Changes for future municipal elections?

Here’s a personal wishlist for future civic elections.  I think one of these wishes is already set to happen for the next election. 1. Cap spending for municipal elections and limit donations We need to even the ground for the municipal elections.   A lot of smaller cities run election campaigns from a candidate’s kitchen table.  In Vancouver, the two biggest parties have their own little … Continue reading Changes for future municipal elections?

Attention BC – today is voting day!

Today is November 19th, 2011.  It’s voting day in all municipalities across the province.  Vote for the mayors, councillors, and trustess that you feel will make a difference in your community.  There’s no level of government closer to our daily lives that our municipal governments.  Get out and vote BC!  Polls are open 8am to 8pm. Continue reading Attention BC – today is voting day!

Political Notes – 2 / Hornby Cycle Track Update – 15

Originally posted on Price Tags:
Some candidates in the current civic campaign feel obliged to weigh in on cycling and bike lanes to appeal to those complaining, but aren’t thinking it through.  Some are flying ideas – like seasonal use and licensing – that, after a little consideration, have huge flaws that should have been evident to those proposing them .  In the event they get elected, what they think is… Continue reading Political Notes – 2 / Hornby Cycle Track Update – 15

One more list of endorsements

Spacing Vancouver has also just posted a recommendation list for their top 10 councillor choices and an alternate 5. It picks from across the board with NPA, Vision, Green, and Independent choices. It’s an impressive list. Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver did not make the top 10, but there’s one NSV candidate on the alternate 5 list. I think Spacing Vancouver has recommended a very … Continue reading One more list of endorsements

Vancouver Civic Election 2011 Endorsements from around the web

Well, the big city election is just around the corner.  If you’re like me, then you’ve had a steady stream of phone calls from the big two parties, Vision Vancouver and the NPA, asking us to vote for them or attend their telephone town halls.  (Boy, are these parties rolling in a little too much cash.) I’ve been ignoring the phone calls and erasing their … Continue reading Vancouver Civic Election 2011 Endorsements from around the web

Personal take on the Vision Vancouver platform

Vision Vancouver lead by Mayor Gregor Robertson is looking for a strong re-election along with their COPE compatriots.  Here’s my look at their platform. 1. Homelessness and Affordable Housing This is one of the keystones of Vision’s campaign.  Some things have been accomplished with help from the BC government in the past 3 years.  There’s a lot of debate whether Vision’s methods have been more … Continue reading Personal take on the Vision Vancouver platform

Personal take on NPA Vancouver ads

Has anyone else heard the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) ads on the radio?  Here’s my take on some of their stances in the ads. 1.  Vancouver budget has jumped $135 million. I have no trouble believing this to be true.  In the larger scheme of things, what percentage of the entire Vancouver budget is $135 million.  Plus, it’s since 2008.  So over 3 years, the budget … Continue reading Personal take on NPA Vancouver ads

What Can Local Politicians Really Change?

I think this is a question that a lot of people ask themselves, but usually in a rhetorical fashion.  A lot of people believe that local politicians can’t do anything.  This results in large voter apathy for municipal elections.  As many as half the people in the city don’t know a civic election is happening this month.  You would think the lawn signs have tipped … Continue reading What Can Local Politicians Really Change?

Random Memories on Transit – 1

A thought came to me today. I’d like to share some of my memories on transit. I’m not sure why I’m particularly fond of transit. Most people around me are not. It’s a strange otaku-like behaviour. I know a lot of people in Japan are transit fans. Rightly so, I think. There’s so much transit in Japan to be enthralled by. In Canada, though, it’s … Continue reading Random Memories on Transit – 1