Did you know that our Vision-Vancouver-dominated Cit
That added up to 39 contracts worth a whopping $95,477,574 awarded in secret in 2015 alone. (You can find this info in the City of Vancouver’s 2015 Procurement Report online here.)
The Bid Committee takes no minutes. Its meetings are not public. So the people of Vancouver have no ability to watch the meetings in progress or even read about the proceedings after the fact in the form of minutes to understand how the decisions are made.
This whole shady process was brought to light recently in a very good article Bob Mackin wrote for Business in Vancouver. What makes a bad situation even worse is the fact that this secret committee is awarding very substantial contracts to close “friends” of Vision Vancouver, such as Bob Ransford, who has worked as a Vision Vancouver strategist and lobbyist. The Bid Committee secretly decided to award Ransford the $90,000-con
When the party in power at City Hall has the ability to award lucrative contracts to its “friends” or anyone in secret without minutes and without tendering, corruption is not a theoretical risk — it’s reality.
No one disputes the fact that bids with a value under a certain modest amount could be awarded by such a Bid Committee rather than having the contract come to Council for approval.
However, any such committee must hold its meetings in the open for all to see. It must also keep a written record of all proceedings, including how decisions are made, which the public can access. To do anything else moves Vancouver ever closer to the double “Mayor Daley” corruptio