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The change I want: Get yourself to the voting booth | The Global Canadian

Delve into the issues and educate yourself on who is running in the October election and what they stand for. Talk to your neighbours. Encourage them to get engaged too. Because what happens at City Hall affects them, whether they realize it or not. Change starts with you and me. By Fred Dawkins The greatest …

Source: The change I want: Get yourself to the voting booth | The Global Canadian


A new low in the City of North Van(updated)

Our Mayor’s recent totally inappropriate and unacceptable comment in a Council meeting (Jan 15) is getting our little City a lot of unwelcome publicity. 

The Global Canadian newspaper actually was first to write a story about the Council meeting in question, story here:

Today other news media has picked it up, on CKNW and tonight’s Global News as an example.  Links to the various radio/TV coverage is below.  The Mayor’s apology that apparently has been made would have been better without a snicker:

Various commenters have mentioned “idiot”, “disgraceful”, “stupid”, “uncomfortable” “he’s laughing” “obviously Councillor Clark (saying ‘careful’) has more sense than the Mayor”.


Update: left on our facebook page with the comment “Does this look like the face of someone who didn’t know the meaning of what he just said?”

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Tribute to Stella Jo Dean

We (Voices) have received the following from Joan Peters, a long time City of North Van resident:

  About 50 years ago it was reported that the City was going to civilize the park at the top of Grand Boulevard, known then as “The Quarry”’  My young family loved to go up there and let their imaginations run as wild as the surroundings.  My daughter wrote a Letter  to the Editor of the local paper asking “Please, no changes!”  The paper printed her letter and  even arranged for a picture of her in the park.

   Two days after publication, there was a knock on our front door.  It was Stella Jo Dean, the fairly new City Councillor,  who wanted to meet and talk to the 9 year old letter writer.  Were we impressed?  You bet we were!  We held Councillor Dean dear all the years she served this city and she was always our first ballot check at election time

    Stella Jo Dean was a very special Lady, an eternal excellent example for present and future councillors.

She will be missed.

Happy New Year 2018: CityHallWatch

This post by our friends at City Hall Watch refers to City of Vancouver politics, but many similarities to the Civic system in the City of North Van

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2018 image Happy New Year 2018 from CityHallWatch!

Under the Chinese zodiac, 2018 will be the Year of the Dog. According to one website,  “the dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. People born in the Year of the Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable and have a strong sense of responsibility.” These would be perfect civic traits for everyone, politicians included, in the City of Vancouver in an election year.

The next municipal election will be October 20, 2018. It could be a major turning point in Vancouver’s history for many reasons. Though this is still a wonderful place on Earth, Vancouver faces severe problems.

CityHallWatch was launched in 2010 as a tool for citizens to influence government policies and decisions. We have had hundreds of thousands of views of our thousands of web…

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Same time, next year (NS News)

from the North Shore News: EDITORIAL: Same time, next year

Following the non-stop spin cycle leading up to this spring’s provincial election, voters could be forgiven for wanting to pull the covers over their heads and tune out with some binge-watching on Netflix.

Turns out, however, that politics is ubiquitously in the offing.

This month, for instance, marks one year until the next municipal election.

As time marches forward, that is likely to become more and more apparent.

Already there are signs. Speeches in certain council chambers – which may have been confined to a few off-the-cuff remarks normally – have ramped up as of late.

Soon, usually sparsely populated public galleries are likely to get busier, as those considering a run at public office realize it’s a good idea to get up to speed on local issues.

A new civic political party was recently launched in North Vancouver.

All of which means it’s time to start paying attention.

Maybe you’re civic minded and have ideas about how to improve your community. If so, it’s not too early to get your ducks in a row. Politics, even at the local level, is more marathon race than 100-metre sprint.

Citizens, meanwhile, would do well to start tracking votes around the council tables. Actions always speak louder than words.

We’ll also wait with bated breath for the provincial government to make good on badly needed campaign finance reform for municipal elections.

A long winter’s nap can be tempting. But a healthy democracy needs us to pay attention.

So hit the snooze button for five minutes if you must. But don’t plan on hiding out from local politics for long.

Read this: 

New Citizen’s Group (updated)

Launch of a new citizen’s group for North Vancouver 

Attached is a news release announcing the launch of the North Vancouver Citizen Action Association, a group that aims to raise residents’ awareness about the key issues facing North Vancouver residents, and to recruit candidates for City Council who will do something about those issues. Specifically, the group is targeting the issues of traffic gridlock, affordable housing, and conflict of address (i.e., municipal politicians accepting funding from developers and civic unions). 

The group is in its early stages of organizing and is reaching out to interested people to join the conversation. North Van City Voices has not made any decision on what relationship we will have with this association  – but it’s clear we share many of the same concerns and support the overall direction that the new group wishes to take. 

If you are interested in learning more, their website is

NVCAA Press ReleaseFINAL-Oct11


Vancouver Condo Presales in Hong Kong and Chinese Cities Rein in Speculation.

Price Tags


This article by Thinkpol has spread very quickly across social networks for all of the wrong reasons. While accessibility into the housing market and affordability is clearly a major problem in Vancouver, “developer Onni is pre-selling the upcoming 1335 Howe condominium at a Hong Kong fair for prices “cheaper than if bought in Canada,” while boasting about pricing ordinary Canadians out of the housing market.”

You can’t make this stuff up, and the optics for locals are dismissive and appalling. A FaceBook page heralded “Every buyer who has successfully purchased the Onni project at a fair this weekend has a special discount, which is cheaper than buying in Canada. Many people in Hong Kong feel that the property market is not a product that can be bought by ordinary people, and that Canada, Vancouver or Toronto, has now become the preferred choice for many Hong Kong people”.

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