David Fine is an Oscar-winning filmmaker who has lived in Vancouver since 2004, after visiting and falling in love with the city. He has a keen interest in local politics and started the VanPoli Facebook group. He is also a founding committee member of Vancouver’s Hockey Helps the Homeless and a mediocre hockey player himself.
To the casual observer, it seems like Vision Vancouver has led the charge in finally liberating alcohol sales in Vancouver, something it has refused to support for many months. More careful review shows quite the opposite. Restrictions are so onerous that only two supermarkets would qualify. Two. Great.
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.
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.
The city starts its $35-million makeover of Burrard Bridge this month, so expect traffic chaos. Mostly, though, I feel hoodwinked by the consultation process, which changed nothing except for adding a major element which was not spoken of at all. The city decided, after the consultation, to include suicide prevention barriers after one single health officer spoke to the city to insist they should be done.
It's only in this market, with it's unfettered influx of foreign bags of cash that this can happen. If our market was not in overdrive, we would not see such a flagrant waste of a perfectly good home and that's the thing that people are most upset about.