Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Vancouver park commissioner Dave Demers wants staff to examine optimal uses of land now set aside for golf courses

by Charlie Smith on April 9th, 2019 Straight.com Some folks are incredibly passionate about using a golf club to whack a small ball around huge swaths of publicly owned land in Vancouver. These recreational golfers enjoy the camaraderie, competition, and peace of mind that come from this activity. But is

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Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Assessment of Pest Control Policies

Tonight I submitted my first Notice of Motion for this term:  WHERE AS: 1.       Each year millions of animals suffer from inhumane pest control            methods; 2.       Rodenticides cause secondary poisoning of non-target animals that prey            on rodents and travel up the food chain. 3.       Alternative methods are available

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Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Vancouver reconciliation with Indigenous peoples starts with parks: An interview with Conference Keynote Rena Soutar

by Jodi Lastman | Feb 11, 2019 |ParkPeople.careprinted by permission   Rena Soutar is one of the keynote speakers at Park People’s upcoming Heart of the City Conference taking place in Montreal, June 12-14, 2019. Rena Soutar is the first Reconciliation Planner at Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. Register or apply

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Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: The rebirth of X̱wáy̓x̱way, X̱epx̱páy̓em and Iy̓ál̓mexw as Vancouver place names

The park board will be looking at adding traditional First Nations names to many civic parks and beaches.    John Mackie Updated: September 19, 2018 Vancouver Sun   Many local landmarks had names long before Europeans arrived in the Vancouver area. And Vancouver park board chair Stuart Mackinnon thinks they should

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Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Vancouver Park Board considers motion to identify, recognize First Nation names

The Canadian Press Updated: September 13, 2018     Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon says the motion is not about renaming locations such as Vancouver’s Stanley Park.     A motion before the Vancouver Park Board could mark the next step toward reconciliation with three Vancouver-area First Nations. Commissioners are scheduled to vote Monday

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Stuart Mackinnon's BetterParks for Vancouver: Preserving and protecting parkland in an urban landscape is our duty because once we give it up it is gone forever.

 This is a letter I wrote to the Regina Leader Post after a resident of Regina contacted me concerning the proposed building of a commercial development in Wascana park. Park should be preserved Letter to the Editor of the Regina Leader Post  June 19, 2018 I love Saskatchewan. I don’t visit as

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