Mayor Gregor Robertson and big money retains control of Vancouver. | Photo by Anne-Diandra Louarn

Big developers retain control of Vancouver’s City Hall

Peter Armstrong didn’t get everything he paid for in Vancouver’s municipal election. Armstrong, President of the Non-Partisan Association and founder of the Rocky Mountaineer, poured in $470,000 of corporate and personal money for the campaign to elect Kirk LaPointe and the NPA. LaPointe fell short of defeating Vision Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson, but the NPA took…

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Vancouver election: Growing movement challenges developer control of City Hall

It’s sometimes hard not to be despondent about electoral politics. In Toronto, the years-long surreality TV show known as the Ford brothers was finally defeated, only to be replaced by John Tory, an old school conservative who previously backed the Fords to the hilt. Rather than progressive ex-city councillor and Member of Parliament Olivia Chow…

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One City and COPE liven up the Vancouver election campaign

The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born.” – Antonio Gramsci. These words from the Italian revolutionary’s Prison Notebooks are on the sign outside the old Video-In space on Main Street. This is where the Coalition of Progressive Electors has rented a campaign office for…

Kirk LaPointe, NPA candidate | Photo courtesy of Kirk LaPointe's campaign

Vancouver election: What’s the point of the NPA?

Maybe Kirk LaPointe and his team with the Non-Partisan Association are Seinfeld fans, because so far theirs has been a campaign about nothing. The NPA, the traditional party of Vancouver’s establishment, has never looked so played out and anachronistic. They have failed to define a clear, policy-based set of alternatives to the status quo at…

The On to Ottawa Caravan to the Peoples Social Forum with Grassy Narrows youth in Kenora

The Peoples Social Forum puts Indigenous struggles front and centre

This past weekend in Ottawa, thousands of activists from all across Canada participated in the Peoples Social Forum. With little more than a year until the next federal election, much of the talk around the Social Forum was about defeating Stephen Harper’s government. But this historic gathering of progressive political forces was about much more…

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What happened to Vancouver’s civic left?

I’m writing this column in somewhat of a daze of sleep deprivation and euphoria. Our second son, Camilo, was born a week ago. Our little family of four can’t afford to live in Vancouver. But we’re doing it anyway, with our 750 or so square feet downtown. After our first son was born, we gave…