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Streetcars on their way to Vancouver

October 12th, 2009 · 61 Comments

The local Bombardier PR people sent out the notice today (see below) that fancy new streetcars are on their way to Vancouver for the Olympics month. That ought to be quite a switch from the historic number that was working the tracks until the Olympic village construction started. The interesting part of this story really, […]

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Mayor, councillors face off in soccer match with shelter residents

October 9th, 2009 · 22 Comments

Like all critics who imagine they might be excellent playwrights someday, I have occasionally daydreamed about what a totally marvellous city councillor I might make. However, I’m starting to think that the sports-related demands might be just too much. I note that it seems to be practically mandatory now that if you want to rise […]

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Olympic village has a happy day for once

October 9th, 2009 · 7 Comments

It was a lovely day on the deck of the Parcel 2 building at the Olympic village today.  The media were there getting shots of the city from the 12th floor on a beautiful, sunny day, and of the village itself, as workers raked dirt on the ground or crawled around outside decks doing finishing […]

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City of Vancouver named best employer

October 9th, 2009 · 12 Comments

I realize that many people at city hall these days are not likely to name their employer as best at anything, but the Globe and Mail put the city there — along with Telus, Simon Fraser, BC Hydro, Goldcorp and a few others from B.C.  The specific city policy that put Vancouver on the list? […]

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Questions about the KPMG report

October 7th, 2009 · 18 Comments

Since I posted my story and the city material about the KPMG audit, I have had a few emails and phone conversations with people in the development business who wondered about some of the conclusions drawn. One was the strange assessment about the weighting of the price in the evaluations among the three bidders. As […]

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Audit highlights weak bid process on Olympic village, city risks

October 6th, 2009 · 12 Comments

It was a field day for media today in trying to report once again on the very complicated Olympic village project. You could tell people were a little overwhelmed by the material today, as city manager Penny Ballem gave an update on the project and presented the KPMG audient results that had been ordered last […]

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Financing settled for Olympic village and audit in

October 6th, 2009 · 14 Comments

I’m just analyzing the information this myself, but here is the city information that came out this morning with details on where the Olympic village is at, what interest rates have been negotiated with the Olympic-village developers, and what the audit report has to say. City ended up giving Millennium Developments a bit of a […]

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The Bula reading list

October 5th, 2009 · 4 Comments

It’s relatively quiet out there for a minute, so for those of you feeling a lack of things to read (and, really, if you’re at this blog site, you’re clearly trolling aimlessly around looking for something/anything to lay your eyeballs on — next you’ll be googling your old flames from high school), here are some […]

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Deputy city manager: No car allowance needed, moving expenses covered

October 2nd, 2009 · 15 Comments

I can hardly wait for the day that everyone in the media has to post their income tax returns online, so that we’re on an equal footing with government employees. In the meantime, for those of you who love this stuff, here is the employment contraact for our recently hired deputy city manager from Chicago […]

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Fox, White House, and Huffington tussle over our 2010 Olympics

October 1st, 2009 · 8 Comments

An alert reader (as funny writer Dave Barry always used to say about his contributers) sent me a link to this very funny story, the squabbling in the States over our Olympics after Fox’s always delightful Glenn Beck claimed on air that Vancouver lost $1 billion on them. Guess no one told him they haven’t […]

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