For the past 23 years, every 4/20 has been bigger than the last. Despite artificial controversy drummed up by the corporate media and hostile politicians, the fact is that 4/20 is a beloved civic event with widespread support and a broad base of participation.
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.
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.
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.
Vancouver NPA park commissioners John Coupar and Sarah Kirby-Yung say they were elected Saturday in part on their party's
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 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.
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 and the NPA have finally released lists of their campaign donors, with just over a week to go before the
With less than two weeks to go before the civic election, incumbent mayor and Vision Vancouver leader Gregor Robertson is