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Is it time to start thinking about Plan B for the transit referendum?

March 27th, 2015 · 25 Comments

The guy who was the mayoral candidate for the Non-Partisan Association last November, Kirk LaPointe, thinks so. Anyone else got a Plan B?  

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And the debate over a new Vancouver Art Gallery heats up again

March 26th, 2015 · 5 Comments

This Vancouver Sun story today, saying the VAG is not going to meet its deadline to raise money and never planned to, and this proposal for an art gallery expansion on this existing site arrived in my mailbox this morning.

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Uber has something to say about the Lower Mainland’s transit referendum

March 19th, 2015 · 36 Comments

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Front porches to be the design theme for Robson Square this year

March 18th, 2015 · 4 Comments

And now, pausing for a break from the transit plebiscite wars, the winner of the Robson Square competition this year is here.

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Why do people hate TransLink? “It’s a headless beast with no defenders”

March 16th, 2015 · 175 Comments

It appears, from the latest Angus Reid poll, that public opinion in the days from Feb. 25-March5 was running 61 per cent No, 27 per cent Yes. As other polls have shown, the main concern is TransLink and how it will spend the money. So what is it that’s so wrong with TransLink, you may […]

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In another part of the forest, the office meant to scrutinize municipal spending not doing so well

March 10th, 2015 · 4 Comments

I realize no one gives a poop about anything but the transit referendum these days (hey, you guys, the bike people have been going WILD in the city without your scrutiny) but here is a story in another area: the doings in the office of the Auditor General for Local Government. My Globe story here […]

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Vancouver could go over $400 million in spending for housing the next four years

March 5th, 2015 · 11 Comments

One of the things I don’t think the public really gets about the Vision Vancouver administration is how much money is going into housing efforts. I won’t get into, the moment, whether they’re effective or whether they’re targeted to the right people, but they are spending a lot. I asked staff to compile the spending […]

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Yes side starting to talk to real people instead of each other and media

March 2nd, 2015 · 280 Comments

So the mayors headed out on to transit this morning to sell the Yes side. And then there’s this, tonight. No info in the news release from City of Vancouver on how people can join in, but perhaps 3-1-1 has the answer As part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the upcoming transit and […]

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NPA new board: Peter Armstrong leaves as president; Kirk LaPointe comes on as director

February 26th, 2015 · 2 Comments

NPA had its annual general meeting last night. (My gilt-edged invitation must be lost in the mail somewhere.) Elected a set of new directors, see a clip from the news release below, and officially clarified that the NPA is a party. Gregory Baker, Johnny Cheung, Erin Chutter, Carling Dick, Jay Jagpal, Jason King, Kirk LaPointe, […]

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Campaign spending reports show Vision spent a million more than NPA in city’s most expensive election ever.

February 23rd, 2015 · 7 Comments

Gets boring to write election after election, but … most expensive election ever. Campaign finance reports are over on the Elections BC website, for those anxious to scrutinize them. I so look forward to having someone note that somebody gave some sum of money every time their business licence or development is approved. The basics: […]

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