Vancouver Civic Elections – November 15, 2014

Here’s a break from my currently scheduled travel blogging. I just wanted to put my two cents out there regarding tomorrow’s civic elections for the City of Vancouver. The whole province is undergoing civic elections in each city, township, district, and village, but I’m going to talk about Vancouver since that’s where I live.

Civic elections are the most personal election because it affects my daily life in the city from parking to parks and from public spaces to property taxes. Most people unwisely skip out on civic elections because they don’t think they are as important as provincial or federal elections. Simply not true. Civic elections have the biggest effect on how your city/town feels.

When I watch these elections, my big issue is always transportation. Those who’ve read my non-travel posts know that I’m a total transit nut. So naturally, my vote goes to where I feel transportation policies are best. I’m only going to talk about the 3 main parties in the running for mayor and city council.

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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!

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 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?

Getting around Kansai – the Subway and JR

Update October 11, 2013: The outgoing links have all been updated.  This post is by far the most popular.  So I should try to keep this post up-to-date.  However, I haven’t been to Kansai since the Fall of 2009.  Happy transit travels to all you Kansai travellers. When one thinks about public transit in Japan, one often will think first about trains.  There are just … Continue reading Getting around Kansai – the Subway and JR

The high cost of ‘free’ parking

The high cost of ‘free’ parking >> Vancouver Sun, July 7, 2009. A very important article in the back of the Vancouver Sun’s Tuesday edition.  Usually you find important transport information on Friday’s when nobody is reading, but this one is a guest opinion-editorial from the looks of it. Municipal regulations requiring urban developments to provide on-site parking seem innocuous and receive little attention in … Continue reading The high cost of ‘free’ parking