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  • 12 Jun 2021 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Our friend David McCann pointed us to an article in the National Post concerning a proposed US bill to allow foreign cruise ships to bypass international ports when passing through their waters. BC has a $2.7 billion cruise industry which can't be replaced. If anything the pandemic has taught us is the importance of advocacy.  https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/canadas-dollar42-billion-cruise-industry-risks-being-permanently-decimated-by-proposed-us-law/ar-AAKX9ib?ocid=se

  • 12 Jun 2021 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Note: this is a repost -- for up-to-date info please go to the administration site of Granville Island



    Sandblasting

    Sandblasting is tentatively scheduled to resume on Monday, June 14th. Please expect mid-high level noise associated with this work. CoV has been working to ensure better containment of dust/debris to avoid any concerns below the bridge. This work will take place Monday to Fridayand Saturday/Sunday, as the weather allows.

    Scaffolding/Monorail Removal and Traffic Management Plans
    1. CoV will continue working to remove the scaffolding on the bridge at the head of the Island, and will require that the current Traffic Management Plan at the entrance/exit be implemented again for only Monday, June 14th.
    2. They will also be working to remove scaffolding above Creekhouse, with an exclusion zone set up in the courtyard outside of The Sandbar's entrance from Wednesday to Friday.
    3. Finally, above the Creekhouse boardwalk, CoV will be working to remove the monorail hoist and will need to cordon off the boardwalk; access to businesses will be fully maintained and a spotter will be available to assist from Monday to Friday.


    If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Granville Bridge work, you can contact City of Vancouver directly at granvilleupgrades@vancouver.ca. For any other inquiries, contact the Tenant Coordinators.

    For more updates and tenant information, please visit admin.granvilleisland.com.

    Thank you,

    Tenant Coordinators
    coordinators@granvilleisland.com
    (604) 666-6477


  • 12 Jun 2021 12:08 AM | Anonymous

    This is a reprint of a CMHC-Granville Island memo sent on June 3 to the Granville Island tenants and community:

    Hello everyone,
     
    CMHC-Granville Island staff have been grappling with last Friday’s news about the 215 Indigenous children found buried at the Kamloops Residential School site. This school operated as a residential school from 1890 to 1969, and was then turned into a day school until finally closing in 1978. The building still stands and is located on the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
     
    It is not easy to come to grips with the magnitude of sorrow and trauma that this news brings to First Nations people all across Canada. We are heart-broken by this discovery, and we also acknowledge that the history of residential schools in Canada includes countless other tragic injustices perpetrated against Indigenous children and their families. We further understand that meaningful Reconciliation includes acknowledging the historical and present intergenerational trauma of Colonization, but also of taking concrete steps and action. While we fly our flags at half-mast on Granville Island in solidarity with First Nations people, Granville Island staff are also being offered decolonizing, indigenization, and reconciliation training through Mi tel’nexw Leadership Society. CMHC-Granville Island staff and Council are committed to action in redressing the trauma of colonization, and will be taking many more steps towards this process in the future.
     
    June is Indigenous History Month. Residential schools are a dark, tragic and real part of the history of this country we now call Canada, and they continue to impact Indigenous people today. It is essential that we acknowledge what happened, that we remember it, that we speak about it, and that we actively reflect on the roles each of us plays in countering this despicable system.  
     
    Those looking to learn more about the impact of Residential Schools, missing Indigenous children and unmarked burials may want to begin by reading Volume 4 of the Truth and Reconciliation Report.  
     
    Specific culturally safe crisis lines are available 24/7: 

    • Indian Residential School Survivors Society – 1-866-925-4419 
    • KUU-US Crisis Line Society – 250-723-4050 

    Respectfully,

    Tom Lancaster
    General Manager
    Granville Island



  • 31 May 2021 9:52 PM | Anonymous
    Please click here to take a survey and vote on your preferred waste station location.
     
    Granville Island is continuing to modernize its recycling and trash collection system
     
    In 2018, we replaced the open garbage and recycling bins on the west side of Granville Island with two enclosed compactor areas. Now, we are continuing with the waste bins distributed around the east side of the Island to create two centralized waste stations. This will significantly reduce the number of open bins, shrink the overall footprint for containers, and improve the overall curb appeal of the Island.
     
    About the new waste stations
     
    The map below shows the proposed locations for each waste station. You’ll see that for each waste station (labelled 1 in pink and 2 in blue), we propose two locations (labelled A and B).


     
    Please click here to take a survey and vote on your preferred waste station location. 

    The survey is open until the end of Sunday, June 13, 2021.
     
    These new waste stations will not be as large as the compactor areas on the west side of the Island. Instead, each location will have bins for recycling, organics, trash, and used cooking oil collection that are regularly emptied by the collections services company.
     
    Once the centralized waste stations are installed, the remaining open bins on the Island will be removed. All businesses will take their recycling, organics, and trash to the appropriate waste station site.
     
    Project timing
     
    We are aiming to have the waste stations installed by the end of spring 2021. We will update you on the construction timing as these details become finalized over the coming weeks.
     
    Questions
     
    For any question about the new compactors system, please contact Sebastian Lippa, Manager of Planning & Development, at 604-737-4119 or slippa[at]cmhc.ca
     
  • 31 May 2021 9:45 PM | Anonymous

    Note: this is a repost -- for up-to-date info please go to the administration site of Granville Island

    City of Vancouver Bridge Work - Updated dates highlighted in green

    1. The sidewalk exclusion zone around the corner of Granville Island Brewing will remain in place on May 31st and June 1st, with spotters on site to assist in redirecting and maintaining pedestrian access.



    Please use additional caution when driving in this area as there may be more pedestrian traffic than usual.

    2. 
    CoV will again need to implement the exclusion zone and traffic control on Duranleau St on June 1st and 2nd. Vehicles will need to redirect as shown below:



    Traffic Control Persons (TCPs) will be on site to assist vehicles in making the right turn around the curb and ensuring flow of vehicles as they merge from Duranleau and East Anderson.

    City of Vancouver Bridge Work/Spalling Maintenance

    Beginning Monday, May 31st, CoV will be completing required spalling maintenance underneath the Granville Bridge at the entrance to Granville Island. This work will take approximately 2-3 days, working from 7:30AM - 2PM each day and will required the closure of one lane of traffic for an 80ft boom lift. Traffic control will be in place for your safety and there should be no noise associated with this work.
     

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    CMHC Operations - Paver Work

    On Sunday, May 30th, beginning at 8AM, Roaran will be on site with a crew performing paver work at the manhole cover at the intersection of Anderson St and Johnston St, near the Old Bridge Parking Lot, shown below:



    There will be barricades/delineators/cones to redirect traffic around the work, and there should otherwise be little to no interruptions in traffic flow.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Granville Bridge work, you can contact City of Vancouver directly at granvilleupgrades[at]vancouver.ca. For any other inquiries, contact the Tenant Coordinators.


    Thank you,

    Tenant Coordinators
    coordinators[at]granvilleisland.com
    (604) 666-6477


  • 28 May 2021 12:23 AM | Anonymous

    BC's restart plan can be found here: 

    BC's Restart: A plan to bring us back together - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca) 

    CMHC created a reference guide on safety protocols:
     

     

    For up-to-date information from CMHC please visit their Administration site, https://admin.granvilleisland.com/  or contact coordinators@granvilleisland.com  for assistance. 


  • 28 May 2021 12:21 AM | Anonymous

    1. The sidewalk exclusion zone around the corner of Granville Island Brewing will remain in place until May 28th, with spotters on site to assist in redirecting and maintaining pedestrian access.







    Please use additional caution when driving in this area as there may be more pedestrian traffic than usual.

    2. 
    CoV will need to implement an additional exclusion zone on Duranleau St where it curves onto Anderson St as you exit the Island on May 25-26. Vehicles will need to redirect around the large planter curb as shown below:



    Traffic Control Persons (TCPs) will be on site to assist vehicles in making the right turn around the curb and ensuring flow of vehicles as they merge from Duranleau and East Anderson.

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    3. The 3-parking stalls exclusion zone in front of Tony's Fish 'n Chip on Duranleau Street will be in effect.


    4. The exclusion zone on the northwest corner of the Building 55, building adjacent to Compactor Site 2 will be in effect.


    5. The exclusion zone along the front of The Keg restaurant will be in effect.


    6. Should weather allow, city crews will be sandblasting on Granville Street Bridge on Saturday and/or Sunday between 7am and 3pm. Please anticipate moderate to high amount of noise resonating from above.


    If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Granville Bridge work, you can contact City of Vancouver directly at 

    granvilleupgrades@vancouver.ca


  • 25 May 2021 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    NEW OUTDOOR PICNIC PODS 

    To help our Public Market take-out customers enjoy their meals and snacks, two trial outdoor picnic pods with seating for up to four people; one in Triangle Square and one in Island Plaza. The signs on the pods will encourage people to support the Public Market businesses, and to share the space by limiting their stay to 30 minutes. 

    The plan is to have these installed by June 1st and depending on popularity potentially more to come.

    BIKE VALET 

    This year, the free Bike Valet will be on the razed western portion of Building 55. As part of the project, the angled parking stalls on Old Bridge Street will be removed to improve cycling and pedestrian connectivity. Removing these stalls is going to make the area safer for pedestrians and will reduce vehicle congestion that can back up along Cartwright Street. 

    Bike Valet will be open Saturday, May 22 to Monday, September 6, 2021. More information is available here: https://granvilleisland.com/directory/bicycle-valet  

     MOBI BIKE SHARE 

    In the parking lot off Old Bridge Street, a Mobi Bike Share station will be installed, as well as adding seating and chairs to create a new Island Plaza. The timeline for these additional pieces is still being finalized - stay tuned. 

    NEW STAFF BIKE LOCK UP 

    There is a new staff bike lock up on the east side of the Island near the Yellow Crane. Bike lock up keys are available through the Administration Office via phone order. Call the CMHC office at 604.666.6655 to pay your refundable deposit and pick up your key. 

    EVENTS & PROGRAMMING 

    Carver Clarence Mills 

    Please join us in welcoming back Clarence Mills! Many of you will remember watching Clarence carve totem poles in Ocean Art Works in past years. After returning to the same location in March, Clarence has now moved into the fenced-off area on the east side of the Arts & Innovation Hub where he will be pursuing his craft with fewer distractions. Please feel free to drop by and say hi to Clarence as he pursues his carving throughout the summer. 

    Past Echoes in the Present May 24 – 31 

    An open-air gallery exhibit by New Works Performance Society will feature local, self-identifying Asian dance and visual artists in recognition of Asian Heritage Month. 

    Vancouver International Children’s Festival May 31 – June 13 

    Reimagine fun at the 2021 Vancouver International Children’s Festival with an extraordinary online line-up of world-class theatre, music, dance and storytelling created specifically for children. The festival will offer a mix of live and pre-recorded online performances. 

    Vancouver International Jazz Festival June 15 – July 4 

    This year, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival features 39 ticketed streaming performances and 10 international performances from the US & Europe, as well as extensive free programming & workshops. 
     
    SPRING CAMPAIGN RESULTS 

    “The perfect destination without the journey” spring campaign was originally scheduled to run until April 25, but thanks to some savvy media buying, the dates have been extended at no extra cost. There are still 18 transit posters up around the city, which has resulted in a total circulation of more than 15 million to date! Additionally, radio ads reached 304,000 listeners. The accompanying social media and search campaign exceeded our goals with total impressions at 1.9 million. The highest impressions were generated from the description line “Visit Granville Island this spring for a unique and safe outdoor shopping experience.” 

    TEMPORARY WASHROOMS (NOTE THAT ALL PUBLIC WASHROOMS WILL BE TRANSITIONING TO GENDER NEUTRAL IN THE NEAR FUTURE) 

    Additional temporary washrooms will be back on the island beginning May 20 in following locations: 

    Behind Opus Art Supplies (same location as last year) 

    (1) 7-Station Trailer 

    (1) Accessible Portable Toilet 

    Ron Basford Park-Adjacent to Fire Lane by GI Hotel (same location as last year) 

    (1) Accessible Portable Toilet 

    False Creek Community Centre near the base of the water slide stairs (new location) 

    (1) Accessible Portable Toilet 

    Backside of Compactor Site 1 (same location as last year) 

    (1) Accessible Portable Toilet 

    (1) Regular Portable Toilet (relocated from Opus) 



  • 25 May 2021 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    Here is a link to Alaska senator's press release re: their bill to allow cruise ships to bypass stopping in BC when passing thru Canadian waters:

    https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/press/release/alaska-congressional-delegation-successful-in-fight-to-create-path-forward-for-alaskas-tourism-industry-

  • 18 May 2021 5:23 PM | Anonymous

    The Vancouver Sun has an article about the US senate unanimously passing a bill to allow Alaska bound cruise ships to bypass BC.

    https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/u-s-senate-passes-bill-allowing-alaska-bound-cruise-ships-to-bypass-b-c

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