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West End planning moves to “phase 2” with a series of open houses

Mayor’s task force on housing affordability

Municipal governments receive 8 cents out of every tax dollar that Canadians pay. Being at the bottom of the funding pile severely limits cities’ ability to solve problems unilaterally without the support and cooperation of other levels of government, NGOs, business and residents. This is not to say that cities should not being doing more, […]

Details of Comox-Helmcken Greenway shared with residents, open houses planned

Little Mountain tenants win a small victory

From David Chudnovsky The last remaining residents of Little Mountain Social Housing, threatened with eviction at the end of the month, have won a small victory in the appeal of their eviction at the Residential Tenancy Board. They have been granted an “in person” hearing. The RTB scheduled a conference-call hearing, but the tenants argued […]

Vancouver viaducts open houses

Dates of 3 Open Houses: Tuesday, June 5th, Woodwards Atrium, 4pm-7pm, 111 West Hasings Thursday, June 7th, Creekside CC, 3:30-6:30pm, 1 Athlete’s Way Saturday, June 9th,Central Library Promenade, 10am-2pm, 350 Georgia St. One of the more exciting moves that this Council has been working on is the discussion and planning on the removal of the […]

MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert’s renters forum: renters know your rights and responsibilities!

MLA for Vancouver-West End,Spencer Chandra Herbert is hosting a renters forum this Thursday, June 7th, 6pm at Central Presbyterian Church at 1155 Thurlow Street. Want to know more about your rights and responsibilities as a renter? MR. Herbert will be joined by Tenants Resource Advisory Centre (TRAC) and local community members affected by evictions and […]

Justice not just democracy: are residents’ self interest a barrier to the critical needs of our time?

The City of Vancouver is in the process of conducting three new community plans in Grandview Woodlands, Marpole and the West End as well as a Community Planning Table meeting in the Downtown Eastside. While these planning processes are underway, fundamental questions need to be asked about this planning process. What are are the outcomes […]

Tools for a just city

Vancouver needs a form of development that is appropriate for the communities where the projects are being built. I have previously written about the idea of inclusionary zoning and bench marking a certain amount of units to the median income of a community as a method of ensuring that there is a tangible and real […]

What is the NPA hiding? Why did NPA Council Candidate not file “Financing Disclosure Statement”?

Update: Tuesday May 8, 2012 from Councilor Geoff Meggs:Mr. Meggs website: This just in: the NPA’s Francis Wong, so late filing his campaign finance disclosure that he is barred from running the next election, has now submitted his statements after all. Add $34,812 to the NPA’s total spending of $3.1 million. Also circulated to the […]

Should the City of Vancouver build its own streetcar system?

What if every time one paid for parking in Vancouver the money you spent went to lay track and buy cars in a street railway system? It may seem far-fetched but it could happen. Currently in the “Parking Reserve Fund” there is $28 million and some of these dollars could fund a lot of track […]