The tangled politics of the
Richmond-Airport- Vancouver rapid transit line
Public debate is beginning to
rage across the lower mainland over the intense politics around the
controversial proposed $1.5 billion Richmond-Airport-Vancouver Skytrain
line, the cost of having it run by the for-profit Bombardier Corporation and the BC Liberal government’s
efforts to push the project through without the standard public review
process, according to municipal leaders.
Workers Fight Bill 29
Veteran Care aid
workers providing direct care to 95 residents at Willingdon Care Aid
home in Burnaby were handed lay off notices, this spring, by the
hospital’s administration that plan to restructure under Bill 29.
On April 28, twenty-eight care aid staffs,
some with as many as 25 years service to the home, was told that their
last day of employment would be on June 27 this year.
aims to increase citizen input
When a group of forum organizers invited
Vancouver area residents to think about democracy, the numbers that were
prepared to do just that took them by surprise.
"We thought we'd have about 40 people show
up," said Kennedy Stewart, an organizer of the Think Democracy Summer
Series. Instead, some 200 people packed the series' kick-off event June
Think Democracy series is organized by Think City, an independent civic
organization that sponsored several forums last year on civic politics.