Letters: Feb. 17
West Van Chamber of Commerce applauds Pacific Arbour proposal
The following letter was first sent to Mayor Goldsmith-Jones and members of District of West Vancouver Council,
The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support the Pacific Arbour Retirement Communities’ Seniors Residence proposal within the following framework.
This is a large, valuable public property on a strategic commercial site in West Vancouver - its development will have a significant local economic impact both during construction and ongoing.
New construction is particularly welcome as we recover from this economic downturn and will add revenues to a variety of our existing businesses from restaurants to gas stations.
In addition, the building will be a LEED Gold building on a main transportation corridor and is in keeping with the District’s vision to be amongst the most sustainable communities by 2020.
As well as recognizing the economic and social value of the project, we are also proud to support an organization that has contributed so much to the community. They have won a number of awards, most recently Capilano University’s Service Award for 2010.
Their community partnerships are well known throughout the North Shore, including North Shore Community Foundation, Artists for Kids, Parkgate Community Centre and the Seycove Family of Schools.
Included in their new development they will donate a 3,000 sq. ft facility for the CapU Elder College.
As the local representative of the leading voice of business in West Vancouver, we are proud to look beyond the bottom line and into the health and vitality of the communities where we live, work and raise our families, and as such support Pacific Arbor.
President of the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
On behalf of the 2010 Board of Directors
Nothing is impossible
Re: Blind Love, Outlook February 11, 2011
I have known Rosamund for many years, and I’m continually amazed. In her company you realize that she’s turned her disability into a bonus - nothing is impossible and with Richard’s love and support she not only aspires to great things, but achieves them.
When Rosamund was doing PR work for the school that had trained her and her guide dog, a young boy asked her, “How do you do cooking and stuff?” Rosamund replied, “I’m just the same as your Mom, I just can’t see, that’s all.”
Say no to densification
The latest District of North Vancouver glossy brochures about our “inevitable densification” are frightening. We DNV taxpayers paid for these hand-outs when at the same time the DNV decided it couldn’t afford to advertise our council agendas. The spin that the public is involved is exactly that -- spin.
Do we want more pollution? No.
Do we want more traffic? No
Do we want more crime? No
With densification comes many negative aspects of life. We as DNV voters have the power to elect people who are not pro-development.
Let’s get the word out there to vote for candidates who aspire to this vision for our community, not development-driven planning.
The tax base gains are short term and we pay in the long run. Our quality of life is at stake.