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One rumour of exit poll results

November 15th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Unverified at this point, but there’s reports of exit polling showing that Vision’s Gregor Robertson is getting about 55 per cent and the NPA’s Peter Ladner is getting 39 per cent of the vote.

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The nasty stuff comes out

November 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Campaign workers for the Non-Partisan Association were spending their last hours today tearing down posters in Chinatown that put up alleged quotes made by Peter Ladner’s grandfather in the 20s. The posters, hand-lettered in Chinese, were headlined “Enemy of the Chinese” and had quotes attributed to “LJ Ladner, 1923, Vancouver South” saying things like “The […]

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The candidates’ families turn out to help

November 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate always seems to have a swarm of family members around helping out, between his umpteen brothers, sisters, inlaws, and children. But Gregor Robertson got some extra help on E-Day, when his wife’s parents came up from Indiana to watch the festivities. I asked Amy if they’d been inspired by Barack Obama’s […]

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Mid-day from the Vancouver civic election

November 15th, 2008 · 4 Comments

It’s a lovely, rain-free day, warm enough for people to walk around with light jackets. That’s good news for voter turnout here, which is always seen as a crucial element in who wins. Last time, 132,000 people voted. In 2002, it was about 140,000 — a high that hadn’t been seen since the 1980s. What’s […]

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The hard times of a developer, from the inside

November 14th, 2008 · 8 Comments

I have this story in today’s Globe and Mail about Tony Pappajohn, a local guy, who has been caught in the economic downdraft and credit squeeze. That’s put in jeopardy the beautifully designed new tower he was building on Hastings Street, a sad chapter for a family that’s part of the history of Vancouver.

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The last day of the campaign: No more revelations, just group hugs

November 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

At last, a sane day. No more sworn affidavits, no more leaks from city hall incriminating this or that person. Instead, people actually did some real campaigning and cheering each other up. All the parties were out at the Burrard Bridge Burma-shaving with their signs. It was so crowded it’s a miracle no one fell […]

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Who could the leakers be?

November 14th, 2008 · 14 Comments

Someone took offence at my suggestion that whoever is leaking information about the Olympic loan and/or current city investigations into same is “someone with nothing left to lose.” Rod wrote: If you are implying Sullivan is involved, may I ask how exactly? He can hardly hold papers as is. I don’t imagine he has the […]

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The Bonfire of the Olympics continues: The Raymond Louie chapter

November 14th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Okay, people, this may be a little incoherent because I’ve had a few glasses of wine — it’s all you can do under these conditions. But, really, aren’t you finding this Olympic-loan, hunt-for-the-leaker saga is all really like a Tom Wolfe novel? We have the mass media in full hyena mode (I’m one of them, […]

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Chapter 237: The case of the purloined Olympic-loan documents

November 13th, 2008 · 13 Comments

This the latest: One of the city clerks who works with the councillors has sworn an affidavit saying that the missing documents relating the the $100-million Olympic loan turned up in B.C. Lee’s office at a different time than he has said. Cecelia Smith says B.C. Lee called her into his office around 4 p.m. […]

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The last round in the Vancouver knock-down starts at 7:30 on CBC

November 12th, 2008 · 6 Comments

We let Gregor Robertson and Peter Ladner go at each other one more time, with all kinds of fresh news unspooling at every moment. Today, Mayor Sam Sullivan asked for a police investigation into who took the documents relating to the $100-million loan to the Olympic village builder, while all the councillors offered to take […]

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