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Kirk LaPointe: What problem would West Vancouver council's code of conduct solve?

Kirk LaPointe: What problem would West Vancouver council's code of conduct solve?

West Vancouver columnist Kirk LaPointe argues a code of conduct for his local council members probably isn’t needed
Michael Geller: Time to rethink the Downtown Eastside plan

Michael Geller: Time to rethink the Downtown Eastside plan

Continuing to ban a broad social and income housing mix needs to be rethought
Kirk LaPointe: Fixing Vancouver's problems not as easy as ABC for new council

Kirk LaPointe: Fixing Vancouver's problems not as easy as ABC for new council

In the last two weeks, there were finally signals that the themes of the party's election campaign were aligning with the tactics of the council
Most British Columbians don't oppose the 15-minute city -- even if they don't understand it

Most British Columbians don't oppose the 15-minute city -- even if they don't understand it

Regarded by some as part of an ongoing "war on the car," the concept can be polarizing, and opinions vary across Canada
Opinion: Housing "pace-of-change" decision pivotal for Vancouver

Opinion: Housing "pace-of-change" decision pivotal for Vancouver

Vancouver council needs to move ahead, and not slowly, on development
Big city budgets ignore reality of challenging economic times

Big city budgets ignore reality of challenging economic times

News flash to new municipal councils: Life in British Columbia is expensive enough. We don’t need you to pile on. Fact: Your constituents are dealing with household costs rising faster than at any time in the last four decades.
Mark Goodman and Cynthia Jagger: Calling Metro Vancouver civic leaders: Permit housing, not obstacles

Mark Goodman and Cynthia Jagger: Calling Metro Vancouver civic leaders: Permit housing, not obstacles

On Saturday, October 15, B.C.’s citizens went to the polls to vote for mayor and council candidates in each of their respective municipalities.
Arny Wise: Do newbies David Eby and Ken Sim have the right stuff to tackle affordable housing?

Arny Wise: Do newbies David Eby and Ken Sim have the right stuff to tackle affordable housing?

There was a time when B.C. politicians, a conservative Vancouver mayor and an NDP BC premier had the right stuff.
Rob Shaw: Prepare for the province to bigfoot municipalities on housing

Rob Shaw: Prepare for the province to bigfoot municipalities on housing

Premier David Eby took great pains Monday to emphasize that his new housing legislation was part of a “collaborative” process with municipalities, with ample room for “cooperation” and “negotiation” with mayors and local councils over housing targets
Rob Shaw: Don’t be surprised if Surrey transitions back to the RCMP

Rob Shaw: Don’t be surprised if Surrey transitions back to the RCMP

There’s an old axiom in politics: The voters are never wrong. That goes doubly so in Surrey, where voters comprise one of the most important blocks of support in B.C. politics. As Surrey goes, quite often, so does the government.