“Jenny Kwan and Chinatown groups appeal to three levels of government to purchase site next to Chinese Workers Memorial to Build Affordable Housing” (Translated)

Sept. 1, 2016 – Translated from 明報 Ming Pao (thanks to Youth Collaborative for Chinatown volunteers!!)

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Chinese Member of Parliament Jenny Kwan and several new and old Chinatown organizations have gathered together to vocalize an appeal for three levels of government to work together to purchase a site directly adjacent to a Chinese Workers Memorial statue that commemorates early Chinese immigrants, workers, and veterans in Chinatown. They suggest that the site be used to develop social housing and community facilities.

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“Chinatown site planned for high-rise development, Chinatown groups appeal to government to purchase the land” (Translated)

Sept. 1, 2016 – Translated from 星島日報 Sing Tao Daily (thanks to Youth Collaborative for Chinatown volunteers!!)

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There have been many heated discussions over the possible redevelopment that is planned for the site of 105 Keefer Street, adjacent to the Chinatown Workers Memorial. This has led Vancouver East MP, Jenny Kwan from NDP, to hold a press conference on Wednesday at the Memorial statue in Chinatown along with representatives of many other Chinese organizations such as the Chinese Benevolent Association, Canadian Alliance of Chinese Associations, Chinatown Concern Group, and the Chinese Canadian Military veterans. They oppose the purely commercial redevelopment plans that have been proposed in the heart of Chinatown. The purpose of this press conference was also to ask all three levels of government to purchase this site in order to build more housing for seniors, as well as create more community facilities.

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“Historic Chinatown SRO up for sale”

June, 16, 2016 – CKNW News AM980

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A historic hotel in Vancouver’s Chinatown is up for sale, and local housing advocates say they’re worried about what could happen to its residents.

Built in 1913, the “Royal Building,” also known as the May Wah Hotel now acts as an SRO.

King-Mong Chan with the Chinatown Concern Group says the community is worried the sale could displace many of the current residents.

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“Chinatown’s May Wah Hotel is up for sale for the first time in decades”

June, 16, 2016 – The Georgia Straight

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The historic May Wah Hotel was listed as for sale yesterday (June 15).

One of the larger and older buildings in Chinatown, the property at 262 East Pender Street includes four ground-level retail outlets that maintain a Chinese character plus three storeys containing some 120 rooms of low-income housing.

The building was originally a lodging house, constructed in 1913, that catered to single men working in positions of transitory labour, according to Historic Places, a government-funded website.

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“Only fraction of new social housing units in Vancouver guaranteed for low-income people”

May, 31, 2016 – The Mainlander

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Downtown Eastside community members reject the city’s plan for housing at 58 W Hastings, paints their own vision for 100% social housing (May 21st,

In their annual Housing and Homelessness Report Card, the City of Vancouver reports that 1,683 units of new social housing are in development or have been built since 2012. Yet based on research by the author, under 6% of the new social housing is guaranteed for people on welfare. The vast majority of Vancouver’s “social housing”, therefore, will be unavailable for the 1,847 people reported as homeless in Vancouver this year, the highest number since counts began.

A large proportion of the City’s new social housing is also out of reach for the51,000 renter households who make below $30,000 per year and who are experiencing the brunt of the housing crisis. If “affordable housing is something that somebody can afford,” to quote Vision Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang, who is that somebody?

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“波士頓華埠需要新的「大同村」”

2016-05-23 – 星島日報

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本報記者李強波士頓報導:波士頓華埠地處波士頓市中心,離金融區和新英格蘭地區最大的鐵路和長途大巴客運站波士頓南站只用步行幾分鐘。近年來,隨著市中心地價上漲,華埠已經成為波士頓市區租金最高的社區之一。房價和租金的上漲讓很多華人新移民在租約到期之後,付不起大幅上漲的新房租而不得不搬離華埠。

據紐英崙華人歷史協會的資料介紹,華人移民在1870年開始在波士頓北郊亞當市做皮鞋,在1883年,露宿在平安里帳篷,建波士頓電話機樓,而從那個時候開始波士頓有了唐人街。此後,在洗衣裳館及唐餐館,先輩華人移民們日日夜夜揮汗如雨,在必珠街血汗衣廠被人呼呼喝喝,閒來只吃一口香煙,在公園邊坐坐,在公所與鄉親、同村兄弟聊天。因為《排華法案》回中國無期,結婚找對象無        意,潦潦倒倒過了一生,這就是早期波士頓華僑的寫照。

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“Not good enough: Chinatown coalition opposed to new development proposal”

May, 16, 2016 – CBC News (with Audio from CBC Early Edition)

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The Chinatown Action Group says a scaled-back proposal for a development application at 105 Keefer Street still isn’t good enough.

The Beedie Group’s most recent submission is a 13-storey building with 119 units down from 134 when it was initially submitted — plus 25 units dedicated to social housing for seniors. This is the third application for the development.

But the coalition of neighbourhood activists says there aren’t enough social housing units on the table.

“We’re asking for 100 per cent social housing. That’s what meets the needs of the community,” said Sophie Fung, spokesperson for the Chinatown Action Group.

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“華埠應申古蹟保護減發展密度 余全毅抨「紀念碑」旁建高廈未顧長者”

2016-05-04 – 明報

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【明報專訊】在華埠「先僑紀念碑」旁邊興建高樓的發展計劃再遭華裔社區反對,指新方案是「舊酒新瓶」,更認為華埠不應再處於被動的角色,要取回控制權,建議參考溫市第一桑拿斯區(First Shaughnessy District)早前被列為溫市首個古蹟保護區的做法,向溫市政府爭取把華埠劃為保護區,限制發展密度和控制柏文住宅數量,避免華埠失去傳統面貌。

發展商Beedie Living上個月第三度向溫市政府提交華埠奇化街(Keefer St.)105號及哥倫比亞街(Columbia St.)544號的發展計劃書(簡稱「105 Keefer」發展計劃),稱已作出多項讓步,把地積比率和部分樓層降低,以配合旁邊的「先僑紀念碑」和中山公園。

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華埠惹爭議柏文 發展商堅持建13層 再修訂計劃 被學者批評換湯不換藥

2016-05-03 – 星島日報

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卑詩省一個地產發展商周一宣布,已經就惹起爭議的溫哥華華埠高廈發展項目「105 Keefer」,向溫市政府提交第二份修訂方案,其中會進一步減少柏文單位數量,提供公眾文化空間及長者屋單位等,樓高將維持13層不變,但靠近中山公園那面則減至11層,更指獲得多個華埠組織的支持。對此,一直認為在該處建高層柏文將嚴重破壞華埠景觀的卑詩大學(UBC)歷史系教授余全毅稱,方案是「換湯不換藥」,仍然是不可以接受(詳另文)。

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“華埠金瑞龍城 53戶平價房開放申請”

2016-01-16 – 星島日報

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為協助低收入人士面對住宅租金高昂的問題,金瑞龍城(Blossom Plaza)的53戶平價房屋在14日正式接受申請,華埠服務中心及羅省中華會館在首2天共派出超過3000份申請表格,反應熱烈。

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