Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver By-Election Endorsements

Just in case anyone is wondering how I will vote in this Saturday’s Vancouver municipal by-election, here’s the plan: City Council: Pete Fry (Green Party) School Board: Judy Zaichkowsky (Green Party) Allan Wong (Vision Vancouver) Mike Lombardi (Vision Vancouver) Erica Jaaf (OneCity) Estrellita Gonzalez (Green Party) Janet Fraser (Green Party) Diana Day (COPE) Carrie Bercic ...

Song of the Watermelon: Some Thoughts on the Vancouver Election … Plus Endorsements!

With a week and a half to go before voting day in municipalities across British Columbia, the campaign here in Vancouver seems to have devolved into a veritable hatefest against two-term mayor and eccentric juice magnate Gregor Robertson. There is nothing surprising about that. Incumbents (a.k.a. the sinister hands currently at the controls of Big ...

Melissa Fong: Pointing fingers at Vancouver’s unaffordability problem: Answers & more questions…

Ever since my last post I have received a lot of questions as to why I found it so entertaining- the debate. I was also contacted by dozens- yes, dozens- […]

Melissa Fong: @VisionVancouver #AffordableHousing Forum Event Summary #vanRE #vanpoli #vanhousing

LiveTweet Summary of Vision Vancouver’s Affordable Housing event.  Check @internationalmf’s hashtags: #vanRE #vanpoli for more. I will do more analysis on the Vision Vancouver event, but just some general highlights and […]

Melissa Fong: A whole world of concern for Frances Bula’s readership.

The reactions to Frances Bula’s posting on the COPE job posting are excessively upsetting. My response to some of the comments: 1) “Racialization” is the process of imbuing race, ascribing […]

Politics, Re-Spun: Vancouver’s ‘Progressive’ Council and Housing

Vancouver’s City Council is occasionally lauded as ‘progressive,’ and the ruling party – Vision Vancouver – takes significant pride in trumpeting their work on affordable housing as evidence of such. But then they go and define “affordable rent” for a 1-bedroom apartment at $1,500. And today’s quote from Geoff Meggs is fascinating: Meggs dismisses Antrim’s ...

The Canadian Progressive: Catholic Teachers donate $43,000 to support striking Porter workers

By: Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association | Press Release: TORONTO, April 22, 2013 – The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), together with local OECTA units, have donated over $43,000 to support striking Porter Airlines employees. The workers, who are members of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 343, have been on […] The post Catholic Teachers ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Revitalizing COPE Vancouver, Right Now.

Today is the first day of the rest of COPE Vancouver’s life. Today is the day where the new executive needs to make its first priority revitalizing the party by building unity around progressive principles and policies, and moving past pettiness. If it cannot get past the factionism, it simply is not a party with ...