City of North Vancouver 2041?


Posted September 19:

Council Meeting:   No Council meeting Monday Sept 22

Public Hearing:     Public Hearing for OCP scheduled for September 29; details under “CityShaping”


The top category lately for views on this website has been “Election”.  Nomination period is from September 30 – October 10.

We are planning to run a list of candidates with a brief introduction of each, their website, and an answer to the question:  ‘Will you accept donations from developers and/or unions?”   We’ll publish the answers we receive under no, yes or no response.  Which should make it clear whether new candidates will follow the motion passed by Council in November 2013:



                                                              NO              YES       NO RESPONSE


KERRY MORRIS                     X


BILL BELL                               X

DOROTHY  BELL                    X

MATT CLARK                                                                           X

IANI MAKRIS                                                                           X

TONY  VALENTE                      X


New candidates are welcome to contact us (, please answer our question in your communication with us.  We encourage debate on important issues in the City and strive to help residents stay informed.  Candidates are welcome to submit links to their election materials.   We offer you up to 4 sentences which we’ll post together with the link to your election materials.
















Through my involvement in the North Van Urban Forum and multiple municipal committees, I have worked – and continue to work – to advance the cause of citizen engagement. We all have a voice which deserves to be heard and respected. Now more than ever, our City requires representatives who respect, listen to, and act on the concerns of our community. As a Councillor I can offer the City years of project and risk management experience that is sorely needed for Council to make cost-effective and planned decisions on significant new investments to renew our infrastructure now and in the future.  


We are also running a series of articles written for the 2008 election by Andrea Lebowitz, a much missed community member, under “Election”.



Note to new candidates:  You may be interested in responding to this post



Posted August 30:

We enquired about the status of road construction generally in Lower Lonsdale and received this response from Alex:

Thanks for your comment about the Lonsdale Median Project.  We have included this project on web page you suggested be updated.

By way of short explanation, the project is scheduled to be completed next month with the contractor currently foreseeing a September 30th substantial completion date (that is, the time when the bulk of the work is to be completed).  While the process may appear to be a ‘mess’, it is progressing on schedule, on budget and according to their submitted Traffic Management Plan with both directions of traffic being maintained during the course of construction.  We recognize the impact this has on local businesses, residents and the traveling public.  To that end, we have been working with Coast Mtn. Bus Company to relocate bus stops, inform them of changes and work on finding alternative routes.  We have been in touch with local businesses and residents through signage, web updates, personal meetings and two Information Notices sent by mail.  We hope that by doing this work now, we can get it done quickly while the relatively low traffic volumes of late Summer and good weather allow us to work as quickly as possible to complete the bus bulge installations, median reconstruction and repaving.

Thank you for this opportunity to update you on this project.  If you or anyone at NV City Voices would like to speak or meet with me, please do not hesitate to call- I’m available to do so!

Kind regards,

Alexander F. Kurnicki, MBCSLA

Streetscape Planner, Engineering, Parks and Environment

t: 604.983.7394 | c: 778.227.0669 | e:


Council expenses now posted for 2nd quarter 2014:


Latest news:    

We were recently asked by a City resident the following (referring to the draft OCP) and concerns about height, density, the current amount of condo product on the market not selling, decreasing home values based on the volume available.
How is your group going to deal with this issue?  Can you have any influence on the decision?  What do you need in order for it to be voted down?
This was our reply:
On how our group will deal with these issues – we’ll do what we have on previous similar proposals – show up at all the open houses and public hearings and provide detailed rebuttals. We’ll support the things that we think are good for the community and oppose the things that are not. If we feel height or floor space bonuses are being given to developers too cheaply, we’ll point that out and demand a better deal for the city. We’ll remind council about the overriding issues we have addressed consistently till now – traffic, community services falling behind, overpopulation, the glut of high-rise condos, etc.
On influencing the decision – we have had some success here and there, getting the city to slow down some of the development growth.   We support candidates not funded by developers and unions.


12 Responses to “NEWS”

  1. Ed August 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    It must be getting a little closer to municipal election time.
    Aug. 19 / 2014 news flash – Phibbs Exchange Upgrade coming. The rhetoric begins!
    Sounds to us like this wonderful improvement is supposed relieve traffic on one or both of our two bridges. Too much development – too many people – TOO MANY VEHICLES!!
    Developers getting their way regardless of how the folks on the North Shore feel. This is unacceptable and has to be controlled by NEW MUNICIPLE LEADERS.
    The ONLY way to this is to vote for those who listen to the average citizens on the North Shore. Right now our present city and district leaders are allowing total out of control development and just ignoring the folks they are supposed to represent. Guess how to defeat this problem. Go to the polls folks and vote for leaders who WILL represent US!
    It’s all too obvious now that traffic is already a major problem due to development and
    our province is not about to foot the bill for another crossing in the near future. We expect
    our present leaders to come up with ideas for another crossing. Ever heard of election promises? They are going to come up with some big election surprise because they obviously want to keep their jobs. Everyone Possible has to get out and vote for change
    or the developers will continue to roll over us. Democracy includes how the majority
    feels not just how the majority votes!

  2. Ed July 23, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Anyone ever see a map of the BORDER between the city and district in North Van.

  3. Ed July 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Sept. – OCP out! Coming election – Present municipal Leaders out!! Nuff said.

  4. Ed July 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    In an article in the North Shore News Friday July 11th/14. “City staff recommend densification along transit routes.” An extra sea bus, replacing Keith Road Bridge and extra busses along developer roads will NOT solve the upcoming traffic nightmare on our two bridges!!! Who are these brilliant staff member/s. There is no question that North Vancouver needs new municipal leaders. Steady green lights are just not an option
    for developers on this side of the inlet ANY MORE. The folks in North Van need new
    municipal leadership with common sense. The present population explosion is already causing problems. Developers only care about their bottom line – $$$. Beware the rhetoric
    and psychology upcoming about how to cure our traffic problems.

  5. Ed June 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    How can a third Sea Bus carry all of the extra vehicles trying to get across the inlet. Too much development causes too many vehicles for our two crossings. One of our genius municipal leaders thinks that another people carrying ferry is going to solve the problem
    or so it seems. Wait and watch for more rhetoric soon to come in the North Shore News!

    I also wonder who it was that thought it was their God given right to give the GREEN LIGHT
    to the high rise in Lynn Valley. It sure as H— wasn’t the people in Lynn Valley or even in the district. I hope the present municipal leaders kept there day jobs.
    Looking forward to election day!

  6. Ed April 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    NEW CANDIDATES for Mayor and council of the City and district of North Vancouver, GET OUT THERE AND RUN FOR OFFICE. You can be elected as long as you vow to control development. Use your computer and the media. The present leaders are already responsible for too much traffic over our two bridges. Commuting is a real issue and no amount of rhetoric is going to solve the problem.
    Development = overpopulation = vehicles = gridlock!!!

  7. Bill Bell April 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    You really have to wonder how the North Shore News can even complain about voter turnout when they come up with policies that takes away from creating excitement around an election…this is how they will cover the three elections on the North Shore

    “Hi Bill, thanks for your note. I believe you were a councillor when I started at the News and first covered council (1992). Welcome back home.

    Our plan is to give each mayoral candidate a news brief (150-200 words) and a head shot when they throw their hat into the ring. Council candidates will have their opportunity to present their platforms when we run the grids closer to election time. With the three councils, there’s simply not space for a separate profile of each candidate.

    grid example here

    We hope to run a series of feature stories of hot-button election issues (amalgamation, densification etc); candidates may be interviewed as sources for these stories.



    • northvancityvoices April 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

      Well, coming to the defense of the News – they usually do a good job of coverage as well as hosting a mayoral debate, and editorial board q and a if memory serves. With three elections there are usually in excess of 80 candidates to cover, plus school board candidates.

      • Bill Bell April 24, 2014 at 7:02 am #

        My problem with the set policy, is that it takes away “news” factors for individual candidates. Thus there is no spontaneity to the news cycle and subsequent electoral excitement for the possibility of change. The other obvious problem with this kind of policy is that it favors the incumbents as they will continue to be in the news cycle while newcomers our relegated to the “cattle” page of candidate profiles.

  8. Ed April 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    We’ve seen the HOT election news about candidates for mayor and council. Anyone who wishes to run can be nominated. Those who ARE in the race should keep in mind that controlling development is the issue. High rises in Lynn Valley is so ridiculous it’s just unbelievable. The traffic on our two bridges at rush hour is bad enough now. The only way to control over development is to elect officials who will believe in common sense.
    Residents of North Vancouver please get out and vote for common sense at election time. Our city and district are being absolutely run over by developers!

  9. Ed April 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    To the candidates for Mayor and Council of North Vancouver, please state your Policy on over population caused by too many high rises. If you want to be elected, make sure you have this policy on your printed material. Rapid density on the North Shore is out of control. When developers get away with manipulating municipalities it’s time for a change. The citizens of the north shore have to get out and vote for those candidates who will strongly control the extreme rapid density taking place even as I type this note.
    This is not a reply, it’s a statement !

  10. Ed March 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    It is a well known fact that certain individuals are claiming that West Vancouver does not wish to be involved with amalgamation. They never did and would also never even consider doing so. So this just means that we have con artists who are calling the citizens on the north shore fools. We need the North Van. city and district to amalgamate and without all the rhetoric being shoved down our throats.

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