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Entries from July 2015

Speculation rampant about NPA candidates: journalist LaPointe in? Macdonald out

May 29th, 2014 · 22 Comments

Great excitement this week when Mike Howell at the Vancouver Courier was first up to publish news about the rumours that former Vancouver Sun editor, former CBC ombudsman Kirk LaPointe is being considered by the NPA as a mayoral candidate. Mike actually got a live interview with LaPointe that confirmed there’s some kind of negotiation […]

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TransLink snapshot: Budget trimmed, ridership dips, population growing, no money to expand

May 29th, 2014 · 121 Comments

We all trekked out to Surrey (sign of where the next major rapid-transit project will go?) yesterday to hear TransLink officials talk about the annual general report on the agency. These TransLink events are always kind of sad experience. To the rest of the world, TransLink is a roaring success — about to have more […]

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Which city will lead the way in finding the tools to manage gentrification and global-capital effects?

May 26th, 2014 · 102 Comments

So I’m back in the city and not a moment too soon, I see. (Lord of the Flies in the blog commenting, which I did not moderate for the last three weeks.) While I was gone, the debate erupted again, with somewhat more force, over how Vancouver is being shaped or not by the forces […]

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Tell us the news: Open forum on Vancouver politics and life

May 9th, 2014 · 386 Comments

I’m on vacation for the next two weeks — eavesdropping as usual on life in the city, but here’s your open forum, as usual, for when I’m gone. Can we match the 350-something comments on a recent post that turned into a brawl over, what else, the Kits bike lanes? Hope so. There’s so much […]

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Can you guess which parts of Vancouver get the most parking complaints? I don’t think so

May 9th, 2014 · 115 Comments

The recent news that much of the traffic congestion in Vancouver is caused by people circling the streets for a parking spot is a familiar story. Searching for a home for one’s car several times a day is more of a fraught experience in many people’s minds than searching for a home for oneself. In […]

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Hillcrest centre weirdness: 1. Lawsuit 2. Members meet without board 3. Board members still not talking

May 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

For those following this drama, the latest: 1. Park board launches a lawsuit again Riley Park-Hillcrest community centre to get them to turn over financial information 2. At last report, board member Ken Charko said he has been unable to get president Jesse Johl to communicate with him or organize a meeting 3. Irate resident […]

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Election 2014: NPA fundraiser sells out but no candidates yet; Vision announces its plans for slate numbers

May 2nd, 2014 · 28 Comments

The Non-Partisan Association, in an appreciated act of transparency, passed on the list of people/companies who bought tables at its upcoming gala. My story on that here and the complete list of supporters for the NPA follows here. Gold table buyers – – Vancouver Taxi Association – Concord – Rocky Mountaineer – O’Neil Hotels & […]

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