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Entries from January 2016

TransLink’s proposed plan for 2013: What the heck does it mean?

September 17th, 2012 · 24 Comments

The full news release from TL is below. Interpreters, please? I notice Jeff Nagel is writing that this depends on mayors agreeing to the property-tax increase they refused in the spring. I notice elsewhere Coast Mountain drivers are claiming 50,000 of hours are being cut, but TransLink said about 100,000 hours are being added. Can […]

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New Nordstrom store will be in dramatically re-designed building that will replace the old ‘Great White Urinal’ (Eaton’s/Sears) with glass and more

September 17th, 2012 · 35 Comments

This re-design has been anticipated by those in the know for a while, with an earlier rendering of the building floating around the internet. And today, here it is. The Twitter conversation about this is already suggesting there’s a sudden nostalgia for the old building, which surprises me. I had only ever heard bad things […]

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City mayors panting to get hold of some carbon-tax revenue as they drown in demands for transit, water plants, and more

September 12th, 2012 · 152 Comments

As the province contemplates what to do with the carbon tax beyond this year, various groups are piling on with their opinions. Mayors have been trying to get carbon-tax money for a while. They say they don’t want all of it, just some. And they claim that it can be done without too much pain. […]

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Bring us your chicken bones and your pizza leftovers. Vancouver yard-trimmings carts will now take all biodegradable material

September 10th, 2012 · 45 Comments

It will be officially announced tomorrow, but after more than a year of testing out organics recycling in a couple of neighbourhoods in Vancouver, the city is now going to move forward to phase 2 — letting everyone start dumping all food products in their yard trimmings bin. Here’s an explanation of what is allowed […]

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New transportation minister, but no new policy approaches for now to funding TransLink

September 10th, 2012 · 10 Comments

Mary Polak is the fifth transportation minister since the Liberal government came into power in 2001. Kevin Falcon made his name here, of course, in the five years from 2004-2009 and became beloved of road builders everywhere for his aggressive championing of the something-billion Gateway project, which includes the Port Mann Bridge twinning and the […]

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Exciting news on the parking front!!! South Granville gets programmable parking meters

September 7th, 2012 · 33 Comments

It never made sense to me that meters should always charge the same price at all hours. The CBD (central business district, for non-nerds) streets are between $4 and $6 an hour on weekdays … and on weekends, when no one is there and there is no compelling reason for anyone to drive downtown to […]

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City Plumber: The mysteries of the West Van Blue Bus and whether it was ever mandated to be orange by an NDP government

September 6th, 2012 · No Comments

Now posted under City Plumber. (Over there to the left on the blog page, folks.) Comments about the “true history” of the Blue Bus or any nefarious conspiracies undetected until now should be posted over on CP.

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B.C.’s move to getting producers and stores to pay 100 per cent of recycling costs a complicated exercise and a debate over who will manage recycling

September 4th, 2012 · 32 Comments

When I went to Home Depot and bought a new toilet on the weekend, I noticed that among the various messages stamped on the outside of the box for my lovely Kohler item (made in Mexico, if I’m remembering correctly) was one boasting that this new model had been shipped with with far less packaging […]

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Construction booms (for now) throughout the Vancouver region but will it last?

September 4th, 2012 · 6 Comments

The building industry and municipalities track building permits hawkishly. The cities need to know if they need more or fewer planners on the job, as well as belt-tightening all around if construction slows down. Builders want to know what everyone else is up to and whether there’s a glut of condos coming on. Vancouver got […]

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