Activism in the Summer

July 17, 2013

I’ve had a busy, busy few days, mostly connected with building the campaign against the current Grandview-Woodland Community Plan and its deliberately stifling schedule.

The good news is that Clr. Adriane Carr will be bringing forward a Motion to next week’s Council meeting — the last until the end of September — that asks Council to approve the extension of the planning period in GW by the six months that we have been demanding.

To give her as much support as we can, we have started a new online petition at, and I  urge everyone to sign it.  More than 700 people signed the first petition — which is still continuing at — and about 200 have signed the new one in the first day.

Now that Council is faced with a specific Motion, supported by these hundreds and hundreds of emails from residents, it will be interesting to see how they respond (especially Clrs. Meggs and Reimer who were at our 8th July meeting), and how City Manager Ballem and Planning Director Jackson respond.

Clearly, our future tactics and actions will be determined by Council’s disposition of this Motion.

In the meanwhile, we continue to garner a lot of press:


Alex Colville (1920-2013)

July 17, 2013


Until today, Colville was perhaps my favourite living artist. He will be missed, but remembered with enormous appreciation.