Governance & Politics
September 19, 2018

The most exciting election event of the year!

Next to election night. 


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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Well, party people — this is the week we slip in under the 30-day countdown to the BC-wide municipal elections.

Vancouverites will soon get their first look at the new, random order ballot, which will benefit some; for others, a high rank may not make much difference, due to the lack of a suffix after their name. Party brand.

Does it matter this election? Is it reasonable for policies and personalities alone to outshine party affiliations?

We’ve been trying to figure that out by asking four independent council candidates a series of questions — on housing (Part I), transportation (Part II), and their decisions to run for public office (Part III).

Today — in a nutshell, why should we care about them as candidates?

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There’s a storm of a different kind brewing in East Delta where the palpable stench of the  Enviro-Smart Recycling Facility at 4295 72nd Street somehow was allowed to be constructed on arable farm land which should have been protected under the Agricultural Land Reserve. That land has been loaded with mountainous tons of material (including green waste from the City of Richmond) and the scent it emits is off-putting.

If you ever are driving on Highway 17, you will know where this facility is by  exit 13 with a smell like offal and of course the preponderance of eagles that have found the location a good place to pluck their prey.  For local residents, it is not only an eyesore, but the scent is overwhelming.

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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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Yesterday, Part I of our exit interview with District of North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton covered issues demonstrating the typical range of concerns acknowledged by mayors in other cities.

Such as the appearance of traffic backups from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge to Lower Lonsdale in 2012, within days of the opening of the Port Mann Bridge…25 kilometres away. The critical, cross-jurisdictional piece of North Shore infrastructure that he believes everyone has forgotten about. And the reasons why mistrust and resentment are brewing away in one District community, on the basis of new developments, lack of housing affordability, and traffic.

Check it out, and read Part II below — on North Van being caught in the missing middle, on engaging the community on change, and what that change may need to look like in the near future.

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