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

April 8th, 2014 · 101 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 · 177 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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Vision Vancouver updates campaign contributions

July 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments

For reasons not clear to me, Vision has decided to put out updated figures on its campaign contributions since the legally required financial disclosure date of March 2009. Below is the news release summarizing the figures and I’ve got a complete copy of the donors attached. I’ve given this a quick look and, yes, lots […]

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Vision fundraiser draws developer crowd, dogged West Enders, and others

June 18th, 2010 · 17 Comments

Dropped by the Vision Vancouver fundraiser Wednesday night, held at the Coast Plaza — just down the street from the St. John’s church site whose proposed redevelopment is causing such an uproar. There’s going into the heart of the dragon’s den or something. West End Neighbours, the new impromptu group that has sprung up to […]

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Vision decides it’s time to release 78-per-cent approval poll for Robertson

May 15th, 2010 · 24 Comments

Aha, the Visionistas have decided to strategically give out their latest poll on Gregor Robertson’s popularity. The highlights here in the Vancouver Sun. Would have been nice to see all of the questions in the poll — maybe a PDF? I’ll let all of you do the analysis.

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