“Gentrification is a process of neighbourhood change in a historically disinvested neighbourhood by means of real estate investment and new higher-income residents moving in — and which often results in an increase in property values and the displacement of earlier, usually poorer residents.”

In the process of gentrification, the ultimate…


“The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have…


Ch’íiw̓es [Ch’ • í • iw̓es], means “raising paddle” and translates to ‘rock point on the northwest side of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Harbour’ in Stawakis. Ch’íiw̓es is unceded Squamish Nation territory once shared by all the people. At Ch’íiw̓es, the wind blows strongs, revitalizing even the most deadened soul. As the tide…


The rebranding of Squamish into a “renaissance” or “adventure hub” community can lead to some people being displaced from public spaces which leads to exclusionary environments. During the District efforts to “clean up the streets,” Squamish’s homeless and vehicle residents population have been negatively impacted by an increasing number of…


Every town needs a Mini Flea.

A place full of stuff.

Where you can rummage and go through — someone else’s stuff…

Shelves are so crowded, there’s no room for more. Stuff piled to the ceiling, and spread on the floor.

Turn every corner, to look up and down every…


Writings on the wall, Mountain Burger House. Squamish.

Let’s be clear: This is not an attempt to “Bring Back Old Squamish.” What is gone is gone. But gone is gone doesn’t excuse continuing on as we have, full steam ahead. …


“Renaissance, community, adventure…”

Seldom are the words affordable, diverse, or characteristic used.

Leading up to gentrification, the words more commonly heard are derelict, eyesore, property value.

In the process, an area is homogenized, the familiar ripped down, and the often beige-colored, “monocultures,” are absent of difference or history and do…


Old ways, new ways

I walked on the trail that would lead me to Ch’íiw̓es, wanting to observe the new changes that were being made to make room for this new mega project, Oceanfront Development. A few meters after passing the “Private Property” sign, unexpectedly, the ground underneath me changed…


Encroachment. “Sea and Sky” Development. Sḵwx̱wú7mesh

Encroachment. On both sides of the water. Nothing holds them back. Nature had attempted a comeback from previous industry but commerce quickly stepped in and stopped that. As usual, the almighty dollar thinking it knows better. Echoing: Green is gold. Green is gold.

Common sense fails. The sounds of progress…

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