Saturday, February 26, 2011

Calling all posters has a total of 27 registered posters. Some of the these folks haven't posted here for quite sometime, some of them may be long gone, and there are but a hand full of regular posters. If I may, I would like to re-invite all registered posters and those 'would be posters' to contribute to our political forum here on the blog. There's always something to talk about in our wonderful communities of The City and The District especially since it's a civic election year. It's all about taking an interest and discussing our local issues.
If you're not already a registered poster but, would like to become one, email and we will get you fired up.

Will a New Liberal leader Change Anything For the North Shore?

(Late breaking News, it's Christy Clark, who really, really loves families. That's the kind of bold, innovative leadership that this province needs.)

While we wait for the moment when when one Liberal or another is anointed King of The Hill, perhaps we should also take time to ask what difference this will make to our town.

Municipal government does after all fall within the realm of Provincial control, as do many of the things with a decidedly local impact - building codes, environmental regulations, transit funding and policy, social programs. Circuses.

Each of these has a direct effect on how our cities are managed, and how our growing population will be serviced and supported. In some respects these are the areas of Provincial control that hit closest to home.

So dear readers, aside from the endless refrain of "I don't wanna pay taxes!", what real and lasting changes would like to see our new Leader embrace on the municipal level?

Friday, February 18, 2011


Since the discussion on the last thread has been primarily about densification and sustainability, I thought it appropriate to copy and paste this full page advertisement which appeared in a North Shore newspaper 4 years ago. It was written by the late Ernie Crist who served as a North Vancouver District Councillor for 25 years.

The North American City is the product of the automobile. It shaped our lives, our culture, and our economic priorities. Land was plentiful, oil cheap and Henry Ford an American hero who turned mass production of cars into a religion.

However, the imperatives for radical change are now upon us. Our reliance on the automobile to commute in the city is past.

Whether we can make the transition to a new 21st century and human environment or not will determine our survival. Global warming is not a myth, the economic cost of single vehicle transportation is not a myth, nor is the waste of land nor is the staggering cost to our health and the depletion of fossil fuel. Change is no longer an option. It is a challenge we will either meet head on or we will suffer serious consequences.

The new 21st century liveable city is designed for people not cars, stated world renowned city planner Hans Blumenfeld on his visit to Vancouver almost 30 years ago. Indeed there are no cars to speak of and to the extent that they exist, they are the exception not the rule.

Transportation in the new city is based on mass transit. It is efficient, convenient, cheap, and pollution free. It is virtually noiseless and pleasing to the eye. It is in harmony with the city’s architecture. It is part and parcel of a new human friendly environment in which people speak to each other and relax while traveling at great speed moving to their destination. It is an antidote to alienation and comprises everything from rapid trains, noiseless street cars, to buses, ferries and mini buses.

The new city has plenty of trees, parks, playing fields, indoor and outdoor recreation and cultural facilities. Most neighbourhoods are self contained for efficiency and yes, there are high-rises. Indeed, compact developments are the rule rather than the exception while total green space is enhanced and pedestrian friendly.

However, the new proposal for high-rises in Lynn Valley is not conducive to this objective. It is the exact opposite. It is outmoded and reactionary.

Far from decreasing reliance on the car it will enhance it. Far from less pollution, there will be more. Far from generating less traffic congestion, there will be more. The reason is that the most important element of enhanced liveability, as outlined in numerous vision statements by the worlds most credible town planners, will be missing, namely a transportation system which reflects this concept and must be its backbone.

If the proposal for high-rises in Lynn Valley, in the name of motherhood and apple pie, is implemented as it will unless the people stand up now and stop it, everything which is outdated now will be worse. Any and all talk to the contrary is at best wishful thinking or an out and out hoax as was the previous densification of the Lynn Valley Core sold to the people of Lynn Valley as a “Pedestrian Oriented Town Center”.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Spirited OCP draft meeting at Parkgate

There was a meeting between 7 and 9 PM, Feb. 9th., 2011 at the Parkgate Community Centre which was labelled as a 'last opportunity for residents to have input on the new Official Community Plan' and how it will affect the Seymour Area.

The meeting was well attended and very spirited. Many skeptical questions were asked about the new OCP which could not be answered due to lack of time. These questions are to be posted and answered on the DNV website.

The precedent setting Pacific Arbor High-rise development as it relates to Seymour's LAP was on people's minds and appeared to have angered many of those present.

There was a consensus that another meeting was needed so that more discussion could ensue. Time and date of that meeting is TBA.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff Campaigning in North Vancouver

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff was on the North Shore over the weekend revving up the engine for ridings the Federal Liberals believe are very winnable.  He stopped in North Vancouver Saturday night where talked about the four-way nomination race to become the Liberal Candidate in NV, the difference between the Liberals and Conservatives and rolled out, what appeared to be a very campaign-like slogan for the LPC - "We're here to ensure that people have ground beneath their feet".