Fire that sparked on roof of Chinatown seniors’ home under investigation

Jordan Jiang, CTV News Vancouver, May 1, 2019

A small fire on the roof of a seniors home in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood was quickly knocked down by firefighters early Wednesday morning.

“Flames were visible about eight feet in the air,” said batallion chief Brian Bertuzzi.

The fire broke out at around 3 a.m. at a property on Keefer and Carrall streets. There were roughly 100 seniors inside the home at the time, and Bertuzzi said the fire was upgraded to a second alarm as a precaution in case they needed to evacuate the residents. Read more…

Firefighters are working to determine how a fire broke out on the roof of a Chinatown seniors’ home early Wednesday morning

Vancouver restaurateur on the hunt for Sai Woo’s original neon sign

CTVNews.ca Staff, March 2, 2017

Salli Pateman is in search of a sign. The owner of Sai Woo — a swanky pan-Asian eatery in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown — is trying to track down the original neon sign that once graced the building that houses her restaurant. Sai Woo first opened its doors as a chop suey house in 1925. Its delightfully garish neon sign, which featured a giant rooster with spread wings, was likely taken down when the original restaurant was closed in 1959. The existence of the sign was known from archival footage. Read more…

Advocate groups concerned new school will be built on burial ground

CTV Vancouver, August 28, 2016

A “state of the art” new high school is being built in New Westminster, but some Chinese and First Nations advocate groups are concerned it will be built on burial ground for a second time. The new school, which will accommodate 1,900 students grades 9 to12, will be built on the same property as the current one – but the Canadians for Reconciliation Society says that’s a problem. The older school was constructed in 1949, and some of it sits on top of land used as burials ground for Chinese and Japanese immigrants, as well as Sikhs and Aboriginal peoples. Read more…

Vancouver’s Chinatown grapples with growing pains

by Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press, August 20, 2016

The transformation of Vancouver’s Chinatown, fuelled by a changing population, crisis of affordability and ripe potential for new development, has left some locals calling it either a dying neighbourhood or one under threat of gentrification. As the city begins to review the impact of its economic revitalization strategy for the neighbourhood, which ended last year, community members are at odds whether Chinatown’s direction is what they want. Read more …

SkyTrain light rapid transit cars on a section of elevated track between the Stadium-Chinatown and Main Street-Science World stations, Vancouver, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Bayne Stanley
SkyTrain light rapid transit cars on a section of elevated track between the Stadium-Chinatown and Main Street-Science World stations, Vancouver, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Bayne Stanley