Monday night city council in 86% unison, drove the final stake into amalgamation’s heart. The following is a condensed version from Monday nights amalgamation discussion, crunching it down from 21 minutes to 8 1/2 minutes. I possibly could have shortened it to 6 minutes or even extended it to 10 minutes. So I’m hoping this will be an acceptable alternative worth your time. #CNVunitedWEstand
And of course the NSRag did not disappoint, hanging on – editorializing that it is waiting for the District’s NRG study which will have absolutely no bearing towards the re-unification of our two cities any time soon. CNVCouncil has emphatically rejected amalgamation regardless of this false alarm 600 robo call, online survey… and you won’t find it being entertained on “CNV” October election ballots. #GameSetMatch
Noteworthy: The NSN is a “resident of CNV” whom unlike the District came to their rescue, relocating their offices and presses after their Lonsdale location went up in flames in 2005. #CNVthereWhenYouNeedUs
From my POV the NSNews needs to change its name to something a little more befitting, representing their despicable Freedom Fighters CNV discourse. How about “The District ★ Trojan Crier”… it has a quantified ring to it don’t you think. #NSNeditorialConspiracy #boycottNSNews
And if you want to see the full unedited “Get Stuffed” version link to: May 14/18 Agenda 19 Amalgamation: https://www.cnv.org/your-government/council-meetings/2018-meetings/council-videos
It was quite the roller coaster ride on many agenda fronts during Monday Night’s fight card. The believed sign bylaw “6363” having constitutional infractions went unchecked. And of course of course Mussatto’s developer pal Pezzente got their way with Mussatto’s infamous Team Councillors voting 4 to 3 in favour of all Pezzente could ever hope for by way of rezoning amendments to rescinding zoning bylaws that got in the way of their project like closing off 26 street access to Lonsdale Avenue and much larger building footprint.
In attendance sitting in the press box seat was the “pro amalgamation” NSNews reporter. One can only hope after he listened to the many cons, comparing apples to apples when it came to mill rates and property taxes to comparing our city’s many “compact condos” verses the District’s mostly single spread out home property values and their higher infrastructure costs including maintaining 5 fire halls to our “one”. It should be interesting in reading how the NSNews “spins” their heavy-handed one-sided District Bolshevik uprising or comes clean and concedes their “amalgamation revolution failed” – don’t hold your breath.
City Council voted “5 to 1″ (Bell opted #1)” x-naying any further amalgamation study talks – period! More on this in Friday’s video amalgamation multi composite. #shouldBefun
City Council also voted down any further casino and lottery terminal discussions which also prevented Mr. Epp’s pin the casino tail NIMBY site location options by a majority rule “5 to 2”, with mayor Mussatto and councillor Keating looking from the outside in.
And now to my Wednesday’s blog main event whereby mayor “G.” Mussatto put on his little Napoleon hat and proceeded to inform us all he has every right to bring back Starlight’s Victoria Park defeated development for reconsideration. Nothing had changed outside of moving from our 10/10/10 policy to 20 units at 10% under 2021 market value rates and in perpetuity. Further WTF: Councillors Bookham and Clark pointed out that only the mayor and councillor aka NDP President Keating had advance notice of this better late than never change in heart i.e. they were unaware of this “lobbying change” – invalidating five city councillors! Our mayor’s backroom despicable antics is showing no signs in letting up forever contravening city council decorum. #despicable
But thank you Councillors Bookham, Clark, Bell and yes councillor Holly Back for standing your ground not backing down from this seemingly underhanded, slight-of-hand horse trading. Yet still councillor Buchanan was on-side with the mayor and Keating with logic I am sorry, just cannot comprehend – maybe you can. #crazyTalk
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.