When you have an upstart OCP Director of Planning willing to OVERTURN and IGNORE city council decisive stay in prohibiting gaming facilities in all neighbourhoods! Proves just how underhanded our mayor and city planning department have all become. Undermining our community neighbourhoods calling them callously “site specific”. #thejigisup
We have 3 city councillors: “neighbourhood site specific” Buchanan, Back, Keating and the mayor tied to a financially strapped double dipping donor Darwin Properties project that will ultimately destroy and up-heave a neighbourhood with EIGHT YEARS of construction! And we have 3 city councillors: Bookham, Bell and Clark proposing to spend over $160 million on a MegaRecDome with insufficient monies in their HJ coffers!
There isn’t one financial institution in the world that would finance either one of these projects – otherwise they would have. This squandering of taxpayers money has to stop, but how I have no idea unless there is a mass peoples revolt which I am in no way thwarting, yet. A triple whammy right smack dab in the face of every city taxpayer! Perhaps the only way to stop this crafted density madness is by NOT RE-ELECTING any of these city councillors in October. #OustAllCityCouncillors
And then with a new hopefully untainted city council in place (and new city planning director) perhaps roadblocks can be set up making these projects nonviable or at least abbreviated as they will both be in very early financially unsecured stages of development.
First and foremost after the new city council has been elected, it should consider putting these projects in escrow, suspending our OCP – and maybe doing a little city planning house cleaning… The sale of cannabis is inevitable but the city’s tax revenue share will not be enough to finance one never mind both projects financial shortcomings.
And this is where the mayor’s largest gaming donor, Tom Nellis comes out from behind the greased curtain and embraces the mayor and his three despicable indebted team slate councillors and count me in: Councillors Bookham, Clark and Bell. “I knew I could count on you all to do whatever it would take in order to build my casino. …moo-waah” #KissOfDeath
March 12th CNV council meeting keeps on giving and giving and giving! It was a night “pot” full of innuendos, unlikelihood’s and pro development NIMBY deconstructs. In other words a typical city council meeting.
Even last Friday’s NSNews is still chronicling the nocturnal musings from that infamous council meeting headlining BC NDP President ‘Moneybags’ Keating’s proverbial insight in how to give birth to the burgeoning $210 million “plus” for a new Harry Jerome Rec Centre.
According to Keating all that is required is getting “high” from pot sales and gambling away family security wellness, i.e. attracting pathological gambling – risking bankruptcy and bad debts. Odds only a habitual high roller quenches or how an alien money laundering gang can illegally profit. #casinoPlebiscite
“From a local economic impact perspective, casinos don’t encourage non-gaming businesses to open nearby, because the people who most often visit casinos do not wander out to visit other shops and businesses. A casino is designed to be an all-absorbing environment that does not release its customers until they have exhausted their money. And nearby neighbourhoods are more susceptible to be negatively infected and socially impacted.” #BetTheHouse
Is this what we want councillors… to build a new “family” rec centre on the backs of drug and gambling dependencies. #HarryJeromePlebiscite
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
With so little new business being offered by city council since the new year, one should wonder “what’s going on.” Could it be we really have run out of real estate and all that is really left for our mayor’s “Grinch” legacy is where to put his campaign IOU Tom Nellis’ and BCLC’s casino. But just where do you put it with so few options left available… maybe for starters one of the following options: “A” or “B”.
And lest we forget the casino has already been democratically knocked out in a 5 to 2 decision in a 2015 city council meeting. The overturning of a defeated casino can only further seal our mayor’s Napoleonic infamy – his “I.O.U. Waterloo.”
And keep in mind wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan was one of the city councillor’s who changed her vote, largely because the new proposal isn’t related to the Shipyards or any other public (Presentation House) lands. Buchanan: “The previous application was very specifically wanting to go on public property and we were very adamant, and I’m still very adamant, I would not support anything being on our waterfront.” Thereby this option is not in the cards for councillor Buchanan who received a campaign donation from Pinnacle aka RPGM De Cotiis family and K&T Properties Tom Nellis and from oh so many more developers she indebted herself. http://contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/pcs/lepublished/100122857.pdf
And how could I not… move over “rap crap”