In democracy at the municipal level in Vancouver, the top two opportunities for citizens to directly get involved in decisions are (1) elections, which now occur every four years, in which voters elect their officials for City Council, and (2) public hearings, where elected officials on City Council are required by law to “hear” the public. We are therefore following this case closely with series of posts. The pieces of the puzzle may create a picture.
The video featured here is a press conference on May 25, 2016, the day after four City of Vancouver (BC) councillors walked out of a Public Hearing just before final voting on a rezoning. They say it was their last resort to protest what they felt was unfair and arbitrary action by the chair of the meeting. This may be unprecedented in Vancouver history. Implications of this event and its subsequent outcomes are profound. On May 31, City Council voided the Public Hearing, and June 23 was set as the date for a completely new one. See www.CityHallWatch.ca for details. Search for “3365 Commercial.”