Unite Here Local 40 Rally September 11, 2009

Unite Here Local 40 Rally Friday September 11


On Friday September 11th Unite Here Local 40 held a rally to support workers of the Coast Plaza Hotel who are in negotiations for a new contract. The sticking point in the negotiations is the issue of the workers’ “transfer rights” to move their contract to a new hotel in Coal Harbour from the West End Coast Plaza Hotel which will close.

The hotel workers represent a rich diversity of Canadian society and are mostly women. There was a vast array of different languages and accents spoken at this rally. The negotiations are important for these workers as 150 of them could lose their jobs if they don’t get transfer rights. The jobs at the hotel represent “living wage” jobs that are mostly held by women.

The rally had an amazing vibe and good energy. The organizers of the rally did a wonderful job of leading chants and empowering everyone. The best chant was: ” Whose got the power? We got the power. What kind of power? Union power.” This got stuck in my head over the whole weekend (my wife can attest to that). I shot a lot of video needs to be edited and will post so you can get this chant stuck in your head.

Here are more images of the event. Congrats to Unite Here Local 40 on organizing such an amazing rally and standing up and giving voice to all these workers.

images of the rally

Tenants of Golden Crown Hotel speak about illegal evictions

DERA speaks out about illegal evictions at Golden Crown Hotel

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Tenants of Golden Crown being illegally evicted

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Brent Granby in the news

I was quoted in an article in Xtra West by Shauna Lewis in regard to the Seafield tenants attempts to create a housing Co-op.


Seafield renters say it’s back to arbitration
HOUSING / Renter-landlord talks about converting rental complex into co-op fail
full Xtra West article

For more info on the issue please view a recent article from the WERA website about Vancouver’s need for a Housing Authority with a mandate to create housing affordability
WERA article

Opening day of Canada Line

opening day can line

more photos

A lot of bad blood has been spilled over the Canada Line. I know as I was at the COPE meetings in the bad old days when the “Friend’s of Larry Campbell” were exiting the party. Raymond Louie was routinely hackled each time he showed his face at a meeting for casting his a vote in favour of the Canada Line, back in the days when elected officials were on the Translink Board.

Given all the past controversy over the Canada Line, the mood of the opening day was festive. I stood in line with my daughters yesterday for about 2 hours to ride the new line.
We got on the line at the Downtown Station one stop before the Waterfront Station; it was already full and we had to stand. Then at every station we picked up more folks. By the Yaletown Roundhouse Station I thought we were full and could not take any more passengers, but at every station we packed in even closer together. I ride the #5 bus regularly and anyone who rides that bus in the morning knows that if you are not on at the first stop you don’t get a seat. In the West End we are pretty proud about how tight we can stuff the #5 on snowy or cold, rainy days in the winter. The opening day of the Canada Line was even beyond the baseline winter #5 saga. Continue reading Opening day of Canada Line →

Olympic Transportation Plan

There is no secret to the Olympic Transportation Plan. The plan is the responsibility of the Department of Engineering and all the plans have been on the CoV’s website since March.
In addition to plans being post on the internet there was public open house on March 30 at the Roundhouse.

Most of the maps are available on the 2010 Host City Website at:

Olympic Host City

There’s also a FAQ that will help answer many people’s questions at:


Host City Olympic Transportation Plan:
Olympic Transportation Plan

Pedestrian Corridor Plans:

Pedestrian Corridor Plans

Olympic Period Cycling Map:

Cycling Map

The Engineer responsible for the Olympic Transportation Plan is Paul Storer and his contact info is as follows:
phone 604 873 7693 paul.storer@vancouver.ca

IOCC News Conference

Dave Eby of the BCCLA

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