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Ahead of #elxn43, I invited federal leaders to discuss the key issues of housing, transit, & opioids with me. All agreed except for Andrew Scheer. When I read his platform I knew why. It's clear to me that Andrew Scheer would be worse than Stephen Harper. #cdnpoli #vanpoli
🏠On housing Andrew Scheer would move us backwards and make housing less affordable.

🚝On transit Andrew Scheer’s $18B cut to infrastructure would kill SkyTrain to UBC.

🚑On opioids Andrew Scheer would drag us back into court while more people die.

#cdnpoli #vanpoli #elxn43
To be clear: not telling people who to vote for.

But I do want to tell people in Vancouver that if you care about housing, transit and opioids – and I know most people do – Andrew Scheer would be worse than Stephen Harper.

#cdnpoli #vanpoli #elxn43
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This motion raised by @JeanSwanson_ chock full of action to address homelessness in Vancouver was deemed out of order by @kennedystewart while @councillorwiebe and @LisaDominato’s decampment motion is on the docket for public hearing. #vanpoli council.vancouver.ca/20191001/docum…
Here’s @councillorwiebe and @LisaDominato’s motion, up for public hearing today. Nothing but political doublespeak to kick out the tent city residents and a bunch of feel-good initiatives that do little to help address the homelessness crisis. #vanpoli council.vancouver.ca/20191002/docum…
Wiebe’s motion sounds good, if you didn’t know any better. But let’s break it down. “Develop a collaborative decampment plan” - push tent city folks out against their will, but make it sound like we listened, despite not having better housing options for them in the motion
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What if the nativist/white nationalist op-ed that appeared in @VancouverSun & @theprovince today is no oversight, as claimed, but consistent with @postmedianet's recent explicit turn to the right? Regardless of how it happened, let's look at @postmedianet context. 1/x #bcpoli
@VancouverSun @theprovince @postmedianet It happened in August when many were away but Postmedia, the NY hedge-fund owned conservative owner of the Sun, Province & a majority of major Canadian papers, recently made an explicit turn further to the right canadalandshow.com/the-conservati… and nationalobserver.com/2019/08/27/opi… #cdnpoli #bcpoli
@VancouverSun @theprovince @postmedianet Right-wing media & Big Money interests have always used racism to advance their agenda but I'd argue that Postmedia's agenda specifically relates to a strategy to push resource extraction, & there's plenty of evidence of this, even beyond its contract with CAPP @OilGasCanada 3/x
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Here's "who besides yimbys," a housing struggle thread for #vanre #vanpoli #bcpoli
Woodsquat, an autonomous direct action that took place over 92 days in fall 2002: woodsquat.wordpress.com/about/
There are now 200 units of non-market housing on that site. There are also too many units of market condos, and the Woodward's also contributed to the brute force gentrification of the Downtown Eastside: thetyee.ca/News/2015/02/2…
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Guess who is 10! Happy birthday, Burrard bridge bike lane: today marks 10 years since the Burrard Bridge bike lane opened. Let's take a casual bike ride back through time and look at the calm, nuanced media commentary that greeted the plucky bike lane in 2009 #vanpoli
Quick refresher: 6 car lanes on the Burrard bridge went down to five, to enable separated bike lanes to keep people from falling into traffic. Months of media hysteria that it would be a complete disaster. it would fail within days! #vanpoli
Political opponents tried to get 'Gregor's gridlock' to become a catchy slogan (lasted about as long as 'who let the dogs out'.) Radio pundits predicted Mayor and Vision would be trounced in next election. Nobody bikes! It rains! Social engineering! Radical green agenda! #vanpoli
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Long Thread. Version 2 of the War on Capital highlights a major failure of leadership on the part of our political leaders, academic leaders, and the media which has resulted in a dizzying array of anti-capital measures. #bcpoli #vanpoli #vanre 1/
The spark which has set off a barrage of anti-capital measures is housing. Nowhere is the collective failure of leadership more evident than on this file. 2/
This failure has placed the prosperity of everyone in British Columbia at risk. BC is akin to a supertanker which takes time to turn but once it does is difficult to stop. Unfortunately, we are turning/have turned the supertanker straight for the rocks. 3/
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Subscribers: Urban Forum - YIMBY movement pushes a hardline pro-development approach to housing - Trauss instructed the mostly millennial audience to... fight for more supply. theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/va… v.@globeandmail #vanre #AHV #Yimbys #vanpoli 1/
"Trauss – who is funded by private interests, including tech..companies and property developers...lives in San Francisco...she attended a Vancouver city council hearing the day before her talk, to support 21 luxury rental townhouse units...in Shaughnessy." #4575Granville 2/
"“You have a job now,” she instructed her audience, urging them to get organized and get out and support the Shaughnessy proposal...We all need to make sure we get involved in the decision-making process – because otherwise we are not going to get the outcomes that we need." 3/
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To address the spate of let's call it "interesting" analysis about gas prices in BC from @MarcLeeCCPA a quick thread about the refined fuel situation on the coast and #transmountain's effects on gas prices @keithbaldrey @robynallan #bcpoli #vanpoli @sjmuir @nbennett_biv 1/
As we all know BC uses about 192,000 barrels per day of refined fuel with Prkland providing about 33% of our gas and 30% of the jet fuel. The #Transmountain supplies most of the remaining refined fuel but it cannot supply everything we need #bcpoli #vanpoli
As a consequence we import about 30,000 bpd from the Americans. This number is from the Canadian Fuels Association and is corroborated by the US EIA. According to the EIA #bpoli #vanpoli 3/
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Long Thread #2. The CoV sits on the precipice of institutionalizing racial discrimination as part of adopting an intersectional approach in their “climate emergency response”. #vanpoli #bcpoli #cdnpoli
Embedded in Appendix H of the administrative report, staff recommendations state, “The City will strive to ensure the group has a majority of black, Indigenous, and people of colour among participants.”

council.vancouver.ca/20190424/docum…
The only way to “ensure” majority representation of specific racial groups is to discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race.
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WHAT LIES BENEATH IN THE #VANRE MARKET?

(Warning: This will be a long thread, grab a cuppa coffee)

Most people are familiar with Warren Buffet's saying "Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked."

I believe it may be EXACTLY what lies beneath the
2/ level of the tide that could be the final nail in the #Vanre mkt once the full effect of foreign owners (FLIPPERS) selling their West Side SFD's kicks in. Considering that we are already 35% off the peak mkt highs, that in itself is an ominous thought.

Now, I've always
3/ suspected (no proof) that MANY #Vanre home owners have dipped into the "equity lottery winnings" that they have realized in the past 10 years to fund who knows what.

So when I saw an article yesterday from @BetterDwelling about Cdn Helocs,

betterdwelling.com/canadians-used…
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Long Thread. City of Vancouver staff has issued a recommendation to council that is rooted in intersectionality and encourages discrimination on the basis of identity, this is the essence of racism. #vanpoli #bcpoli #cdnpoli

council.vancouver.ca/20190424/docum…
Background. The report seeks to establish a Carbon and Equity working group and recommends using $50,000 of public funds to run workshops.
CoV’s staff also recommends the city adopt an “intersectional” approach to selecting participants for its carbon and equity working group.
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Next Wednesday @CityofVancouver staff report back to #Council on ramping up our #ClimateAction, in line with the #IPCC science and in response to the #ClimateEmergency. Here’s my breakdown of the recommendations 👇
This #ClimateEmergency report outlines 6 Big Moves for Council to direct staff to pursue & come back w. comprehensive/costed plans. Plus 53 Accelerated Actions to move on now. The targets are strong & won’t be easy. This is what governing in line with the science looks like.
Big Move 1: By 2030, 90% of people will live within an easy walk/roll of their daily needs (we’re at 45%). Focused on land-use & complete n'hoods, it would ⬇️ 153,000 tonnes carbon/year, while creating ⬆️ housing choices, ⬆️ social interaction, and supporting local businesses.
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Let's take a peek. First, the big picture:

944 suppliers over $25K, total $1B, $78.9M in salaries + $ 4.6M in expenses, 15 severance agreements with non-unionized employees (1 to 18 mths comp.)

corporate.bclc.com/who-we-are/cor…

#bcpoli #cdnpoli #dirtymoney #publicinquirynow
The Big Four saw $4,676,256.

Deloitte came out on top at $3,063,678, KPMG ($1,063,729), Ernst & Young ($490,049) and PriceWaterhouseCoopers ($58,800)

#bcpoli #vanpoli #moneylaundering #cdnpoli #dirtymoney #bcndp #bclp #bcgreens #corruption #publicinquirynow
BCLC paid out $2.3M to 9 law firms, including two Toronto-based firms: Henein Hutchison LLP ($107K) that bills itself as "Canada's top litigation boutique law firm" & Rayman Beitchman LLP ($30K) that boasts of "excellence in the areas of expropriations law and litigation."
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1/ How transphobic backlash hit after city cut funding to Vancouver Rape Relief because it excludes trans people, days after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of a trans youth to access treatment despite father's objection thestar.com/vancouver/2019… @torontostar @starvancouver
2/ Some tweets insisted that “trans women are men” and accused trans women of being sexual predators. One called a trans person an “indignant g-sh,” a slang term for “vulva” or “something useless.”

“People have really strong views about whether trans women are women," -@VanAlias
3/ We discussed whether we should reproduce some of the hateful comments but giving a sense of the vitriol was important to help readers understand the backlash against the city's support of trans inclusion. Story on funding decision by @TessaVikander: thestar.com/vancouver/2019…
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TEXTBOOK DELUSIONAL WEST SIDE SELLER/REALTOR

2028 29th Ave W, Quilchena (beside Shaughnessy), West Side #Vanre

Built in 1966. Current owner purchased in 1985 for $319,000

July 1, 2017 assessed value was $4.066M

Peak market value maybe $4.5Mish

Listed Aug/18 for...
2/ $4.68M

Re-listed Oct/18 for $4.068

2019 Assessment came in at $3.302M

Re-listed Jan 15, 2019 for $3.999M

Market value today is probably $3M tops

Didn't sell at $3.999M so naturally they re-listed today for...

$3.999M 🤦‍♀️

Unless there is #gold buried in the basement
3/ this place will not sell for $4M

Owners of this place are going to look back and regret their actions big time in about 12 months when they capitulate, sell for $2.4M, and realize they blew $1M in equity.

#vanre #richmondre #westvanre #vanpoli #bcpoli #northvanre #yyjre
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City of Vancouver grants 2019 funding to Vancouver Rape Relief as termination funding. VRR is no longer eligible for funding until it makes changes to become aligned with the grant criteria.

#VanPoli
#Transgender #LGBTQ2+
Those among us who are not transgender may not understand the enormous symbolic value of this decision. VRR's ongoing and very public refusal to treat transgender women equally has finally been refuted by a public agency as unacceptable.
The audio from the speakers that convinced the city to act...

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We need a forensic audit of #SNCLavalin's activities in BC. SNC has its tentacles deep into many BC crown corps, esp BC Hydro. Value of its Hydro contracts in last 15 yrs? What role did it play in the political decision to proceed w #SiteC? SNC Chair then was Gwyn Morgan! #bcpoli
Recall that Gwyn Morgan, the far-right former head of LNG gas giant Encana before becoming SNC Lavalin board chair, was tight w Gordon Campbell & Harper. Morgan became Christy Clark's chief advisor when Campbell stepped down in 2011 & Christy took over as premier. #bcpoli #sitec
There has never been a smoking gun, but many respected #bcpoli and #SiteC watchers have long questioned if there was lobbying from #SNCLavalin to resuscitate the oft-rejected Site C dam. #SNCLavalin was named as "prime consultant" to Site C in 2010. Timing is interesting...3/x
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Canada’s defence minister Harjit Sajjan (left) and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, honouring the People’s Republic of China coat of arms at a Lunar New Year banquet in Vancouver’s Chinatown on Feb. 10. #vanRE #vanpoli #bcpoli #cdnpoli
That’s the PM of Canada (centre) and defence minister of Canada (left) in a Vancouver Chinatown banquet hall, facing the Chairman Mao portrait at Beijing’s Forbidden City on a video screen during a Lunar New Year celebration attended by the PRC consul and supporters last night.
To complete the trilogy, Justin Trudeau and Harjit Sajjan and the flag of the People's Republic of China at Floata last night. #cdnpoli #bcpoli #vanpoli #vanRE
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if you have some time tonight to change how you understandstand the Downtown Eastside, there are some perspectives i'd like to share. for tomorrow
#DTES #vanpoli This is @johannhari101 speaking last fall. via @YouTube
we are still doing #harmReduction but
>>>>>>we must expand our concept of HARM [because clearly we did not]
[because everything became much more harmful very quickly
fatal, in fact
HARM is actually dynamic, a shapeshifter.
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i'm aware Tim Stevenson is not on twitter. but this is bizarroworld over here. how and why would OneCity 'substitute' for Vision? this isn't a batting lineup #vanpoli straight.com/news/1154411/o… via @georgiastraight
new council: different people, different arrangement, new dynamics, and everyone is a BLONDE WHITE LADY. so look, Tim, just please stop explaining things, yeah? let these immortal words be your last public comment, echoing through the ages
or should we stick with these? (july 27 17)
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i've had to make this point several times when speaking to council.

it would be great if nobody has to do this in the future. i'd like that. if i don't have to point this out, that would indicate to me that we've made a significant change
#vanpoli #vanelxn18
if we refused to wait until the obituary before acknowledging that people have inherent dignity, worth, humanity, all that
if the motivating impulse is resentment, the consequences can never be productive. it seems to me that this is a big reason why the #DTES is so utterly messed up. an endless spiral of resentment & blame & regret, such fierce desire for a past that never was
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First question in mayoral debate tonight on housing: More than 50 per cent of Vancouver residents are renters. What measures will you implement at the city level to bring relief to renters? #vanpoli @vanelxn18
Bremner: Three-year action plan, 50,000 to 70,000 new units on the books. Drop the red tape, get rid of the CACs that were turning rentals into condos. "We cannot wait." #vanpoli #vanelxn18
Kennedy: My plan is to build 85,000 units over 10 years, 60 per cent for renters, 25,000 would be market rents. Also have to look after current renters: I would bring renters' advocate to city to help with legal problems. #vanpoli #vanelxn18
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Saturday #JustCity installment and thought it’d be helpful to fact check “poor doors”. Something is wrong about it, just not what you think. Follow me for a sec. #vanpoli #vanre /1
As many point out, poor doors are actually the entry to a separate building. Its a vertical subdivision w 2 air space parcels: one containing a strata condo development, the other a rental bldg. Each bldg has its own separate components & systems to run the building functions /2
And are paid and maintained separately. This is critical because strata fees cover the common area maintenance for the condo bldg, while the NP operator of the rental bldg covers these expenses w the rents being collected. NPs can’t can’t afford to share in condo bldg expenses /3
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Delightful! note that the province committed over 30mil. the nonprofit developer, vancouver chinatown foundation, raising the same. city contributing land, & more, & headaches. #vanpoli after oct, pls ask why the gov't won't meet w/ you. (can't wait.) #homeless ppl need homes,
idiots,. they can't live in your millitant post-post-modern dissent. you're using people you've coerced to be there as props. and none of you read the RZ report or attended subsequent meetings. you are not actually interested in housing at #58WHastings. clearly. #HousingJustice
you'll weaponize the whole project, and THIRTLY MILLION DOLLARS from the province, they are willing to try something here. you do this shit, do you think they'll spend another dime in the #DTES? its ok for you, b/c then you can Fight the Government! so hardcore radical.
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