VANCOUVER — The east Vancouver crow that is celebrated for his gregarious antics will remain in a bird hospital for at least another week after his caretaker says the bird was attacked.

Shawn Bergman says Canuck the crow must remain under care for treatment of head and other injuries following an incident over the weekend where the bird may have been hit with a stick while hopping along the sidelines of a local soccer game.

BC Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigator Eileen Drever says she began an investigation after receiving reports that the bird was knocked unconscious, however no one who witnessed the attack has come forward.

Bergman befriended Canuck more than a year ago and the playful antics of the curious creature led to a Facebook page with thousands of followers and a dedicated social media presence.


It was the bird's theft of the possible weapon from a Vancouver crime scene that elevated Canuck's status.

Canuck is known to patrol an area of east Vancouver and was watching in May 2016 as police investigated a stabbing, before swooping down and trying to fly off with a knife, dropping it only after officers gave chase.

The bird was hopping around, drinking and eating a little on Monday, but Bergman says it would be several days before Canuck could fly free.

"They want to make sure he's 100 per cent and ready to go back outside. They just want to make sure that he's as healthy as he can be."

Crow isn't a pet and must fend for himself

Canuck spends a lot of time with humans, but is not a pet and must feed and fend for himself, avoiding predators and competing with other crows, so Bergman says the animal must be in top shape when released.

In the meantime, Bergman says other crows are moving in to Canuck's territory.

"They're all taking advantage of the lack of his presence in the neighbourhood, right now,'' he says. "It's interesting to watch the dynamic working there.'

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Located in the Hastings-Sunrise district of VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanadaNew Brighton Park is a waterfront park facing the North Shore Mountains with beach access to the Burrard Inlet. The park is surrounded by industrial plants, the Hastings Racecourse, as well as access to the Port of Vancouver. During the summer, the park becomes a popular location for recreational activity. There is a soccer pitch, tennis courts, barbecue/picnic sites, two playgrounds, beaches, and an outdoor pool. For local residents, New Brighton Park provides a nearby location with similar facilities found at other popular recreational parks such as Kitsilano Beach, which is located on the west side of Vancouver. New Brighton Park is also in the process of being connected to Hastings Park via Creekway Park, which will allow people to walk and cycle between the two locations.


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Nemo. Jacques Cousteau. Steve Zissou.

The history of man’s desire to explore the ocean deep — both real and fictional — is a storied one.

And there is no better way to properly acquaint yourself than to, well, move in. The dream realized: Floating Seahorses, a new Dubai-based development that promises to build its clients luxury apartments … underwater.

The developer, Kleindienst, calls the three-level structures “essentially a boat”: two levels above water and a third below containing the master bedroom and bathroom. The top deck offers a viewing platform; the middle has living space and a sundeck. Pools, of course, are for the plebes stuck on land.

Problem: Kleindienst says “only a few units remain” from the initial stock of 42. Not a problem: the price tag is a fairly reasonable $1.8 million, which won’t even get you 2% of this seven-bed mountain home in Aspen. More pressing problem: you’ll have to wait until 2017 to move in, by which point there probably won’t be any coral reefs left.

Fret not: Kleindienst is installing artificial reefs!

Here’s hoping the underwater views are just as brightly colored as the ones in the renderings, seen here and below — and not, as anyone who has ever gone scuba diving or jumped under a wave knows, ever so slightly murkier. 




The Floating Seahorse

by Kleindienst

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An artist's rendering of how Hastings Park will look after changes in the master plan are adopted. ((City of Vancouver))

Vancouver City Council has approved a new plan for the future of Hastings Park, home to the Pacific National Exhbition, Hastings Racecourse and Empire Field.

Critics said the plan guarantees the site will never be a real park, just a year round revenue generator, but Mayor Gregor Robertson disagreed, saying the plan adds 50 acres of new park space.

"With the plan in place, we can now move ahead with immediate upgrades and public benefits for the community," Robertson said in a release after the vote at city hall Tuesday. "Hastings Park is one of the most beloved parks in Vancouver and by almost tripling the green space, we’re enhancing it for future generations."

Robertson said the plan's priorities include:

  • Reinstating community use of the synthetic turf at Empire Field.
  • A youth-focused sports park and mountain bike park.
  • A pedestrian trail from Hastings Park to New Brighton
  • Planning and design of new sports courts.

The amount of park space will increase to 76 acres from 26 acres. 

It will also add a stream and saltwater marsh and more than five kilometres of new pedestrian and bike trails, Robertson said.

Among the critics was Eric Harms, President of the Hastings Community Association.

"This master plan pretty much deals with the pre eminence of the PNE over the site," said Harms. "You have had 100 years of incremental encroachment by the PNE until by the end of the 60s, the place was entirely paved."


An expansion of the PNE's Playland is part of the master plan for Hastings Park ((CBC))

Harms also pointed to what he called a lack of public access, the expansion of the PNE's Playland amusement park, a new convention centre, use of existing buildings as revenue generators and a parkade for thousands of cars.

"It's the triumph of commercialization," he said. "I don't think we are done with this struggle yet."

The vote went ahead despite the objections of councillors Ellen Woodsworth and David Cadman, who called for the vote to be deferred, "in the wake of unprecedented public opposition."

"The overwhelming majority of people are telling us to stop, telling us to rethink this plan, and to go back and do it right," Cadman said.

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ABOVE: Shots from our traffic helicopter of the bear in the tree.

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There was a rare sighting in a Vancouver neighbourhood on Friday morning.

A young black bear was spotted hanging out in a tree along East Pender Street, near Renfrew Street and the PNE.

The VPD says conservation officers were called in and tranquilized the bear, which will be safely relocated outside the city.

Officers told Global News the bear is a year-and-a-half old and has been abandoned by his mother.

The VPD says Jellystone Park has not been ruled out as new home for the bear.

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Check out our resident Bald Eagles who have made a new home here at Hastings Park.

Bald Eagles

The pair have been constructing a new nest since late last year in a Douglas Fir at the South West corner of the Sanctuary here in Hastings Park. This new nest replaces the previous nest they occupied for years closer to the PNE Forum, which had been blown over last year in a wind storm.

Did you know that the PNE’s Sanctuary is home to 137 different species of birds. This natural ecosystem in the middle of Hastings Park is a beautiful walk with ponds, trees and diverse wildlife.

Thank you to Hastings Park Conservancy friend, Doug Cooper for the photo and background on our resident Bald Eagles.

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Hastings Park Sanctuary Pond


Hastings Park Sanctuary destination walk


Route statistics

Distance 2.1 km
Steps 2755
Elevation change 12 m

Hastings Park is the City of Vancouver’s second largest park at 66 hectares. For more than a century it has served as a venue for public events such as horse racing, concerts, professional sports, conventions, trade shows, and the annual summer Fair. The Hastings Park Walk is a 2.1 km or 2,755 step route that travels through the lush Sanctuary, alongside several notable buildings, and through themed gardens and other recreational space. 


Route details

In 1998-99, 15.5 hectares of Hastings Park were cleared of structures and blacktop so that a Sanctuary could be created. Upon entering you are overcome with a feeling of peace in this lush refuge, as it overflows with greenery and bird calls. The arched bridge provides a wonderful viewing point for the waterfowl along with over 100 other bird species that now call the Sanctuary home. A variety of diving and dabbling ducks, as well as Canada geese can be seen here all year.

Points of interest

  • Hastings Community Centre
  • Hastings Park Sanctuary
  • Playland
  • Agrodome
  • Il Giardino Italiano
  • Hastings Bowl Skate Park
  • Momiji Garden


This walk is wheelchair accessible. Paths include a mixture of pavement and wooden boardwalks

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