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In 2010, Vancouver had fewer than half the number of murders

In 2010, Vancouver had fewer than half the number of murders than it had in 2009.  There were nine homicides within Vancouver’s city limits, down from 19 killings the previous year.

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“Perhaps it was my silk dress or the new perfume I’ve been

“Perhaps it was my silk dress or the new perfume I’ve been wearing lately. When I asked Suzanne Anton what her New Year’s resolution was, she

New Year’s Eve coverage a sign of things to come

Laments about New Year's Eve celebrations were bound to be negative regardless of what direction the City of Vancouver decided to move towards.

Happy New Year to

Technical Problems

Due to unreliable tech support, CivicScene has been down for the past few days.  I am spending time recovering files and archives, and will be back and fully

Back January 3

I am taking a holiday break, and as such have lapsed on posts over the holiday.  I will be back with regularly scheduled pontifications on January 3.  Happy

Vancouver City Pay for electeds completely out of whack with workload, rest of country

City Hall provides some amazing pay and benefits for staff, but the elected officials don't exactly enjoy the same standard.

A paltry pay increase to the

“In the past two years, we have made incredible progress on

“In the past two years, we have made incredible progress on homelessness, whether it is opening new shelters throughout Vancouver or starting construction

UFC 127 in Sydney sold out in 30 minutes, equalling the UFC

UFC 127 in Sydney sold out in 30 minutes, equalling the UFC record set earlier this year by UFC 115 in Vancouver.

The speed of the 127 sales means

Quick hits

Last week I took a much needed break – partially as I mentioned because of a computer melt down, and partially because of a fatigue of pontificating. 

Computer troubles and holiday doubles force Civicscene break

Hi all. I had a computer blow up on me this week with data recovery costing me a pretty penny, and then the Christmas party circuit has

Political games trump gender equity spin by Robertson, Mackinnon

The dynamic duo is at it again, and this time, they are using gender politics as their latest form of attack.

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Tim Louis prefers empty promises

Tim Louis has his facts wrong on the accomplishments made by the current City Council on social housing.

Yesterday, former COPE Councillor Tim Louis wrote an op-ed

A quick statement of advice for the NDP

Everyone within the party needs to give up their bitterness and get on with the task at hand.

Over the past few days, I have seen a real outpouring

Christy Clark is in the race, and proves to be formidable immediately

Christy Clark had a very powerful and impressive performance this morning.

A few thoughts from Christy Clark’s announcement from this morning:

  • Her campaigns theme as someone who has escaped

The NPA’s contrary and offensive position on school closures

NPA School Board Trustee Ken Denike thinks that public consulation is a waste of money.

Due to the fact that the NPA continues to stand for nothing,

Today’s topics

I am out for a morning meeting, but will be back with 3 posts later in the day, including a commentary on the NPA’s flexible positioning on the

Christy Clark to announce within days; campaign pulls in top Coleman operative

Christy Clark is expected to formally enter the leadership race Tuesday or Wednesday.

Christy Clark was poised to enter the leadership race either Tuesday or Wednesday, although after

Is she gone?

Is Carole going to resign?

UPDATE: Yup.

Caucus staff have bolted to Victoria.  Carole James has announced that she will be speaking in 18 minutes in a press

“It will certainly be publicly released–there’s no question

“It will certainly be publicly released–there’s no question about that. But I don’t think I gave you a sense of timing on that. The answer is, I don’t

Stuart MacKinnon and Ian Robertson prove their transparent politics

Mackinnon was on the horn last night, while Robertson didn't even bother to show up - much like this picture from the Kerrisdale Community Centre.

An inch

Stuart MacKinnon and Ian Robertson prove their transparent politics

Mackinnon was on the horn last night, while Robertson didn't even bother to show up - much like this picture from the Kerrisdale Community Centre.

An inch

Interesting tidbits from Richmond

Is Dave Semple, the General Manager of the City of Richmond’s Parks & Recreation, itching to run as a candidate for City Council in next year’s election? 

BC NDP dissidents to make major announcement in the next hour?

UPDATE: Not who I expected to open up the floodgates – because the ones that were gleeful are still itching for their spotlight – but this is

Comments on the Justason poll

UPDATE: Barb Justason tears a strip off of Mike Klassen from City Caucus for his misleading headline about her poll’s findings.

I would like to offer

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Christy Clark to announce candidacy the week of December 6th

The campaign has been successful - Clark is set to announce the start of her leadership bid the week after next.

CivicScene has just received word

Caucus peace one of the hallmarks of Vision’s success

These wo former competitors have since formed a strong working relationship within City Hall, giving Vision peace within the caucus.

The landscape of BC politics right now is

According to Vision Vancouver, at the peak of last night’s

According to Vision Vancouver, at the peak of last night’s first telephone town hall, there were over 20,000 participants on the

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