The intent of my editorial cartoon blog is to bring awareness i.e. getting citizens more engaged in local city politics. Of course not everyone will agree with my POV in just how convoluting, disconnected and polarized our city politics has sorely succumbed under our mayor’s “4 to 3” Team Slate tyrannical takeover of city hall. City Hall is no longer “the voice of the people, rather the compliant bought and paid voice of our mayor’s developer pals.”
Our city has now surpassed 2041 Regional Growth Strategy Targets, left choking in traffic/transit congestion and shrinking street parking. The welfare of CNV is under siege by “vulture developers and undermined by poor city planning.” Making it impossible for many seniors, artists, low and fixed income earners and Millennial families that are UNABLE to afford our gentrifying shortcomings. A city “short changing” our local businesses who can’t find/keep quantitative part-time workers because of our high cost of rental housing. But we do have $20+ million Black Chain bike lanes connecting our four Green Necklace Parks used by less than 2% willing to cycle daily to work!
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My blog will also act as a launching pad in my running for city council on October 20, 2018. More: http://www.theglobalcanadian.com/cartoonist-wants-brush-power/
Welcome to our city: where reality is not always what is deemed.
Bruce “Stache” Sinski
A majority of our “we know what is best sanctimonious City Councillors” once again do not and will not support the majority of residents AGAINST any proposed project regardless of its scope in either its front or backyard.
Monday Night’s Public Hearing fiasco lived up to this city council’s over-righteousness and in turn favoured for the good of their legacies and North Shore residents AHEAD of the concerns of the neighbourhood most effected by these en masse dueling developments that should NEVER HAVE BEEN INTERTWINED; but that is not how our sitting council likes to mandate its underhanded, inane 21st Century horse trading agendum. #HarryJeromeResidentsSOL
And don’t get too worked up over the fact wannabe mayor Buchanan, councillor Keating and the mayor voted against the unprecedented 32 storey HJ rezoning. Their reasons for nay-ing did not ever once cite the fact that a 1,000+ submitted petition against these projects was ever a good enough, valid reason to vote against. (more in Friday’s blog)
But at least now you know which councillors over its four year term haven’t been supporting community concerns regarding too much density or the wrong kind of density… EVERY MEMBER of our city council is now on record in having STOPPED LISTENING to too many city residents!
On October 20th “let’s not get fooled again”… play/skip to the very end.
Tonight is all about proposing once again changes to our toothless OCP bylaws and of course “amending zoning bylaws” to accommodate the inane density madness proposed for the HJ Neighbourhood Lands.
The amount of density pollution, traffic & parking chaos this community will have to endure for at least eight long years should be criminal at best. But try telling that to Mussatto’s Team backers “indebted” to their 2014 campaign investor Darwin Construction… or try telling that to city councillors who want to devastate a community in the name of Olympic swimmers and curlers MOST whom do not live in our city! #UpperLonsdaleSOL
Should we not expect as in like always, Harry Jerome resident voices to be heard then overruled by the end of tonight’s Public Hearing.
If there was ever a double dealing reason, need to bring down our city council on October 20th – this is it… Unless common sense prevails and a majority of Councillors decide to put these ‘can’t have one without the other’ projects on a back burner to be served up later by the yet to be elected new city council. #Vote4ChangeOct20
Unfortunately there’s too much horse trading willingness on both sides not to expect a fatal devastating blow to the HJ community… If there was ever a time to believe in 5 act play.
A contentious night it will surely be… giddy up!
I’m a fan tried and true,
I’m a fan of doubling density,
How ’bout you?
Say it loud, say it proud,
We want more density, density!
Fight, fight, win, win!
Go Harry Jerome Titanic Rec Centre
Go Darwin Twining Megaliths
‘Cause I want to be your next mayor!
Rah, rah, rah,
This coming Monday Night’s City Council HJ Public Hearing Fight Card will be like no other. In one corner you have the ENTIRE city council wanting massive density dropped on the existing Harry Jerome Lands on different density high-rise levels while demanding of course (it is an election year) some kind of $90K salaried unaffordable low income housing to the type of commercial offices & medical research/services they will want incorporated into our city owned leased lands.
And this can only happen IF Mussatto’s Team Bandits a-line themselves with Independent Team Councillors Bell, Clark and Bookham – “double teaming” – brawling for a monster pool and curling rinks SportsPlex. And in the later rounds asphyxiating traffic gridlock and putting a chokehold on if you can find it parking in a one-sided demolition massacre of the Harry Jerome Lands and Neighbourhood!
Add to that ALL the outside interference from on-lookers who do not live in this community and the many Olympic pool sized lovers and curling enthusiasts from the District and West Van City… Does this sound like a fair fight to you?
The only ace Harry Jerome residents have up their sleeve is “reminding city councillors” how they plan to mark their Election Night’s Fight Card if these projects move forward… Reminding them: “other North Shore city residents favouring a new Titanic HJ SportsPlex don’t get to vote, re-elect any city councillor or get to elect a wannabe running for mayor.”
Will this be the final feather in their albatross caps, having disenfranchised so many neighbourhoods since being elected in late 2014… we’ll know in just 127 days. #Vote4ChangeOct20
Carpetbagger Witchy Back is back in Mussatto’s Team Fold – turning a deaf ear, “overriding” yet another neighbourhood’s protests/concerns at a Public Hearing over the wrong kind of density on their street by yet another Mussatto empowered hijacking “4 to 3” scorecard.
Seriously, why do we even bother having Public Hearings when the “majority” of the concerns on any given recorded development is ignored. Which by the way was the exact sentiments of those against this twining housing project i.e. left helpless and in disgust with “Mussatto’s Team Knows Best Slate”. A neighbourhood like so many in our city losing its character for the almighty sake of densification, deconstructing and alienating neighbours from each other.
Wannabe night-mayor Buchanan and the rest of her Team Buffoons want to tear down one neighbourhood after another and screw zoning bylaws by setting a strong message to any homeowner who wants to redevelop their property in (as Back put it) ‘tiny little houses’… ‘twining infill houses, each over 3,000 sq. ft.’ providing unsightly density for up to 4 families and with only two extended family and friends front parking spots!
Which leads me to today’s blog… with the just passed “double your money” housing project that will surely encourage other single family home owners to follow suit under the umbrella of skyrocketing home prices. Will our entire city council turn their backs on an entire neighbourhood during the upcoming Monday Night’s Harry Jerome Public Hearing dedicated to the en masse deconstruction of two Upper Lonsdale city blocks. (If ever I want to be wrong)
In one corner we have Councillors Bell, Clark & Bookham wanting to bulldoze the existing HJCRC, lawn bowling, Silver Harbour Centre, tennis courts and Norsman (skateboard) Park and titanic-size it one block north with an all encompassing enchilada
Community Sports Centre costing over $200 million hinged and dependent on ripping up existing height and masse city building bylaws: succumbing to Mussatto’s double dipping campaign “investor” Darwin Construction.
Mayor Mussatto and his anti NIMBY councillors Buchanan, Keating & Back may not like the idea of spending $200 million of city taxpayers money on a new HJ ‘Monster SportsPlex’. But in order to pay back their campaign donor Darwin they must in copious approve a new Harry Jerome Watering Hole. Without joint adjudication, there can be no unprecedented towering development on the existing Harry Jerome Lands. Welcome to CNV Politics 101… where every neighbourhood is the property of Mussatto’s city council and his notorious city planners!
Lordy, lordy, lordy tonight’s City Council Fight card is a “1,138 page” jammed packed developer handout! Welcoming umpteen rezoning applications, re-zoning bylaws, bylaw adoptions, bylaw amendments to bylaws to amend bylaws, including one public hearing with two being kiboshed and how to Fund All-Candidates Meetings beginning Sept. 25th.
Also to be filed is our infamous Metro Vancouver mayor’s Friday, May 25 meeting offering many funding appropriations while not offering any bonus funding for themselves this go-round. #SanctimoniousHypocrites
The push is on to ramrod as many new housing upstarts any remaining city council meeting can conceivably endure. Bending and twisting as many zoning bylaws (some dating from 2016) before the inevitable October 20th winds of change. Elections which in turn will surely query and contest not only new development applications but also contest our notorious City Planner’s pro density anti NIMBY posture.
Time also to start asking our city councillors and wannabe mayor Buchanan why none, and I do mean NONE ever pursued the previous BC Liberal Government’s $500 million handout to help cities with their low income housing crisis. The District did, Vancouver City did, but we sure in the hell did not! And now that we are in an election year Mussatto’s Gang of 4 are suddenly “all in favour” of low income rentals having complied to most of their 2014 campaign investor’s bucket lists.
With our counterproductive 10/10/10 rental housing blueprint, it is no wonder why so many young families are vacating: stage left exit right. Realizing in the upcoming years they will not be able to afford or sustain our City’s current gentrified driven agenda. #millennialsSOL
And what is really farcical is we have the mayor and councillor Keating boasting: “rental vacancies are on the rise”. Well of course vacancies are up and they will continue to nincompoops, in spite of all your new 90% at market value rentals coming to fruition. “You have been out-pricing and ignoring for far too long those that needed affordable rental housing – YESTERDAY and right now TODAY… tomorrow is IRRELEVANT!”
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With Councillors Bell, Bookham and Clark on board for the en masse towering of the proposed HJ Lands Darwin Lands in order to finance their $200+ million
Rogers Harry Jerome Coliseum. We now have ALL city councillors and the mayor in unison caroling “where else can we put density!” Gone are the days of these three city councillors supporting NIMBY’s in their quest for less density. ‘Cause you see folks “community density trumps hypocrisy!” #EnoughBullCrap
In fact these turncoat city councillors are more than ready to help the mayor’s double dipping 2014 campaign investors Darwin Properties deconstruct two blocks of a neighbourhood for eight long years! Having seemingly turned their backs on an entire neighbourhood community.
Outside of perhaps city councillor Keating feeling pressure from this his neighbourhood – it looks like a done deal on a scale not yet carved in stone. There is an apparent nonsensical haste by Councillors Bell, Bookham and Clark (along with councillor Back & wannabe mayor Buchanan) to ramrod these two joined at the hips whoring projects through before the next election in 135 days/19 weeks.
I believe a “majority” of Upper Lonsdale residents will be drawing a line in the sand at “both ends” of the existing Harry Jerome Lands. If these two farcical developments come to fruition via our sitting council, there should be an en masse “demo-vote-eviction” of these city councillors on October 20th. #LestWeForget #ElectionPayBack
We need city councillors to support and prioritize each community’s “unique” social concerns and interests before any: for the glory of the North Shore drivel. #EnoughDensity!