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Entries from July 2013

As federal money for pre-1994 housing projects is set to expire, many wondering how thousands of units will be maintained

October 30th, 2012 · 64 Comments

This country saw a lot of good, cheap, affordable housing built in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Much of it was due to two things: federal dollars directly into social housing and federal tax laws that encouraged people to invest in private-market apartment buildings. Many of the region’s minimum-wage or low-income households are holding themselves […]

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The salary increases in the CUPE 15 with the city are 6.75 per cent over four years, a little bird says

October 30th, 2012 · 37 Comments

This, from a source. At staff meeting the following numbers were provided for 4 yr agreement (really 3 now due to gap between expiration of past contract and current agreement) Year 1   1.25% Year 2   1.75% Year 3   1.75% Year 4   2%

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Last pre-settlement post from CUPE 15 indicated the offer to city “reflects New Westminster” and union was getting ready to get noisy

October 28th, 2012 · 49 Comments

This from CUPE 15′s website, Oct. 26 It’s time to sign a deal. At 8:00 a.m. this morning your Bargaining Committee presented an “Offer for Settlement” to the employer’s bargaining team to renew four collective agreements covering over 2,500 CUPE 15 members. Our inclusive settlement offer was carefully built from a comprehensive package the employer […]

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Vancouver and one city union reaches deal but no details available until after vote, they say

October 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments

This seems odd to me. I can’t recall in my time hearing about the city settling with one major union (the inside workers, in this case) and not the other. And no details? Can someone enlighten me as to whether this is normal practice and I’ve somehow missed it before? Posts referring to  This is […]

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Tenants at Little Mountain overjoyed, in shock, tearful at news that they had won their fight to stay

October 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment

More on the Little Mountain agreement, from the perspective of tenants and advocates.

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Little Mountain’s last tenants spared from eviction by deal with BC Housing, city, developer

October 25th, 2012 · 14 Comments

This out about an hour ago and my story here. BCHOUSING LITTLE MOUNTAIN

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Dunbar group holds public meeting tonight to rally support against Vision development policies

October 25th, 2012 · 103 Comments

For those interested, this is the invitation going around locally: Last Sunday night, riding hopeful, Geoff Meggs was defeated in his bid to win the Fairview Mt. Pleasant riding as an NDP candidate. It is said that Mr. Meggs, through his Vision Council efforts to change the city, has “taken the community, out of community planning”. The Mt. Pleasant […]

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Ridge Theatre, Varsity Bowl appear headed for demolition as Cressey gets the OK for lower building at dev permit board

October 23rd, 2012 · 64 Comments

So glad there are all these energetic young reporters covering night meetings, so we can learn this.  

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Province gives Vancouver winter shelter beds, transition housing dollars before a single story written about standoff between the two

October 23rd, 2012 · 19 Comments

Knock me over with a feather. NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release 2012PREM0131-001630 Oct. 23, 2012 Office of the Premier Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing City of Vancouver Four New Temporary Cold-weather Shelters in Vancouver VANCOUVER – The B.C. government and the City of Vancouver will open four additional […]

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City Plumber: How many times have transit police been obliged to draw their firearms?

October 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Answered to the fullest of my current time and ability on City Plumber, over there.

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