At the Park Board’s Services and Budget Committee meeting on July 20, staff reviewed two proposals to retain the Bloedel Conservatory.  One from LMTP Inc. and the other from Friends of the Bloedel (FOTB) and the Van Dusen Gardens Society (VDGS).  Both have plusses and minuses but at the end of the day, the committee […]

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 […]

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.  […]

…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 […]