City Council is ready & set to sign off on a monster Driftwood Co-housing project offering 8 at 25% below market housing prices at 2020/21 development costs! And in unison SOCKING IT TO residents on either side regarding height and side setbacks!


Ready, get set…tonight city council is about to approve a GENTRIFIED strata co-housing project.  A project with good intentions but let’s not kid ourselves.  When these eight 25% below market housing units are completed in two plus years and if housing prices keep soaring above and beyond 1.5 to 2+ million on the North Shore and with Canada Interests Rates just going up – you will need at least $150K to qualify along with one hell of a hefty down payment.  Never mind how much it will be to qualify for any of the remaining fully priced family units… my guess is at least $200K!  #CNVgentrification  #UnaffordableCoHousing

At least the mayor and most city councillors did put a temporary hold on this project at last week’s city council meeting.  Requesting our scam artist city engineers and planning departments to see how the existing 20 ft. wide lane and its location which is WTF: not part of the planned development can be best saved.  A 30+ year city lane that must be narrowed behind project to 10 ft and partially fenced (Wagg Park) butting up to lane in order to facilitate the co-housing project’s traffic flow entering and existing from their underground strata parking stalls!  #WrongHousing  #WrongNeighbourhoodDensity

The solution is something Driftwood Co-housing and of course our infamous City Engineers are not in favour of which is: implementing “geotextile” around the riparian tree root zone which helps in the strengthening of the soil.  This would of course cause considerable delays and costs to this application i.e. accepting a neighbourly solution! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geotextile  #neighbourlessDevelopment

First up setting the scene is a cameo performance by Councillor Bell and debuting is Driftwood Village Co-Housing’s Odete Pinho…

And with a looming mayoral race only months away, I thought I would pull the POV’s on this projects affordability from wannabe mayor Buchanan and from: is Clark running for city council or mayor…

“Be The First To Know” There is absolutely “no need” in having a fabricated new Harry Jerome Rec Centre Public Hearing. This Horse Trading deal is already in print!


How in the hell mayor and city councillor despicables can Darwin Construction via Colliers International Realty have had the audacity to send out to local business/retail establishments earlier this week a mail-out brochure prior any final decision making on their “leased” commercial spaces.  Retail floor plans they are currently advertising as office spaces you can now “own!” i.e. after complying with the requirements of the BC Real Estate Dev. Marketing Act and filing a disclosure statement.  #unlawfulAct

Two weeks ago city council only approved the rezoning of the Harry Jerome Lands to new unprecedented fornicating heights.  “NOTHING IS YET ETCHED IN STONE REGARDING THE FINAL USE OF THESE LANDS – TO BE DECIDED “IN COMBINE” WITH CITY COUNCIL AND NOT BEFORE THE NEW HJ REC CENTRE HAS BEEN APPROVED!”  #FoulPlay

Back in the nineties I was for 3 years the Art Director for the largest architect firm at the time in Alberta (TCEP).  I know how much design time and print turnaround it takes to produce one of these “sophisticated” candy coated colour brochures.  I designed umpteen of these type brochures, AO Boards and their annual calendar during my years at this architect firm.  Whom in 2010 merged with other architect and engineer firms across Canada and are now collectively known as DIALOG.

The point I am making is my credentials tell me this was not an overnight rush job!  Darwin under wraps may have been GREEN LIT months ago – prior the rezoning HJ Lands Public Hearing from only two weeks ago!  #collusion  #InsideJob

Darwin “is” a double-dipping donor to Mussatto’s 2014 campaign and is about to be richly rewarded 8 YEAR FOLD.  No commercial realtor would EVER RISK being LIABLE in selling retail space in a building(s) that has not yet been APPROVED by the respective CITY COUNCIL!  Nor would they ever be willing to waste money on a brochure on behalf of their “client” (Darwin) if they knew CNV City Council/City Planners and “mayor” were completely onside for this en mass mammoth fornicating development!  #InsideTrading

I have iterated over and over again about the backroom corrupt governance of our existing city council, city planners and our SELLOUT MAYOR.  I have truly had enough!  #Vote4ChangeOctober20

Out of the 4 to 5 or will it be 6 running for mayor two are City Slicker Councillors coveting more density in just 113 days – 16 weeks!


Note: To be fair Councillor Clark has not made his mayoral candidacy official.  Maybe he is waiting to see just how much feeler support there is before tossing his “horse trading stetson” into the mayoral ring.  If Councillor Clark is running for mayor he and Buchanan would be running from a parallel kindred slate coveting more and more DENSITY continuing to turn their backs on NIMBY’s.  #enoughDensty

Councillor Buchanan has voted in favour of EVERY new highrise except for her recent mayoral campaign’s ‘the fix is in’ new Harry Jerome Mega Sports Complex allowing Darwin’s takeover of the existing HJ Lands.  And lest we forget IGNORING EVERY neighbourhood petition and helping to make a mockery out of every highrise public hearing.  Forever voting against resident concerns like Hollyburn’s new apartment building, allowing them to buy at below market value our city hall’s hovering density air in order to increase the height of “her” Hollyburn donor’s 13th & Lonsdale Marlborough 3 Commercial Apartment highrise from 12 to 17 floors!  #disingenuous

The same can be said about Councillor Clark who is on record for towering “community” horse trading with developers.  Two key huge projects come to mind; Polygon’s new Promenade Lower Lonsdale tower featuring a horse trading swap for extra floors blocking more area condo views in order to get the North Van Museum & Archives “squeezed” into a confined main floor space!  And if you want to epitomize horse trading we need to look no further than the about to be built 32 & 26 towering Darwin project in order to finance his damn $210+ million Titanic MegaDome Sporting Facility having “turned his back”, crapping on the majority of the Harry Jerome Community who are dead against both projects.  #screwNIMBYS

Is either councillor the kind of mayor you want i.e. bound & determined to further entrap our city into further highrise development.  Two infamous city councillors who don’t give a damn about NIMBY concerns having divorced themselves from Regional Growth Strategy Levels surpassing 2041 census.  Promoting Bike to Work Black Necklace lanes used by less than 2% of city residents OVER our city’s dire, unable to keep pace  infrastructures.  While also deliberately limiting residential and commercial street parking at ALL “their” construction & noise polluting sites beholding to “their” heavy equipment vehicles closing off residential street parking & causing constant lane closures…  No, then simply vote for change October 20th.  #weCANdoBetter  #noMoreDensity

Warning!… A highly contagious Density Virus has infected our entire City Council!


Today’s cartoon is actually a carbon update from one I did two years ago in “June 2015”.  When our mayor was chirping the “new norm” for a 2 bedroom apartment then was an outrageous $1,500 at his campaign donor FDG mixed property lane gobbling new highrise.  And to no one’s surprise FDG also received 12 bonus floors at their 161 E. Keith Rd. location.  At the time a typical 2 bedroom unit was renting for $1,100 a month.  Jettisoning to June 2018 a new market value 2 bedroom is around $2,500+!  Since 2015 the costs of rentals has jumped at least $1,000 a month, showing no signs of supply & demand leveling off!

With property values and accelerating construction costs also showing no signs in leveling off.  You can surely expect a “mid market value” two bedroom rental from last Monday Night’s 127/129 E. 12 St. Public Hearing that was approved 6 to 1 (Bell) will be $3,500 when completed in two years!  Their low income rentals marked down 10% for only 10 years will cost low income families a whopping unaffordable $3,150!  And this is ONLY for the first one year lease!  Then in perpetuity the landlord at today’s allowable rent increase of 4% –  rent in year 2 will be $3,250, in year 3:  $3,415, in 5 years a whopping $3.500 and in 10 years OMG: $4,000 plus!!  #RentalMortgageRates  #unaffordableRentalHousing

So when wannabe mayor Buchanan and now I hear maybe wannabe mayor Clark “home owners” and the rest of city council are in favour of 10/10/10 affordable rental housing.  Just keep in mind these new low income rentals are still at least one year away from offering 10% below market value.  At which point a 2 bedroom “low income rental” will be $3,000 a month!  These are NOT LOW INCOME AFFORDABLE RENTALS! 

Our city council wants you to believe they are seriously dealing with our low income rental crisis when in fact all they are promoting in this an election year is equivocating and pleading for low income electoral support!  Their vulturine developer buds WILL NEVER OFFER “real low income rental housing” at 50% below rental retail!

Low income housing can only largely come from Provincial and or Federal Government Assisted Programs.  Provincial (Liberal) programs Vancouver City and the District have previously and readily welcomed…  We under Mussatto’s CityShaping developer siege did not.  #Vote4Change

NVMA (NV Museum Archives) are disposing er deaccession 1,363 artifacts, items having “already” run out of room in their new much smaller Polygon location… imagine that.


Tonight’s 771 paged agenda will not disappoint the disappointed.  Translink will be there, blatantly sugar coating their Marine-Main B Line Buses for late 2019 demanding curb right-of-way along Marine and Main.  And the city is prepared to toss (only) $250K towards the Seabus Gateway Project.  I say Instead of finishing the Green Black Necklace bike path swerving in and around Harry Jerome lands knowing now it will have to be eventually bulldozed to make room for double dipping donor Darwin’s fornicating towering project.  Would not these monies be better spent i.e. re-purposed on infrastructure projects like the Seabus Gateway… $250K seems a little on the sly-side in resolving our transportation problems.

There is also a Public Hearing for 127-129 E 12th as if the public contrary to our sanctimonious city council should even bother attending.  And of course we could not have a council night go by where we did not “amend” zoning bylaws complying and enhancing developer profits.  And as an extra treat we will also be “rescinding and amending” business bylaws.

Tonight our infamous Housing Action Team will be proposing amendments and rezoning options to meet our city’s (in)ability to sustain livability…  Interesting and suspiciously enough their report wraps up with a “post-it board page” on Zoning Bylaw Livability Review – Summary of Open House Feedback.  There are “21” post-it comments which are impossible to read but below they deciphered only “10” out of the 21… hmm too much repetitive negative feedback or just apathy?  #disinformation

And our NVMA want to auction off a good chunk of our heritage wares since their new horse trading locale doesn’t even begin to “fit their existing needs.”  Having gleefully given in exchange to Polygon Homes a much taller high rise in order to obstruct even more neighbourhood condo views.  I see the most expensive item for sale is the “Aquarius Submersible” for only a grand, $1K… hmm, I have an idea.

“What if” we imagine and only imagine 100 density angered NIMBY residents (knowing there are a lot more) each contributed $10 and bought the Aquarius.  At which point they then crammed our entire city Mussatto Team buffoons, inept city planners and city councillor horse traders into the newly re-painted Aquarius “Yellow Submersible” and lowered them deep into Burrard Inlet until after our October 20th elections.

Any anti density heritage takers out there… just mashing a little fun Beatles memorabilia with our City Hall’s never-ending submersible colluding protocol.  Vote4ChangeOctober20

And how could I not… when imagination wasn’t density compliant.

Stache Cartoon Editorials Most Viewed for the month of May…


The month of May started off led by our infamous OCP Dir. Mr. Epp telling us which neighbourhoods he would like to put his slot machines instead of where they should surely have gone… This eventually led to the defeat (being an election year) of any gaming establishment coming to town other than our already “many, many BC Lotto booths.”

Not to be outdone, our mayor referencing HJ Lands quipped: “If we can’t put the density here, where else can we put it!”  And yet just last Monday Night at the HJ Lands Public Hearing he inadvertently voted against his double dipping donor Darwin Construction.  Why would density Darrell vote against his density donor brethren?… see Friday’s blog  #scandalous

And then I watched in dismay as all city council members in unison overturned our Canadian and BC Charter of Rights Freedoms in not allowing those wanting a head start running for city council or mayor in being able to erect lawn signs prior or bike rack signs during the “noted city election period.”…  Of course back in 2014 these sign bylaws did not “apply” to mayor Massutto who placed many a “bike rack re-election sign” up and down Lonsdale Ave. during the election period!  #MussattoAboveTheLaw

The unexpected highlight in May was out-of-towner Councillor Back turning against her fellow Team Hijackers in wanting to swell a too close to the sidewalk development into its Victoria Park Neighbourhood.

And with so much unwanted density being thwarted into our neighbourhoods; I could not help but do a little karaoke rewrite blog to the beat of: “I Did It My Way” dedicating it to our “you can never have enough density” mayor.  #Vote4ChangeOctober20  #WeCanDoBetter

Your Orchestrated Jig is up City Council Despicables!


What happened at last Monday night’s farcical Public Hearing “in how” double dipping donor Darwin Construction got their rezoning bylaws fornicated was from my POV…  Nothing short of being a well staged, orchestrated, surreptitious ruse!  At the time I could not voice what I thought was about to go down during this “inside job public hearing” having been declared out of order by the mayor…  Fair enough, but this is my blog in which the mayor and or any city councillor has absolutely no out of order jurisdiction.

But first… Mr. Keating when I referred to Councillor Buchanan “in kind” as dear I did so without any intentional disrespectful manner.  Unlike your seemingly “silent support” of our mayor’s misogynist “camel toe” remarks during 2017’s final city council meeting.  Your BC NDP Party must be so damn proud of your apparent anti #metoo disposition.

With that out of the way let’s pretend and only pretend we are about to enter a NVCHall Twilight Zone “Staged Production”.

ACT 1:  Entering from stage right are 3 civic charlatans will name Bookham, Keating along with a Grinch-like mayor all deciding not to run in the upcoming city election.  Huddled over on stage left are city council jesters: virtual Bell, surly Clark, carpetbagger Back and wannabe night-mayor Buchanan.  #dispictables

ACT 2:  Finding ourselves trapped within this uneasy dimension the plot unravels.  Stage Right, the mayor dressed in his Emperor’s Clothing is acting like he is not supporting his buddies over at Darwin Deconstruct.  Keating will play the lead role as the detailing Devil and Bookham in contrast will be wondering aimlessly around down stage looking for her Olympic sized pool and Curling Rink.  #dazed&confused

Entering from Stage Left is surly Clark harping & barking over how his 3 to maybe 4 year Moody Villa rebuild is WTF: almost on the same scale as the proposed 8 to 10 year density congested, traffic & parking bedlam Darwin twin towering deconstruct that has attached to its meaty hip bone his damn proposed Titanic SportsPlex – really!  #EnoughBullshit

Councillor virtual Bell will try and use a little misdirection hoping you will believe him when he concocts a spell whereby there will only be “800 people in all of Darwin’s proposed 800 units.”  #hocuspocus

Wannabe night-mayor Buchanan will reenact one of her typical “covert roles” pretending to oppose both preordained coupled projects.  #disingenuous  As we now enter…

ACT 3:  Imposters Buchanan, Keating & mayor Grinch “KNOW” how their devoted Team Slate carpetbagger Back will play-out her final scene…  i.e. In FAVOUR of Darwin’s fornicating 30 & 26 storey “hair”-raising project.  Thereby surreptitiously “sheltering” wannabe mayor Buchanan from the angry city mob voters against either or both projects on October 20th.  And it also gives Grinch a free ticket out of “density jail” so he doesn’t look like he is indebted to his double dipping donor Darwin Deconstruct!  #MussattoTeamSlateDouble-Cross   #Vote4ChangeOctober20

ACT 4:  We escape back into our 3rd dimensional world left wondering IF the deceptive and immorally compassed comedy tragedy we just witnessed could ever play out here in our real world corrupt city council honouring 21st Century Density Horse Trading… hmm.

And of course The District  Trojan Crier/NSNews coverage so far has yet to figure out the real telltale plot behind Monday Night’s “clandestine Harry Jerome Lands Public Hearing.”   #readTheGlobalCanadian