Giant Billboards coming soon to Burrard Bridge Bike Lane

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boardpolitics_mar07_250A 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

4 Responses to " Giant Billboards coming soon to Burrard Bridge Bike Lane "

  1. Christopher says:

    The 22/23 Sept. local papers are reporting the billboards will be up in time for Christmas. Metro only quotes Toby Baker (whoever that is) as being “hopeful” they’ll be up by then.

    Naturally, I’ll be brushing up on my paint balloon techniques 🙂

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  3. ken says:

    All public advertising is pollution and an blight on the commons. Also, I believe it’s actually the “Stawamus” Chief

  4. Basil says:

    Well the first ads went up at the Burrard St. Brdg today. First one I saw was for Shore 104.1 Radio. Feel free to contact Roy Hennessy the President & General Manager at either roy@shore104.com or (778)331-0303 if you want to voice your dis(approval). I did!