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 Levels, 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
In today’s blog I’m going out on the limb hoping most will see the historic humour and apropos sarcasm in my copy and re-worked NVCV banner.
The North Van City Voices Blog should maybe change (in the short term) their name to the DISTRICT VOICES! (much like the NSNews should change its name to NS District Rag) Re: WELCOMING the news the District of North Vancouver is making a new as in – nothing has changed – at amalgamating with the City of North Vancouver. This from a blog that says it is non-political – doesn’t take sides – really. A seemingly “pro District blog” supporting power to the (Bolshevik) District City Council over our city council democracy – promoting “anarchy” or is it a District revolution er amalgamation coup! And with a wanton District amalgamation/revolution on the horizon will we be looking at a plebiscite aka Red October 20th Ballot Box. #DNVBolshevikRevolution
In the 2014 city elections the only pro amalgamation mayoral candidate was George Pringle and he received less than a thousand votes with mayor Mussatto squeaking out victory over Kerry Morris who was neither for or against. As one fellow coffee mate gal put it to me recently “is Kerry running as a double agent”. But in all fairness he further iterated the matter needs a detailed examination which we should do. But your current “elected city council” insists nothing has changed, so what further detailed examination is necessary when “nothing has changed?”
Also on election night besides Morris and possibly Pringle running for mayor there will be at least two more candidates… “Someone” from the NSCAA as in maybe Guy Heywood who in his archived blog was all for amalgamation thus leaving WTH wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan the only one seemingly opposed to the reunification of the two cities.
Hey little sister city – it’s a nice day to start again… Potential District Coup White Wedding Unplugged Theme Song?
Tonight’s city council fight card features: Property Tax Rate Increases, Drinking Water Conservation Plan Bylaw and two Public Hearings. First up addressing bylaws prohibiting Mary Jane non-medicinal Cannabis Production via BCLDB city sales then forwarded to a Public Hearing.
The second Public Hearing entertains the density onslaught at 2601 where the developer Pezzente Holdings and GBL Architects present their case for wanting to ROB a long withstanding green space, expand their development over a lane thus hindering all emergency vehicle accessibility. While in the same breath tooting i.e. farting: REDUCED MID RENTAL RATES BASED ON 2016 NUMBERS against when finished in late 2019 early 2020 the guaranteed much higher rental rate being closer to OVER 2K A MONTH! #cnvSOL
Meanwhile just up the street DNVC Council will be proposing to induct a very “one-sided” city council reunification survey between our two cities. The logistics make since from their perspective with little left in their financial reserve tank, and having green stamped large areas from potential development. So who do you bust for future density growth and financial stability – why of course North Vancouver City! #UpYours!
I am amused by the likes of District councillor Bassam in the NS Rag preaching the advantages in the reunification between the two cities. Does this mean he and his District are willing to pay for half of the proposed new $160+ million Harry Jerome Centre – think not. Instead they would prefer to deflect such issues and prop city service duplication’s as why we should be merging kin. Which of course has little bearing on some of the real reasons like: little density left at the District Inn, suspect financial reserves and a seemingly lack of identity without a business and social waterfront gathering centre OR a $140 million grab-bag their city council would dearly love to gorge. #GetStuffed
My video streaming works held down 3 of the 5 top editorial cartoon blogs for the month of March. Viewership this time last year is definitively on the up swing – thank you. #Vote4StacheOctober20
March having WTF: only two council meetings still left me with a lot of Black Necklace fleecing, possible Public Input collusion, to strange bedfellows, proposing more HJ Lands towering density and hoping for real change come election night October 20th – Hallelujah! #Vote4ChangeOctober20
Once again DNV mayor Walton won’t take NO for an answer, wanting CNV to join his city in a reunification dance. What Walton doesn’t realize is our city council and staff dance card is FULL. It seemingly already has more than enough on its plate with the likes of a HJ Megadome, paying off Darwin Properties in an overtake of the existing HJCRC and Silver Harbour Centre, lawn bowling greens and tennis courts and possibly sliding in an unwanted neighbourhood casino! #Enough!
But here we go again, round two or is it round 8 with the District wanting to reopen this can of worms which if you listen closely to the following video has very little to offer our city. But unfortunately councillors Bell, Keating, Buchanan and our infamous mayor feel otherwise in that we should once again at taxpayers and city staff expense re-entertain Walton’s proposition whereby NOTHING HAS CHANGED or even being vaguely offered in Walton’s latest attempt at reeling in a ‘last chance’ reunification legacy! #ShameOnMayorWalton
The following video is a snap shot though lengthy, as I want to show just how adamantly opposed the idea/threat of amalgamation/reunification is with all our city councillors though OMG four are still willing to do the Walton Amalgamation Waltz. My video has not been cosmetically tampered (mayor) or have I added any balloon comments only bridge copy between cuts to the point of not temperature colour correcting councillors 3 shot purple complexions. #WaltonAmaglamationWaltz
Walton’s love letter will only further divide our two cities. #GetStuffed
Oh what a night it was, no surprises when it came to frivolously tossing taxpayers money on this and that but at least council did not include money for a new kitchen sink… maybe next week. #cnvSOL
Councillor Clark’s motion to write to the Metro Vancouver Board expressing strong opposition repealing any salary increase and pension bonus was of course and certainly not to my surprise intercepted by one of Mussatto’s perilous team hijacker’s councillor Keating. Deliberately wanting to divide his motion into two parcels. One repealing the one time, pension retro gift and the other the 15% salary – fed tax offset that will not begin until next year’s lower mainland mayors and councillors are elected. Thus offering Mussatto a much needed saving grace after giving himself an under wraps mayors’ council raise and one time retirement bonus under the guise of a DELIBERATE UNRECORDED VOTE.
Noteworthy: there was a prior Metro Van Board itemized agenda made available to the public and media. A point councillor and wannabe mayor Buchanan resonated in supporting the mayor’s account of its council’s procedural protocol regarding agenda items. Of course Buchanan did not mention the mayors unwillingness not to record “his vote.” Perhaps a precursor in just how “opaque and underhanded” Linda Buchanan will be if elected mayor in 7 months time. #disingenuous
Then with one foot out the door a new agenda item materialized from CEO Tollstom bringing forward a lover’s letter from outgoing confederate District of Vancouver mayor Walton wanting to reopen amalgamation er reunification conversations! Profoundly mystifying EVERY COUNCILLOR whom each had serious concerns, listing the many negative impacts it would have on their city! It was reiterated over and over by a number of councillors that City Council has already thoroughly DEFEATED a DNVC carbon copy motion in 2016. Having said all that a “mayor Mussatto” 4 to 3 split decision on two fronts will carry it – cha-ching back to city staff and council – UNBELIEVABLE! More on this in Friday’s “Get Stuffed Video”.. first things first.
First and foremost my heart, prayers and condolences to those directly and indirectly effected by the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus accident that took the dreams away from so many young players, coaches, statistician, radio broadcaster and team bus driver. An unimaginable, devastation loss of lives, left asking why? #HumboldtStrong
Meanwhile… Tonight’s agenda card is really a half deck full of funding appropriations and carelessly looking into a murky crystal ball that is able to miraculously concoct a Financial Plan for the Years 2018 to 2027 Bylaw. And this to me is what is wrong with our city governance when it comes to city business and property taxes and operating expenditures including dead in the water without a plebiscite appropriation funding for the Harry Jerome Neighourhood Lands Development Plan.
We need to after Oct. 20th overturn this bylaw and make it into an over-site guideline subject to many “unforeseen” economic topsy-turvy conditions. Especially when you consider the growing unaffordability of our city for far too many, businesses unable to find dependable staff and gridlock traffic negatively impacting commuter destinations. Our city’s ranking is down to #72 ‘Best Place to Live in Canada’ for good reason. We shouldn’t be financially scheduling our eggs 5 to 10 years from now as we do not know how many will actually hatch. #cnvSOL
For me the obvious highlight of the night will be how in a public surround will mayor Mussatto vote regarding Councillor Clark’s #21 agenda motion: to write to the Metro Vancouver Board to express strong opposition to these changes and request repeal. Don’t be surprised if the mayor recuses himself and runs to the safety of his non threatening mayor’s office. But what will be more interesting is how will his Team Slate Hijackers councillors wannabe mayor Buchanan, non city resident Back looking for re-election and councillor usually MIA and not seeking re-election Keating vote on this motion, again if he shows up.
Worst case scenario city councillors surrender to a draw, a damning stalemate without the mayor’s vote… And will the camera pull to a wide shot so we can see how EACH COUNCILLOR VOTED… Imperative to many residents in how they will be casting their vote for or against any councillors running for re-election on October 20th. #Vote4Change
Here we are 28 days since the mayor has faced the cameras at a city hall meeting. And what we saw, err didn’t see, during the almost 5 hour marathon was very little camera imagery of our infamous mayor, especially when he had his microphone turned on discussing the issues from his perspective. Why was that Grinch… am I and others having a definitive impact on your hyperbole demeanor?
A majority of the camera framing for agenda item #16 (below) was a 3 shot of councillors Buchanan, Back and Clark. Why was that Darrell, why all of a sudden have you become so camera shy during city hall meetings – hmm. And yet when you want to give yourself a vainglorious pat on the back – you can’t wait to share it’s infamy with the television/print media. #MussattoDoubleExposure
And on an appreciative note…