Signs, signs everywhere a “Help Wanted” sign!


Over the summer I have spent time patronizing our local and North Shore restaurants, coffee shops and strolling through our shopping centres…  And it doesn’t take long to notice how many store front windows have signs looking for HELP i.e. now hiring apply within.  Is it just me or is there not a noticeable increase in our city’s businesses struggling to find qualified and reliable help.  #NorthVanBusinessSOL

Patrick Stafford-Smith, CEO of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, said back in January: “it’s time for the North Shore to get a rapid transit link to the rest of the Lower Mainland or risk facing an exodus of local employers.”  A dedicated B-Line along Marine and Main should help relieve commuter congestion but does absolutely nothing for business up and down Lonsdale Avenue – absolutely nothing.  And with an estimated 1,000 plus residents planned between 20th and 27th streets in Upper Lonsdale – we are headed for one hell of a Lonsdale freeze!

Rumour has it: 40% of North Vancouver business will or are considering to leave the North Shore while couriers curse North Vancouver as the “seventh circle of hell.”  The future business climate in our city is looking bleak at best.  There is no quick fix or even short to mid-term fix, with the damage further diecast by Mussatto’s CityShaping.  We are confronted with a 3 headed monster: 1. unaffordable housing, 2. employee shortages, 3. entangled inefficient commuter accessibility to and from the lower mainland.

Our NDP MLA Ma and TransLink rep and her infamous leader Hulk Horgan are currently bolstering transportation infrastructures throughout the lower mainland.  But when it came to the North Shore they decided all they really only needed was a B-Line route along our south shoreline!  It is quite obvious the North Shore is not a priority to TransLink or to our culpable NDP Government.  Maybe it’s already time to start rebelling for change heading into our next provincial election.

And another themed sign noticeably cropping up on front lawns for weeks on end is “House For Sale.” …hmm.

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Build it and taxpayers will pickup Harry Jerome’s future cost overruns… or will many longtime residents forsake the North Shore having had enough!


Last Monday Night’s jammed packed fight card featured many bouts with all OCP amendments, rezoning bylaws and new projects being the big winners.  And now for the next 8 weeks we all get a break from city council’s love affair with en masse developments.  Though we will have to all still put up with the never ending noise pollution from gravel and ready mix cement trucks sitting out in front of your favourite Lonsdale coffee shops.  Shouting back and forth over the annoying hyper sounds of Mussatto’s CityShaping.  Not to mention all the construction site street delays, traffic congestion and reduced street parking!

On the streets and in coffee shops everybody’s talking about the proposed Harry Jerome (Titanic) SportsPlex.  But we must all keep an open mind, acknowledging our infamous 2014 elected city council has not written a blank cheque for the project… yet.  Hopefully the new elected city council will downsize and have a little more mercy on city taxpayers as annual operating costs are projected to be in and around six million and city property taxes will be going up 2.2%!

Anyone running for city council like Councillors Clark, (Bell) & non city resident Back bantering a $237+ million Harry Jerome SportsPlex undoubtedly will be – swimming up stream – when it comes to voter support north of City Hall, where a majority are dead against this Titanic sinkhole.  #vote4ChangeOct20

And just how did we get to this culpable Tsunami… here is my POV video composite from last Monday night’s main bout: Harry Jerome Financing Structure & Risk…