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Mayor of one of the greenest cities in the world has advice for Vancouver

Greensburg, Kansas was totally rebuilt after a devastating tornado

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mayor-of-one-of-the-green...

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Bruce Allen at CKNW is going to flip out.  Laughing

City eyes eliminating another Burrard Bridge car lane

http://metronews.ca/news/vancouver/1383298/city-eyes-eliminating-another...

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Stop Telling Me to Move to the Suburbs

A Vancouver millennial takes on Boomer condescension over housing cost complaints.

 

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/06/01/Moving-to-the-Suburbs/

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So what is going on here with this right-winger that makes him want to quit?

Vancouver school board chair Christopher Richardson resigns

http://www.straight.com/blogra/471571/vancouver-school-board-chair-chris...

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PHOTOS: Cherry blossoms finally bloom across Metro Vancouver

http://globalnews.ca/news/3381165/photos-vancouver-cherry-blossoms-2017/

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Is it my imagination or is Andrea Reimer running for mayor of Vancouver?

http://www.straight.com/news/922411/it-my-imagination-or-andrea-reimer-r...

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Vision Vancouver stares directly into the future and leads the way once again 

Vancouver's possible ban of coffee cups, foam containers unreasonable, industry says

City staff looking at ways to reduce single-use waste in order to meet city's 2040 Zero-Waste goal

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/coffee-cup-ban-vancouver-...

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Consumers should be better informed on how to recycle their containers after use, he proposed, and there should be more recycle-receptacles available across the city — like the ones the city started piloting in the West End last summer.

Street receptacles here in Toronto accept recyclables, like single-use coffee cups, but I still see them tossed about everywhere.  I suppose one answer would be to ban them, and require anyone who wants a cup of coffee on the go to bring their own clay mug, but it would seem a bit insulting if we all had to do that because a few asshats need to lob their empty cup into a parking lot.

Proposal:  a $10,000 fine for littering, even a first offense, no exceptions.  Is the environment important enough?

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City of Vancouver reports that 50 percent of residents' trips now taken by foot, bike, or public transit

 

http://www.straight.com/news/929961/city-vancouver-reports-50-percent-re...

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Super.  What's the other 50%?

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The Gathering of Canoes promotes healing, reconciliation, and respect for Indigenous host nations

http://www.straight.com/news/935451/gathering-canoes-promotes-healing-re...

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Single use item reduction is coming to a household near you 

 

 

http://www.straight.com/news/939671/andrea-reimer-why-vancouver-must-tak...

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Single use item reduction is coming to a household near you

When I was very much younger, my cousin lived in Bright's Grove, Ontario, and I'd visit him, and we'd explore the "uncharted wilderness" of his neighbourhood at the time.  One favourite stop was a set of ponds -- I believe they were local wastewater settling ponds -- and we would often comment on the huge, pastel blanket of what we called "tampon things" -- single-use plastic tampon applicators.  The ponds would have tens of thousands of them, floating on the water's surface, in all shades of pink, lavender and fuschia.  It's my understanding that they're not considered "flushable" (nor, biodegradable), but for some reason there they were anyway.

We're still making these, for some reason?  I know that some tampons come with a biodegradeable sleeve, and still others come with none at all.  But are these still a thing, and if so, why??

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It can be expensive being green!

Condo tree shows Vancouver’s green virtue signaling

http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2017/06/28/condo-tree-shows-vancouvers-green-v...

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Where Vancouver leads in LGBT progress: Local health professionals are at the world's forefront

http://www.straight.com/life/941061/where-vancouver-leads-lgbt-progress-...

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Harmonies give the Washboard Union an edge

Traditional bluegrass meets modern pop-country music in the fast-rising, in-demand Vancouver band’s catchy tunes

http://www.straight.com/music/940971/harmonies-give-washboard-union-edge

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Why are these rich dudes cut so much slack? I guess that is why Vancouver is known as Developer's Heaven, eh!

http://www.straight.com/news/941951/city-files-60-charges-against-balmor...

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Independent council candidate Jean Swanson offers to donate $41,000 of her salary if she's elected

http://www.straight.com/news/943371/independent-council-candidate-jean-s...

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So what's Patti Bacchus going to do, eh!

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/contributors/patti-bacchus

October vote expected for Vancouver school trustees

Vancouver residents ‘deserve’ elected school representatives, B.C. Premier John Horgan says

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-school-board-fi...

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Before making any decisions, Horgan should take two minutes to google "Toronto District School Board scandals".

Everything from a plagiarizing director to bloated salaries, a hostile work environment, audit after audit, blatant racism...  you name it.

Not that elected representatives are a bad thing, but when "elected school board trustee" == "stepping stone to other political ambitions" it's the kids who suffer most.

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I think the NPA is going to easily win this civic bi-election because the left of centre is going to split the vote a few different ways. I also think that at next year's civic election the NPA is going to sweep into power again and Vision Vancouver is going lose badly. Visionites will then wish they had established some sort of electoral reform when they had the chance. I think they should have instituted STV many years ago.

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Carr got the most votes of anyone on Council last election, so watch out!

PS NPA who?

Where  VV is tripping up is by not creating a ward system, and it will eventually come back to haunt them

 

http://www.straight.com/news/944686/city-councillor-adriane-carr-hopes-p...

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Too Little, Too Late for Vancouver’s Housing U-Turn

Nine years after broken promise to end homelessness, it’s time for a radical new approach.

 

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/08/09/Vancouver-Housing-UTurn/

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Keep the Arbutus Corridor for Cyclists and Walkers

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/08/14/Arbutus-Corridor-Cyclists/

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Being brought to you by the same people who removed the only public-access boat launch in West Vancouver so that the millionaires who move into Grosvenor Square won't be disturbed by the common people

http://www.nsnews.com/news/bp-properties-to-pay-for-project-planning-1.2...

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By-election, by-election, and the V Sun does its right-wing dirty work, eh!

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/dan-fumano-vancouver-passes-1-mi...

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Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson encourages citizens to protest against white supremacy and hate speech

A demonstration in support of America's alt-right is scheduled to happen in Vancouver on August 19

 

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  • Racist groups and protests against them are nothing new in Metro Vancouver. In 2010, about 200 anti-racist demonstrators held a rally in New Westminster. There are however clear signs that white supremacists are embolden by the election of U.S. president Donald Trump.STEPHEN HUI

In the United States, President Donald Trump has taken a remarkably soft position against white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump said on Tuesday (August 15), three days after white supremacists clashed with antiracism protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that but I’ll say it right now.”

In Charlottesville, beginning Friday night (August 11), alt-right demonstrators held a march that invoked Nazi imagery and saw hundreds of participants chant slogans against Jewish people and African-Americans. The following afternoon (August 12), one member of their group drove a car through a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring 19.

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“Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch,” Trump argued. “Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue of [Confederate general] Robert E. Lee.”

A small contingent of left-wing protesters also used violence, wielding clubs to confront people participating in the gathering of white nationalists.

While Trump has appeared to argue that the two opposing sides are equal in terms of culpability and moral standing, in Vancouver, Mayor Gregor Robertson has struck a very different tone, condemning the alt-right while supporting people who demonstrate against racism.

“I think it’s really important that people speak out at every opportunity against racism and hatred,” he told News 1130. “I know there will be a vigorous turnout of people protesting the white-supremacist rally, whatever that turns out to be.”

B.C. Liberal candidate Naomi Yamamoto found graffiti on her election campaign sign in April.

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In a separate interview with the Globe and Mail, Robertson said that in Canada, people who sympathize with white supremacists do have a right to public assembly. But he immediately added that Vancouver residents can “confront” that movement.

"Canada is a free country and people have the right to demonstrate and protest," he said. "They have a right to demonstrate, but hatred and racism have no place in this city and I expect people to confront that and make sure there's a peaceful and direct push-back on racism and hatred."

In a series of messages posted on Twitter this morning (August 16), Robertson went further, appearing to actively encourage citizens to speak up against racism.

Gregor Robertson @MayorGregor

Acts of hate/violence must always be met with non-violent resistance. We need to call out white supremacy/hate speech wherever it happens.

3:44 AM - Aug 16, 2017

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Gregor Robertson @MayorGregor

We cannot be complacent with racism/hatred. Imperative that we are vigilant, defend our values, keep Vancouver an inclusive, welcoming city

9:51 AM - Aug 16, 2017

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"Acts of hate/violence must always be met with non-violent resistance. We need to call out white supremacy/hate speech wherever it happens," he wrote. "We cannot be complacent with racism/hatred. Imperative that we are vigilant, defend our values, keep Vancouver an inclusive, welcoming city."

B.C.-based groups who share some views with America’s alt-right have planned a demonstration at Vancouver City Hall for Saturday (August 19). It’s expected they will be greeted there by a group of counterprotesters united in opposition against the rise of white nationalism that’s occurred this year, not just in the United States but in Canada as well.

The counter demonstration is organizing on a Facebook page titled “Stand Up to Racism in Metro Vancouver”.

The Oppose Racists in Metro Vancouver counterprotest takes place this Saturday (August 19), from 12:45 to 4 p.m., at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue).

https://www.straight.com/news/948731/vancouver-mayor-gregor-robertson-en...

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Kewl!

Sleeping Giants

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No other way to say it: THIS IS LITERALLY THE DAY WE'VE BEEN WORKING TOWARDS FOR THE LAST 10 MONTHS! TECH COMPANIES ARE FINALLY WAKING UP!!

Apple Pay Is Cutting Off White Supremacists

Apple and PayPal have started to pull payments support from websites selling white nationalist and Nazi apparel following this weekend’s events in Charlottesville.

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Vancouver anti-immigration rally organizers celebrate online

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/anti-muslim-protest-in-vancouver