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Former Vancouver Sun managing editor Kirk LaPointe launches campaign for mayor

July 14th, 2014 · 75 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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Young, diverse slate wins big at Vision park-board nomination

June 23rd, 2014 · 39 Comments

I dropped by the voting and the announcement yesterday of the winner’s in Vision Vancouver’s run-off for park-board and school-board candidates on this fall’s slate. Obviously, Vision is touting this as a huge sign of democracy in action, with 1,650 voters out, and critics seeing it as a triumph of slate voting for a group […]

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

April 1st, 2014 · 188 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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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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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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Gearing up for Vancouver’s 2011 election: fundraisers, nominations and more

October 19th, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Non-Partisan Association is getting into gear this week for next year’s election with a fundraising dinner — an event they used to hold every year but which was noticeable by its absence last year. The event, starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Italian Cultural Centre (see you there!), should be a good sign […]

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West End Neighbours — many applicants rejected, but wishing mayor’s committee the best

October 9th, 2010 · 15 Comments

The West End Neighbours, a resident group that sprang up to oppose the new rental towers being proposed under Vision Vancouver’s new program to encourage rental housing, essentially forced the VV council to slow down and do more consultation. As half the world knows (or at least people who read this blog), they kicked off […]

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Robertson, Vision high in polls but vulnerable over homelessness, bike lanes

September 7th, 2010 · 29 Comments

In keeping with my sense that the civic-election campaign has already started, more than a year from the election, here’s some news from the polling front. This poll from Barb Justason confirms that Vision and Gregor Robertson are still riding high with the public. But, in spite of that strength, she says there are signs […]

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