Can Existing Revenue Sources Fund Metro Vancouver Transit?

Originally published in Vancouver Courier The resounding defeat of the Congestion Improvement Tax by voters in the recent transit plebiscite was a blow to local government politicians who were counting on it as a new revenue source. With no “plan B” to fall back on, members of the Mayors’ Council are threatening to go it alone on… Read more »

Campaign Diary: Why the Yes Side Lost

Originally published in Vancouver Courier. In 2004 during the last week of June, then four-term city councillor Sam Sullivan invited me to join his campaign team for the “no” side in the October referendum to approve a ward system for Vancouver. It was a daunting challenge as I recall. Our campaign war chest was empty, we… Read more »

An Active City Like Vancouver Needs More Drinking Fountains

Originally published in Vancouver Courier Water is permanently etched in Vancouver’s identity. Ocean waves lap the shores of the south coast, a rainforest provides our city’s breathtaking backdrop, and radiant lakes and reservoirs dot the surrounding region providing places to hike, swim and fish. Why then are we so miserly when it comes to making… Read more »

Is City of Vancouver red tape driving up housing costs?

Originally published in Vancouver Courier You have to give realtor Keith Roy points for originality. Knowing a thing or two about marketing and self-promotion in today’s sizzling Vancouver real estate market is how you will break into the tiny circle of top-sellers of detached homes. Roy’s latest brainchild may have just raised the bar among his peers…. Read more »

Vancouver City Hall coming up short on increasing housing supply

Vancouver Housing Policy Drafted on the Back of a Napkin Originally published by Vancouver Courier When it comes to addressing housing affordability in Vancouver, are politicians choosing “belief” over research? Anecdotal reports were the foundation of at least two city council initiatives in recent weeks. First there was their plan for a snitch website to report unoccupied… Read more »

Why government is unlikely to intervene in Vancouver real estate market

Originally published in Vancouver Courier and Business in Vancouver. Hear that? That’s the sound of government cash registers as they rake in revenue from Vancouver’s record-breaking real estate market. What you will certainly not hear above the din is any politician saying they will make any changes that could risk driving down housing prices. That… Read more »

How David Letterman almost came to EXPO 86

Originally published on Vancity Buzz. Canadian Paul Shaffer is beyond a doubt an unsung hero of American television. This short interview with Dave is precious but hardly sums up his huge impact on music and comedy. He was the bespectacled, Elton John-emulating musician in the original Saturday Night Live series of the late 1970s, and who can forget Artie Fufkin of Polymer… Read more »

Rachel Notley & Christy Clark Sure to Become Strong Allies

Originally published on Huffington Post BC. The historic victory of Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP provoked a giddy reaction among New Democrats across Canada. Many even adorned themselves with orange ties, socks and other articles of clothing in a sort of end zone celebration dance. Among the enthusiastic revellers were members of British Columbia’s NDP opposition… Read more »

Too Late For The Yes Campaign To Hit ‘Reset’ Button?

Originally published March 12th on Huffington Post BC—got a strong response from readers! A few weeks back I wrote about my experience of working on the ill-fated 1992 Charlottetown Accord “Yes” referendum campaign, and provided some so far unheeded advice to the pro-transit tax side. Metro Vancouver’s mayors, I argued, must humble themselves with the voters in order to… Read more »

Transit Tax Debate: Transparency Is Key For ‘Yes’ Side

Originally published in Vancouver Courier and Huffington Post. Twenty-two years ago last fall, I began a young political campaigner’s dream job, working in the B.C. war room for the Yes forces in support of the Charlottetown Accord. For the first and only time in Canadian history, all the major political parties — Progressive Conservatives, Liberals,… Read more »

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    Can Existing Revenue Sources Fund Metro Vancouver Transit?

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    Originally published in Vancouver Courier The resounding defeat of the Congestion Improvement Tax by voters in the recent transit plebiscite was a blow to local government politicians who were counting on it as a new revenue source. With no “plan B” to fall back on, members of the Mayors’ Council are threatening to go it alone on… Read more »

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    Campaign Diary: Why the Yes Side Lost

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    Originally published in Vancouver Courier. In 2004 during the last week of June, then four-term city councillor Sam Sullivan invited me to join his campaign team for the “no” side in the October referendum to approve a ward system for Vancouver. It was a daunting challenge as I recall. Our campaign war chest was empty, we… Read more »

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    An Active City Like Vancouver Needs More Drinking Fountains

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    Originally published in Vancouver Courier Water is permanently etched in Vancouver’s identity. Ocean waves lap the shores of the south coast, a rainforest provides our city’s breathtaking backdrop, and radiant lakes and reservoirs dot the surrounding region providing places to hike, swim and fish. Why then are we so miserly when it comes to making… Read more »

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    Is City of Vancouver red tape driving up housing costs?

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    Originally published in Vancouver Courier You have to give realtor Keith Roy points for originality. Knowing a thing or two about marketing and self-promotion in today’s sizzling Vancouver real estate market is how you will break into the tiny circle of top-sellers of detached homes. Roy’s latest brainchild may have just raised the bar among his peers…. Read more »

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    Vancouver City Hall coming up short on increasing housing supply

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    Vancouver Housing Policy Drafted on the Back of a Napkin Originally published by Vancouver Courier When it comes to addressing housing affordability in Vancouver, are politicians choosing “belief” over research? Anecdotal reports were the foundation of at least two city council initiatives in recent weeks. First there was their plan for a snitch website to report unoccupied… Read more »

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    Why government is unlikely to intervene in Vancouver real estate market

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    Originally published in Vancouver Courier and Business in Vancouver. Hear that? That’s the sound of government cash registers as they rake in revenue from Vancouver’s record-breaking real estate market. What you will certainly not hear above the din is any politician saying they will make any changes that could risk driving down housing prices. That… Read more »