Readers outraged after Granville Island newsstand owner evicted


Opinion: Letters to the Province, February 25, 2022.

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Absolutely outrageous that this is done to Chia-Ning Chen, especially since she is a single mother and at a time like this.

Clearly his store is a valuable convenience store that should stay where it is. I am appalled at the “mismanagement” of Granville Island.

Joan Brown, West Vancouver

I find CMHC’s actions cruel and unwarranted after a hardworking woman invested in the shop and made it through two brutal years of COVID. There must be another suitable location on Granville Island where they can move her (at their expense).

Sherry Stein, Vancouver

Why does CMHC intend to ruin Granville Island? Tap and Barrel but no Tuck Shop? Meanwhile, the Cat space remains empty, as do several other properties. You have three greengrocers all selling the same Sysco produce instead of BC-grown produce. And the group you let take over the theater management contract at GICS seems unable to function.

Granville Island should be run by a board of merchants and craftsmen, not by people out of touch with Ottawa like CMHC.

Paul Grant, Past President, Granville Island Cultural Society, Moose Jaw, Sask.

Tom Lancaster says “the current issues, with a pandemic, are about isolation, people feeling disconnected from each other and lack of culture”.

This is the business sector of the Tuck Shop!

“There is an overall effort to increase diversity, equity and inclusion as Granville Island moves forward.” Chia-Ning Chen is just that.

She fought her way through a pandemic and two years later she reached the finish. She is a winner. Move it temporarily as your renovations progress, but make it a home in your future layout.

His lease should be renewed. It’s the Canadian way.

Arleigh Stephen, Vancouver

Tom Lancaster obviously has no history or understanding of what constitutes “increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and reconciliation”. This shop is surely exactly that. Surely this East part of Granville Island culture.

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Our family may have been one of the first visitors as long time weekly customers of the Tuck Shop. My husband took our young family of four (all under 10 at the time) to Granville Island every weekend to first pick up his copies of Barron’s, the Financial Times of London, the Wall Street Journal weekend and various magazines. Children were rewarded with donuts from Lee’s Donuts around the corner, a slice of pie from The Pie shop or breakfast hash browns at the front of the market.

However, while the kids were being bribed with treats (so I could sleep or do much-needed housework in peace), it was the lure of the weekend papers that bravely got their father out of the house with four-in-tow.

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Years passed and since our now adult children were long gone, each of them occasionally made the weekly trip to the Tuck Shop to pick up “dad’s journals”.

What a pity that progress takes three steps backwards.

Thelma Wright, Vancouver

I visit her little shop every time we go to the market and strongly believe she should be allowed to stay as she carries important items (newspapers, lottery tickets, batteries, etc.) not found elsewhere on Granville Island.

Ron Appleton, Vancouver


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