Streetcar not quite desired, fire service reduced, ain't nobody here but us chickens...NPA Councillor Suzanne Anton's view
NPA Councillor Suzanne Anton's mailing to constituents reflects her concerns for the city as the lone opposition member on Vancouver City Council. Here's what she's talking about...
"The beautiful Bombardier streetcars have gone back to Brussels and it may be a long time before we see them again. Mayor Robertson says it is up to TransLink to make it happen. Trouble is, the streetcar has always been Vancouver's project, not TranLink's. The only realistic way to get the streetcar built is a P3, with TransLink as a partner, and a P3 will only happen with determined Vancouver leadership.
The streetcar route is all ready to go between Granville Island and Coal Harbour via Science World, Chinatown, Gastown and downtown. Southsiders would like to see it on the Arbutus corridor all the way to Marpole. I'd like to see it all around the city, including 41st Ave and Broadway. And you?
One of the less-discussed cut-backs to the 2010 budget was the $2m taken from the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services budget. 20 positions are being cut: 9 from prevention and 11 from the firehalls. The biggest service loss will be at Firehall 21 (Kerrisdale/ Dunbar) which will lose one fire truck. Firehall 21 serves the largest geographic area in the city.
It's interesting to note that Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services is one of the most efficient services of its kind in Canada and the US. We get good value from our Vancouver firefighters.
Do you want chickens in your yard? The neighbour's yard? Should the city spend $20,000 to build a shelter for homeless chickens? Should the city register all chicken owners (cost not determined)?
These are the things which occupy city council.
Amidst all the accolades for the Olympics, some of the greatest accolades should go to the blue coated volunteers. They did an outstanding job, were always friendly and helpful, and they made the games go so well.
City staff - also in blue - were deployed throughout the city during the games: They were at Vancouver house, the Live Sites, the streetcar, city hall, and everywhere city services were needed. There may have been times when they were cold, hungry or unhappy - but you would never know it. They were cheerful, hospitable and fantastic ambassadors for the city. They, along with the VANOC volunteers, were what made the Olympics such a success for all of Vancouver.