Spring Gillard

Dockside Green

When I attended the education congress in Victoria recently, I also fit in a visit to Dockside Green. I’ve been following the development of this sustainable community since it was still on the drawing board. The Vancity team (the credit union owns the development) gave us a fabulous, in-depth tour of […]

Heavenly Harvest

I was at a meditation retreat outside of Portland on the weekend. It was held at Queen of Angels Monastery. The Benedictine Sisters who call this place home, are engaged in a number of ministries including an on-site shelter that houses and feeds homeless people. They also support their work by making their own monastery […]

It Takes a Village

We have been touring the Olympic Village with design manager Roger Bayley for four years now in the SFU Applications course, part of a certificate in Sustainable Community Development. We were crawling around in the bellies of buildings looking at the green infrastructure long before the athletes moved in.

Last year, post Olympics, the Village […]

Mole Hill

Mole Hill is one of my favourite Vancouver neighbourhoods. It’s a David and Goliath story of how residents and many groups battled for years against all odds (and the City) to make this happen. They won. It is still a great model of sustainable development. The City agrees. In fact to hear them talk now, […]