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But, paradoxically, he agreed that his membership recognized the need for infrastructure improvements, the projected growth in population and business obviously mandating major transportation innovation. It would seem, however, that the No side is of the view that Translink is sitting on a pile of money and that it should simply be abolished or recast (what is legislated into existence can of course be equally easily legislated into history) and the transportation problem would be resolved by, presumably, appropriate use of the resulting flood of funds. As a solution to a set of problems that few deny, this doesn't sound much like a plan, a flaw that members' questioning immediately limned. All know that there is no Plan B, so one is forced to the conclusion - at least on the basis of this presentation - that a No vote is simply a recipe for inaction.
The Metro Vancouver area is expected to greet about 1 million new residents over the next 30 years, and even superficial observation of the rush-hour crawl, the pressure on house prices, the decrepit state of some bridges and the common complaints about full busses amply demonstrates the need for constructive solutions to the problems of an expanding society. Patently, no level of government likes to announce an increase in taxes, and nor do any levels appreciate the obvious mis-steps of Translink nor take responsibility for what appear to be extremely costly management errors.
The solutions to the problems are not easy, but the Mayor had no trouble admitting to the meeting the fact that perceptions had mostly gone against the manifest need for new light rapid transit, a Broadway subway, a new NightBus service and as many as 400 new transit vehicles. The fact also has to faced that the rejection of the referendum proposals will mean stagnation, inefficiency, and the throttling of much progressive development of the whole of Greater Vancouver. Plan B does not exist : but there is still time, one hopes, for good sense to prevail over the myopic views of nay-sayers. It was encouraging that the audience so actively participated in this important discussion.
Our contribution of $4,800 will bring 720 children from inner-city schools to explore and study in the most beautiful outdoor classroom in Vancouver during the 2015/2016 school year. (45 children per bus). Since 2002, with the support of various donors, a bursary was established to subsidize educational programming for inner-city children throughout the lower mainland. Support of this program would help provide educational programming for inner-city kids throughout the lower mainland by providing bus transportation to and from VanDusen Gardens for field trips.
This personalized medicine will allow (of course, only in those societies that can afford it) far more effective preventive care than at present and greatly refine the healthcare system. Of course, to a degree it provides for very early determination of one’s life, particularly the pattern of healthcare, and as such has profound economic and philosophical implications for society in general. The uniqueness of each individual’s profile being the key to patient treatment, the accuracy of the individual’s unique molecular makeup should transform the personalized health care system.
Frankly, a challenging talk : chromosome therapy should denote the end of many of mankind’s greatest scourges.
Monika is the school principal, and after an expression of thanks to the Club, she introduced Tyson, the architect and engineer of the ‘course’. He, obviously an enthusiastic and motivated teacher, described how the LAP for grades 3 to 11 actually operates and utilizes the funds that are received. He has generally been involved in these activities for 17 years and part of his dedication is shown by his regime of arising at 4am to prepare individual instruction for each pupil, the target being the obverse of the usual technique of only getting into action on the ‘wait to fail’ basis : this, as he said, is entirely the wrong way around for providing such assistance. Virtually all of his pupils go on to graduate, a target which initially many would not believe to be possible. These are often students whom he characterized as ‘angry and frustrated’, in part because of a complete inability to read by the time they reach grade 4. They are not, he emphasized, of low intelligence, it being a blockage of some sort that is holding back the learning process. It is his job to break that intellectual logjam, which is why his skills are so individualized.
We were shown two brief films that his students created and in which they appeared. The first, entitled “Welcome to Thrive” was a moving demonstration of practical biodiversity, and indeed of practical film-making : an opportunity to observe a wise-looking barn owl was grasped when it unexpectedly appeared outside the school. It presented a powerful image. The second film was in reality a thanks for the Club’s having provided so much assistance. We were shown some examples of demonstrative mathematics teaching, an example of assistance that could not have been effected without the help of Rotary.
The world’s learning problems are, it would seem, profound. Of all children, Tyson said, 20% are illiterate, and of the balance, 20% are functionally illiterate. These are sobering thoughts.
Our Rotary club has provided funds for this program in the past.
It provides funding for inner-city school children to visit the gardens.
The kids pay to come in at the regular rate of $7.50 per student but this program provides the cost of the bus transportation to get them there.
Gardens are such an important past of our education. Kids learn so much better by being there and seeing the flowers in person.
Think of how you felt this week with all the blossoms surrounding you? The spring bursting forth.
It lowers your stress level.
We need unstructured time in nature.
It’s a breath of fresh air. A garden gives you safe time.
To see a squirrel or a duck or a hummingbird or a leaf as big as a table.
Kids get the sensory experience. Fantastic flowers.
They run the program from April to June then again in the fall.
This is a Botanical garden not just a park so they also have a research program.
They take in 3,000 children a year.
They also have been assigned the Bloedel conservatory to administer and direct traffic to which has been a great success so far in generating additional visitors to.
Is it time for another club visit to the gardens?
The speaker was thanked by Laurie.
On Saturday we had a cub visit to the Honey Bee Centre in Surrey.
Shail chose to drive in his brand new car. A whole 2 days old.
Hmm, new car smell and Oh so clean. Shame it was raining!
We wandered round the store then had an instructional visit with the bees by a bee keeper who showed us around the visitor centre. It was cold and raining out side so the bees seemed happy to be inside attending to their duties.
After the tour we shared lunch with John Gibeau who told us his Bee story, which included everything from using bees in movies to school tours as well as exporting bees allover the world.
Hooray for the hard working Bees.
We came home full of samples of local honey and some jars to take home.
We make progress in society only if we stop cursing and complaining about its shortcomings and have the courage to do something about them.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 1926-2004, Psychiatrist and Author
Mary gave a presentation about a possible project for our club - Free Little Libraries. These look like oversize bird houses and are put in the ground at the front of the property so that anyone walking by can take a book or leave a book. Some have a binder inside where you can put comments down on books you have read from the library. They are usually half and half adults and children's books. They benefit the community by getting neighbours to know each other.
Victor Chan has known the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and in 2005, they co founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education here in Vancouver.
They also co authored The Wisdom of compassion.
Their previous work The Wisdom of Forgiveness: has been translated into 14 Languages.
The Dalai Lama is a Global Icon. One of four people that have honorary Canadian Citizenship.
The Dalai Lama is coming here to Vancouver again. (His only stop in Canada)
Oct 21 to 23rd. for three days.
15 lucky people will be spending the afternoon with him on the 22nd.
He will be meeting with the students from John Oliver School one afternoon.
His goal is to raise the idea to balance the education of both the mind and the heart with cognitive development on one hand and kindness on the other.
His mission in the world is to create a well-rounded people.
There will be an open to the public session at the convention centre dedicated to the idea of Educating the heart.
This is the fourth time he has been here.
He is fostering empathy, social responsibility and to be mindful of others.
If this can be incorporated in the school curriculum we will create well-rounded students.
He will be meeting with the minister of education and his staff to help establish this in the education program.
We want more than just a PhD.
At the convention centre there will be a panel discussion.
There will also be an open session at the Chan Center at UBC.
The question is how to balance educating the mind with the heart.
Tickets are now available on line.
The speaker was thanked by Davinder.
Heather Deal. Vision Councilor for Vision Party joined us today.
Heather Deal was first elected to the Vancouver Park Board in 2002 and served as the Chair in 2003. She was then elected to Vancouver City Council in 2005 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.
Her accomplishments so far are a supporter of the Food Trucks program, 30,000 sq feet of Artists space in the city now and many bike lanes.
Marpole Park is in her sights but still has a long way to go. City council is currently negotiating but the talks have stalled. It could be a 10 acre park. What an asset! It is off Cambie Bridge on the waterfront of the Fraser River.
Lower medium income levels need attention by the city. We have 50% renters in the city today but no new rental properties coming on line. They are not deemed worthwhile by the investment community.
Ie. they are not profitable.
The city needs to hear from the public. What do you want?
City council has helped certain properties to get rental status.
We do have developers fess to put toward the park.
We can create a trail for the North Arm of the Fraser. We can have an 11 km trail.
The train tracks? What to do with the land.
CN currently owns the land but they only have usage for them as goods transportation.
The city controls the land usage. The city cant stop them from using the tracks again for transportation but there is no business case for transportation.
The last usage was for Molsons and they don’t have the need anymore.
Could they use them for container transfer?
CP has asked for 100 million for the lands. The city has offered 10 million.
They seem to be negotiating through the press and the media.
Heather went on to talk about heritage designation.
If the city designate a property for heritage status the owners of the property can sue the city for loss of value so the city has to be very careful with this designation.
Heather often asks people do you have your property designated heritage?
The speaker was thanked by Teddie.
As part of the weekend to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Magee High School members of our club cooked breakfast for about 600.
Today our speaker was Mr Wally Oppal Q.C. who gave a review of the Missing Womans Inquiry that he chaired two years ago.
When we had 26 missing woman they asked the question, was it foul play?
Perhaps they are just missing? In 1991 there was no real conclusion.
Maybe they were subject to violence?
By 1995 the numbers were increased and 3 women went missing from Agassiz.
They were known to have been in the sex trade but a missing persons unit was established. This was wholly inadequate.
It is no crime to go missing, people do it all the time and with no body on their hands there was no money released for an investigation. There was some investigation done but with multiple police forces involved there was no overall coordination.
In 1996, 3 or 4 more women went missing so the Vancouver police stepped up their patrols, which had the effect of driving the sex workers further away from safety making them more vulnerable. In 1997 a woman turned up in emergency with multiple stab wounds, as did Robert Picton.
They charged him with attempted murder but because she turned up high on drugs for the interviews they dropped the charges as they felt she was unreliable.
They didn’t bother to investigate him any further.
They didn’t even bother going to his farm.
12 more women went missing.
In 1998 Crime Stoppers received a tip off it was Picton and still they did nothing.
A killer profiler was brought in and he wrote a report that said maybe they were dealing with a serial killer.
It fits all the patterns.
A task force was formed in 2001.
Last year there were 157 new cases of Polio in the last three countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Projected number of cases in 2018 - zero. Where will you be when the world is declared Polio Free?