April 6, 2017
April 5, 2017
The Mayors' Council launched its Cure Congestion campaign. The campaign is intended to educate Metro Vancouver residents about transportation plans for the region. It also seeks to make transportation and transit in Metro Vancouver an election issue and to obtain funding and other commitments from the political parties so that the Mayors' Council 10-Year Vision can be completed. For information, and to take action in support of this campaign, see the Cure Congestion website.
April 4, 2017
Metro Vancouver issued a media release pointing out that Metro Vancouver homeowners pay a disproportionate share of property taxes relative to the rest of the province. Metro Vancouver is calling on the four main provincial parties to commit to implementing substantial changes to the homeowner grant, school tax, and property transfer tax. The release includes a link to an independent analysis of taxation commissioned by Metro Vancouver.
March 22, 2017
The Mayors' Council issued a media release today welcoming the federal government budget's commitment of $2.2 billion for the Broadway and Surrey rapid transit projects. The Mayor's Council is calling on all provincial parties to commit, as part of their election platforms, to match this amount.
March 9, 2017
Here's a convenient table showing the investments in the Mayors' Council 10-Year Vision for Transportation and Transit and the phasing of their implementation.
March 7, 2017
February 13, 2017
Little Australia is no longer being considered as a potential site for the Pacific Spirit Regional Park service yard. This information is in a staff report prepared for the February 15 meeting of Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks Committee.
December 16, 2016
The December issue of the Electoral Area A Bulletin is available. The Bulletin contains information of interest primarily to residents and property owners in parts of the Electoral Area other than UBC/UEL. It can be accessed from my Communications page or directly from this link.
November 23, 2016
The Mayors' Council and the TransLink Board approved the Phase One Plan to improve transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver. Service improvements will begin in early 2017. This is the first step in implementing the Mayors' Council 10-Year Vision. Discussions are taking place to secure the funding for the Phase Two Plan. Information on the Phase One and Phase Two Plans is available here.
October 6, 2016
Public consultation on Phase One of the 10-Year Vision for improving transportation and transit in Metro Vancouver runs from October 11 to 31. Information on Phase One and the consultation is available here.
July 14, 2016
Metro Vancouver parks staff will be on hand at the UEL CAC meeting on Monday, July 18 to discuss new locations for the Pacific Spirit Park service yard and answer questions. Information on the service yard controversy is available on this CAC web page. The meeting will be held in the UEL community space and commences at 6 pm.
June 29, 2016
Metro Vancouver issued a media release calling for all stakeholders to collaborate to find an acceptable solution to traffic congestion at the George Massey Tunnel and opposing the proposed 10-lane bridge. Metro Vancouver also released resolutions adopted by its Board in a closed meeting and a report identifying key areas of concern (available here).
June 16, 2016
The Mayors' Council issued a statement welcoming the $616 million in federal and provincial transit funding. The Council also released a Backgrounder containing details of the Phase 1 projects to be funded and information on other "Early Roll-Out" projects. Further Mayors' Council documents are available here.
June 16, 2016
The Prime Minister and BC Premier announced today that they have reached an agreement on federal and provincial funding for investment in transit in Metro Vancouver. The funding is for Phase 1 (short-term) projects. There does not appear to be any additional money beyond what was announced by the federal government in its March budget and by the BC government on May 26. The PM's news release is here.
June 1, 2016
The Mayors' Council has put online a number of documents regarding a proposed funding strategy for its 10-Year Plan, including a letter sent on April 29 to Premier Clark. The documents are available here.
June 1, 2016
On May 26, the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation issued a media release proposing a combination of funding sources for regional and provincial contributions towards its 10-Year Transit and Transportation Plan.
June 1, 2016
On May 26, the B.C. government announced in a media release that it is willing to provide $246 million over the next three years for transit improvements in the Metro Vancouver region. While that is sufficient to pay 33% of the capital costs of the short-term improvements, the Mayors' Council is looking for a total of $3 billion from the government for a 33% share of all capital costs in the Mayors' Council 10-Year Transit and Transportation Plan.
December 10, 2015
Metro Vancouver and the University of British Columbia today signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that strengthens their ongoing collaboration to address regional economic, social, and environmental sustainability challenges. This stronger relationship will provide new opportunities for UBC faculty and students to work on projects that will directly benefit the region. Further information is contained in today's Media Release and in a Report to UBC's Board of Governors.
July 2, 2015
A disappointing result for the transit funding plebiscite: the Yes vote was 38.32%. In the Electoral Area it was 58.57%. The results for each municipality are available here.
February 25, 2015
The Mayors' Council issued a News Release announcing a report on the economic benefits of the Mayors' Council Plan. Implementation of the plan will add an average of $450 million per year to the regional economy through the first ten years of the plan and create over 7,000 new jobs in the region by 2030. The report, prepared by economists at InterVISTAS Consulting Group, is available here.
February 15, 2015
The Mayors' Council issued a News Release highlighting the results of a study of congestion costs to the Metro Vancouver region. These costs are currently $1 billion per year and are projected to increase to $2 billion in 2045 if we don't improve our transit and transportation system. The study, undertaken by economists at HDR Consulting, is available here.
February 9, 2015
Issue No. 7 of the Electoral Area A Bulletin has been released. The Bulletin contains information of interest primarily to residents and property owners in parts of the Electoral Area other than UBC/UEL. It can be accessed from my Communications page or directly from this link.
February 1, 2015
The Mayors' Council issued a News Release welcoming Minister Stone's letter advising that the proposed 0.5% sales tax would be harmonized with the provincial sales tax (PST). The Mayors' Council declined the Minister's offer to allow it to specify goods and services to be exempted from the new tax in addition to the goods and services that are exempted from PST.
February 1, 2015
The Minister of Transportation, Todd Stone, sent a letter to the Mayors' Council advising that the proposed 0.5% sales tax to fund regional transit and transportation improvements would be administered as an addition to the provincial sales tax (PST) within the Metro Vancouver region. This means that, if the tax is approved, it will apply to the same tax base as the PST and businesses will not have to separately identify the tax on receipts and invoices.
January 20, 2015
See my article in The Campus Resident on voting "yes" in the Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. The Campus Resident is a local newspaper distributed to residents of the UBC neighbourhoods and the University Endowment Lands.
December 18, 2014
The Mayors' Council issued a News Release welcoming the provincial government's approval of a plebiscite on the proposed 0.5% regional sales tax, to be called the Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax.
December 18, 2014
The provincial government has approved a plebiscite on whether to implement a 0.5% regional sales tax to fund transportation and transit improvements proposed by the Mayors' Council. It also approved the question for the plebiscite and the wording on the ballot. Voting will be by mail-in ballot. Ballots are to be sent out starting March 16, 2015 and the voting period will extend to May 29. A win requires a 50% + 1 yes vote for the region as a whole. See Minister Stone's letter and the ballot.
December 11, 2014
December 11, 2014
The Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation proposed a 0.5% increase to provincial sales tax in the Metro Vancouver region to fund its transportation and transit plan. It also agreed on a referendum question to recommend to the provincial government. For details, see the News Release.
December 9, 2014
Metro Vancouver issued a Media Release announcing the results of a comprehensive review of its regional parks function. The Parks Service Review Report includes a set of recommendations adopted by the Metro Vancouver Board. Staff are now preparing an implementation plan to give effect to the recommendations.
December 6, 2014
The Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation issued a Media Release following its in-camera meeting on December 5. The Release mentions three potential revenue sources to fund the transportation and transit improvements in the mayors' plan. It also notes that the mayors are contemplating taxpayer protection measures to provide assurance that funds raised will be dedicated to improvements in the plan.
December 3, 2014
I made a submission to the consultation on the province's new 10-year transportation plan, BC on the Move. The submission raises three transportation issues of particular importance to the UBC/UEL area: implementation of the Mayors' Council plan for regional transportation; continuation of provincial funding for the U-Pass program; and improvements to cycling infrastructure on MOTI roads.
November 27, 2014
The Mayors' Council sent a letter on November 12 to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure providing input on the province's new 10-year transportation plan, BC on the Move. The letter includes resolutions passed by the Mayors' Council calling for the establishment of a "Mobility Pricing Independent Commission".
October 18, 2014
In a letter sent on October 17, the BC Environment Minister rejected Metro Vancouver's proposed Bylaw 280. The Bylaw would have increased recycling and ensured the proper management of garbage within the region. In a Media Release, Metro Vancouver called the rejection of the Bylaw a "very serious threat to recycling in Metro Vancouver" and said that it will have "catastrophic consequences throughout the province".
September 27, 2014
You can view the slides from my presentation Your Regional Government: Who's who and what do they do? by clicking on this link (pdf, 8 MB). The presentation provided residents with an overview of the roles and responsibilities of Metro Vancouver and the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation, both regionally and specifically with reference to the UBC and UEL communities.
June 27, 2014
The Mayors' Council responded today to Minister Stone's letter of June 24 regarding the Vision for Regional Transportation Investments. The response follows from a meeting of the Mayors' Council held yesterday. Among other things, the response indicates a preference for the funding referendum — if it proceeds — to be held in March 2015 and asks the Minister to confirm that regional carbon tax, a vehicle levy, and a regional sales tax are acceptable to the province as new revenue sources for TransLink. The Vision and related documents are available from this page.
June 25, 2014
Todd Stone, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, sent a letter yesterday to the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation regarding its recently released Vision for Regional Transportation Investments. A recording of the press conference held by the Minister after he sent the letter is available here.
June 21, 2014
View a five-minute video on the Mayors' Council Vision for Regional Transportation here.
June 12, 2014
The Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation today released its Regional Transportation Investments – A Vision for Metro Vancouver. The Vision identifies the investments that the Mayors' Council proposes be undertaken in the first 10 years after funding becomes available, provides information on cost, and proposes how to pay for these investments. See the Mayors' Council website for details. The Vision, a Highlights document, and Regional Fact Sheets are available from this page.
May 29, 2014
Bill 22, which gives the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation an expanded role in the governance of TransLink, was enacted into law today. However, the legislation does not take effect until brought into force by Cabinet order. The government has not indicated when this will occur. Bill 23 also became law today. It allows the government to require that new funding sources for TransLink be subject to approval in referenda.
May 14, 2014
Metro Vancouver has launched a new Waste to Energy website. On this site you will find the complete story of waste-to-energy delivered in a clear, concise manner. The site will help you to understand how this technology fits into a forward-looking, comprehensive waste management system that prioritizes reducing and recycling.
It is my privilege to serve the Electoral Area as its Metro Vancouver Director and its representative on the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation.
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- My April Update
- Electoral Area A Bulletin (December 2016)
- Slides from my presentation Your Regional Government: Who's who and what do they do? (pdf, 8 MB)
- Mayors' Council documents
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