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Accounting commuting cost complexities

I confess it’s been overwhelming keeping up with all the debate over the Metro Vancouver public transportation plebiscite, but no matter where you come from, the Moving Forward project by Discourse Media has certainly made an earnest attempt to present

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

The 125 Dollar Challenge

Jordan Bateman, local spokesperson for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and leader of the No side in the upcoming Metro Vancouver referendum, is fond of saying that there’s a disadvantage in this campaign to implement a 0.5% sales tax increase to

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Anti-authority/Anti-tax positions misplaced in Public Transportation vote

News of the No side taking the lead in a poll on the upcoming Metro Vancouver public transportation referendum has some questioning the wisdom of putting the proposed 0.5% sales tax increase up to a vote. Those leading the opposition

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Public Transportation and Urban Density

This graphic appeared on Twitter a few days ago that marvelously illustrates the living space we lose being overly accommodating our cities to the car.  The Original Green blog compared Florence, Italy’s historic tourist area to a freeway interchange in Atlanta

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Posted in Climate, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Social conservative waning fortunes setting the tone for upcoming Canadian election?

The holidays are almost over, our guest has gone home, and I’ve just been notified I’m no longer needed for jury duty later this month.  Not totally out of the woods yet, but can finally turn some attention to the

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Posted in Canada, Politics, Public Policy

Newtown and the deep problem of gun rights (#NaBloPoMo Day 22)

A few days ago, a fellow NaBloPoMo participant urged fellow bloggers to speak up for common sense gun regulations. As a Canadian, an observation I make is that a major part of the problem is that gun advocates think that

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Canada, Justice, Politics, Public Policy

Moving beyond certainty (#NaBloPoMo Day 8)

Can we not look  further than Cogito Ergo Sum to approach issues of common interest?  For all that I discussed in my Day 6 post demonstrating how, with freedom, the merit of taking the public/broad interested perspective over a self

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Politics, Public Policy

Viewing public interest as an inspiration (#NaBloPoMo Day 4)

Public interest should aspire beyond mediating conflicts between individual interests After yesterday’s impromptu post and getting ahead of myself for tomorrow’s which is significant for radicalists and historians (presume @towncrier96, fellow NaBloPoMo participant, knows all about that), fallen behind today’s

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Economics, Politics, Public Policy

Public Interest is a progressive idea, not a weapon against change

Public interest is not a well defined term.  It is a powerful one, though, as it invokes a justification that suggests it overrides one or many individual interests.  The good of the many outweighing the good of the few. Employing

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Economics, Politics, Public Policy

Why Serena Vermeersch’s murder demands a deeper public interest dialogue

I am not a legal expert, but I believe that the issues provoked by the Serena Vermeersch murder demonstrates a need for a deeper discussion beyond tough-on-crime talk or reforming criminals The questions surrounding the release and freedom of the

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Posted in Canada, Justice, Public Policy