School Fundraising Campaign -"Welcome Home" The Notre Dame Alumni Association, a registered charity, has started a new campaign to raise $10.8 million to finish paying for the school's redevelopment. The association's website says the total cost of the project, including the buildings, the new field and parking lot is $35 million, with $24.2 million raised … Continue reading Hey Buddy, Can You Spare $10.8 Million?
McCarthy Stadium - 20 December 2020 It’s been just over six months since the start of stadium construction at Notre Dame. The school initially predicted the work would be done this month, but they are well behind schedule. Wilco, the company building McCarthy Stadium, will be taking a break during the holidays. It's expected only … Continue reading McCarthy Stadium Construction Continues into 2021
Dump trucks line up to haul dirt away from Notre Dame Have you been wondering about all that loud banging is from Notre Dame? It’s because they’ve uncovered a large block of sandstone near the west wing of the school and it needs to be broken up. The sound of this work is echoing off … Continue reading Sandstone Serenade
Notre Dame will play closer attention to public safety when work continues on McCarthy Stadium this week. After concerns were raised last week by Notre Dame Neighbours, the school is working with the City of Vancouver to avoid a repeat of the problems that plagued the start of their construction project. Pat Waslen, a long-time … Continue reading Notre Dame To Fix Safety Issues
What we had Wednesday.... What we have now...
Photo-June Hunter We've just heard from the City of Vancouver that most of the Kaslo poplar trees will be cut down very soon, likely starting tomorrow. The biologist hired by Notre Dame's project manager, issued a report yesterday and the City has accepted it. Here's what we've been told by the City: a biologist bird … Continue reading Kaslo Poplars-Gone By The Weekend?
A pair of northern flickers playing near a crows nest in the Notre Dame poplars As we noted in our post yesterday, Notre Dame is about to start construction on McCarthy Stadium. They plan to begin with "tree work" this week, raising concerns about what this might mean for the Lombardy poplars and any birds … Continue reading Biologist to Determine When We Lose Kalso Street Poplars
Student Life Centre Proposed "The Observer" is the new student newspaper at Notre Dame Regional Secondary. The front page of the latest issue (November), features a story noting neighbourhood objections to McCarthy Stadium while proposing an alternative vision for the school's longstanding "dirt hill". The writer argues for a more inclusive "state of the art … Continue reading Notre Dame Student Has a Better Plan for Campus
A MISTAKE WAS MADE The City of Vancouver now admits that they made a mistake in considering Notre Dame’s plan for McCarthy Stadium as simply a “minor amendment”. The mistake was first acknowledged at the Notre Dame Open House on Wednesday evening by the City’s Project Facilitator, Andrew Wroblewski. It was then confirmed in an … Continue reading City Admits McCarthy Stadium Was Never a Minor Amendment
Why is the City of Vancouver considering the construction of a massive concrete structure in a residential neighbourhood to be a “Minor Amendment” to a previously approved development application? The original application did not include a large, sunken, concrete structure with the capacity for 700+ people and an artificial turf field. Shouldn’t the construction of … Continue reading Big Changes. Not A “Minor Amendment”