The North Shore is a self-conscious piece of paradise: the glory of post-war suburbia set into west-coast rainforest. Understandably, most residents would like change to reinforce that paradigm, not pave it over.
But municipal government is essentially in the paradigm-changing business when it comes to long-term solutions. In the short-term, however, anything that uncomfortably changes scale or character is objected to. Residents say they want better transportation, but their way of life is largely car dependent. They want affordable housing, but not an increase in taxes related to property. Lots of circles to square.
So what does an aspiring mayor or councillor do? I thought I’d ask a candidate with whom I had spoken prior to the last election. Tony Valente ran as an independent for council in North Van City, and lost by only about 500 votes. Now, as one of the next generation of aspiring leaders with more vacancies open, he has the odds with him.Read more »