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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Friday, September 13, 2002

This guy may be for real.

Vancouver Sun reporter Frances Bula writes that newly-minted Vancouver mayoral candidate Larry Campbell is indeed a serious, credible option for Vancouver voters, despite the protestations of rival Jennifer Clarke.

Clarke says that Larry Campbell is a one-issue candidate; some Non-Partsan Association strategists, claiming that the NPA has the same stance on drug tratment as Campbell, claim that he's a zero-issue candidate.

Not so fast, according to longtime federal and provincial Liberal party activist May Brown, who was a councillor with the original TEAM party during its heyday in the 1970's. UBC political science professor Paul Tennant, a small-c conservative, agrees, and notes that Campbell is a fine choice to present a modeate image for the left-leanming COPE party.

So too, do say former Vancouver mayors Art Phillips and Mike Harcourt. Jonathan Baker, a former NPA councillor, who split from the party ten years ago, thinks that Larry Campbell is a candidate with enough pull to win, which would be a first for COPE.

Although Mike Harcourt was associated in the minds of many with the left-leaning civic party, he never was a member; he ran for mayor and won as an independent. In some of the years that Harcourt ran, COPE didn't nominate a mayoral candidate.

Another related story from the Sun about the new Vancouver Civic Action Team's (vcaTEAM or TEAM) nomination meeting on September 12th can be found here.

COPE will hold its nomination meeting on September 18th, with the NPA picking its slate of council, school board, and parks board candidates on October 2nd.
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