The Vancouver Scrum

On the move!

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

Saturday, October 19, 2002

Vancouver according to Larry Campbell

Larry Campbell, the man who would be mayor of Vancouver, sat down with the Vancouver Sun's editorial board earlier this week. The paper's Frances Bula, who has given readers some brilliant reporting on the struggle for power at City Hall, provides this report., the website produced by the company that owns the Sun, the Province, the biweekly Vancouver Courier, not to mention a local TV station (scary, no?) has provided a good section on Vancouver's local elections, with stories from all of the media properties listed above. It's worth checking out, especially if you live in Vancouver. However, the site has one flaw: opinion pieces are mixed in with news stories. Be warned. If you see the byline of someone like Pete McMartin, Jon Ferry, or Daphne Bramham, it's an opinion piece, and should be taken as such...

And, on that note, the aforementioned Daphne Bramham has written a timely column on the separation of Greater Vancouver's transportation authority, TransLink, from the voters in November's municipal elections.

Here's a quote:

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum is the current TransLink chairman. But there's no way a Maple Ridge voter could call him to account for lousy transit service or no way for a Richmond resident to send a message to Vancouver Councillor George Puil about his performance as TransLink chairman during last year's lengthy transit strike.

In other words, you can be right pissed off about traffic, lousy transit in the suburbs, lack of roads or bus routes to connect areas in direct ways, but... you have no direct controol, and your indirect control is sketchy, as the elected city councillors and the Mayor of each municipality decide who will represent the area on the TransLink board. Anyone for a change?
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