The returns are in and some of the 2014 local election campaign spending in B.C. isn't pretty. How the parties spent their moolah also says something about their campaign approach.
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Anyone who construed Robertson's margin of victory over Kirk LaPointe and his council majority as a decisive win needs to look under the hood to appreciate how the wheels just about fell off the Vision Vancouver election machine.
The whales and dolphins at Vancouver Aquarium just can't seem to catch a break. Even the city's new bylaw that bans breeding and introduces new, independent public oversight of the Stanley Park attraction won't offer much relief for the captive cetaceans. Because, as it turns out, there never was a bylaw after all.
The voting day lineup at Mount Pleasant Community Centre. Vancouver voters showed much more interest in civic politics this year, with turnout in Saturday's election topping 44 per cent. Only about 3...
VANCOUVER - Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson won re-election Saturday, soundly defeating his main opponent despite indications late in the campaign that the mayor's bid for a third term was in trouble...
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It has become clear to me that public opinion has swung hard against Gregor Robertson's team. If their opponents could match Vision's base of volunteers and manpower provided by labour groups, it is most likely there would be a change in government. Alas, that is a big "if."
Coters have been asking me, "What can one councillor do at Vancouver City Hall? How can you make a difference?" I am, after all, the lone candidate for a new party called OneCity -- or "One Dude" as a Province columnist put it -- in Saturday's municipal election. But I'm not lonely. I have a lot of good people backing my candidacy and this wider movement for positive change in Vancouver.
Vision Vancouver and the NPA have finally released lists of their campaign donors, with just over a week to go before the municipal election. This includes Vision Vancouver and the NPA, which both sa...
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With less than two weeks to go before the civic election, incumbent mayor and Vision Vancouver leader Gregor Robertson is suing opponent Kirk LaPointe for defamation. In a statement of claim filed Thu...
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So what will 10 years of Robertson's Vision government have brought to our city? To understand what lies ahead for Vancouver between now and 2018, one needs to look back at the mayor's unfulfilled political promises.
A corporate funding program available to B.C. schools has become a Vancouver election issue, yet again highlighting the debate over educational resources. Chevron's Fuel Your School program will donat...
VANCOUVER - A Vancouver man has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal claiming the city's most vulnerable people are being shut out of voting in advance polls for the Nov. 15 civic ele...
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Just over two weeks out from the B.C. municipal elections, Vision Vancouver has taken things to a more personal level, releasing a radio ad attacking NPA mayoral hopeful Kirk LaPointe over his home ad...
If you're a Vancouver property taxpayer, a chill should be running down your spine.
Meena Wong, COPE's candidate for Vancouver mayor, has some ambitious proposals for the city, including a $1/day transit pass and a punitive fee on empty properties. The community organizer, who curren...
Gregor Robertson, who is running for a third term as Vancouver mayor, logged onto Reddit Thursday to field questions from voters. In an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") format, Robertson was asked about afford...
It happens too often. My wife and I make friends in our community -- many of them, like us, raising small children -- and then we find out they are moving, leaving Vancouver, because they can no longer afford the high cost of living here.
Meena Wong, the COPE candidate for Vancouver mayor, sat down to answer questions on Reddit. In an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") format, Wong fielded queries on her proposal for $1/day transit, vote-splittin...
Vancouver mayoral candidate Meena Wong has waded into the city's heated transit debate by proposing a universal "dollar a day" travel pass. The Vancouver Pass, or V-Pass, would cost $365 per year, the...
Kirk LaPointe, the NPA's candidate for Vancouver mayor, logged onto Reddit Thursday to take questions from the public. In an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") format, LaPointe was challenged on the city's trans...
With the blessing of the moderators of the /r/Vancouver subreddit, we reached out to the three main Vancouver mayoral candidates to see if we could facilitate AMAs. After much juggling of their very busy schedules, we're excited to announce that they're keen to participate in this online experiment.
Christy Clark told the audience that to ensure economic growth in B.C. they had to help elect the "right kind of leaders" in the upcoming municipal elections. It was a message clearly meant to infuse the campaigns currently happening in Vancouver.
Vancouver residents could be paying less at parking meters if the Non-Partisan Association takes control of city council in the upcoming civic election. NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe is promisi...
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Vancouver mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson has unveiled Vision Vancouver's plan to make the city more affordable, as campaigning continues ahead of November's municipal election. Announci...
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VANCOUVER - The mayor of British Columbia's most populous city is making his fight against Kinder Morgan's oil pipeline expansion a key plank of his re-election campaign.British Columbia municipalitie...
Contrary to where you might think I'm going with all this, young people aren't completely in silence. Younger people are more frequent campaigners than older people and are increasingly mobilizing for causes of all varieties.
Vancouver mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe has a ways to go before he has the name recognition of incumbent Gregor Robertson. But at least he can laugh about it. 100 days tomorrow to the election. Stil...
We have to call bullshit on those who think something like talking about masturbation or being in a sexy photo is shameful or even relevant to holding the vast majority of public offices.
A couple weeks after I won my nomination, some bloggers started posting a monologue from my Fringe play. The monologue is a frank and funny take on the sex life of a single person and the ways single people can feel isolated in our culture. It also talks about masturbation. The monologue is certainly not the most frank or explicit piece of sex-positive work I have published or performed, but some bloggers had a heyday, and I was told this was just the beginning.
It's important to remember that the city, like the rest of us, has to pay interest on debt in addition to repaying the principal. With more money going to service past debt (interest plus principal), less is available for important municipal services such as garbage collection and policing. That means Vancouverites also "pay" for debt indirectly through reduced services.
Now that the civic election is coming up, I would like to propose electoral reform of local government for big cities in British Columbia, especially my hometown of Surrey. It's the ideal place for a mixed "at-large" and "ward system" of electing city councillors and the mayor.
If the transit referendum was held at the same time as the municipal election, there is a real risk that people exercising their freedom of speech on one would be subject to severe penalties under the other. This is because the B.C. government has imposed draconian penalties (a year in jail, $10,000 fines) for those they define as "election advertising sponsors" in provincial election law.