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This week in the Vancouver civic election campaign 2011

October 25th, 2014 · No Comments

A look back in history:

Oct. 20

Mayor Gregor Robertson pledged Wednesday a Vision Vancouver council will institute a moratorium on expanded gambling in the city if reelected on Nov. 19.

Saying citizens had made it clear they don’t favour destination casinos, Robertson said his council “would ignore” any future studies that support the expansion of gambling in Vancouver for as long as they are in power.

Robertson made his announcement – the first announcement his party has made in advance of the Nov. 19 civic election – against the backdrop of BC Place.

Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun

Oct. 25

Vancouver’s two major political parties will launch similar but divergent economic platforms Tuesday for the Nov. 19 civic election, heavy on the reduction of red tape and the creation of a business-friendly environment.

Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton both say their platforms will focus on job growth, and they’re using a Vancouver Board of Trade debate, the first major debate of the election, to highlight their plans.

Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun

Oct. 26

Protesters camping out on the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery for a second week are likely headed for a showdown with the city and Mayor Gregor Robertson less than a month before he goes to the polls to try to keep his job.

“Once it starts to look less like a temporary five-day protest and more like a permanent encampment, the mayor will have no choice but to move in,” said University of Victoria political science professor emeritus Norman Ruff.

“The mayor was likely hoping the situation would resolve itself, but that looks more and more unlikely,” said Ruff.

Meanwhile, Occupy Vancouver protesters spilled into the mayoral debate at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus Tuesday night.

Susan Lazaruk, The Proince

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