Arson fires hit south Delbrook area

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BC’s fire season is coming to an end and not a moment too soon for Delbrook area residents.

Friday evening, September 15th, three fires were apparently started in yards and parks in the south Delbrook area. One fire was started in the soccer field area and two on private property. Fortunately, there were no injuries and no houses were affected. A passing videographer captured some of the action and posted it to his YouTube channel at his Canadian Treasure Hunter site. The video is below.

Subsequent discussion with police and firefighters found the cause of the fires was arson and not a thrown cigarette butt.

As the video shows, one tree was candling or torching and sparks could have spread to trees and homes in other areas including Mission Creek. One fire fighter said the situation could have gotten out of control.

It is hard to imagine in this year’s BC fire season how anyone could have been so stupid as to start fires. Let’s hope North Shore RCMP find the people responsible. If you have any knowledge of this please contact the police.

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New DNV composting plan draws 1000+ complaints

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With the District of North Vancouver’s new composting system rolled out to only two of five areas in the District, more than 1,000 people have already complained.

With the new system residents have received a 240 litre cart to hold their weekly composting. However, they are limited to this cart and can no longer put out the six Kraft paper composting bags or use traditional garbage cans to hold green waste.

The process began in January when the carts were delivered to Zone 1 – Capilano. The carts have subsequently been delivered to one zone east of Capilano, Zone 2.

Residents were advised to store up their green waste and put it out week-after-week. In response to complaints residents were offered a second cart for free and the option of buying more carts.

Next week’s Council meeting will debate a report from Councilor Bassam calling for the organic waste policy to be rescinded and the limit on green waste to be removed.

The report notes comments from District residents that they ave no desire to store extra carts and reject the notion of paying for what had previously been a free service.

With 1,000 complaints from only 40% of the District, it is likely the number of complaints would rise as the system is rolled out to the rest of the community and we face the piles of autumn leaves and garden waste.

The report to be debated is found below.

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Vancouver asks, should we abandon park space for housing? How about the DNV?

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For those of us who live in the District of North Vancouver, and particularly in the Delbrook area, these thoughts about Vancouver sound familiar:

Vancouver is designed to have neighbourhoods with parks, community centres and schools on large historic sites that make communities walkable and sustainable. These amenities and open green spaces will become even more critical as the city densifies over time, as they are the heart and lungs of the city.

However, rather than being protected, they are increasingly under threat of being sold or redeveloped for housing. Astonishingly, we are moving in this direction now.

Those thoughts come from a September 8th article in the Vancouver Sun by Elizabeth Murphy, a private-sector project manager and was formerly a property development officer for the City of Vancouver’s Housing and Properties Department and for B.C. Housing.

The whole article can be found here:

Opinion: Are amenity spaces destined to become housing development sites?

This question arises in the DNV where the District is committed to building housing the the former Delbrook Recreation Commission site. While housing was supported by the commuity, the idea that got the most support was park space. On the subject we have not heard a word from the District.

The article also calls for more involvement by community associations, another idea we might wan to examine.

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