Earlier this month there was an interesting Vancouver Sun online article by Kennedy Stewart: “Time to get big money out of Vancouver City Hall for good.” He is also running as an independent in their 2018 mayoral race. Stewart’s mayoral platform revolves around 4 measures in how to improve local city democracy while strengthening and enhancing public trust in their city-council decisions regarding development. https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/kennedy-stewart-time-to-get-big-money-out-of-vancouver-city-hall-for-good?video_autoplay=true
His four measures: 1. Time for cooling-off rules, 2. Tighten conflict of interest, 3. Implement lobbyist registry, 4. Daylight campaign financing – which from my POV should be mandatory in our upcoming city elections – wouldn’t you agree wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan.
Measures asserting transparent democracy back into our local politics… Which of course will never see the light of day, in any of our remaining four: good riddance 2014 convoluting city council meetings.
Perhaps & wishful thinking on my part, there is a “Team Slate free, independent, no strings attached mayoral candidate” willing to step forward, vested in open door policies & morally encompassed governance. A breath of fresh air currently being smoke screened by our 2018 team slate coalitions and precarious team-like associations.
Coincidence… just published in the NSNews: https://www.nsnews.com/news/retired-businessman-kerry-morris-running-for-city-of-north-van-mayor-1.23403312
Welcome to our mayor’s 2019 City Wake… a city he would not dare have on his resume after October 20th. As some are beginning to whisper a chickenshit unwilling to face the completion of his CityShaping Manhattan Project i.e. realizing this could only further damage his contemptible & vainglorious mayoral-ship legacy. A once unassuming city his infamy will definitively record he mayor-ily gentrified on behalf of his vulturous towering donors and spending over $22M on a Black Necklace for the sake of a few measly cyclists willing to bike to work. A legacy wannabe mayor Buchanan is ready & eager to WTH further advance in his image. (God help us all) #Vote4ChangeOct20
And before you start pointing fingers only at our four horse trading city councillors: Clark, Bell, Bookham & non city resident Back favouring and coercing a new Harry Jerome Titanic SportsPlex… Do not lose sight in what SPAWNED this $237 million sink hole. The mayor’s 2014 re-election double dipping donor Darwin Construction in consort behind closed doors with our mayor’s compliant city planners & engineers. A project that had to have been in the works for quite some time don’t you think. After all mayor Mussatto never seemed in any hurry or ever sounded like he wanted to update or renovate our existing Harry Jerome Community Recreational Centre… coincidence – you decide.
Further: The sky may not be falling but our city is untenantable far too many. Just how negative the impact of even a minor housing collapse will have on our city’s sustainability is already blurred by overhead spawning hazy skies. #cnvSOL
With our runaway development and neverending amending or superseding rezoning bylaws being approved like at last Monday night’s city council meeting… Is finally having an on the wane affect leading to more & more CNV residents saying enough is enough; revolting against their en masse unaffordable density demagoguery. Hopefully they and many more will emphatically Vote for Change on October 20th.
Everywhere I turn neighbours are fed up with all the construction lane closures, bus overloads, shrinking commercial parking and businesses unable to find affordable qualified help. #cnvSOL
And here is the kicker… it WILL and can only get WORSE with our city council’s 11th hour efforts to ram through city council as many density developments as possible on behalf of their vulturous developer pals and in the name of their vainglorious infamies. #Vote4ChangeOctober20
A contemptible pattern was quite evident in June’s most viewed when it came to the Harry Jerome Lands Public Hearing rezoning. It was seemingly a staged performance featuring bad acting & non believable misdirection led by Mussatto and his wannabe night-mayor Linda Buchanan; while other land-grabbing city councillor imposters were lassoing horse trading – hee haw!
Surely CNV deserves a city council that has a strong neighbourly back bone, void of developer brokering and backroom corruption. Obstinate hardened traits held by our current spineless & vainglorious city council despicables. #vote4changeOctober20
What the hell is wrong with this city… we have a City Council, Hollyburn Family Services Society, Community Housing Action Committee, Generation Squeeze? and LL Business Improvement Area all on board for MORE UNAFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING. #RentalMortgageRates
When Anthem gets around building their faulty tower market valued apartment building in 3 years and given how construction costs keep rocketing skyward, rents should be hovering around $3,000 for a two bedroom. Take 10% off 3K and rent will still be at an unaffordable $2,700! And what these nincompoops keep avoiding is EVERY YEAR everyone of these rental units will have their rent increased by up to 4% each and every year thereafter! I for one as a senior could never afford one of these hoity toity 10/10/10 units even it they were for perpetuity! What our infamous city council is really offering in low income rental units is: 10/10+4/10!
And I also see in the news the other day oh boy, the Bolshevik District Council lead by Bolshie Bassam just don’t know when to quit. Willing to throw away $100K towards a reunification study that would hopefully lead to an amalgamation plebiscite after their new October 20th District Council has been elected. With the belief of course Bolshie will be at the helm and CNV will elect maybe pro amalgamation Guy Heywood as mayor with enough pro Bolshevik elected city councillors to overturn our existing city council’s nixing of amalgamation. #NoHopeInHell
белиберда (balderdash, nonsensical)
I have come to realize the current towering deconstruct state of our once unassuming enclave city is sadly well beyond repair. The social and economic wellness of our city has been flushed down the toilet in a whirlpool of perverse and deliberate over development.
It is impossible to expect our infrastructures to keep pace with the density explosion that has been fornicated upon our city especially over the last four years by our Manhattan loving density mayor and his lackey team councillors and in combine with our shameless horse trading councillors.
About a week & a half ago a fan of my blog sent me this link “The Death of a Great City” (NY NY) from Harper’s Magazine https://harpers.org/archive/2018/07/the-death-of-new-york-city-gentrification/
A definitive precursor in what to expect from our city’s deliberate CityShaping shortsightedness in 1/10th the time. The death of the city is ALREADY upon us. Our city “today” has become unsustainable and unaffordable for far too many low income families, millennial’s and even middle class. These are the very dependent’s vital in the continued economic and social wellness of our city whom have “had enough!” Unwilling to live in inflated priced cookie cutter condos or willing to give landlords $20K to $30K of their annual hard earned NET INCOME without any return on their rental investment. #MortgageRentalRates
I don’t enjoy insinuating gloom and doom for the city’s next decade, but it is INEVITABLE. From my POV there is really not much the next city council can do to slow down or reverse our unsustainable growth. Over the next decade there will be an acute en masse carryover of unfinished or new high rise startups ALREADY GREEN LIT by our current malignant city council & backed by our contemptible backroom inEpp city planners.
Our 2018 new city council will be hamstrung, having been deliberately paralyzed by our current city council’s “self defeating modus operandi: prophesying density demagoguery.” It is my opinion none of our existing city council despicables deserve to be re-elected!
Which brings me to an agonizing decision I and my wife made over this past weekend. This is no longer our Camelot and cannot consciously run for city council. The upcoming EIGHT YEAR+ deconstruct of the existing Harry Jerome Lands across the street from us is a bridge too far. We have just spent 18 months of the “destroy and build” new Sundance full market value apartment building while they displaced many low income renters from their family homes! Simply put enough is enough!
We will eventually be leaving the North Shore and moving to a town or less congested city centre that will indeed offer senior artist’s like myself, affordability and a sustainable future, it’s out there, it’s just not here.
For as long as we live here, I will continue being a critical watchdog of our out-of-touch city council and our low life city planners – caricaturing their eroding ineptness. Hopefully the new city council will not require as much satirical caricaturing… a new city council sinking in a leftover quagmire of MASSatto’s CityShaping fanaticism. #cnvSOL
How in the hell mayor and city councillor despicables can Darwin Construction via Colliers International Realty have had the audacity to send out to local business/retail establishments earlier this week a mail-out brochure prior any final decision making on their “leased” commercial spaces. Retail floor plans they are currently advertising as office spaces you can now “own!” i.e. after complying with the requirements of the BC Real Estate Dev. Marketing Act and filing a disclosure statement. #unlawfulAct
Two weeks ago city council only approved the rezoning of the Harry Jerome Lands to new unprecedented fornicating heights. “NOTHING IS YET ETCHED IN STONE REGARDING THE FINAL USE OF THESE LANDS – TO BE DECIDED “IN COMBINE” WITH CITY COUNCIL AND NOT BEFORE THE NEW HJ REC CENTRE HAS BEEN APPROVED!” #FoulPlay
Back in the nineties I was for 3 years the Art Director for the largest architect firm at the time in Alberta (TCEP). I know how much design time and print turnaround it takes to produce one of these “sophisticated” candy coated colour brochures. I designed umpteen of these type brochures, AO Boards and their annual calendar during my years at this architect firm. Whom in 2010 merged with other architect and engineer firms across Canada and are now collectively known as DIALOG.
The point I am making is my credentials tell me this was not an overnight rush job! Darwin under wraps may have been GREEN LIT months ago – prior the rezoning HJ Lands Public Hearing from only two weeks ago! #collusion #InsideJob
Darwin “is” a double-dipping donor to Mussatto’s 2014 campaign and is about to be richly rewarded 8 YEAR FOLD. No commercial realtor would EVER RISK being LIABLE in selling retail space in a building(s) that has not yet been APPROVED by the respective CITY COUNCIL! Nor would they ever be willing to waste money on a brochure on behalf of their “client” (Darwin) if they knew CNV City Council/City Planners and “mayor” were completely onside for this en mass mammoth fornicating development! #InsideTrading
I have iterated over and over again about the backroom corrupt governance of our existing city council, city planners and our SELLOUT MAYOR. I have truly had enough! #Vote4ChangeOctober20