I revealed the 3.6% population increase at Tuesday's Mayor's Debate. The interesting thing is that BC Stats published this in January. Yet Darrell's undeclared political party, parrot the line that our growth is under 1% a year, a total falsehood. What has not been reported by Ivan Leonard and Rod Clark as they spread what I found, is when we officially (March's Stats Can census) go over the 50,000 population mark, the Community Charter forces us to add 2 more members of council. The only way we can stop this is to hold a referendum six months prior to the next election. An expensive mid-term referendum. Perhaps Darrell wants a Council of nine so he can run more former NDP candidates for his union and big developer party. If they ever have a majority on Council 3.6% will seem like a kick in the shins compared to the kicks in gut we will get from Darryl's Doc Marten wearing EcoDensity warriors. Someday the false green clothes will be ripped off of Darrell's growth addicted wolf, you cannot turn a 4 story apt into a 24 story apt without dramatically increasing the amount of the city's greenhouse gases and Darrell has committed our city to a goal in 2050 of, "reducing GHG emissions by 80%.” Darryl and Council really dropped the ball in not having a referendum during this election but of course Darryl would have to reveal that his addiction to growth has resulted in 2009's 3.6% and a probable 5% in 2010. Addicts will do anything to hide and protect their addiction. There is only one candidate opposing Darryl who has committed to strengthening and even reducing allowable building heights during the upcoming OCP revision and committing to never voting to amend the new citizens OCP. There is only one candidate opposing Darrell who called for Renter Rights and a Council that does not turn a blind eye to violations of our bylaws by the same big developers who all want to build their 50 story "landmarks" in NVan. While Council turns a blind eye to apt buildings without a simple little wheelchair ramp. There is only one candidate opposing Darrell who calls for a three year tax rate freeze, an end to free dinners for Council and staff and sister city trips to Chiba, the whaling capital of Japan. I would even take a $20,000 pay cut, cut the $9500 car allowance and donate the money received from sitting at Metro Van meetings to local North Van charities. There is only one candidate opposing Darrell who calls for a referendum on amalgamation. In 1981, almost a majority of the City's residents voted for amalgamation but the Councilors and potential councilors fear the loss of two seats as that would diminish their chance at the free conventions to Whistler that some Councilors take. It's time to vote for the City, vote for a change, vote George Pringle on Saturday Nov 19th.
(sent to northvancouverpolitics.com)