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  • Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2018

    Jul 12, 2018

    Vancouver Queer Film Festival is back and the line-up is better than ever. The festival starts on Thursday, August 9, ending Sunday, August 19. 

    The VQFF is the largest LGBT arts event in Western Canada with 11 days of movies, performances and events. The festival celebrates and narrates the stories of queer lives, relationships, experiences and the problems facing the LGBT society, including queer people of colour, trans people and indigenous people. The movies are directed by filmmakers from all over British Columbia, including other Canadian and international directors. 

    Click here to buy tickets, and click here to see the upcoming film schedule. 

    More information on the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, click here

  • The Really Gay History Tour

    Jul 10, 2018

    Walk, learn, and laugh with us on the Really Gay History Tour. We promise it will be an adventure you’ll remember forever.

    Hear amazing, untold stories during PRIDE Week in Vancouver, a one of a kind tour!

    Discover the stories, landmarks, and icons of Vancouver's LGBTQ2+ community on the Really Gay History Tour by Forbidden Vancouver. You’ll visit the sites of bookstore bombings, police raids, Imperial Court coronations, the “Kiss-Ins” of Granville Street, and the gayest beer parlour in town. It's 2.5 hours packed with unbelievable Vancouver history on a stroll from downtown to the historic gay village of Davie Street.


    The tours take place on Sundays at 2 p.m. and every day at 2 p.m. from July 22 to Aug 4.

    Tickets are $32 for adults or $28 for seniors or students

    604 227 7570

    Staged in partnership with the Vancouver PRIDE Society.

  • Perch Season is Back!

    Jul 10, 2018

    The Perch program started on June 1 and will run through September 28. From workout Wednesdays to art Thursdays, there is a lot planned for you throughout the Summer.

    What is the Perch?

    • The Perch is a series of pop-up publicly accessible plazas that set up on weekends from June to October. The spaces range from POPs (Privately Owned Public Spaces) to park and streets.
    • The Perch is for everyone. Come bring lunch from a local business, a book for some quiet reading or your friends for a catch-up.

    Lot 19 and Cathedral Square

    • Two Perches have regular activities Monday-Friday
    • They are the ‘Perch at Lot 19’ (located on Hastings West and Hornby) and Cathedral Square Park (Dunsmuir and Richards Streets).
    • These Perches have themed days – Art Day, Puzzle Day, Games Day, Busker Day, and Fitness Day - plus special events.

    For more Info, visit  to find out what's going on and where!

  • AGM Highlights

    Jul 10, 2018

    In case you missed our AGM on June 14, here are some of the highlights of the evening. 

    Held in the emerald ballroom at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, this year’s AGM saw more than 200 of our members join together to enjoy cocktails and canapés whilst voting through AGM business, recognizing the Downtown Appreciation Awards and spending time with other downtown colleagues. 

    Among the guest speakers was First Nation woman, Debra Sparrow who opened the AGM with a traditional Musqueam greeting and spoke about her work as a Musqueam weaver and artist. After AGM voting and business updates, it was time to recognize our Downtown business winners in five different categories.

    1. Emerging Leader Award – Façade Festival
    2. Outstanding Individual Award – Malte Kluetz, The Vancouver Christmas Market
    3. Sustainability Award – SMAK
    4. Outstanding Organization Award – The Vancouver Foundation
    5. Lifetime Achievement Award – The Late Bing Thom


    We’d love to thank all members who attended the AGM and we look forward to seeing you all at next year’s event.
  • DVBIA in the News

    Jul 10, 2018

    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is regularly featured in the news, advocating on behalf of our member businesses and showcasing initiatives that help bring our forward-thinking vision for downtown Vancouver to life.

    Here’s where we featured in the month of June 2018.

    Vancouver Courier – DVBIA and Good Night Out

    News 1130 – Cambie Bridge bike lane and sidewalk updates

    News1130 – DVBIA CEO speaks to North America hosting World Cup in 2026 

    Canadian Press – Charles Gauthier speaks to the Vancouver not hosting any World Cup games.

    CKNW Lynda Steel/ Mike Smyth – The DVBIA supports the temporary modular housing project for 688.

    Chronicle Herald – DVBIA’s Charles Gauthier speaks to North America hosting World Cup in 2026

    Sportsnet - Charles Gauthier speaks to Vancouver not hosting any World Cup games.

    City Toronto - DVBIA CEO speaks to North America hosting World Cup in 2026

    Daily Hive – The DVBIA’s Summer Movie Nights on the Square

    VanSun - The DVBIA’s Summer Movie Nights on the Square

    Montreal Gazette - The DVBIA’s Summer Movie Nights on the Square

    Miss 604 - The DVBIA’s Summer Movie Nights on the Square

    Lynda Steel CKNW - The DVBIA’s Summer Movie Nights on the Square

    Daily Hive – Orpheum Theatre Laneway – Ackery’s Alley – Translink Night Bus

    The Star – Translink Night Bus

    News 1130 – Translink Night Bus

    Vancouver Sun – Translink Night Bus – Translink Night Bus

    CTV News – Translink Night Bus

    Vancourier - Translink Night Bus

    Daily Hive – Translink Night Bus

    Global BC - Translink Night Bus

    Vancouver Sun – Summer Movie Nights on the Square

  • AGM Sustainability Award

    Jul 10, 2018

    This year the DVBIA gave SMAK our Sustainability award

    This year at AGM, we had a brand new award that we were very excited about. In recent months, we began to notice, more than ever, our members’ outstanding efforts in sustainability. We saw businesses adopt environmentally-friendly practices, setting the tone for their colleagues in the downtown core. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that we had many businesses to choose from when deciding who would receive our first annual Sustainability Award.

    With so many inspiring and innovative members to choose from, this year’s Sustainability Award went to SMAK. 

                                                    Owners of SMAK

    SMAK is known in Vancouver as purveyors of healthy fast food. Their name means “tasty” in many languages, and it’s definitely reflective of the food that you find within. With two locations in the downtown core, you’ve hopefully had a chance to try their delicious, healthy fare, including salads, curries, and smoothies, among many other offerings. 

    But beyond their amazing food, SMAK’s values are to provide meals that are local, compostable, and above all, sustainable. Whatever you order from SMAK comes in a completely compostable container. They are striving to become a zero-waste facility, and we are so proud of their efforts. They even grow their own herbs and greens, and provide education and awareness about sustainability with each of their healthy meals.

  • Vancouver Art Gallery’s New Hours

    Jul 10, 2018

    Check out the new opening hours of the Vancouver Art Gallery

    Summer’s here and the Vancouver Art Gallery has extended summer hours to cater to those late afternoon museum walks. Starting on June 22, the gallery will be offering extended summer hours until 9 PM every Friday evening.
    *except on Friday July 13 and 27.

    Find out more about exhibitions and prices here 

  • Downtown Safety Ambassadors

    Jul 10, 2018

    The DVBIA has made updates to our Downtown Ambassadors program as a result of member feedback.

    Responding to feedback from our DVBIA members, we have made updates to the Ambassador program to reflect your most pressing needs and priorities. The newly-updated program will focus on community safety, and our ambassadors will now be called Downtown Safety Ambassadors. They will be our eyes and ears in the downtown core, helping to ensure that our members businesses have a readily available point of contact that they can call upon with questions, comments, or concerns.

    We look forward to seeing the new program in action, and—as always—we thank our members for the input that they’ve given us; it truly helps guide the strategic vision of this Association.

  • Granville Spotlight - John Fluevog

    Jul 10, 2018

    The Granville St John Fluevog is proudly the oldest of all existing Fluevog stores and has been providing footwear for the people of Vancouver since 1970. 

    First off, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in the industry.

    My name is Patrick Davidson and I am the manager of the John Fluevog shoe store on Granville street. I was born and raised in Edmonton Alberta and went to the University of Alberta, studying Earth and Atmospheric Science. After that, I studied Public Relations at Grant MacEwan University. Eight years ago, I had enough of the cold weather and decided to move to this beautiful city! I also have family and friends in Vancouver, so it made it a lot easier for me to make the move. How did I end up in retail, you might ask? I've always had an interest in fashion. After years of the corporate life, why not? I had always kept a part-time job in retail while living here in Vancouver and finally decided to take the plunge and make it my full-time job just over a year ago. 

    Tell us about your store and the John Fluevog brand.  

    The Granville store is located in the heart of the Granville Street entertainment and shopping district. John Fluevog Shoes has been serving the good Fluevogers of Vancouver since 1970. As one of the first Fox & Fluevog stores, JF Shoes Granville is proudly the oldest of all the existing Fluevog stores and has showcased many rock stars who have played the Commodore across the street. Come in and experience the history of John Fluevog!


    Why is Granville Street a good fit for a John Fluevog store?

    The energy on Granville street is synonymous with the design of our shoes! We are ever-changing and creating shoes that are ahead of the times. You don't see our shoes on the masses and that's what I love about our unique product. What I love about our customers is that they range from rockers to symphony attendees and everything in between. You'd be surprised, but we have a style for everyone! We have a really loyal following here at the Granville store and people make it a point to stop in before a concert for their next memorable shoe! It goes hand in hand! We like to think we're saving lives here with our shoes.

    What is next for the Fluevog empire? Any exciting sales or announcements?

    Over the last several years John Fluevog shoes have been slowly expanding across Canada and the US and now we’ve recently opened our newest store in Amsterdam! What I’m most proud of is working for such an inspiring local company that started right here in Vancouver. John’s passion for art and business is shown in his ability to create unique soles for unique souls and has stood the test of time as he's been making shoes since 1970. Our design studio is located at our Gastown location and you’ll still see John Fluevog riding his bike into the store there. We have been featured recently in Vogue and Opening Ceremony and many famous people wear our shoes such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Alice Cooper. We are currently in the midst of our "John Fluevog thinks you’re Awesome" why don’t you come by and snag yourself a pair.

    Visit the John Fluevog store on 837 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K7 
  • Plenty of Plates

    Jul 10, 2018

    Plenty of Plates is a 4-hour team-building experience that gives those who live in the Downtown East Side an opportunity to have a sit-down three-course meal.

    Whether hidden or visible, poverty continues to plague our city and the recent Vancouver Homelessness Count shows that things are only getting worse. It is easy to ignore the problem and go about our usual day, but many businesses are taking an empathetic and active approach to the problem by connecting with people affected by extreme poverty through Plenty of Plates.



    Plenty of Plates is a hands-on team-building experience that makes a real difference for our neighbours in the Downtown Eastside. Teams work together to run the historic Save On Meats diner by cooking and serving a 3-course meal to our city’s marginalized and less fortunate people who rarely, if ever, get a sit-down restaurant experience. 
    The extraordinary night not only helps people in need, it creates powerful and lasting joys, insights, and memories for the team. This is why companies like Apple and RYU Apparel have participated multiple times.


    iQMetrix was the pioneering partner of Plenty of Plates and have their office near Waterfront Station. Krystal Ho, Director of Corporate Relations said "Our office is just 2 blocks up from the most impoverished postal code in BC! We are so lucky and sometimes we forget it. Rolling up our sleeves, going in and preparing nutritious warm meals for those who may not know where their next one is coming from, makes a real impact - not just for the residents of the Downtown East Side, but important for our staff as well."

    Check out this video to see what it's all about.

    Do you want to understand more about the problems of poverty in Vancouver? Are you looking to strengthen your company culture and do something together outside of the store or office? Is your company making an impact in the community? 

    If interested, reach out to Evan at A Better Life Foundation for more information:


  • Summer Movie Nights on the Square

    Jul 10, 2018

    Want to watch a free movie with your friends outdoors in the heart of Vancouver? Of course you do! Who wouldn’t? Every Wednesday from July 4 to August 29, the DVBIA, in partnership with Fresh Air Cinema, will be screening a different movie every week for nine weeks on a four-storey, inflatable screen at the šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formally Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza). With the theme for the movies being ‘cities', here is a list of the films and the dates they will be shown: 

    July 4 – Ghostbusters (1984)

    July 11 – Ready Player One (2018)

    July 18 – Zootopia (2016)

    July 25 – Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

    August 1 – Moulin Rouge (2001)

    August 8 – Notting Hill (1999)

    August 15 – Mrs. Doubfire (1993)

    August 22 – La La Land (2016)

    August 29 – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    All you need is a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on and anything else that will enhance your movie watching experience. Bring your friends, family, neighbours and partners and join us at sundown for an outdoor cinematic experience in the beautiful šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square.

    Summer Movie Nights on the Square

    When: Every Wednesday from July 4 to August 29

    Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square

    Time: Activities begin at 5pm and movies will begin at sunset. Be sure to check the sunset times on that particular day.


  • Our new Chair and Vice Chair

    Jul 10, 2018

    Meet our new Chair, Gary Pooni and our new Vice Chair, Luca Citton

    Chair – Gary Pooni

    Our newly-elected Chair is Gary Pooni, who is president of Brook Pooni Associates.
    Gary studied at New Westminster school for high school, Simon Frasier University for his undergraduate degree, and for graduate school he attended the University of Calgary.

    Gary’s first job was as a farm labourer, and then he worked as a video store clerk (easily his favourite job so far). Gary also worked at the New West BIA giving him insider knowledge on what it’s like to work with and for a BIA. Gary joined the DVBIA board due to his love for urban environments. He believes Downtown Vancouver to be one of the most beautiful and vibrant settings in the world. 

    When asked what Gary is most looking forward to as DVBIA Chair this coming year, he explained that ‘Downtown Vancouver is at another watershed moment in its history, in a rapidly changing economic and digital environment. The DVBIA is going to play a pivotal role in shaping the next chapter of Downtown Vancouver’.

    If Gary wasn’t working in real estate he would be involved with either soccer or fashion, which isn’t surprising, as Gary is known as one of the DVBIA’s snappiest dressers.

    Gary has served the DVBIA as a board member since 2015 and was our Vice -Chair for two years, so he is definitely well-prepared (and well-qualified) for the year ahead. We are very excited to have Gary as the DVBIA’s new Chair and look forward to working alongside him along with our new Vice Chair. 

     Vice Chair – Luca Citton

    Meet our new Vice Chair, Luca Citton. Luca is a corporate lawyer, director and shareholder at Boughton Law.  He’s also Italian. How will you know? We aren’t sure which gives it away first – his animated hand gestures, a fine sense of style (he’s in constant competition with Gary), or the occasional “mamma mia!” peppered throughout most conversations.

    When first beginning his journey into professional life, Luca decided he was going to work with his hands: first, by serving pasta at the Italian Cultural Center, and second, as a bricklayer in his father’s masonry company. In both positions, he was encouraged to explore other vocations. Shortly after that, Luca found his calling at SFU – he received a philosophy degree on full academic scholarship. Not knowing what to do as a real-life philosopher, he headed out to Kingston, ON to attend law school at Queen’s.  

    Luca practiced corporate law for nearly a decade in Vancouver before joining Boughton Law in 2011. Boughton is a full-service 50-lawyer firm in downtown Vancouver. In 2014, he became a shareholder at Boughton Law, and in 2017 became one of three directors of the firm. 

    Giving back to the community where he lives, and works is important to Luca. After serving on DVBIA committees for a few years, he joined the Board in 2016 to advocate on behalf of his home turf: the downtown core. In addition to his volunteer work with the DVBIA, Luca also volunteers as a Director with the Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society, and this spring concluded a 10-year stint with the Italian Cultural Centre Society, most recently serving as President for the last 3 years. When he’s not lawyering or volunteering, you can find Luca working off his mom’s good cooking and hiking in the North Shore Mountains with his fiancé and their two huskies. 

    Luca looks forward to advocating on behalf of DVBIA members and supporting/competing for “Best Dressed” with DVBIA Chair Gary Pooni.  We are truly looking forward to Luca’s leadership and having him represent the organization as Vice Chair.

  • Ridesharing is sustainable economic development for Vancouver

    Jun 28, 2018

    Lyft is one of the largest voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets in the world.

    Ridesharing enables cities to meet their goals of sustainability, economic development and progressive paths forward. The City of Vancouver aims to be the Greenest City in the world.  The B.C. government recently passed new legislation with aggressive GHG emissions reduction targets. The opportunity for ridesharing needs to complement the sustainability commitments of the province, city and community - and Lyft gets it.

    Lyft is the first rideshare company to offset all rides globally and one of the largest voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets in the world. We are making a multi-million dollar investment this year towards this initiative, which is a deliberate effort to build a financial incentive into Lyft’s business model to transition away from gasoline-powered vehicles. These offsets will serve as a bridge towards our ultimate goals of getting more people into fewer cars, reducing the number of cars on the road, and ensuring the cars remaining are electric and powered by renewable energy.

    Our emissions reductions efforts will focus on renewable energy, forest carbon projects, reducing emissions from the automotive manufacturing process, and capturing methane from landfills. To make an immediate impact, we are funding existing emission reduction projects. All projects are independently validated and verified under leading, internationally-recognized offset standards maintained by not-for-profit environmental organizations. Over time, our efforts will shift towards developing new projects in and around our largest markets.

    B.C. has been a global leader in pricing carbon. To keep up the momentum, new technologies must be engaged that prove environmental sustainability and economic development do not need to be at odds – in fact, they complement each other.

    Climate change is one of the defining issues and greatest global threats of our time– Lyft understands that, and built this understanding into the company’s foundation. Lyft believes that technology will enable us to dramatically reduce carbon emissions from the transportation system while improving quality of life and access to opportunity for everyone. We’re more determined now than ever to make that vision a reality. With this new initiative, we are also working diligently to move to an entirely electric fleet.

    One of the greatest misconceptions about ridesharing is that it intends to replace current transportation options, thereby increasing congestion and cars on the road. This is just not the case. In fact, our commitment to creating more sustainable transportation ecosystems is reflected in our largest markets where more than 40% of rides are the first and last miles – Lyft passengers catching a ride to their bus or train stations and then home – enabling more people to use public transportation versus driving single passenger vehicles downtown. Lyft is keen to work with current transportation authorities, planners and visionaries to co-create new options that reduce emissions and enable more mobility for all citizens.

    Lyft is walking the talk when it comes to sustainability and economic development. Vancouver alone is missing out on $35.4 million estimated annual new spending by Lyft passengers at local businesses, $34.9 million estimated annual driver earnings from Lyft rides, $33 million estimated value of time saved by Lyft passengers. Unlocking ridesharing across the province would have enormous economic and increased environmental benefits.

    When it comes to sustainability and economic development – Lyft shows they go hand in hand. For British Columbia, moving forward with ride sharing will also move the Province forward on sustainability and the shift to a low carbon future.

    By Timothy Burr, Director of Public Policy, Lyft

  • DVBIA in the News

    Jun 11, 2018

    The Downtown Vancouver BIA is regularly featured in the news, advocating on behalf of our member businesses and showcasing initiatives that help bring our forward-thinking vision for downtown Vancouver to life.

    Here’s where we featured in the month of May 2018.

    Newswire – The DVBIA officially supports supervised consumption sites in the Downtown core

    Vancouver Sun – Downtown Vancouver newspaper boxes flipping to ‘Little Free Libraries’

    The Peak – SFU students collaborate on a miniature library project

    Vancouver Sun -  DVBIA supports CCTV on Granville

    The Georgia Straight– DVBIA’s transformed Alley Oop holds a free pop-up party

    CBC – The DVBIA supports patios bars on Granville Street

    Linda Steele – Charles Gauthier speaks about the patios coming to Granville

    City of Vancouver – Improvements to safety on Granville

    Globe and Mail – DVBIA’s CEO, speaks about the use of CCTV and its contribution to safety

    CBC – DVBIA’s CEO, Charles Gauthier states that a larger patio culture will put more eyes on Granville and increase safety

    Daily Hive – The DVBIA’s free pop-up libraries

    Vancouver Sun – From free newspapers to Little Free Libraries

    Richmond News – Charles Gauthier speaks about the DVBIA’s little libraries

    Global BC – DVBIA teams together with SFU for the launch of the ‘Little Free Libraries’

    The Star - Charles Gauthier speaks about the issues facing Granville and the use of CCTV

    News 1130 – The DVBIA announces official support of supervised consumption sites in the downtown core

    BIV – Charles Gauthier speaks about Vancouver’s cruise ship industry

    Global BC – The DVBIA’s CEO speaks about the city’s ban on single-use items

    News1130 – Charles Gauthier comments on public washrooms in the city




  • Making Granville safer and more welcoming

    Jun 08, 2018

    A new code of conduct that has been introduced involves year-long and lifetime bans for those involved in the violent behaviour in the Granville district. Bar Watch's Chair, Curtis Robinson rolled out the parameters of the new code of conduct at the Republic Night Club. Fighting, verbal abuse, harassment, unwanted physical contact, drink tampering, theft or bringing concealed liquor into any of Bar Watch’s venues will result in a year-long ban. Those who bring weapons into venues will be barred for life.

    “If you get charged for a violent offence on Granville Street or elsewhere in Vancouver, particularly the Granville strip and you’re found to be in possession of a knife or a weapon, you have forfeited your right to enter a Bar Watch bar, nightclub, pub or any venue under our umbrella for life,” Robinson said.

    This rule applies to both the interior and exterior of Bar Watch properties. If a person leaves an establishment and starts a fight or engages in dangerous behaviour elsewhere on Granville, the same bans will apply. Robinson explained that his group will use court records to cross reference the identities and convictions in each case. 

    30 establishments fall under the Bar Watch code, predominantly along Granville Street, Gastown and Yaletown.

    Outside of introducing the code of conduct, Robinson doubled down on other issues that could help mitigate violence and disorder on Granville: extended transit hours on weekends, allowing ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber and increasing fighting fines to $1,000.

    “I worked down here for years and it was nightmare at 3:30 in the morning trying to get people to move along,” Robinson said.

    VPD statistics show the Granville Street and Gastown entertainment districts saw 590 reported fights in 2017. VPD Staff Sgt. Damien said between 13 and 15 officers are assigned to the Granville strip on weekends during the summer. He told council earlier this month the number of bylaw tickets written for fighting on the Granville strip has jumped annually since 2014 — 15 at that point, compared to 87 last year.

    Information from Vancouver Courier – read the full article here

  • Meeting with the Deputy Attorney General

    Jun 08, 2018

    Last week, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association had the opportunity to have another meeting with the Deputy Attorney General, Richard Fyfe, and other senior provincial government officials from various departments. In this meeting with Mr. Fyfe, we shared survey results and member anecdotes to convey the thoughts and concerns of our member businesses on the subject of the safety issues in the downtown core.

    After our most recent meeting with the Deputy Attorney General, we feel optimistic that our concerns, and those of our members, were taken seriously. Through productive conversations like this, we can continue to advocate for our retail members and help make downtown Vancouver safer than ever. We continuously consult our retail members on the types of changes and solutions that they believe are required to address property crime, improve general working conditions for retail staff and increase the overall safety of the general public.

  • Theft from Auto

    Jun 08, 2018

    The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) is reminding downtown businesses, employees and residents to be mindful of not leaving anything visible in an unattended car. This comes after the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) released statistics demonstrating that thefts from auto (TFAs) had increased by almost 40 per cent from 2017 to 2018.

    The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has noted that the majority of TFAs can be avoided simply by drivers following a few simple safety tips, including keeping your car clean and free of any personal possessions. Most drivers might be vigilant about not leaving valuables like laptops or shopping bags in plain sight, but won’t think twice about leaving small, everyday items like cellphone chargers, sunglasses or spare change.

    This problem is pervasive throughout all regions of Metro Vancouver. To help address this issue in the downtown core, the DVBIA is working with parking stakeholders within our district to help make sure there is an increased awareness about keeping your car completely free of any items that may tempt thieves.

    The DVBIA is also working closely with the VPD as well as the downtown branches of the Community Policing Centres (CPC) to help share information about how to lower your risk of a TFA. Last year alone the CPC distributed over 113,500 theft from auto brochures in the downtown core to advise drivers of the risks associate with leaving valuables in their cars. They also work one-on-one with automobile users to advise them of the steps they are— or are not— taking to reduce auto crime, as well as patrol the TFA hot-spots on foot and bike.

    Among the VPD’s top tips for preventing theft from auto are to leave your car completely clear of any personal items, disengage your trunk latch so your trunk cannot be opened from inside the car, and to be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious people to police. They also recommend not making multiple trips back and forth to your car when out shopping, as it may alert thieves that you are placing valuables in your car.

  • AGM is this week!

    Jun 08, 2018

    AGM is this week!

    Please join us at our 2018 Annual General Meeting and help us toast the best of Downtown Vancouver. This year’s event will be held at the beautiful Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. We’ll be in the Emerald Ballroom, which looks out onto Canada Place, the Convention Centre, and downtown Vancouver’s stunning waterfront landscape.

    Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Time: Registration at 3:30 pm, Program 4:00 – 6:00 pm 

    Location: Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel 
    1038 Canada Place Way, Emerald Ballroom, 3rd floor

     This event is free to DVBIA members, but requires pre-registration. Please note, membership must be current within a year. 

    Following the AGM business, we will recognize our Downtown Appreciation Award winners. This year’s honourees include Façade Fest, Smak, the Vancouver Foundation, Malte Kluetz of the Christmas Market, and the late Bing Thom. 

    Enjoy cocktails, canapés, and the amazing company of your downtown colleagues at our 2018 AGM. We hope to see you there. 

    Register at

    Need to activate or are unsure if your membership is current? Please email

  • TransLink Ten Year Vision

    Jun 08, 2018

    The DVBIA is supportive of the second phase of the ten year vision for the regional transportation network. Expanded transit services and infrastructure will meet existing and future transit demands, while also contributing to the economic and environmental sustainability of our region.

    Improvements to the regional transit network directly impact the vitality of the downtown core. A strong downtown is one that is easily accessed by a variety of efficient and convenient modes of transportation. Transit networks also relieve traffic congestion
    and alleviate parking challenges, thereby improving the experience of visiting downtown
    and elsewhere.

    The DVBIA appreciates that the cost of transit improvements are shared among all levels of government. The local contribution is comprised of a good mix of funding sources, including a 3 per cent increase to the parking sales tax, which we find to be fair and reasonable.

    We thank Translink for the consultation opportunities and look forward to the implementation of the 10-year vision.

    For more information on Translink’s 10-year vision, please visit their website

  • Zero Waste 2040 Strategy

    Jun 08, 2018

    Vancouver is set to become the first city in the world to approve a zero-waste strategic plan with an early action to reduce single-use bags, cups, take-out containers, utensils and straws.

    The city will also be the first to ban plastic straws and polystyrene foam cups and take-out containers.

    After council heard from over 20 speakers, including DVBIA CEO Charles Gauthier, they voted to approve a flexible bylaw that will see the city work closely with small businesses to achieve a targeted reduction in the use of plastic bags and cups. If target reduction rates are not achieved by 2021, the COV will take further action by enacting a full ban on single-use plastic bags and cups.

    The City is committed to working with small businesses to ensure that these policies are not only successful in reducing waste but also in maintaining or enhancing the local economy.

    Council also voted to bring in a distribution ban on straws and polystyrene on June 1, 2019 – six months earlier than initially proposed – and to provide additional funding for outreach and education to support small businesses as they make the transition to using sustainable packaging materials.

    “Today’s approval of the Zero Waste 2040 Strategy is a big step forward to make Vancouver the world’s greenest city and a global leader in zero waste,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Cities around the world recognize the detrimental impacts of plastic waste on our environment and are taking bold steps to cut down or eliminate waste through bans and innovative reusable programs. In Vancouver, we’re hearing strong support from local businesses, environmental groups and the general public, and I’m confident that this comprehensive strategy will help us become a clean, zero-waste city."

     Below are some highlights from the Zero Waste 2040 strategy:

    • Intro a ban on distribution of cups and plastic/paper shopping bags. Business can chose from:
      • No distribution of disposable cups or plastic/paper bags.
      • Disposable cups or plastic/paper bags cannot be distributed for free.
      • Other mechanisms that will be proposed and finalized through consultation.
      • If the reduction plans do not lead to the City reaching the target reduction rate by 2021, City Council will enact a full distribution ban on single-use bags and cups.
    • Require disposable utensils to be given out if customers ask for them.
    • Issues an RFEOI for a ‘Made in Vancouver’ single-use item solutions such as a city mug share program and reusable straws.
    • All compostable packaging (e.g. bags, cups and containers) distributed by businesses must be approved compostable, which means that it has been tested and approved at a local compost facility.
    • Explore options to recover the costs of collecting disposable cups in public waste bins and as litter from the business that generate this waste.
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