Did you know… Seymour Village Phase 3 is proudly bragging they are presenting the lowest affordable new 2 and 3 bedroom town homes on the North Shore starting at ONLY 999,950! And then closer to home we have Green on Queensbury 1 to 3 bedroom condo and town homes from $850,000 to over $1,260,00 (not wanting to admit they will cost more).
How many 20/30 something families do you know can afford $4K monthly mortgage payments, or pay $2K monthly for rent while still having enough money left over for their children’s education, clothing, sporting equipment, piano lessons to putting food on the table… none, thought so. #We’reOnTheEveOfGentrification
And then during last weekend North Shore traffic came to a stand still Saturday afternoon due to a Second Narrows Bridge and Upper Levels accidents keeping traffic bottle-necked for hours. Traffic chaos all our North Shore mayors and city councils have voted in favour in their pursuit in continuing to permit over capacity development within their cities. #NorthShoreSOL
And… it should be to no one’s surprise our leading M.I.A. city councillor Keating CHOSE NOT TO ATTEND the city council’s last 2017 meeting and retreat into the new year. #ContemptibleKeating
It has been a year of en masse density and traffic travesty
Thanks in part to Mayor Mussatto and his Team Slate Councillors:
Buchanan, Keating, Back… a city having forsaken its glory
Having SOLD its soul to vulturine invested developers.
Our CNV mayor has no shame nor does his Team Slate hijacking lackeys. These Despicables are down to their LAST 320 weekdays and 90 weekends holding office. And until then they will be mercilessly downgrading and screwing our city into en masse density annihilation! #CNVdensityAnnilation
Sources: CNV Website Dec. 4/17 Agenda http://www.cnv.org/your-government/council-meetings
NVCV: https://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/ https://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/vote-manipulation-at-our-local-council/
Paul Sullivan contributing writer to the NSN reported on a recent North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce “traffic yammering” Breakfast. A morning brekkie featuring guest “pro density” speakers MLA’s Thornthwaite, Sultan and parliamentary secretary for TransLink and pro cyclist’s Ma. http://www.nsnews.com/opinion/columnists/sullivan-adding-housing-will-not-remove-traffic-jams-1.23103434
Three unlikely bedfellows whom have copiously rationalized and no doubt had a little help from their respective mayors and BFF city councillors, i.e. the “hostage takers” behind our traffic woes. Despicable’s indebted to their campaign development backers and vainglorious egos; having heedlessly voted in favour of EVERY high density project after another to the point where we have now surpassed 2041 regional levels!
MLA Densifier’s Dumb, Dumber and Dim-wit (you decide which one is which), had better soon realize their pro density North Shore city councillor pals come next year’s civic elections may not as in probably won’t be re-elected with a few of these City Slickers like our mayor not running for re-election. At which point ALL three MLA’s will be confronted by new city hall board of directors. North Shore City Councils that won’t be in favour of more density, more unaffordable development nor will they ever be in favour of taxing our highways and bridges… and there lies your Density Fate of ever again getting re-elected.
As Grinch aka mayor Mussatto has sarcastically vetted, “Welcome to North Van, ha, ha.”
The Tyee on Nov. 20 featured an article by Jessica Barrett: “Five Policies That Would Have Helped Me Stay in Vancouver” All polices take ready aim – firing solutions to our GVR housing crisis. But unfortunately #4 has very LITTLE CHANCE of ever seeing daylight, especially here in our city until after October 20, 2018 in 46 weeks and 5 days from now – a time eternity for so many of us CNVites. https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/11/20/Policies-To-Help-Afford-Vancouver/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201117
And right on cue Grinch’s #1 pro mayor NSNews last Friday conveniently did what it does best i.e. babble on and on about our city’s indebtedness to Density Darrell’s developer pal and campaign double-dipping investor Darwin Properties. Up-selling sugarcoated collusion while ignoring the adverse effects in having MORE deconstruction, lane closures, gridlocked traffic, further transit overcrowding, air and noise pollution’s and the pillaging of even more of our city’s depleting green spaces at the expense of a mayor’s vainglorious failing legacy. #MussattoDMW http://www.nsnews.com/news/harry-jerome-neighbourhoods-lands-envisioned-1.23103770
But first, ever curious about how much you could make at the upper echelon in management at City Hall and then compare it to the same salaried positions at our sister city DNV, I know I have… So without further adieu here are the actual salaries given and offered to The Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) And keep in mind there is no employee bonuses indexed, but we all know our CAO Tollstam did receive at least one bonus this year for WTF: $86K fermenting his salary to $355K!!
PDF source: https://www.dnv.org/our-government/statement-financial-information-sofi
Source Credit: CNV BJ May
And in other relevant media news… Prime Minister Trudeau is offering a Housing Plan aimed to help 530K vulnerable Canadian households! OMG, he is going to build across Canada (that could and should include CNV) 100,000 new AFFORDABLE housing units and spend $300K repairing existing stock like as in our city and cutting homelessness in half… And I know just the right size chunk of land we can use to build many new affordable multi home units within our city.
Why doesn’t our city council propose in part using the “Redevelopment of the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands!” This is the only way I would or could ever support a new HJCRC complex.
But let’s not kid ourselves CNVites there is no fawking way donor indebted Mussatto will be in favour after green lighting these prized lands to his indebted vulturous campaign Darwin deconstructs. The mandate would ultimately need a majority of 4 councillors sitting at the head table in city hall chamber’s.
Perhaps there could be one loose link in Mussatto’s Team Slate Chain aka city councillor and wannabe mayor Buchanan. And if Buchanan should vote in favour using these HJCRC Lands for social housing i.e. jumps ship, I do hereby swear to remove the grazed glasses I currently have her wearing – honest!… But like always the odds of any Team Slate councillor crossing their beloved Master is slim to none.
The big winners in the most viewed category had to do with the erection of Lucy the one hump wonder camel that sure curtailed a lot of controversy which led to OMG two Onni employees attacking an innocent senior cripple in front of their new CentreView Towers complex. There were two other blogs related to this camel-eon bronze nudging right on the heels of the top five.
The other two big stories of the month evolved around wasting WTF: $6million on a connector Spirit Trail Bridge that took precedent over our many crippling infrastructures. City council choosing instead to pillage taxpayer’s money and continue to “fund” Density Mussatto’s Dead Man Walking & Cycling Legacy… While Guy Heywood wannabe new sheriff begins to roundup his Team Slate er Team Posse.