Vision Vancouver

How Vivian Krause Became The Poster Child For Canada's Anti-Environment Crusade

DeSmog Canada | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

To Krause, it seemed suspicious that foundations from across the border were giving money to Canadian groups working on Canadian conservation and energy issues. It must be, Krause surmised, that these big foundations are spending their dollars to manipulate Canadian energy and environment politics to further American interests.

B.C. Muncipal Elections: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Saturday was a good day for local democracy in B.C. As one person noted online: "First time in my life I've had to wait to vote in a local election....What the hell is going on?" What was going on was that voters were coming out of the woodwork by the thousands in towns and cities across B.C. and it seems that those who skipped 2011 had one thing on their mind this time.

Vancouver Voters Pack Polling Stations Amid Tight Mayoral Race

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The voting day lineup at Mount Pleasant Community Centre. Vancouver voters showed much more interest in civic politics this year, with turnout in S...

Gregor Robertson Wins 3rd Term As Vancouver Mayor

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson won re-election Saturday, soundly defeating his main opponent despite indications late in the campaign th...

Is 'Change' Really Coming to Vancouver City Hall?

Mike Klassen | Posted 11.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

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."

Vision Vancouver Minority With Strong NPA, Green Opposition Is Ideal City Council

Sandy Garossino | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

Vision has squandered a great deal of the public confidence that returned it to power in 2011, and it's lost a good deal of mine. My recommendation, given an overall review of needed skill set and policy, is for a Vision-led minority government with a substantially empowered NPA and Green opposition.

A Vote For Vision Vancouver Is A Vote For U.S. Interests

Vivian Krause | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Vivian Krause

If anybody can operate pipelines and oil tankers, Canadians can. Proof of this is the track record of the Port of Vancouver which has operated safely with no major oil spills in more than 100 years. Voting for Gregor Robertson means voting to support a foreign-funded campaign that is keeping Canada over a barrel and costing our country billions.

Dating Apps Are Part Of My Campaign As A Young Candidate

Mischa Oak | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mischa Oak

To be a candidate who actually gets elected, I also have to be unique. As far as I know, I'm the only candidate that's marketing by getting matches on the dating apps Tinder, Grindr, and Scruff. I figure these are some of the best places to meet people these days. I go where my peers are and use the technology designed to connect us.

Let's Go For Bragging Rights In B.C. Elections

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Considering that local councils in B.C. spend more than $8 billion a year of our money, it's a bit of a paradox that most voters -- if it's anything like last time -- will find something else to do this Saturday. In 2011, some communities saw turnouts of less than 30 per cent. In Vancouver, 34.6 per cent of voters cast a ballot. So maybe it's time to spark some inter-provincial rivalry for bragging rights.

Vision Vancouver, NPA Release Donor Lists

CBC | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia

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 i...

Gregor Robertson Sues Opponent For Defamation

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia

With less than two weeks to go before the civic election, incumbent mayor and Vision Vancouver leader Gregor Robertson is suing opponent Kirk LaPointe...

What To Expect From Vision Vancouver's Third Term

Mike Klassen | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

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.

Vancouver Aquarium's Political Gaming Is Legal, But Is It Ethical?

Jeff Matthews | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jeff Matthews

It is an odd Vancouver tradition that each municipal election brings with it a debate over the fate of the whales and dolphins in Stanley Park. Recent history suggests this is because the Vancouver Aquarium is gaming the system.

Vision Vancouver Sells Out Taxpayers For Big Labour Money

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

If you're a Vancouver property taxpayer, a chill should be running down your spine.

Vision Vancouver Ad Attacks Kirk LaPointe Over Address

CBC | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

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...

Vancouver Election 2014: Ask The Mayoral Candidates Anything

Andree Lau | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andree Lau

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.

Vancouver's 'Anti-Everything' Mayor May Not Be 'Right Kind' Of Leader

Mike Klassen | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

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.

Mayor Unveils Plan To Make Vancouver More Affordable

CBC | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson has unveiled Vision Vancouver's plan to make the city more affordable, as campaigning continues ahea...

Vancouver's Mayor Likes It Spicy And Other Fun Facts

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson may not be as infamous as Rob Ford other Canadian mayors, but he took the city to the international stage with the 20...

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.02.2014 | 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 09.27.2014 | 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 09.27.2014 | 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.