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#5881 rmpeers

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 08:56 AM

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NewCouncil's website is gone but I'll paste their "vision" below. It's quite generic, don't you think?

Restore Trust

  • Truly consult YOU when your neighbourhood is impacted
  • Community comes FIRST. No more favoured status for lobbyists and activists
  • No more wasting YOUR tax dollars on ego projects
  • TEAR DOWN barriers to information and increase transparency

Fiscal Responsibility
  • No more using YOUR home as Victoria’s ATM. No more tax increases greater than inflation
  • Full and accurate project costs must be determined BEFORE a shovel goes in the ground
  • Say goodbye to FRIVOLOUS pet-project spending
  • Seek cost SAVINGS with other municipalities
A Safe & Clean Environment
  • Direct police to focus on increasing SAFETY downtown
  • Reduce litter, cut down on hazards and CLEAN up our sidewalks and parks
Improve Transportation Options
  • Make bike lanes SAFER for everybody
  • No expansion of bike lanes until actual CONSULTATION
  • REDUCE barriers for those with mobility needs
  • HELP downtown business by halting the war on parking
Solutions For Housing
  • Work with the province to get more affordable housing
  • Ensure neighbours and neighbourhoods have an ACTUAL say in housing
  • Benefits of a building boom must be SHARED with Victorians
  • Find SOLUTIONS for much-needed supportive housing

They had a Moving Forward document that was a lot more specific re next steps, I recall. But they didn't get their info out there enough. And they overestimated voters' ability to do research, as proven by Helps' victory despite the Elsner facts being out there. Helps' strongest asset is correctly gauging, as Trump did, that a lot of voters won't do much research, won't spend time factchecking the accuracy of what you say and will be easily swayed by shallow, meaningless bumpersticker rhetoric. That and having a better organized campaign. It had nothing to do with having better ideas or a better plan (she had neither) nor with running a positive campign (she didn't).
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#5882 N E Body

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:15 AM

Helps' strongest asset is correctly gauging, as Trump did, that a lot of voters won't do much research, won't spend time fact checking the accuracy of what you say and will be easily swayed by shallow, meaningless bumpersticker rhetoric.

 

That didn't work for New Council. That entire page from their website is shallow meaningless bumpersticker rhetoric.


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#5883 rmpeers

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:32 AM

That didn't work for New Council. That entire page from their website is shallow meaningless bumpersticker rhetoric.


Clearly it didn't. They were too late, not well organized enough and not effective at getting a clear message out. I still don't feel Helps got anything that remotely resembled a coherent vision out there. But she didn't need to. She convinced a lot of people that she was "progressive" and they bought it because she did a better job of selling her bumpersticker. And like Trump, she engenders a cultlike loyalty that causes her followers to blindly overlook or deny her misdeeds, however obvious they might appear to anyone with objectivity and an intellect. Modern politics, folks.

#5884 57WestHills

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:36 AM

Huh and everyone here thought I was crazy when I criticized New Council's lack of platform four weeks ago 🤷‍♂️ It was awful.
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#5885 Rob Randall

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:37 AM

They had a Moving Forward document that was a lot more specific re next steps, I recall. But they didn't get their info out there enough.

 

I don't think it mattered as the introductory gateway statement above was off-putting; full of hype and negativity. What's a "pet project" or an "ego project"? Who exactly are "favoured activists"? It's all a jumble. Why bother to drill down into a platform if the overview is like that?


Edited by Rob Randall, 08 November 2018 - 09:38 AM.

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#5886 rmpeers

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:48 AM

I don't think it mattered as the introductory gateway statement above was off-putting; full of hype and negativity. What's a "pet project" or an "ego project"? Who exactly are "favoured activists"? It's all a jumble. Why bother to drill down into a platform if the overview is like that?


You're correct. It took some determination, and the key info wasn't out front.

And pet/ego projects, well obviously the poorly planned, overbudget Biketoria was just one. Favoured activists? The mayor cozying up to Chrissy Brett and then giving an award to the meth-lab building, Drury-franchise Tent City crew was one example.

#5887 Sparky

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 04:19 PM

Long time VV member Ross Crockford has penned an interesting article about the election outcome for Focus Magazine. Great Politics vs. Good Governance. It’s a good read.

https://www.focusonv...governance-r12/
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#5888 A Girl is No one

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:26 PM

Thank you for sharing. Good read indeed.
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#5889 rmpeers

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:39 PM

Thank you for sharing. Good read indeed.


Thank goodness there's still a couple of decent reporters covering local politics. The TC and Vic News editors would be wise read Focus and follow their lead.
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#5890 Mike K.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 08:00 PM

I believe the TC's plan is actually the opposite.


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