Category Archives: Georgia Straight

Regressive Property Surcharge – The Georgia Straight

B.C. property surtax undermines cities and affordability By Elizabeth Murphy, The Georgia Straight, June 14, 2018 The province of British Columbia introduced a property tax surcharge that is a substantial encroachment onto the municipal tax base. It is precedent-setting in how it … Continue reading

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Vancouver’s new Official Development Plan lacks public input, while Vision “engages” on city-wide block parties

by Elizabeth Murphy in the Georgia Straight

The city of Vancouver prepares to quietly approve the city-wide Official Development Plan without any public input prior to a referral to public hearing on June 11.

Meanwhile, the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force is released with great fanfare declaring the virtues of earlier public involvement in the planning process.

This proves George Orwell’s premise that governments will say one thing while they do the opposite.

Vision Vancouver is proposing city-wide block parties as a means to engage citizens, rather than including people in meaningful discussions on how they want their city to develop over the next 30 years.
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Vancouver schools in crisis

Heritage schools considered for partial or full demolition and replacement, sale, lease, or redevelopment by Elizabeth Murphy, Georgia Straight on Jun 21, 2011 Queen Mary Elementary School. The Vancouver school board is considering what to do with heritage schools across Vancouver. … Continue reading

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Liveable Region Strategic Plan replaced with Regional Growth Strategy

The following are a number of archive articles written for the Georgia Straight on the replacement of the Liveable Region Strategic Plan (LRSP) with the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS). Commentary » Metro Vancouver wants province to force Coquitlam to accept … Continue reading

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