On Sunday over 150 Vancouver residents of all political stripes showed up at Kits Beach to protest wasteful spending by Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Vision Vancouver-led council.
The city is spending nearly $10M for upgrades to the Burrard Street Bridge and sidewalk expansion on Pt Grey Road, one of the most expensive places in the country to live.
It’s the area of Vancouver where David Suzuki has one of his multi-million dollar homes. It’s where Lululemon founder Chip Wilson lives.
It’s where Mayor Robertson formerly lived and it’s also where, a couple of years ago, they were granted a private road and bike lane.
I wasn't expecting that many people to show up so I was encouraged, because as you’ll see from the interviews, many of the protesters feel city spending is out of control and there’s complete lack of consultation with citizens.
With out of control housing prices and an ever increasing cost of living due to an expanded bureaucracy and too much red tape, we’re really at a tipping point in this city. This rally tapped into that anger.
I relish the opportunity to give these people a voice and provide critical and substantive coverage of the highly secretive and almost authoritarian city government of Mayor Robertson and Vision Vancouver.