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…
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
With density having reached unprecedented 2041+ levels many are now realizing the adverse impact and negative wellness it is having on our neighbourhoods. We do not need up to 1,500 more residents taking over the existing HJCRC lands as it only further injects unabated commuter congestion and gridlock and neighbourhood stress.
Re: HJCRC, I realize there are according to the MODUS survey a mere 900 across the entire North Shore of over 180K in support of the proposed HJCR Centre and only 241 whose postal code actually live in this neighbourhood. Yes, our existing HJCRC is at the end of its run. But I am completely opposed to spending $130 to $160 MILLION on an enchilada sporting mega-dome. The interest so far does not warrant such an all inclusive sporting facility. And our current HJCRC is NOT operating anywhere near full capacity, partly due to the onslaught of private fitness centres and just a few blocks north of HJCRC is the “brand new” Delbrook Community Recreation Centre that has a six lane, 25 metre pool. And what is blatantly missing is an attached PARKADE, or inclusive ground level parking to accommodate the traffic for those attending say an aquatic competition. A spendthrift mega-dome dependent on drawing people from across the North Shore and from the lower mainland… oh yeah I forgot everyone will be bicycling or taking transit and being dropped off and picked up at the ONE NORTH/SOUTH BUS STOP.
We should be seriously looking at alternative low-cost prefabricated modular options allowing for a much faster and cost effective turnaround in the reconstruct of our existing HJCRC. Rebuilding from the ground up in SECTIONS – independent state of the art building materials – allowing the rest of the existing rec centre to remain active. This would allow new second floor areas to be portable, interchangeable, easily updated meeting the unforeseen demands placed on the new rec centre for decades to come… and there lies the challenge, the needed resilience to reinvent our 52 year old HJCRC working drawings.
Tonight’s agenda once again does not address our many SHORTcomings like: offering city rent-controlled housing for people who work full or part-time in our local business whom cannot AFFORD our escalating rental/housing costs. And like so many asking: “Why does the Mayor hide our Statement of Financial Information – is it that incriminating?”
Meanwhile way, way back during our last NVCH meeting…
A must read: Rebellion in the Neighbourhood by Corrie Kost via https://www.theglobalcanadian.com/2138-2/#.WoXSXnx9u6o.wordpress
The proof is in the pudding thanks to: North Van City Voices: https://nvcityvoices.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/cnv_housing-units-january-2018.xls
“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
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 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