Capt. Vancouver under the scaffolding – Flickr photo: jmv
Stories we continue to follow here at CityCaucus.com reported by other media sources we thought we'd share...
Plan to rent Olympic Village waterfront homes to teachers and cops a huge flop
With the possible exception of Frances Bula, no other reporter than Cheryl Rossi at the Vancouver Courier has done a better job of documenting what has been happening at the Olympic Athlete's Village on Southeast False Creek in recent months around the rental housing issue. Rossi broke the story last August that the City's rental plan had stalled (because council had delayed their decision until after the Olympics), triggering a whole series of political earthquakes at the Village.
Ultimately the Village went into receivership, and the public was figuring out that Gregor "train wreck" Robertson's running down of the project for political purposes had cost Vancouver taxpayers $150 million.
On Friday Rossi's latest report titled Plan favouring 'essential' workers as tenants for Olympic Village flops shows that the plan moved by Coun. Geoff Meggs, seconded by Raymond Louie during an overnight city council meeting, has been a costly bust. Meggs is unrepentent however, stating:
"I'm very proud that we said that we should try to put first responders in city facilities, if possible, without subsidy because it's good to have them close to the job, if we can do it."
Every single one of those units is heavily subsidized by Vancouver taxpayers, who are paying interest on the loan, and have of course covered all costs of construction to date. Even at market rental rates the units will still be subsidized by taxpayers.
In an added twist, the VANACT folks are setting up tents in the frosty weather today to begin their protests, demanding that the City "give back" the 66-percent subsidized housing originally promised on the site under the COPE/Vision council, and later advocated for by MLA Gregor Robertson.
Carlene Robbins is suing the City of Vancouver, says she took the fall for Pandora Street
CKNW News broke the news last night that court documents filed prove that Carlene Robbins is suing the City.
Carlene Robbins, 55, claims she was fired after a house fire that killed three men. In documents filed in BC Supreme Court Robbins says her employer created a work environment of "hostility, embarrassment, and humiliation" in the weeks following the fire.
Robbins says in her notice of civil claim she was in charge of a program to enforce city bylaws for 12 years. But three weeks after three men died in a problem property on Pandora Street in December, she was removed from any involvement in the program.
She says that dismissal effectively ended her job and her $105,000 annual salary.
And here's the kicker:
The city has previously claimed Robbins was not dismissed and changes in her job were not related to the fire.
Geez, you're not suggesting that Dave McLennan, Sadhu Johnson, Kerry Jang, Gregor Robertson and Penny Ballem were not being straight up with us? The original story about Robbins taking a fall for the Pandora Street fire was broken by CityCaucus.com in January.
I hear that the City of Vancouver was not happy about a column I wrote weeks ago on this story. This suggests to me that the City is feeling vulnerable in the matter of lawsuit from a 38-year employee. Rumour has it she is going to take a stand on behalf her own reputation, and in doing so represent other senior managers who feel hard done by under Vision's watch.
George Chow thinks that CSIS are coming to get him
Coun. George Chow is in the news again about CSIS. The notion that Richard Fadden was talking about China when he said that "BC municipal politicians" were actively serving the interests of a foreign government was carelessly propagated by a Toronto-based Globe and Mail reporter. The idea, never challenged by other MSM, caught fire. Everyone wanted to interview the three Chinese heritage city councillors at Vancouver City Hall, to find out if they were taking their marching orders from Beijing.
For those who've watched Jang, Louie and Chow up close, you pretty much figure out that:
- They have virtually no influence upon the plans for systemic social change by the Magee/Robertson/Solomon triumvirate, and;
- None of them would probably be a very good spy.
Those are the stories that came in last week we'd thought we'd share with our readers.
- post by Mike