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Gregor Robertson holds steady with 59 % decided voters but NPA’s LaPointe starts strong

July 31st, 2014 · 40 Comments

I went to get some of my crazed summer-frizzed hair chopped the other day, so got to talk to my hairdresser, my infallible guide to the mood of the city. He has a lot of west-side clients, so he gets a sense of things percolating before I do. He told me when the tide was […]

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NPA pushes De Genova up to council, keeps Coupar at park board

July 18th, 2014 · 49 Comments

Little announcement out from the NPA today about incumbents running. Only deviation from what had previously been suspected is that John Coupar is being kept at park board instead of moving up to council. I can only guess that’s to leave some room to recruit some candidates who aren’t 1. white 2. mostly male, as […]

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Former Vancouver Sun managing editor Kirk LaPointe launches campaign for mayor

July 14th, 2014 · 74 Comments

Busy day for me and all city-hall journos today as NPA and Kirk LaPointe finally went public, after six weeks of rumours, that he is definitely, really, no kidding, the mayoralty candidate. A group of those of us who cover city hall regularly got invited to meet him this morning at Kafka’s on Main (not […]

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NPA mayoralty candidate Leonard Brody talks about what he wants for the city

June 11th, 2014 · 46 Comments

Well, at last, someone willing to talk about what he wants to do if he does end up running.

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Who is the NPA’s third possible mayoralty candidate, Leonard Brody?

June 8th, 2014 · 11 Comments

Gotta say, the NPA’s strategy or non-strategy when it comes to picking (and publicizing) their choices for mayoralty candidate is increasingly mysterious. There has been a steady dribble of leaks from various board members about who the candidates are. First name leaked was Kirk LaPointe’s, my former boss at the Vancouver Sun and currently a […]

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Speculation rampant about NPA candidates: journalist LaPointe in? Macdonald out

May 29th, 2014 · 22 Comments

Great excitement this week when Mike Howell at the Vancouver Courier was first up to publish news about the rumours that former Vancouver Sun editor, former CBC ombudsman Kirk LaPointe is being considered by the NPA as a mayoral candidate. Mike actually got a live interview with LaPointe that confirmed there’s some kind of negotiation […]

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Election 2014: NPA fundraiser sells out but no candidates yet; Vision announces its plans for slate numbers

May 2nd, 2014 · 28 Comments

The Non-Partisan Association, in an appreciated act of transparency, passed on the list of people/companies who bought tables at its upcoming gala. My story on that here and the complete list of supporters for the NPA follows here. Gold table buyers – - Vancouver Taxi Association – Concord – Rocky Mountaineer – O’Neil Hotels & […]

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Vancouver election time: $50,000 dinners, $25,000 lunches, candidates coming and going + more

April 8th, 2014 · 397 Comments

Tried to wrap up all various things going on election-wise with the two big parties these days, which is a fair amount. This is all I could cram in to my Globe story. But to sum up what’s in there, plus more: – NPA fundraiser/gala May 7, where they will announce some candidates. Apparently no […]

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Downtown Eastside plan puts 80 per cent of $1-billion total investment into housing

March 6th, 2014 · 117 Comments

There is a lot of meat to pick over in the city’s Downtown Eastside plan, even though lots and lots of details are still missing. Last week, we got the quick overview: $1-billion to go into the area overall over the next 30 years, diversity of housing, protection of community businesses and services aimed at […]

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Non-Partisan Association should die and be replaced, say some, as one group works on creating a “Vancouver First” party

November 20th, 2012 · 52 Comments

I understand my story in the Globe has produced quite a kerfuffle. I await more news.

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