Category Archives: influence peddling

Affordable housing: Gregor Robertson still doesn’t get it

It’s perfectly clear to anyone paying attention that we have a housing crisis in Vancouver today — a crisis that has been with us for quite some time and is only continuing to get much worse. But the only thing … Continue reading

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Vision-run public hearings: From bad to worse

Tuesday night the City of Vancouver held a Public Hearing on a controversial rezoning application for a Cressey development at East 18th and Commercial Drive in the Cedar Cottage area. Many citizens took time out of their busy schedules to … Continue reading

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City Hall’s secret cash machine

Did you know that our Vision-Vancouver-dominated City Council has a Bid Committee that operates in secret? Council gave it authority to award contracts of any size without going out to tender whenever Council is on summer break. The Bid Committee — composed of City Hall bureaucrats (namely the city manager, director of finance, and … Continue reading

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Making gold dust out of viaducts

No. 1 issue on City Council’s agenda over the past few months has been the removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. Last week this issue was finally put to a vote. With 5 in favour and 4 against, Council … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for the Beautiful Game

With Canada playing China in the first game of the first round of the Women’s World Cup in Edmonton on Saturday, I’m very excited. I’ve always been a big fan of the beautiful game, and we’re in for some of … 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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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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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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ONNI Developer Destroying Green Space in East Vancouver – with photos

I received this letter recently and am sharing it here with you. I’m very concerned at the brazenness Onni shows. Regular citizens face consequences when they cut down heritage trees without a permit, but not developers with friends in high … Continue reading

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