RT @GordonLibrarian :
VPL trustee not reappointed, replaced with ABC donor.
RT @melodyma :
1/ Over the 2 years, I had the great honour of serving on @VPL's board. A few days ago, my service ended abruptly. Vancouver city council kicked me off the board and replaced me with a political crony. This never happens. City councils usually reappoint sitting trustees. #vanpoli
If I see the word "swagger" in one more headline, I am permanently filtering the mayor from my news feeds. #vanpoli
#ElectionsBC has also confirmed the investigation.
“We identified potential spending irregularities during a compliance review of Mark Sager’s campaign financing disclosure statement for the 2022 General Local Elections,” the non-partisan organization said in a statement.
A #PublicHearing recommended a transit #cop be dismissed for beating a man at a #SkyTrain station in 2011, but because the #PoliceAct process took more than a decade, his discipline was much lighter. As Kristen Robinson reports, #BritishColumbia's #SolicitorGeneral calls the delay excessively long & wants this addressed in reforms.
This #Vancouver #CompassionClub was #SavingLives. Then things got #political.
Compassion club sold tested #drugs to 43 members, keeping them alive. After #police moved in, they're back to buying from #StreetDealers.
#Vancouver council is set to discuss whether a solution to the city’s increasing #homelessness issue lies in easing what’s required of #developers building new #housing in the #DowntownEastside, and helping owners & operators of existing buildings with urgent repairs & renovations.
Council will vote on “exploring options to update the #DTES Area Plan, with a goal of delivering more social units,” the motion states.
Why is the BC Youth #ClimateCorps not supported to build *their* sustainable future?
* 78% adult Canadians would "back/accept launch of a National Climate Corps"
* 2/3rds of 18-35 yr old Canadians consider joining, 15% 'definitely' consider
According to a report done by #Colliers #Canada, a #CommercialRealEstate services firm, Vancouver is currently sitting at an 8.6 per cent vacancy rate which is a six-year high for the city. #VictoriaBC has a 6.5 per cent total #OfficeVacancy rate.
New #BCgovernment #housing #legislation is set to make it much easier to build tall housing towers up to 10 storeys high in the centre of all four #FraserValley cities. In some areas, that #development has already been #GreenLighted. In others, the new development rules could have a profound impact.
Of the 21 municipalities, one electoral area and one Treaty First Nation that make up Metro #Vancouver, more than half issued fines ranging from $100 to $500 to residents who flouted #WaterRestriction rules put in place Aug 4.
Yay! The #NIMBYs lost in court👍
[#BritishColumbia #SupremeCourt has thrown out a #legal challenge to provincial legislation designed to ensure the construction of a controversial supportive #housing project on #Vancouver’s west side.
Metro Vancouver’s 2023 #homeless count found more than 4,800 people experiencing homelessness in the region, up 32% from 2020.
The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Department spent $548,000 to clear a homeless encampment on East Hastings Street in April.
Critics say it could have been spent on badly needed services for the city’s growing number of unhoused people. #VanPoli
#Vancouver has some of the lowest taxes by most measures you can dream up.
This is a very basic municipal responsibility. They should be able to fund it themselves.
The City of Vancouver is being governed by complete idiots, today's episode: https://vancouver.citynews.ca/2023/10/12/vancouver-parents-lord-roberts-school-street/
I don't know how we tolerate politicians that are willing to endanger children's lives to please the car industry. We're talking about closing one block to car traffic. One fucking block. 92% of students reported feeling safer with the car-free street during the pilot.
Fuck the ABC. I'm so sick of this city. #vanpoli
#Update: Mayor Ken Sim has won one of two complaints from the past six months against opposition city councillor Christine Boyle.
Boyle fears this tactic will be used to try to silence her again in future. #VanPoli
Yesterday, I updated my gofundme with my final goal. Please read, share, and donate if you can: https://gofund.me/40b92e2c
Our conservative city council likes to cry victim and abuse procedure when anyone criticizes them in the mildest way. Remember when they floated the idea that a community food security org for Chinatown seniors should be defunded because one of its leaders said they were unhappy about the electoral results? And now spending months trying to censure the one left-wing city councilor for criticizing their living wage rollback.
I guess I'm biased here as a (soft) OneCity supporter though. Although I voted for a spread of left candidates last time around.
I do think there are different philosophies and factions on the left which will continue to run against each other and with good reason. But when it comes to 6 parties which are often divided along the lines of personalities and cliques rather than ideology, I don't think that's a good approach. #vanpoli
That's interesting. I was very vocal in opposing their endorsements last time around which were (as usual) the non-NPA incumbents, including some truly useless Green Party candidates who really cannot be said to have much of a left or labour perspective. And of course the last election was a disaster for the left, not because of the VDLC's endorsements but the sheer number of candidates. #vanpoli
The majority of Vancouver is a wasteland of single family homes that could - and should - be turned into low and mid rise buildings increasing density tenfold at least.
Yet, ABC is willing to destroy the view cones forever, in one more step to turn Vancouver in just another average North American city, in an attempt to not touch any of those areas and (in their view) devalue the properties owned by their voters and likely themselves. #VanPoli
Agree with this. It's ridiculous that I, someone who lives in an urban area and doesn't own a car, has to rent a car to go to the next cities to the east beyond the greater Vancouver area (Chilliwack, Abbotsford etc).
It doesn't need to be high speed rail, but at least regularly operating trains going in both directions would be a start.
I have no idea how long it'll take to clear my survival cheque so please know there's no way I can thank anyone who has shared my literal daily pleas for assistance, and especially those who donate, enough.
Thank you the continued support!
GUESS WHO'S HUNGRY AND POOR AND DESPERATE IT'S ME AS ALWAYS! Still no groceries and my gofundme is a depressing joke 💔
As my goal of being housed by December is being laughed out of existence, I would love it if you kept me in your thoughts :)
Affordable Housing Has Become Unaffordable to Build
A ‘perfect storm’ of rising costs makes it hard to keep rents low, say non-profits
This is a Vancouver-centric story, but I have seen exactly the same things happen in Victoria through my work with #VicCoolAid
$462/$500 of this debt paid!
Vancouver is not on the list of municipalities who are taking action on climate change by restricting natural gas in new homes, because our new mayor and ABC-majority council are unfortunately climate laggards.
Congratulations Nanaimo on banning natural gas in new homes. 💚
This is a huge step for climate action and indoor air quality.
The list of BC municipalities that have implemented similar bans also includes Saanich, Victoria, Whistler, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish, and Port Coquitlam.
No changes no updates. I am still Black, broke, and disabled. Still, I'm only $480 away from paying off my lowest bill instead of $500!
I'm $2 short of the $10 I need to transfer money from my paypal. These small amounts are all I'm living off of, everything else goes to debts. Just $2 is all I need
I'm facing housing instability and a mountain of debt. Lowest one to clear is $500
Negative balance of about $30 and still trying to pay off just one $500 bill completely. Any help is appreciated
Ken Sim said he’d limit partisan politics once elected.
But with the hiring of Harrison Flemming, formerly part of one of the most aggressively partisan administrations in Canada, observers say Sim appears to have dropped this pretence. #VanPoli #OnPoli #AbPoli
I’m just under halfway to a $0 in my bank balance. $42 left to correct my negative balance, if you have etransfer it would be so appreciated if you donated anything thank you
As I said yesterday, my goal is to pay just one $500 debt down before leaving home + maintaining monthly debts/costs of living. I'm about to hit a wall with monthly NSF fees which I will screenshot and post when they go through
Help needed and appreciated!
I really need to pay off at least ONE more giant payment before I'm out of my house and the lowest one is $500. Please keep sharing.
Crowdfund is center stage once more. Hopefully it can gain some traction and have a better September than August
I’m trying to help with get ONE(1) more meal before cheque day tomorrow 🙏🏾💕
Good news! Not only is my account no longer negative but I have the $15 I needed to purchase my physical drivers license! As soon as it comes in the mail (or maybe I get a temp one) I'll try driving for the first time since 2017!
On the ropes but I'm not throwing in the towel! Please donate to my paypal or gofundme, and read about what I'm going through trying to secure housing as a poor Black woman with mental illnesses. I would appreciate it
Please share this post, my crowdfund is dead and I’m panicking at this
Would anyone be able to send me $40? My funds are STILL being held by my bank
Nothing is going well but I DID get my learners permit🤗 celebration share?
Good afternoon! My most urgent need is a $220 payment to my debt consolidator. Still trying to make the gofundme move again
The only real credit card I have (that isn’t classified as a prepaid card) is almost $1000 in the red. I doubt anyone has that kind of money to spare but I would do anything to not lose this credit card!
Massive long shot, especially given how poorly my debt gofundme is going but I’m desperate and have to ask! DM me if we can arrange something
I'm still trying to make it. Still trying to hit my goal!
Thank you to anyone any everyone who shares and donates. I'm still just halfway to my base needed amount!
Donations at a crawl but I’m only halfway to what I desperately need, and only a quarter of the way to my overall goal. I’m begging anyone who sees this just to at least take the time to read my story and consider sharing
I don’t have a cent to deal with this right now and would really appreciate anyone throwing even a dollar my way as I’m still short my monthly bills with the crowdfund slowing
Struggling with depression because I miscalculated my meds at days between appointments but I'm back on them now. No changes, but thank you so much to the few people who have been donating to the fund, and who helped me stay afloat the past week.
Guy on a bike calling police arguing an lady tried to punch him after he harassed her for walking on the former seawall bike lane. It’s amazing more than 3 years after being decommissioned, people still argue this is an active bike lane. It’s also a major city failure since there is conflicting signage. #vanpoli
These temporary modular social housing buildings are actually something I've respected about Vancouver over other Canadian cities for the last few years. Vancouver already had many of them built when Toronto was just starting to think about them (as far as I understand it). Would be a shame for this small minded council to start getting rid of them. Hey guys, you'll still see these people, they'll just be sleeping in doorways, sidewalks or public parks instead. #vanpoli #SocialHousing
What a shame. All the wealthy homeowners who voted in this austerity-minded "nice" conservative party to a majority on council are getting what they wanted.
The phrase “all my friends are dead” is found across the #DowntownEastside, expressing the overwhelming sense of loss in the neighbourhood over the past decade.
One photographer highlights the graffiti art in a new exhibit. 📸 #VanPoli
Nothing has changed for the better for me. In fact, I've had to take out $600 in payday loans to cover debt, food, and dental. I can't do this alone and I have until early December at best.
No changes, no donations, no progress. But I'm not hopeless!
Donations are getting so scarce and I'm really struggling. If you can donate even $1, maybe click my paypal. If you can donate $5, maybe head over to my gfm. If you want to keep me from heat stroke, perhaps click on my wishlist. Thank you.
I get it, you're tired of me. But this is my life now.
Raising money for debt and housing before winter. Don't let the smoke and fire fool you. Winter is coming, and cold kills.
Thank you all for your continued support with my housing fund. Please keep sharing <3