Koi fish return to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

CBC News, May 09, 2019

Ornamental fish will return to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on Thursday morning, after being removed last year when a river otter entered the garden pond and killed 11 of the fish.

The Vancouver Park Board says several younger koi have already been returned to the pond, as well as adult fish donated by the Nitobe Memorial Graden at the University of British Columbia and a private collector. Read more…

Koi swim in a tank at the Vancouver Aquarium in December 2018 after being removed from the pond. (Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden/Twitter)

Quirky ‘Tinseltown’ up for sale in downtown Vancouver

Karin Larsen, CBC News, Apr 04, 2019

A central and quirky fixture of downtown Vancouver is up for sale.

International Village Mall, previously known as Tinseltown, has been listed as part of a three property package that includes Paris Square across the street, home of a busy T & T Supermarket.

The third property in the bundle —Henderson Place Mall — is in Coquitlam.

The asking price is not listed, but last year B.C Assessment pegged the value of International Village Mall alone at $45.635 million.

The sales sheet describes the mall as “attractive and well-built … marking the crossroads of downtown Vancouver’s Central Business District, Stadium District and Chinatown.” Read more…

International Village Mall, a.k.a. Tinseltown, is up for sale. (Karin Larsen/CBC)

City of Vancouver formally apologizes to Chinese community for past discrimination

Chad Pawson, CBC News, Apr 22, 2018

The City of Vancouver formally apologized to Chinese Canadians on Sunday for past legislation, regulations and policies that discriminated against them.
“This is an important day for council and all Vancouverites to come together and recognize historical wrongdoings committed against Chinese people and to build a better future together,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson in a written statement.
An audience of 500 people witnessed the ceremony at the Chinese Cultural Centre, which was also broadcast on a screen along Keefer Street in the city’s Chinatown. Read more…

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson along with city councillors pose with the official apology offered to redress historical discrimination against Chinese residents. (City of Vancouver/Twitter)

Past and future of Vancouver’s Chinatown showcased at new restaurant

CBC News, February 18, 2018

At the height of the Lunar New Year celebrations, in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, the proprietor of a new restaurant is working to revitalize a neighbourhood that has seen many traditional businesses disappear in recent years.

The City of Vancouver has been exploring ways to sustain the culture of Chinatown — local food suppliers like grocers, butchers and fish shops have been closing, often replaced by proposed condo developments and coffee shops.

The City says this is due to many factors, chiefly rising real estate prices and high property taxes. Read more…

Chinatown BBQ is decorated with second-hand furniture from other, now closed, restaurants in the neighbourhood. (Michelle Eliot / CBC)

Vancouver city council votes down 12-storey Chinatown tower

By Justin McElroy, CBC News, Jun 13, 2017

105 Keefer St. development rejected in 8-3 vote; councillors note how proposal divided the community.
A much debated proposal for a 12-storey tower in the heart of Chinatown was voted down by Vancouver city council Tuesday afternoon. The 105 Keefer Street development was rejected by a margin of 8-3, with Mayor Gregor Robertson and five of six Vision Vancouver councillors joining NPA Coun. George Affleck and Green Coun. Adrianne Carr in opposition. Read more…

Artist’s rendering of the residential tower Beedie Development wanted to build at 105 Keefer St., in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown. (105keefer.com)

Bill Wong, legendary Vancouver Chinatown tailor, dead at 95

Matt Meuse, Gavin Fisher, Apr 16, 2017

Bill Wong, whose shop Modernize Tailors has been a fixture of Vancouver’s Chinatown for more than a century, has died at the age of 95.
Wong passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 8, his son Steven Wong told CBC News. Read more…

Bill Wong, who died age 95 on April 8, 2017, spent almost 70 years working at Modernize Tailors in Vancouver’s Chinatown. (JJ Lee)

Chinatown residents march on city hall to protest planned highrise towers

CBC News, Dec 02, 2016

Community advocates say proposed buildings will be too tall for the district. A contentious plan to replace a parking lot in Chinatown with several high-rise towers spurred about 150 opponents to march to city hall on Friday. The proposed development includes a building almost twice the height of existing ones in the area to be built on the site of a parking lot that sits between Second Avenue and Third Avenue S.W. just west of Centre Street. Read more…

As many as 150 protesters marched to City Hall on Friday to let city councillors know they remain opposed to a planned redevelopment of a parking lot in Chinatown, despite changes to the plan. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

‘Seniors can stay’: Historic May Wah Hotel sold to Chinatown Foundation

Lien Yeung, CBC News, Mar 17, 2017

Future of low income tenants, mostly seniors, was in jeopardy when building was put up for sale. New owners of Chinatown’s historic May Wah Hotel say its senior residents will be able to remain in their homes after it was sold to the Chinatown Foundation for $9.8 million. “We just want everyone to feel comfortable that not much is going to change,” said Henry Fung, a board director. Read more…

The May Wah Hotel is a City of Vancouver-designated heritage building that houses more than 100 low-income tenants. (CBC)

Architect and community visionary Joe Wai dead at 76

By Farrah Merali, CBC News Posted: Jan 13, 2017

Renowned architect and community activist Joe Wai has died from complications related to an aneurysm. His family confirmed he passed away Wednesday evening at Vancouver General hospital.
Friends and family are remembering Wai as a tenacious leader, community visionary and the man who shaped Vancouver’s Chinatown into what it is today. Read more …

Joe Wai in a1987 CBC interview about the design of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical garden in Vancouver.