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Canada Post drops plans to sell downtown building

August 12th, 2009 · 22 Comments

For the last couple of years, the potential sale of the grand old Canada Post building on Georgia Street, that massive memento of 1950s architecture, has been of great interest in the planning and development community. There was a bidding process at one point and the city went to great lengths to make sure the […]

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Second HEAT shelter now closed

August 5th, 2009 · 13 Comments

This just out from city hall, where apparently some poor wretch is still employed to put out news releases while everyone else is on holiday. Howe Street shelter closes two days early The Howe Street shelter has closed two days ahead of schedule thanks to the availability and acceptance of alternate housing by shelter residents, […]

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Burrard Bridge traffic stats posted

July 31st, 2009 · 91 Comments

Let the deconstructionist analysis begin. The city has posted the first round of stats on car, bike and pedestrian traffic on the bridge, noting that bike traffic is up 30 per cent, pedestrian is steady and car flows are fluctuating after a 10 per cent drop in the first days. And, so as not to […]

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The debate over Vancouver’s 2010 bylaws

July 22nd, 2009 · 48 Comments

In another ring of the Vancouver city hall circus these days, the city’s proposed bylaw changes to noise, graffiti and other bylaws is generating all kinds of heat and light. Here’s just one small sample of the exchanges going on. —–Original Message—– From: Michael Healey Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 10:39 AM To: Anton, Suzanne; […]

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Ex-Vision board member quits party over Robertson’s Campbell remarks

June 1st, 2009 · 22 Comments

Sean Holman has a doozy of a story in today’s Globe. Sean has a copy of an e-mail from former board member Mike Bruce, announcing he is quitting the party and urging others to do the same, because of the mayor’s silence on explaining to party members why he made comments during the campaign appearing […]

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$1.5 million for Burrard bike-lane trial

April 29th, 2009 · 52 Comments

Weirdly, the long-awaited report on the Burrard bike-lane trial is available on Councillor Geoff Meggs’ website here but it’s not available on the city website yet. This will likely fuel [yet more] speculation in certain quarters that Commissar Meggs is secretly running city hall, though I suspect it’s just he got the report along with […]

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Latest snapshot of Olympic village finances

April 19th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Last year, the city’s financial statements came out and no one paid attention to the paragraph buried deep inside saying that the city had provided a loan guarantee of $190 million for the private developers of the Olympic village. Even councillors didn’t notice it. It’s quite a different picture this year, where the statements detail […]

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What Gregor has to say about Gordon Campbell now

April 16th, 2009 · 14 Comments

I notice that other media keep reporting on what people around Gregor have to say about the mayor’s enthusiastic introduction of Gordon Campbell a couple of weeks ago (previous story here). You know, the introduction that would have gone unnoticed if the province weren’t on the brink of an election and if people weren’t looking […]

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Building permits creep up in Vancouver

April 7th, 2009 · 8 Comments

A Geoff Meggs blog is sometimes like getting to wander around city hall and pick up the latest stats off department-head desks. Here’s his latest post, with info on the level of building activity in Vancouver. Up a little — though not up enough that the Vision council will be cancelling any time soon their […]

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Burrard Bridge bike trial not likely til late June, July

April 3rd, 2009 · 55 Comments

Lots of speculation about what is happening with the Burrard Bridge bike trial, which will involve closing two lanes of traffic. Councillor Geoff Meggs has a brief update on his blog here, but to add a few more details that I’ve heard from the inside. City doesn’t want to start any trials until construction is […]

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