Yes, I know.... but there is only so much summer and not enough time to get it all done. And considering I generally dedicate about 10 months of the year to politics, summer is a welcome reprieve. So, as this weeks column comes out later today, here are the links to the last two! Last … Continue reading Summer catch-up: Last two columns for 24Hrs Vancouver.
Forgive me for the lack of recent posts other than my columns; summer is here and there are many other things to do in the warm summer evening than sit and blog on a hot sweaty desk chair....I'll post soon and there are several things I want to write about. For now, this was Thursday's … Continue reading Last weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver City Hall: Take big money out of civic campaigns
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
It was hot yesterday in the suburbs. So hot that when I first heard the Burrard street bridge was being completely closed for 7 hours on the first day of summer to do yoga....I went and poured a glass of ice water to make sure I wasn't suffering the first signs of heat stroke. The … Continue reading “Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith aka “The day politicians closed a bridge to do yoga.”
As voting closed in the transit plebiscite, the numbers surprised many. In every Metro Vancouver municipality, the turnout surpassed the number of registered voters who cast a ballot in the 2014 municipal elections. According to numbers from Elections BC — as of May 27 — nearly 45% of registered voters mailed their ballots in. Some … Continue reading This weeks columns for 24Hrs Vancouver: Time to look at mail-in elections
Recently, I shared with you the news of my move from the Duel and why I made that decision-I'm thrilled at the overwhelming support from all of you in this new venture. Today, I'm happy to bring you my first column as the new civic affairs columnist for 24Hrs Vancouver! Every week, the column will … Continue reading This weeks new column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Mayors can’t afford to ignore housing
From the very beginning, the entire Transit tax referendum turned non-binding plebiscite, has been a stunning example of the inadequate leadership and poor governance we find ourselves under as a province. Worse yet perhaps, is how the mayors plan is being promoted as a complete cure-all for the congestion that clogs our streets and highways … Continue reading Why I am (still) voting No in the Transit tax vote
As my regular readers know, I have a real issue with the way homelessness is dealt with in many cities. Instead of doing what needs to be done to alleviate the issues related to homelessness, it seems we are getting closer to criminalizing homelessness related activities and issues like many American cities are doing. In … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Legalize tent cities.
Although I was born and raised in the northern interior, most of my adult life has been spent here on the coast where the mountains meet the sea. Surprisingly though,I've never adjusted to the inherent dampness of our coastal winter weather! It's so different from the dry cold the rest of B.C. experiences and as … Continue reading Winter weather on the coast makes for stunning moments in nature
This week's topic: Should the Lower Mainland become a mega-city like Toronto with one election for the entire region? Brent is right on the money when he states: “What an election!” For politicos, there’s no bigger rush than election night - watching the polls come in to see what direction voters will take their cities. This … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Mega-city unsuitable for region.