David "Carbon" Cadman's travel expenses making headlines again

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Carbon Cadman's luggageCarbon Cadman's luggage looking a little worn after all that globetrotting

As part of our regular CityCaucus Redux, we are bringing back one of our more popular stories which generated a lot of buzz and travel policy changes over at Metro Vancouver. The story first ran in May 2009. In today's Vancouver Sun, Daphne Bramham provides her readers with an excellent overview of the current status of Metro Vancouver's traveling politicians. Definitely worth a read.

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A few weeks ago, Vancouver COPE Councillor David Cadman made a big issue of how concerned he was about saving the environment. So concerned, that he wants to close two lanes on the Burrard Street Bridge to vehicular traffic to allow for the opening of new bicycle lanes. Over the years, Cadman has pontificated about his concern for almost every environmental cause known to man.

That's probably why our recent FOI regarding "Carbon" Cadman's (as he's known at CityCaucus.com headquarters) travel expenses came as such a surprise. We all know the average jet plane emits tonnes of carbon emissions per passenger.

Therefore, one would have expected a city councillor like David Cadman, a man who claims to be so concerned about the environment (notwithstanding his financial investments), would have limited his travel to help reduce his carbon emissions. Well, as we've reported here earlier about those involved in the Symbolic Environmentalist Movement, they don't always walk the walk.

As the de facto "municipal foreign affairs minister" for the Metro Vancouver Board and City of Vancouver, Carbon Cadman requested taxpayer reimbursements to cover a number of his overseas trips. Here are a few of the destinations we uncovered:

Ivory Coast, Africa - Amsterdam - New Mexico - Bonn, Germany - Madrid, Spain - San Francisco - Milan, Italy - Poznan, Poland - Kyoto, Japan - Auckland, New Zealand - Sydney, Australia - New York City - Salt Lake City, Utah - Jeju, Korea - Densapar, Bali - Kolding, Denmark - Sendai, Japan - AND THE LIST GOES ON...AND ON...

We simply don't have the research team or budget to actually measure Carbon Cadman's eco-footprint related to all of this travel, but we're hoping to apply for a grant from the Suzuki Foundation to see if they'll help offset some of our costs. We'll keep you posted.

What we do know is that Cadman likely accumulated tens of thousands of Aeroplan points over the years and we can only hope he donated some of those to the Aeroplan carbon offset program.

If any of you are interested in whether Carbon Cadman was flying executive or economy class, we are pleased to report that in most instances (that we could confirm), he flew economy. 

However, on Air Canada flight 855 from Vancouver to London, the boarding pass stamped "Executive First/Super Affaires" indicates he sat in row 10A. On Air Canada flight 035 from Vancouver to Osaka, Japan he is also listed as being seated in seat 4A "Executive First".

It should be noted that it would appear he paid for economy flights in both instances, but managed to have himself upgraded. Obtaining complimentary business class upgrades is somewhat of a regular occurrence for what are known as "Super Elite" members of Air Canada's rewards program.

Speaking of Aeroplan points, our FOI unearthed an excerpt from an interesting email to Carbon Cadman from his travel agent::

David - I found connection into Jeju with Asiana Airlines who are partners in Star Alliance so a few more aeroplan points to be gathered.  I will need to have the tickets issued tomorrow (Friday) so can you please okay it back to me. Thanks

You will note from the summary list provided below that Carbon Cadman has travelled alot as a representative for something known as ICLEI. Cadman is the president of ICLEI which states on their website:

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.

Over 1078 cities, towns, counties, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI's growing membership. ICLEI works with these and hundreds of other local governments through international performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programs.

ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Our basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.

Here is a summary of Cadman's travels as a municipal representative for Metro Vancouver:

2008

Grand total $34,000

  • Amsterdam & New Mexico - ICLEI Sustainability and Transportation conference - $9225.63
  • Bonn, Germany - ICLEI Mayors conference on biodiversity - $5869.34
  • Europe - ICLEI European membership convention - $5023.49
  • ICLEI Urban Asia - Challenges of transition and governance - $3001.45
  • Barcelona, Spain and Milan, Italy  - IUCN World Congress - $5,871.90 + $118.02
  • Poznan, Poland - ICLEI Executive committee meeting - $503.13
  • Toronto, ICLEI World Secretariat meetings - $3782.35
  • Edmonton, ICLEI World Congress - $604.69

2007

Grand total $33,709.22

  • Kyoto, Japan - conference on climate change - $3367.50
  • Auckland, New Zealand & Sydney, Australia - $8043.16
  • New York City - Sustainable development board meeting - $8356.02
  • Salt Lake City, Utah - Mayors gathering on climate change - $3049.07
  • Jeju, Korea - ICLEI executive meetings - $4884.86
  • Densapar, Bali - climate change conference - $6008.61

2006

Grand total $17,849.59

  • Cape Town, South Africa - ICLEI World Congress - $7577.83
  • New York, New York - Conference on sustainable development - $3245.10
  • Chicago, USA - Planning to Action conference - $2661.17
  • Kolding, Denmark - ICLEI Board Meeting - $4365.49

2005

Grand total $11,477.08

  • Sendai, Japan - ICLEI conference on sustainability - $5728.80
  • Salt Lake City, Utah - Mayor's gathering on climate change - $3,035.38
  • Montreal, QC - climate change summit - $2712.90

In addition, Cadman has also flown as a representive of the City of Vancouver. Here is a list of his expense claims for travel and conferences by year:

2009

TOTAL: $21,864

If you add this up with his claims for reimbursement from Metro Vancouver taxpayers:

  • 2009 - TBD
  • 2008 - $34,000
  • 2007 - $33,709.22
  • 2006 - 17,849.59
  • 2005 - $11,477.08

THE GRAND TOTAL: $118,899.89

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34 Comments

Cadman has had the courage to run in two elections supporting the reallocation of lanes of traffic on Burrard Bridge to improve the safety of people walking and cycling across Burrard Bridge.

What we really want to know is were Klassen, Anton and the rest of the NPA stand on this. Klassen claims to care about pedestrians and their safety on Burrard. Given the success of the one lane trial, does he support reallocating a lane of traffic on the east side so both cyclists and pedestrians can have safe access to both sides of the bridge?

It is a fair question.

Oh, and how many millions of dollars did the NPA burn through in the 18 years they spent "studying" Burrard Bridge because they didn't have the courage to show leadership and make a bold decision on Burrard Bridge?

Another fair question.

No hot air balloons there.

This one might suit;

http://www.ship-of-fools.com/gadgets/witnessing/050.html

Is it just me, or did you comment have nothing to do with the post above. In other words, it was drive by spam.

We all know you and your cycling lobbyist friends are in love with Vision and his handsomeness. We got it. So stick to the topic and stop spamming this site with your cycling agenda.

I moderate at another forum (totally different topic - immigration) Rule that we suggest to participants - ignore the trolls and stick to the topic of the post. If we don't engage, they don't have a chance to hijack the thread.

@Julia and @Yuri

Read the post. It did refer to Burrard Bridge:

"A few weeks ago, Vancouver COPE Councillor David Cadman made a big issue of how concerned he was about saving the environment. So concerned, that he wants to close two lanes on the Burrard Street Bridge to vehicular traffic to allow for the opening of new bicycle lanes."

is it not fair to say the intent of the post was to discuss his travel and the disconnect between a green agenda and tons of jet fuel use to discuss the subject along with the outrageous cost?

Cadman is ignored by Vision in virtually every debate in council. Not clear why he is spending so much time and money travelling on 'city business' when his colleagues have no use for what he has learned when he gets home.

"Given the success of the one lane trial, does he support reallocating a lane of traffic on the east side so both cyclists and pedestrians can have safe access to both sides of the bridge? It is a fair question."

No, it really isn't. The question is contradictory, based on unsubstantiated assertions, and is loaded in a way that will lead to another meaningless attack from you, no matter the answer.

Your question insists that cyclists and pedestrians are not safe, and yet you define that as success? Yeah..... ok..

Anyway, this is an article about Cadman's insane travel expenses. It briefly referred to the bike lanes once, but it would be silly to argue that bike lanes are the topic. If you'd like to know the NPA's opinion/position on anything you could try contacting them. Otherwise, let's stick to the topic; David flying around the world, incinerating as much jet fuel as possible, to attend conferences that could easily be teleconferences.

@Birdy
Fair enough. Let me clarify. The west side of the bridge where the lane of traffic is much safer for cyclists and pedestrians as each has there own space and they are not forced to share the narrow sidewalks. Currently pedestrians are not officially allowed on the east sidewalk although many still chose to walk on the east side as for some trips, it is much more convenient than crossing at the intersections on both sides of the bridge.

Klassen himself has pointed out safety concerns. From: http://www.citycaucus.com/2011/05/pedestrian-power-has-yet-to-exert-itself-at-vancouver-city-hall
"Pedestrians were no longer permitted access to some sidewalks and are now being forced to cross a number of very hazardous streets."

What he neglected to say that this would not be the case today if Anton and the NPA had not cancelled the two-lane trial 5 years ago that Cadmen and the other COPE and Vision candidates had the courage to support.

While it is important to realize that there is a problem, what is really important is the solution to this safety issue. Unfortunately, Klassen and the NPA have not stated what solutions they support.

Cadman's expenses are only the tip of the iceberg as carried further in Daphne Bramham's column. We live with housing prices so exorbitant that not only are many families paying a very high percentage of their income for mortgage or rent but they must commute distances to work with costs escalating with every tax or toll addition.
The stress on families living so close to the line has totally escaped these politicians who raise taxes to satisfy their every whim.
The cure lies at the ballot box. Only when the people make it clear to politicians that the gravy train has broken down will there be change.

Richard, has the bicycle coalition ever engaged the services of a Public Relations professional? They really should. The persistent natter about all things bicycle regardless of the general conversation is not winning you any friends, nor is it advancing your vision for the city.

Try building some community with your non-cycling neighbours instead of fighting with them at every turn and you might be surprised at how far you get with your priorities.

What you are currently doing is really not working.

Julia,
It is actually working... the trolls know that any mention of cycling or bike lanes will divert the conversation..

The pattern I've been documenting makes it clear.. just use my arguments with Chris as an example..

The fact that they are trying to engage Mike, and other candidates speaks volumes...they are redirecting the conversation away from what Daniel is posting... that means that there are too many valuable nuggets in this post...and Vision prefers we don't discuss it.

I think you were correct when you stated that we don't engage the trolls...

The fact that these folks are afraid to post this stuff on certain other websites...

There are sites that won't tolerate the bullying and garbage....and these folks don't dare try..

So I think we all need to ignore the trolls.. and we all know who they are...
Now I

Julia,

It is actually working... the trolls know that any mention of cycling or bike lanes will divert the conversation..

The pattern I've been documenting makes it clear.. just use my arguments with Chris as an example..

The fact that they are trying to engage Mike, and other candidates speaks volumes...

They are redirecting the conversation away from what Daniel is posting...wonder why?

I think that means that there are too many valuable nuggets in this post...and Vision prefers we don't discuss it.

I think you were correct when you stated that we don't engage the trolls...

The fact that these folks are afraid to post this stuff on certain other websites...The sites that won't tolerate the bullying and garbage....and these folks don't even dare try..is a perfect example of the games being played.

So I think we all need to ignore the trolls.. and we all know who they are...

Now I'm interested in these expenses..lets dissect them...

Sorry for the double post... not sure how that happened..

George, it will work eventually. We have to be strong :)

I don't think they have any clue how annoying their tactics are. In many cases there is nothing wrong with their point, if it were to the subject at hand, but we are reacting to their interruptions and their snarkey comebacks.

Changing people's minds does not come by beating them over the head with a rubber innertube.

George, I am not even sure it is a calculated strategy. It is simply a single focused agenda that can see nothing else. Any other subject is perceived as a threat. No real difference with the poverty/civil liberties agenda.

The living room is only allowed 1 elephant.

Cadman is a cad and a hypocrite as is the rest of his ilk.Im sure he buys carbon offsets and feels all warm and fuzzy about the tree that may or may not be planted in his name,carbon credits traded by criminal exchanges that almost every single one has been charged with billions in fraud or closed like the chicago carbon exchange,by the way was started with a one million dollar grant to obama from the joyce foundation a non profit,but al gore managed to walk away with $19000000.And if they do plant anything first they clearcut the natural forest and plant palm oil trees leaving the native people,if they havent murdered them in cold blood,to live in vast tracts of neat rows of palms,their homes crumbling because their not allowed to cut any trees to repair them,to sit and watch their children starve because there is no natural game left for their table.Greens with their racist anti energy agenda have blood on their hands.Why racist one might ask,because there are 1.6 billion people on this planet,mostly of color, with no access to cheep power,clean water,irrigation or any industry to pull them from darkness and a very short and brutal life.Cadman and his green friends must also be anti immigration because they could not possibly bring someone from a third world country here there by increasing their carbon footprint fourfold.unintended consiquences anyone.

:-)

RE: Re-allocation of of bridge lanes for bike lanes:

Honest to God Richard, that is the only rebuttal you have to this story? That is all you are capable of focusing on? Are you stoned or did you fall of your bike without a helmet?

If I sound a bit pissed or in a more lady like fashion - teed-off, I for one are more concerned about the $$ being spent by politicians on frivovilties. That never ending pot of gold they seem feel to dip into for their own benefit.

Today I spent my day (whichstarted at 5:50 am) volunteering - in helping low income and immigrant families - and I can tell you, that bike lanes are not high on their list of importance. They seem more concered with clothing their kids and finding proper food for them.

Give me a break. Give us all a break.

Cadman has been notorius for jet setting around in the name of 'all things evironmental' and green( figure out how that green environmentally friendly thing works when flying aorund the world????) and we are paying for it. To the tune of over $100K.

And that is just before people got really upset and his travel expenses got slightly neutered.

To bring this back about a bike lane - holy crap. You need to give your one dimensional head a shake.

And guess what - I am not against cycling, but you are pushing me to fight life and limb against it.

Congratulations!!

Folks I think I have a solution,first remove the bike lane from the bridge and put a dismount sign at each end.That way RICHARD and friends could have a nice five minute cool down walk on their way into town.This would allow for the free flow of traffic and we know thats more efficiant and would help save Gaia.Instead of adding 10min. to the car drivers commute and saving bikers 3min.It would add 3min. to the bikers and take 10min.off the dirty filthy autos commute.How about it Gaia is gonna love us for it

The way I look at it gman, Gaia is just giving us a shake off, just like she did during the ice age.

Kind of like a dog shaking off fleas.

Max I couldnt agree more.

@George @Julia @Max

Did you even bother reading my posts. The focus was on pedestrians and pedestrian safety.

Richard...
the title of this post refers to Cadman and his travel expenses.. your post wasn't interesting to me, nor on topic..

@ Richard:

Did you even reading the topic and subject of this article?

May I suggest that people should go to ICLEIs website,its all about raising money,and attracting investors,plenty of scary propoganda,even their white paper on finances has a picture of a huge wave crashing over a house.What a waste.Next thing you know we will be on the hook to the world bank.

The Thought of The Midnight

“David Cadman’s All Times favourite password ...’OPEN SESAME’”

City of Persepolis... cca. 311 BC (Before COPE). Night time. Location: cave; light coming from dozens of lit candles. Ali Baba is seen seated on a bunch of pillows, in front of Forty – Fifty bearded guys. In complete silence they all roll down their written papyruses. From time to time you could hear a sigh, followed by a ‘Tz, tz, tz...’ After about ten minutes, Ali Baba looks up, to one of his guys and says ‘So, this cad, Davood, these are his travel expenses, right, for what, this year?’ The guy nods ‘Yes’. Moment of silence. ‘Tz, tz, tz, tz...’ concludes Ali Baba. ‘And THEY... call US...thieves!’.

For whoever was asleep during the past few years, there is a new tool for legal embezzlement in town, doing the rounds in the world of politics.

It is called the Travel Expense/ Allowance/ Per Diem Sheet.
If the Federal NDP Jack Layton can use it to get reimbursements of over half a million dollars on a salary of 165,000 per year what is a mere peasant in Vancouver City Hall going to do. Drink tap water, eat baloney sandwiches and fly Economy?

That David Cadman charged travel expenses in excess of 100 Grands do not surprise me, would have surprised me if he didn’t. Well, he didn’t want to disappoint me.

Mayor and Five Vision Councillors wined and dined on Lobster, and red wine in Halifax.
Andrea Reimer checks New York for measure.
David Cadman flies around the World in 80 travel Expenses Forms.

It is surprising that they didn’t think of running a travel agency from inside the Hall. I dunno, there must be something going on, we have to check the basement, they must have a money printing machine hidden in there.

After reading Daniel’s article I did my own research and to my surprise, I came across over more than a dozen headlines from the pages of major periodicals, magazines and tabloids from the cities visited by D Cadman Esquire.

Here are the best Ten:

10 “Councillor Cadman riding his Donkey down to the Mall”...‘Rio Grande Sun’ - New Mexico

9 “Vancouver politician caught

with pants Down Under” ...‘Sidney News’ - Australia

8 “Local Mormon offers Cadman a Bountiful massage”...‘Salt Lake City Daily’ - Utah

7 “BigFoot shows Councillor How to leave small footprints”...’Montreal Gazzette’ – Quebec

6 “What you smoke in Amsterdam...stays in the Amsterdam council”...‘The Amsterdam Chronicles’ - Holland

5 “Cannibal tribe, free Canadian politician unharmed. Apparently, eating pork it’s a no, no.”...‘Abidjan Times’ - Ivory Coast

4 “Councillor Cadman talks Televangelist into Despicability”...‘Chicago Newas’ - USA

3 “Cadman of Vancouver wears the Emperors’ New Suit at Reception”...‘Kolding Post’ - Denmark

2 “Vedi Napoli , e poi...Milan, Rome, Pisa, Udinese...”...‘Milan Buona Giornale’ - Italy

1 “David Cadman - `Better Mileage than Santa Claus”...‘The North Pole Elf’ - Greenland

Of course there were more, many more untold adventures, places and people, like the one time when he met the Foo Koo Yoo, Kyoto Twins in Japan ; or when he made a mental note to bring the idea of The inclined Tower of Pisa to our local Sun Tower...these were the times.

Despite what some people might say about him, David Cadman wants you, the reader, to know that he has Class. Not Economy. No. First Class.

We live in Vancouver and this keeps us busy.

For those who haven't already done so, you should really take gman's suggestion to visit and wander around the iclei site - it is mind boggling for even the most cynical of us. For example, there was a Climate Summit in Bonn on June 6 where none other than

"David Cadman, ICLEI President and Councillor of Vancouver, Canada, delivered an intervention on behalf of the LGMA constituency at the SBI-34 in-session workshop to further develop ways to enhance engagement of observer organizations."

That should make you feel better about the money he has spent.

There is a link there to something called the Carbon n Cities Climate
Registry, which of course, Vancouver belongs. Unfortunately there is only one city in India and none from China but they proudly announce there members represent 250 million people. Now that is really going to have an impact on carbon emissions.

Unless we drive a stake into the heart of this Green con game, it is going to continue to siphon off money from the Western economies that we cannot afford.

Thanks for having a look Bill,what really gets my goat is that most people that have fallen for this crap never read past a headline if you actually read the story they should surely see its not what it seems on the surface.Its the big green killing machine,costing us billion and causing untold damages.To be fair some of these sustainable city gardening programs have been great for some cities in the congo and other third world town,but not for the developed world.It just sucks billions of dollars from those people who really need help.

Agreed Bill...and gman.
Maybe the title for this post shall be Glissando Remmy's No 1 'headline'
“David Cadman - `Better Mileage than Santa Claus”...‘The North Pole Elf’ - Greenland
LMAO!
And his anecdote shall also make the rounds at City Hall this week:
"...Ali Baba looks up, to one of his guys and says ‘So, this cad, Davood, these are his travel expenses, right, for what, this year?’ The guy nods ‘Yes’. Moment of silence. ‘Tz, tz, tz, tz...’ concludes Ali Baba. ‘And THEY... call US...thieves!’.
Really, no comments from me.
Oh, sorry, does anyone knows what did these politicians produce as evidence of their newly acquired know-how? Huh?

Just a few comments re the Green movement. Please be patient, there's an end result to my comments.

About 5 years ago, I was at a high end restaurant in Yaletown and my friend bumped into a Howe Street promoter that she knew. He said that he was "now into the green industry, cuz that's where the money was". The week prior, he was probably touting a mine or oil and gas property.

The second connection is a 9-month stint in Corporate Relations for a fish farm in 1989 - please spare the comments! I distinctly remember our PR firm, "James Hoggan & Associates" - guess what that has morphed into - Strategic Communications. Are you connecting the dots yet?

There will always be chameleons changing their colours and sensing where the wind is blowing. Right now it's the green movement. Some ideas might actually help - others - be wary of the "bs" meter!

Betty, and you made the connection...now?
LOL
We've discussed this subject in here since I can't remember. But hey, good that you are on our side...that of the non-green believers :-))

What a GREEN, GREEN, GREEN man this is! Thank you so much for flying endlessly around the World at our expense! What else is a civic career politician to do besides visit exotic foreign locales on the taxpayers dime? Hurray! What a true champion.

The Green religion would never have gained the traction it did if it weren't for the amount of money on the table for a wide range of stakeholders. And it is why it will not go away quietly while there is still money on the table.

Just read this sidebar article - it seems Cadman is not alone in racking up the air miles. Tim Stevenson and Heather Deal were listed in the top 5 for 2009:

Opinion: Globetrotting politicians choose Bonn over #Burnaby http://ow.ly/5g97I #vancouver

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