Community Conversations on Local Issues


On April 25, 2022, Councillors Sarah Kirby-Yung, Lisa Dominato and Rebecca Bligh hosted a forum and open discussion on housing possibilities in Vancouver. Moderated by Lynda Steele, we heard perspectives from panelists Jake Fry, Mary Pynenburg and Jordan MacDonald and a live conversation with the panelists and host councillors. The session was designed to create positive conversations about housing typologies and choices that could contribute to diversifying Vancouver’s housing mix.

Watch the video here:


Lynda Steele

Lynda Steele is a veteran broadcaster in Western Canada. Most recently the host of The Lynda Steele Show on CKNW radio, she was also host of the popular consumer segment Steele On Your Side on CTV Vancouver, and was 6 o’clock anchor and senior producer at Global Edmonton for 20 years. Lynda is currently a news commentator and weekly columnist for TheOrca.ca.


Jake Fry

Jake Fry is the founder of Smallworks Studios and Laneway Housing Inc. and a strong advocate of laneway housing and affordable options for single-family home ownership. He has worked with the City of Vancouver and other municipalities to help develop zoning by-laws based on his experience with hundreds of small home clients. Jake’s team is committed to building small but also sustainably, by blending innovative techniques, modern building science, and Flat Pac with hand-built finishes and millwork. In 2012, Jake was one of two founding directors of the non-profit society SmallHousing BC.

Mary Pynenburg

Mary is trained as an architect and urban planner. She has spent most of her career as a project manager, director of design and construction or director of planning.

Jordan Macdonald

Jordan is the Founder and CEO of fabric living, a Vancouver based real estate development company that celebrates community by creating unique spaces in vibrant, authentic neighbourhoods. With a special focus on multi-family projects in East Vancouver, fabric projects like Assembly and Habitat are designed to add value to the communities in which they form part of by integrating purposeful spaces into the social fabric of our city through functional, design-forward homes, community-minded commercial spaces and smart amenities.  fabric is determined to break the mold of assembly line living by delivering projects that prioritize the human experience and the pursuit of self actualization.

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