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Entries from July 2013

Details on the NPA’s no-name-change vote

June 30th, 2010 · 8 Comments

If the Non-Partisan Association was hoping that a debate over changing its name would draw attention and crowds, that strategy didn’t totally work. A grand total of 42 people appeared at the Vancouver Museum last night to vote on whether to change the name to Vancouver First. (I don’t think attracting crowds was the strategy, […]

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Marpole residents start to mobilize against towers

June 29th, 2010 · 77 Comments

Another day, another neighbourhood group that gathers steam to oppose development in their neighbourhood. Marpole residents had a first community meeting last night, the first that has brought them together to exchange information and gear themselves up to have more input into development in their neighbourhood. This was, of course, provoked by the plans for […]

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No name change for the NPA: 36-6

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments

It was a short sweet meeting, as Bill McCreery tried to persuade the small crowd to vote for rebranding but the mainly loyal NPA stalwarts resisted. The meeting was over in less than an hour. I’ll post more in the morning.

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Vancouver: Worst city in Canada for pedestrian deaths

June 29th, 2010 · 46 Comments

A small brief in the local media last January caught my eye: a 27-year-old had been hit in a pedestrian crosswalk near my house, but he had no identification and police were trying to figure out who he was. The next blurb said he had died in hospital. Police never released his name. But the […]

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That was scary

June 29th, 2010 · 7 Comments

Thanks to everyone for sticking through the weird blog issues of the last two days. My domain name had lapsed and I didn’t get a notification from my hoster. So it got parked in an advertising site, available for anyone to grab. Fortunately for me, pirates did not make off with it before I realized […]

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Dianne Watts on the list for world’s best mayor

June 24th, 2010 · 16 Comments

Surrey’s mayor has made it to the 25-person shortlist by an organization called World Mayor (which I never hear from except when someone from Canada gets onto this list). If you want to vote to support Dianne Watts, instead of Newark’s Cory Booker (seen by some as the next Obama), Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier (boo […]

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Olympic village condo buyers want out

June 24th, 2010 · 17 Comments

Well, this had to happen at some point and now it has. Here’s the story, which the CBC got first.

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Viaduct study passes, reduced to $300,000 cost

June 24th, 2010 · 45 Comments

People are anxious about the idea of making radical changes to the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, an idea that appeared suddenly last fall and is moving ahead as of today. Vision councillors agreed to fund a study to look at options, although they limited the public complaints about the $700,000 cost by saying they’re only […]

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Mount Pleasant pool in next capital plan?

June 23rd, 2010 · 22 Comments

I was on CKNW yesterday grousing about the abrupt demolition of the Mount Pleasant pool building (which means the pool won’t operate this summer, of course) and the absence of any definitive plan for replacing it, when park board chair Aaron Jasper phoned in and said they are definitely looking at how to include it […]

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Laneway homes turning into laneway mini-McMansions for some

June 23rd, 2010 · 12 Comments

The laneway houses have started to go up — 89 permits issued so far, despite some road bumps along the way — and a few of them are raising eyebrows with their size and ornate look.  (My story on this here.) I know some people have been opposed to them from day one and so […]

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