More City Hall undermining and Developer collusion coming to light… and “cannabis our medicine” illegal dispensaries being shut down against overwhelming substantiated evidence and support!


The first public hearing meeting and from both sides of city chambers became an unexpected, gut wrenching emotionally moving representing cannabis users from across the lower mainland ALL dependent on our city’s “illegally run medicinal cannabis dispensaries.” The public hearing was to be only about “defining and prohibiting the sale and production of non-medical retail cannabis in all (city) zones.”  But it turned into anything but, with so many expressing how cannabis is a necessity – part of their daily lives.  And WHY does the camera coverage NEVER show the distress in their faces in the advent of these cannabis outlets being shut down – SHAME on you mayor for this obstinate and faceless omission! #420

Here is a sampling in the overwhelming support of these dispensaries remaining open, having chosen cannabis as “their medicine”…  #cannabisOurMedicine

The second public hearing dealt with the ongoing farce at 2601 Lonsdale Ave, aka Mussatto City Planners/Pezzente Holdings vs. the neighbourhood residents that did not get underway until past 9:30 pm.  With 35 signed up to speak it indeed lived up to its “12:30 am” disposition with the developer and his GBL Architects submitting minor tweaks i.e. basically the SAME DRAWINGS declaring them as REVISIONS while their fellow developer friends and a realtor supported this egregious overtake favouring 26 Ave. road closure, insufficient parking, eliminating the existing greenspace and FALSELY providing erroneous traffic flow numbers at that intersect contrary to ICBC records.  And with Councillor Keating who resides in the neighbourhood, culpable and unwilling to excuse himself from “his neighbourhood project” i.e.  A standard Mussatto Team Slate practice – anybody surprised so far!  #shamefull

Another contention in all this is how slanted and flagrant the camera coverage was during this portion.  It seemed deliberate as in quite clear under mayor Mussatto’s camera direction, Pezzente and City Planners did not have to worry about “the home audience and shut-ins” being able to SEE ALL the damning elevation/plan imagery from the public hearing resident speakers on the overhead camera!  #collusion

I could go on and on in how the overall “public hearing” was apposed to the proposal in its existing convolute state.  Though everyone was on side that the existing burned down apartment building needs to be in earnest replaced.  But the developer, (mayor), CAO and city planners don’t want to just build within the constraints of the existing lot.  Choosing to skewer legal property lines under the cover of keeping the public in the dark by not offering any “prior” media/newspaper notice!  Thereby overlooking OCP height restrictions, hindering emergency vehicle accessibility, offering limited parking spaces, shutting down 26 Ave. and eliminating the neighbourhood green space!  #underhanded

An astute NIMBY speaker addresses these disingenuous omissions and more regarding the farcical Pezzente Proposal.  #appalling  #bogus

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Mayor Mussatto will be rescinding his inconvenient Metro Van Board’s One Shot Pension vote while DNV mayor Walton’s tardy letter brings down the curtain looking for WTF: Continued amalgamation er reunification talks!


Oh what a night it was, no surprises when it came to frivolously tossing taxpayers money on this and that but at least council did not include money for a new kitchen sink… maybe next week.  #cnvSOL

Councillor Clark’s motion to write to the Metro Vancouver Board expressing strong opposition repealing any salary increase and pension bonus was of course and certainly not to my surprise intercepted by one of Mussatto’s perilous team hijacker’s councillor Keating.  Deliberately wanting to divide his motion into two parcels.  One repealing the one time, pension retro gift and the other the 15% salary – fed tax offset that will not begin until next year’s lower mainland mayors and councillors are elected.  Thus offering Mussatto a much needed saving grace after giving himself an under wraps mayors’ council raise and one time retirement bonus under the guise of a DELIBERATE UNRECORDED VOTE.

Noteworthy: there was a prior Metro Van Board itemized agenda made available to the public and media.  A point councillor and wannabe mayor Buchanan resonated in supporting the mayor’s account of its council’s procedural protocol regarding agenda items.  Of course Buchanan did not mention the mayors unwillingness not to record “his vote.”  Perhaps a precursor in just how “opaque and underhanded” Linda Buchanan will be if elected mayor in 7 months time.   #disingenuous

Then with one foot out the door a new agenda item materialized from CEO Tollstom bringing forward a lover’s letter from outgoing confederate District of Vancouver mayor Walton wanting to reopen amalgamation er reunification conversations!  Profoundly mystifying EVERY COUNCILLOR whom each had serious concerns, listing the many negative impacts it would have on their city!  It was reiterated over and over by a number of councillors that City Council has already thoroughly DEFEATED a DNVC carbon copy motion in 2016.  Having said all that a “mayor Mussatto” 4 to 3 split decision on two fronts will carry it – cha-ching back to city staff and council – UNBELIEVABLE!  More on this in Friday’s “Get Stuffed Video”.. first things first.