Metro Vancouver will grow by one million people in the next 30 years. Our region is already congested now, and this will get worse if we fail to act.
We need to get ready for growth.
Fortunately, there is a plan. Metro Vancouver mayors came together to agree on a plan that meets the needs of the region today and into the future. The Mayors’ plan will cut congestion by providing improved transportation and transit choices to people everywhere in Metro Vancouver.
From March 16 to May 29, Metro Vancouverites will vote on a mechanism for funding transportation improvements through a 0.5 percent sales tax called the Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, which will be added to the existing Provincial sales tax of 7 percent.
DVBIA members should say ‘no’ to congestion and ‘yes’ to the transportation referendum.
The DVBIA, along with other groups, including the Better Transit & Transportation Coalition, Moving in a Livable Region, and the Mayors’ Council, are promoting the upcoming referendum/plebiscite that asks for a public decision on transportation funding measures that will pay for Metro Vancouver transportation improvements.
Who doesn’t want 70% of the region’s residents to have access to frequent transit service? Or, 25% more bus service in the region? Or light rail transit in the Fraser Valley? Or the Broadway Corridor rapid transit line built? Or the Pattullo Bridge replaced? Or 50% more Seabus service? Or upgrades to the major road network to keep people and goods moving? Or 2,700 more kilometres of bikeways?
The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association has long been speaking out for the need for a more reliable and stable funding source to make much needed future transportation and transit investments. This means cutting congestion and providing reliable and abundant transportation and transit options for a growing region.
Vote to cut congestion.
Follow the conversation.
Pledge your ‘yes’ vote today.
JOIN US FOR WINTER LIBATIONS
The Downtown Vancouver BIA is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with our favourite event - Downtown Libations on Thursday, February 19th 2015, 4-6pm!
Take little trip down memory lane to commemorate the work we have done together and look ahead to what the next 25 years have in store.
The The Belmont Bar on Granville Street is the perfect location for this occasion. This newly renovated establishment offers a hint of Granville’s historic past with its own modern twist. Sip one of their specialty cocktails or craft beers and wines on tap, sample the local fare, and network with your fellow DVBIA members.
This event is free for Members. RSVP is required by February 13th 2015. Click here to register.
NORTHWEST COMEDY FEST
Ha! Ha! Tee! Hee! You might just pee your pants you’ll laugh so hard!
It’s true: NorthWest Comedy Fest is back February 12 - 21, 2015. Featuring amazing headlining performances from Craig Ferguson on his Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking the Earth, CBC’s The Debaters plus much, much, much, much more in theatres and comedy clubs all over Vancouver.
Who likes short shorts? We like short shorts. The Northwest Comedy Fest and the Vancouver International Film Festival are presenting An Evening of Comedy Short Shorts. It’s a delightful hodgepodge of original Pacific Northwest submissions and curated comedy pieces from up and down the left coast. Tickets are on sale now for the February 12th show.
Check out the show information and tickets can be found at northwestcomedyfest.com.
WAIT FOR US CHERRY BLOSSOMS!
The warm weather has made the famous Vancouver cherry blossom anxious to bloom.
That’s led to lots of excitement in the city right now about the blossoms, with forecasters predicting an early spring. Most of the blossoms you’re seeing right now are plum trees – it’s easy to be fooled! Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Cherry Scouts report that they’ve arrived three weeks early - so enjoy the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival pre-show!
As we watch to see how spring unfolds, check the website to see our best bloom predictions; so you can catch the wave of cherry blossoms downtown. Whenever the cherries bloom at Burrard SkyTrain Station, the Festival invites you to come out to celebrate the free Cherry Jam Downtown concert Thursday, April 2 - 12 noon to 1:30 p.m, sponsored by the DVBIA.
Show your best dance moves when Kite Dance meets Blossom Bollywood April 18, 1pm - 2:30pm on the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. Support Sakura Night and some of the downtown’s best Japanese chefs as they create sensational dishes at Tojo’s Restaurant April 19.
See all the program details.
GAIN INSITE AT WRITERS FEST
Photo: Cathie Borrie, author of The Long Hello,
by Kimberly Mara Eclipse Photography
The Vancouver Writers Fest, in partnership with VPL and the DVBIA presents Incite, a free series of interviews, discussions and readings with Canadian and international writers who will change how you see the world.
Every second Wednesday at 7:30pm
Alice MacKay Room, VPL Central Branch (Robson @ Homer)
Two Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominees read from their new novels: Fred Stenson reads from his long-awaited oilsands novel, Who By Fire, and Kim Echlin reads from Under the Visible Life. They’re joined by debut novelist Chelsea Rooney, whose debut novel Pedal challenges the beliefs we hold dear about the essence of innocence.
Cathie Borrie reads from The Long Hello, which chronicles her experience caring for her mother, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease. Lynette Loeppky reads from Cease, about her time as the sole care-giver to the woman she had been planning to leave. And Kara Stanley reads from Fallen, the compelling story of her husband’s life-changing brain and spinal cord injury.
SAY ‘YES’ TO BETTER TRANSPORTATION
In the next 30 years, Metro Vancouver will welcome 1 million new residents. We need a transit and transportation system that will keep our region moving.
If the referendum or plebiscite is successful – yes please! – the money will go into a lock box or secure fund overseen by the region’s Mayors who will work with the Government of BC to ensure we build the system today and tomorrow. And, it will cost us all just 35 cents a day per household. A small price for all of us to pay to all benefit.
The DVBIA is behind the Yes campaign 100%.
We need all our members to also actively support the campaign. Why? Because we’ll all benefit – walkers, drivers, transit users and cyclists.
What you can do:
- Talk about the campaign with your staff and customers
- Wear the ‘yes’ button; distribute posters and pledge cards
- Pledge your/your organization’s support at www.bettertransit.info
- Make sure you, your family members and staff are registered to vote; register online here
- Add your company to the 100+ organizations who are backing the campaign
- Educate yourself on the benefits of the plan: http://www.bettertransit.info/
- Mail in your ballot as soon as it arrives mid-March
- Respond to media stories, blogs and talk show with your support
- Invite a rep form the Yes Coalition to an speaking opportunity
WELCOME TO DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER
Located in the heart of Vancouver’s cosmopolitian business district, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) serves a 90-block area (view our boundaries) that consists of 8000 businesses, property owners and tenants - and attracts thousands of employees, tourists and shoppers every day.