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SOUTHEAST WINDS 60 TO 90 KM/H WILL DEVELOP OVER REGIONS FROM NORTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND NORTHWARD BEGINNING EARLY THIS EVENING. SOUTHEAST WINDS OF 50 TO 80 KM/H WILL DEVELOP ACROSS WEST VANCOUVER ISLAND EAST VANCOUVER ISLAND AND THE SUNSHINE COAST WEDNESDAY MORNING AND EXTEND ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE SOUTH COAST WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. GUSTY SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS OF 50 TO 80 KM/H ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO DEVELOP EARLY THURSDAY MORNING OVER GREATER VICTORIA SOUTHERN GULF ISLANDS GREATER VANCOUVER AND THE FRASER VALLEY. THIS IS A WARNING THAT DAMAGING WINDS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING IN THESE REGIONS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS..LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS.

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Is Stanley Park still off-limits to the public? It looked very bad, with all those trees downed and broken. :(

Much of Stanley Park now looks like clearcut. Thousands of trees, many of which are at least a century old, have been toppled. Areas that usually are covered by a forest canopy in darkness are now right under the sun, and these areas are adjacent to the areas affected by Hurricane Freta in 1962. These areas were then turned into play areas/open grassland.

The park board is now asking for a desperate plee for donations to buy trees for replantation. This is a huge blow considering this is the jewel of Vancouver.

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Much of Stanley Park now looks like clearcut. Thousands of trees, many of which are at least a century old, have been toppled. Areas that usually are covered by a forest canopy in darkness are now right under the sun, and these areas are adjacent to the areas affected by Hurricane Freta in 1962. These areas were then turned into play areas/open grassland.

The park board is now asking for a desperate plee for donations to buy trees for replantation. This is a huge blow considering this is the jewel of Vancouver.

What kind of trees are we talking about here? It just cannot be any kind of trees, if that's possible. I know generally of Stanley Park's look, should someone decide to post something about me not knowing it because I have lived in Vancouver on-and-off for 4 years.

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What kind of trees are we talking about here? It just cannot be any kind of trees, if that's possible. I know generally of Stanley Park's look, should someone decide to post something about me not knowing it because I have lived in Vancouver on-and-off for 4 years.

Watch this report from Global BC (note that the first 15 seconds is black):

http://video.canada.com/VideoContent.aspx?fl=1&popup=1

It's scary how bad it is now... and it's too bad...

Watch this report from Global BC on the next storm headed to Vancouver:

http://video.canada.com/VideoContent.aspx?fl=1&popup=1

Note there is a storm predicted on Christmas Day...

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It is with deep regret that we learn of the enviromental tragedy that has befallen what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful recreational areas in the world. However, it is a challenge that will test the response and resilience of the city of Vancouver in its preparations for the 2010 winter Olympics. The people of your city must ensure, above and beyond all else, that the ever probing eyes of the world will be greeted by scenes of a place unmatched in the standards of livibility and natural beautyit offers to its citizens. It must be done.

The Imperial

Ruling Czar

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An estimated 3,000 trees were blown down in Vancouver's Stanley Park during a fierce windstorm on Dec. 15. The west side of the park is still closed as crews continue their cleanup efforts.

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Damage to Stanley Park is shocking

'It looks like a bomb went off,' as Province team tours site of devastation

Kent Spencer, The Province

Published: Friday, December 22, 2006

The damage to Stanley Park is shocking.

Province photographer Sam Leung and I had our first look behind the barricades yesterday.

The trees are gone along Park Drive at Prospect Point. Remember the pleasant green light falling through the overhead canopy during the summer? It was like a magic kingdom.

No more. That quaint tree-covered lane is now a useless mass of junk, good only for firewood.

Where there was a closed-in feeling, now there is only sky, giving an unwanted feeling of openness.

Chainsaw crews have cleared the road, doing an amazing job of climbing up bent-over timbers and sawing them off partway up without harming themselves.

At eye-level one senses the enormity of the carnage rather than taking it all in.

In its utter destruction, it is impressive. Thirty-metre timbers snapped off in midsection; four-metre-high chunks of mud and root from the base of fallen-over giants, which lie invisible among the mass of brush; four-metre strips of bark ripped off in the death throes.

"It looks like a bomb went off," said Sam.

Saws have been going full-time to reopen the road, but trees are still hung up and ready to go. It looks like it will be dangerous for some time to come.

At one point, a pair of bald eagles circled high above. They were making odd "ooh-ooh-ooh" sounds, like distress calls. Sam explained why. The park's ecology society told him the eagles had lost their homes. Two of four nests, which can weigh up to 500 kilograms, were blown down.

We weren't the only curious ones.

Helicopters buzzed overhead. One circled a dozen times, the people inside no doubt as amazed as we were by the scene of destruction.

Occasionally, a person appeared, silently taking pictures, like they were looking at a grave. No words were exchanged. It wasn't a place for conversation.

kspencer@png.canwest.com

© The Vancouver Province 2006

not much i can say.

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I really do hope the city can recover from this tragedy.

We'll recover, since:

- in the late-1800s, Stanley Park was actually logged for profit and to make way for a Canadian military base in the event of an American invasion.

- in the 1960s, Typhoon Freda created $500 million worth of damage and it wiped out 20% of Stanley Park's trees. Consider that there are 1 million trees and 3,000-4,000 trees were wiped out from the 06/07 winter storms.

It'll just take time.

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The estimated damage is currently at 5 million. Note Global TV has raised up to 2 million during last week but Telus is offering donations still... I think their number is 604-280-NEWS if anyone still wants to make a donation

Im glad that a corporation, like Telus, is taking action in helping Vancouver out this way. Is it just them or has any other Vancouver businesses taken the same action?

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Im glad that a corporation, like Telus, is taking action in helping Vancouver out this way. Is it just them or has any other Vancouver businesses taken the same action?

- Jim Pattison is matching every dollar donated, up to $1 million however.

- Telus made a donation (forgot how much) and they are getting their call centre to accept donations

- HSBC made a 6 figure donation....$300,000 i think

- RBC (forgot how much)

- BC Ferries ($50,000)

- BC Lotto

- Futureshop ($50,000)

- Best Buy ($50,000)

and lots more.

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this is honestly ridiculous how much media frenzy there is surrounding Stanley park. It really isn't the end of the world. do you realize how fast Stanley Park regenerated after the hurricane in 1962.

You should know that a lot of the damage caused by the windstorm can't be fixed nautrally. An example is the sea wall... And I guess you haven't really seen the pictures from Global Chopper 1...

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You should know that a lot of the damage caused by the windstorm can't be fixed nautrally. An example is the sea wall... And I guess you haven't really seen the pictures from Global Chopper 1...

Typhoon Freda in 1962 wiped out hundreds and hundreds of thousands of trees in Stanley Park, yet the park turned out to be this lush rainforest in recent memories. This year's storms have knocked down 3,500 trees.

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honestly, it's a fucking park. it is full of trees. it IS natural. natural **** happens. sure the seawall is fucked in places, but seriously, a telethon? what the ****! it is such sensationalism on global's part. i highly doubt the parks boards ability to pay for it it's self.

if jimmy pattison wants to give the seawall a million bucks, go right ahead. but there needs to be a little perspective. this is not a catastrophe (as global says it is). Earthquakes with half a city gone are catastrophes. the clear cutting of entire valleys of virgin old growth forest is a catastrophe. wind damage in a city park is not. christ.

oh, and btw. yes, i have seen the images from the chopper, and heard what they were saying: most of the sea wall is open.

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Feds promise $2 million for Stanley Park cleanup

Vancouver Sun

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007

The federal government announced Thursday it will commit $2 million to help with the cleanup and restoration of Stanley Park.

"We think the future of this park is something that’s important," federal Environment Minister John Baird said at a press conference at Prospect Point.

"We want to see the park cleaned up, we want to see the seawalls reinforced, we want to ensure there is not erosion so that it doesn’t get any worse than it already is today," he added.

Thousands of trees were destroyed on a major windstorm last month, and subsequent storms have added to the damage.

On Thursday, Park Board Chair Ian Robertson refused to put a final price tag on the damage, though estimates have suggested it could be as much as $4 million.

© Vancouver Sun 2007

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Have some of you guys already planned for Vancouver 2010? If not, then Dashtours.com can help you out. I am watching TV and I just heard that they ALREADY have a travel package made out for those going to the Winter Olympics. Yes, that includes accomodation and the like.

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