Last weeks City Hall column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Surrey LRT plans scary expensive!

In the iconic movie Field of Dreams, farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice whispering every time he walks through his corn field: “If you build it, he will come.” But only in the movies could a farmer plow a cash crop, build a baseball field for ghosts and have everything turn out OK. In reality, … Continue reading Last weeks City Hall column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Surrey LRT plans scary expensive!

This weeks City Hall column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Regional politicians deserve more scrutiny

If you’ve ever played roulette, you might have heard the old phrase describing the popular game of chance: “Round and round and round it goes, where it stops, nobody knows.” It also describes how I feel when I look at the many ways local governments go about spending the hard-earned tax dollars we all contribute. … Continue reading This weeks City Hall column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Regional politicians deserve more scrutiny

Last weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Transparency hit new low during plebiscite

 http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/06/17/transparency-hit-new-low-during-plebiscite Twenty-three is the number of elected representatives in Metro Vancouver who are members of the Mayors’ Council on Transportation — 21 members are mayors, one represents Electoral area ‘A’, and another is the chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation. Collectively, they are supposed to represent the views and interests of the citizens of the … Continue reading Last weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Transparency hit new low during plebiscite

Translink FOI release of untendered contract extension begs the question: Which is the easier ride: Skytrain or gravy train ?

A Freedom of Information request released yesterday by Translink after an extended delay, finally shows the details behind one of the contractors involved in providing services relating to the Mayors Council strategic plan and Transit tax plebiscite. Where to start ? How about with how long it took for this FOI to be released. The … Continue reading Translink FOI release of untendered contract extension begs the question: Which is the easier ride: Skytrain or gravy train ?

Left, Right and the space in between: Conquering the Great Divide in politics.

As many readers know, I grew up in a rural area just north of Prince George and enjoyed a childhood that I look back on with fond memories now, as an adult living on the coast. It's because of that rural upbringing, that I have often feel like I have a unique perspective to bring … Continue reading Left, Right and the space in between: Conquering the Great Divide in politics.

This weeks column for 24hrs Vancouver: ‘The ‘Yes’ vote not worth saving

Perhaps I've been a bit persuasive but this week it appears that Brent's support for the Yes side is waning.... this is my response to his argument that only Jordan Bateman can save the Yes vote at all. This week's topic: Can the 'Yes' vote be saved in the transit plebiscite? Well, knock me down and … Continue reading This weeks column for 24hrs Vancouver: ‘The ‘Yes’ vote not worth saving

This weeks column for 24hrs Vancouver: Transit tax’No’ vote sensible

This week's topic: Is the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's argument to vote no in the transit referendum persuasive? My duel partner begins with a great idiom this week, sage advice that warns against passing over something workable, in the quest for something perfect. However, when it comes to the proposed transit tax, the No Translink Tax team … Continue reading This weeks column for 24hrs Vancouver: Transit tax’No’ vote sensible

This weeks column for 24HRS Vancouver: Oversight needed to fix Translink

This week's topic: Do recent SkyTrain failures show TransLink is failing riders? With two massive SkyTrain failures and a couple of smaller system incidents creating commuter chaos in Metro Vancouver recently, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for TransLink officials. The first major breakdown occurred during afternoon rush-hour passenger traffic and was ultimately found … Continue reading This weeks column for 24HRS Vancouver: Oversight needed to fix Translink

This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: B.C. premier should get rid of referendum and work out a proper transit deal

Columnists Laila Yuile and Brent Stafford battle over the issues of the day. The winner of last week’s duel on marijuana laws was Laila with 61%. This week’s topic: Should the premier cancel the transit referendum and leave planning and funding to the existing process? A dream has been repeating itself lately in my mind, … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: B.C. premier should get rid of referendum and work out a proper transit deal

“We don’t need more task forces, we need results” -Esmir Milavic

Strong words from Community Relations Strategist at @Surrey604, Esmir Milavic, on how to address the issue of violence and safety in Newton, as the community copes with the tragic death of Julie Paskall. I agree with Esmir completely. And this is why.                                         What happened to the Newton Town Centre Plan? As I detailed in … Continue reading “We don’t need more task forces, we need results” -Esmir Milavic