Category Archives: Vancouver

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

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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

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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

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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

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Turn up the taps & cool housing prices more

For many years now housing prices in Vancouver have been moving up at a very fast pace — so fast that most of us have been priced right out of the market. Economists will forever debate the causes of this … Continue reading

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Have a fabulous summer enjoying our great city!

I can’t believe it’s already August! In just a few days, I’ll be closing my law office and taking my annual staycation with my partner, Penny. We love this time of year as it gives us the opportunity to be … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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Developers, their fair share — and real low-cost housing

Housing was all over the news this week, but three examples really speak to the usefulness of development cost levies in this regard — when they’re used for real affordable housing. I’ve long been critical of the City of Vancouver … Continue reading

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