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Vancouver ponders pay, hiring freezes to keep budget in line + Thoughts on manners

February 4th, 2009 · 15 Comments

It looked like it was going to ho-hum day at city council, with councillors Suzanne Anton and Raymond Louie continuing their energetic pillow fighting over the the budget, the Olympic village, the kinds of candies given out for free in the mayor’s office, and so on. But, instead, at the end of the budget presentation, […]

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Pennsylvania Hotel opens supportive housing

January 8th, 2009 · 5 Comments

It was quite the party scene in the Downtown Eastside today, as the Who’s Who of the neighbourhood and the province’s social-housing mafia gathered on Carrall Street to celebrate the opening of the new Pennsylvania Hotel with 44 housing units. Much oohing and ahing over the lovely new rooms, refurbished lobby and the restored ancient […]

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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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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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The first civic election debate: Experience versus leadership

October 2nd, 2008 · 17 Comments

It’s hard to believe some people chose to go to a hockey game tonight when they could have been sitting with all of us at the Vancouver Public Library talking about municipal policy. A loss for them of 90 minutes of action-packed excitement, but fun for the 300 or so of us there. Okay, kidding […]

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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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“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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Sorting out the Vision candidates

September 12th, 2008 · No Comments

I didn’t go to the presentations this week by the Vision candidates for the three slates, but I read and heard a fair bit about them. It was a relief to have people talking about the issues, I sensed, instead of the jostling for votes and slate inclusion that has dominated for the past while. […]

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Car-free trial proposed for Sundays on key streets

September 8th, 2008 · 5 Comments

This is today’s headline grabber from the Vision Team of Three — a catchy one, considering how popular the car-free days have become since they were started on Commercial Drive in 2005 by locals Matt Hern and Carmen Mills. Vancouver, BC – Andrea Reimer, Kerry Jang and Kashmir Dhaliwal joined forces today to call for […]

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