Election 2014 Vancouver
The primary concern of Eye on Norquay is to see the best possible planning happen for Norquay in particular (as well as for other individual Vancouver neighborhoods). In consequence, little gets said directly about municipal electoral politics in Vancouver. But experience has shown that politicians and their lockstep administrators determine a great deal of what planners do.
With this circumstance in mind, a tabulation follows, of six ballot selections and recommendations. The views of these individuals and groups have clear and extensive connection to the local community unhappiness that has exploded across Vancouver during the past decade.
In part, this exercise in tabulation results from hearing other unhappy Vancouver residents asking how to vote. This approach meshes with not feeling inclined to express publicly any personal perceptions beyond issuing a call to Break the Bloc. Almost anyone who has spoken to Vancouver City Council in recent years feels dismayed at how done-deal all of the “deliberations” seem to be.
Since 2008, the primary bloc has consisted of a solid Vision Vancouver majority that routinely rams its projects through, with almost no consideration or respect shown to the many persons who attempt to raise valid concerns. Majority status has bred extreme arrogance.
Beyond this party-control situation lies the great similarity between tweedledee Vision Vancouver and tweedledum NPA. Both of these two dominant parties are heavily funded by developers. The overarching and less visible bloc is the Vision Vancouver-NPA axis.
Three technical notes: (1) Some of these slate selections involve concepts of strategic voting and/or plumping. Strategic voting involves guesstimating probable vote counts and then seeking to push likely mid-range candidates upward into the group of ten who are elected. Plumping involves voting for fewer than the total allowed number in order to have more weight attach to the votes used. (2) Although candidates for Park Board and School Board are excluded from this listing, most of the sources identified at the end will lead to that information. (3) NSV bracketed fours — (4) — offer alternatives: any one of three candidates as a tenth choice for Council, either of two candidates for mayor.
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Vancouver City Council
George Affleck / NPA 2 4 5 6 R J Aquino / OneCity 1 3 Gregory Baker / NPA 4 Elizabeth Ball / NPA 4 5 6 Lisa Barrett / COPE 1 2 3 4 5 Cleta Brown / Green 1 2 3 4 5 Adriane Carr / Green 1 2 3 4 5 6 Glen Chernen / Cedar 3 Nicholas Chernen / Cedar 2 3 (4) 6 Heather Deal / Vision 2 Melissa DeGenova / NPA 6 Pete Fry / Green 1 2 3 4 5 6 Gayle Gavin / COPE 2 4 Keith Higgins / COPE (4) Tim Louis / COPE 3 4 5 6 Ken Low / NPA 2 6 Rob McDowell / NPA 2 3 6 Ian Robertson / NPA 3 (4) 5 6
Kirk LaPointe / NPA 1 2 3 (4) 6 Meena Wong / COPE (4) 5
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1 — Larry Benge
2 — A Better City
4 — NSV – Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver
5 — TEAM
6 — Ray Tomlin / VanRamblings