Category Archives: Common Ground

BC Provincial Election

How big money corrupts politics BC’s Wild West of campaign funding needs reform   By Elizabeth Murphy Common Ground Magazine  April 2017 Of the corporate donations to the BC Liberals, the largest group among the top donors are property developers. The provincial government has … Continue reading

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Zoned Capacity – Grandview Plan

Housing affordability – Rush to Zone By Elizabeth Murphy, Common Ground Magazine, July 15, 2016 Grandview-Woodland slated for rezoning under the draft community plan is being rushed through for approval by City of Vancouver council before the end of July 2016, only … Continue reading

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Transit Funding

The unaffordable subway By Elizabeth Murphy, Common Ground Magazine, June 2016 Equivalent electric streetcar network deliverable for same cost of proposed Broadway Corridor subway (Prof. Patrick Condon, et al, 2008, “The case for the tram; learning from Portland, Sustainability by Design: An … Continue reading

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Federal funding for transit

Federal funding should support an accountable transit plan  By Elizabeth Murphy Common Ground Magazine  November 2015 Article Link As the new federal government considers going into debt to invest in transit, here are a few critical issues to consider. Transit needs … Continue reading

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Spin city – transit plebiscite

Scratching the surface of the plebiscite  By Elizabeth Murphy Common Ground Magazine  April 2015 Article Link Oakridge Mall redevelopment of 11 towers up to 45 storeys tall is an example of what the City has identified as potential development for the Broadway … Continue reading

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Vancouver City Green Policies:

Vision’s “Greenest City” mostly greenwash  By Elizabeth Murphy  Common Ground Magazine  August 2014 Edition Article Link The City of Vancouver’s Greenest City policy update was presented to council in July. Although there are some successes in the plan, the majority of … Continue reading

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