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Q: What’s going on with the City of Vancouver’s search for a new Chief Planner? Surely they’re getting close Frances. Any news? A. Good question. I had heard there was a first round of interviews in May, second round in early June. Four candidates on shortlist. Told last week by city manager that announcement was imminent. […]
Q: Why did my assessed value of the building portion of my property go up by over 40% when I made no substantial improvements to the house before the July 1, 2015 date? My house was built in 1954. Don’t homes typically depreciate over time unless substantial renos (permitted) are completed? Curious to know the […]
Q. Dear Swami: If (apparently) long term memory serves me well, NPA and Greens swept the Vancouver Parks Board with a commitment to restore some sense of civility in working with community centre societies. In brief, tossing out the Vision/Ballem approach of my way or the highway. What’s with the return to the shooting gallery […]
That is an excellent question and one that many people are asking themselves, including those on the Yes side. It appears to be a many-headed beast. The overall campaign manager for the Yes side coalition, as opposed to the mayors’ council, brought in recently, is Marko Dekovic, I’m told. And that seems to be right, […]
Question: How come the citizens of Vancouver were asked on the ballot to approve $235,000,000 in borrowing to cover city spending in the next 4 years? Is the city’s deficit so great to require these borrowed funds? Thank you very much Frances, you are much appreciated in our household. Answer: As anyone can see, I […]
More on what the review by KPMG will provide answers to, with lots of comments by new councillor Geoff Meggs.
Just a question or two with regard to the vetting of this deal. With both Judy Rogers and Estelle Lo out of City Hall, who exactly might KPMG be talking to about how the structure of this whole thing went down?
Further to JR’s departure, I assume she will not be able to be questioned on either this issue or that of the document leaker?
The timing of this is all depressingly convenient–for all involved.
So, was she pushed? Did she jump? A bit of both?
OK, Frances—parties are over! Back to work…
PS Does sampling Vision canapes put you in a conflict of interest?? I make a swell turducken, btw… 😉
I try to sample canapes in a very non-partisan way. I’ll go anyplace where there’s free food and someone’s brain I can pick. Ask anyone!!
Re whose brains can be picked re the deal — well, lots of people still left around, like Michael Flanigan, head of real-estate services; legal department, who have spent probably hundreds of hours on this; and several others.
As for Judy Rogers being pushed or jumping — I think it’s pretty clear that they told her they had found a new city manager and thanks very much for your contribution.
LOL! Thanks for the update, Frances. I look forward to seeing how this will all unravel.
Where might La Rogers land?
I will have to send you my mom’s notorious Nanaimo bars and melt-in-your-mouth shortbread.
Y’know, everyone, it’s such a beautiful, clear, Canadian kinda night out there, we should all take that Trudeau-type walk in the snow…
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