Attention Vancouver citizens...did you keep your receipt?

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After reading Vision Vancouver's election promise to consult, some voters may be hoping they kept the receipt

If you live in Vancouver and are concerned about the impacts of Mayor Robertson's HEAT shelter experiment, or are facing traffic gridlock due to the Burrard Bridge experiment, or you're worried about a new remand centre being dropped into your community...we think you might want to read the following excerpt from the Vision Vancouver campaign platform from last fall.

We'll provide no additional commentary as the words speak for themselves.

RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRUST, AND PUT CITIZENS BACK INTO THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS, GREGOR ROBERTSON AND THE VISION TEAM WILL:

* Establish a Civic Engagement Unit.

The City will re-assign existing staff from various city departments to:

– Lead and co-ordinate public consultation for major public initiatives, including Listening to Vancouver, an annual series of consultations and workshops where the public can share ideas, and guide our city government

– Help city departments run effective public meetings and meaningful consultation, and build stronger relationships with our communities. 
– Provide recommendations to improve civic participation city-wide, including a strategy to increase the involvement of multi-cultural communities, refugees, and non-citizens in the democratic process. 
– Provide outreach to communities that face language barriers to becoming informed and engaged.

When you buy something and want to return it, you better hope you kept the receipt. When it comes to people who voted for Vision Vancouver, there are probably many who wish they had kept the receipt.

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You seem to forget that the Burrard Bridge trial was an election promise as well as dealing with homelessness.

In fact, that is the topic of Miro's latest column.

Mayor ran on agenda of putting a bike lane on Burrard Bridge
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Column%20Mayor%20agenda%20putting%20bike%20lane%20Burrard%20Bridge/1784581/story.html

And you know, a lot of their time has been spent fixing the mess that was left them. It is hard to do everything at once.

Mayor Robertson and Vision candidates clearly stated that they would implement a one lane reallocation trial on Burrard Bridge if elected. They won by a landslide. They are implementing their election promise. Good on them!

Mayor Robertson and Vision candidates clearly stated that they would implement a one lane reallocation trial on Burrard Bridge if elected. They won by a landslide. They are implementing their election promise. Good on them!

Do you guys actually know what gridlock is? It's when no traffic can move in any direction. Not a few minutes delay crossing a bridge. Watching you guys try to make political hay out of a safety issue isn't pretty. I encourage you to be objective on this issue or you'll be as trusted as the boy who cried wolf, not only by your detractors, but by your supporters as well, who will look askance at your prognostications the next time you make a bold prediction that turns out to be scare-mongering yet again.

grid·lock (grdlk)
n.
1. A traffic jam in which no vehicular movement is possible, especially one caused by the blockage of key intersections within a grid of streets.

CK

Umm, I hate to break the love in in the aforementioned posters, but this is the same Mayor and City Council who, without consultation, put a HEAT shelter where it should never have gone and then proceeded to deny, namecall, and derogate the residents whose lives were threatened by this pet project. This is the same mayor who wouldnt meet with the concerned residents instead, sneaking in to see the situation at midnight, when no one was around.

Oh yeah, this is a Mayor is is keeping is campaign promise of increasing public consultation. Give you're heads a shake - this is a Mayor who is more concerned with his position of power that he has to live in a bubble instead of getting out there to communicate with the public.

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