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Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
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Vol 105 No. 07
Kendall Jessiman, President
Sandra Lowe, Secretary

UPCOMING MEETING AUGUST 23, 2022
Celebrating our members! Let's enjoy

We are going to mix things up a bit. Have some well deserved relaxed time to mingle and connect with one another; catch up on any news in our lives, both professionally and personnally. As well, we'll have some fun so bring your competitive vibes to your table.
 
 

UPCOMING MEETING AUGUST 30, 2022
Kirk LaPointe, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Business in Vancouver Media Group

per Kirk LaPointe's LinkedIn profile:
Kirk is the Publisher and Editor in Chief at Business in Vancouver Media Group and VP Editorial of Glacier Media, its parent company. He manages the operation, leads the editorial team, write columns online and in print, moderates event panels, and co-hosts the podcast for BIV, the leading source of local and regional business news and information. He is also responsible for editorial leadership at Glacier Media, including its standards and special projects.
He teaches ethics and leadership at the University of British Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.

Kirk is the past Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen. Most recently he was a daily radio host on Roundhouse Radio, 98.3 FM Vancouver. He was with the station from its inception to its closure. Before that he was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Self-Counsel Press, the country's leading self-help publisher of financial and legal titles.
He ran for Mayor under the banner of the Non-Partisan Association in the 2014 election. He blogged on my experience at thevancouveriwant.ca and the campaign's website is npavancouver2014.ca. He has managed in newspapers, news agencies, television, online media and publishing for 25 years. He has led such organizations as CTV News, Southam News and the Hamilton Spectator, been founding executive editor at National Post, a day-one CBC Newsworld host, Ottawa Bureau Chief and General News Editor at The Canadian Press, and CBC Ombudsman, among other roles.
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District 5040
Million Dollar Dinner 2022

Every day The Rotary Foundation changes lives around the world and in our own communities. Through the Rotary District 5040 Million Dollar Dinner on October 8, 2022 you can build our District’s legacy of service through a donation to The Rotary Foundation in Canada.

Right now we are already making a real difference, but we can do so much more together. This ambitious District 5040 Campaign to raise US $1,000,000 will enable The Rotary Foundation to continue to strengthen communities in even more ways.
 
We are holding the Million Dollar Dinner to raise NEW funds for the Rotary Foundation. This is your opportunity move to a higher level in contributing funds to TRF or to a higher level with a bequest or other opportunities
to make a gift. The dinner recognizes donors who make a NEW contribution of a minimum of US$10,000 cash or legacy gift commitment to The Rotary Foundation between April 1 and October 4, 2022.
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Where do you want to be involved?

Let Carolyn know so she can add your name and let the respective Chair(s) know.
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LAST WEEK'S ROTOR DID NOT NOTE THAT THE TEXT PROVIDED BY MARK DWOR FOR HIS TALK IS COPYRIGHTED. 
 
PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THIS IF WANTING TO SHARE:
© Copyright Mark Dwor, Vancouver 2022
Upcoming Events
CONTACT COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR UPCOMING DATES
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Community Service Committee meeting (contact community@rotaryvancouver.org)
Terminal City Club
Oct 11, 2022 1:30 PM
 
RCoV Board meeting
tbd
Oct 13, 2022
 
Food on the Corner
Oct 15, 2022 11:00 AM
 
International Service Committee meeting (contact international@rotaryvancouver.org)
varied, contact committee chair
Oct 19, 2022 7:15 PM
 
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Oct 20, 2022
 
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2022
 
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Oct 25, 2022 8:30 AM
 
Community Service Committee meeting (contact community@rotaryvancouver.org)
Terminal City Club
Nov 08, 2022 1:30 PM
 
RCoV Board meeting
tbd
Nov 10, 2022
 
View entire list

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

 
*
Angela Pan Aug 19
 
 
at our Club
none this week
 
 
wedding
Michael & Jane Woolnough
48 years Aug 16
Wilf & Barbara Wassersleben
52 years Aug 22
 
 
* come in person to celebrate with Purdy's chocolates!!
 

Last Meeting August 16, 2022

Phil Webber, Past President (2017-18), chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Sandra Lowe, Secretary, hosted the ZOOM portion of the meeting
Peter Clarke, Sergeant at Arms, introduced guests
 
President’s Announcements:
  • Thank you to all of you who came to enjoy the companionship of your fellow club Rotarians, and to those who logged in virtually. 
     
  • With the new Rotary year underway, we'd like you to consider or reconsider what areas that you’d like to be involved in, e.g., committees. Where can you contribute your skills? Where do your passions lie? In addition to the long standing committees, we are looking for new ideas, e.g., new environment committee. See above for a listing.

    Historically our club has been very active on many levels with many, many initiatives and projects, lets keep up that momentum and indeed improve upon it. This was why our club was selected, about 4 years ago, as the Rotary Club of the Year.
     
  • A correction to the Rotor newsletter last week: the text of Mark Dwor’s speech was copyrighted. Please be respectful of this if thinking of sharing.
 
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
 
Program:
Jim Evans introduced Gordon Price, who is an expert on how the city works having been a six term Vancouver City Councillor, a Business in Vancouver civic issues columnist, and a former director of the city program at SFU.
 
The big question: Who will the next mayor and council will be? Gordon just doesn’t know.
In the past, it has been simpler based on the assumption where 2 or at most 3 worthy candidates were in the race. This time around there are lots of parties running, with correspondingly lots of candidate. The media are not covering any of it in depth making it hard to get to know the platforms and their relative differences and strengths.
 
What are the most important issues? Housing affordability and growth are certainly important but won’t be deterministic as there really isn’t much to distinguish between parties. A lot has already been done. May not be aware of it, but a lot has been done.
 
There are at least two huge advances, the Broadway plan & high rises on Arbutus. It’s not clear yet whether Vancouverites are ready to accept the premise the mayor has been running on – all communities should be treated equally. There is an underlined assumption that we as a society don’t want to differentiate ourselves on social class. If a neighbourhood feels that they are being treated as other neighbourhoods they don’t want to be associated with, then it will be a tough sell.
 
One must always be careful when a politician uses first person plurals, we/us. We need to understand Canada as a whole, not just Vancouver. When Gordon moved to Vancouver, Canada was 96% of white ethnicity. It is now 52% of colour.
 
When trying to strategize politically. It’s difficult. In the absence of large mainstream media to provide the conversations. Predictions are difficult. It will only be after the results are in that we will see the perception of who we are.
 
There is the main issue of growth. Considering the underlying assumption that, since the 70s, cities are shaped by the transportation technology which, with increasing ease of movement, encourages and allows for increasing growth.
 
It is difficult to change the comfort we have in the character of our communities. For the most part, we want it to remain intact thus making it very difficult to implement change. What’s an acceptable rate of change? Many are used to a very low of rate of change. Small changes create quite a stir. The rate of change will affect a politician more than anything. What is the grand bargain going to be to handle the scale of growth needed.
 
The Broadway plan includes that existing renters will be accommodated first after being displaced while construction happens.
 
Whether that becomes the determinate issue of this election – then it will be Stewart or Harwood who will see what is desired.
 
Whether the generational change that we see, i.e., those priced out of the market, will vote as a block may be the deciding factor.
 
The 2nd big issue, a good old Canadian classic, is peace and order in government. An example was Trudeau’s decision, what he did, with the emergency act was to establish the expectation that Canada will respond.
 
When Kennedy said about the police force being systematically racist, not once but twice, was jaw dropping.
 
Now we hear ambiguous phrases bantered about, such as “mental health support”. What does that mean exactly? There are programs and organizations have done wonderful work on the eastside. There is still a lot to be done, but we need to recognize the progress made. “Safe supply” is another phrase that’s ambiguous. Though Gordon doesn’t think this will play in the upcoming election.
 
Finally, there is tax load and mandates. What do you get for your taxes? Police, libraries, water… The city is well run, it’s not a corrupt government. Citizens take for granted a lot of things, e.g., water, showing a trust.
 
Mandates – how much a city can take on. Infrastructure and basic services are okay and well-run. There is no responsibility for the open-ended entitlement programs such as mental health services.
 
To sum up – housing will be part of the conversation but will not differentiate. The main issue now will be random attacks on the street. If that’s the case then Kennedy may pay for his past comments and not having the support of the police.
 
The strongest hope is that as the People of Vancouver, we can find our way to mutually respectful communities.
 
 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to making the best decision for the city’s future.
 

Sep 23, 2022

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Kendall Jessiman, President
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