At last Monday night’s city council meeting the mayor was whining and crying foul how he and his team slate councillors can’t get respect during the Public Input Period… Does the word HYPOCRITE ever come to mind Grinch. I couldn’t help but take a second look at a city council meeting on July 17 of this year. And lo and behold our mayor counterblow’s his self proclaimed righteousness with his own out of order, unruly retort, chuckling “ha, welcome to North Van”.
A few minutes prior, look closely, camera right at councillor Keating aka BC NDP President waving goodbye to Mr. Wilkinson having been ordered out of chambers by flustered and unhinged Mussatto. The Wilkinson’s were quite upset over the fact they never had been told about the city’s complicit bowling alley gaffe, having bought a condo in the Onni CentreView Camel-not complex. And Premier John Horgan, you must be so damn proud of your party’s contemptible NDP President.
…If you dare take a 2 hour flashback at that night’s fight card from the 3:32 hour/minute mark onward, listen closely to the remarks made by the Wilkinson’s at the Bowling Alley Public Hearing and by the mayor’s large campaign donor Onni and of course Mussatto’s Team Slate Despicable’s approving the Onni Bowling Alley from the July 17 video. You may like the Wilkinson’s and so many other concerned residents realize why they won’t be voting for wannabe mayor Buchanan and Councillor Back on election day October 20, 2018. http://www.cnv.org/your-government/council-meetings/2017-meetings/council-videos
Being a member of many an artist community for over 40 years, and owner of a small once upon a time gallery where I also exhibited my paintings and small sculptures back in my up and coming hey day. I learned then Art will always be open to subjective and objective criticism and controversy like: when it’s subject matter is presented in one light then diffused by its historical intent.
What makes this “realist camel” so argumentative and not always in a good light is because it is so well done. Leaving little room for far too many to accept this as the correct one hump camel as opposed to the two hump camel that was used for a very short time failing to live up to its expectations. Perhaps a precursor why this bronzed camel is coming under at times undignified litter and much heated verbal abuse. After all THE PREMISE our NS Public Art Advisory Committee and owner Onni definitively ENGRAVED on a plague adjacent to the bronze camel named “Lucy’ or as I like to refer to as unLucky; clearly states in fact she is one of the last camels used during the BC gold rush in the mid 1800’s.
Onni’s “plaque” leaves very little room for interpretation as it FACTUALLY PROCLAIMS this bronze camel as “a monument not public art”. A distinct disconnection between the artist and grossly misleading historical facts presented by its owner Onni and our North Shore Public Art Advisory (Selection) Committee… A perplexing bronze has been surely cast! #StachePOV #notPublicArt
Brian May a CNV disabled pensioner who uses a mobility scooter was verbally harassed from behind by two of Onni’s underlings passing by their CentreView twin towers main entrance at 13 St. and Lonsdale Ave. Onni’s henchmen were abusively accusing him for the recent Thanksgiving vandalizing of their unLucky err Lucy bronze camel. When really all he can be accused of by these Onni hooligans was his peaceful, nonthreatening right to ‘protest’ during the recent camel unveiling on Wednesday October 4th. These surly Onni thugs should be fired, never mind reprimanded… What are the odds nothing happens to these cowardice Onni ambassadors harassing a disabled law abiding pensioner… after all Mussatto said he would take care of it – sure he will. After all we are talking about our mayor’s BFF (Onni brothers) high school pals. #OnniCamelThugs
Tonight we will not have to worry about any new development proposals or 2nd or 3rd readings further suffocating our current 2040 density levels. A city council’s stubbornness to only meet on Mondays having now been MIA for “18 weeks” so far in 2017.
Signifying our city’s latest EMBARRASSMENT whereby “Lady” a “two hump camel” used during the mid 1800’s mining gold rush has been bronzed and disfigured …the sculptor, Myfanwy MacLeod decided to lose one of its hump’s in the name of artistic license – eagerly abstaining from “historical facts” in favour being artistically arrogant. Defying facts much like our mayor and his 3 city council stooges bought and paid by Onni who in their “own words:” inscribed on the plaque next to this defecation. Insisting this erroneous bronze “Syrian camel” is “in fact a “facsimile of a camel named Lucky used during the interior BC Gold Rush.” This only further denotes how controversial and disconnected our despotic mayor and his Team Council Hijackers have succumbed – unable to distinguish fact from fiction.
Camel Lucky will become a metamorphic albatross for any of the mayor’s team buffoons running for mayor or city council next year on October 20, 2018. #CamelArrogance #CamelHeresy #CamelControversy
And just could not resist expressing my artistic license this Thanksgiving Day.
Since once again there is NO City Hall meeting tonight due to a scheduled and oh so convenient UBCM Annual run for cover Convention…
We should all take a harder long look at what went down last Monday night. Whereby ALL city councillors came together unanimously approving MORE DENSITY – MORE COMMUTERS scrabbling to get to work in order to pay for their new market value rentals. A new St. Georges 23 storey development butting next to an existing rental building that will be adding 9 new suites. A new 166 unit high rise where a two/three bedroom in 2019 when completed could cost well over 3 grand a month. With a measly 10% of these units being offered below market value. Rates TBD at a later date, just prior to completion by the developer – maybe renting for only 2 grand a month. And yes parking stalls will be at a PREMIUM with not enough to go round… And yes wannabe night-mayor Buchanan this project does speak VOLUMES towards the EN MASS UNAFFORDABLE DENSITY you are so willing to inflict on our city.
The following video is what we can SOON EXPECT when it comes to busing in our city – chaotic turmoil. And it will ALL be realized in just two short years after Hollyburn’s 19 story bonused over height rental tower at Lonsdale and 13th Street; St Georges reno rental and new 23 storey high tower totaling 255 units AND just completed Onni’s CentreView TWO Towers. Newbies ALL waiting in long lineups, clawing their way aboard the same bus at the only designated BUS STOP at Lonsdale and 13th. A bus stop that will already be FULL from Upper Lonsdale and Lynn Valley’s towering new development bus commuters!
And it should be noted: we may not be able to have “double-decker buses” due to low ceiling height restrictions at our SeaBus Waterfront Terminal which also may not have sufficient turning radius for “accordion buses.”… Welcome to Mussatto’s precursor transit legacy uprising. #MussattoSHORTsightedness
*The odds in finding a city council streaming single frame like this: open to so many tangibles is easier then one would think.
Though there were no city council meetings in August of course, of course. City residents were expressing to me all the while about the seemingly endless, en mass maddening construction sites and shrinking retail/commercial parking spaces. And as city council headed into summer break there were city councillors willfully wanting to build a new Harry Jerome Enchilada Mega Dome whereby the trade-off is WTF: MORE DENSITY. OMDB! #EnoughDensity
Also in August though I did not publish this until ‘September 1st’… out of the blue appeared this bronze four legged one hump camel placed in front of Onni’s no earthquake zone at ground zero twin towers on the corner of Lonsdale and 13th. A precariously out-of-place beautifully carved bronze camel misrepresenting the type of camels used by our north shore miners during the mid 1800’s mini gold rush. It has since been hoarded i.e. boarded-up until a plaque is made that will somehow explain away the fact that his is NOT the breed of camel used back in the day… can’t wait for the city’s derelict explanation via the art jury’s decision being so grotesquely negligent. #EnoughBullshit
Will that be one hump or two humps for your Cariboo gold rush mining expedition team. Unbelievable and so unfortunate for the sculptor of this beautifully carved bronze single humpback camel that does not have any relevance to our North Shore 1800’s miner’s backpacking animals – absolutely none whatsoever!
Having worked in many movie/television art departments from production designer, art director, set designer, set decorator, scenic painter and/or matte artist over a 40 year period; I would ALWAYS RESEARCH the hell out of any period piece production wanting to get it right knowing our critics where out there waiting and willing to discredit our efforts.
Lately and sadly incompetence and lack of oversight is running amuck at city hall. Much like our new Community Planning Director’s inEPPness – unable to “SIZE” Onni blueprints for a legal sized bowling alley with room for pool tables and a concession stand. That is unless you believe in Mr. Epp’s (coverup?) SHORTcomings propped-up at the time by mayor Mussatto and wannabe night-mayor Councillor Buchanan supporting Mr. Epp’s fantasia children’s bowling alley.
Isn’t it ironic the latest city hall tomfoolery/boondoggling centres around Onni’s new no earthquake ground zero green space CentreView Towers… but it does feature an inappropriate single hump bronze camel. Making a definitive and bizarre statement in just how lackadaisical and disconnected our ill-fated city hall has become!
Thanks to Bryan J May for: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bactrian_camel#