Category Archives: Vancouver election

Unanimous vote on Vancouver tenants’ rights is a game changer

On Tuesday, December 4, COPE Councillor Jean Swanson tenants’ protection motion finally came before city council for a vote. In the week leading up to the vote, more than 300 tenants spoke eloquently to council about the need for protection … Continue reading

Posted in affordable housing, British Columbia, City Hall, COPE, developers, gentrification, Green Party, homelessness, NDP, NPA, People Power, Planning, social justice, Vancouver, Vancouver election, Vision Vancouver | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

My tips for new city councillors

Of Vancouver’s 11-member city council —10 councillors and the mayor — only two have any previous experience on city council. The remaining nine are all brand new to their roles. So I have a few tips I’d like to offer … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, COPE, NPA, Vancouver, Vancouver election | Tagged | Leave a comment

The COPE election victory in context

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — COPE is back! Last Saturday was election day and for the first time since 2011, COPE had candidates elected not just to Vancouver’s city council, where Jean Swanson came in … Continue reading

Posted in affordable housing, Canadian politics, City Hall, COPE, developers, gentrification, Metro Vancouver, People Power, Vancouver, Vancouver election, Vision Vancouver | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vote October 20 — don’t let others decide for you!

This coming Saturday, Oct. 20 is municipal election day. I’ve already voted at the advance poll so that I’m free to volunteer for the candidates I’m supporting on election day. Who am I supporting? For me, it was a very … Continue reading

Posted in affordable housing, City Hall, COPE, Green Party, People Power, sustainability, Vancouver, Vancouver election, Vancouver Park Board, Vision Vancouver | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Support “shop local” when you “vote local”

With “for lease” signs popping up everywhere in Vancouver’s commercial districts, it’s become crystal clear just how difficult the situation is for our city’s small businesses. Online retail is part of the reason so many small businesses are closing shop. … Continue reading

Posted in British Columbia, City Hall, developers, economy, gentrification, NDP, Planning, Vancouver, Vancouver election | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Make elections fairer — support pro rep!

Do you ever feel like your vote doesn’t count because the parties you vote for never get in? Then you’ll definitely want to say “yes” to proportional representation in the upcoming referendum on provincial electoral reform. I know it’s a … Continue reading

Posted in British Columbia, Elections - British Columbia, electoral reform, NDP, People Power, proportional representation, Vancouver, Vancouver election | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Out the door for Vision — and good riddance

At long last, Vision Vancouver is about to be swept out the door by the electorate, as it rightfully should be. Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, COPE, First Nations, Green Party, NPA, People Power, Vancouver, Vancouver election, Vancouver Park Board, Vision Vancouver | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Out the door for Vision — and good riddance

View cone demolition – another nail in the coffin of affordable housing

Yesterday, Vision Vancouver approved the application for a tower adjacent to BC Place Stadium. The application is from BC Pavilion Corporation or PavCo, the provincial Crown corporation originally created to manage the Expo 86 site. The tower, one of three … Continue reading

Posted in affordable housing, British Columbia, City Hall, developers, gentrification, Heritage, homelessness, National Housing Strategy, NPA, Planning, Vancouver, Vancouver election, viaducts, Vision Vancouver | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on View cone demolition – another nail in the coffin of affordable housing

Affordable rents: There’s a way, just no will

Over the last number of years, Vision Vancouver has been offering developers significant incentives in the form of waiving development cost levies or DCLs in return for a commitment from the developer to provide purpose-built rental housing. (See my June … Continue reading

Posted in affordable housing, British Columbia, City Hall, developers, electoral reform, gentrification, Green Party, homelessness, influence peddling, National Housing Strategy, NDP, Planning, seniors, social justice, Vancouver, Vancouver election, Vision Vancouver | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Affordable rents: There’s a way, just no will

Hurried “chainsaw massacre” of our city’s zoning

I don’t normally read the Vancouver Sun — it’s much too conservative for me. However, I was recently made aware of a great guest editorial by Elizabeth Murphy, a respected urbanist and former member of Vancouver’s planning department. Her op … Continue reading

Posted in affordable housing, Broadway Corridor, City Hall, COPE, developers, gentrification, homelessness, National Housing Strategy, Planning, Vancouver, Vancouver election, Vision Vancouver | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment