During last Monday’s Night’s “32 Agenda Items wallowing in 696 pages” fixated on ramin’ & jamin’ through as many new zoning bylaws, rezoning amendments was the passing of MLA Ma’s INSTPP… A wonderful passive aggressive: not today and certainly not tomorrow resolve to our North Shore Traffic Woes. Or what I prefer to milquetoast as a MISTPP: Micromanaging Incompatible Sacrificial Transportation Planning Project.
I’ll save Monday Night’s City Council’s 2 Public Hearing buffoonery for Friday’s blog… As what should not be overlooked is our four out of the six homespun mayoral candidates were interviewed on CBC’s Early Edition Stephen Quinn Show “traffic themed” podcast last week. The podcast certainly offered insight into just how proverbial contentious and artful these wannabe mayoral contenders – no holds barred – plan to be.
There were two standouts for me, first was Linda Buchanan a leader over the last four years for en masse development, renter displacement and having one of theworst city council attendance records over the last fours years swears she has definitive Fake News insight much like MLA Ma, debunking there is no way density contributes to our inner city traffic or commuter woes!
So… when your campaign donor Hollyburn completes its Marlborough 3 OCP 17 bonus floors of density amidst a strong NIMBY petition you flat-out ignored along with voting in favour of Onni’s Centre View twin towers another one of your campaign donors on the adjacent Lonsdale corner will NOT IMPACT the already heavily congested Lonsdale & 13 St. intersection where bus stop overloads are the norm coming from Lynn Valley’s bursting at the seams buses – really. Even if say up to 60% of new building residents cram themselves into a bus, bike or walk to work that still results in a 40% increase in traffic volume!
Secondly, the mayoral candidates acknowledged the need for improved “transit” access to North Van. But it was “only Guy Heywood” who took a “North Shore city bus” to the CBC podcast locale in Vancouver City. One of the few times there was no rhetoric spewing out of the mouths of the other car loving mayoral candidates… Interview starts at about the 11 minute mark of the podcast – you decide.
As I continue my blog campaign to “displace” from City Hall our pro density & horse trading councillors from civic office. #Vote4ChangeOct20
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 bleakat 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 reallyonly neededwas 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.
Meanwhile… Monday Night’s City Council Fight Card was over before the strike of seven, with our infamous mayor a no-show. And to every medicinal cannabis user’s angst the third reading regarding bylaws prohibiting non-medicinal Cannabis Production and Sales in the City was passed 5 to 1 with interim mayor Rod Clark inhaling…
Does this mean our city’s “medicinal cannabis dispensaries” which are emphatically “not selling non-medicinal cannabis” are by way of our prescribed amended bylaws not breaking any city bylaws and a city business license should therefore be entitled to our cannabis outlets?
“According to and In their own words”… CANNABIS REGULATION: ZONING AND BUSINESS LICENSE BYLAW AMENDMENTS third reading of the following bylaws to prohibit non-medicinal Cannabis Production and Sales in the City be considered:
“Zoning Bylaw, 1995, No. 6700, Amendment Bylaw, 2018, No. 8609” (A Bylaw to Regulate Cannabis) and,
“Business License Bylaw, 2004, No. 7584, Amendment Bylaw, 2018, No. 8616” (A Bylaw to Regulate Cannabis).
There is nothing in either bylaw delineating “what is” medicinal cannabis.
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 NSNews release of the precarious financial state of ICBC’s HQ, also and just as importantly revealed just how many of its employees do not “live and work” within our restricted city limits. A Corporate exec and a few managers I know also prefer not to live in our prohibitive priced congested concrete jungle. Our mayor’s towering impulsive density mania is having an adverse and irreversible effectraising the bar in who can and who cannot afford to “live and work” in a city fixated in high-rise fornication. A city controlled by a psycho-ling path Grinch and his 3 proverbial beholden team city councillors!
Vancouver Metro Front Page this morning: “ICBC rates to jump” Now I see the NDP via the Attorney General are about to hike insurance premiums to a minimum 6.4% averaging out to about 8% or $130 MORE a year – thanks to Clark’s shady wheelin’ n dealin’ during her governing years!