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District of North Vancouver council roundup
Ashley Wiles, founder of the North Shore tween girl empowerment group Sole Girls, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from North Van district council on Monday night.
“Sole Girls has been an amazing opportunity to get to know the youth of North Vancouver and how amazing they actually are, and how many amazing creative ideas they have, and how physical activity can help them improve themselves,” said Wiles after receiving her award.
North Van District Mayor Richard Walton had this to say of Wiles: “By exposing our youth to strong role models, and by providing positive influence and guidance, she exemplifies the core values and spirit of our community.”
The approval process for North Van arts grants proved to be dramatic, as district councillors debated whether programming outside of the community should receive funding.
Included in the North Van Arts Office list of funding recommendations made by an arms-length jury is $14,000 for the Vancouver International Mountain Festival and $5,000 for the Kay Meek Centre. In total, $66,500 is set to be allocated to 15 arts projects.
In its application, West Van-located Kay Meek Centre noted 28 per cent of its audience base is from North Van. As for the VIMF bid, organizers estimated 5,000 people would attend screenings in North Van.
Coun. Roger Bassam questioned why Blueridge Good Neighbour Day, a well-attended event, would only receive $500 in funding.
“But when I look and say, ‘Well, we are sending money to West Vancouver to Kay Meek Theatre to have them support their programming’ — I have to object to that,” said Bassam. “I don’t understand why we are supporting programming outside of North Vancouver.”
Mayor Richard Walton disagreed, saying: “When it comes to the arts … there are no boundaries on the North Shore.”
Council voted in favour of approving 13 items on the list, while deferring the decision on the VIMF and Kay Meek Centre until a policy discussion on arts funding later this month at a committee of the whole meeting.
Dollarton Shipyard redevelopment
Council gave first reading to Official Community Plan bylaws for Polygon Homes’ proposed three- and four-storey, 95-unit condo and townhouse project on the Dollarton Shipyard site.
The properties at 3829 and 3919 Dollarton Hwy. are currently zoned as “waterfront industrial.” Under the district’s Seymour Local Plan, the site was given a “mixed-use residential” designation.
Polygon is planning a massive cleanup of the heavily contaminated site, as well as foreshore rehabilitation and significant riparian restoration that includes building a fish ladder under Dollarton Highway.
The project will also allow for public access to the waterfront via a pathway that will connect with a network of trails in Cates Park.
Coun. Doug MacKay-Dunn’s concern with the project is what noise impact the future expansion of the Kinder Morgan Westridge petroleum terminal across the water in Burnaby will have on Dollarton-area residents.