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Greens step up efforts to get seats on Vancouver council, COPE sets new policy

April 1st, 2014 · 182 Comments

All of us who care about politics in the city are waiting to see which of the potential Vision challengers will mount the most effective, publicly appealing option for those wishing to park their votes somewhere besides with the ruling party. The two parties on what some would describe as the left were in action […]

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Vancouver mayor goes after lawsuit filer, demanding special costs

March 13th, 2014 · 28 Comments

So the mayor has hired one of the province’s best-known (and presumably not cheap) lawyers to file a response to the lawsuit recently initiated by Cedar Party leader Glen Chernen over the HootSuite lease. (See previous blog post for the lawsuit.) Joe Arvay didn’t just set out a defence. This we’re-fighting-back lawsuit is also asking […]

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Vancouver police chief contract extended five years

March 4th, 2014 · 19 Comments

So I guess this means no run for mayor, for sure The Vancouver Police Board is pleased to announce that it has granted a request from Chief Constable Jim Chu to extend his contract until August 2017. Jim Chu became Chief in August 2007 when he signed a five year contract. In 2010, it was […]

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Mayors say transit referendum could hijack civic elections if held same day

January 14th, 2014 · 172 Comments

The problems in staging this ‘let’s wing it’ referendum just keep going on and on. The latest.

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Vancouver’s Canada Post secret tunnel — a technology mistake that lasted 50 years and is now about to vanish

January 2nd, 2014 · 6 Comments

Yes, sorry, I’ve been slacking off over the Christmas holidays. But the rumballs are all gone — can’t have those for breakfast any more — and it’s time to begin tackling 2014. To get all of you warmed up, as you’re slowly dragging your butts back into work, I’ll post a couple of the features […]

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The Vision Vancouver annual fundraiser: a precis

December 4th, 2013 · 29 Comments

For those who missed my scintillating tweets on Monday night, when I was at the Vision Vancouver fundraiser at Floata, here’s a recap, plus a bit more about the 650-person event, which included some singing by the Jewish contingent and people imitating salmon swimming upstream at a certain point. Designated talking point of the evening […]

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Are we all ready to enter the brave new world of intensive garbage sorting? I’m not so sure I am

April 16th, 2013 · 39 Comments

Every time my niece comes over for a family dinner, she watches in some disbelief as I scrape food scraps into a bucket, peel the labels off tin cans and drop the component parts into the paper recycling bag and the tin/glass/plastics box respectively, and generally act like I’m at a sorting centre. She thinks […]

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What would happen if everyone got together and decided to come up with the money for transit utopia?

April 1st, 2013 · 54 Comments

This was a deliberately provocative article, so I’m expecting lots of challenges. Yes, there are many other futures that can be detailed (built $23 billion in transit and had no money left for anything else, is one I’m sure will turn up here). I found out a lot more about some of the details as […]

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The latest twitch in the community centre-Adriane Carr-Penny Ballem-whatever schmozzle: Mayor tries to calm things down

February 19th, 2013 · 76 Comments

Chapter 43. BTW, I hear that the park board and associations have selected a mediator and were starting talks yesterday.

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Robertson scrambles to get out in front of Waldorf Hotel mess, looking for things the city can do

January 11th, 2013 · 59 Comments

This just out from the city, along with a link here to the story Rod and I did for today’s Globe, which hinted this was coming. Motion, report coming forward to protect Waldorf   Vancouver – Mayor Robertson has directed the City Manager to bring forward a report to the next Council meeting on protecting […]

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