Category Archives: COPE

The shadow of Geoff Meggs

Big news on the political front: Geoff Meggs is leaving civic politics and moving to the provincial scene, where he will be working for premier-designate, John Horgan, as chief of staff. While I have been very pleased with all of … Continue reading

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Double or nothing: Garbage collection vs. city councillors?

City council salaries are in the news again! The Vancouver Courier’s Mike Howell, in one of his recent 12th and Cambie columns, notes that all city councillors but one are earning more than $100,000 per year, and that’s before any … Continue reading

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A tale of two school boards: One fiery, one fired

One of my fondest political memories is the night when results came in for the by-election of a brand new Vancouver School Board in 1986. Two years earlier, in 1984, COPE (Coalition of Progressive Electors) had won a bare majority … Continue reading

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A tip of the hat to my old friend, Harry

Today is the 14th anniversary of Harry Rankin’s passing. Many of you may know that Harry Rankin is my hero and mentor. I know it sounds a bit corny to say it, but he really did have a heart of … Continue reading

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Press release: COPE calls for real public input into a new transportation plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2015 COPE CALLS FOR REAL PUBLIC INPUT INTO A NEW TRANSPORTATION PLAN ——————————— Plebiscite process a mockery of democracy   Now that the people of Metro Vancouver have rejected the transportation plebiscite, the Coalition of … Continue reading

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Heritage Disappearing While the Dust Settles

Finally — finally — the city is moving with its Heritage Action Plan to update Vancouver’s heritage policies and registers, which themselves are fit for a dusty museum shelf they’re so old and out of date. But the whole process … Continue reading

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Pay It Forward, City Council

Mayor Gregor Robinson lost no time pushing for a pay raise for himself and city councillors. The same day they were sworn in, he called for an independent review of the benefits and salaries council members receive. In my opinion, … Continue reading

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Sunshine and Solidarity

November 15th will be a full day of sunny skies and suspense. As we head out to vote, it is a good time to enjoy the crunch of autumn leaves, smile at neighbours, and reflect on what kind of Vancouver … Continue reading

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Six Years Too Late

Today Mayor Gregor Robertson issued a vague apology during the CBC debate. We now know what we had been suspecting for a number of days now — Mayor Robertson sees the writing on the wall and is desperate to avoid … Continue reading

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A Vancouver You Can Afford

The campaign donation lists are in. But the news is not always news. For their 2014 campaign, Vision Vancouver has raised $2.25 million dollars, and it’s no surprise that the development industry is Vision’s biggest donor by far. (The $2.2m does not include the … Continue reading

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