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but not much more. There was supposed to have been a public meeting this week. It is reported extensively in both the Richmond News and Richmond Review. Basically nothing happened. The City of Richmond and its partners in development are really not at all interested in hearing what anyone else wants to say. So, as usual, they tried hard not to have to listen.

You would not think it was election year, would you? Expressing open contempt for voters is not, in my opinion, a way to endear yourself to them. But the Mayor and Council cannot see beyond the temptation to be property developers. I am afraid that a great deal of the coverage and the letters are a bit intemperate, but I am not surprised. This “process” is deeply flawed, and appears to be incapable of resolving any of the issues that have been raised in any satisfactory fashion.

I am glad I decided I had better things to do than go to this event.

Written by Stephen Rees

March 14, 2008 at 3:28 pm

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  1. not much to be said–richmond raised municipal taxes to pay for speed skating oval-with a promise to lower them back down after selling (( our lands ) around the oval—they renegged –and put the monies from the land sales in an endowment fund which they can draw from each year! unfortunately richmond has $$$$ signs in their eyes I recommend that everone google up and read ; PARKINSON`S LAW ( by c.northcote parkinson ) In a nut shell — expenditures rise to meet income,so matter how much more money comes in ,even more money is required– why with all the tens of thousands of new residents paying municipal taxes cities are still asking for more and more ! even the province,despite their claims of surplus ( funky accounting) they have added to provincial debt! and look out for next year the province is predicting a mere 100million dollar surplus –bc libs have left the cupboard bare!

    grant g

    March 15, 2008 at 1:07 pm

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