Wednesday, June 14, 2017
As I post this, authorities are still determining the loss of life from the smouldering remnants of the 24-story Grenfell Tower in West London. Videos and images of the early morning towering inferno leave little doubt that the final tally of...
Friday, June 2, 2017
As news broke Monday of the historic NDP-Green deal to form a progressive government for our province, I was waiting at City Hall, one of hundreds of speakers over four days testifying before city council in defense of Chinatown.
I had managed to...
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Tomorrow, Friday March 31st is the public’s last opportunity to provide feedback on the City of Vancouver’s disastrous new planning policy for Chinatown before the proposal goes to City Council. The Chinatown Economic Revitalization Update and...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The City's new logo is not a lot of things.
It's not inspiring, it's not reflective, it's not exciting, it's not very good — but at $8,000, it's not a rip off.
I'm not at all suggesting this was money well spent — it's not. Of course the actual cost...
Friday, January 13, 2017
Very sad news to note yesterday, the passing of Joe Wai.
Many in Strathcona might only know of Joe Wai as the nickname for the ubiquitous stuccoed and bay-windowed duplexes and triplexes throughout the neighbourhood, as the 1970's BC Housing built...
Friday, January 6, 2017
With the naming of the new elementary school in North East False Creek, it seems the debate is still raging and petitions are being circulated after the interim appointed Vancouver School Board decided to go with Crosstown rather than honouring...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Hey Strathcona, notice an increase in train whistles this morning?
CN just informed that as of yesterday, they've increased traffic on the (Raymur) Burred Inlet Line from zero to six scheduled trains a day.
- Disruption of the at grade...
Saturday, December 31, 2016
2016, what a stinker of a year —right?
Trump, Brexit, Aleppo, record-breaking climate change and biodiversity depletion, geopolitical uncertainty and upheaval, bigotry and intolerance, fake news, an unstable and untenable local housing situation,...
Friday, December 23, 2016
I don't want to knock the City of Vancouver's recent work to build modular mobile housing for people at risk of homelessness — but this article illustrates how we might have missed the mark with that particular project.
Vancouver's units —proper...
Monday, December 19, 2016
Here in Greater Vancouver, transit oriented development is not seen as a driver of building of affordable housing, in fact it’s been quite the opposite: In Burnaby we are seeing wholesale demovictions of communities with affordable housing bulldozed...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
As expected, the City of Vancouver’s 1.8 billion dollar capital and operating budget for 2017 passed yesterday. Also, as (cynically) expected, the people of Vancouver were distracted by a last-minute emergency property tax increase of 0.5% to deal...
Friday, December 9, 2016
Has Vancouver lost its way? Certainly, life isn't necessarily getting better for many of us here: more homelssness, less affordability, more stress — if anything, the race toward "world class city" and other superlatives often feels like a race to...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The buck stops with Trudeau.
Shipping 900,000 barrels a day of tar thinned with solvent through the Salish Sea is NOT the kind of #RealChange Canadians voted for. I'm appalled that our government would backstop the laziest, cheapest and...
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Yesterday I spoke to CBC On the Coast about the recent op-ed from the local BIA about lack of consultation with regard to two new supervised injection sites proposed in the Strathcona area.
To be clear: I voiced support for these (and more)...
Friday, October 28, 2016
When people ask what went wrong, and how did Vancouver get to this crisis point of inequality and unaffordability — I've often pointed to the Richard Florida mantra of the creative class / creative cities: a school of urbanism that has dominated our...
Thursday, August 11, 2016
See this despicable cartoon attached to my post?
I didn't scrape it off some bottom-of-the-internet hate site, this was on the progressive World Social Forum which was happening in Montreal this last weekend.
Those particular workshops...
Thursday, August 4, 2016
At long last, the City of Vancouver has hired a Chief Planner, Mr. Gil Kelley.
Kelley comes with a solid background of West Coast urban planning experience: two years as head planner in San Francisco, fourteen years as director of planning for...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The litany of lost opportunities to meaningfully address the housing crisis in our city is depressingly long, and given the role that the real estate industry can play in that equation — you might be surprised to learn that the City of Vancouver...
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Concord Pacific has had a pretty profound impact on our city. In just thirty years, the Li-Ka Shing founded company has gone on to develop large scale master planned communities across the country, but their (ongoing)...
Friday, January 29, 2016
As Greens, how we treat our planet and its inhabitants reflect our fundamental values.
As a Green MLA, I will fight to push those values into provincial decisions and lend my voice to those who have none.
An Endangered Species Act for B....
Friday, January 29, 2016
I’ve lived in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant for close to thirty years, and in Strathcona/Chinatown for most of that time. It’s my home, and an area I’m very fond of —of course, a lot of Vancouverites and visitors are fond of Chinatown, and it represents...
Thursday, January 28, 2016
On Tuesday (February 2), voters in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant will head to the polls and mandate a big change for our riding.
The big change coming to Vancouver-Mount Pleasant isn’t just the replacing of Jenny Kwan’s 20-year career as MLA since she...
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Vancouver is a growing city with worsening congestion, affordability challenges, and a finite amount of developable land — investing in good transit now is an absolute necessity if we want to keep our local economy robust and our region livable.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Vancouver, B.C.– Pete Fry, B.C. Green Party Candidate For Vancouver–Mount Pleasant, announced today that a B.C. Green Party government will eliminate the regressive monthly MSP premiums.
Currently, MSP premiums are charged to anyone who lives...
Thursday, December 17, 2015
The holiday season is well upon us, and this weekend marks “Super Saturday”—the busiest shopping day of the year and the last Saturday (December 19) before Christmas.
If you’re like me and leave gift shopping to the last minute, the thought of a...
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Today, December 3rd marks the International Day of Disabled Persons (first declared by the United Nations in 1992). On that note - it seems appropriate to talk about disabilities and accessibility in B.C.
It’s impossible to talk about accessibility...
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
What might the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement mean here in the City of Vancouver? — with the notion of foreign investment already a hot-button issue in Vancouver real estate and unaffordability; what might the TPP and its extrajudicial...
Friday, November 13, 2015
The provincial government recently announced $35 million in funding — for what are termed as routine capital grant upgrades: things like window and boiler upgrades, roof replacement and energy efficiencies.
Vancouverites, were of course disappointed...
Friday, November 13, 2015
Housing affordability: If it's bad for buyers, it's worse for renters.
Early last week I attended the SFU Community Summit's Housing in the City: Beyond the Headlines panel discussion on issues relating to housing in B.C. and efforts to move us...
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday October 27, a milestone in a several year personal and community struggle was achieved.
Vancouver City Council approved an amended staff report to remove the viaducts in principal, with the inclusion of a serious commitment to immediate...
Monday, September 21, 2015
Peter Ladner's Sept 14 opinion piece raises an interesting quandary about Vancouver housing prices, the dearth of detached homes, and the notion that taxpayers are subsidizing seniors to take up unused space.
The idea of an octogenarian...
Friday, September 18, 2015
Like many Vancouverites, I owe a sincere debt of gratitude to VCC.
I wrote my first lines of HTML code in a VCC classroom, allowing me to upgrade from print-focused graphics to remain successfully self-employed and engaged in newly emerging...
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
This morning, as predicted, the Bank of Canada cut our interest rate by .05 per cent. Ostensibly, the move is to head off a recession — spurred mostly by slumping oil markets that have dampened Alberta's economic outlook — lower interest rates mean...
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Thoughts on transit referendum:
Firstly, it never should have happened — an absolute abdication of leadership—doomed to failure from the start. We elect leaders to make the tough decisions, not pass the buck; and that is precisely what Christy...
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
My name’s Pete Fry, and I’m the BC Green Party candidate in the provincial riding of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant—where we’ll be holding a special by-election to replace Jenny Kwan now that she is running in the federal election.
Last year, I ran for...
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
I was cautiously optimistic to hear the premier's May 30 announcement that the B.C. Liberal government has begun researching the options for taking action on the issue of unaffordable housing prices.
Housing affordabilty in Vancouver isn't...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The affordability crisis in Vancouver certainly isn't news—it was a central theme of our most recent civic election, and the two preceding it—but in recent weeks, calls for senior government intervention have landed on the premier's desk in the form...
Monday, April 27, 2015
VICTORIA B.C. – Pete Fry was confirmed as the B.C. Green Party candidate for an anticipated Vancouver-Mount Pleasant by-election at a nomination meeting held on Saturday April 25, 2015. Fry was a candidate for Vancouver City Council with the Green...
Thursday, April 9, 2015
It seems like only yesterday I was out trying to hustle votes in the municpal election—but recent changes in East Van politics will see a by-election and no incumbent here in the East End... So I've decided to take the plunge, but I need your help!...
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Thanks for the kind words and well wishes everybody..
I had a relaxing morning, walking the dog and hanging out with Dawn in the hood. Of course, I was disappointed not to break onto council, but thanks to so much support from so many of you: we...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
As Vancouver prepares to vote this saturday, I was honoured to be included on the Straight Slate picks for City Council as one of the most transparent politicians running for office.
"Because of widespread concern over low voter turnout, we’ve...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
MY NAME’S PETE Fry. I’m a creative professional, entrepreneur and community activist, and I’m running for city council with the Green Party of Vancouver.
I’ve been self-employed most of my adult life with clients ranging from the DIY indie music and...
Monday, October 27, 2014
This morning, I was asked to comment on the notion that certain unions have it out for the Greens (and COPE). While we do enjoy solid support from some unions, according to revelations published by by Bob Mackin and others, other unions might appear...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Vancouverites recently heard the news that some of the city’s largest underdeveloped greyfield sites — the 21-hectare Jericho Garrison site and another 8.5 hectares near Cambie and 33rd — are being reconsidered in a new partnership between First...
Friday, September 19, 2014
We released our full Vancouver Green Partly platform yesterday!
check it out at: vote.vangreens.ca
Friday, September 5, 2014
I'm having a get-together of friends and supporters for cocktails, canapés, and a little campaign building at the Emerald Club…
As you know, I'm full speed ahead in my bid for a seat at City Council, but I need your help: volunteers, fundraising,...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The notion that at least some of Vancouver's development is being targeted to wealthy investors and thus skewing our own housing market – making it more expensive for local residents – shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who lives here...
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Given the abysmally low voter turnout of past civic elections (just under 35 percent of eligible voters in 2011), Vancouver chief election officer Janice MacKenzie’s announcement on June 25 to expand opportunities and places to vote with at-large...
Thursday, June 5, 2014
After five years of unfettered majority rule on city council, hundreds of heritage demolitions, and thousands of tonnes of landfill; Vision Vancouver today trumpeted long overdue measures to thwart the unmitigated destruction of our city's heritage...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
"According to the Bank of Canada, the average selling price of a home in Vancouver is now nearly 11 times the average Vancouver family’s household income"
So who's buying? What drives our sky high real estate market?
It's a real failure of...
Friday, May 16, 2014
Local media was buzzing with reports of Bob Rennie's recent keynote speech, in which he placed the blame for Vancouver's affordability crisis on single-family neighborhoods, while defending his own development interests.
As reported by the Sun's...
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Have you noticed the green lights on the towers around the northeastern end of False Creek? Have you noticed that giant fenced-in parking lot that sometimes hosts the circus - but is mostly empty?
Well, both sights are related to the park that was...
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
On Sunday May 4th while the Vancouver Greens were endorsing their candidates (myself included) to run for City Council on November 15 of this year, ruling party Vision Vancouver were holding their AGM. As the Vancouver Courier's Mike Howell
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
“Pipeline spills can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies, both in the short and long term. Spill response and clean-up creates business and employment opportunities for affected communities, regions, and clean-up...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Public reaction over the proposed shrinking of Trout Lake's off leash dog area continues to grow, and the Vision Vancouver Park Board are in spin mode.
This morning on the CBC Early Edition [at the 1:58 mark], Vision Park Board Commissioner Niki...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
It's Tuesday, and as has become a semi-regular habit while I work, I have the live stream of City Council going in the background. I'm listening for the decision on the DTES Local Area Plan, when General Manager of Parks and Recreation, Malcolm...
Saturday, April 5, 2014
One of the ideas I brought forward to the ill fated Dog Strategy Task Force was that at a minimum, all parks (of a prescribed size or larger) - regardless of leash or off-leash status should provide a “dog patch”. An area specifically set...
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Today, at City Hall they're reviewing the Mayor's Engaged City Task Force Report, which is expected to be approved by the Vision-dominated council. Ostensibly, the report is about enhancing citizen engagement, but it includes some troubling...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The following was the presentation I made to City Council on March 12, 2014, regarding the DTES LAP and originally published on the Strathcona Residents Association website.
Re: Draft DTES Local Area Plan and Report
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I've been awake for most of the last 48 hours, and listening to a lot of Lou Reed.
In the late eighties, barely nineteen, I worked the one til seven in the morning shift at Doll + Penny's: a 24 hour restaurant on the Davie Strip. After the bar rush...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
While Gregor and the gang push more concrete and glass towers as the panacea for affordable housing - the data paints a different picture.
Look at the numbers for average purchase price (which of course ultimately dictates rental price) of concrete...
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Wow.. this was the scene at 440 West Pender back in 1932, "The Paris Cafe".. subsequent substantial renovations have removed the big display bay windows and added an access door to the basement. Locals may remember this building across from the...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Back from City Council, who just unanimously approved a report to work with affected communities and plan Viaducts removal and an Eastern Core Strategy.
BIG thanks to councilor Adriane Carr who went to bat for Strathcona and had Prior Street...
Friday, June 14, 2013
This is one of the things I love about design: how seemingly subtle changes, even scale or skew, can effect a profound difference in the way we look at things.
New York City's new wheelchair symbol.
I look forward to seeing this "rolled out"...
Sunday, December 30, 2012
A sign from above and blessings for a new year.
I experienced the most profound and prophetic moment yesterday, at the #IdleNoMore demonstration in front of the Vancouver CBC Plaza.
Spoke with a Squamish matriarch about the past, the present and...
Monday, September 3, 2012
Like Many Vancouverites, when the City announced it's new $3million dollar website last month - I was curious to check it out.
Sure, it carried a hefty price tag, but then again a content management system of that scale is a lot of work. As I...
Thursday, June 14, 2012
So what does the City's viaduct removal plan say about traffic calming on Prior Street?
Unfortunately for Strathcona - not a lot. In fact, the map illustration shows a new six-lane Prior Street extension that connects to Main Street, Quebec Street...
Friday, January 6, 2012
Like the cobbler's kids not having shoes - I've notoriously neglected to document or promote my own design and illustration work, despite over 25 years of successful and award winning self employment. Poster work was what first got me into design,...
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Drinking my morning coffee, I listened to the CBC radio follow up on their recently posted story about the scourge of uncollected dog feces throughout Vancouver. According to the CBC, the problem is so widespread that it is set to break the City's...
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
As a young boy, my absolute favourite comic-book was a Jack Kirby penned, DC published epic: The story of Kamandi - The Last Boy on Earth!
Bascially, sort of a Planet of the Apes rip-off, a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland, with young protagonist...
Friday, March 4, 2011
In September, 2006, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation announced the formation of an all-volunteer task force, made up of citizens with proven expertise in specific areas of stakeholder interest and concern.
Members were charged with the...