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BC Election priority: ending big money in politics (Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, July 10, 2017): (Here we post a revision of this article, with author’s permission.)  By Elizabeth Murphy, Vancouver Sun, Monday, July 10, 2017 https://elizabethmurphyblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/bc-election-priority-ending-big-money/ B.C. citizens voted in May’s provincial election to end big money in politics...
“Can a leopard change its spots?” City councillor Geoff Meggs’ move to provincial chief-of-staff raises problems for coalition government plan to ban Big Money (E. Murphy, Vancouver Sun): A serious topic. Here we summarize the main points of this opinion piece by Elizabeth Murphy in the Vancouver Sun on July 10, 2017. UPDATE. The Vancouver Sun article and link has been removed but we leave the main two points. Her main points are (1) that the public wants the coalition government ...
City of Vancouver development applications snapshot, 1-Aug-2017: A tech-savvy citizen is voluntarily producing two handy online maps (click bottom right to switch between rezoning and development applications): https://vancouverapps-fa328.firebaseapp.com/ As a free public service CityHallWatch takes a monthly snapshot of the Development Applications listed on...
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City puts on a big push to demo new programs for lower-cost housing: rentals geared to income, infills: The Vision council is using the slow summer months to push out lots of news on its planned “housing reset” — new policy aimed at trying to shape supply in the city more than it has in the past to create lower-cost housing. The target market, planners and politicians keep saying, is the households...
A hidden wrinkle that will make the group decision to sell your condo building even harder: There are about 70 groups of residents in the Lower Mainland at present thinking about selling their buildings to developers. That process is already stressful enough. I’m told that, no matter what price sellers get, they are always convinced the developer is somehow ripping them off and making a...
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The Lady of the Lake (in Culture): Dad showed up towing a used trailer and promised us a clean getaway up the Yellowhead.  Related Stories Losing the Mirror (in Culture) A Man and His River (in Culture)
Charlottesville: Why White Educators Need to Fight Racism Every Day (in Opinion): Teachers have special role in fight against racism and white supremacy.  Related StoriesWhy University Rankings Cause Too Much Anxiety (in Opinion)
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Your numerology cycles August 16–31: Calculate Your Key Number To find out what this month has in store for you, calculate your key number by adding the day and month of your birth. Continue adding until you arrive at a...read more
Family dysfunction in The Glass Castle and contrasting aboriginal lives in Wind River and Rumble: Also a rare peek inside a Hasidic enclave, anguish over infidelity in New York and mild scares from a haunted dollread more
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Removal of Railway Crossing Signals: Arbutus at 12th: I know that recently I read somewhere about the hopes of preserving the railway heritage of the Arbutus Greenway. It had a lyrical bit about nostalgia for the trains and an old guy painting one of the remaining signals. Of course, I can’t find that now. I am quite pleased to see that the signals...
Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!: via Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny! Pingbacks have been causing issues recently – and one reason might be that the way the URL appears in the “post about shiny” button is different to the one in the address bar. As is the one in the instructions at the bottom of challenge Ooh, Shiny! So the challen...
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Mansplaining, Planning, and the Need for Gender Equity:   New York Times Image-Mansplaining Statue Alissa Walker is a talented writer, Curbed.com’s Urbanism editor and lives in Los Angeles.  In Curbed.com Alissa  describes  something that  women in the planning, architectural or design professions know: despite the fact that roughly fifty per cent of...
Get Rid of the Tunnel, Then You Will Need The Bridge: CTV image It’s just the story that keeps on giving. As reported on  The Indo Canadian voiceonline,  the Corporation of Delta, the Mayor, Council  and the Chief Executive Officer want their Massey Bridge and on the August 14 council meeting went through how to decommission the Massey Tunnel. You ...
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Pedaling on the Central Valley Greenway: Under the SkyTrain guideway just east of Rupert station, Vancouver. It would be nice, perhaps, if cycling was the dominant mode of transportation in our West Coast urban world. We’ll never know. In reality, most people cringe at the idea of riding side-by-side with cars and trucks. Winston Str...
The Lower Mainland’s “best places”, crime and taxes: Oak Bay, British Columbia, rated #3 in the 2017 MoneySense.com “best places in Canada” rankings Our 2015 review of the “best places to live in Canada” rankings from MoneySense.com has consistently been our most-visited page. The rankings, now updated for 2017, emerge from a complicated formula ...
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EVENT: Heritage Vancouver Top 10 Tour & Talk – Chinatown, Aug 26th: Heritage Vancouver Top 10 Tour + Talk – Chinatown: Historic Urban Landscapes DATE: August 26th 2:00PM-4:00PM LOCATIONS: Chinese Cultural Centre Courtyard – 555 Columbia Street, Vancouver BC Chinatown is an important neighbourhood that reflects Vancouver’s history and heritage through continual ...
EVENT: Interactive Feature under Cambie Bridge, Aug 15-Sept 24: UNINTERRUPTED takes audiences on the extraordinary journey of Pacific salmon by projecting breathtaking cinematography right across False Creek, five nights a week on the Cambie Bridge.   Now audiences can also follow the migration via an interactive feature on uninterrupted.ca. The journey fo...
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Vancouver Mural Festival: The Present Is A Gift For Developers: Vancouver Mural Festival, at the core of its structure, does not represent a culturally diverse or marginal perspective as you might expect from a mural festival. Instead it is the initiative of a group of predominantly white men who have built alliances, not with the everyday people of Vancouver...
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Summertime dos and don’ts at Vancouver parks and beaches: $500 fines can be issued for not butting out properly John Kurucz / Vancouver Courier June 27, 2017 04:12 PM Barbecues ...
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Rejection of 105 Keefer opened the door to new future for Chinatown, but will anyone walk through?: Yesterday’s 8-3 council vote to reject Beedie Group’s proposal to build a 12-story project at 105 Keefer ended the longest public hearing in a decade, a process that turned into a debate on the future of Chinatown. I voted with the majority in that vote and wrote down my comments — something I ne...
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Must read: How the Premier’s flunkies snubbed a citizen: In my story published by The Tyee on June 22, I reported on the outraged British Columbians who wrote to Premier Christy Clark this spring to express their anger at her $50,000-a-year BC Liberal fundraising bonus and the $10,000-a-head party fundraisers. One of the emails to Clark stood out. A ci...
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Richmond World Festival 2017: Richmond World Festival at Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre September 1 & 2, 2017 with food trucks, cultural pavilions, Verbal Jint, Tokyo Police Club, Dragonette & more The post Richmond World Festival 2017 appeared first on Vancouver Blog Miss604.
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21 Pokemon GO Vancouver locations you need to get to right now: Pokémon GO is taking over our lives. Here’s the lowdown, and where you can find Pokemon GO Vancouver locations. What the hell is Pokémon GO? You remember the Pokémon games from the 1990s right? Well, this July, (like everything else we remember from our childhoods) it got a reboot, with the relea...
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VIFF 2016: VIFF movie mania is upon us: It's that time again — Vancouver's yearly 16-day immersion in films from across the globe. The 35th annual Vancouver International Film Festival is as always a daunting prospect. This year's edition of VIFF, which begins today and runs through until Friday October 14th, will screen 3...
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In loving memory of Russ Benger: My good friend Russ Benger passed away a couple of days ago, and it breaks my heart that I am so many thousand kilometres away from Vancouver to have even had the opportunity to spend any more time with him, to say goodbye, to celebrate his life and to be able to support my good friend Gus Fosaro...
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Mayor Roberston Appears to have no Ethics: November 9, 2014 Well this really pissed me off. Residents of the Seafield apartments on Pendrell Street in the West End were under threat of renoviction from developer landlord Gordon Nelson. Some elderly tenants received rent increases of 300 % and at that time the MLA for the riding Mr Chandra...
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CBC Early Edition - interview on local governance : This morning I had the chance to chat with Rick Cluff on CBC's Early Edition about the deplorable state of UBC's local governance and the democratic deficit here. You can listen to our conversation here.
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7.9 Kathmandu quake causes destruction – felt as far as New Delhi: Kathmandu, Nepal – A 7.9 earthquake followed by another 6.6 quake is reported to have caused buildings to collapse and roads to buckle in the mountainous terrain surrounding the Himalayan area. USGS upgraded the first quake to 7.9 magnitude quake with people reporting extreme to violent shaking i...

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