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September 21, 2018

Jobs Jar — Digital Journalist, Vancouver

Wanna work for PostMedia in Vancouver?  HERE’S a chance.

The Vancouver Sun and The Province are seeking an experienced digital reporter with a strong background in data-driven reporting and visual journalism to join our talented newsroom team.

This reporter will be required to multi-task in a deadline-driven environment, collaborate with colleagues on rich multimedia content across departments, and assist with newsroom training. An ability to generate and pitch creative ideas aligned with our news brands is essential.


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We hope our series of independent Vancouver City Council candidate Q&As has been informative.

That said, these are just four of the 26 unaffiliated candidates in the race; to learn more about the others, check out this list from CBC, and then look up their websites and Twitter accounts; the City of Vancouver website gives no indication of independent status or party affiliation.

Even better? Candidates not covered by Price Tags to date are invited to Comment on any (or all) of Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, and this post. Why? Because your name will show up in the Comments feed on our homepage, and be seen by as many as 1,000 people on any given day.

The final question:

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More well-researched analysis by a knowledgeable insider.  We want to commission more investigations and analyses like this.  You can help by making a contribution.  


This is the third posting of five about how the BC Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) will impact the upcoming elections – from John Whistler, the Financial Agent for the Green Party of Vancouver.



This posting will look at the administrative complexity to manage the LECFA, which creates a nightmare for candidate and electoral organization financial agents. While many may not sympathize with the financial agent’s administrative burden, it results in counter-productive workarounds and public disclosure reports that are inconsistent and unreliable.

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In this penultimate post, diving deep into the positions and ideas of four independent candidates for Vancouver City Council, we get to the question that inspired this series in the first place.

Misconceptions. Coming into this final month, I wondered if independents would be especially prone to lost votes on the basis of critical misconceptions about their candidacy.

  • With Sarah Blyth, it was the idea that she would, now and forever, be identified with issues judged too  ‘uncomfortable’ for mainstream voters — such as the stigmas of drug addiction, homelessness, and life on the downtown east side.
  • For Adrian Crook, it’s the broken nomination process and infighting that drove this former NPA member out of the party, and into the housing fracas where he has somehow been saddled with a reputation for being a developer shill (quoth the Twitterverse: “Nevermoar!”).
  • Then there’s Françoise Raunet, former BC Green MLA candidate in a ‘damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t” bind — stay close to the Greens despite the lack of nomination, or disassociate herself from a party oft-accused of…not being very green?
  • Lastly, Taqdir (Taq) Kaur Bhandal, a virtual unknown at the age of 27, and pushing for ‘intersectional diversity’ — a still-obscure term, itself prone to misconception, and thus possibly too risky for some voters.

Yet, all four candidates are knowledgeable about the issues, strongly opinionated, high in energy and, to borrow the words of one, deadly serious.

So, onto the question.

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I’m going to claim credit for that line.  It’s something I coined after sitting through countless hours of public hearings, listening to delegations who didn’t want to come out and actually oppose a change in their neighbourhood (especially something like a greenway that might be for the good of the city as a whole but brought outsiders into their community.)

Instead they would argue that the process itself was so inadequate, flawed or corrupted that the motion should be defeated or deferred until a fair and comprehensive process was conducted.  That was the argument heard frequently at the recently completed public hearing on duplex zoning for RS-1.

It’s not just the delegations who use that strategy; it’s a favourite of councillors who certainly don’t want to oppose initiatives for more housing but also don’t want to vote in favour of something adamantly opposed by existing residents.  Like Melissa DeGenova: “At this point in time, I will not be supporting this.  I just don’t support a process that hasn’t engaged people.”

There is no process that will likely be acceptable to those who oppose a change unless it is resolves in their favour. For, after all, if the process worked, it would have come to the conclusion they agreed with.

I like Frances Bula’s recent tweet:

I would pay money to have a speaker at a public hearing say someday: “Your process was very good, you engaged with a lot of people and explained the proposal clearly, but I happen to disagree with what you want to do.”


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This is the kind of coverage Price Tags aims to increase: well-researched analysis by knowledgeable insiders, regardless of political persuasion.  We’d like to commission more investigations and analyses of interest to people like you – readers of PT.  You can help by making a contribution.  


This is the second posting of a series about how the BC Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) will impact the upcoming elections, from the perspective of John Whistler, the Financial Agent for the Green Party of Vancouver.

This posting will look at reporting periods, jurisdictions and expense limits. These are details that confuse and mislead the public which lead to a cynicism of the electoral process.



The LECFA has three reporting periods:

  • Election Period – begins on January 1 of an election year and ends 29 days before voting day. In the case of a by-election, the Election Period begins the day the elected office becomes vacant.
  • Campaign Period – subject to expense spending limits – begins 28 days before voting day and ends at the close of voting on voting day.
  • Not-applicable Period – a non-voting year or after the close of voting in a voting year. The LECFA is not-applicable for this period, disclosures are not required and contribution limits do not apply for most activities for electoral organizations.
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Any macchiatto tour of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant hood must now begin (or end) at one of the most west coast of open-air patios — at 14th and Main.

Pavement-to-Plaza, a new video by the team of Brian and Kathleen of small places, shows how the new configuration at this popular intersection, in the midst of a busy stretch of high street stores and restaurants, is also fulfilling the demand for calmed public spaces, with safer passage for people on bike and foot.

Check out the video below — a head-bobber, for sure.

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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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