Mike Klassen

Philip Owen: There Are No Shortcuts When Running a City

These days Vancouver city hall is twisting itself into pretzels trying to figure out why citizens have stopped engaging with the political process. In my view, Philip Owen was the last mayor to really make a personal effort to get to know the city he led. He wasn't in a bubble created by political aides -- his staff was tiny in comparison to those in office today. Often regarded as a "mayor's mayor," he made himself available to citizens, media, and through a primetime cable TV call-in show.

Battleground B.C.

The campaign to elect British Columbia’s next government begins today. The polls suggest the New Democrats might win in a landslide, but there are nevertheless several ridings worth keeping an eye on...

NDP Campaign Going To The Dogs

An upstart NDP candidate is turning to man's best friend to get the word out to condo-dwelling constituents in Vancouver-False Creek. Matt Toner has fashioned little orange dog jackets as part of his...


VANCOUVER - Former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan has won the nomination to represent the B.C. Liberals in the May election in the riding of Vancouver-False Creek.Sullivan beat out Lorne Mayencourt, who...

Ex-MLA vs. Ex-Mayor In Nomination Race

Well-known former B.C. Liberal MLA Lorne Mayencourt wants to give provincial politics another shot. Mayencourt is seeking the party's nomination in the riding of Vancouver-False Creek, and he could b...