Vision Vancouver

The 105 Keefer Rezoning Is All About Profit

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada
Gabriel Yiu

The rezoning application to increase the height and bulk of the building to be erected on 105 Keefer Street in Chinatown has become a hot issue in the...

Vision Vancouver Policies All Empty Gestures And No Substance

David Fine | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Fine

We have a civic government whose policies seem to be motivated more by sentiment rather than substance, and that's why we have record homelessness and a housing crisis which the city has steadfastly denied for so long.

Taxpayers Will Shoulder Burden Of Vancouver Natural-Gas Ban

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Robertson wants a 70 per cent cut in natural gas use by 2020, and 90 per cent gone within 10 years. This will cost individual residents thousands of dollars -- and was approved by Robertson and his council without any thought to the affordability crisis in Vancouver.

Knee-Jerk Policies Will Not Cool B.C.'s Red-Hot Housing Market

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

For months the government had been in denial over the issue: overblown, isolated to a few neighbourhoods, it said. Since then its approach has gone from "the market will correct itself," to a "bold action plan," to legislating a retroactive 15 per cent tax on foreign ownership.

Vancouver Does Not Need More Barriers To Better Mental Health

David Fine | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Fine

The city is putting a million dollars towards a mental health hub. Councillor Jang called it "a big health investment for the city." This hub will help about 5,000 people in need per year. How many people die by jumping from Burrard Bridge every year? The answer is .08 people, but the suicide barriers will cost $3.5 million.

Vancouverites Clearly Don't Support Expensive Dispensary Crackdown

Dana Larsen | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

These bylaws are so restrictive because they were written under the shadow of the Harper government. Now that we have the Liberals in power, and with such clear opposition to the current bylaws from the people of Vancouver, it is time for Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver to rethink their plan.

City Hall Bullies Need A Time Out

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.20.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

There's something about local government that brings out the worst in some people. Staff get spat on. Mayors and councillors are often the victims of what can only be described as cyberbullying. In some towns, process servers would be well-advised to offer volume discounts to local governments.

Vancouver Mayor Takes Over Turntables At Pride Party

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Hey, Mr. DJ! Keep playin' that song...

Whether You Voted (Or Not) In B.C. May No Longer Be A Secret

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Last September's proposal by the four parties isn't about engaging voters, it's about tracking voters in an era of data mining.

Vancouve Campaign Spending Contagion Spreading Fast

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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.

When It Comes To B.C. Local Elections, Standing Out Isn't A Good Thing

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

For the last six weeks, deep in the B.C. legislature, eight MLAs have been toiling away at trying to set spending limits for municipal parties and their candidates in 2018, as well as third parties. It's been an oddly quiet discussion, given that their recommendations might restore a modicum of faith in local democracy. Might.

Vancouver Election 2014: Who Really Came Out Ahead?

Mike Klassen | Posted 01.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

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.

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

DeSmog Canada | Posted 01.18.2015 | 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 01.17.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 01.10.2015 | 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 01.07.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 01.04.2015 | 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.