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It’s time for Metro Vancouver mayors to set their sights on Gordon Campbell

Posted by Jonathan Ross

Premier Gordon Campbell has guaranteed that construction for the Evergreen Line will start in the spring of 2011. It is a promise, however, that is made on the backs of the municipalities, not his own government.

Watching the Translink Mayors’ Council  go back and forth with regards to Translink’s demands for funding is becoming exhausting, and is most definitely frustrating.

It is time to take the gloves off, and go bare knuckle with the ailing Premier (you know, the one who has a 12 per cent approval rating), because his empty rhetoric with regards to transportation funding and the municipalities is wearing really thin.

Let’s take a quick look back at the past month in regards to the ever evolving positions of this group.

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Quick hits

Posted by Jonathan Ross

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Monday’s quick hits

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It’s time for the Big City Mayors to step up to the political plate and inform their voters

Posted by Jonathan Ross


Toronto's gridlock is now rated as the worst amongst 19 major metropolis', including Los Angeles, New York and London.

This morning both Gregor Robertson and Dianne Watts (by conference call) participated in the Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) meeting as part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) festivities occurring in Toronto this week.

I am happy that the mayors have taken to the national media to push the issue of transportation infrastructure within municipalities, as it is very clear that funding, or a lack thereof, are one of the major obstacles in terms of competitiveness for Canadian cities.

In British Columbia, and more specifically Metro Vancouver, we have experienced a stretch of significant investment prompted by the Olympics, giving the region a skewered view of the realities of provincial and federal support for our cities’ aging infrastructure.

For the rest of the country that didn’t have the benefit of hosting the world as a catalyst, the picture is far bleaker.

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FACT OF THE DAY

In the 2004 federal election, Vancouver Kingsway Conservative candidate Jesse Johl finished with 16.5% of the vote.

Quote OF THE DAY

“I &, many others within the NPA, as well as many more outside the organization have realized for many years that it needs to become more inclusive, relevant & effective within the present day political reality. The name change is an important step in that renewal.  The” Civic Non-Partisan Association” name itself does not particularly evoke a sense of inclusion while “Vancouver First” says very clearly, if you’re for Vancouver first we want you involved. I think that’s a pretty large constituency & one worth having in our tent.” – Newly anointed NPA candidate Bill McCreery, June 22, 2010

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