Vancouver’s natural beauty is worth protecting. Our children not only need places to play, but also places to enjoy and explore nature. We all need places of tranquil refuge from our busy lives. The animals and birds that help make our city lives enjoyable need places to nest and raise their young.
People and nature in balance is my vision for our parks and recreation system.
City of Vancouver
October 13, 2016
Stormy fall and winter weather can cause clogged catch
basins (also called storm drains) to flood. Help prevent flooding in your
neighbourhood by raking and clearing leaves from the catch basin in front of
your home and putting the leaves into your Green Bin.
All leaves that are cleared from catch basins, sidewalks,
boulevards and residents property should be added to their Green Bin until it
is full. Leaves that do not fit in their Green Bin, should be stored in a dry
area and added to the Green Bin again once it is emptied. Green Bins will
continue to be collected weekly according to residents’ regular collection
Extra Leaf Collection
Extra leaves that do not fit in residents Green Bins should
be placed in biodegradable paper yard waste bags and stored in a dry area until
our extra leaf collection program starts.Bagged leaves will be collected city-wide by crews on the following
to 20 (updated date)
·December 10 to
to 15, 2017 (Christmas trees will also be collected)
Leaves may be collected on either Saturday or Sunday (not
both days). To avoid a missed collection, residents are asked to set their
leaves out for collection before
7:00 am on the scheduled Saturday and to download the
VanCollect app on their smartphone for collection reminders.
Street Leaf Cleaning
City crews will begin to clear streets of leaves on November
14 with added focus on streets with higher volumes of leaves. If temporary
"no parking" signs are posted on a side of the street, residents are
required to move vehicles to another parking spot before 7:00 a.m. on the date
indicated. Vehicles that are not moved may be ticketed or towed. At times,
crews may be delayed in some neighbourhoods with large amounts of leaves but
will return as soon as possible to complete the work. Moving your vehicle
enables crews to do a better job of clearing streets of leaves.
Leaves to Compost
Collected leaves are turned in to nutrient-rich compost at
the Vancouver Landfill. This compost can be purchased by residential gardeners,
commercial landscapers and municipal park boards. Leaves and other yard
trimmings can also be dropped off for composting at the Vancouver South
Transfer Station located at 377 West Kent Ave North and at the Vancouver
Landfill located at 5400 72nd Street in Delta.
I don't as a rule write about school and education issues on this blog, but the on going crisis at the Vancouver School Board (my employer) can effect other areas of the city as well. The Park Board shares facilities and fields with the VSB, and instability in one organization can have repercussion at the other. Here is an Op/Ed written by my Green caucus mate VSB Trustee Janet Fraser, on what is happening there:
What is life like as a Vancouver School Board (VSB) trustee? I
usually enjoy working to make education better for our students, but
both my first week as a trustee and this most recent week have been very
In November 2014, nine VSB trustees were elected, four Vision and
four NPA, with myself as the lone Green. With this 4-4-1 board, if
Vision and NPA disagree, my vote will be the decider. This happened with
my very first vote, voting for the board chair. Patti Bacchus had been
chairwoman for six years under two Vision majority boards, but I voted
for the NPA’s nominee, Christopher Richardson, because Vision no longer
had a majority and I wanted to reflect voters’ desire for change. The
social media backlash was immediate, and it was clear that it would be
difficult to set aside partisan differences to work collaboratively as a
Moving forward to this week, in the midst of considering school
closures the entire VSB senior management team is on medical leave. I
value and respect every member of our senior management team and hope
that their leaves resolve well. I am disappointed in myself as I am the
vice-chair, and despite holding this leadership position our district
has come to this outcome.
At our last board meeting, our Acting Superintendent recommended that
the school closure process be suspended. Despite the board’s unanimous
approval to move forward with closure consultations for 11 schools, I
voted to suspend the process as without our senior management team the
VSB does not have the capability to carry out these meetings in any
meaningful way. I realize this decision will impact next year’s budget
as our available funding is spread ever-more thinly across the district,
and that it may also impact our ability to provide temporary
accommodation to move forward our seismic program as soon as possible.
However, the well-being of our staff cannot be put at risk by
unrealistic expectations. I disagree with our Vision chairman Mike
Lombardi’s position that the minister’s removal of the 95-per-cent
capacity utilization requirement will fundamentally change our Long
Range Facility Plan and school closure process. The minister’s
announcement still requires a solid case for funding seismic upgrades
and that there be the right number of schools for the actual number of
students, which to me are essentially the same parameters.
In the near future, a special advisor will submit his report to the
minister and WorkSafeBC will investigate allegations in a letter from
the B.C. School Superintendents Association that the VSB work
environment creates a toxicity that fosters fear and a lack of a sense
of safety for those lead educators as the expectations requested of them
I usually downplay party political affiliations when I write about
being a trustee, but I have learned they are always present and I
acknowledge that reality here. I work hard to make evidence-based
decisions that focus on the best interests of our students, but I cannot
get away from the fact that VSB decisions play out in a partisan
political arena, at both the municipal and provincial levels. I do not
align with any other political party, I do not vote for or against any
party, rather I vote for our students and their public education. I am
finding it more and more difficult to work collaboratively with my
fellow trustees when I know that our work will always be viewed through a
political rather than an educational lens.
Trustees have the responsibility to support the success of every
student in our district, and right now we must focus on these nearly
50,000 students to ensure their education is not affected by the
dysfunction at the board level.
Janet Fraser is a Green Party Vancouver School Board trustee.