Students and staff at Vancouver school prepare to say goodbye to 104-year-old building

May 13, 2019

At 104 years old, Vancouver’s Bayview Elementary in Kitsilano is one of the oldest in B.C. — but it’s also at high risk for total collapse in the event of an earthquake. To help students understand the upheaval, over the next month they will hear a presentation about why Bayview has to come down, and the danger they’d face if they stayed.

Sara Shneiderman, UBC Anthropology and 2017 Wall Scholar, has seen first hand the destruction a massive earthquake can bring. She travelled to Nepal four years ago after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated buildings across the country — including more than 7,500 schools.

She was interviewed for this article, and the CBC TV segment above.