After years of catering to superstitious Chinese, Vancouver will stop skipping “unlucky” floor numbers

City goes back to ‘basic math’ in numbering buildings … for safety’s sake

No more skipping 4, 13, 14, 24 in Vancouver floor numbers
 The elevator panel at 1033 Marinaside in Yaletown skips No. 4, No. 13, No. 14, No. 24 and No. 34 floor buttons.

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , Vancouver Sun

Vancouver has long accommodated the superstitious by allowing certain floor numbers, suite numbers and addresses to be hidden or not used at all.

Across the city, many buildings with more than 12 floors are missing the number 13, jumping right to 14. It stems from a time when people also believed it was bad luck to step on a crack or walk under a ladder.

More recently, Vancouver has increasingly found itself approving developments with many more missing floors, including 14. From the 4th to the 54th, any floor containing a 4 has vanished in an effort to cater to superstitious Chinese.

Condo towers marketed to Asian buyers often don’t even have suite numbers containing 4. Developers and real estate agents know it’s harder to sell suites on floors containing a 4 because the spoken word for the number sounds strikingly similar to the spoken word for “death” in Mandarin and Cantonese.

It can make for some odd situations, such as the 53-floor Burrard Place condo tower under construction at Hornby and Drake Streets being marketed as having a 60th floor. That’s because the developer not only knocked out all the floors with a 4, but took out 13 for good measure.

Now the city, increasingly worried about the potential for confusion among first responders, and the consequences of emergency providers misjudging floors, has called a halt.

Kitchener Muslim school principal says it’s difficult to explain anti-niqab public sentiment to students

Principal, students wear hijab, one teacher wears niqab at Maple Grove School

CBC News Posted: Oct 09, 2015 2:42 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 09, 2015 5:14 PM ET

Rania Lawendy is the academic advisor for a new Islamic-based private school opening in Kitchener. Rania Lawendy is the academic advisor for a new Islamic-based private school opening in Kitchener. (Andrea Bellemare/CBC)

A Kitchener school principal says that the federal Conservatives are “bullying” a minority of women in the country who wear niqabs, in an effort to score political points.

The Conservatives pledged to ensure public service workers don’t wear them on the job, after the government lost a court case and an appeal to prevent women from taking a citizenship oath while wearing a niqab. Both the Liberals and the NDP have criticized the proposal.

Rania Lawendy, the principal of the Muslim Association of Canada’s Maple Grove School in Kitchener wears a hijab, as do some of the students, and one of her teachers on staff wears a niqab.

She said it’s difficult to explain anti-niqab public sentiment to the children at school.

“I don’t believe that the majority of Canadians feel this way.”-Rania Lawendy,  principal at the Muslim Association of Canada’s Maple Grove School in Kitchener

“I think they’re upset about all the attention that it’s garnering by the Conservatives. Some of the students have mentioned, and I would agree with them, that they feel like the Conservative Party is trying to gain political points by bullying, really, a minority of women,” she said.

Niqabs of Canada Tumblr site stirs conversation online

Amid the niqab controversy, here’s a look at how many of us cover our faces

CBC News Posted: Oct 08, 2015 4:13 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 08, 2015 6:56 PM ET

Canadians cover up their faces all the time ... usually because it's so damn cold. Canadians cover up their faces all the time … usually because it’s so damn cold. (Niqabs of/du Canada/Tumblr)

The Tumblr page pokes fun at the politicizing of the religious garment during the election campaign by displaying photos of Canadians covering up their faces for not-so-religious reasons … usually because it’s bitterly cold.

Below are a few photos tweeted from the Tumblr page.

The niqab has been the subject of fierce debate during the federal election.

The garment dominated Google searches during the French-language debate, and the Bloc Québécois released a controversial ad featuring an oil spill morphing into a niqab. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper told the CBC’s Rosemary Barton that his government would consider banning public servants from wearing them on the job.

Cultural Action Party: PETITION

Petitioning Canadian voters

Canadians To Vote With Their Faces Covered In Federal Election On October 9th, 2015

On October 9th, 2015, Muslim fundamentalist Zunera Ishaq took Canada’s oath of citizenship while hiding her identity. Wearing an Islamic niqab covering her face(except for her eyes), Ms. Ishaq swore allegiance to the nation of Canada.

In response, Cultural Action Party of Canada hereby encourage all citizens to cover their face while voting in the upcoming Canadian Federal Election on October 19, 2015.

Harper wants niqab ban in public service, Trudeau disagrees

Emily Chan, 
Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015 11:33AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 7, 2015 3:18PM EDT

While other party leaders accuse the Conservative campaign of stirring up divisions over the niqab, Stephen Harper is standing behind his promise to consider forbidding federal civil servants from wearing face-covering veils.

On Wednesday, the Conservative Party leader said, if elected, his government would examine a Quebec bill that imposes a similar ban on provincial public servants.

Quebec’s Liberal government introduced Bill 62 in June.

Quebec NDP candidate Romeo Saganash calls niqab ‘the oppressor’s clothing’ despite party’s support of it

Quebec NDP candidate Romeo Saganash said he is opposed to women wearing the niqab during citizenship ceremonies.Quebec NDP candidate Romeo Saganash said he is opposed to women wearing the niqab during citizenship ceremonies. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

The NDP and Liberal parties’ position that Muslim women should be allowed to wear the niqab during citizenship ceremonies might not be universally shared by all their party members, if statements made by several Quebec candidates this week are anything to go by.

Both parties have said Muslim women should be allowed to wear what they want during citizenship ceremonies while the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois would like to see face coverings banned during the ceremonies.

Niqab Citizenship 20150915Zunera Ishaq, left, a Pakistani woman and devout Sunni Muslim, challenged the Conservative’s niqab ban and won. The government, however, said it will appeal the lower court’s decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

On Monday, Romeo Saganash, the NDP’s candidate in the northern Quebec riding of Abitibi-James-Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou, said he personally believed the niqab to be “the oppressor’s clothing.”

Saganash, who is also a member of the Cree First Nation, said at debate earlier this week that when French settlers arrived in Quebec, they had to adapt some of their customs to the culture of the First Nations living there, and Muslim women should similarly adapt.

“When the first French people arrived, they had to adapt, and even adopted, some of the indigenous people’s customs … That’s what we have to do on this issue,” he said.

At the same debate, his Liberal opponent, Pierre Dufour, also expressed his opposition to the niqab.

Meanwhile, NDP candidate in Joliette Danielle Landreville tweeted on Tuesday that she was against the niqab. She later deleted the tweets, but a cached version of her website still showed them.