Governance & Politics
September 19, 2018

The most exciting election event of the year!

Next to election night, that is.  


Last Candidate Standing turns the typical deate format on its head, allowing each and every party-affiliated and independent candidate a chance to take the stage and respond to questions on key local issues. It’s part politics, part game-show, and 100% fun.

The 2018 edition of Last Candidate Standing is being produced as a collaborative effort between the Vancouver Public Space Network, STAY Vancouver, Happy City, and SFU Public Square.

Because by-donation events like this routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. The Imperial Theatre will have plenty of standing room, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Imperial Theatre, 319 Main Street


erved basis. Please arrive early if you would like a seat!

6 – 10 pm*

* Start and finish times may be adjusted in the lead-up to the event and we’ll be providing ticket holders with an update regarding event times approximately one-week prior to the event.

Tickets are now available, by donation, via Eventbrite.


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From bclocalnews:

“There was something about Vancouver’s abomination that stood out. Maybe it was the sad guy in the white shirt. Maybe it was the ugly jersey barrier. Maybe it was just the desolation,” wrote Gersh Kuntzman of Streetsblog.

The Pitt Meadows bus stop nominated as the “sorriest” in North America has won that dubious distinction. In a contest of online voting, the stop along the Lougheed Highway’s westbound lane, just before the Pitt River Bridge, got the most “support.”

The contest was put on by

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This housing complex being erected by the City on Larwill Park (presumed site of the new Art Gallery and office tower) will, with 98 units, be the largest modular housing for the homeless so far.  (More here.)

Modular housing is coming of age.  With no pretense of being architecturally significant, it nonetheless fits in, especially among the residential towers that typify the style of our time.  Indeed, it’s a good example of the importance of the ‘missing middle’ – low- and medium-rise development that offers a horizontal relief to the excesses of the vertical city.  More importantly, it provides a place for people whose only alternative is the street itself.


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The Sun’s previous civic affairs reporter Jeff Lee (still missing your columns, Jeff) weighed in with a comment on this story: pre-campaigning attack ads under scrutiny.  Turns out he agrees (forcefully) with Ken Ohrn’s take on Hector Bremner’s dis-ingenuousness.

Jeff Lee

It is specious in the extreme for politicians and their election teams to say they don’t know who has undertaken expensive advertising on their behalf. For Bremner to say he did not know means he’s getting bad advice. Transparency is critical if you expect people to place trust in you and vote for you. Having covered Vancouver politics for better than two decades (and now retired from it) I am always amazed at how people wanting the keys to City Hall make such dumb mistakes. Read more »

This five-part series by John Whistler on local election financing is a good example of the kind of coverage Price Tags aims to increase: well-researched analysis by knowledgeable insiders, regardless of political persuasion.  While we’ll be counting on voluntary contributions from people like John, we’d also like to commission more investigations and analyses of interest to people like you – readers of PT.  You can help by making a contribution.  


John has been active in election campaigns for over 15 years and has served as a financial agent for the Green Party at the federal, provincial and local levels. Currently he is the Treasurer of the Green Party of Vancouver, the Secretary of the Vancouver Pride Society and Treasurer of Pedal Society.

This is the first posting of a series about how the BC Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) will impact the upcoming elections.

This posting describes the historical context.




And how to do it.

Campaign financing regulations are often a forgotten component of the many factors that impact election campaigns and the democratic processes. Or debate centres around a few central issues, such as who can contribute and how much. It has been said “the devil is in the details” and this applies to LECFA.

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The temperature is going up.  As the election approaches and the City moves towards a ‘Making Room’ rezoning in traditional neighbourhoods, positions are hardening.

On one hand, a desire to take change slow (if not stop it outright), reflected in the columns of Elizabeth Murphy in The Sun, especially her latest: “city hall is slamming through destructive new zoning.

The city’s consultants confirmed as far back as 2014 that there is more than enough existing zoned capacity to meet population growth beyond 2041. Yet the city continues a manic rush to rezone.

The most recent example is the rushed rezoning of Kitsilano RT7/RT8, Cedar Cottage RT10 and all the RS zones citywide of 68,000 properties, all without public consultation. The public hearing for all of this is coming Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. 

But there’s another constituency, rarely if ever heard until recently, that insists these changes are not ambitious enough.  Some of them composed an open letter to Council to spell out what they mean and what they want.  Here it is:


Comments to the proposed Amendments to the Zoning and Development By­law for Most RS Zones to Allow Two-­Family Dwellings (Duplexes) to Increase Housing Choice

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From The Urbanarium

Two years ago, Urbanarium hosted Gil Kelley’s first public lecture as Vancouver’s new Chief Planner.

Building on that conversation, Urbanarium in partnership with the City of Vancouver, is convening an unprecedented dialogue between the top planners of four major West Coast cities.

Join us at the Vancouver Playhouse on September 20th for this exciting conversation on challenges, big moves, and new directions facing our cities and communities.

5.30pm Doors Open/Check-in
5.30 – 6.30pm Networking and No Host Bar
6.30 – 8.00pm Talk and Q+A
8.00 – 9.00pm Reception

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