Politics

Thursday, August 11, 2016
See this despicable cartoon attached to my post?  I didn't scrape it off some bottom-of-the-internet hate site, this was on the progressive World Social Forum which was happening in Montreal this last weekend. Those particular workshops... Keep Reading
Friday, January 29, 2016
I’ve lived in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant for close to thirty years, and in Strathcona/Chinatown for most of that time. It’s my home, and an area I’m very fond of —of course, a lot of Vancouverites and visitors are fond of Chinatown, and it represents... Keep Reading
Friday, January 29, 2016
As Greens, how we treat our planet and its inhabitants reflect our fundamental values.  As a Green MLA, I will fight to push those values into provincial decisions and lend my voice to those who have none. An Endangered Species Act for B.... Keep Reading
Thursday, January 28, 2016
On Tuesday (February 2), voters in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant will head to the polls and mandate a big change for our riding. The big change coming to Vancouver-Mount Pleasant isn’t just the replacing of Jenny Kwan’s 20-year career as MLA since she... Keep Reading
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Vancouver is a growing city with worsening congestion, affordability challenges, and a finite amount of developable land — investing in good transit now is an absolute necessity if we want to keep our local economy robust and our region livable. The... Keep Reading
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Vancouver, B.C.– Pete Fry, B.C. Green Party Candidate For Vancouver–Mount Pleasant, announced today that a B.C. Green Party government will eliminate the regressive monthly MSP premiums. Currently, MSP premiums are charged to anyone who lives... Keep Reading
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
What might the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement mean here in the City of Vancouver? — with the notion of foreign investment already a hot-button issue in Vancouver real estate and unaffordability; what might the TPP and its extrajudicial... Keep Reading
Friday, November 13, 2015
The provincial government recently announced $35 million in funding — for what are termed as routine capital grant upgrades: things like window and boiler upgrades, roof replacement and energy efficiencies. Vancouverites, were of course disappointed... Keep Reading
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday October 27, a milestone in a several year personal and community struggle was achieved. Vancouver City Council approved an amended staff report to remove the viaducts in principal, with the inclusion of a serious commitment to immediate... Keep Reading
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Reported in Today's Sun: "89 home care workers lose their jobs in Vancouver." * Census data tells us that B.C.'s population is ageing faster than the rest of Canada — at 15.7% of the population, we are a full percentage point above the national... Keep Reading
Monday, September 21, 2015
Peter Ladner's  Sept 14 opinion piece raises an interesting quandary about Vancouver housing prices, the dearth of detached homes, and the notion that taxpayers are subsidizing seniors to take up unused space. The idea of an octogenarian... Keep Reading
Friday, September 18, 2015
Like many Vancouverites, I owe a sincere debt of gratitude to VCC. I wrote my first lines of HTML code in a VCC classroom, allowing me to upgrade from print-focused graphics to remain successfully self-employed and engaged in newly emerging... Keep Reading
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
This morning, as predicted, the Bank of Canada cut our interest rate by .05 per cent. Ostensibly, the move is to head off a recession — spurred mostly by slumping oil markets that have dampened Alberta's economic outlook — lower interest rates mean... Keep Reading
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Thoughts on transit referendum:  Firstly, it never should have happened — an absolute abdication of leadership—doomed to failure from the start. We elect leaders to make the tough decisions, not pass the buck; and that is precisely what Christy... Keep Reading
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
My name’s Pete Fry, and I’m the BC Green Party candidate in the provincial riding of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant—where we’ll be holding a special by-election to replace Jenny Kwan now that she is running in the federal election. Last year, I ran for... Keep Reading
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
I was cautiously optimistic to hear the premier's May 30 announcement that the B.C. Liberal government has begun researching the options for taking action on the issue of unaffordable housing prices. Housing affordabilty in Vancouver isn't... Keep Reading
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The affordability crisis in Vancouver certainly isn't news—it was a central theme of our most recent civic election, and the two preceding it—but in recent weeks, calls for senior government intervention have landed on the premier's desk in the form... Keep Reading
Monday, April 27, 2015
VICTORIA B.C. – Pete Fry was confirmed as the B.C. Green Party candidate for an anticipated Vancouver-Mount Pleasant by-election at a nomination meeting held on Saturday April 25, 2015. Fry was a candidate for Vancouver City Council with the Green... Keep Reading
Map of the Vancouver-Mt Pleasant riding
Thursday, April 9, 2015
It seems like only yesterday I was out trying to hustle votes in the municpal election—but recent changes in East Van politics will see a by-election and no incumbent here in the East End... So I've decided to take the plunge, but I need your help!... Keep Reading
BIG Architecture / Westbank : Vancouver House rendering
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The notion that at least some of Vancouver's development is being targeted to wealthy investors and thus skewing our own housing market – making it more expensive for local residents – shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who lives here... Keep Reading
Image © DonkeyHotey, see postcript
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Given the abysmally low voter turnout of past civic elections (just under 35 percent of eligible voters in 2011), Vancouver chief election officer Janice MacKenzie’s announcement on June 25 to expand opportunities and places to vote with at-large... Keep Reading
Handout Image published in Vancouver Sun
Friday, May 16, 2014
Local media was buzzing with reports of Bob Rennie's recent keynote speech, in which he placed the blame for Vancouver's affordability crisis on single-family neighborhoods, while defending his own development interests. As reported by the Sun's... Keep Reading
photo c/o False Creek Residents Association
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Have you noticed the green lights on the towers around the northeastern end of False Creek? Have you noticed that giant fenced-in parking lot that sometimes hosts the circus - but is mostly empty? Well, both sights are related to the park that was... Keep Reading
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
On Sunday May 4th while the Vancouver Greens were endorsing their candidates (myself included) to run for City Council on November 15 of this year, ruling party Vision Vancouver were holding their AGM. As the Vancouver Courier's Mike Howell Keep Reading
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Today, at City Hall they're reviewing the Mayor's Engaged City Task Force Report, which is expected to be approved by the Vision-dominated council. Ostensibly, the report is about enhancing citizen engagement, but it includes some troubling... Keep Reading
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
While Gregor and the gang push more concrete and glass towers as the panacea for affordable housing - the data paints a different picture. Look at the numbers for average purchase price (which of course ultimately dictates rental price) of concrete... Keep Reading
Sunday, December 30, 2012
A sign from above and blessings for a new year. I experienced the most profound and prophetic moment yesterday, at the #IdleNoMore demonstration in front of the Vancouver CBC Plaza. Spoke with a Squamish matriarch about the past, the present and... Keep Reading
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