A controversial plan by the Squamish Nation to erect huge billboards in several high profile locations around Vancouver has been given the green light to proceed by federal regulatory agencies. A sign near the approach to the Burrard Bridge in Kitsilano is among six large billboards approved by the government, along with other signs near the Squamish Chief and near the approaches to the Lions Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Second Narrows Memorial crossing.
The signs will be 10 feet high and 30 feet wide and will feature three-sided rotating slats.
So far, there’s no indication as to when or if the Nation intends to go ahead with the plan. Many feel that the proposed outdoor signs are a stalking horse meant to provoke authorities into expediting the Squamish Nation’s other, less contentious development plans. This strategy may very well turn out in their favor as the last thing anybody wants is for these giant billboards to be erected in time for the 2010 Games.
Image: Kelly Sutherland
Last modified: September 21, 2009