You can’t have one: a ‘new Harry Jerome’ without leasing out the other: ‘HJ Lands’… but I thought this agenda was about opting in or out for a casino?


As Councillor Rod Clark would say “w-w-e-ell…” I thought this agenda was to be about opting in or out having a city casino.  Boy was I ever wrong after doing my video composite in using casino only related dialogue from our city chamber’s head table.  The “Amalgamation Study – Taking The Next Steps” had very little to do if council was in favour or not in favour in having a casino.  Rather it had a lot more to do with how to pay or how not to pay for the new Harry Jerome proposed MegaSportsDome verses the mammoth Darwin development’s leasing jackpot potential.  #CasinoBust

Councillors Bell & Clark who are in favour of the en masse Darwin Lands Development subsidizing their $200 million MegaSportsDome and lest we forget the 2021 contingency overruns and annual operational costs uh, forgot to mention or they did not know that the Darwin Properties current “master plan” will require WTF: “8 years of density polluting construction!”  #NIMBY!  #howDareYou!

As it turns out, of the 26 minutes spent on Monday night’s casino study, I could only find approximately “4 minutes” of actual dedicated, identifiable casino language.  Again most of the time was spent haggling over how to pay for the new $200 million Harry Jerome Rec Facility or wanting in on the Darwin development scale and services to be appropriated on “our” cha-ching city’s leased land.  #electionDealBreaker

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Being Mayor for this city isn’t easy… or is taking “no an option” when it comes to a development previously turned down at a previous city council meeting. Autocratic “4 to 3” politics trumping democracy every time under Commandant Mussatto’s regime.


Wonder why Darrell “G” concludes: “it isn’t easy being mayor here” in a city he has “CityShaped” via his “4 to 3” Team Slate Hijackers, city planners and campaign investors.  Having fornicated our city’s density beyond any skyline recognition.  An en masse out of control density that is the root cause of our commercial and residential street parking shortages, inner city traffic congestion, construction lane delays, unaffordable rental housing, businesses unable to find and keep dependable affordable staff.

All this to some degree could have been avoidable if only our infamous leader, his Housing Action Team and City Planners had taking advantage of the previous BC Liberal Government’s $500 million low rental housing grant like the District and Vancouver City did.  #cnvSOL

Within tonight’s 525 page agenda we are about to break the law right off the top with the mayor and councillors yea-ing to: “Sign Bylaw, 1992, No. 6363, Amendment Bylaw, 2018, No. 8644”  Want proof: https://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcca/doc/2012/2012bcca394/2012bcca394.html?searchUrlHash=AAAAAQAhUHJlLWVsZWN0aW9uLCBnb3Zlcm5tZW50IHNwZW5kaW5nAAAAAAE&resultIndex=4

Another key and oh so hypocritical agenda item is 19 in part: “The Amalgamation Study Options” whereby “the District adheres to its legislated growth targets under the Regional Growth Strategy and that those targets are not met by shifting legislated growth targets into the current boundaries of the City.”  WTF!  Our city led by Density Darrell, his Team Slate Councillors and freshman Planning Dir. Epp who has in a recent HJ Lands Town Hall Meeting “REPUDIATED” the Regional Growth Strategy Levels – daringly pushing density onward and upward beyond CNV RGS 2041 levels!  #ScrewRegionalGrowthLevels

I could lean toward Option One: REFOCUS ON CITY RESIDENTS’ PRIORITIES AND INTERESTS or Option Three: DO NOT PURSUE AN AMALGAMATION STUDY AT THIS TIME.  As Option Two: PROCEED DIRECTLY TO TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR AN AMALGAMATION STUDY.  We see The District by their own admission affirm: ‘‘The ‘cost savings’ rationale for a reunification is tenuous at best. ”#CNVunitedWEstand

And from here we go right smack into Agenda Item 20: GAMING & CANNABIS REVENUES – OPTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION.  I mean what could possibly go wrong having a “NIMBY casino” that will attract money laundering while patrons can smoke pot, liquor-up and gamble away their rent/mortgage cheque or car payment rolling snake eyes.  It is a much larger and more serious problem than casinos and their supporters (BCLC) want you to ever know.  #NoCNVcasino

It’s a fact Jack – Casino patrons draw money away from other entertainment establishments, potentially jeopardizing other sectors of the local economy and the jobs within them.  But if your Harry Jerome Darwin Lands Development or new HJ MagaSportsDome is “cash strapped”… well BCLC and K&T Gaming who was a big time 2014 Mussatto campaign spender… you have just hit the North Van City jackpot!  #MoneyTalks

It’s going to be a long night, lots and lots of pro developer zoning amendments, and new development startups proposed, and WTF!  Reconsideration of 151 E Keith (Victoria Park) which was “voted down” at Council on April 23rd…  Could it be councillor Back is OMG reneging on her word and is about to renew her “Team Slate Vows!”  Mussatto’s Team Councillors and his inept city planners can never accept NO as the final answer on any NIMBY development!

Bring energy bars and water if you got-em… (and go Jets go!)

May’s Sunday Editorial Funny…


I’ve been asked a number of times… do your love bird seagulls have names – not yet.  If anyone has any suggestions would certainly entertain them and would give due credit in an upcoming seagull themed blog.

Re: City Electoral Signs; it has been brought to my attention that last Monday night’s city election bylaws and update re:  “Sign Bylaw, 1992, No. 6363” (not the 8643 Elections Assent Voting bylaw).  i.e. Limits (prohibits) pre-election campaign materials has already been contested and defeated in BC court and was found to be in breach of S.2(b) of the Charter of Freedoms and Rights!   It appears campaign advertising on bike signs or even at bus stop shelters prior the six week election period does not break any laws… however it appears the City has, namely our constitution! (more on Monday)   #ConstitutionalSignBylawViolations

Let the free-for-all sign wars begin!


Beatle tribute…

Official Community Plan has been at best a failure. A complete DISCONNECT IGNORING NIMBY INPUT from Town Hall Meetings, Public Input Periods, letters of concern to social (email) media texting apps. Enough!


Mayor Mussatto, his fellow team slate councillors, seemingly inept city planners and engineers demagoguery in the vulturous overtures contained within the “always on the bylaw mend” OCP and its ability to OVERRULE NIMBY CONCERNS!  #TearDownThisOCPwall

Whatever its “Promised Land” intent may have been, it has FALLEN PREY to mayor Mussatto’s campaign invested developers; collapsing within itself, fast tracking the deconstruction of neighbourhoods, foreclosing community and heritage while shrinking green spaces!”  #shamlessOCP

And what is troubling – our rookie OCP Director Epp, and his city planning depot could care less, in effect repudiating any quantified Regional Strategy Targets (RST).  Renegades fornicating in solidarity en mass densification – behind closed doors!  #RepudiatingRST

But wait a minute… just maybe councillor Back (running for re-election) continues to listen to the citizen populace adamantly protesting against any further towering development i.e. infusing more traffic congestion and the inevitable shrinking or loss of green spaces and further deconstructing our city’s livability.  #RepealReplaceOCP  #Citizens4to3

Is our city’s en mass densification curtain about to “drop like a rock” come election night October 20th?


Am still receiving feedback buzz over last Monday night’s Victoria Park breakdown (breakup?) among the mayor’s Team Slate city councillors.  An actual Mussatto Team Slate councillor (Holly Back) finally went against the conventions of Team Slate empowerment and LISTENED to the Victoria Park residents outcry that these encroaching townhouses is not the kind of development “they want” in their neighbourhood. #takingBackOurCity

The argument by the mayor and councillors Buchanan and (BC NDP President) Keating is this project represents the new sociology paradigm shift having 5 ft setbacks from the sidewalk and everyone must ante up more money for an inconvenient self-storage locker!  What was also grossly undermined was the fact these “4” low income family and senior homes were still a good FULL TWO YEARS away from completion.  Leaving councillor Buchanan in some kind of a suspended Twilight Zone Warp – avoiding the obvious – not admitting these low income housing are needed TODAY never mind two years from now.  #disingenuous

I realize I am beginning to sound a lot like a broken record.  But the unaffordability of our city for far too many low income and millennial type families is also impeding local small businesses survival in finding dependable staff – in retrospect began back in 2015 and 2016.  This is when Mussatto’s gang of four and his inept city planners callously put the cart (fast-tracking new higher market rentals) ahead of the horse (displacing low income renters with no short term affordable rental relief).  #SHAME!  #10/10/10-BS!

And lest we forget the previous provincial Liberal government did offer substantial ($500 million) subsidized low income housing which OMG the cities of Vancouver and even the District embraced!  But our city remorselessly turned its back on this much needed low income relief.  #Vote4Change  #Vote4Stache  #Enough!


One of my all-time favourite artist’s… campaign theme song?
JJ Cale (enough is enough) Bring Down the Curtain (close the door)

Mural, mural on City Hall Wall…


Last Monday night on cue: mayor Mussatto and his empowering autocratic Team Slate Hijackers once again by a 4 to 3 shoot-out win; defended and supported one of their IOU campaign investors er donors aka Pezzente Holdings.  Once again these 4 despicables IGNORING, turning their backs on the strong neighbourhood opposition to this project in its current state.  Championing the unnecessary closure of 26 St. west at Lonsdale Ave, loss of green park area and applauding Pezzente’s erroneous traffic survey backed by our subpar City Planner’s insidious endorsement of this burgeoning apartment complex beyond the footprint of the existing legal property lines.  #Collusion  #Betrayal

“Where and How” mayor you have been failing is: every time one of “your” campaign investor’s comes to the plate at city hall, they get to hit a seamless grand slam.  In conjunct with city planners enabling ability to amend and hit rezoning bylaws out of our city’s OCP ballpark while REPUDIATING Regional Growth Strategy Targets #Shame!

Thus the impetus behind today’s cartoon… I have had enough!  On October 20th say NO to wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan, we need not a devoted Mussatto Team Slate player continuing his psycho-ling path, density agenda!  #Enough!


*The source of the underlining street art wishes to remain anonymous.

OMG! Thanks to Councillor Holly Back the Victoria Park Project at “151 East Keith Rd” has been DEFEATED!


First and foremost a minute of silence re: North York Finch & Young fatal tragedy, the loss of 10 lives and the many injured, offering my deepest condolences and support to surviving families.  #TorontoStrong

And thank you Councillor Holly Back for LISTENING to your Victoria Park Neighbourhood along with of course councillors Bookham, Bell and Clark – all voting “nay!”  All seeing through this flawed project – surreptitiously allocating a mere 4 below market rate rentals for seniors.

Yes we need low income housing rentals for seniors and for too many low income families who have been evicted from their rental units.  But at what price, this is not the way to address low income rentals at the expense of lost green space, sunlight and in-your-face townhouses 5 feet from the sidewalk, hovering over one of our Green Necklace Gems!  And NEVER to be confused with mayor Mussatto’s Green Black Necklace!

And SHAME on our City Planners led by Mr. Epp for even “allowing” these offensive setbacks and green space injustices.  And SHAME on mayor Mussatto and Councillor Keating both propping 5 foot set backs as the new precedent norm and cloths closets as the new precedent whereby residents can “only store”  their winter tires, baby carriages and camping gear next to their favourite suit or dress!…  And by the way wannabe mayor Buchanan, you may have been able to keep your baby carriage out in the hallway in your apartment building back in the day… but today the NORM according to city fire regulations is PROHIBITED.  Also not fully addressed was “updating handicap code accessibility” to the existing tower front entrance, nor addressing “handicap scooter turning ratios” within the proposed town house units.  #ShamelessPrecedents

Wrapping up the public hearing the mayor did admit that his deepest regret will be not supplying enough affordable housing for young people and seniors.  Seemingly contradicting his perilous obsession in always bending over backwards in accommodating his campaign investors wishlist’s while making a complete mockery out of our toothless OCP and FOREVER CHANGING rezoning bylaws favouring developers and not NIMBY concerns.  Subsequently leaving us with TOO MANY NEW MARKET VALUE STOCK RENTALS further driving low income and young families off our unaffordable shore.  Adversely effecting more and more small businesses unable to maintain full/partime staff.

Our mayor wants to know WHERE are we going to find affordable housing in this city if not at this Victoria Park development.  The WHERE your worship should have started back in 2015/6 by NOT fast-tracking so many UNPRECEDENTED demo-evictions – displacing countless long time residents, seniors and young families.  And as you heard tonight one person/family having to now resort living out of their vehicle.  This proposed building WOULD NOT HAVE HELPED any senior or young family TODAY.  They would have had to wait 2 LONG YEARS for the completion of these town houses – so off our shore they will continue to go.


…And then there is the upcoming Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands Town Hall –
April 26, 2018- 5:30 – 8:30 PM
2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver – 5th floor