An update on CANY’s legal battle vs City of Vancouver appears below this URGENT message:

Please let the City know that you are still opposed to a 35 storey tower on Emery Barnes Park by attending a community open house tomorrow (Wednesday, November 25 , 2015)4:00 – 7:30 pm at The Gathering Place, Theatre Room, 609 Helmcken St

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND your opinion still counts! Please send an email now to with this message in the Subject Line: “I am opposed to Development Application DE419710 1111 Richards/508 Helmcken”
– Feel free to include personal comments, but know that they are not read or taken into consideration by the City
– Include your first and last name, and street address if possible


As you may know, the Community Association of New Yaletown won its case against the City of Vancouver in BC Supreme Court. This ruling struck down the the bylaws and halted the developments at 508 Helmcken and 1099 Richards.

Unfortunately, both the City and Brenhill Developments appealed that decision, and the original decision was struck down. Even before that ruling, the City of Vancouver moved to enact new bylaws to enable the developments to proceed.

CANY responded by filing for our case to be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. We have now learned that leave was not granted by SCC. This means that we have reached the end of the road as far as a legal challenge is concerned.

Thank you all for your time, energy, ideas, and financial contributions in support of CANY’s efforts to require a fair process including community input into the City’s decision-making process.

While we lost the legal battle, we can claim some measure of success. Both City Manager Penny Ballem and General Manager of Planning Brian Jackson are no longer employed by the City of Vancouver. We can hope that the City has learned that a confrontational, non-collaborative approach to land use planning is not productive, and that more open-minded leaders will take their place.

As always, we are always looking for more volunteers to assist with various neighbourhood improvement projects.  Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions


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