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On October 20th, 2018, Vancouverites will vote in a new mayor, city council, park board and school board. This is a change election, in the midst of Vancouver’s worst housing crisis. With a fractured right and a divided left, CiTR’s News Collective brings you unique coverage of the issues and individuals seeking office. Seeking Office is available for download on iTunes, Stitcher or where ever you get your podcasts..

On October 20th, 2018, Vancouverites will vote in a new mayor, city council, park board and school board. This is a change election, in the midst of Vancouver’s worst housing crisis. With a fractured right and a divided left, CiTR’s News Collective brings you unique coverage of the issues and individuals seeking office. Seeking Office is available for download on iTunes, Stitcher or where ever you get your podcasts..
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On October 20th, 2018, Vancouverites will vote in a new mayor, city council, park board and school board. This is a change election, in the midst of Vancouver’s worst housing crisis. With a fractured right and a divided left, CiTR’s News Collective brings you unique coverage of the issues and individuals seeking office. Seeking Office is available for download on iTunes, Stitcher or where ever you get your podcasts..

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Increase in Renter Protections, Sort of

6/13/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. On Tuesday June 11th, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed several measures designed to improve renter protections. In a tweet that same day, Mayor Kennedy Stewart described the measures as, “Canada's broadest and most comprehensive series of protections for renters.” But is that statement accurate? Star Vancouver City Hall reporter Jen St. Denis unpacks...

Duration:00:12:01

Charlie & Lina

5/20/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. The Bloedel Conservatory turns 50 this year. Perched at the highest point in Vancouver, this triodetic dome is home to hundreds of tropical birds and plants. In this special episode of Seeking Office, a woman named Lina and a cockatoo named Charlie find refuge both in Bloedel's little paradise, and one another.

Duration:00:09:59

Pete Fry on the 2% Property Tax Shift

5/3/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. On Monday, April 29th, Vancouver City Council narrowly voted to shift 2% of the tax burden from businesses to residential property owners. Green Councillor Pete Fry was vocal about his uncertainty over whether or not to support the tax shift. In the end, he chose to support it for largely symbolic reasons.

Duration:00:16:26

Selina Robinson on B.C. Housing

4/25/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. After an SFU housing panel on Tuesday, April 23rd, B.C.'s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, speaks with CiTR reporter Alex de Boer about how her government is attempting to de-commodify housing.

Duration:00:14:26

1805 Larch Street

4/11/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. In Kitsilano, residents are fiercely protective of neighborhood character. Many say a five-storey apartment set to be built at 1805 Larch Street threatens that character. The project is being proposed under the City's MIRHPP rental incentive program, which ensures 20% of suites are rented at below-market rates to people with an annual income of $30,000 -...

Duration:00:17:22

We Run the City

3/22/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. Do city councillors or city staff run Vancouver? This episode examines recent tensions between councillors and the City Manager, and looks into how much, if any bias guides staff when advising council.

Duration:00:21:34

The Councillor's Dilemma

3/1/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. On February 26th, City Council passed a Rental 100 development at 1906-1918 West 4th Avenue. Initially, an amendment to add vacancy control to this development was added and passed in a 6-5 vote, but then a re-vote was called and the amendment was undone. Councillor Adriane Carr both supported the amendment to impose vacancy control and later voted against...

Duration:00:28:45

Disruption at Clark & 1st Public Hearing

2/22/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. Following a two-day public hearing, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved a rezoning application that will allow the construction of a detox centre and mixed-rate rental housing on a on a block of land between Clark and McLean drives along East First Avenue. Activists from the CCPA and VANDU disrupted the first day of the hearing to draw attention to...

Duration:00:12:14

Two Perspectives on Rental 100

2/15/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. Since the 1960s, the development of rental housing in Vancouver has been in decline. Vancouver's Rental 100 policy is a response to that decline. Since its implementation in 2012 there has been a notable increase in purpose-build rental housing in the City. But renter advocates are divided on its effectiveness at making Vancouver more livable for tenants....

Duration:00:36:10

New West Passes Bylaw to Deter Renovictions

2/7/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. On Monday, February 4th, New Westminster City Council unanimously passed an innovative new renter-protection bylaw. City Councillor Jaimie McEvoy explains why this bylaw is the next best thing to vacancy control and how he hopes it will inspire other Lower Mainland municipalities to adopt similar measures.

Duration:00:20:40

Greens Vote for Subway Extension to UBC

1/31/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office—At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. On January 30th, Vancouver City Council voted to extend the Broadway corridor subway line all the way to UBC. Veteran city hall reporter Frances Bula explains the significance of all three Green Councillors voting in favour of this massive transit project and how it makes sense that only the most right-wing and the most left-wing councillors opposed the...

Duration:00:13:40

Rental 100

1/24/2019
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office — At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. On January 15th, Vancouver City Council passed two new developments at 2230 Harrison Drive and 3532 East Hastings. The project at 3532, was passed under a housing policy known as "Rental 100." Rental 100 incentivizes the creation of rental housing — as opposed to condos — but does not specify how much rent should be considered "affordable." In this episode,...

Duration:00:23:15

Vancouver's 2019 Property Tax Increase

12/20/2018
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is season two of Seeking Office — At-Large. Bringing you innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. Vancouver City Council approved the $1.5 billion 2019 budget on Tuesday, December 18th, as well as a capital project budget of $371 million. The City's 2019 draft budget included a proposed 4.9% property tax rate, but council was able to reduce that rate to 4.5% in the final budget. This episode features perspectives from those who attended City Council's...

Duration:00:22:26

Why the Greens Voted to End the Provincial School Tax

12/13/2018
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is At-Large — innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. On Wednesday, December 12th, Vancouver City Council passed a motion to request that the provincial government withdraw a tax on properties valued at over three million dollars — currently referred to as the "School Tax." In this episode, City Councillor Pete Fry explains why the Greens voted alongside the NPA in favour of this motion and how his vote was a intended as a signal to the provincial NDP,...

Duration:00:18:34

Protecting Tenants from Renovictions and Aggressive Buyouts

12/6/2018
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is At-Large — innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. On Tuesday, December 4th, Vancouver City Council voted on a motion put forward by COPE City Councillor Jean Swanson. The motion — which aimed to enhance renter rights — passed unanimously, but with significant amendments. The passed motion was interpreted as both a victory and a compromise by Swanson and Vancouver Tenants Union activists.

Duration:00:18:39

Councillor Swanson Tables First Two Motions

11/15/2018
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From CiTR's News Collective, this is At-Large — innovative storytelling from Metro Vancouver. On Wednesday, November 14th, the News Collective went to Vancouver City Hall to cover a rally in support of Councillor Jean Swanson's first two motions before council. The motions propose to end renovictions and support the construction of 100% social housing at 58 West Hastings.

Duration:00:10:54

What Happened to the Year of the Independent?

10/25/2018
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Vancouver's 2018 municipal election results are in. Besides mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart, not a single independent candidate was elected to Council, Park Board or School Board. Additionally, eight seats of our ten seat city council have been filled by women, but only one of our ten councillors identifies as a visible minority. So what happened to the so-called "year of the independent"? And how did our council turn out to be mostly white in a city where more than half the population isn't?...

Duration:00:17:14

UBC Students for City Council

10/18/2018
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Many UBC students live in Vancouver and will be eligible to vote on October 20th. So what are the issues that matter most to them? In this episode students at UBC's Point Grey campus share their perspectives on Vancouver's 2018 municipal election. And two of those students — Taq Bhandal and Abubakar Khan — are doing more than voting. Find out why both are running for city council as independent candidates.

Duration:00:13:34

The Power of Polls

10/12/2018
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Polling done by Research Co. finds that Kennedy Stewart is winning in the race to be Vancouver's next mayor. In second place is the NPA's Ken Sim and in third is independent candidate Shauna Sylvester. With Stewart and Sylvester both positioned centre-left, there is concern that progressive Vancouverites are feeling pressure to vote for Stewart, just to keep Ken Sim out of office. In this episode, UBC political science professor Richard Johnston discusses whether polling done in Vancouver's...

Duration:00:23:48

Justin McElroy on Why UBC Residents Can't Vote for Mayor

10/4/2018
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On October 20th, Vancouverites from every neighborhood head to the polls to elect ten at-large councillors and one mayor — every neighborhood except one. West of Blanca street, there are 15,000 permanent residents and 12,000 students who can’t vote for park board, city council, or mayor. The CBC's Justin McElroy draws from his own reporting to explain why residents in and around UBC can only vote for school board and for one person on Metro Vancouver's regional board.

Duration:00:14:01