"The Great Crash" – one councillor is asking for an independent investigation
The Georgia Straight and CKNW News are now reporting that Coun. Suzanne Anton is calling for an independent probe of the City of Vancouver's process for managing demolition projects, and to make the findings of that probe available to the public.
In a release from Saturday Anton states, “A serious accident that nearly resulted in injury or death like the one we saw on Thursday should be investigated. It’s incumbent upon council to ensure that the people we allow to build in Vancouver are taking every safety precaution in the book.”
Anton added that building permits and land zoning is at the core of Council’s responsibility “You’d be forgiven some days thinking that Vancouver city hall is being turned into the provincial legislature with all of the focus the Mayor places on social and environmental issues,” adds Anton. “The fact is we’re still a city and Mayor Robertson should be taking an active interest in the safety of pedestrians and commuters. So far haven’t heard a peep from him.”
Anton also believes the YouTube video, which is drawing over 100,000 viewers per day, is damaging Vancouver’s reputation. It’s estimated that the video will have about 1,000,000 views around the world by week’s end. This would make it the biggest globally distributed story about Vancouver since the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Failing any response from the Mayor, Anton promises to bring a motion to the next meeting of city council asking for a full independent inquiry with the results made available to the public.
More on this story here from The Province newspaper. The original story about the demolition crash was reported first here on CityCaucus.com on Friday morning, and the story has since gone viral with nearly 160,000 views of the YouTube video over the past 2 days.