Some Vancouver City Councillors may seriously misunderstand their own role in Public Hearings

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Reimer

“We’re sitting as, essentially, a judicial tribunal. We’re making a decision on land use that is based on existing policy….So it really is like a court, where this is the evidence and you’re using the evidence, but there is a test, which is does this evidence meet this policy.”
Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councillor, 2008-2014

“...the aldermen who participate in such a process [community plan, land use decision, etc.] should be viewed accordingly not as judges, but as elected representatives who are answerable to the concerns of their constituents.
“Supreme Court of Canada (Save Richmond Farmland Society v. Richmond (Township) 1990-12-20 [1990] 3 SCR 1213)

Which statement would you accept?

A recent article in the Vancouver Courier suggests that some Vancouver Councillors may seriously misunderstand their role as elected officials on City Council when it comes to Public Hearings and other matters.

Having read the entire article…

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