Is Vancouver's waterfront too dull? That's a city topic raised this week
You'd think that with summer creeping its way toward us that we'd not have much to talk about in Metro Vancouver politics. Apparently someone didn't get the script, because like every week here on the wet coast there's been plenty to talk about. Here below are the issues that were of interest in the past week of city politics in and around Vancouver, some that may be discussed on tomorrow morning's civic affairs panel on the Bill Good Show, 9am on CKNW radio.
- Demolition Destruction – members of the public almost taken out by contractor who doesn't think almost hitting people with bricks is a big deal. NPA's Anton suggests that the City hire an independent investigator to see what practices for public safety are not being followed.
- HST Wars – city governments go to battle over the new harmonized sales tax. What does it mean for relations between Vancouver & the Province? Some say everything is peachy, others say it's all out war.
- School board dust-up – Patti Bacchus says her job is to advocate as loudly as possible. She's backed up by an SFU professor and a teacher's union egging her on. Critics say she's overplaying her hand, and the budget must be in – on prettier paper – by Friday.
- Marine Gateway open house & Little Mountain consultations – the biggest development ever outside the downtown core is raising the anxiety of local neighbours. Over at Little Mountain there's a huge split between neighbourhood expectations and what the government and developers want. What can the City do to mitigate concerns?
- Tulip tree sacrificed by city council. If a tulip tree fell in the West End, would anybody hear it? Frances Bula extensively covers this topic over on her blog.
- Are Vancouver waterfronts too dull? Commentator Bob Ransford says let's shake up our shorelines, getting his biggest response ever from Vancouver Sun readers.
- RCMP blast banks for aiding grow-ops. What can governments do to step up enforce a problem that affects us all in terms of public safety, home prices, and quality of life. Will Vancouver City Hall involve itself in efforts to fight crime like Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts has?
- Pivot loses court case to DVBIA, and ordered to pay costs for unproven accusations about Downtown Ambassadors. Will the Ambassadors program survive, or is Pivot committed to taking them on?
- "Embedded journalist" camps out at Woodwards building for one month, bringing some refreshing journalism and compelling images of a neighbourhood in transition.
- Public consultation critics. A group of neighbourhood activists are critical of Vision Vancouver's lack of public consultation and their apparent turnaround on EcoDensity.
Join Bill, Frances Bula, Jim Green and a wet-behind-the-ears Mike Klassen for what is always a compelling hour of local talk radio.
If you've got any opinions on these stories or any important topics from the week, post your comments below or pick up the phone and call us on the show.
- post by Mike