In today’s blog I’m going out on the limb hoping most will see the historic humour and apropos sarcasm in my copy and re-worked NVCV banner.
The North Van City Voices Blog should maybe change (in the short term) their name to the DISTRICT VOICES! (much like the NSNews should change its name to NS District Rag) Re: WELCOMING the news the District of North Vancouver is making a new as in – nothing has changed – at amalgamating with the City of North Vancouver. This from a blog that says it is non-political – doesn’t take sides – really. A seemingly “pro District blog” supporting power to the (Bolshevik) District City Council over our city council democracy – promoting “anarchy” or is it a District revolution er amalgamation coup! And with a wanton District amalgamation/revolution on the horizon will we be looking at a plebiscite aka Red October 20th Ballot Box. #DNVBolshevikRevolution
In the 2014 city elections the only pro amalgamation mayoral candidate was George Pringle and he received less than a thousand votes with mayor Mussatto squeaking out victory over Kerry Morris who was neither for or against. As one fellow coffee mate gal put it to me recently “is Kerry running as a double agent”. But in all fairness he further iterated the matter needs a detailed examination which we should do. But your current “elected city council” insists nothing has changed, so what further detailed examination is necessary when “nothing has changed?”
Also on election night besides Morris and possibly Pringle running for mayor there will be at least two more candidates… “Someone” from the NSCAA as in maybe Guy Heywood who in his archived blog was all for amalgamation thus leaving WTH wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan the only one seemingly opposed to the reunification of the two cities.
Hey little sister city – it’s a nice day to start again… Potential District Coup White Wedding Unplugged Theme Song?
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
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
I must say I was almost impressed by the NSNews poignancy when it came to our dire traffic woes featured in last Wednesday’s front page using recent Canada Statistics and follow-up over on their “viewpoint” editorial page validating just how bad our daily traffic commute has become. The paper gave DNV mayor Walton the last word conceding the need to build strategic town centres and affordable housing… But what he didn’t say and the “NSSnooze” did not ask him was: is he willing to put a temporary hold on new condo highrise developments. And why does he think the BC NDP are seriously studying “mobility pricing” since they ran and got elected promising the elimination of bridge tolls. The kiss of death… just ask the BC Liberal Party and what will surely befall any mayor supporting mobility pricing during the 2018 civic elections.
I also can’t help but be a little suspicious why the NSN did not let our CNV mayor weigh in on this congested conundrum. You know the mayor who just spent over $20 million taxpayer’s money so 2.5% cyclists can bike to work. A mayor who continues to prioritize condo highrise developments and NOT mini malls having parkades or crusading for affordable government assisted housing. An autocratic inglorious mayor who sold our city to his campaign vultures whose profit margins would be negatively impacted by constructing any of the aforementioned. And then again WHERE would in our little enclosed city would one find an empty lot or any demo potential property that hasn’t already been forfeited to an IOU developer from “behind closed doors”… ho, ho, ho.