Extinguishing Consumer Fireworks

Extinguishing Consumer Fireworks

COUNCIL RESOLUTION
What started as a quixotic quest that earned me the ire of fireworks aficionados, some friends and neighbours, and a few councillors resulted in a tremendous outpouring of public support. The motion to ban consumer fireworks went from no support at council to a commanding endorsement at a remarkable change for our city. Read More
30km/h speed sign in City of Vancouver

Safer slower streets: 30kmph residential street pilot

The idea of slowing speed limits down could be elaborated upon in a more detailed blog post but there’s lots of evidence to support the why, and articulated in #VisionZero work being done around the world. The gist of the ask, take the 80% or so of residential roads in the City (defined by lack of a centre line), lower the speed from the default 50km/h to 30km/h for improved livability, more comfortable public realm and drastically improved survivability in the event a pedestrian is struck by a car.

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Considering Animal Welfare in Vancouver’s Procurement Policy

Considering Animal Welfare in Vancouver’s Procurement Policy

Updating the City of Vancouver’s ethical procurement policies to become one of the first cities in North America (and the world) to consider animal welfare.

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Why a forty-storey view-corridor-penetrating rental tower makes perfect sense for peak capitalism Vancouver.

Why a forty-storey view-corridor-penetrating rental tower makes perfect sense for peak capitalism Vancouver.

Vancouver political watchers were on the edge of their seats as the first of three towers proposed to slice into the Vancouver skyline’s long-protected view of the mountains met with a council decision Tuesday July 22.

The timing of this approval is convenient, developers of the site, Crown corporation PavCo have now cleared the way and set a precedent for two more proposed view-busting towers by Concord Pacific. Had they applied first, the fact Concord have been top donors to Vision Vancouver for the last decade would have raised uncomfortable questions of the outgoing council about who we were sacrificing our view corridor for.

As expected by some, the Vision majority on council voted to approve the 400’ tower proposed by PavCo for 777 Pacific. But in a surprise twist, the skyscraper would only be approved if the units weren’t condos — rather, market rate rental units.

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Why the views matter

Why the views matter

With the first of three mountain-view-penetrating proposed towers heading to Council for vote tomorrow, there’s a lot of talk both for and against the context and importance of Vancouver’s view cones. #SaveOurSkylineYVR

It’s easy (cynical) to paint false dichotomy: It’s just a view after all. The mountains will still be there even when obscured behind condo towers; meanwhile there’s more important issues like housing crisis, opioid crisis, economic growth, right? 

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Integrity of office and public trust.

Integrity of office and public trust.

Integrity of office and public trust.
Yesterday morning I tweeted news that the City’s top properties guy: Bill Aujla, manager of Real Estate and Facilities had tendered his resignation to go and work for the Aquilini Group as VP of Real Estate.

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No Tower on the Drive? More fallout on the BOFFO-Kettle deal

No Tower on the Drive? More fallout on the BOFFO-Kettle deal

Fallout over the BOFFO-Kettle deal that would have seen a new drop-in and supportive housing along with close to 200 market condos built atop an assembled parcel of private and public owned land and Commercial and Venables.

As I commented to the Sun reporter yesterday and on Twitter as the story broke – it’s impossible to have an informed opinion on this issue because there is absolutely no transparency. Indeed, as close to half the property in question here is owned by the taxpayers, there should be an onus for even MORE clarity when it comes to negotiating Community Amenity Contributions. There isn’t.

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On transparency and the Kettle Boffo deal.

On transparency and the Kettle Boffo deal.

Some years ago I met w/ Daniel Boffo, over n’hood resistance to height/density and perception that inclusion of city land in project called to question net public benefits, notwithstanding Kettle contributions.

I suggested that the best solution might be to open the books, show people the pro formas ie. the numbers that make the project work vis a vis public land and public benefits involved.

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Empty data from Mayor's office on Empty Homes Tax.

Empty data from Mayor’s office on Empty Homes Tax.

If EHT is not tracking primary residence but location at time of declaration, and declarations can be made by a proxy — are we tracking local owners, or local realtors/lawyers?

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Big Loopholes in Vancouver's Empty Homes Tax

Big Loopholes in Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax

VANCOUVER, Archive, HOUSING, VANCOUVER

Want to avoid Vancouver’s Empty Home Tax?
Find the right strata.

The extended empty home reporting deadline is approaching.
There’s been plenty of advertising. But did you know EHT specifically exempts condos where strata rules restrict rentals?

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