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Entries from July 2015

Transit referendum won’t be until spring 2015 at the earliest

June 27th, 2014 · 42 Comments

Mayors decided yesterday that holding it at the same time as the November election is just too early and would likely sideline a crucial group of voters — university and college students. Story here.

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Big battle of political campaigns set for Surrey as Hepner, Rasode and maybe McCallum? teams gear up

June 27th, 2014 · 1 Comment

It is going to be a crazy election fight this year in Surrey if Barinder Rasode keeps going with her bid for mayor. She has got some heavyweights with her, including Mark Marissen (very experienced hand at rounding up the Indo vote for the federal Liberals), Jatinder Rai and, I hear, a veteran Conservative campaigner […]

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Riley Park Hillcrest members hold special meeting to remove community centre board

June 25th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Oh dear. Things not going well. Here’s the notice from one of the members Riley Park Hillcrest Community Association Extraordinary General Meeting 7 pm June 26 Hillcrest Centre Room 328 Agenda: Special Resolution 1: Removal of current Board of Directors from office for cause: • No financial statements issued since 2012 AGM • No minutes […]

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Young, diverse slate wins big at Vision park-board nomination

June 23rd, 2014 · 39 Comments

I dropped by the voting and the announcement yesterday of the winner’s in Vision Vancouver’s run-off for park-board and school-board candidates on this fall’s slate. Obviously, Vision is touting this as a huge sign of democracy in action, with 1,650 voters out, and critics seeing it as a triumph of slate voting for a group […]

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NPA board will not endorse Denike and Woo for nomination

June 17th, 2014 · 153 Comments

Another NPA board meeting, another raft of news Vancouver, B.C. (June 17, 2014) – The NPA Vancouver Board of Directors has voted to support the recent expulsion of school trustees Ken Denike and Sophia Woo from the NPA Caucus. The Board also decided that Denike and Woo will not receive the party’s endorsement as candidates […]

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Barinder Rasode aiming to be first South Asian woman mayor in North America

June 17th, 2014 · 3 Comments

While everyone awaits the announcement on June 19 that Councillor Linda Hepner will be the candidate for Surrey First, breakaway councillor Barinder Rasode is out and running. Her strategy of using her rented office space as a place for community events is kind of interesting — I haven’t seen that one before. And she seems […]

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NPA caucus is expelling school trustees Ken Denike, Sophia Woo

June 13th, 2014 · 82 Comments

Holy cow, this is a bombshell. NPA Caucus Expels Denike and Woo Vancouver, B.C. (June 13, 2014) — The NPA Caucus announced this afternoon that Ken Denike and Sophia Woo have been formally expelled from Caucus. The decision to expel Denike and Woo was necessary given that the two have chosen to follow their own […]

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Two (or three?) more senior staff gone in Vancouver

June 11th, 2014 · 10 Comments

Word from various sources, including @VancouverInsider, that two more senior staff have departed Vancouver city hall: senior engineer Karyn Magnusson, the person who nobly provided her back yard for the mayor’s demonstration of the new organic-composting system last year, off to UBC, and Dennis Carr, assistant director in housing, gone back to Canada’s mysterious east. […]

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Character houses in Vancouver being demolished at higher rate than newer ones

June 11th, 2014 · 15 Comments

That was one fact that emerged from the presentation by general manager of planning Brian Jackson yesterday, in advance of today’s council vote supporting new policies that are an attempt to slow down the demolitions. More details in Jackson’s Power Point here and my story here. By the way, I popped over the the inquiries […]

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NPA mayoralty candidate Leonard Brody talks about what he wants for the city

June 11th, 2014 · 46 Comments

Well, at last, someone willing to talk about what he wants to do if he does end up running.

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