I’ve been watching and reading with a measured level of disappointment and disgust at the negative comments heaped upon Green School Trustee Janet Fraser for her decision to support Christopher Richardson as the new Chair of the Vancouver School Board. Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Courier Let me be clear from the outset, my comments […]

Congratulations to Little Mountain Baseball Club and their win this past weekend at the BC Little League Championship that was played out at Moody Park in New Westminster.  Little Mountain will represent BC and head off to the Canadian Little League Championship being held in Ancaster, ON.  A win there and they are off to the “show”, […]

NPA Park Commissioner Ian Robertson says critical summer programs for children are being cut while homeless chickens are looked after Vancouver, BC – Park Commissioner Ian Robertson is questioning Vision Vancouver’s priorities as summer programs affecting hundreds of families across the city are cut. Full-time summer programs at parks such as Burrardview Park are being […]

Children’s farmyard, Bloedel Conservatory face reprieve By Frank Luba, The Province May 4, 2010 The Vancouver Parks Board has received four proposals to keep the Bloedel Conservatory operating and another two proposals aimed at continuing the Children’s Farmyard in Stanley Park. The proposals were all received before the Friday deadline. Ian Robertson, Non-Partisan Association parks […]

On Saturday January 16 I had the pleasure of attending the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Mt. Pleasant Centre at 1 Kingsway. What a fabulous facility! The Centre contains a community centre with a state-of-the-art fitness centre, full-size gymnasium , climbing wall and a community kitchen. In addition to a community centre, the facility […]

Okay, okay I couldn’t resist but in an amazing turn of events it looks like my colleagues “across the table” are re-considering their decision to permanently close the Bloedel Conservatory and Children’s Farmyard in Stanley Park. On Tuesday December 8th Park Board Commissioner Aaron Japser issued the following press release… FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Release […]

Just returned from a week away on business and came home to over 115 e-mails in my in-box all expressing opposition to the cuts to the park board budget and the impending closure of the Bloedel Conservatory and Children’s Farmyard in Stanley Park.  There is a huge groundswell of support to keep these two icons open.  […]

As some of you may know when I am not wearing my park board hat I work for a fabulous company, Rocky Mountaineer.  Business travel back east is taking me out of town for the next four days which means I will not be able to attend the Council meeting on Thursday night and speak […]

…are the questions I am being asked these days.  Today my voice mail was full by 10:15am with messages from people across the city and around the province…yes, I even got a message from Smithers.  People are angry and they want to know what they can do.  Most people that called had read the article […]

On Nov 25 my four Vision Vancouver Park Commissioner colleagues voted to accept the reduction of $2.8 million to the park board’s budget.  Myself along with Commissioners Stuart Mackinnon and Loretta Woodcock voted against the cuts.  I did not support the motion as the park board is being unfairly targeted – the park board is being asked to cut its budget […]