Vision Vancouver

What's Behind The Malaise With B.C.'s Local Elections?

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In Vancouver, less than one in five eligible voters re-elected Gregor Robertson in 2011. In Victoria, less than one in six re-elected Dean Fortin. In Nanaimo, Kamloops, and Prince George, less than one in seven elected their mayors.

What My Eclipsed Run For Office Says About Vancouver Politics

Trish Kelly | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Trish Kelly

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.

Acknowledging Vulnerabilities Can Help Empower Women

Kevin Elliott | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Elliott

Trish Kelly, a prominent member of Vancouver activism and a self-described sex-positive" and "queer" resigned her nomination as a candidate for park board in the city's upcoming municipal election, because of the surfacing of a humorous and risqué Fringe Festival video she made about masturbation from way back in 2006. As a male, I struggle with the guilt that something like that would not be nearly as damaging to my public figure.

Former Journalist Runs For Vancouver Mayor

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Former journalist and media executive Kirk LaPointe will be running against incumbent Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson in the next civic e...

Memes Mock Vancouver Mayor's $25,000 Lunch

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Some sharply pointed memes are criticizing a "suggested $25,000 per person donation" lunch organized by a prominent condo developer for Vancouver Mayo...

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.

Expect The Unexpected In Battle For Vancouver City Hall

Mike Klassen | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

Presumptive political victories are sometimes vulnerable to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune -- or internal squabbling. This is probably why Vision Vancouver is taking some of the most extraordinary measures lately seen in Canadian municipal politics to hang onto city hall.

Not Capping Election Fundraising Leaves Us All Worse Off

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

If local campaign spending is obscene, it only follows that candidates need to fall back on contributors with obscenely large wallets to pay the bills. And fall back they did. In the 2011 elections, the single largest donation was $960,000 courtesy of local land developer Rob Macdonald to Vancouver's NPA. To put that sum into context, it's more than double what Naheed Nenshi spent on his way to winning the mayor's chair of Calgary in 2010. Calgary has nearly a quarter of a million more voters than Vancouver.

What We Can Learn From Hotel Waldorf Affair?

Mike Klassen | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

Losing the Waldorf Hotel is a big setback for Vancouver's arts, music and culture scene, and many people are rightly disappointed about this. But it is just the latest of a long list of coveted cultural venues to wither away, and it will certainly not be the city's last.

Political Newbie Beats Big Name In NDP Race

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. New Democrats have chosen a candidate who could face off against a former Vancouver mayor in next May's provincial election.Membe...

Who Else Is 'Secretly Glad' Geoff Meggs Lost B.C. NDP Nomination?

Mike Klassen | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

Vancouver City Coun. Geoff Meggs, considered to be a slam dunk to win the Vancouver-Fairview nomination lost badly to former union boss and Sierra Club executive director George Heyman, creating online buzz thanks to its unexpected outcome. What is perhaps most interesting about Sunday's vote, however, is the way it illustrated both the close ties and competing agendas of Vision Vancouver and the B.C. NDP.

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.

Vancouver Rental Database Promises To Keep Landlords Honest

CBC | Posted 12.29.2011 | Canada

Vision Vancouver released another piece of its election platform on Saturday, pledging to create an online registry to track property vio...