Category Archives: Election 2014

Penny Ballem: Vision Vancouver’s “Fall gal”

Once again, this time at cost to you and I of over half million dollars, Mayor Gregor Robertson and his Vision Vancouver majority have missed the point. Let me explain. There is no disputing the fact that Dr. Penny Ballem … 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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Not So HandyDART

A vote for COPE is a vote for more buses and lower fares for everyone. To make transit more accessible, COPE will implement an identifying card or sticker for riders with disabilities to display when using transit. COPE will also … Continue reading

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What Has Tim Louis NOT Done for You Lately?

There are a lot of things I’ve done for Vancouver over the years. But there are a lot of things I haven’t done…happily. Vote for a Vancouver you can afford! Vote for Meena Wong for Mayor, Tim Louis for City … Continue reading

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Vancouver Food Policy Council Municipal Town Hall Meeting

I appeared at the Vancouver Food Policy Council’s Town Hall meeting on Oct. 15th at the Roundhouse. I have been a food security + justice activist for a long time. When I was last on City Council (2002-2005), I spearheaded … Continue reading

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Homelessness and Affordable Housing – False Promises from Vision Vancouver

We live in one of the richest cities in the world and in one of the most affluent and wealthiest eras of humankind. There cannot be any excuse for homelessness. Vision Vancouver came to power in 2008 on the backs … Continue reading

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No Respite from Vision’s Broken Promises

Vision Vancouver ran on a platform of ending homelessness. After they were elected, they wiggled out of their promise by using the cynical semantics we’ve all become accustomed to from Vision. Their new promise was to end street homelessness. Even … Continue reading

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