The morning was cold as the arrival of autumn was bringing with it low overnight temperatures. I sipped my coffee, thinking about the coming winter and our local street people.
Laila Yuile , City Hall
Laila Yuile is an independent writer, blogger and political commentator.
Some civic issues don’t take a vacation — even during a long, hot summer.
On one of our frequent trips to a Surrey Public Library branch, I had time to pass while family members were enjoying a free Learn to Minecraft program. As I sat with my book at a table within view of the librarian, I admired how she happily dealt with the never-ending stream of requests for help.
In the aftermath of last weekend’s damaging windstorm, the event is being heralded as a wake- up call — and rightly so. But looking back through the years since I’ve lived on the coast, I have to ask how many ‘wake-up calls’ do people need before they actually do something to prepare?
Driving back from Tsawwassen on a very warm day, the strong breeze blowing across the road contained more than just the scent of the ocean.
With most city halls on break for the month of August, stories at the civic level are few and far between and it’s a perfect time to take a deeper look at some of the ongoing issues impacting residents.
With all the pet projects, contentious developments and questionable spending happening in cities across Metro Vancouver, it’s a rare day I find myself feeling sympathetic for local mayors and councils.
During a recent heat wave, I tweeted a photo with the comment of how grateful I was for the shade of the mature trees over an entire playground. While the photo looking up at small rays of sun peeking through interlocked tree branches overhead wasn’t remarkable, the response to it was.
A headline caught my eye, but not because of the heated language used by a civic politician — it was the resurrection the mega-homes issue in Richmond.
George Carlin once said, “Scratch any cynic and you’ll find a disappointed idealist.” And I admit, after my high hopes were squashed like Vancouver Coun. Adriane Carr’s motion for financial reform of Vancouver elections — I was definitely disappointed.
Since taking on the City Hall column and paying greater attention to municipal affairs across the region, there is one concern readers have shared with me that is common to every city in Metro Vancouver.
In the iconic movie Field of Dreams, farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice whispering every time he walks through his corn field: “If you build it, he will come.”
If you’ve ever played roulette, you might have heard the old phrase describing the popular game of chance: “Round and round and round it goes, where it stops, nobody knows.”
When it comes to important numbers to remember, here are a few you should file away for posterity — 23, $5.8 million and 44.7.
When it comes to civic affairs, the big city politics in Vancouver and Surrey often dominate the news, leaving smaller municipalities largely exempt from public scrutiny. Yet small city politics are no less compelling.
As voting closed in the transit plebiscite, the numbers surprised many.
Over the last two years of writing the Duel, the lack of accountability in government at every level has come up often. But as prior City Hall writers have discovered, there’s never a lack of material when it comes to civic politics.
A heaping dose of irony filled me as I contemplated my first civic affairs column because well-known real estate marketer Bob Rennie was on the radio telling young Vancouverites to forget ever owning a single-family home in the city.
After 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule in Alberta, the NDP swept to victory to form a majority government.
Does the BC Court of Appeals ruling in favour of the provincial government over the BCTF vindicate Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberals?