensils. That means customers will have to request single-use utensils if needed, but restaurants will no longer automatically include plastic utensils with take-out orders.

Plastic bags banned and minimum fees introduced for paper and reusable bags beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Say farewell to plastic bags at the grocery store. All plastic bags will be banned beginning Jan. 1, 2021, while minimum fees are being introduced for paper and reusable bags given out.

Paper bags will cost 15 cents per bag, while reusable bags will be sold for $1. Those fees will be in place for one year until Jan. 1, 2022 when the fees go up: 25 cents for a paper bag and $2 for a reusable bag. Paper bags are also required to be a minimum of 40 per cent recycled content.

A 25 cent minimum fee is also being introduced for disposable cups. The city hopes this fee will encourage the expansion of reusable cup share programs.

For more information on the city’s strategy to cut down on single-use plastics, visit vancouver.ca/reduce-single-use.

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26Aug

Feds pledge $500,000 for Vancouver’s Chinatown Storytelling Centre

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The future home of the Chinatown Storytelling Centre on 168 East Pender St. in the heart of Chinatown in Vancouver.


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Jack Wong is a third-generation Vancouverite whose grandfather came to Canada in the 1800s.

Wong lives in Richmond now, but Vancouver’s Chinatown holds a special place in his heart.

“I remember coming to Chinatown as a kid. It was our home,” said Wong, a director and treasurer of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, a non-profit group that works to revitalize and preserve the cultural heritage of the historic neighbourhood.

One of the foundation’s projects is the establishment of the Chinatown Storytelling Centre, a purpose-built cultural space on 168 East Pender St., set to open in early 2020.

On Monday, the federal government announced it was investing $500,000 toward the building of the centre — part of nearly $5 million in infrastructure funding earmarked for 47 arts, culture and heritage organizations across the province.

“Every building, every alleyway, storefront and street sign has untold stories about the history of Vancouver’s Chinatown,” said Mary Ng, minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, who made the announcement at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden.


Mary Ng, minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, at Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown in Vancouver on Aug. 26.

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“Until now these stories had never really had a permanent home to showcase and honour the richness of this neighbourhood and the important contributions of Chinese-Canadians.”

The funds will go toward retrofitting the former Bank of Montreal building into a 4,000-square-foot facility that would feature permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, presentation spaces, and a shop with cultural and educational items.

The centre will highlight the experience of early Chinese-Canadian pioneers who helped build Vancouver and Canada, as well as share the more contemporary “living heritage” of the neighbourhood and its residents.

Permanent exhibits will include ones of the history of the trans-Canada railway, the creation of Chinatown, the impact of the head tax on Chinese-Canadians, the fight for citizenship and continuing challenges faced by Chinatowns in North America.

Wong said the centre isn’t going to be a museum. Instead of artifacts, stories are going to be front-and-centre.

“We’re going to ask people in the community to bring in their stories … some of the pioneering families they can come share their photos and stories, and that will be part of the exhibit,” he said.


Jack Wong, who sits on the board of directors of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, talks about the Chinatown Storytelling Centre, slated to open in early 2020.

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The stories could be told through live presentations or videos, he explained. There could be photo and objects, but the focus would be less on the objects, but on the stories they tell.

The centre has a fundraising goal of $10 million. A representative of the foundation declined to say where the organization is at in terms of reaching that target. Perhaps more than the dollar amount, the funding is important because it signifies support from its partners, including the federal government.

“This shows that they have interest and they have the commitment to telling the historical stories of Chinese-Canadian history in this country,” said Wong.

The federal funding came from Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. Projects funded range from an accessibility lift at the Kitimat Museum and Archives to new lights at New Westminster’s Massey Theatre.

The largest grant, for more than $725,000, was given to the Vancouver Symphony Society for a digital concert-hall upgrade at the Orpheum Theatre.

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