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Canada’s asphalt shingle production, shipment on decline: report

There has been a decline in production and shipment of asphalt shingles from July to Nov. 2014 across the country, according to Statistics Canada.

Ivan van Spronsen, executive vice president of Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia, said he has seen an increase of density and it is most likely the factor in decline. More floors are added, not roofs.

“Asphalt is normally used for residential areas, not commercial or industrial,” he said.

Almost 23 per cent of asphalt shingles produced and shipped nationally go to British Columbia. The figure in the report for B.C. includes the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

B.C. has the highest population with roughly 4.6 million people. It is about 41 per cent of the total population of the four provinces and territories.

The market used to be homegrown but it’s changing now, said van Spronsen. “There’s also a proliferation of American producers of asphalt shingles flowing the market. A lot of product coming from down below.”

Van Spronsen said despite this, the market is still holding its own.

According to BC Stats, 28,046 residential building permits were issued in 2013. In the previous year, 27, 214 permits were issued.

This report by Statistics Canada measures, on a monthly basis, the quantities of asphalt roofing products produced and shipped by Canadian manufacturers. It was developed in collaboration with the Canadian Asphalt Shingle Manufacturers’ Association and the responses were voluntary.


Nootka Elementary’s 50th Anniversary Celebration a huge success

Nootka's 50th Birthday

SAM TO photo

A dapper Jeff Brooks coaxes people to enter Nootka’s 50/50 draw.

In one corner of the field, kids jumped frantically on the giant yellow bouncy castle while in another corner, crowds enjoyed the entertainment and info booths under the festive white tents. A red fire truck parked beside the gym as music blasted from the covered area.

On May 3, families with strollers and umbrellas flocked to Nootka’s Spring Carnival and Auction event to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday. Proceeds from the carnival will cover the Nootka Parent Advisory Council’s budget and the rest will go towards a new playground.

“It was a huge success,” said Hollie Brooks, carnival organizer and volunteer on Nootka PAC’s fundraising committee. “We raised around $15,000 for the playground.”

Continue reading my article in the June issue of the Renfrew-Collingwood community newspaper on page 8.

Welcoming the Kingsway Continental to the neighbourhood

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News

The Kingsway Continental, formerly the Ramada Inn, is scheduled to open in fall 2013. The City purchased it in November 2012 to turn into non-market housing. A coalition of local service providers is collecting donations for welcoming kits for incoming residents.


Renfrew-Collingwood is gearing up to welcome the Kingsway Continental and its new tenants moving in from the Old Continental this fall. From an open house and community meetings, the City of Vancouver worked with a group of Renfrew-Collingwood service providers, identifying needs and concerns for a smooth transition.

Once the Ramada Inn, located at 3484 Kingsway at Tyne, the building will also house local residents requiring affordable housing as well as, temporarily, residents of BC Housing buildings undergoing renovations.

The committee working with the City includes Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), the Collingwood Community Policing Centre, the Collingwood Business Improvement Association, the Evergreen Community Health Centre and…

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Renfrew Ravine and Renfrew Park Master Plan moves forward

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News

Update from third open house

by Deanna Cheng

Most residents are satisfied with the City of Vancouver’s master plan to improve Renfrew Community Park but with the Renfrew Ravine, many of them do not want extra paths going into the ravine itself.

That’s what the two dozen or so people who showed up on May 13 to the Slocan Park field house learned. They came to this third open house to review the updated plans and fill out feedback forms. A couple of them had ridden their bicycles through the light drizzle.

According to Ben Mulhall, landscape architect for Catherine Berris Associates, some people at the second open house held early March were against a path on the west side in fear of break-ins and the invasion of privacy. “It was about 50-50, for and against,” he said. “To compromise, we made the pathway only halfway through, ending it at…

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Collingwood Cinemas

Update: The Collingwood Cinemas closed down April 30, 2013.

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News

A cultural meeting place


With their passion for movies and entertainment, it is no surprise this husband-and-wife duo took over the old Raja theatre. Naz and Mike Jamshedian love to draw groups of people together.

They met 18 years ago through a mutual friend and have been together for 17 years. Now they have the Collingwood Cinemas (3215 Kingsway ) and an active, sporty 10-year-old son.

With 18 years of experience in the theatre industry, their dream was to have their own venture. This came true in 2010 when they opened up Denman Cinemas in Vancouver’s West End. Unfortunately, the landlord pulled the rug out from underneath them and they lost the theatre in October 2012.

However, they remained positive and persevered. In November, they took over and created Collingwood Cinemas.

This warm couple are enthusiastic about building community. They want a place where you walk in…

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Renfrew Ravine community consultation

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News

Residents have their say at a Park Board open house


The City of Vancouver worked with local residents last month on developing a master plan to improve the Renfrew Ravine and the community park.

On November 15, about 30 people showed up to the open house and workshop at Firehall No. 15. They reviewed panels that stated the goal of the master plan is to increase recreational opportunities while preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat.

A few suggestions were to update the playground, create a community garden and more gathering/event spaces, and improve trail connections and accessibility to those trails.

The workshop was designed to gather community feedback and to figure out which amenities to put in and which ones to remove, said Ben Mulhall, landscape designer at Catherine Berris Associates.

The Park Board was pleased with the number of community members who attended and participated in the…

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