Other Posts (Class Related or Otherwise)

This is the Langara News Newscast – Nov. 28, 2014

Posted on March 2, 2015

A long overdue posting of my class’ newscast back in November 2014. Edrick Dudang and I were the hosts, Chris Slater on weather, Ashley Legassic on sports, and Kera Skocylas on entertainment.

AUDIO: Living with autism: my life, my words

Posted on March 2, 2015

Ever you ever wondered what goes on in my head? Here’s a bit of insight on my life with autism.

VIDEO: Keep calm and try the Langara kendo club!

Posted on February 16, 2015

The Langara kendo club began in the fall of 2012 and is afflicated with the UBC and Steveston kendo clubs.

The club takes in new members at the start of each fall semester.

stevestontournament_langara-5604Club president Klaudine Go suggests people to give kendo a try even of they have no experience in the martial art.

“I would suggest people to at least try and do kendo,” said Go. “And even if they don’t like it, at least they know they don’t like it.”

The club’s instructors or “sensei” are from the UBC and Steveston clubs. They are: David Harding, 5th Dan, and head instructor of the UBC Kendo Club; Len Sakuragi, 3rd Dan, and also of the UBC club; Ray Murao, 7th Dan, and head instructor of the Steveston Kendo Club; and Bill Chung, 4th Dan, also of the Steveston Kendo Club.

Dans are considered black belts in kendo. Murao is the highest ranking instructor in the club and less than 30 people across Canada currently share his rank.

The club takes in new members at the start of each fall semester. The fee is $40 per semester. Contact the club at langarakendoclub@gmail.com for more details.

For videos, photos and further information, visit the club’s website, Youtube channel, Facebook page and Twitter account.


Photos are taken with permission from the Langara kendo club website.

Vancouver councillor: staff needs to be more proactive in reno-eviction issue

Posted on November 20, 2014

Vancouver is upping its fight against landlords who try to evict tenants by putting in place a new team to vet applications for renovations and by providing money to a non-profit group that helps tenants fight their evictions.

One of the problems discussed by the Vancouver city council was the issue of landlords wanting to renovate but in doing so forces the residents to be evicted in the West End.

By-laws were also under discussion to amend the Standards of Maintenance By-law No. 5462 regarding maintenance orders, according to a report by Managing Director of Social Development Jim De Hoop.

“I think city staff should be proactive and say ‘well, what is your tenant relocation plan?’” said city councillor Geoff Maggs.

Metro Vancouver: cities need to protect shrinking industrial lands

Posted on November 20, 2014

Transit is a threat to the region’s shrinking supply of industrial land, said the mayor of Burnaby.

As soon as transit is put into an industrial area, developers start putting pressure on cities to allow residential projects nearby.

A report entitled “Regional Growth Strategy Implementation Guideline #5: Industrial Land Protection and Intensification Policies” revealed cities in Metro Vancouver is facing a dilemma of preserving industrial land and that too much of it has been converted into residential lands while dealing with the rising population in the area. It also entaled how to get more out of existing industrial land, by encouraging landowners to build higher or use less space for parking lots.

Committee members brought up that Metro Vancouver is protecting its agricultural lands but losing its industrial landsand that the land around transit is increasingly becoming residential. There was also diccussion on the pressure to develop the land near transit as residential along with pressure on owners to convert agricultural land to industrial.

“Once you put the SkyTrain in, the land becomes too valuable to remain as light industrial,” said Derek Corrigan, Burnaby mayor and chair of the committee. “Now it starts moving to residential, and usually, high-density residential. That means that lands becomes much more valuable, and whoever’s sitting on it, says ‘I want to sell this land, my business can go somewhere else but here.’ We are, in truth, pushing them out.”

One example is Burnaby where all along the SkyTrain where were once industrial lands and are now turned into residential. Another example of this is the Canada Line in Richmond. Since it was built, more condominiums and apartments have been and are continuing to be built around it, as well as around the city centre area. However, only some of the Canada Line was built on industrial land, not all of it.

PS: This was originally pitched in October 2014.

Vancouver School Board hopes to help more children get assessments

Posted on November 13, 2014

Due to children who are waiting years to receive proper assessments, the Vancouver School Board report launched a pilot project this past summer with assistance with the health system to help rectify that.

The project invited parents with children about to enter kindergarten to come for testing, if schools had identified the children as showing signs of problems but with no assessment on file at a daycare or health authority.

Young children could be entering school with problems but no assessments. (Flickr)

Young children could be entering school with problems but no assessments. (Flickr)

An Inner City / CommunityLINK Revisioning final report identified a trend that more kindergarten-aged children in Vancouver than the norm were showing up with problems and no assessments. Such problems could be physical, social emotional, learning et cetera, that had not yet been identified by medical or other professionals.

Over the months of July and August 2014, full day clinics offered children and their families various medical services and an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ).

Working alongside Provincial Health Services, the school staff helped 18 out of 30 children receive assessments to see if they met the standards of normal development. T

Associate superintendent Maureen Ciarniello said, “kids sit in class and wait two to three years for assessment”.

A Vancouver School Board pilot project hopes to increase the number of young children entering school to receive assessments.

A Vancouver School Board pilot project hopes to increase the number of young children entering school to receive assessments.

Just wanted to say as someone with a mental disabilty who has gone through the school system, it is good that this issue is being addressed and it’s important because if these challenges are identified, the children will have a better learning experience if their needs are properly met. And they won’t have to wait years once they’re in the system.

PS: This was originally pitched in September 2014.

Langara Focus News Radio Newscast + Abstract – Mar. 28, 2014

Posted on March 31, 2014

This is a radio newscast by Langara journalism students Erin Boe, Renee Sutton, Ash Kelly, Madelyn Forsyth, David La Riviere and Edrick Dudang.

This is an abstract of the aforementioned radio newscast. The intro and ending are by Edrick Dudang and the feature is by Erin Boe.

Be warned that Safari users will not be able to hear the audio.

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