Tag Archive 'West Vancouver'

Appeared in the North Shore News – February 1, 2013 So, West Vancouverites, are you happy with the iron rule of the Garbage Gestapo and Trash Marxists? You may have quickly detected I’m not. You got that right. Garbage in West Van will be collected only every two weeks starting April 22. On collection day […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – November 23, 2012 CHRISTMAS is coming, the goose is getting fat, so I’d hate to disappoint Constant Reader by being ho-ho-ho in favour of something I stand by my proud record of rejection, most famously of the entire 20th century. (The 21st isn’t looking so hot either.) Turning […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – August 31, 2012 PUNDITS and politicians may gas away all they want about oil pipelines and refineries, but let us turn to a local, hard-nosed expert for an informed opinion. West Vancouver Mayor Mike Smith retired last year from more than a quarter of a century as owner-manager […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – June 8, 2012 RELIGION being unfashionable these days, few know that West Vancouver has a Civic God, just like pagan Roman cities. The gods of ancient Greece and Rome were completely amoral. They were licentious pleasure-lovers and robust imbibers – founders of Alcoholics Unanimous – and amused themselves […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – February 3, 2012 FAMOUS saying: You can’t beat city hall. But occasionally you can persuade the folks there to see the error of their ways. So Neil Thompson convinced West Vancouver town hall to consider expanding public skating hours at the local rink. Took him only eight years. […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – November 11, 2011 It is time once again for the sage old gent who has been at this stand for 21 years to give his sage old advice Feel free to ignore it, as you probably have in past West Vancouver elections with no loss. First, a favourable […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – October 28, 2011 WHAT’S the world coming to? Mike Smith is mayor-acclaimed of West Vancouver, he’s a long-time fuel distributor for Esso – yet he can’t get a fillup in his own town. Smith’s car runs on diesel. None of the six remaining gas stations in West Van’s […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – August 19, 2011 Was West Van council’s Esquimalt Avenue/ Hollyburn Mews densification decision tainted? Note well: This is not one of those sly journalistic questions inviting readers to guess this is a quiz, and the “correct” answer must be yes – or why would the scribe ask it? […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – August 5, 2011 It’s a small gesture in a swelling global crisis, but today I’m announcing AmblesideNO! Basic idea: Stop till we can live within our means. Just stop. Unlike the disastrous HST referendum question, AmblesideNO! really means no – not just to AmblesideNOW and growing West Vancouver […]

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Appeared in North Shore News – February 18, 2011 Are you getting off on the drooling orgy of nostalgia on the anniversary of Winter Olympics 2010? Oh, you’ve guessed I’m not. Television retrospectives? Special sections in the dailies? Oily hype and self-congratulation? Whenever Vancouver talks big-city, it’s small-town. Yes, it was a grand party. But: […]

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