All seven guests evacuated safely after crews were called to battle a large blaze at the Art Infiniti Hotel in Maple Ridge early Thursday morning.
A report of a fire at the hotel located at 21735 Lougheed Hwy. came in to Maple Ridge firefighters around 4 a.m., according to fire chief Howard Exner.
“The hotel did have some people staying in it, but they were all able to get out because of the fire alarm system,” he said.
No injuries were reported.
“We’re still in the firefighting stage… and then we’ll be able to do a safety assessment,” Exner said.
A cause of the fire is not yet known.
In a video posted to social media early Thursday morning a roaring fire can be seen with the structure barely visible.
By 8:30 a.m. crews had the fire distinguished.
Exner confirmed guests will not be permitted to return to the hotel.
Ridge Meadows RCMP are assisting the Maple Ridge fire department in the area of 216th Street and Lougheed Highway.
The area will remain closed to traffic until fire crews have cleared the scene.
Fire at what looks to be the Art Infiniti Hotel in #MapleRidge. Lougheed Highway, closed at about 222nd westbound and 216th eastbound, about to see some big delays for morning commuters.
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Oak Bay’s newly renovated chambers will feature a new piece of public art commissioned from an Indigenous artist.
The district allocated one per cent of the budget for the hall renovation, $7,000 to public art. Combined with the annual public art allocation, the district has $27,000 to spend on a work for municipal hall.
The move to work with a local artist, specifically from the Lekwungen speaking people on whose land Oak Bay sits, was unanimous among council members.
“This is a rare opportunity to have the resources to do that and as the renovated municipal hall reopens, have that be one of the centrepieces,” Coun. Andrew Appleton said during council discussions July 12.
Still in the earliest of stages, conversation surrounded the how of the project.
Oak Bay is between arts laureates, but liaison Coun. Hazel Braithwaite said the public arts committee is taking on that leadership role.
Coun. Tara Ney lamented the district’s lack of policy or set protocol for engaging in such initiatives.
She voiced a need to create pathways for engaging so it’s not done piecemeal, and instead with confidence and in culturally appropriate way.
Mayor Kevin Murdoch, who is routinely in conversation with local First Nations leadership, said the district is doing well in the absence of policy, always seeking guidance and building relationships in small ways.
Council agreed working toward something more formal is something they could pursue.
“This does require more formality and we need to start to establish those connections so we’re consistent and so we’re completely aware and sensitive to their needs,” Coun. Cairine Green said.
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NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Earlier this year, the tightly knit North Vancouver community was shaken after a stabbing claimed the life of one woman and injured six others.
One local woman says, since the incident, the community has had its security threatened, which is why she is behind the newly unveiled art project “to bring some love and positivity back into that space.”
Modern quilter, Berene Campbell, has worked on projects across the country and world, but her latest artwork “Lynn Valley LOVE Project,” was sparked by the tragedy right outside her home.
“This one was just down the road from my home. So for some reason, it just felt like I had to respond to that since I’ve done it for other communities. And now there was a tragedy in my own community. I felt like I needed to do something.”
So, Campbell went to work, collaborating with residents in the community and people across the country.
Today, if you walk into the Lynn Valley Library, you’ll be greeted with quilted panels spelling ‘LOVE’ “hung there to represent the general community to bring love back into that space.”
Banners made by hundreds are hung over the library stairwell.
“People do it to give back to the community to make them feel good [and] it’s also very healing for the participants to be creative and to make something beautiful and also to be a part of the bigger whole project and to feel a part of the community. So when you see that many people participating, it’s amazing.”
And Campbell says the turnout of participates was unexpected but incredible adding, she couldn’t have done it on her own.
“There’s something incredibly powerful about bringing multiple people together, and the healing of collective energy is much more powerful than one person making all of that work themselves on their own.
“There’s something just amazing about people working together for the greater good.”
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