Many North Shore emergency workers live across the water

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What happens on the North Shore in the event of a major disaster that sees our bridges cut? For one thing, many of the people we need to help us may not be able to get here.

Last Sunday (October 22) the North Shore News carried an article on what happens in the event of an emergency. Among their findings? Nearly half of Lions Gate Hospital employees live of the North Shore. Many essential staff working for North Shore municipalities also live on the other side of the water.

The article can be found here: http://www.nsnews.com/news/in-the-event-of-an-emergency-1.23070714

Last spring the Delbrook Community Association called for the DNV Council to consider providing housing options in particular for first responders: paramedics, health care workers, firefighters and police.

More information on the DCA submission can be found below.

https://delbrookca.wordpress.com/2017/06/

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Annual General Meeting – DCA calls for smaller, family oriented housing project and action on park

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The Delbrook Community Association held our AGM on Thursday, September 28, as promoted through our newsletter and email list.

Tom Walker and Carol Sartor of the North Shore Safety Council lead a discussion about traffic safety.

Assisted by Suzy Lunn, community planner at the DNV, Rene Gourley lead a discussion about the proposals for the Delbrook Lands.

We made the following resolutions:

Be it resolved that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Delbrook Community Association endorse the following two principles:

  1. Because a five story building is out of keeping with the community, the building including both services and housing to be located in the south parking lot of the Delbrook Lands should be limited to a total of three stories.
  2. Because the Delbrook area is a family oriented community, at least 50% of housing units in the Delbrook Lands complex should be designed to be occupied by families.

Moved by Keith Reynolds, Seconded by Sharlene Hertz

 

Be it resolved that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Delbrook Community Association endorse the following principle:

  • Because the idea of park space on the Delbrook Lands received the most support of any ideas in community and district wide consultations, the District of North Vancouver should without delay begin a planning process for this park space that would involve consultation with the Delbrook community.

Moved by Diana Belhouse, Seconded by Keith Reynolds

 

Be it resolved that the DCA Annual General meeting request council in consultation with the DCA to organize and host in the fall 2017 public engagement opportunities for the community to be informed and to discuss and indicate their preference for the following housing models for the south parking lot of the Delbrook Lands:

  1. DCA proposal for first responded family housing based on the Whistler housing model.
  2. Catalyst proposal

Moved by Sharlene Hertz, Seconded by Jim Gill

 

That the executive of the Delbrook Community Association seek amalgamation with the Norwood Queens Community Association.

Moved by Rene Gourley, Seconded by Jackie

We also re-elected the following to the DCA executive:

  • Rene Gourley (chair)
  • Diana Belhouse (treasurer)
  • Keith Reynolds
  • Keith Colyer
  • Leslie Grundy
  • Jim Gill

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Debate over park space continues in Vancouver

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The Vancouver Sun has carried another article on whether housing should be allowed to encroach on public lands and park space in the city.

Among the comments in the article is the following:

Vancouver’s parks and recreation system cannot solve the housing crisis. Opening up these large historic sites to housing will mean the public open spaces and amenities that make the city livable will be encroached upon just when increased density throughout the city puts more demand on their use. Many neighbourhoods are already underserved for parks and amenities. This would make it worse.

The article is also critical of the city’s relationship with its community associations.

How much does this article relate to what is happening in the District of North Vancouver?

The full article may be found here:

Opinion: Parks and recreation system under threat

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