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On October 20th, 2018, Vancouverites will vote in a new mayor, city council, park board and school board. This is a change election, in the midst of Vancouver’s worst housing crisis. With a fractured right and a divided left, CiTR’s News Collective brings you unique coverage of the issues and individuals seeking office. Seeking Office is available for download on iTunes, Stitcher or where ever you get your podcasts..
 
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.On June 25th, council voted down a townhouse re-development application at 4575 Granville Street. In the wake of council's decision, the applicant has indicated that they plan to build a large house on the lot in ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.On Tuesday June 11th, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed several measures designed to improve renter protections. In a tweet that same day, Mayor Kennedy Stewart described the measures as, “Canada's broade ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.The Bloedel Conservatory turns 50 this year. Perched at the highest point in Vancouver, this triodetic dome is home to hundreds of tropical birds and plants. In this special episode of Seeking Office, a woman nam ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.On Monday, April 29th, Vancouver City Council narrowly voted to shift 2% of the tax burden from businesses to residential property owners. Green Councillor Pete Fry was vocal about his uncertainty over whether or ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.After an SFU housing panel on Tuesday, April 23rd, B.C.'s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, speaks with CiTR reporter Alex de Boer about how her government is attempting to de-commodify ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.In Kitsilano, residents are fiercely protective of neighborhood character. Many say a five-storey apartment set to be built at 1805 Larch Street threatens that character. The project is being proposed under the C ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.Do city councillors or city staff run Vancouver? This episode examines recent tensions between councillors and the City Manager, and looks into how much, if any bias guides staff when advising council.…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.On February 26th, City Council passed a Rental 100 development at 1906-1918 West 4th Avenue. Initially, an amendment to add vacancy control to this development was added and passed in a 6-5 vote, but then a re-vo ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.Following a two-day public hearing, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved a rezoning application that will allow the construction of a detox centre and mixed-rate rental housing on a on a block of land betw ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.Since the 1960s, the development of rental housing in Vancouver has been in decline. Vancouver's Rental 100 policy is a response to that decline. Since its implementation in 2012 there has been a notable increase ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.On Monday, February 4th, New Westminster City Council unanimously passed an innovative new renter-protection bylaw. City Councillor Jaimie McEvoy explains why this bylaw is the next best thing to vacancy control ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.On January 30th, Vancouver City Council voted to extend the Broadway corridor subway line all the way to UBC. Veteran city hall reporter Frances Bula explains the significance of all three Green Councillors votin ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office — At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.On January 15th, Vancouver City Council passed two new developments at 2230 Harrison Drive and 3532 East Hastings. The project at 3532, was passed under a housing policy known as "Rental 100." Rental 100 incent ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office — At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.Vancouver City Council approved the $1.5 billion 2019 budget on Tuesday, December 18th, as well as a capital project budget of $371 million. The City's 2019 draft budget included a proposed 4.9% property tax ra ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is At-Large — innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.On Wednesday, December 12th, Vancouver City Council passed a motion to request that the provincial government withdraw a tax on properties valued at over three million dollars — currently referred to as the "School Tax." In this episode, City Councillor ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is At-Large — innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.On Tuesday, December 4th, Vancouver City Council voted on a motion put forward by COPE City Councillor Jean Swanson. The motion — which aimed to enhance renter rights — passed unanimously, but with significant amendments. The passed motion was interpret ...…
 
From CiTR's News Collective, this is At-Large — innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver.On Wednesday, November 14th, the News Collective went to Vancouver City Hall to cover a rally in support of Councillor Jean Swanson's first two motions before council. The motions propose to end renovictions and support the construction of 100% social h ...…
 
Vancouver's 2018 municipal election results are in. Besides mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart, not a single independent candidate was elected to Council, Park Board or School Board. Additionally, eight seats of our ten seat city council have been filled by women, but only one of our ten councillors identifies as a visible minority.So what happened to ...…
 
Many UBC students live in Vancouver and will be eligible to vote on October 20th. So what are the issues that matter most to them? In this episode students at UBC's Point Grey campus share their perspectives on Vancouver's 2018 municipal election. And two of those students — Taq Bhandal and Abubakar Khan — are doing more than voting. Find out w ...…
 
Polling done by Research Co. finds that Kennedy Stewart is winning in the race to be Vancouver's next mayor. In second place is the NPA's Ken Sim and in third is independent candidate Shauna Sylvester. With Stewart and Sylvester both positioned centre-left, there is concern that progressive Vancouverites are feeling pressure to vote for Stewart ...…
 
On October 20th, Vancouverites from every neighborhood head to the polls to elect ten at-large councillors and one mayor — every neighborhood except one. West of Blanca street, there are 15,000 permanent residents and 12,000 students who can’t vote for park board, city council, or mayor. The CBC's Justin McElroy draws from his own reporting to ...…
 
Vancouver municipal party OneCity, has endorsed independent candidate Kennedy Stewart for mayor. OneCity council candidate Christine Boyle explains some of the subtle differences between her party and Vancouver's other left-most party COPE, as well as why OneCity chose to endorse Kennedy Stewart, rather than run their own mayoral candidate.…
 
The most recent poll published by Research Co. found that Vancouverites have more confidence in the Green Party and independent candidates than any other party or group. We discuss how these results relate to B.C.'s new campaign finance limits and the past decade of Vision Vancouver rule with Research Co. president, Mario Canseco.…
 
Will increasing supply solve both Vancouver's housing crisis and its social woes? Yes, Vancouver's Hector Bremner thinks so. With reporting from Yes, Vancouver's July 28th Candidate Selection Meeting, we put Hector's fiscally conservative, socially liberal strategy to UBC economics professor Kevin Milligan for comment.…
 
There's been a lot of buzz about the new billboards promoting Hector Bremner. And mysteriously, the group who paid for them, hasn't been answering phone calls or emails.What level of transparency are third party advertisers required to provide to the public? And what defines a "third party"? In this episode we discuss the significance B.C.'s ne ...…
 
Average-citizen-turned-election-expert Ian Bushfield has been graphing and tallying Vancouver's municipal parties and candidates through open-source information sharing and public survey. In this episode, Ian talks about his participatory research methods and provides an overview of Vancouver's increasingly complex, 2018 civic election.…
 
Vancouver's Civic GovernmentVancouver isn’t like other major Canadian cities. Unlike the majority of Canada, Vancouver has political parties at the local level and elects councillors to the city at-large, as opposed to specific wards, or geographic areas. And both of these unusual civic features relate and perpetuate one another. So why is Vanc ...…
 
Jean Swanson recently served four days in prison for breaking a court injunction on Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby tank farm facility. Jean speaks with CiTR's News Collective about her run for city council with Vancouver’s Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE), as well as how she plans to follow in Harry Rankin’s footsteps as an “activist-councillor.”…
 
Wondering what Wai Young's Coalition Vancouver wants to do besides remove bike lanes? The News Collective gets a preview of this new civic group's housing plan and learns about its self-described centrist values from Coalition Vancouver president and former NPA board member, Peter Labrie. This episode also contains a five minute bonus interview ...…
 
This interview was originally broadcast as part of Democracy Watch on CiTR 101.9 FM. It has been edited for clarity.This April, ProVancouver joined an already crowded race for office in Vancouver's 2018 civic election. ProVancouver, lead by mayoral candidate David Chen, aspires to build strong communities, increase rental housing and improve tr ...…
 
A History of Vision Vancouver It’s 2018—election year. For the past decade, centre-left party Vision Vancouver has held a majority on council and the mayor’s seat. This term, Vision is running a new slate of young and diverse candidates, with few incumbents. It’s clear that Vision is changing. But aside from becoming more diverse, what are they ...…
 
In advance of Vancouver's municipal election, a motion passed in council to randomize the order of candidates listed on voting ballots. This episode features political scientist and University of Calgary professor Jack Lucas who argues that rather than making voting fairer, Vancouver's newly randomized ballot actually creates a new set of advan ...…
 
This is an original report from Vancouver's Green Party election nomination meeting on June 27th. It includes an interview with incumbent Green city councillor, and potential de-facto mayor, Adriane Carr. This segment was originally broadcast on June 28th as part of CiTR's Democracy Watch.By CiTR 101.9FM.
 
Kennedy Stewart is Burnaby-South's NDP Member of Parliament. He's also running to be Vancouver's next mayor. Although Stewart is leading in the polls, he has received repeated criticism for his failure to speak out against mass demovictions happening in his own federal riding. CiTR's Alex de Boer speaks with Burnaby affordable housing activist ...…
 
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