I received a link to a number of individual video clips that covered the entire Centennial Theatre Mayoral Debate from last Monday Night. I wish I had the time to seamlessly pull together all 11 segments of the youtube video into “one.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr3ubV1QcrM&list=PLx1Dq5V7CWIu455QI0pKbtGLY-IsgiASw
…But I am running out of time with a number of freelance projects to cross-off my list before surrendering my North Vancouver residency in just nine days – yikes. #SustainableSeniorHorizons – here I come.
The first video features all 5 mayoral candidates putting their best foot forward announcing why they should be our next mayor. I did a little intro clean up editing on each wannabe mayor candidate that should not diminish or take away any mayoral candidate’s tenor… But I did however superimpose a couple captions over Councillors Buchanan and Clark video frames as the intent of my blog since day one has always been to expose just how convoluting, disconnected and polarized our city politics has sorely become under our mayor’s “4 to 3” Team Slate and by our other three horse trading City Councillors!
My taken aback moment was when the debate turned to the question (paraphrasing) “is there too much density in our city” and WTF: hearing Councillor Buchanan affirm: “I’m comfortable with where we are in the density that we put in and where we put it.”
Does this not suspect one to believe the Darwin Construction’s 850+ unit unprecedented twin towers horse trading takeover of the Harry Jerome Lands whereby Buchanan did not vote in favour was nothing more than a two step con job. Knowing full-well her fellow Team Slate non city resident Holly Back was going to tip the scales in favour of the project thus letting herself and our unscrupulous mayor off the hook. #despicables #Vote4ChangeOct20 #TimeToChangeCourse
Translink feels all we need “to hold us over” on yonder North Shore is a couple more buses and one more scheduled seabus during peak hours…. sounds fair if you live in Surrey or looking for a new rail transit extension from Broadway to UBC. #ScrewNorthShore
NOW that we know the North Shore is not a priority with the Translink brass and with traffic and commuter congestion at an all time precedent high. Our transportation problems can only IMPLODE then EXPLODE since Translink will not be seriously addressing our dire transportation issues until MAYBE Phase 3 – ten years from now!
Our North Shore cities (especially CNV) must STOP all new “proposed” high rise development like: Darwin’s HJ Lands as we now know is SHORT ON CASH and “is going to take WTF 8+ years to complete!” A project strongly opposed during the last Town Hall Meeting. A development in total disregard to OCP zoning height restrictions and will further handicap our traffic woes, increase street parking shortages and further contribute to our city bus overloads – all in the name of North Van Fornication.
Same holds true re: $160+ million HJ MegaDome that will take 3+ YEARS to complete and will be SHARING 23rd Street with Darwin’s en masse development! #RenovateHarryJeromeRecCentre #ItCanBeDone
We are running low on green spaces, trapped in traffic gridlock all day amidst TransLink shortcomings! #NoNorthShoreReliefInsight
We are in a transportation crisis on the North Shore – Translink and our NDP parliamentary secretary responsible for TransLink MLA Ma seemingly could care less… and the same can be said about our infamous mayor & his subordinate city planners! The Translink Phase Two Investment Plan has very little to offer in the way of transportation relief on the North Shore! #NothingWillChange #NorthShoreSOL
The first public hearing meeting and from both sides of city chambers became an unexpected, gut wrenching emotionally moving representing cannabis users from across the lower mainland ALL dependent on our city’s “illegally run medicinal cannabis dispensaries.” The public hearing was to be only about “defining and prohibiting the sale and production of non-medical retail cannabis in all (city) zones.” But it turned into anything but, with so many expressing how cannabis is a necessity – part of their daily lives. And WHY does the camera coverage NEVER show the distress in their faces in the advent of these cannabis outlets being shut down – SHAME on you mayor for this obstinate and faceless omission! #420
Here is a sampling in the overwhelming support of these dispensaries remaining open, having chosen cannabis as “their medicine”… #cannabisOurMedicine
The second public hearing dealt with the ongoing farce at 2601 Lonsdale Ave, aka Mussatto City Planners/Pezzente Holdings vs. the neighbourhood residents that did not get underway until past 9:30 pm. With 35 signed up to speak it indeed lived up to its “12:30 am” disposition with the developer and his GBL Architects submitting minor tweaks i.e. basically the SAME DRAWINGS declaring them as REVISIONS while their fellow developer friends and a realtor supported this egregious overtake favouring 26 Ave. road closure, insufficient parking, eliminating the existing greenspace and FALSELY providing erroneous traffic flow numbers at that intersect contrary to ICBC records. And with Councillor Keating who resides in the neighbourhood, culpable and unwilling to excuse himself from “his neighbourhood project” i.e. A standard Mussatto Team Slate practice – anybody surprised so far! #shamefull
Another contention in all this is how slanted and flagrant the camera coverage was during this portion. It seemed deliberate as in quite clear under mayor Mussatto’s camera direction, Pezzente and City Planners did not have to worry about “the home audience and shut-ins” being able to SEE ALL the damning elevation/plan imagery from the public hearing resident speakers on the overhead camera! #collusion
I could go on and on in how the overall “public hearing” was apposed to the proposal in its existing convolute state. Though everyone was on side that the existing burned down apartment building needs to be in earnest replaced. But the developer, (mayor), CAO and city planners don’t want to just build within the constraints of the existing lot. Choosing to skewer legal property lines under the cover of keeping the public in the dark by not offering any “prior” media/newspaper notice! Thereby overlooking OCP height restrictions, hindering emergency vehicle accessibility, offering limited parking spaces, shutting down 26 Ave. and eliminating the neighbourhood green space! #underhanded
An astute NIMBY speaker addresses these disingenuous omissions and more regarding the farcical Pezzente Proposal. #appalling #bogus
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
Stephen Hawking: Emblematic of human determination and curiosity.
On why the universe exists… ❝If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God❞ – A Brief History Of Time, published 1988
Again… any chance for an Integrated North Shore Planning Project to have any kind of success especially within our city limits, it must first REALIZE ALL future and proposed High Rise Developments must be STOPPED dead in their tracks! A number of projects come to mind, one being an unwanted casino (with hotel?), another is the proposed too big for its britches massive Harry Jerome Rec Centre. And where HJCRC and seniors lawn bowling have been located for over 50 years is where double dipping campaign donor Darwin Properties want to add around 1,500 MORE residents to our already 2041 growth rate – enough density!
All hail misogynistic Mussatto or so you would think from BOTH city councillors Buchanan running for mayor and Back a non city resident running for re-election whom remain tight lipped over the mayor’s vulgarity towards women during city council’s last city council meeting of 2017. Two seemingly indignant city councillors unwilling to voice any displeasure with the mayor over his prior camel toe perverseness in a revamped single shot cameras and new sound system council chambers.
Last Monday night BOTH these women had a long 6 week overdue opportunity to express to city council and city residents their disgust over the mayor’s camel toe – elephant feet perverted innuendo. For either one of them to actually believe the mayor did not know what camel toe reference implied only goes to prove just far up the mayor’s butt they both are… An opportunity that will surely bite deep into their chances in ever getting elected on October 20th in just 9 months, 5 days. #camelToeFreePass