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THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Old Stone House – To Be Saved or Destroyed

There is an old stone house in what was once a rural area and now is within the Emerald Meadows portion of Bridlewood in Kanata. A few weeks ago I biked by it and noticed that, while still standing, it was surrounded by construction and all the doors and windows were missing looking like no . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Old Stone House – To Be Saved or Destroyed

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Old Stone House – To Be Saved or Destroyed

There is an old stone house in what was once a rural area and now is within the Emerald Meadows portion of Bridlewood in Kanata. A few weeks ago I biked by it and noticed that, while still standing, it was surrounded by construction and all the doors a… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Old Stone House – To Be Saved or Destroyed

Melissa Fong: DTES Local Area Plan- Speaker #5, on Amendments

We need to respect the experiential knowledge of DTES residents that understand how the plan violates their security. Not fundamentally opposed to Vision- but you have to realize reality. If you insist on the ideology of “social mix” you also have to set up the circumstances for dignity of all people- not just a veil. . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: DTES Local Area Plan- Speaker #5, on Amendments

Melissa Fong: Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan- Summary

Like last time, I did some LiveTweeting of the evening- My strategy is to summarize the main point of all the voices; add in my OWN commentary (I can be […]

Melissa Fong: Vancouver developers- Gillespie, DTES & other thoughts on financial reform, Vision Vancouver

…. They WILL earn a profit because it is Vancouver.

Gillespie knows that encroaching on DTES is best odds at this point in Vancouver’s real estate. Largest “rent-gap”/ current to potential price in the city- and he’s always known that so he’s more bold, perhaps than others, to make that happen.

I know a lot . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Vancouver developers- Gillespie, DTES & other thoughts on financial reform, Vision Vancouver

Melissa Fong: #25KLunch WINNERS Announced! Who said there’s no free lunch?

Other than the fact that I should win the best prize for dragging out a meme that would have otherwise had the life-span of a fruit fly… I’ve got some […]

Melissa Fong: Top 25 of #25KLunch Meme Finalists Announced!

  Okay, folks! The moment has come to see your Top 25 Finalists for the #25KLunch meme competition! I can’t even tell you how many messages I’ve received telling me […]

Melissa Fong: Financial reform: Taking responsibility as public servants and otherwise…

Facts: I don’t hate Vision Vancouver. I’m indifferent to the overall career of Gregor Robertson. I actually like Andrea Reimer, from what I know of her. (Confession: I really like […]

Melissa Fong: Admitting to not knowing until it was too late: The DTES Local Area Plan implications

…I admit that I didn’t know how REAL it was until the 3 days came to an end and even after it passed….

After that the reality sunk in, I got more and more angry as I realized the implications of the plan.

The fact is that poor people LIVE this. This is their reality. . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Admitting to not knowing until it was too late: The DTES Local Area Plan implications

Melissa Fong: #25kLunch Meme Competition Update #1

The #25KLunch meme has received more press than I would have ever imagined! Amazing what a group of really dedicated “mockticians” can do to bring the issues out there. #25KLunch […]

Melissa Fong: #25kLunch Meme Competition to shame Mayor Gregor Robertson’s partnership with Developers & Condo King Bob Rennie

So I’ve started a #25kLunch tag – the good people on twitter who have engaged throughout this whole process have kept spirits high and helped suggest a meme competition.

1) Create your own meme http://memegenerator.net/ 2) Upload your meme to twitter images (make sure you save image & upload to Twitter direct b/c it’s a . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: #25kLunch Meme Competition to shame Mayor Gregor Robertson’s partnership with Developers & Condo King Bob Rennie

Melissa Fong: DTES LAP Amendments that Cllr Carr shuts down: Watch the speech & Read the full document by Reimer

I already posted snippets of the full documents (4 separate PDFs here). This post is specifically the first pdf Amendment doc from Reimer and the speaking points Cllr Carr was […]

Melissa Fong: Sneak Peak!: AMENDMENTS to DTES LAP- DRAFT sent to my by Andrea Reimer

Councillor Andrea Reimer was kind enough to send me the DRAFT of Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan Amendments. *OFFICIAL copy posted on website by staff tomorrow. This is a sneak […]

Melissa Fong: DTES LAP Part 3- Residents’ Losses & small victories

…Councillor Adriane Carr was the only one who wanted to refer the plan back to staff to ensure an acceptable definition of Social Housing (due date for end of May). The rest of City Council seemed fairly confident that that could be defined as we went along and the plan should just be passed, although . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: DTES LAP Part 3- Residents’ Losses & small victories

Melissa Fong: Vancouver DTES Local Area Plan City Council Debates- PART 2: CHINATOWN BUSINESS INTERESTS

Chinatown Businesses interests came into the room hesitant. I don’t think any of the mainstream news media (Vancouver Courier or the Straight) did justice to the hesitance … I am personally sympathetic towards Chinatown business interests because I know the exact memories and nostalgia upon which they recall and the commercial area they want to . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Vancouver DTES Local Area Plan City Council Debates- PART 2: CHINATOWN BUSINESS INTERESTS

Melissa Fong: Vancouver DTES Local Area Plan City Council Debates- Part One: Developers

…One topic that dominated the DTES LAP discussions last night was the 60/40 (Social/ market rate housing split) and the definition of affordable housing … All the usual suspects always caution against social housing. Developers are constantly talking about how it is not possible to build social housing without other levels of government. They halt . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Vancouver DTES Local Area Plan City Council Debates- Part One: Developers

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Pay to Go Politics in YYC

So, yesterday there was an “all candidates forum” sponsored by The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Urban Development Institute – Calgary and The Canadian Homebuilders Association – Calgary Region.

I did not attend this forum – for several reasons.  We already know that the developer community (or at least notable cabal within that group) . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Pay to Go Politics in YYC

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Mayor Jimmy Really Doesn’t Get It

The following twitter exchange exemplifies Mayor Jimmy’s petty reaction to criticism. I suppose I should be thankful I have not been blocked yet, like so many of the mayor’s critics. Jim Watson ‏@JimWatsonOttawa Pleased to join @Eli_Ward5 and @Alla… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Mayor Jimmy Really Doesn’t Get It

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Mayor Jimmy Really Doesn’t Get It

The following twitter exchange exemplifies Mayor Jimmy’s petty reaction to criticism.

I suppose I should be thankful I have not been blocked yet, like so many of the mayor’s critics.

Jim Watson ‏@JimWatsonOttawa Pleased to join @Eli_Ward5 and @AllanHubley_23 and Cyril Leeder at Tanger Outlet ground breaking in Kanata pic.twitter.com/RXzKKT46gZ

Richard W. Woodley ‏@the5thColumnist @

calgaryliberal.com: Vincent Visits the Manning Centre

The other day this blogger went to a Manning Centre training seminar on visual communications — on building better looking websites, designing election signs, and creating campaign literature. This is the same Manning Centre that has been in the news recently and been a target of a fair bit of speculation on their efforts. As . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Vincent Visits the Manning Centre

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Martha Webber on the Destruction of the Beaver Pond Forest

Martha Webber, renowned Kanata/Ottawa botanist, naturalist and educator, wrote the following in response to the news of the final complete clear-cutting of the Beaver Pond Forest in the South March Highlands. It is posted here with her permission.

Is there no way to end the destruction? This old growth forest is not only a . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Martha Webber on the Destruction of the Beaver Pond Forest

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Truth About The Kanata Lakes 60% Plus Agreement

So, what of the so-called 40% agreement to protect environmental lands in the Kanata Lakes development in the South March Highlands. Is it really a myth. Apparently so.

The more I examine and analysis the facts and reality around that so-called agreement the more I realize it was just spin.

What is guaranteed is that . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Truth About The Kanata Lakes 60% Plus Agreement

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The South March Highlands

Click here for everything you need to know about The South March HighlandsPlease click above for what is the best overview yet of the issues relating to The South March Highlands. . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The South March Highlands

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Solving Urbandale’s Beaver Pond Forest Subdivision Marketing Dilemma

The normal method of promoting house sales by telling buyers their houses will be close to the wilderness of the South March Highlands probably isn’t going to work for Urbandale, because reminding potential buyers that they just clear cut the Beaver Po… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Solving Urbandale’s Beaver Pond Forest Subdivision Marketing Dilemma

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Dumping Shit in The Ottawa River

This blog post contains graphic language because there is no way to pretty up dumping shit in the city’s drinking water source.If I were to walk into the Ottawa River and take a crap I would probably be arrested, and not just for indecent exposure but … . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Dumping Shit in The Ottawa River