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The first council meeting sets the stage for three years

December 17th, 2008 · 13 Comments

I really think there should have been a sports commentator at today’s first meeting of the new Vision-controlled council. Or several really, to handle the various rounds that ensued as council proceeded through the many motions put forward to kickstart the Vision agenda. We could have started with one of those hushed-voice golf types for […]

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The new power bloc has its Christmas party

December 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments

As I’ve written in years past, there are two big “leftie” parties in Vancouver that have a certain gravitational pull on the social scene here. The first one, usually the first weekend in December, is organized by one group and tends to bring out a few more union/standard NDP types. The other is organized by […]

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Partying with developers and protesting against Conservatives

December 6th, 2008 · 14 Comments

The Christmas party season kicked off last night with a bang. I was invited to, ran into or heard about six Christmas parties just in my own circle — everyone trying to get a jump on the main Christmas season, I guess. One of the more amusing double-events of the night was the B.C. Federation […]

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New council starts to take control with appointments

December 5th, 2008 · 4 Comments

The agenda for Monday’s meeting is up and the new council has put out its recommendations for who will sit on which boards and committees, which you can go through here if you’re that kind of detail-obsessed person. Interesting things of note: Gregor and the most senior members of the Vision team are going en […]

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South Vancouver gets its moment of glory on inauguration day

December 1st, 2008 · 4 Comments

In what seems to be a determined effort by Vision Vancouver to reprise 2002 but do it better, the team has decided to have its inaugural ceremony at Bing Thom’s beautiful new Sunset Community Centre. For those with short memories, i.e. most of us, the winning COPE crew in 2002 decided to take government out […]

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Kashmir Dhaliwal defeat a difficult one for the team

November 16th, 2008 · 38 Comments

Many many Vision people, in the midst of celebrating last night, were talking about how disappointing it was  for them that the only one of their council candidates not to be elected was Ross Temple president Kashmir Dhaliwal. Andrea Reimer called it a “heartache” that is a sign of a submerged problem in city politics. […]

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A better process needed, says council candidate Evans

September 24th, 2008 · 24 Comments

There’s a whole lot of scrapping still going on about Saturday’s vote, but something that people haven’t addressed yet was whether there was a fundamental problem with the process. Catherine Evans, who ran for a council-slate spot, said that if had any advice to give anyone in future campaigns, it would be not to get […]

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Total votes

September 21st, 2008 · 19 Comments

Council 3746 Raymond Louie 3704 Heather Deal 3271 Tim Stevenson 3248 George Chow 2988 Andrea Reimer 2951 Geoff Meggs 2387 Kerry Jang 2240 Kashmir Dhaliwal 2223 David Eby 2034 Heather Harrison 1717 Catherine Evans 1217 Rey Umlas 1127 Ray Lam 1094 Demitri Douzenis 1031 Vaune Adams Kobler 724 Doug Bencze SCHOOL BOARD 2969 Sharon Gregson […]

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Turnout expected to break 4,000

September 20th, 2008 · 3 Comments

It’s still a steady stream, along with a few busloads from the Indo-Canadian community, which were welcomed with relief by some candidates and disgruntlement by others. There had been some anxiety among those slates being supported by the Indo-Canadian community about their light appearance throughout the morning and early afternoon. Apparently there were a lot […]

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“There could be some surprises”: Vision president

September 20th, 2008 · No Comments

About 2,400 people had voted as of 20 minutes ago but no one can predict which way anything is going to go — even for high-profile current councillors. The crowd is just too hard to read at this point, with no one group dominating. It pretty much looks like the PNE (if the PNE served […]

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