Anshu Arora LLM, MSc, PMP

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It’s no secret that transit-oriented developments have huge benefits, such as easier travel between work and home, reduced GHG emissions, and healthier communities that make walking or cycling real options. It’s also no surprise that younger buyers want to be where transit is. They want to hop on a line and get anywhere.

We can’t ignore that transit plays a vital role in keeping the region moving and that there is an opportunity to do something different, to innovate and work with the construction industry, while addressing shared goals. This is also reflected in transit's 10 year plan, whcih states

  • Convenient, reliable, safe and comfortable transit: goals to support local transit and bus priority to improve travel times, include increasing SeaBus and HandyDART Services and creating safer and more comfortable customer facilities
  • Reliable and Fast Transit Network: Prioritize and study rapid transit projects, by creating new express corridors and improving interregional connections
  • Multimodal Mobility and Strategic Priorities through creating safer roads and people-first streets; investing in active transportation (ie: more bike lanes), innovating in the areas of automation, connectivity, electrification and sharing; advancing reconciliation and resilience.

Now is the time to take advantage of transit development, and to put my knowledge and #algorithm to great use, for You!






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Some affordable housing projects in Victoria will now be able to skip rezonings or public hearings after city council unanimously passed a motion at a meeting Friday.

The city says the new legislation will accelerate construction for non-profit, government or co-op housing projects that are consistent with the city’s community plan and design guidelines.

Plans that meet the criteria will be delegated to staff for approval, which the city estimates will reduce project timelines by about nine months. This makes it the first municipality in the province to approve a citywide expedited process for building affordable housing. The city says it’s the first of “several major policy moves” it plans to make homes more accessible and attainable for residents.

David Eby, the attorney general and minister in charge of housing, says in a release that moves like this will make it “easier, cheaper and faster” for the province and federal government to respond to the housing crisis.

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The Willow Stream opened along with the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel back in 2010, and remains unrivaled as Vancouver’s top spa. The exquisitely designed space overlooks Coal Harbor, adding to the serene vibe of this indulgent spot nestled on the hotel’s fifth floor. Guests can peacefully drift with the their signature 90 minute Neroli Blossom Renewal body experience, followed by a 60 minute ANDA Organic Botanicals facial that includes Sibin Bian stone Gua Sha technique. The trio of services concludes with their 60 minute Pacific Rim Manicure.


The Wedgewood Hotel has been one of Vancouver’s most revered spas for decades. An oasis amid busy and bustling downtown, the Wedgewood spa is the definition of elegant luxury. They are perhaps best known for their innovative, results-driven facials from some of the most talented aestheticians in the Lower Mainland. All facials are customized to the clients needs using Epicuren’s award-winning natural skincare line — including their all-ages Winter Glow Facial focused on blood circulation and cell rejuvenation.


Circle Wellness Spa isn’t a “spa” in a traditional sense: you won’t find any services like massages or facials here. The wellness studio is a private, self-guided thermal spa that brings together the art of ancient ritual with modern, cutting edge technology. This immersive experience incorporates natural elements from the earth — like minerals, salt, wood, clay and charcoal — alongside heat, ventilation, light and sound. Begin in the salt room, which is known to be therapeutic due to its production of negative ions. From there, indulge in hydrotherapy to release stress in both the hot and cold remineralized tubs. Finish the experience in the WelPod with infrared heat to relieve inflammation and stiffness, while also getting your blood circulation going.


The Spa by JW Marriottis a quiet retreat inside the glimmering copper PARQ building (which houses both the JW Marriott Hotel and the Douglas). With 17th floor views, guests can soak up the stunning skyline of Vancouver as they unwind after a treatment. A la carte services like customized facials and massages are on the docket here, alongside several packaged “journeys” that are perfect to enjoy with friends or a partner. In particular, the Resilience Spa Journey includes two of any options including a massage, facial, and body glow exfoliation, followed by some TLC for the soul like yoga, meditation and reflexology (also comes with a glass of champagne and a one-month Eminence Organics Skincare kit).


Chi, the Spa pays tribute to its Asian heritage throughout this extravagantly designed space, located on the 5th floor at the Shangri-La Hotel. After check-in, clients are lead to a seating area with tea service. The treatment rooms at this Vancouver spa separate it from any other on this list: each guest has their own suite complete with a private steam room, tub and shower, acting as a sanctuary of sorts. Spa clients can also enjoy the outdoor pool area for a bit of bliss, or get in a sweat session at the gym, before heading back to their rooms or home.





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When first announced, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley said the new project was created in partnership with the community of Vanuatu, "to showcase the distinct natural ecological beauty and diverse local culture of the island nation as well as provide employment and education opportunities."


"We believe our destinations should be sustainably designed," Bayley said. "That idea goes beyond simply protecting the ecological features of Lelepa and includes showing respect for the people and traditions that make this a special place."


When Royal Caribbean announced the project, Royal Caribbean Group Chairman Richard Fain talked about what the company is doing to reduce the carbon footprint of the destination. "There's also one, very special aspect of this project that is also worth noting. Lelapa will be the first private cruise destination in the world that achieves carbon neutrality. All of the energy consumed will be generated from renewable sources. Accomplishing that requires both major investment and major innovation, but Perfect Day at Lelapa will be rich in both."













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Burnaby council has given the greenlight on developing a process that will lead to allowing residents to add laneway houses on their properties. Council approved Monday a process to develop regulations and guidelines for new housing models in the city – a process that will include public consultation.

 

“The work outlined in this report will focus on permitting laneway homes on single-family properties that have access to a constructed laneway, and permitting suites in semi-detached houses on two-family properties that have access to a constructed laneway,” reads a city staff report. “Permitted zoning districts, access requirements, minimum lot dimensions, and other criteria will be determined during the review.”

The process will focus several concepts:

  • laneway homes in single family areas;
  • additional accessory dwellings in single family homes without a laneway home;
  • two suites in semi-detached homes or fourplexes in duplex zoned lots;
  • staff explore the affordability aspect of allowing increased densification in single- and two-family zoned areas.

The plan stems from council’s adoption of a strategy called HOME: Burnaby's Housing and Homelessness Strategy, a 10-year “action plan” for housing in Bumaby that includes implementing a program to introduce more infill housing choices in the city. A year ago, council received the Burnaby Housing Needs Report, which identified a need for more rental housing and more housing choices for those “seeking ground-oriented housing in walkable, residential neighbourhoods.”









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