Seismic upgrades to 48 of the city of Vancouver’s most vulnerable schools will cost $618 million, about 40 per cent of the amount budgeted for the entire province, according to a consultant’s report released Wednesday.

The B.C. Ministry of Education, which largely financed the report, announced $1.5 billion over 15 years in 2005 to seismically upgrade more than 700 of the province’s schools.

The $618 million would cover bare-bones seismic upgrades. But Vancouver Board of Education chairwoman Patti Bacchus said many schools require major renovations that should be done at the same time, which means her district would need more than $1 billion on its own.

B.C. Education Minister George Abbott did not say whether more funding would be forthcoming, but said the province is making “good progress” on its 15-year pledge to seismically upgrade B.C.’s at-risk schools.

“In the near future, the ministry intends to bring forward the next phase of the school seismic mitigation program,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Vancouver has the most at-risk buildings of any school district and has already spent several hundred million dollars on completed or current projects, Bacchus said. The cost of upgrading or replacing schools that have already been completed or approved is not included in the report, which was prepared for the Vancouver school board by Coriolis Consulting.

The 48 schools identified in the report have structures that are considered by consultants to be high risk in the event of a “significant seismic event.” That means those buildings could sustain “widespread damage,” or “structural failure” in the event of a major earthquake in the region, according to the report. The report offers three options for each of the 48 vulnerable schools, including seismic upgrades only, seismic upgrades combined with general facility upgrades, or replacement.

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A reminder that all UBC Libraries, including Rare Books and Special Collections, University Archives and the Chung Collection will be closed for Thanksgiving Monday (Oct.10).

The image below is the cover of a “Thanksgiving address” given by Robert Thomson in 1879 in Drummondville, ON. You may notice that in the late 19th century, Canadian Thanksgiving was, like its current American counterpart, celebrated on a Thursday in November.

"Thanksgiving; its Nature, and Forms of Expression: A Tribute and Review", SPAM 7100

"Thanksgiving; its Nature, and Forms of Expression: A Tribute and Review", SPAM 7100

According to Canadian Heritage, the timing of when Thanksgiving was to be held went through a number of changes, but eventually in 1957 a proclamation fixed it permanently on the second Monday in October. It is also interesting to read the various proclamations that give the reason for observing Thanksgiving- apparently the first one in Lower Canada was observed on January 10, 1799 “in signal victory over our enemy and for the manifold and inestimable blessings which our Kingdoms and Provinces have received and daily continue to receive.”

This item is from our SPAM (Special Collections Pamphlets) collections. You can read more about these collections in our Ephemera Research Guide.

Paul Cubbons (left), George Moen

You are invited to join the Small Business Accelerator (SBA) as it celebrates small business!

As part of Small Business Week, organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada, the SBA is presenting Smart Business, Small Business speaker sessions in Vancouver (October 17) and Kelowna (October 19).

Each event will feature compelling speakers who will offer insights and answer questions. Speakers at the Vancouver event include Paul Cubbons, a Marketing Instructor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business; and George Moen, a UBC alumnus, serial entrepreneur and President of Blenz The Canadian Coffee Company.

Speakers in Kelowna include Scott Coleman, Management student at UBC’s Okanagan campus and co-founder of FunCore Strength and Conditioning; Norine Webster, Adjunct Instructor, Faculty of Management, UBC’s Okanagan campus; and Laurel Douglas, CEO, Women’s Enterprise Centre.

Find out more and register for the sessions in Vancouver and Kelowna.

The SBA, an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, provides access to industry-specific resources and information for entrepreneurs and small businesses in B.C. Check out the website, connect with others in your community and access the right information – right now.

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