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Vancouver the most unaffordable? No, says provocative talk

May 25th, 2011 · 50 Comments

Trying to get people to take a closer look at conventional wisdom is one of the hardest jobs around. One of the unshakeable beliefs Vancouverites have these days is that housing prices here are more disconnected from local incomes than almost any other city. I have to say, I’m prone to that thinking myself. That’s […]

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With everyone spinning numbers, here are links to all homeless-count reports

May 24th, 2011 · 20 Comments

As the counting of homeless people ends, the politicking begins. I see that the province and the city and homeless advocates are trumpeting the lower homeless numbers, while the Non-Partisan Association has sent out a news release saying that homeless numbers are actually up in Vancouver. For those who’d prefer just to go to the […]

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Homeless numbers down slightly in region, significantly in Vancouver

May 24th, 2011 · 27 Comments

Still waiting the full numbers from Metro Vancouver, but in the meantime, I’m hearing that regional homeless count showed the number of homeless people was down by one per cent from 2008 to 2011 — an accomplishment considering the region adds 40,000 new people every year — and down six per cent in Vancouver. In […]

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NPA comes up with candidate list that leaves empty spots, requires no vote

May 20th, 2011 · 26 Comments

Kind of a shocker when the NPA list of candidates was released yesterday. Unless I’m really missing something, they’ve essentially handed control of the school board to Vision/COPE for the next election, since they’re only running four candidates for the nine-member board. At park board, they’re field four candidates for seven positions. And at council, […]

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City gets its first money — $57 million — since taking over village

May 19th, 2011 · 6 Comments

That’s the main news I saw from the latest receiver’s report issued yesterday. The news about the sales we’ve heard before. Apparently some new numbers will be out at Bob Rennie’s speech to the UDI today. Other fun highlights I noticed: – All of the subsidized units of social housing have been rented out – 148 […]

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Suzanne Anton launches campaign as poll results show Robertson popularity up, Vision down

May 19th, 2011 · 17 Comments

It’s tough to unseat an incumbent mayor unless that mayor’s party is splitting behind him, but Suzanne Anton is going to try anyway. And she’s finally got some team support — something she’s struggled without until now — with Norman Stowe (last seen at the Kevin Falcon leadership campaign) heading up her campaign. That should […]

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Suzanne Anton appears poised to announce run for mayor

May 17th, 2011 · 86 Comments

The news release just went out that NPA Coun. Anton is going to hold a news conference tomorrow to make an “important announcement about city politics.” This can only be the announcement that she’s running for mayor, which I’ve been hearing about via various sources for the last two days. Some say she’s been arm-twisted […]

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The future of driving: You pay for the roads you use, a kilometres and a kilogram at a time

May 13th, 2011 · 88 Comments

It costs $5-8 million to build one kilometre of road. Until recently, we drivers have taken that for granted. Not much longer. All kinds of people are busily looking at how to extract money from drivers in new and different ways, in a user-pay world of funding for roads and transit. For BC Business, I […]

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Region fractures over how to bargain in advance of next big round of contracts

May 12th, 2011 · 34 Comments

Metro Vancouver has always been an odd beast, as politicians from 21 municipalities with weighted votes make decisions about all manner of issues that they sometimes have wildly differing opinions on. It has seemed even more fractious lately, with the tussling over the new growth strategy. And now the complete disarray, some say gong show, […]

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Trying to create suburban downtowns: harder than it looks

May 11th, 2011 · 37 Comments

The suburbs are the most interesting places to watch these days. They’re where people are trying to create new forms of urban life — not the bedroom suburbs of yore, not the traditional cities of the past either. Something new, which no one quite knows what it will be. My story in the Globe this […]

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