I first and foremost want to wish Councillor Bell a speedy recovery and hope he will be able to attend next week’s city council meeting before their scheduled 3 week Spring Break Snooze. But also missing in action without any explanation to taxpayers was once again of course “NDP Moneybags Councillor Keating.”
At times I sensed there might be a little cannabis floating in the air as the mayor was determined to keep under wraps agenda item 2: Smoking Prohibition Expansion and “Enforcement”. While agenda item 6: Proposed Cannabis Dispensary “Enforcement” was openly discussed during the city council ‘public’ meeting. Beckoning the question why the hypocritical double standard? Could it be because of the television interview planned by the mayor on this matter.
The shocker of the night for moi was hearing OMG, Councillor Back unwilling to support the Development Application at 125 and 145 East 13th Street: a 23 storey high tower – until extra OCP Bonus floors kick in! Her feedback from the community and local businesses being: they are “fed-up” with all the new development going on in their neighbourhood. Wanting to see new development in their area slow down for the next couple of years. Opposing was councillor and wannabe mayor Buchanan who was adamantly in favour – wanting MORE development i.e. construction turmoil for this community.
But the highlight of the night was when councillor Bookham asked CNV Engineer/Parks/Envro Douglas Pope why he was so keen on WASTING taxpayer’s money on a temporary
Green Black Necklace while knowing dam well it would have to be RE-CONFIGURED i.e. conforming to the proposed redevelopment by “double dipping” Mussatto campaign donor Darwin Properties. #cnvSOL
Back in the middle of last November the NSN did what I thought was a poignant “Menu” article on our housing crisis and the effects it is having on our overall social wellness and unaffordability. http://www.nsnews.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-what-goes-up-1.23101123
And after watching last Monday Night’s city council meeting lasting only 2 1/2 hrs. I could not help but sense how the aforementioned NSN article since its posting nothing as in ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has changed. The mindset at city hall continues to remain oblivious, unyielding, thirsting for more and more development superseding 2041 density levels. And lest we forget their hyperbolic contention – blaming our provincial and federal governments for not being able to kept pace with their neverending apocalyptic push beyond 2041-plus density/population levels!
A city hall turning a blind eye on its city’s social and sustainable wellness; like to date unwilling to offer REAL AFFORDABLE low income housing – 10/10/10 is a Heartless Joke when current market rental rates are already over $2,000 for a two bedroom!
And of course in our city it is not hard to trip over our inept city engineers who have turned a blind’s eye on our sidewalk’s “walkability”. Had this been a bike path…
Such is the undermining ineptness and disconnect that is consuming, eroding and diminishing our skilled work force and loss buying power generated by our seniors, low income and young families. A city unaware its future is today on life-support with no mythical saviour in sight… unless you believe in mystical screensavers or this inglorious city slicker. #CNVSOL
“There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches” – Will Rogers
Wow! Tonight’s city council agenda content is 458 pages deep! From: Smoking Prohibition Expansion and Enforceability, Greater Vancouver Regional District, Metro Vancouver brief, to in-depth studies on Walk CNV – Pedestrian Plan, Proposed Cannabis Dispensary Enforcement “closed session,” various land matters, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Service Amendment Bylaw, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Service Amendment Bylaw, (anybody getting dizzy yet)… “Zoning Bylaw, 1995, No. 6700, Amendment Bylaw, 2018, No. 8610 (232-234 West 5th Street, CD-692, Text Amendment), a lengthy Draft 2018-2027 Financial Plan, Cannabis Regulation: Zoning and Business Bylaw Amendments, more zoning bylaw amendments including Cannabis Regulation: Zoning and Business Bylaw Amendments (whew) to Duplex Special Study: Results and Direction, Development Application: 125 and 145 East 13th Street and finally Councillor Bell’s (water logged) 50 Metre Pool at Harry Jerome!… And then there is the: “Mussatto Labour Matter” File: 07-2510-01-0001/2018 and its outcome will remain in Closed Session. 2018 03 05 Regular Agenda Package for March 5 2018
And yet between Feb. 5 and Feb. 26 council meetings our City Clerk and mayor could not find enough agenda items warranting a public council meeting. And yet here we are today with a 450+ paged agenda that was not available until last Friday afternoon. To expect city councillors and city taxpayers would have had enough time by 6 pm tonight to fully review and digest this all encompassing agenda is inauspicious, ominous at best and why I believe city councillors and taxpayers “deserve” a week’s notice to study and realize key discerning elements to be brought forward regarding any agenda item. But we “all know” that will never happen under Mussatto’s regime as he is running out of time getting his inglorious agenda across the line before October 20th or 18 City Council Meetings left in his autocratic governance! #CNVelections2018
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”
The mayor it seems has decided to keep taxpayers and shut-in discerning residents in the dark. Dictatorially preventing anyone the democratic right and ability to record/tape their monkey business i.e. exposing their behavioural impropriety and guile misconduct: “caught during live streaming” city council meetings acted out by the mayor and his whipped city council despicables. #NowYouSeeMeNowYouDont
Also being left in the dark are 2016 incomplete “Fake News” financial statements from city auditors while having coughed up over 2.5 million taxpayers’ money in a Corix lawsuit – discovered by sleuth Kerry Morris.
LEC-Loses-Privative-Legal-Proceeding CNV 2016 Financial Statement
Further insight can be found: https://www.theglobalcanadian.com/city-north-vancouver-pays-corix-2-5-million-settle-dispute/#.WnJYwSTKFGI.twitter
Meanwhile back at last Monday Night’s city council meeting… Mr. Atkins was the only Public Input speaker. Against all odds, he braved expressing his concerns about a land acquisition/transfer coming up for a probable “4 to 3” mayoral approval. All the while not knowing the mayor and his team bloc would under the cover of unplugged video darkness – never have to worry about their disingenuous: no way in hell is that ever going to happen while we’re dictating city governance – optics!
The mayor is seemingly ruling like city hall is no longer a public corporate domain rather it’s his personal autocrat empire. So I thought I would give Mr. Atkins 2 min. portion of the council meeting a little extra “appropriate visual justification” on behalf of our Napoleon-like vainglorious ruler.
The British Fascisti formed in 1924. A form of radical authoritarianism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce (development and taxpayer money) that came to prominence in early 20th-century Britain then giving rise to National Fascism in Italy… and seemingly again to some extent in CNV in 2015.
Finally there is a non partisan North Shore newspaper that is listening to the concerns of residents – kudos to The Global Canadian. And no I am not on their payroll, am just relieved to see an alternative tabloid publication encouraging and “not limiting public input.”
Even my once next door neighbour for many years Fiona Walsh now has an open resource to voice her concerns, pointing out how the CNV population is seemingly out of control, with neighbourhoods suffering from traffic congestion, overcrowded schools, and unaffordable housing. (The Global Canadian: page 6 “Change We Want)
And if our overall North Shore population is shrinking as wannabe mayor councillor Buchanan wants us to believe. It would and could be for reasons like: The many Mussatto Team Slate heralded demo-rental-evictions, unaffordable housing for far too many seniors, single parents, fixed and low income earners. And young couples like my tenant neighbours wanting MORE than just a cookie cutter existence having just bought an affordable home in Abbotsford. Lost forever to our city will be their much needed talents in nursing and construction.
From my POV: those that can afford our gentrified uppity housing prices are NOT BLUE COLLAR WORKERS. The very backbone to our city’s wellness and survival. #CNVSOL
I realize my blog at times can be quite cynical in the caricaturing of the mayor, his team slate councillors and managerial city staff. But I have discovered over the 3 years I have posted my blog that other related and more politically correct blogs and other handle-me-with-care media outlets has not advanced or had any effect on the mayor and his 4 to 3 autocratic rule of thumb. His vainglorious CityShaping vision consists of paving 20 million of tax payers dollars on failing bike lanes and surrendering our skyline to his OCP over densified developer investors from his 2014 re-election campaign. The mayor’s SHORTsightedness “putting the cart ahead of the horse” has left our daily transportation infrastructures in dire gridlock while local small businesses are unable to keep or find local part time help whom in turn can no longer afford to live in our city.
For me the most disturbing aspect during Mussatto’s dictatorship reign is the loss of so many hardworking people who have landscaped, forged our city’s heritage. Households from our once thriving lower class, people on fixed incomes, single parent families, seniors, artists and young families. Many having been displaced, evicted from our city’s shores without a thank you or ever offering temporary housing assistance – Arrivederci, good riddance eh Grinch.
But I am beginning to read and hear more voices standing up against our mayor and his team slate councillors stranglehold on our city. Like discerning voices on pages 3 & 4 “Change We Want” in the recently published The Global Canadian Newspaper. Also checkout their facebook page featuring other related stories: http://www.facebook.com/theglobalcanadian/.
Finally CNVites are standing up, fed up with all the density and failing related infrastructures, drawing a line in the sand… “enough is enough!” Change in municipal governance is on its way come October 20th – Arrivederci Mussatto Team Slate councillors!
Note the logo/badge on Mussatto’s Napoleonic hat is the iconic ‘Anarchy symbol’. Representing the mayor and his 3 Team Slate city councillors autocratic “4 to 3” empowering decision making on ALL OCP DENSITY BONUS High Rises and bylaw amendments and higher density re-zoning on behalf of many campaign donor developers.