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The Geller and Ladner kids invite you to a party in the Downtown Eastside

November 4th, 2008 · 11 Comments

This election has to be setting records for wild and wacky things the candidates are willing to try in order to generate noticeably scarce media coverage of the civic election. David Cadman’s YouTube “Vote Beard” video (posted earlier on this blog) is probably the prize-winner so far. David says that the viral success of this […]

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Possibly the funniest civic-election ad ever in Vancouver history

October 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The question on my mind after watching this video: When is David Cadman’s campaign to elect only people wearing garish and bizarre ties going to start?

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Peter Ladner the most house-rich mayoral candidate

October 14th, 2008 · 6 Comments

This election campaign in Vancouver is a treasure trove for research junkies, since the candidates’ full financial disclosures are listed online — sorry to all of you whose privacy feels violated. (Go to the section where the election information is kept and there’s a link in the top right to their nomination and financial-disclosure forms.) […]

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How did Tim Louis come so close to winning?

September 28th, 2008 · 11 Comments

That was the question in a lot of people’s minds when he came within six votes of being the second COPE candidate along with David Cadman. Louis’s camp had not seemed that strong two weeks ago, when there was a vote on whether to accept the deal with Vision to give that breakaway party over […]

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Tim Louis loses by a whisker

September 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It took three rounds of voting to finalize the results, but in the end, David Cadman and Ellen Woodsworth, who have championed the conciliation efforts with Vision Vancouver, will be COPE’s two council candidates. Woodsworth edged out Louis by only six votes. More in a moment.

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COPE rules for voting today

September 28th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ll be down at the Coalition of Progressive Electors meeting this afternoon to get the results of voting for their part of the slate that’s been agreed to with Vision. The toughest race and the one everyone’s watching is, of course, for the two city-council spots. At the moment, there are five people competing for […]

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Green Party endorses Vision/COPE/Green municipal deal

September 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It’s not officially out yet, but the Green Party of Vancouver unanimously endorsed the co-operation agreement among the three parties, aimed at ensuring they don’t compete with each other in civic-election campaign. The Green Party candidate for school board has even withdrawn his name, in order to abide the the letter and spirit of the […]

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COPE members overwhelmingly endorse deal

September 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It wasn’t even close, which some people thought it might be. Nope, the huge majority of the 400 Coalition of Progressive Electors members voted in favour of the Vision-COPE-Green non-aggression pact. Even Tim Louis, when I talked to him afterwards, acknowledged that the vote was “strongly in favour.” So you know it’s true. We in […]

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Why one COPE member disagrees with Tim Louis

September 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

At the risk of bringing a shitstorm of furious debate onto Bill Bargeman’s head, I’m posting his comments here for those who don’t think to click on the comments section: My first venture into the blogsphere: The question of whether or not COPE should run a mayoral candidate and the number of council, school and […]

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It’s a quiet morning here at the NPA

September 13th, 2008 · No Comments

The last time I and my little media buddies were at the Croatian Cultural Centre was June 15, when thousands of people lined up to vote for a Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate. It’s not quite the same scene this morning. The parking lot here is full, but partly because there’s a computer swap, a Kumon […]

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