The Arbutus Corridor-A Way Forward? SFU Public Dialogue Sept 4

From SFU Dialogue Website:

You might think that there’s no solution to the conflict over the Arbutus rail corridor. Canadian Pacific Rail wants $100 million for its right-of-way. The City of Vancouver has offered $20m. Neighbourhood gardens, longstanding although trespassing, have been ripped up just before harvest— and election— time. Trains, moving or stored, are coming.
But maybe there is a solution. Seven years ago, one of Vancouver’s most extensive and inclusive public consultation and design processes produced a report that recognized the railroad’s financial interest, the neighbourhoods’ recreational interests, the city’s transportation interests, and a potentially reasonable way to pay the costs without turning the Arbutus Lands into another downtown. That report has been forgotten by almost everyone. On September 4th, City Conversations is bringing it back for public discussion.

To explain the plan, we’ll have Ken Cameron, a member of the distinguished Advisory Panel for the process and report, and Claudia Laroye, Executive Director, Marpole BIA. We’ve invited other representatives of neighbourhood groups, the City of Vancouver, and CP Rail. Our presenters will briefly frame the topic. Then it’s your turn to question, challenge, opine and be part of the conversation! You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

When: Thursday, September 4, 2014

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1600

Cost: Free

For more information on this event, please visit the SFU Public Square City Conversations website.

Nearly 3600 Petitions Delivered to City Hall

Today representatives from Pine Street and Maple Community Gardens delivered about 3600 hand signed petitions to the the Mayor’s Office at City Hall. The signatures were collected by Maple, Cypress and Pine Street community gardeners and local residents over the last two and a half weeks. Signatures were collected at the Khatsalano Street Party, the Folk Festival, as well as in the gardens and at local businesses.


The Mayor’s office was notified that we are continuing to gather signatures and that there will be more paper petitions coming in, as well as an additional 1000 signatures on the online petition, which is also continuing to gather support.


Please continue to circulate the online petition by forwarding it to your email contacts and posting it on your Facebook page and add your signature if you have not already done so (see links below). Links to the petition can also be found on the Maple and Cypress garden websites, in addition to updated information about the CPR issue.


Please sign the “Mayor of Vancouver B.C: Act quickly to preserve the Arbutus Corridor as an ongoing green space” online petition, at:


Help us to promote & like the “Preserve the Arbutus Corridor Green Space” Facebook page, at:


The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security



The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security works to:

  • increase the quality, quantity and diversity of ecologically grown Canadian seed
  • facilitate information-sharing and collaboration among individuals and organizations committed to advancing an ecological and diverse seed system in Canada
  • respect, advance, and promote the knowledge of farmers in seed and food production

Please visit their website to learn more about this important work:



City of Vancouver on CPR Land Purchase

The City of Vancouver has said they’ve offered to pay a fair market value for the CPR land on which our community gardens have taken root. Here is a link to the Mayor’s blog post on the topic and and a recent article from the Vancouver Sun. 

MLA Letters in Support of Gardens

MLA David Eby, Vancouver-Point Grey, and MLA George Heyman, (Vancouver-Fairview) have written to the CEO of CPR concerning our community gardens and their importance. Both have also posted the Arbutus Corridor petition in their offices prominently. See copies of their letters below or download the files here:

George Heyman july 18th letter to CP

David Eby Letter to CP Rail re Arbutus Cooridor_July 15 2014


george_heyman_cp_letter copy david_eby_cp_letter


The Pine Street Community Gardens, established in 2006, runs for two blocks along side the railroad tracks on West 6th Avenue between Fir and Burrard.

Garden Side + Orchard Side

The western block of the gardens, what we call the Orchard Side, is one of Vancouver’s only urban orchards, featuring apple, pear, plum and many other varieties of fruit trees. The east block, or Garden Side, of the gardens is home to over 40 vegetable and garden plots.

All photos and other content are copyright of the Pine Street Community Garden members © 2013