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Vision +COPE +Green Take Nearly all of City Hall

Though they don't take their positions for another three weeks, Vancouver is waking up today with a (mostly) new civic government, one in the firm control of Vision Vancouver.

Though turnout was low (apparently about 30%: detailed results at the city's website here), the once-powerful NPA was sternly handed their walking papers by civic voters over the weekend.

SE False Creek Transparency Needed: Tim Stevenson, Oct 16th

In what has quickly replaced the Transit-fine debacle as the largest issue in the civic election (thankfully), the various sides are making their statements and spinning the apparent $100-million loan to Millenium Developments.

Peter Ladner will appear on CBC Radio this morning to explain why in-camera meetings are sometimes important - why the public needn't know when the city decides to loan out a hundred million dollars.
That should be fun.

Roberston pays fine; Back to the Issues at Hand

Now that Gregor Robertson has paid his transit fine for (gasp) only buying a one-zone ticket when traveling across two zones, let's hope the focus in the Vancouver civic election moves back to the actual issues at hand.

Vision Vancouver: Geoff Meggs digs streetcars

While looking up info on all the Vision candidates, one item sold me on the idea of choosing Geoff Meggs: he'd like to see the downtown Vancouver streetcar system built by the city.

Not just "phase zero" as has already been budgeted for (the current council gave the go-ahead for a 'demonstration' stretch to be built from Granville Island to Science World), but the whole project.

Finally! Vision + COPE look like they'll play nice

It looks like (pending approval by the Cope membership) Vision, COPE, and the Greens have agreed to work together. Or, at least, not step on each other.

This is the best news in some time, cheers to everyone that has been sweating it out behind the scenes on this. I bet it hasn't been easy.. it always sucks that the 'left' can be so fractitious.

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