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Cities fascinate me. Urban issues and politics writer for Globe + Mail, various magazines. Blogger, tweeter, instructor Langara J-School, adjunct prof UBC SOJ
19 Mar
City manager Sadhu Johnston spelling out specific powers city asking for in state of emerg: take over any spaces needed temporarily, get priority for personal protective equipment or supplies, and restrict use or occupancy of any space, so could, e.g., close some biz in 1 area
Mentioned community centres, hotels, etc., as spaces might need.
Johnston said no plans to do a city-wide shelter in place or anything, more needed if a specific area of the city gets affected. Could come back to get more powers if needed
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9 Nov 19
I can't help but feel that there's is an inevitable counterpoint coming to this first wave of euphoric enthusiasm over the Senakw development. There is much to praise about the first, utopian phase, but so many details still to come and some likely readjustments on the horizon.
There will be a lot more scrutiny once the public knows more about what the rent levels are likely to be. The Squamish are rightly not in the business of subsidizing housing for non-nation members, but 4,000 or so apartments at very high rents would leave a sour taste.
Although overall costs of the project should be lower than, for example, developer Ian Gillespie's Vancouver House, given free land and minimal parking, they won't be nothing. Very high concrete towers are the most expensive form of construction and the higher they go, the more $
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18 Sep 18
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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