January 24, 2020

Landowners’ group claims Galiano Island wrongfully restricts residential buildings on privately managed forest lands

BIV's lawsuit of the week


A group of Galiano Island landowners is taking the community’s local trust committee to court to overturn a bylaw that they claim wrongfully restricts residential buildings on privately managed forest land.

The Galiano Forest Lot Owners Association and members Preston Family Forest Ltd., Winstanley Forest Ltd., Boscher Construction Ltd., and Olaf Knezevic filed a petition in BC Supreme Court on January 15 naming the Galiano Island Local Trust Committee as a respondent.

The owners’ association, according to the petition, has about 50 members and was formed to “advocate for residential dwelling rights” on privately managed forest land. The petitioners claim a land-use bylaw adopted by the island’s trust committee in 1999 unlawfully restricts residential buildings, allowing for only “a single non-residential unenclosed building or structure with a floor area not exceeding 93 square meters.”

“The Trust Committee has consistently directed the Capital Regional District to reject building permit application for residential dwellings on F1-zoned managed forest reserve lands,” the petition states.

Private managed forest land is subject to lower property taxes under the Assessment Act, but owners must commit to manage the lands and “set out long-term forest management objectives regarding the growing and havesting of tress, reforestation, fire protection, soil conservation, water quality and fish and wildlife habitat.” The petitioners claim the bylaw is “repugnant” to provincial policy governing forest land reserve properties because the Forest Land Reserve Act (FLRA) “expressly permitted the construction of a single-family dwelling on forest reserve land, recognizing that a dwelling was essential to carrying out ongoing forest management activities.”

“The FLRA therefore demonstated a clear intention on the part of the provincial legislature to permit small foresters to live on their land and to be assessed lower taxes and an inducement for managing their forest reserve lands,” the petition states.

The petition’s factual basis has not been tested in court, and the Galiano Island Local Trust Committee had not filed a response by press time.


Mid-mandate BC NDP makeover moves the party to middle ground

No matter what stripe the political party, the predictable pattern will emerge in government: you campaign radically and govern moderately. The left and right rhetoric slushily slides into the mushy middle where, after all, the political sweet spot lies.

Witness British Columbia, where 16 years in opposition had by 2017 activated saliva glands in the patient brethren that bestowed John Horgan with an opportunity to govern. Even if the NDP last election won neither the most seats nor the most votes, the early waves of the administration had a confident stride, with elbows up and girding for class warfare – on homeowners, high-income earners and businesses, while advancing stronger positions for organized labour on government contracts and on wages and vanishing health premiums for workers.

But in case you haven’t noticed, the more recent mid-mandate tones are comparably dulcet. For the party faithful: if this were Dickens novels, it would involve moving from Great Expectations to something approaching Hard Times.

It deserves to be noted this is a party that now supports the massive Site C hydroelectric project and the mega-massive LNG Canada venture and has gone like a mouse into the woodwork on the Trans Mountain pipeline twinning. Anyone predict that in early 2017?

It has yet to put the finishing touches on the climate action plan, partly because it has apprehended the reality of the economic sacrifice it would take to do so.

It has even taken a hard line with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs over their opposition to the Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline, citing the rule of law within weeks of passing law to entrench the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – but only, Horgan says, for future considerations.

In different times this would have been a different NDP in style and substance.

It is looking to gradually rewire the relationship with small business. It has run surpluses and not rushed those dividends into high-cost projects for child care, housing and transit.

In short, the NDP is acting like it wishes to get elected again – maybe sooner than the fall of 2021, but certainly then – by playing nice with the segment of society it must capture while appeasing the segment of society it must retain.

It’s not as if the latter has anywhere to go, unless in our leader-oriented political climate the Greens choose a successor to Andrew Weaver in the months ahead who can out-campaign the premier. And this meander toward the middle essentially stops the BC Liberals in their tracks and steals their lines in the theatre; besides, they are hardly rallying under Andrew Wilkinson, who has yet to identify their campaign themes.

As for Horgan’s leadership qualities, well, the polls suggest a likable leader who appears to be about balance and about avoiding problems. He hasn’t yet faced any sort of crisis to test his true capacity. He has moved from a strategic to a tactical to a strategic voice again without paying much of a price among his supporters or any more of a price among his detractors. You don’t have to be 10-out-of-10 in politics; as broadcaster Rafe Mair used to remind us, you can be a three if your opponent is a two.

The NDP technique is time-tested in politics. The most difficult of its gestures on its opponents came early: the shift of health premiums on to the shoulders of business and the attacks on housing speculation that would devalue elements of the sector, among them.

With the notable exception of the recent tactics to break the back of Western Forest Products rather than submit its labour dispute to mediation, the strokes have been bland and mild in recent times.

The leader and his party have either cloaked the wolf in sheep’s clothing or recognized that the polarized campaign politics of the province do not translate into an enduring governance. Governing, like everything, always looks simpler from the outside, and ideas to get you elected aren’t necessarily the ones that keep you in office. The middle ground in office stands you a better chance to keep the prime real estate in the legislature.

It hasn’t earned the NDP a reputation for tepidness, but it also hasn’t earned it one for tyranny

Kirk LaPointe is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Business in Vancouver and vice-president, editorial, of Glacier Media.


Broadway smash-hit 'Hamilton' finally making tour stop in Vancouver

Don't throw away your shot to see this pop-culture phenom

Joseph Morales and Nik Walker starred in the second U.S. national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively |Photo: Joan Marcus/courtesy Broadway Across Canada

Vancouver will finally get the chance to experience the Broadway mega-hit Hamilton when Broadway Across Canada rounds out their 2020-2021 season with a run of the pop culture phenom show.

Hamilton will be running June 22 through July 25, 2021 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Based on the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow, Hamilton debuted on Broadway in 2015. Its innovative approach to history and musical theatre - with a now-iconic story, score, and lyrics all by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who starred in the production - swiftly captured the attention and imagination of many. 

"Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment intheatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education," elaborates Broadway Across Canada.

However, there are several other noteworthy shows that theatre and musical fans will get to see before Hamilton arrives in the summer of 2021.

Broadway Across Canada's 2020-2021 season will begin with the Tony Award-winning Chicago this fall. Next is a 50th anniversary production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, followed by Anastasia, an adventure-filled new musical based on the books and films about a young woman who sets out to discover the mystery of her past. 

As a season subscriber option, Come From Away will run in March 2021. It's the award-winning musical based on the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them right after 9/11.

And, of course, there's Hamilton.

All of the shows run at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 

"It’s a true privilege to share in the Broadway experience with our loyal patrons year after year at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, our home in Vancouver," said Shana Levin, Vice President, Broadway Across Canada, in a media release.

Current subscribers may purchase renewal packages starting Jan. 20. New subscribers will have access to tickets starting Jan. 23. Tickets are available online and by phone at 1-866-542-7469.

Here's the full schedule breakdown:

  • Chicago - September 15 - 20, 2020
  • Jesus Christ Superstar - October 28 – November 1, 2020
  • Anastasia - January 19 - 24, 2021
  • Come From Away - March 9 – 21, 2021
  • Hamilton - June 22 -July 25, 2021

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Famous Japanese tempura restaurant opening Vancouver location this week

Tempura Tendon bowl at Hannosuke in Los Angeles. The Japanese tempura chain is opening in Vancouver on Robson Street | Photo: Lindsay William-Ross, Vancouver Is Awesome

Can you hear the sizzle? That's fresh tempura-battered fish and veggies getting golden and crispy in the deep fryer.

Japanese import Kaneko Hannosuke is opening their first Canadian location of their famous tempura restaurant here in Vancouver, and opening day is set for Thursday, January 23.

Hannosuke is known for their "tempura tendon." The Japanese specialty is a type of donburi (rice bowl with toppings) that features crisp tempura atop the freshly steamed rice and a light soy sauce.

While many restaurants serve donburi and tempura dishes here in Vancouver, Kaneko Hannosuke focuses exclusively on tendon tempura, and are considered top of their game.

With locations in Japan - and their main branch located in Tokyo's Chuo City area - as well as outposts in Taiwan and the U.S. (including in major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago), their Vancouver location on Robson Street marks their first foray into the Canadian market.

Hannosuke is named for Hannosuke Kaneko, who "served as the second chairman of Japanese cook association 'Isshin-kai,'" according to their official website. His grandson, Kaneko Shinya, inherited his grandfather's recipe book, which included a treasured recipe for a secret "Edomae" rice bowl sauce. Kaneko Shinya worked to create a tendon tempura dish using the sauce, and his popular brand was born.

I checked Hannosuke out last month in Los Angeles at the Mitsuwa Marketplace, and their forthcoming Robson Street outpost should be a vibrant addition to Vancouver's expanding Japanese food scene, thanks to their masterful tempura (hello, tempura fried soft boiled egg) and combo plates.

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Hannosuke is located at 1725 Robson St in Vancouver. Their daily opening hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner service. You can follow @kanekohannosuke.vancouver on Instagram for more info and updates.

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Drink This: Good Clean Fun by Twin Sails Brewing

Good Clean Fun by Port Moody's Twin Sails Brewing is a great example of a modern West Coast IPA. A touch hazy with a creamier, chewier body than its predecessors, it undoubtedly has taken some East Coast influence and used it to its advantage | Photo: Rob Mangelsdorf

There’s something to be said for the classics. Whether it’s a pair of blue jeans, Converse All-Stars or Canucks’ fans unrealistically high expectations, some things are timeless.

When it comes to classic craft beer styles, West Coast IPAs are what I like to reach for when I want something familiar and delicious. The IPA has seen all sorts weird and wonderful mutations over the past decade, but I keep coming back to the classic West Coast style with its citrusy, resinous flavours, sturdy malt backbone, dry finish and endless pairability with food.

Good Clean Fun by Port Moody's Twin Sails Brewing is a great example of a modern West Coast IPA. A touch hazy with a creamier, chewier body than its predecessors, it undoubtedly has taken some East Coast influence and used it to its advantage.

The flavour profile is immediately familiar and with dank, resinous notes of grapefruit and pine, along with some tropical fruit. Unlike most East Coast IPAs, there’s actually some malt character here to balance out the hop bitterness, making this pretty crushable.

If you were turned off by overly bitter IPAs back in the day, I think it’s worth it to try some of the more well-balanced modern examples like Good Clean Fun.

Good Clean Fun by Twin Sails Brewing

India pale ale • 6.4 per cent ABV • 55 IBU • 473 mL tall cans

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper colour with a thick and persistent off-white head.

Aroma: Dank, citrus, stone fruit, pine.

Flavour: Über dank, citrus, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, stonefruit, assertive hop bitterness, cereal malt character.

Body/Finish: Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry with moderate lingering hop bitterness.

Pairs with: Greasy cheeseburgers, pizza, and four or five more beers.

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What are we reading? January 23, 2020


Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


Kirk LaPointe, publisher/editor-in-chief:

This special report looks at the policies of home ownership, characterizes them as the biggest mistake in the Western world, and examines the options ahead. A summary of its work sets out the problems.   The Economist


As if privacy was something we might keep, this company has pretty much ensured we never have it again. Dystopia lurks. The New York Times


Here’s a headline you never thought you’d see: How Britain Could Be The Canada of Europe. Seriously, it makes a case.   The Atlantic


Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor: 

The City of Vancouver is recommending what it calls the ‘West Side Plus’ option to refurbish the Granville Street bridge, which includes two pedestrian paths and a bike lane. That wailing you hear in the distance is an echo of the epidemic boo-hoo that met the first rollout of bike lanes in Vancouver back in 2009. – Global News


Catastrophes like Australia’s bush fires are among climate change’s scariest calling cards, but there are subtler manifestations of human-caused global warming. In Wisconsin, some southerly bird species have moved to the state; others that used to live throughout the state’s northern regions have winged it north into Canada, depleting their U.S. numbers. It’s a pattern that is being seen across the continent and around the world. –


Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Hazards ahead for China-U.S. trade deal Phase 1: informed insights. Peterson Institute For International Economics


Currently in the running for technical glitch of the year in the category of Botched Translation-World Leaders. The Guardian 


Investment portfolio risk management insights/lessons based on a model structured around when and why hockey coaches pull their goalies and when and why they don't do it enough. Who knew hockey could be so instructive outside the rink? SSRN


Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Interesting investigation into dairy mogul Lino Saputo, his ties with the mob and his attempts to cover them up. – CBC


The curious stance by the U.S. National Archives to blur anti-Trump protest signs in recent rallies so as not to seem to be political is examined in this opinion piece. – Washington Post


I’m still a night owl and I doubt that will ever change. Nonetheless, I read this piece on how to shift into being a morning person. I’ll file this away as an idea for something to do at some point in the future. – New York Times


I don’t fully agree with this opinion piece but it stayed with me as something to reflect on through the week. The Sri Lankan author is very angry at the scarcity of countries he can visit visa-free. He contrasts that with how many countries Canadians can visit, and concludes that global tourism regulations are racist. 

He does not include any reference to China, and how its citizens are starting to be the top incoming tourist source for many countries in southeast Asia. – Medium


Nelson Bennett, reporter:
Ignore the climate deniers and alarmists – there is a middle way. So says Ted Nordhaus, who puts forward an ecomodernist view of the climate debate, and argues that prosperity and technology, not degrowth, is the best way to make the transition that is needed to avoid the worst impacts of a warming planet. – Wall Street Journal


An update to the Montreal Protocol was expected to result in a decrease in hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) – a greenhouse gas that has 3,000 times the global warming potential of CO2. But scientists have found a mysterious spike in HFCs, and they suspect that someone – China or India – could be fudging some numbers when they report on efforts to eliminate HFCs. – Sciencealert