One of the big ticket items tonight under many agenda headings is the new Harry Jerome CRC. Personally I feel this vessel is already being moored over at the DNVC’s new Delbrook Centre and at the West Vancouver Recreational Centre and currently proposed new lower Capilano Rec Centre.. Therefore there is no need for an over-the-top planned $130 – 160 million HJCRC Megadome.
Yes, there is a CNV and District of North Vancouver agreement to cost-share the operating costs for the new Harry Jerome Recreation Centre, including a 50 metre pool, consistent with the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission’s current operating cost-sharing formula, which applies to existing recreation facilities. And what may put this agreement in jeopardy/escrow is both cities share the SAME LAW FIRM – Bull + Housser. And with a number of private gyms holding their own in our city to support a new HJCRC Megadome featuring a 50 metre pool is too rich for my blood… I’m on a less tax, less density intake diet.
Spending up to $160 million on a new HJCRC that on the flip side will also increase our population/density by around 1,500 by double dipping campaign donor Darwin Developments. Replacing the existing Harry Jerome lands will only further exhaust and stress our sewer/water/road infrastructures and further congest our commuter/traffic crisis.
Instead we should be focusing, agenda-sizing real low income affordable rentals, NOT market valued rentals or WTF: $2,000 mo. reduced rentals that our low income (part-time) work force STILL can’t afford. A critical workforce determining the survival, the wellness of so many of our local retail and restaurant businesses!… The very ones (mayor) who do “bike to work.”
And when it comes to HJCRC well… we need to go back to the drawing board and look at a less hurried cost efficient approach that may just entail the redevelopment of the existing Harry Jerome complex in modular/re-adaptable annexed parcels. #HJreboot
And in other related traffic congestion news: mayor and city council…
This cycling imagery is wrong on so many fronts, perhaps the BC Child Protection Services should be notified and the North Shore SRA should be reprimanded, spanked for promoting such troubling, freewheeling practices. They are anything but “safe route advocates” willingly encouraging unsafe cycling habits that will cause unnecessary injury (death) to children especially during this wintry season… I thought I had seen it all – unbelievable. #EpicInsanity #NorthShoreSRArenegades #CyclingGoneWrong
OMG… it’s only six days until Christmas and 10 months and 1 day away from hopefully turning our backs on any Mayoral Team Slate controlling City Council come October 20, 2018. Hopefully partisan politics and developer’s buying city halls for cheap from city mayors and councillors will be a thing of the past and we can begin deprioritizing and even eliminating bike lanes; having elected a city council who actually do live and genuinely want to begin resolving our city’s inner traffic woes and parkade our parking shortages.
November’s top five #2 may look a little suspect but it probably received the number of views it did in part due to the Global Canadian featuring a story on who and why I am running for city council in 2018. But the top dog er rat was November’s 24th blog that exposed the grotesque salary imparity between our smaller in size and in population city compared to the 40% larger District of North Van. And thanks again to BJ May’s de facto sleuthing.
Three of my key election platform’s is ALL mayoral, city council and city hall director/managerial positions can only be held for a maximum of two consecutive 4 year terms/contracts – no exceptions and of course repeal and replace our city’s farcical pro developer OCP and temporary freeze highrise development! #Enough
I must say I was almost impressed by the NSNews poignancy when it came to our dire traffic woes featured in last Wednesday’s front page using recent Canada Statistics and follow-up over on their “viewpoint” editorial page validating just how bad our daily traffic commute has become. The paper gave DNV mayor Walton the last word conceding the need to build strategic town centres and affordable housing… But what he didn’t say and the “NSSnooze” did not ask him was: is he willing to put a temporary hold on new condo highrise developments. And why does he think the BC NDP are seriously studying “mobility pricing” since they ran and got elected promising the elimination of bridge tolls. The kiss of death… just ask the BC Liberal Party and what will surely befall any mayor supporting mobility pricing during the 2018 civic elections.
I also can’t help but be a little suspicious why the NSN did not let our CNV mayor weigh in on this congested conundrum. You know the mayor who just spent over $20 million taxpayer’s money so 2.5% cyclists can bike to work. A mayor who continues to prioritize condo highrise developments and NOT mini malls having parkades or crusading for affordable government assisted housing. An autocratic inglorious mayor who sold our city to his campaign vultures whose profit margins would be negatively impacted by constructing any of the aforementioned. And then again WHERE would in our little enclosed city would one find an empty lot or any demo potential property that hasn’t already been forfeited to an IOU developer from “behind closed doors”… ho, ho, ho.