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Possibly the funniest civic-election ad ever in Vancouver history

October 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The question on my mind after watching this video: When is David Cadman’s campaign to elect only people wearing garish and bizarre ties going to start?

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NDP wins put some gas in Vision campaign

October 30th, 2008 · 10 Comments

It’s an all-politics night here in the home nest as we watch CNN on television for the Obama-McCain news, while checking Elections BC’s website for byelection results, after having just come home from umpteenth civic election debate. The debate in brief: Peter Ladner is more of a street-fighter in every encounter with Gregor Robertson, throwing […]

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Split among council candidates on shifting business taxes to residential

October 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Sharper eyes than mine have noted that in the Vancouver Sun survey of council candidates, two of the seven Non-Partisan Association candidates who answered the question said they did not support shifting more of the business share of tax to residential. Michael Geller, a development consultant and expert on how real-estate economics work, is not […]

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Even more density coming to Vancouver’s Downtown South

October 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

City planners and fans often like to brag about the way Vancouver is a poster city for compact living downtown. The West End, our first downtown neighbourhood, is frequently (and mistakenly) referred to as a neighbourhood with a density equivalent to Manhattan’s, but more attractive with its leafy and quiet streets. False Creek North is […]

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Comparing the platforms of Vision and the NPA

October 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Here’s my story in today’s Globe that has a succinct overview of the platforms from Vision Vancouver and the Non-Partisan Association. There’s much more to say on both of these, both of which show that we are fully in the grip of policy wonks. (Each platform contains over 50 points and refers to strategies like […]

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Shaughnessy residents grill Ladner and the NPA

October 26th, 2008 · 17 Comments

Finally, some Vancouver council candidates in this year’s election got a chance to tell the public a bit about themselves on Friday when the Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners Association had their local campaign get-together. Three councillors from each party, along with the mayoral candidates, got to have a say, along with one independent who made […]

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Local cities weathering the economic storm

October 26th, 2008 · No Comments

There isn’t a business or operation around that hasn’t got a story to tell about the impact of the current economic turbulence. The Courier this week reported on the impacts that charities are seeing in donations. A friend who runs a bookstore told me last night that he’s had a couple of calls in the […]

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A new, second blog on CTV

October 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

If you just can’t get enough of me — which, weirdly, some people say is the case — I am doing a blog for CTV these days in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 15 civic election, as well as continuing with this one. My first post is about what’s really going on with […]

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The latest on Fortress, Millennium and the Olympic village

October 23rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Not a lot to report except that, like everyone else, the city is watching the news closely to see what happens with Fortress, the lender that is financing Millennium Developments for its construction of the Olympic athletes village. Here’s my story in Thursday’s Globe.

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More than 1,000 out for Ladner-Robertson homeless debate

October 23rd, 2008 · 17 Comments

The long series of debates between Vancouver’s two mayoral candidates drew the biggest crowd ever tonight, i’m told more than 1,000 were at the event at St. Andrew’s Wesley, as people came out to hear the two talk about what they would do when it comes to solutions for homelessness, affordable housing and mental illness. […]

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