The municipal election may still be 24 weeks away, but the lead up to the Oct. 20 vote has been something to behold. Low-profile candidates, new election spending and donations rules, randomized ballots and simmering public anger over Vision Vancouver’s failures is turning 2018 into one of the most disruptive election years the city has […]
Legislation enacted by the B.C. government last fall to cut off “big money” from municipal election campaigns hit a bump in the road this month. Bill 15, also known as Local Elections Campaign Financing Amendment Act 2017, was earlier criticized for failing to address the influence of third parties. Now it looks like the legislation […]
A former town councillor from Penhold, Alta. named Danielle Klooster wrote a widely read op-ed a few years back titled “5 terrible reasons to run for municipal office.” I would urge every person thinking of running for mayor or city council to read it before entering politics. In her piece, Klooster also describes why anyone […]
About Mike Klassen
Mike Klassen is Vice President, Public Affairs at BC Care Providers Association, where he has played a key role in securing multi-year funding commitments from the B.C. government in excess of $1 billion toward strengthening seniors care. Opinions expressed on this blog are my own and do not represent the views of my employer.
Mike is President of the board of directors for PAL Vancouver, a non-market housing development for members of the arts community. At PAL, he is spearheading the launch of a second housing development in Metro Vancouver.
Other board positions held by Mike include as a director on the B.C. Small Business Roundtable, and as Vice-Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission.
As the Executive Director of the BC Wine Appellation Task Group, Mike was credited with leading a comprehensive industry-wide consultation that resulted in the largest and most successful plebiscite to adopt regulatory reforms in the B.C. wine sector’s history.
Mike was recognized by Vancouver Sun business columnist Don Cayo for excellence in advocacy, citing his ‘clear and credible’ campaign leading a nine-member business coalition challenging costly ‘producer pay’ regulations. Mike later received a Terry Biggar Award for his leadership on this campaign.
Since 2015, Mike has been published every 2nd week as Vancouver Courier‘s civic affairs columnist, the city’s leading community publication with a circulation of 107,000 papers, as well as a frequent Huffington Post contributor.
A proud moment came just after the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, when Mike was recognized by the Minister in charge for creating an online free events guide that attracted millions of visits, and helped turn that occasion into a “high-fiving” celebration.
Mike is an avid runner, a dedicated community volunteer, husband, and parent.
mike [at] mikeklassen.net -or- tel/txt +1 604-377-5499
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A published writer since 1989 and web “blogger” since 1995, my articles have been read by tens of thousands from around the globe, attracting responses from North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and even from a WhiteHouse.gov webmaster during the Clinton administration.
“I have employed all the Wit and Humour of which I am Master in the following History; wherein I have endeavoured to laugh Mankind out of their favourite Follies and Vices. How far I have succeeded in this good Attempt, I shall submit to the candid Reader, with only two Requests:
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Henry Fielding, 1749
Preface to Tom Jones
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