George Affleck

Local Governments Have A Problem With Transparency

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.02.2017 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

When most communities in B.C. have more in-camera meetings than the City of Toronto, there's a problem. In Ontario, councils are entitled to go in-camera to consider six specific matters. There are four reasons that councils must go in camera and over a dozen reasons why they "may" close a meeting. The nuance between "may" and "must" seems to have been lost on a few.

Vancouver Love Locks Need Permanent Home: Councillor

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver councillor believes finding a home for so-called love locks may be a key to unshackling the city from its supposedly no-fun re...

Vancouver Election Has Bigger Issues Than Bike Lanes

Greg Andrews | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Greg Andrews

I felt compelled to see these protestors in person. A younger, more angsty self would have wanted to mock and troll them, literally ride circles around them and ring my bell. But I'm older and more chill now, and really I just wanted to see if they were real, if their hearts were in it or if they were just NPA hacks, and if they were as homogeneously old, white, and wealthy as they appeared in pictures.

Fix Proposed For Granville Street 'Chaos"

CBC | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A few years after the City of Vancouver redesigned the downtown strip of Granville Street, Non-Partisan Association city councillor George Affleck say...

Party Like It's 2014!

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver councillor wants the city to host a big New Year's Eve celebration for 2014 as other major cities do around the world. NPA Coun. George...

Vancouver Food Trucks vs. Restaurants

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Vancouver city councillor is asking council to support the independent restaurant industry by taking another look at the city's popular food trucks....

City Hall's Definition Of Civic Engagement

Mike Klassen | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

We've heard the discussion about how Vancouverites suffer from a reported epidemic of loneliness and isolation. This notion (of which I am a firm skeptic) has triggered a policy initiative from Vancouver's ruling Vision party. So what does civic engagement actually mean to the party? Sadly for Vancouver, it already equals less access to city hall, reduced citizen involvement in shaping our city, and a top-down approach to decision-making.