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Entries from July 2013

UBC anxiety ramps up at talk of a two-phase approach to building Broadway rapid-transit line

November 27th, 2012 · 159 Comments

Council heard an update today from its engineers on plans for the line which answers some of these questions. I’ll be posting that story later. In the meantime, here’s what I had today And, for keen readers, here is belatedly the story that came out of council on the city’s position re the Broadway line. […]

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City Plumber: The Buy-Low/Kingsgate Mall analysis.

November 26th, 2012 · 17 Comments

Over there on the left of the screen, people.

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West End apartment for sale: “Rented significantly below market – need upgrades”

November 26th, 2012 · 24 Comments

Hope this one ends well. From a recent listing. Prime West End! The Randi Lynn is a three storey plus penthouse 23-suite apartment building.  Only 3 blocks to Sunset Beach—a prime English Bay address in the heart of the popular West End district, offering tenants immediate proximity to the employment, entertainment, shopping, beaches and recreational […]

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ordered to vacate office in ruling on conflict of interest

November 26th, 2012 · 91 Comments

Civic politics junkies, ready set go. Stories here from Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, and the Torontoist. Oh, and here’s the decision for anyone wanting to scan to see if they or their council is in any danger of getting close to the line.

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After a three-month shutdown and consultations, Robson Street to open again Dec. 1

November 24th, 2012 · 22 Comments

It’s going to take more than a few months to work out the issues related to turning Robson Street in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery into a public square. That seems to be the conclusion from the city’s transportation engineer, Jerry Dobrovolny, at the end of three months of consultation about the future of […]

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A fun initiative that we can all get behind: Rename Guelph Park to Dude Chilling Park

November 23rd, 2012 · 45 Comments

Sadly, I heard Aaron Jasper of the Vancouver park board on the radio this morning saying the sign has been changed and the board doesn’t have the power to rename the park. But let’s keep fighting, folks. Maybe we can’t stop climate change or end poverty in Africa. But here’s something we can accomplish. There’s […]

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City of Vancouver makes Hootsuite an offer too good to refuse: Stay here, lease-to-own one of our buildings

November 23rd, 2012 · 50 Comments

As posted everywhere yesterday, the City of Vancouver announced it has made a deal with social-media darling Hootsuite, which was expanding rapidly and desperately needed space, to sell it one of the city’s former police buildings on the yearly-payment plan. It’s a strong sign from the city about how much it will do to support […]

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Company doing vertical garden in Vancouver says city councillor’s statements are inaccurate

November 22nd, 2012 · 26 Comments

I’ve temporarily removed my last blog post, which consisted almost entirely of a news release from NPA Councillor George Affleck, questioning a city contract given to Alterrus Systems. Chair Stephen Fane and CEO Chris Ng just called me saying it has serious inaccuracies and citing some of them. In the interests of not repeating potentially […]

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Non-Partisan Association should die and be replaced, say some, as one group works on creating a “Vancouver First” party

November 20th, 2012 · 52 Comments

I understand my story in the Globe has produced quite a kerfuffle. I await more news.

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Vancity Credit Union files statement of defence in case where former vice-president is suing

November 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment

For those who missed Chaper 1 of this saga, it’s here. Now, Chapter 2, the response from Vancity. The interesting paragraph, for those who are time-pressed, is #1, which refers to problems with “management and leadership skills, and including concerns expressed by certain key personnel who resigned or threatened to resign in that regard.” Please […]

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