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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)

Joe Yip Wai, Obituary

The Province

Joe Yip Wai 1940 – 2017 Joe was a beloved husband, father, brother, and family man, a man who saw the larger picture and an architect who cared enormously for his people and his community. He died suddenly but peacefully on Jan 11 of this year.

A public Memorial Reception will be held on Feb 5 in the main hall of the Chinese Cultural Centre, at 50 East Pender, from 2 – 5 pm. Welcoming speeches at 3pm.

No flowers by request, instead donations in Joe’s name to the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden at the following link: httd://, or the Chinese Cultural Centre at 50 E Pender will be gratefully accepted.

Jonathan and Lynn Wai

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21, 2017


Architect Joe Wai dies

Naoibh O’Connor / Vancouver Courier, JANUARY 16, 2017

A visionary architect, an activist and a gentleman. That’s how mourners are remembering Joe Wai, who died last week at age 76.
It was only last November that Wai earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Architectural Institute of B.C. — one of many accolades throughout his career. And it was only last week, shortly before he passed away, that he attended an open house for the controversial rezoning proposal for 105 Keefer St. in Chinatown. Read more …

Joe Wai died last week at age 76. File photo by Rob Newell

Vancouver architect and heritage advocate Joe Wai dies

by Charlie Smith on January 13th, 2017

A greatly admired Vancouver architect and community leader has passed away at the age of 76.
Joe Wai leapt to public prominence in the late 1960s when he and other activists, including Shirley Chan and storefront lawyer and future premier Mike Harcourt, campaigned against a freeway that would have destroyed much of Chinatown and Gastown. Read more …

Architect Joe Wai left a large mark on Vancouver.

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.

2016 AIBC Lifetime Achievement Award Recognizes Trailblazer Joe Y. Wai Architect AIBC

November 17, 2016

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s 2016 Recognition Ceremony, at VanDusen Botanical Garden also introduces two new categories of volunteer award.

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) is pleased to announce the names of those being honored at its 2016 Recognition Ceremony, which began this evening at 7 p.m. at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Trailblazer Joe Y. Wai Architect AIBC will receive the prestigious AIBC Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, volunteers Sean Rodrigues Architect AIBC and Brian Sim Architect AIBC are being recognized for their significant volunteer service, in addition to four AIBC Council Members whose terms have ended. Read more …

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Joe Y. Wai Architect AIBC (left) with CEO Award for Exceptional Volunteer Service winner Sean Francis Rodrigues Architect AIBC. Photo: Jay Shaw.

Noted Vancouver architect Joe Wai is a dragon with deep sense of history

Jenny Lee, December 1, 2016

Some say architect Joe Wai’s political sensibilities must have been sparked when his grandparents’ Strathcona house was expropriated by the federal government in the late 1950s for urban renewal. Wai himself demurs. It wasn’t until his late 20s some 10 years later, Wai said, that he joined the Strathcona Owners and Tenants Association (SPOTA) to fight further expropriation for public housing and a freeway that would go right through Chinatown. But the connection is hard to ignore. Afterall, Wai would spend the next five decades championing quality social housing, building healthy communities and preserving Chinatown and Strathcona’s historic and neighbourhood characters. Read more …

Vancouver architect Joe Wai is receiving a lifetime achievement award for his work, which includes the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens, where he is pictured Friday, November 18, 2016. JASON PAYNE / PNG
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