Posts Tagged ‘Mike Magee’

Compare and contrast

Posted by Jonathan Ross

Frances Bula's piece on Mike Magee is certainl garnering reactions across the spectrum

Frances Bula's piece on Mike Magee is certainly garnering reactions across the spectrum.

Yesterday I wrote about how Frances Bula’s piece on Mike Magee, Gregor Robertson’s Chief of Staff, provided broader context on a group of individuals and their beliefs that those of just one man.  Namely, that those that have surrounded the Mayor in his journey into the political realm are grounded in a foundational desire to initiate positive change to their community.

And today, two further reactions to Bula’s piece.

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Politics with belief…what a novel concept!

Posted by Jonathan Ross

Yesterday I stumbled on Frances Bula’s hidden online gem about Mike Magee, the Chief of Staff to Mayor Gregor Robertson.

I think it is a pretty interesting look at the personality that the Mayor seems to trust more than any other (OK, maybe Amy his wife pulls ahead).

Magee is an enigma in many ways - at one time a star athlete that played hockey for the Blackhawks at the Chicago Forum in a preseason game, he has shifted pretty comfortably into his second career stream.

But what strikes me is the sentiment behind those that have surrounded Gregor Robertson for many years, REGARDLESS of whether you identify with all of their ideals and beliefs or not.

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An interesting tidbit from the Power 50

Posted by Jonathan Ross

An interesting addition to this year's list.

An interesting addition to this year's list.

I want to preface this post by stating that I realize that Vancouver Magazine’s annual “Power 50″ list is a subjective compilation that always ruffles feathers for inclusions or omissions.

As an example, my friend Mira just pointed out how ridiculous it is to have only seven women on this year’s list.  This is an absolute disgrace, not because a greater female presence would have been a gesture towards supporting gender equity, but rather because the results are not reflective of the reality out in the real world.

I am also aware of how much a part lobbying can play in such an endeavour, as I have been a witness to the efforts of one individual who has chiefly campaigned for three people over the past few years, and achieved success in last year’s list for everyone he represented.

Nonetheless, the addition of one individual this year compared to the lack of representation for another who held the same post in previous years, is very telling.

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Wed Apr 20, 2011

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In 2010, Vancouver had fewer than half the number of murders than it had in 2009.  There were nine homicides within Vancouver’s city limits, down from 19 killings the previous year.


“Perhaps it was my silk dress or the new perfume I’ve been wearing lately. When I asked Suzanne Anton what her New Year’s resolution was, she replied, “To kiss a pretty girl!” and pecked me on the cheek.”  – Writer Emily Barca describing her encounter with the lone NPA City Councillor on New Year’s Eve.