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 only 2% willing to cycle daily to work!
NOTE: All editorial cartoons, illustrations, photo manipulations, videos and poems are the copyright and exclusive property of Stache Editorial Cartoons 2017.
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 what it deems.
Bruce “Stache” Sinski
January was a heavier than normal traffic viewed month. My public domain city council edited graphic videos seemed to have upped my blog’s viewership. Therefore plan on creating more as warranted or until the mayor decides to fade to black video streaming like he did back on Jan. 29th city council meeting.
It was a carryover month from December when it came to CNV bylaw 8500 enforcement; becoming seemingly at times redundant since May 11, 2015. Unforced errors by mayor Mussatto, councillor Keating and the whispering Chatty Cathy councilors Buchanan and Back. Two contemptibles whom to this day have not stood up against the mayor’s camel toe inference. Steadfastly, remaining silent, “apathetic towards their own gender.” #MeToo #VoteChangeOct20
“The people have spoken”… well actually NSN publisher Kvarnstrom only a few people weighed in on your Readers Choice Awards. And when it came to choosing a favourite North Shore mayor I and others would like to see the beef, “the ballots,” a breakdown in how many out of 5,500 actually did vote for a mayor. i.e. How many of the supposed 5,5oo cast ballots were there for each NS mayor and keep in mind DNVC has a much larger population. I guess DNVCites dislike their mayor more than I thought, or did they like myself and others frankly could not elect a favourite mayor from your NSN Readers Choice Awards… And why did you choose a very outdated waterfront/skyline at the bottom of your pg. 4 The People Have Spoken babble – did it have to meet mayor Mussatto’s approval?
StatCan data shows overall North Shore Tri-City population in 2016 at 181,506! And for conservative argument sake let’s bring down that number to anyone aged 18 and over to 100,00-ish potential voters. And ignoring the fact that both the larger papa bear DNVC and mama bear CNV populations are going through since the end of 2017 exponential and unprecedented growth! http://www.nsnews.com/news/statcan-data-shows-north-shore-population-slightly-up-1.9771546
The real winners in the Readers Choice Awards was of course NSNews MILKING WINNERS in placing quarter, half to full page ads in the their paper: “CHA-CHING!”
WARNING: Anti high density/commuter burdened voter’s beware come October 20th! For the votes the mayor received in this dubiously bias readers poll highlights just how aggressive and determined local city staffers, HUB cyclists and socialites are in their support in wanting wannabe councillor Buchanan to be their next psycho-ling, pro density mayor, currently hiding under the mayor’s inglorious coattail.
The good news in all this is the NSN Willy Wanka
Choice Awards did not offer the obvious 4th choice in the favourite mayoral category: “none of the above” which would have been an overwhelming first choice for most on the North Shore. #NoneOfTheAbove #WillyWankaAwards
Over our Family Day Losses weekend my wife and I had the pleasure in socializing with a number of good friends at a local restaurant. Though our conversation’s did not dwell very long on elephant crosswalk markings no one at our table of four except myself knew what these city elephant crosswalk markings looked like. Though my wife thought they must be those squirrely whirly pedestrian crosswalk designs at the foot of Lonsdale Quay/Seabus area.
We have to Twilight Zone back to the infamous December 2017 city council meeting agenda when this issue was debated, ending with the mayor’s inappropriate ignominious wisecrack . Both city councillors Bookham and Bell raised issues over these elephant markings, one being not readily identified as pedestrian/cyclists crosswalks by tourists… as well as by most non-cycling motorists. After all they look like solid rectangular blocks and nothing more. So my good interpretive graphic deed of the week is to assist in the unraveling of what city elephant feet markings look like… you’re welcome mayor.
*pachyderm: a very large mammal with thick skin, especially an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
The mayor and his HUBies with the aid of our city engineers will continue to coerce cycling-psychosis down our throats, realizing they are running out of time. As in just a little over 35 weeks we will be electing hopefully an untainted new mayor & city council. At which time hopefully giving serious consideration to the registration and licensing of cyclists to help pay for these daunting crosswalks and to be correctly renamed “Black Necklace bike lanes” meant for cyclists ONLY. i.e. not for vehicles or pedestrians who are paying city taxes for cyclists to have the exclusive right to these $20K+ bike lanes. Unlike these same resident cyclists being able to WTF: cycle on any and all city streets… and at times riding precariously on our “pedestrian only sidewalks.”
And hopefully our city’s diminishing cycling community (having lost many due to the unaffordability of our city) won’t feel radically inclined like this recently caught violent NYC bicycle mob smashing and terrorizing drivers in one of our mayor’s fav city’s Manhattan NY NY…
So should we be renaming our BC Family Day to something a little closer to reality like: “Family Day Losses” or as a senior couple bluntly put it to me “Family Separation Day.” Having agonized over their son’s family move off our shores just before Christmas, no longer willing to fork out a rent increase to $2,200 a month and offering only: “if-you-can-find-close-by” street parking! As our mayor loves to toot: “Welcome to North Van”
Our city under the Mussatto regime has absolutely no conjoining developer working with the city to help alleviate our low income housing crisis – unlike in DNVC and Vancouver City. Leaving it completely up to the Federal and Provincial governments to deal with “a problem aided and abetted by our mayor and his Team Buchanan, Keating, Back Councillors.” Zealots who with their”4 to 3″ CONTROL over city council have been gleefully increasing city density beyond 2041 Regional Strategy Targets ! While developers in a glutton free housing market have been able to price our city out of new low income housing market! #CNVSOL #WelcomeToNorthVan
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is gushing into an Oiler Notely/Hulk Horgan no holds barred showdown, right down to the last drop of wine…err oil. There is no BC/Alberta media shortage on this issue so will let one of my online sources CBC take over my editorial copy that led to today’s editorial cartoon…
Noteworthy: “BC Winery TIME” produces bottles of Pinot Gris and Cabernet Merlot with the Flames’ distinctive flaming “C” logo on the wine label, along with the slogan “It’s Go TIME.” (apparently Premier Notely isn’t a “Flames Fan?)
Andrew Wilkinson – new leader of the B.C. Liberal party – was “also” the legal representative of a company controlled by Chinese businessman, Ni Ritao, whose broken promises regarding plans to restart the shuttered pulp mill in Prince Rupert costing the city more than $3.5-million in legal and maintenance fees” – a fine unscrupulous state of affairs!
“Wilkinson also had dealings with Sun Wave Forest Products, a company also controlled by Ni, between 2003 and 2006, according to documents obtained by The Globe.”… further: Integrity BC https://www.facebook.com/IntegrityBritishColumbia/posts/1618061851608548
I mean really, who else could these chameleons choose but someone who is an expert in collusion and in how to undermine provincial governance… And don’t you think it is a little too ironic that both the new BC Liberal leader and our North Shore Liberal MP share the same last name… hmm, time for Trivia to update their board game.
Sources Wilkinson Leadership win: Metro News, CBC News, Global News
Mayor Mussatto and his team councillors seem quite intent on keeping “our city website” in the dark when it comes to Public City Hall Meetings. You would think the mayor had more backbone, more character, able to accept his video misdemeanors, moving past his recorded, on the record camera hypocrisies.
We will have to wait and see if tonight’s city council’s meeting will be heard and seen. Or will the mayor choose instead to pout… seeking continued revenge against media outlets – having no alternative but to protect what is left of his self-serving effectiveness as mayor? A mayor who has acted contrary to bylaw 8500, unable to uphold a high moral ground at a number of prior council meetings.
No one is perfect mayor, we all make mistakes, and like me wish I had not said or caricatured at times someone in an adjunct light that has come back and bit me in the butt. I’m hoping tonight mayor you will see the light and be the “public mayor” you were elected and can be. In the meantime on this Monday morning prior to tonight’s city council curtain call…
Gabrielle Aplin “Light Up The Dark”