Category Archives: City Hall

Stewart: Time to get big money out of Vancouver City Hall for good | Vancouver Sun

Article in the Vancouver Sun by Kennedy Stewart: ‘Four new measures would go a long way to assure voters that city hall is making decisions for the public good. It’s time they were enacted.’

(1) Introduce Cooling Off Rules (2) New Conflict of Interest Rules (3) Implement a Lobbyist Registry (4) Daylight Campaign Financing.

Full article:

Source: Stewart: Time to get big money out of Vancouver City Hall for good | Vancouver Sun

The new campaign finance rules prohibit donations from organizations, corporations and unions. We previously published: https://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/city-of-north-van-council-legitimacy-impaired-by-disclosures/

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City of North Vancouver Announces New Chief Administrative Officer

Source: City of North Vancouver Announces New Chief Administrative Officer

July 17, 2018

Mayor Mussatto and Members of Council are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Leanne McCarthy as the City of North Vancouver’s new Chief Administrative Officer.

Ms. McCarthy leaves her position as Deputy City Manager/Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development with the City of Edmonton where she has served as a member of the City’s Deputy CAO team since 2016, overseeing the department of Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development. Prior this role, she held the position of Director of Information and Advisory Services with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

With the support of City Council and a dedicated staff, in the role of CAO, Ms. McCarthy will be responsible for ensuring the City continues to provide its residents and businesses with a high level of services, quality amenities, as well as social and planning initiatives that meet the needs of a growing community, all delivered in an efficient, environmentally sustainable, innovative and cost effective manner. The City of North Vancouver has successfully positioned itself as one of Canada and the region’s most sustainable, desirable, award-winning and highly livable cities, with an impressive waterfront redevelopment underway and renowned, creative initiatives.

Ms. McCarthy joins the City at the end of August, replacing the departing CAO, Mr. Ken Tollstam, who is retiring after 37 years of service to the City of North Vancouver.

For more information contact: Connie Rabold, Communications Manager, City of North Vancouver Tel: 604-983-7383 | Email: crabold@cnv.org

Calling All Consultants

The City must have decided that the employment rate for consultants is dangerously low. How else to explain the sudden deluge of Requests for Proposals on the CNV website – eight bid requests posted for the month of November, of which seven are opportunities for various flavours of consultant. Let the billing begin! But no worries, the City must be flush with cash from all those development fees coming in.

Bid Topics and programs range from:  Family Friendly City, Sidewalk Program, Zoning Bylaw Height Envelope, Functional Space Program (Harry Jerome), Consulting Services (Harry Jerome), Mosquito and Mackay Bridge Replacement, Microsoft Reseller, Water Utility Zone Study.  Full details here: http://www.cnv.org/City-Services/Bid-Notices

A New Voice Speaks Up

City of North Van Council Meetings for the past two plus years have generally been  ignored by the public since the change in rules to the Public Input period (2015), and the very common 4-3 slate vote.  Most nights at Council meetings the gallery consists of less than five interested residents plus City staff or people connected with an agenda item. 

That seems to be changing with people taking note of a new speaker at public input for the last two meetings.  Bryan May’s topic this week was “Bowlinggate”, the notes of his input follow.  The video is here: http://www.cnv.org/your-government/council-meetings/2017-meetings/council-videos Meeting Oct 16, public input, 12 minute mark.

Script from Mr. May:

In 2018 Team Slate MUST be flushed from The Swamp .

The best political enema …. archived videos of Council meetings.

Political kryptonite for Team Slate …

Voters can be guided ,with laser precision, to meeting dates , Item #s and speaking times where Team Slate show complicity with their 2014 campaign donating developers…. who now run the City .

A synonym for complicity is collusion.

Collusion on steroids upgrades to corruption and public trust issues .

Consistent 4:3 Team Slate votes renders Council impotent.

A recent series of video incriminations of Team Slate…Bowling Gate

Bowling Gate capsulizes, on video, how Team Slate and senior City staff are blatantly complicit with the developer and how new citizens like The Dickinsons who don’t want to live over a bowling alley they never knew would be there when then signed on for $600,000….get verbally eviscerated by Team Slate for showing up here thinking it’s actually Democratic …

Councillor Back …developers are not bound to tell you anything about other tenants ..

Councillor Keating … it’s not what we do here , deal with your landlord…

Bowling Gate …on archive video…

Developer has already told NSNews …. excavation WAS a mistake

Developer then tells City …NO mistake

City planner has no clue of possible space usage…

City planner … well, actually the space will be an undersized bowling alley … ..no room for anything else !

..and then…abra caddabra …it’s a Commercial Social Recreational Facility , with regulation full sized 10 pin bowling , pool tables , food and licenced beverage service…. all for developer profit!

Councillor Bell sites large transfer fee shortfall versus small developer gift …Councillor Bookham says developer gift acceptance is complicity ..

Vote .. Team Slate 4: 3 for developer

Councillor Clarke moans Team Slate 4:3 …again ! and later raises fiduciary obligations to citizens likes the Dickinsons

The Dickinsons are then out of order, …with their backs turned as they are escorted out , His worship pops …get a lawyer and… welcome to North Van …a cheap shot from his sandbox…

The morning after the 2018 election Team Slate will be writing their sequel to Hillary Clinton’s …What Happened.

Soon after ,some senior City staff may be mounting wrongful dismissal suits as well as possibly preparing defence in corruption and breach of public trust charges !

Check the bowling alley transformation timelines and clearly no amount of due diligence by the Dickinsons would be of use…

Voices comment: the reference to the Dickinsons is explained in this NSNews article:http://www.nsnews.com/news/split-council-ok-s-onni-bowling-bid-1.21227298

 

Permit red tape holding up 69,500 housing units: Development industry

Article in the Vancouver Sun today.   Judging by the comments we are not alone in being thankful that housing units are being held up – imagine even more development underway and the ensuing disruptions.     Who is all the development benefiting?  

Quoting from the article, the City of North Van got a mention:

McMullin said one example of needless complexity is the way municipalities deal with rising sea levels expected this century; North Vancouver City requires a higher building height above sea level than nearby Vancouver.

“I’m pretty sure the sea level rises the same on both sides of the harbour,” she said. “Designers are having to do the same job more than once.”

Another example is a proposal from North Van City to require that all bedrooms in three-bedroom units have outside windows. While it “sounds good,” McMullin said designers find it hard to satisfy the rule and make efficient use of the available land base.

“It’s a problem, especially on the thin towers which are built in Metro Vancouver. Every bedroom has to have an outside wall. You’re using up a lot of real estate,” she said.

Source: Permit red tape holding up 69,500 housing units: Development industry

RESIGNATION BOMBSHELL: The Ballad of Brian Jackson

Article from the Vancouver Observer, quoting in part:   The cloud of developer campaign contributions has corroded public confidence to the breaking point. 

RESIGNATION BOMBSHELL: The Ballad of Brian Jackson.

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Public Notice concern – change in Council meeting day

This week’s regularly scheduled Council meeting will be held on Tuesday.  We noticed the change on Friday, when the agenda was published on the City website. We have queried the lack of notice with the City Clerk, following is the back and forth query and responses.  We do not believe adequate public notice has been given regarding the change.

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Voices to Karla Graham:    I have been asked to query the change of meeting day this week. It has been pointed out that the meeting agenda or notice of the change is not posted on the city home page.

Apparently, public notice has to be given to change the meeting date, pursuant to the council procedure bylaw,  section 12.2 (1).   Would you kindly advise how to respond.

City Clerk to Voices:    The meeting is posted on the City’s website where we normally post our Council Meeting schedule.  It can be accessed by this link … http://www.cnv.org/Your-Government/Council-Meetings/Council-Meeting-Schedule. 

Signage is also posted at City Hall in the “Normal Notice Places”, meaning the notice kiosk in the main entrance foyer at City Hall and on the City website.  We also post notice on the main entrance doors to City Hall. 

Notice is posted pursuant to Sections 12.5 and 12.6 of the Council Procedure Bylaw.  It is further provided in accordance with the provisions of the Community Charter, which only requires 24 hours.   I trust this assists.

Voices to Clerk:    Thanks for this, I’ll pass it on. Could you also provide me with the section in the Charter that refers to 24 hours?  I notice that it is now posted on the city website.

City Clerk to Voices:    The Council meeting schedule has been posted on the website for some time now.

Sections 94 and 127 of the Community Charter deal with notice of Council meetings.

Voices to City Clerk:  From what I’ve read, I don’t believe you are complying with the proper public notice (section 94 in the Charter).   The 24 hour rule seems to only apply to Special Council Meetings.

Section 94 has the rules for public notice, and revisions to the schedule (per City bylaws) must be posted in the public notice places.  There has been no notification in the newspaper,  which seems to be the usual procedure for public notices.

This was not posted on the home page (as usual on Friday) until later this morning.    I’ll leave it to others to challenge should they choose to.

References to the City Council Procedure Bylaw is here: http://www.cnv.org/~/media/F5FE8DFCE8EE4884BC5C748D54621111.ashx and the Community Charter Sections referred to here:http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/03026_00