Notorious Quotations

… from the Vision Vancouver Era (2008-2018)

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Last update: 25 July 2018


         Date:  8 December 2008
       Person:  Gregor Robertson
    Quotation:  I decided to run for the office of mayor to end street homelessness
                in Vancouver. [See also: "End street homelessness by 2015" —
                caption in Vision Vancouver written platform]
      Setting:  Inaugural address
        Topic:  Homelessness in Vancouver
       Source:  Allen Garr. Street homeless numbers decline. Vancouver Courier
                (27 May 2011) 8
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  10 December 2008
       Person:  Gregor Robertson
    Quotation:  We have a great opportunity right now with the big shift in the
                political winds to do things differently at City Hall
      Setting:  Vancouver neighborhoods event at Heritage Hall
        Topic:  New era
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  16 January 2009
       Person:  Raymond Louie
    Quotation:  The only thing you can attach myself to is the ultimate vote
                because I voted against the completion guarantee. I was against
                the completion guarantee, remembering that even if you move a
                motion, you can vote against the motion.
      Setting:  Newspaper interview
        Topic:  Secret completion guarantee for Fortress loan to Olympic
                Village developer Millennium
       Source:  Jeff Lee. Louie on the loan. Vancouver Sun (16 Jan 2009) A1
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  16 June 2009
       Person:  Geoff Meggs
    Quotation:  The consultation was the election and this is the delivery
      Setting:  City Council
        Topic:  Establishment of Short Term Incentives for Rental program
                Joseph Jones. The ugly story of Short Term Incentives for Rental.
                Vancouver Media Co-op (26 Aug 2010)
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  31 October 2009
       Person:  Andrea Reimer
    Quotation:  Thinking about introducing a motion requiring police to pick up
                Minister Coleman next time he's in Vancouver and drop him off
                at Jenny Craig
      Setting:  Personal tweet
        Topic:  Rich Coleman's Assistance to Shelter Act
       Source:  CBC British Columbia
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  25 January 2010
       Person:  Bob Rennie
    Quotation:  Nobody wants to admit it, but Vancouver has become a resort
                city where rich foreigners live a few months per year …
                It's a $6-billion ad buy. There's never been anything like it.
                It will change Vancouver, forever.
      Setting:  Newspaper interview
        Topic:  2010 Winter Olympics
       Source:  Miro Cernetig. The views from on high are nice, but not
                many can afford them. Vancouver Sun (25 Jan 2010) A1
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  20 May 2010
       Person:  Bob Rennie
    Quotation:  And then there is also mainland China the wealth of this
                demographic is unprecedented and I do not think that any of
                us really understand it
      Setting:  Annual speech to Urban Development Institute
        Topic:  Vancouver real estate
       Source:  Speaking notes
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  8 July 2010
       Person:  Gregor Robertson
    Quotation:  Who are all these fuckin' … who are these hacks man?
                Are they, they NPA hacks?
      Setting:  City Council
        Topic:  Formation of Mayor's West End Advisory Committee
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  8 July 2010
       Person:  Heather Deal
    Quotation:  Democracy cubed
      Setting:  City Council
        Topic:  Formation of Mayor's West End Advisory Committee
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  13 September 2010
       Person:  Gregor Robertson
    Quotation:  You can be critical of lots of regimes around the world and
                you can question how worthwhile democracy is in a lot of countries
                right now … That's where you see the Chinese government
                taking radical, dramatic action in investing in turning the ship
                around and you don't see that in Western governments right now,
                democratically elected, because they're afraid.
      Setting:  Interview from Shanghai, broadcast on CBC Monday [13 Sept 2010]
        Topic:  Effective government in China
       Source:  Frances Bula. For Vancouver mayor, China makes a green leap forward.
                Globe and Mail (14 Sept 2010) S1
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  25 May 2011
       Person:  Bob Rennie
    Quotation:  You're not curing anything, except you are being racist. /
                Yet we're all paying attention to these girls, they're holding up
                banners, and wanting affordability to be a party game.
      Setting:  Interview
        Topic:  Restricting large external capital influx into #vanre /
                The #donthave1million hashtag campaign for affordable housing
       Source:  Ian Young. Is Vancouver's condo king calling the shots on the city's
                affordability strategy? Really? The Hongcouver
                South China Morning Post (28 May 2015)
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  15 June 2011
       Person:  Heather Deal
    Quotation:  Contingency plans upon contingency plans upon contingency plans
      Setting:  Radio interview
        Topic:  City of Vancouver preparedness for Stanley Cup playoff
       Source:  Jessica Werb. Hours before the Vancouver riot, councillor Heather Deal
                was touting city's preparedness Georgia Straight (17 June 2011)
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  16 June 2011
       Person:  Jim Chu (Chief Constable)
    Quotation:  But even with those assets in place, our city was still
                vulnerable to a number of young men and women disguised
                as Canuck fans who were actually criminals and anarchists.
      Setting:  Media statement
        Topic:  Stanley Cup playoff hockey riot
       Source:  Written statement from Vancouver Police Department
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  22 June 2013
       Person:  Heather Deal
    Quotation:  The carnage after a wonderful dinner hosted by the
                City of Halifax
      Setting:  Personal tweet
        Topic:  Photo of lobster feast aftermath
       Source:  Peter O'Neil. B.C. civic leaders can't compete with Quebec's
                when it comes to their bad-boy political image.
                Vancouver Sun (22 June 2013) A6
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  19 August 2013
       Person:  Kerry Jang
    Quotation:  Well, you know, affordable housing is something that
                somebody can afford
      Setting:  Radio interview
        Topic:  Housing affordability
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  21 August 2013
       Person:  Daniel Fontaine (Chief of Staff for Mayor Sam Sullivan)
    Quotation:  The reality is that if you remove from the political picture the
                civic party that created EcoDensity and the one that is currently
                putting that program on steroids, voters have few political options
                to halt the current pace of development.
      Setting:  Opinion column
        Topic:  EcoDensity
       Source:  Daniel Fontaine. EcoDensity on steroids triggers neighborhood
                opposition. 24 Hours Vancouver (21 Aug 2013)
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  10 October 2014
       Person:  Ian Gillespie
    Quotation:  It is racism. Maybe I shouldn't say that. It's small thinking.
      Setting:  Interview
        Topic:  Investment in #vanre
       Source:  Ian Marlow / Brent Jang. Vancouver's real estate boom: The rising
                price of 'heaven.' Globe and Mail (10 Oct 2014)
        Added:  March 2018

         Date:  10 November 2014
       Person:  Scot Hein
    Quotation:  We absolutely did not support towers outside the focused "Safeway
                Precinct". We were instructed to put this plan (in our view based
                on thoughtful urban design best practice) in the drawer never to
                see the light of day. We were then "told" by senior management to
                prepare a maximum tower scheme which we produced under protest as
                we declared we did not support such an uninformed approach for the
                GW neighbourhood. Our next plan yielded 20 towers which was advanced
                to the decision makers (I cannot confirm who saw this plan).
      Setting:  Comment on blog entry
        Topic:  Tower planning for Broadway & Commercial site
       Source:  Vision: The end of the residential highrise?
        Added:  February 2018

         Date:  12 November 2014
       Person:  Gregor Robertson
    Quotation:  I want to start with a message to voters directly and that's that I
                have heard you. While we have done a lot of good things very well in
                the past six years, there's also some things we haven't done
                particularly well. And for those, in particular, when I haven't met
                your expectations, I am sorry. And I know that if I'm re-elected again
                … that I can do better.
      Setting:  CBC debate
        Topic:  Three days ahead of 2014 Vancouver municipal election
       Source:  Mike Howell. Robertson pleads with COPE voters. Vancouver Courier 
                (14 Nov 2014) A4
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  2 November 2015
       Person:  1: Gregor Robertson 
       Person:  2: Bob Ransford
    Quotation:  1: This can't be about race, it can't be about dividing people
    Quotation:  2: The danger is intolerance, racism, singling out certain groups
                    of people — saying that they are to blame for this
      Setting:  News report
        Topic:  Andy Yan research on foreign ownership and house prices
       Source:  Vancouver foreign ownership research prompts cries of racism in hot
                housing market CBC News (2 Nov 2015)
        Added:  February 2018

         Date:  2 August 2016
       Person:  Gregor Robertson
    Quotation:  We commit to 100% welfare/pension rate community-controlled
                social housing at 58 W Hastings, working with the community
                to develop a rezoning application to proceed to Council
                by the end of June 2017
      Setting:  After Carnegie Centre meeting
        Topic:  58 West Hastings development site
       Source:  Stefania Seccia. Homelessness: a state of emergency.
                Megaphone Magazine (17 Apr 2017)
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  28 November 2017
       Person:  Gregor Robertson
    Quotation:  But it's hit us like a ton of bricks
      Setting:  Newspaper interview
        Topic:  Impact of offshore money in local real estate
       Source:  Dan Fumano. Global money hit Vancouver real estate 'like a ton
                of bricks,' Robertson says. Vancouver Sun (28 Nov 2017)
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  28 January 2018
       Person:  Raymond Louie
    Quotation:  That's what we've always said. Vision is the party that had
                stretched across party lines and that's the reason it was
                formed to begin with.
      Setting:  Newspaper interview
        Topic:  Vision Vancouver electoral strategy for 2018
       Source:  Dan Fumano. With big changes coming to city hall, candidates
                talk collaboration. Vancouver Sun (28 Jan 2018)
        Added:  January 2018

         Date:  25 March 2018
       Person:  Ian Gillespie
    Quotation:  I didn't buy it to speculate
      Setting:  Newspaper story
        Topic:  Fast big profit on West End land assembly
       Source:  David Ebner. $105-million real estate deal reveals hot Vancouver
                market’s inner workings. Globe and Mail (25 Mar 2018)
        Added:  March 2018

         Date:  1 April 2018
       Person:  Gregor Robertson
    Quotation:  I will seek a fourth term as #Vancouver's mayor due to the
                disastrous line up of declared candidates. Can't let our incredible
                city be governed by nincompoops. #pleasedontmakemedothis
                #itstimeforourfirstwomanmayor #vanpoli
      Setting:  Tweet
        Topic:  Running for Mayor in 2018
       Source:  Gregor Robertson tweet (4:09 am on 1 Apr 2018)
        Added:  July 2018

         Date:  24 July 2018
       Person:  Gregor Robertson
    Quotation:  It would be good to see, if people are really concerned about the
                view corridor from Cambie Street, that there is activism and emotion
                from councillors to take down those traffic lights on tenth that
                are dramatically impacting the view corridor. I haven't seen activism
                on that stage, but they are a much bigger incursion than this
                tiny slice of building.
      Setting:  Vancouver City Council
        Topic:  Approval of view-cone-busting 400 foot tower at 777 Pacific Boulevard
       Source:  Sound file in Justin McElroy tweet (24 July 2018)
        Added:  July 2018



Written by eyeonnorquay

26 January 2018 at 12:00 am