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Politics, Re-Spun: No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

Despite being Metro News, Emily Jackson’s great piece yesterday [below] about how brutally cruel the Saskatchewan government is should make us mindful of a number of issues. Not the least of which is that the neoliberal Saskatchewan Party has been photocopying many of the worst of BC’s regressive and anti-social policies. That makes the BC … Continue reading No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

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Alberta Politics: The Annals of Government Relations: B.C. lobbyists with faint Dipper links keep turning up in Alberta

PHOTOS: A line of “government relations” specialists with packs full of resumes mentioning past NDP connections make their way over a mountain pass from British Columbia into Alberta. Actual lineups of B.C.-based lobbyists may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Brad Zubyk, principal of Vancouver-based Wazuku Advisory Group, which is about to set up shop . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The Annals of Government Relations: B.C. lobbyists with faint Dipper links keep turning up in Alberta

Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Janet Fraser

Dear Janet Fraser, First of all, let me start by congratulating you on your school board election victory this past Saturday. I voted for you enthusiastically, as I did your running mate Mischa Oak and the rest of the Green Party team on the city council and park board slates. It is truly gratifying . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Janet Fraser

Song of the Watermelon: Some Thoughts on the Vancouver Election … Plus Endorsements!

With a week and a half to go before voting day in municipalities across British Columbia, the campaign here in Vancouver seems to have devolved into a veritable hatefest against two-term mayor and eccentric juice magnate Gregor Robertson.

There is nothing surprising about that. Incumbents (a.k.a. the sinister hands currently at the controls of Big . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Some Thoughts on the Vancouver Election … Plus Endorsements!

Melissa Fong: Activist Killjoy: Vancouver Arts is getting pennies from Developer CACs

I know everyone in the arts community is celebrating this news: City hall is bringing some relief to Vancouver’s embattled arts community, which has for years complained about a lack […]

Melissa Fong: VANCOUVER “FOREIGN BUYERS”- DRIVING SPECULATION & UNAFFORDABILITY? PART 2

Read Part 1 here I just wanted to update you with this thread of articles that are very illuminating- Please add your thoughts to this conversation- Some of the conversation […]

Melissa Fong: Pointing fingers at Vancouver’s unaffordability problem: Answers & more questions…

Ever since my last post I have received a lot of questions as to why I found it so entertaining- the debate. I was also contacted by dozens- yes, dozens- […]

Melissa Fong: Vancouver “Foreign Buyers”- driving speculation & unaffordability?

I think I discovered the most amazing conversation on Facebook and YOU have to contribute to this debate. I have thought about this for a long time (thanks to AY […]

Melissa Fong: @VisionVancouver #AffordableHousing Forum Event Summary #vanRE #vanpoli #vanhousing

LiveTweet Summary of Vision Vancouver’s Affordable Housing event. Check @internationalmf’s hashtags: #vanRE #vanpoli for more. I will do more analysis on the Vision Vancouver event, but just some general highlights and […]

Melissa Fong: Why focus criticism on Vision Vancouver?

  1 ICYMI: Why focus criticism on @VisionVancouver, as non-partisan? I ≠ reporter. I'm an academic. I interrogate power. VV has it. #vanpoli— Melissa Fong (@internationalmf) May 08, 2014 2 […]

Melissa Fong: Vision Vancouver creating false dilemma of Left vs Right

Let me talk to you about Vision Vancouver (for the umpteenth time)… I am just incredibly surprised with how slick they have become. As I told you yesterday- they have […]

Melissa Fong: Encounters with Vision Vancouver members: On democracy and stymied progressive politics

For every piece of hate mail I get ten more messages that are just too positive or too funny to ignore. I met up with this particular person who started […]

Melissa Fong: #VanCulturalSpaces @VisionVancouver event summary: “Protecting Vancouver’s Cultural Spaces: How we can preserve culture in a growing city”

I Live Tweeted the Vision Vancouver-sponsored event “Protecting Vancouver’s Cultural Spaces: How we can preserve culture in a growing city”- You can search the hashtag #VanCulturalSpaces for related tweets on the event. It […]

Melissa Fong: @VisionVancouver @MayorGregor Manifesto #YVR #Homelessness

Vision Vancouver Manifesto? 1 Promise to end homelessness 2 Pass inadequate #DTESLAP 3 Ballem report worst AFTER ppl pleaded to stop gentrification 4 Gregor blames Prov — Melissa Fong (@internationalmf) […]

Melissa Fong: Once upon a time, there was a Vancouver Mayor who promised he’d end homelessness…

Once upon a time… There was a handsome young prince named Gregor Angus Bethune Robertson. He was a much envied prince. He represented his fiefdom, Vancouver-Fairview, for years before he, […]

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: Vancouver Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan- Speaker #55

…when you have an extensive plan that guarantees redevelopment and insertion of new and desirable market rate housing, you are planning the upclassing of a neighbourhood. The DTES has staved off gentrification forces as much as it has because it is has been safeguarded for the poor. The redevelopment of Hastings East might as well . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Vancouver Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan- Speaker #55

Politics, Re-Spun: Vancouver’s ‘Progressive’ Council and Housing

Vancouver’s City Council is occasionally lauded as ‘progressive,’ and the ruling party – Vision Vancouver – takes significant pride in trumpeting their work on affordable housing as evidence of such. But then they go and define “affordable rent” for a 1-bedroom apartment at $1,500.

And today’s quote from Geoff Meggs is fascinating:

Meggs dismisses Antrim’s . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Vancouver’s ‘Progressive’ Council and Housing