During January 2016, CityHallWatch had a regular spot on Roundhouse Radio with host Kirk LaPointe. We covered key topics from City Council, Park Board, and sometimes School Board meetings, plus current civic affairs. Randy Helten and/or Stephen Bohus are on the show for CityHallWatch.
Listen to 98.3 FM radio or online by streaming audio. Clips are listed below (partial list, more to be added).
3-Oct-2016 (Mon) 7:30 pm
Topics: (1) The Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Regional District) board of directors considered a resolution to seek provincial approval for a legal name change to “Metro Vancouver Regional District.” We talk about the back story and implications of this quasi-governmental organization that spends just under a billion dollars of tax money per year. (2) City of Vancouver has initiated a public consultation process for the 2017 year and 2017 – 2021 (five year) operating and capital budgets, at about $1.5 billion per year. Bottom line: Citizens should get involved.
19-Sep-2016 (Mon) 7 pm (note new days/times starting this month)
Topic: CityHallWatch joins Kirk to discuss the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan and Related Rezonings, General reforms still needed at Vancouver City Hall, and Metro Vancouver’s public input due Oct 1 to review 5 year regional growth strategy. (2 parts)
(A couple dates in August need to be added.)
Topic: Grandview Woodland Community Plan, which goes to City Council July 26 and 27. CityHallWatch’s Stephen Bohus, with guests Ram Joubin and Kathleen Piovesan of the Grandview Woodland Renters’ Action Group.
- Statement “No Neighbourhood Plan Without a Renters’ Plan”
No NeighbourhoodPlanwithoutaRentersPlan_Signed_July252016 (PDF)
- See also GWAC (Grandview-Woodland Area Council) position on the draft plan:
With guest David Vaisbord, hyper-local documentary maker regarding “Little Mountain” mega development by Holborn Group beside Queen Elizabeth Park, involving the demolition of social housing, tragic destruction of the community, many years of delay, and now the rezoning public hearing scheduled for July 19.
References: Documentary website http://littlemountainproject.com/
Public hearing – http://council.vancouver.ca/20160719/phea20160719ag.htm
Park Board and City Council Agendas this week, featuring Zero Emissions Building Plan, rezonings, etc.
Follow-up on Information and Privacy Commissioner’s report on audit of City of Vancouver practices
City core plan, empty house tax, and Council meetings in YOUR neighbourhood.
Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan and Related Rezonings
Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre Renewal
Topics: Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan and Related Rezonings, Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre Renewal proposal, and Playland Redevelopment Plan. Related post: https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/city-council-park-board-preview-june-13/
Topic: Comments on Condo King Bob Rennie’s 14th annual (and final) address to the Urban Development Institute on June 2, 2016.
Topics: (1) “Gong show” of the May 24 public hearing which was adjourned when four Councillors walked out in protest, (2) reports to Council today on the hundreds of millions of dollars in Development Cost Levies (DCLs) and Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) paid by developers, and (3) an approved Park Board motion to look at creating more outdoor pools. Click here for a more complete list of Council topics this week.
Kirk LaPointe speaks with Randy Helten of City Hall Watch, and Quentin Wright, Executive Director of Mole Hill Housing Society, regarding threats to this heritage block in Vancouver’s West End.
Council meetings. Towing fees going up. Housing report, and more.
Helten with guest Rob Howitson regarding the fight to keep an open playing field in the East Fraserlands.
With Randy Helten and Stephen Bohus on this week’s Park Board and Council agendas. Election campaign finance rules, financial reporting of City of Vancouver and Mayor’s Office, plus Park Board policy on synthetic playing fields.