Demovictions in the Metrotown area of Burnaby have been in the news a lot this year. The Burnaby First Coalition in an opinion printed in “Burnaby Now” challenges five councillors to stop the demovictions and suggests how they could do it.
OPINION: How council can fix housing
Janice Beecroft , David Field , G. Bruce Friesen , L. Jey , Charter Lau , Heather Leung , Earl Pollitt , K. Theiss , Helen Ward and Y.L. Wong. / Burnaby Now
SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
– See more at: http://www.burnabynow.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-how-council-can-fix-housing-1.2355855
Our NDP-based BCA councillors have caused mass demoviction and are now even in denial that they have any power over zoning for rental housing. But a complaint to the B.C. Ombudsperson supported by the Burnaby First Coaltion (BFC) – Burnaby’s other civic party – has apparently forced them to follow the law and amend the Metrotown Community Plan.
Their draft plan finally reveals their unstated goal of wholesale destruction of the entire Maywood community, which means evictions for thousands more people, primarily lower-income families. We members and supporters of BFC suggest some practical tools available to BCA councillors.
Each councillor has the same single vote on rezoning applications as the mayor. Property owners only tear down existing buildings with council’s permission to rebuild. So any five of the eight BCA councillors can stop demoviction cold simply by voting “no” to supersize rezoning. Continue reading
Inspired by a post by North Van City Voices, we offer a similar one to our readers.
Do you wonder what your mayor and councillors are doing in Victoria this week at the annual convention of the Union of BC Municipalities?
Download the program here: http://www.ubcm.ca/assets/Convention/2016/2016~Documents/UBCM%20Convention%20Pocket%20Program.pdf
Read resolutions to be voted on here: http://www.ubcm.ca/assets/Resolutions~and~Policy/Resolutions/2016_UBCM_Resolutions.pdf
Follow it on Twitter at #UBCM and #UBCM2016.
More about the 2016 convention:
The UBCM does a lot of good, but we see it as having one big black mark from the past. The shift from three-year to a four-year cycle was facilitated by the UBCM in 2014, through very murky chain of events, and against public wishes. The UBCM was a tool that made municipal politicians, particularly the incumbents, less accountable to voters.
More about the UBCM, from website:
The UBCM was formed to provide a common voice for local government and this role is as important today as it was 100 years ago. The UBCM reflects the truth in the old adages “strength in numbers” and “united we stand – divided we fall”. Continue reading
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Originally posted on CityHallWatch: Tools to engage in Vancouver city decisions:
Vancouver citizen/activist Elvira Lount has shared with us (below, originally addressed to Jerry Dobrovolny – Director of Transportation) her compilation of information regarding input on surface materials for paths…