In exactly 12 months from tomorrow we will be hopefully electing an independent discerning new city council and mayor. I have for the last 3 years been a caricature voice animating over 400 blogs illustrating the colluding “4 to 3” over densification of our city. A mayor and his Team Slate Councillors bought and paid for representing the interests of their 2014 developer invested campaign backers and the 1% willing to “bike to work” year round at $70 an inch.
It is time we had a city council that reflects the issues facing our unique and varying neighbourhoods from over densification, lack of affordability and insufficient rental housing to neglected infrastructures like parking shortages. Local small business success is dependent on being able to staff quantified part-time help. We also cannot continue callously turning our backs – evicting the wellness of our city rooted in its fixed and low income earners and seniors forsaken by developer’s offshore appetite.
We need to revolutionize, update city council meeting “participating format” whereby city residents have the option to voice their issues/concerns not only from an unlimited Public Input Period pulpit but also from a facilitating CNVH Hotline via Facetime, Live Chat or like what many television news programs do: take questions from “twitter or by text messaging”. This “media input format” could also be used during the Public Clarification Period… We need to “re-wire the peoples city hall”, indoctrinating a 21st century approach in how we can best conduct and communicate city council business. #VoteStacheCityCouncillor2018 #E=MC2
The Union of BC Municipalities have invited China to host a cocktail reception for civic politicians. More specifically keying in on our lower mainland mayors having raped er invested heavily into our North Shore cities. What are the odds you think that our convolute mayor and his wannabe night-mayor councillor Buchanan will be attending. We know Density Darrell enjoys a good drink or two… and I guess so will nurse Buchanan ascertaining her liquor consumption levels for her upcoming mayoral bid as developers LOVE to intoxicate their backers. #47%proof
And last Monday night of course, of course, Mussatto and his autocrats hijacked Councillor Bells motion curtailing civic election spending limits. Letting Money Bags Keating lead their charge picking apart the motion – which did have a few flaws… But instead of offering IMPROVEMENTS to the motion in UNISON they like always COWARDLY PUNCHED their way out – voting 4 to 3 AGAINST! With councillor witchy Back never really expressing her concerns over the motion. Collusion has no equal among these 4 Despicables... cowards die many times before their deaths.
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
Maybe it is time for a new city logo, one that truly exemplifies the en mass density mania within our constricted city limits and the dire effect it has had on so many of our longtime heritage families. Longtime residents young and old whom find themselves at the mercy of developers exponentially taking advantage of our infamous mayor’s lust to displace and replace their homes with eventual unaffordable housing. Sabotaging our city’s ability to offer housing for one and all.
As more an more Canadians live from paycheque to paycheque; http://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/debt/almost-half-of-canadians-are-living-paycheque-to-paycheque-with-finances-stretched-the-most-in-ontario-and-b-c
Featuring July through December’s NeverEnding Mussatto Team Slate Oligarchy Governance.
December’s featured cartoon was based on a recent conversation our waitress shared with us at a local Italian restaurant. She overheard us talking about how rent was getting out of reach for so many local residents. She wasted no time letting us know her parents were paying $1400 a month for her full basement suit a few blocks away while she was taking courses at Cap U. She also iterated after finishing her studies she was going to look for career opportunities anywhere but on the North Shore as it was just too expensive – it didn’t make sense to her. She grew up in a nice large family home with a big backyard that she missed and knew the only way she could ever see her dream home realized was to live in a small town in the BC interior far away from our North Shore unaffordability!
What our Mayor and his Team Slate Hijackers don’t realize is many of our Millennial’s want a home and not a cookie cutter apartment or as our waitress put it or a concrete condo. Our mayor brags about the new attainable norm for our city is stacked cookie cutter condos and high ticketed apartments that “generational Canadians” are snubbing their noses at saying: “see ya”. Our city is unfortunately attracting residents from Asia and other parts of the world where pricey stacked living conditions is the norm. Most seemingly never expecting an affordable single detached home with a backyard, deck and double car garage.
So NV-ites we will not become a Ghost Town rather a culturally diversified, politically correct city where English will eventually become an optional second language… a consequential reality after fast-tracking density overload down the throats of its seniors, fixed income and blue collar: low to middle income generational families.