KOM CPC pioneers bike registry in southwest Vancouver

Andrew Budreski had a good time with his new Kona Tanuki DL mountain bike, until it was stolen on May 29.

Andrew Budreski had a good time with his new Kona Tanuki DL mountain bike, until it was stolen on May 29.

***in the light of the Kayla Smith story, who met up with her bike thief after seeing her bicycle listed on Craigslist and then used the opportunity to “steal” her bike back, I thought it would be interesting for you to review my story about the KOM CPC bike registry, which was first published on May 31***

Bike to work week did not quite turn out as Andrew Budreski had expected. When the 29-year-old project manager returned from a meetup with friends last Wednesday night, he was in for a nasty surprise. His brand new mountain bike was stolen from his car, which was parked at West 7th Ave. and Pine St.  Continue reading

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Vancouver-Quilchena’s final results confirm BC Liberal victory

***Update – On June 7, 2013, Christy Clark announced the new Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services minister will be Andrew Wilkinson, the Vancouver-Quilchena MLA.***

With the final count concluded this afternoon, the results for Vancouver-Quilchena in the BC provincial elections 2013 are as follows:

-Andrew Wilkinson / BC Liberals: 14,496 votes, 64.32%
-Nicholas Scapillati / BC NDP: 5,705 votes, 25.31%
-Damian Kettlewell / BC Green Party: 1,667 votes, 7.40%
-Bill Clarke / BC Conservatives: 671 votes, 2.98%

22,539 people out of 37,501 registered voters went to the polls in Quilchena, which corresponds to a turnout of 60.1 %.
The turnout in B.C. is estimated to be 57.8 %. Continue reading

Bill Clarke meets Franz Kafka: Vancouver campaign chair

Bill Clarke. Photo: courtesy of BC Conservative Party

Bill Clarke. Photo: courtesy of BC Conservative Party

*** updated with Elections BC reply***

As the BC provincial elections are only a day away, one of Quilchena’s candidates will go to bed tonight with a form of not-so-mild chagrin.

Dear readers, I am currently traveling in Europe, but I received an email in my inbox I wanted to share with you. I already mentioned in my profile of BC Conservative candidate Bill Clarke that he and his team were planning legal actions against Elections BC, as a clerical error resulted in Clarke’s name to appear on the ballot.

It looks like their fight was tilting at windmills. Don Main, communications manager of Elections BC, confirmed:
“The BC Conservative party did not include Bill Clarke’s name on the List of Candidate Endorsements submitted to Elections BC by the close of nominations.  His name will be on the ballot with no party affiliation.”

Below is a reproduction of the letter by Rick Peterson, campaign manager, about his view on the situation.

Meanwhile, I wish all Quilchena residents and candidates a fair and well-attended election day.

Katja De Bock  Continue reading

Meet Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberals candidate in Vancouver-Quilchena

Andrew Wilkinson. Photo: BC Liberal Party

Andrew Wilkinson. Photo: BC Liberal Party

Meeting Andrew Wilkinson can be intimidating. The BC Liberals candidate for Vancouver-Quilchena is a tall man in his early fifties, looking like a self-confident leader in spite of his boyish freckles. Moreover, Wilkinson is a political heavyweight, a former deputy minister and party president. Oh, and did I mention he is also a medical doctor and a lawyer?

On the podium, Wilkinson is a polite gentleman and eloquent speaker. And he is competitive.

“Can we turn up the lights?” is the first thing Wilkinson says when Continue reading

Meet Bill Clarke, Vancouver-Quilchena’s Conservative candidate

Bill Clarke reads the newspaper shortly before the all-candidates debate at Magee Secondary on April 30, 2013. Photo: Katja De Bock

Bill Clarke reads the newspaper shortly before the all-candidates debate at Magee Secondary on April 30, 2013. Photo: Katja De Bock

When I enter Magee Secondary School on Tuesday morning, half an hour before the all-candidates debate starts, the theatre is still nearly empty. Bill Clarke is sitting on the stage by himself, reading a newspaper article about Monday’s party leaders’ television debate.

When I ask him for an impromptu interview, he agrees friendly and relaxed, and we get right at it.  Continue reading