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New trends in B.C. homeless: older, sicker, on the street longer

September 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I have a short story on the final report from the 2008 Metro Vancouver homeless count that was done in March. We heard about the raw numbers back in April. This report looks more closely at the trends behind those numbers. To read it all, go here. For my short summary, go to my story […]

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A look at the most powerful woman at city hall

September 15th, 2008 · 6 Comments

My column in Vancouver Magazine this month takes a close look at city manager Judy Rogers, the woman whom Larry Campbell describes as someone who could “rip your heart out.” Yes, she’s scary. She also knows absolutely everything there is to know at city hall, which makes her a formidable person to deal with for […]

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Mayor Sam Sullivan staff down to one

September 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Mayor Sullivan’s former chief of staff, Daniel Fontaine, is happily ensconced at the top of Burnaby Mountain working on something to do with math education as of August and now the second the mayor’s three staffers is moving on. Anna Lucarino sent out a message today saying she will be leaving Sept. 29 to go […]

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Highlights of the NPA day

September 14th, 2008 · 8 Comments

This is a bit late, but since I spent four hours of my short time here on earth listening to this stuff, you should at least get the benefit. As all you political junkies know, the NPA acclaimed most of the final set of candidates on Saturday and had a vote-off among the four park-board […]

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COPE members overwhelmingly endorse deal

September 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It wasn’t even close, which some people thought it might be. Nope, the huge majority of the 400 Coalition of Progressive Electors members voted in favour of the Vision-COPE-Green non-aggression pact. Even Tim Louis, when I talked to him afterwards, acknowledged that the vote was “strongly in favour.” So you know it’s true. We in […]

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How many social-housing units is Vancouver really getting?

September 14th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I was forwarded this email from Vancouver’s housing planner, Dan Garrison, which gives the detailed list of social housing projects completed, under construction, in development and you name it from 2005-2010. This is helpful for everyone because at least now the various sides in the debate over whether the provincial government and city are doing […]

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How many NPA school-board candidates?

September 14th, 2008 · No Comments

A few people have emailed to ask me how many school-board candidates the Non-Partisan Association is actually running. It’s a bit confusing, since the news release that went out this afternoon listed newcomer Joanne Pulis as the party’s seventh candidate. That’s in addition to veterans Clarence Hansen, Carol Gibson, and Ken Denike, along with first-timers […]

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Why one COPE member disagrees with Tim Louis

September 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

At the risk of bringing a shitstorm of furious debate onto Bill Bargeman’s head, I’m posting his comments here for those who don’t think to click on the comments section: My first venture into the blogsphere: The question of whether or not COPE should run a mayoral candidate and the number of council, school and […]

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NPA park candidates: DeGenova, Shukla, Zlotnik

September 13th, 2008 · 4 Comments

It took a lot longer to count the votes than anyone expected, but finally the results came in at 2:24: Wai Sin was the candidate dropped from the four, losing to Marty Zlotnik by only eight votes. The results: Melissa DeGenova, 214; Naresh Shukla, 189; Marty Zlotnik, 161; Wai Sin, 153. I’m sure Wai will […]

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Trout Lake community centre new bill: $23 million

September 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Just ran into park-board commissioner Ian Robertson here at the Non-Partisan Association meeting, who said park board members got a briefing Monday night with the latest thinking on what should be included in the capital plan. They heard that the Trout Lake centre replacement’s estimated construction cost is now up to $23 million from $20 […]

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