Posted on November 20, 2015
This week’s report from the C.D. Howe Institute complaining about how Canadian cities keep their books actually ranks Vancouver as tied in second place with four other municipalities for accuracy and transparency of its budgeting.
But that didn’t stop the Vancouver Sun’s Don Cayo from damning Vancouver and Surrey for budget practices that “make no sense” even though Vancouver has already implemented the overwhelming majority of the C.D. Howe recommendations. (The one exception is a recommendation not used by any municipality.)
In fact, one credit rating agency declared last year that “Vancouver displays strong governance and management characteristics. The city uses a long-term financial planning framework, including a ten-year Capital Strategic Outlook, a four-year Capital Plan, and an annual consolidated budget (capital and operating) with a four-year outlook.”
To set the record straight, I sent the Sun this letter this morning, along with an invitation for Mr. Cayo to meet with the city’s finance team: Read More
Posted on November 19, 2015
Viaducts replacement won’t impact ambulance trips to St. Paul’s — first responders don’t use the Viaducts
There are good reasons to challenge the proposal to move St. Paul’s Hospital to False Creek Flats, but the fear that ambulances will not be able to connect as quickly to the new site is not one of them.
Because first responders don’t use the Viaducts today.
Vancouver Burrard MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert raises many good questions about the provision of services to West End residents in the latest Westender — strangely the article is not available online — but is making an understandable mistake when he reminds readers that the Viaducts will go.
As last month’s report to council made clear, “staff have heard from emergency service providers that they do not use the Viaducts due to concerns that they can easily become stranded on the elevated roadways if there is an accident.”
Overall, traffic performance over the revised road network will be improved and, according the Providence Health Care, most St. Paul’s users will find emergency access better as well. Downtown Eastside residents, for example, would find their emergency trip halved if headed to the new site.