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Q: What’s going on with the City of Vancouver’s search for a new Chief Planner? Surely they’re getting close Frances. Any news? A. Good question. I had heard there was a first round of interviews in May, second round in early June. Four candidates on shortlist. Told last week by city manager that announcement was imminent. […]
Q: Why did my assessed value of the building portion of my property go up by over 40% when I made no substantial improvements to the house before the July 1, 2015 date? My house was built in 1954. Don’t homes typically depreciate over time unless substantial renos (permitted) are completed? Curious to know the […]
Q. Dear Swami: If (apparently) long term memory serves me well, NPA and Greens swept the Vancouver Parks Board with a commitment to restore some sense of civility in working with community centre societies. In brief, tossing out the Vision/Ballem approach of my way or the highway. What’s with the return to the shooting gallery […]
That is an excellent question and one that many people are asking themselves, including those on the Yes side. It appears to be a many-headed beast. The overall campaign manager for the Yes side coalition, as opposed to the mayors’ council, brought in recently, is Marko Dekovic, I’m told. And that seems to be right, […]
Question: How come the citizens of Vancouver were asked on the ballot to approve $235,000,000 in borrowing to cover city spending in the next 4 years? Is the city’s deficit so great to require these borrowed funds? Thank you very much Frances, you are much appreciated in our household. Answer: As anyone can see, I […]
Here’s my early file to the Globe on this.
Stay tuned for more.
Categories: City Hall Talk
This is probably a discussion for another day, but I feel it is worth noting now…
Which is…..the difference in the quality of the comments and the tone of the discussion here, in the threads of a blog (ie. the fever swamps) vs. those which can be found in the thread building on the tail end of FABula’s Globe piece (ie. the supposedly more knowledgable pro/establishment media).
And guess who wins?
Me, I figure it is most definitely NOT the pro/establishment media ‘sponsored’ (but clearly unmoderated) discussion….
If the health authority can hire forestry executives to run the healtcare system, the city can hire hemotologists to run the city.
Though I wonder how the hire of the former DM of health will affect the city’s relationship with Vancouver Coastal – Penny and Ida Goodreau (VCH CEO) were kinda chilly when working together previously – so it will be interesting to see how they get along in this new relationship. The city and the health authority always experience significant tension and Penny will be able to call BS on VCH due to her thorough knowledge of the health authority’s budget and internal politic.
Great article Frances. Picking up on the Marion Lay string is especially interesting – her own experience with the City generated a couple headlines at the time I recall. I imagine there is more digging to be done on this story.
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