Saturday, August 29, 2015

City Mayor Darrell Mussatto goes to Trondheim, Norway


The City Mayor makes another topic on the blog. This time it is his trek (on his own dime) to the northern Norwegian City of Trondheim to check out their of 'bicycle uphill tow system.'  He will bring his research back to City council for review and potential use on the inclined roads here. The system they have in Trondheim was built about 23 years and was rebuilt in 2013. In 1993 its original cost was about $100,00, but today's cost would be as much as ten times more according to Mayor Mussatto.

Bicycle Lift in Trondheim, Norway


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Water restrictions, a million more people. Will we have enough?

For the first time since 2003, Metro Vancouver has enacted the third stage of water-use restrictions, banning all lawn sprinkling and limiting other non-essential uses of drinking water. It has many people wondering about the future of the water supply.
The region is expected to grow by a million more people in the next 20 years; will we have enough water?
Over the past decade, Metro Vancouver has invested nearly $2 billion into improving drinking-water quality, distribution and supply. Every day, Metro Vancouver supplies over a billion litres of high-quality drinking water to the residents and businesses of the region. During summer months, consumption can almost double, largely due to outdoor demands such as lawn sprinkling. The good news is that this past decade, per capita water consumption has been falling. Maintaining this trend will allow us to ensure a sufficient drinking water supply for years to come, without needing to invest even more in expensive new infrastructure.
Our long-range drinking-water management plan takes into account population growth, climate change, ecological health and the continuing prosperity of the region. Over the long term, we plan to invest more than $1.5 billion on projects to accommodate population growth, and our supply strategy involves securing additional capacity from Coquitlam Lake as well as expanding storage capacity in the Seymour watershed. We will continue to review our plans and policies in coming years as the effects of climate change become more apparent.
Seasonal water use restrictions help ensure water is reserved for essential uses in homes and business and for firefighting, and in the last few weeks Metro Vancouver residents and businesses have cut their water consumption down to a level the reservoirs can sustain through the fall even if we don’t receive significant rainfall.
Darrell Mussatto
Chair, Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A damming indictment of the last election in North Vancouver City...Click here to view the video Kerry Morris outlines a vast array of alleged North Van City  civic wrongdoing, dirty tricks and incompetence in latest You Tube video

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

'Trail users' upset at park hours

The hours of operation to the almost $500,000 parking lot the cost of which was borne by the District taxpayer, are not to the liking of some of those who might use it. The park is set to close at 8 PM at this time and as in all DNV Parks the hours of closure are dawn until dusk. The mountain biker user group is expressing concern that this is too early of a closure because many riders don't start out until 7 PM during the week and users are faced with their vehicles being impounded if they're past the closure time. DNV spokesperson Stephanie Smiley says the 8 PM closure is consistent with other public parks in the District's jurisdiction.

 Should we be changing the hours of operations of all parks in the DNV?

Province newspaper story: Mountain bikers raise eyebrows to closure time....


Sunday, July 26, 2015

WHAT’S IN A COMMUNITY’S NAME?


Some would call it authoritarianism whenever a political or governmental body unilaterally takes over, co-opts, perverts or steals a peoples name or identity without their permission for whatever ulterior motive, however supposedly lofty the motive.
At its core, authoritarian tendencies, which start out as simple insensitive high-handedness, favour subjection to authority as opposed to individual freedom. It centers on one person or persons who don’t consider themselves accountable, whether elected or unelected. Contained within it are elements that, in more dire conditions or circumstances, can potentially lead to ever more draconian, even fascist tendencies. Look at what’s happening to Greece!
But in a small potato way, this is how these things start when bureaucrats, like those in the DNV, begin unilaterally renaming all the former communities along the Western Gateway of the District, (See its new website: www.dnv.org/programs-and-services/your-neighbourhood).
Lower Capilano, Woodcroft, Pemberton Heights and Norgate - that formerly were bona-fide, self-identified, proud communities in their own right - now have been arbitrarily renamed, without any local input. They’ve been reduced from the status of full-fledged communities to mere neighbourhoods under the pre-eminent name – Lions Gate – that formerly was the name of a separate community whose identity now has been erased and isn’t even named as one of the neighbourhoods of the Western Gateway. But while one community’s identity has been erased, another phantom community – Pemberton – has been magically created. Where is it? Is it the light industrial area of Pemberton? The new C-9 zoned Marine Drive Corridor for future high-rise dwellers?
The DNV’s bureaucrats speak of the collective revitalization and vibrancy of these new neighbourhoods in the distant future. God Help Us All!
Such insolence! Such effrontery! It’s astonishing! Where will it end?

Jerome Irwin, 1398 Hope Road, Community of Lower Capilano, B.C. V7P 1W7