Cover Story: Feeling Congested
September 26, 2013 01:00 AM
Bassam is the district's liaison to the Highway 1 Interchange Design Working Group. He has spent the past year brainstorming alongside Ministry of Transportation consultants, staff representatives from both North Van municipalities, technical experts such as architects and engineers and citizen representations from the affected neighbourhoods. - See more at: http://www.northshoreoutlook.com/news/cover-story-feeling-congested-1.910267
TransLink looks to update Phibbs Exchange
Brent Richter / North Shore News
August 24, 2014 12:00 AM - See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/news/translink-looks-to-update-phibbs-exchange-1.1326346#sthash.Y5bmC64h.dpuf
District of North Vancouver Coun. Roger Bassam said he welcomes the project to improve what is today a "horrible facility."
"It's really dated. It provides no weather protection. It's not well lit. I know people who always have some concern about feeling a little bit unsafe in there at night. It's hard to get to from a pedestrian aspect," he said. "It's obviously a huge opportunity for us to make public transportation a little bit more enjoyable in North Vancouver."
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Metro Vancouver politicians peer into recycling abyss, warn of landfilling 'Plan B'
A load of garbage is lifted inside Metro Vancouver's waste incinerator in south Burnaby. Metro wants to ban commercial haulers from taking garbage out of the region.
District of North Vancouver bylaw prohibits strata corporations from restricting rentals
Rental Housing Bylaw
Municipal council of the the District of North Vancouver adopted a bylaw in April, 2013 that states no strata council may enact bylaws that restrict the amount of units that can be rented in a development.
From the North Shore News:
The goal of the change is to maintain a healthy stock of rental housing options in the district, since few purpose-built rental buildings have been constructed since the 1970s, and existing ones are threatened by redevelopment with new condos.
“I think this policy addition . . . is going to go a long way to ensuring a viable rental stock in the future,” said Coun. Roger Bassam. “I’m looking forward to the results of this in 20 years when my kids are looking for an apartment.”
In response to the Oct. 5 letter, The Community Is the Police, from my colleague, Coun. Doug MacKay-Dunn, I feel some clarity would benefit the community.
The RCMP has served our community well, albeit not flawlessly, and is effective in combating crime. The Mounties also represent a tremendous value from a financial standpoint.
Paving the way
By Sean Kolenko - North Shore Outlook
Published: January 26, 2011 1:00 PM
Updated: January 28, 2011 2:15 PM
It will likely be one of the largest infrastructure projects the District of North Vancouver takes on. And, rightfully so. Something has to be done. Pinning your hopes, day in and day out, on nothing going wrong on the Second Narrows Bridge isn’t realistic.
Fees on milk bad for families
By Corrie Kost, North Shore News Sept. 28 2011
In reference to the Sept. 16 North Shore News story Got Milk? Maybe You Gotta Have a Deposit, I agree with District of North Vancouver Coun. Roger Bassam that the staff proposal to support a deposit on milk containers constitutes a tax.
Between the Lions Gate Bridge and Deep Cove there are 12 kilometres and 12 municipal boundaries where one government ends and another begins.
The order goes something like: West Vancouver, Squamish Nation, North Vancouver district, North Vancouver city, Squamish, city, district, Squamish, district, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, a co-managed Cates Park, and district again at Deep Cove.
It’s easy not to notice when a line has been crossed; some of them cut right through shopping malls and apartment blocks. But when it comes to voting rights, taxation and representation, those lines could spell clear trouble for some residents.
Rob Newell photo
North Vancouver District council says demolish house built without permits
By Kerry Blackadar, North Shore News
DISTRICT of North Vancouver council has voted unanimously to deny a development variance permit for an addition to a house on Capilano Road, rejecting the opportunity for the home owner to bring the structure into compliance with the municipality's zoning bylaws.
"We made every effort to stop it and bring the whole process into compliance and that is not the situation we find ourselves in," said Coun. Roger Bassam, indicating his support of the motion to deny the development variance permit.
Pot dispensary to open despite opposition
District of North Vancouver to ban sale of marijuana without federal authorization
A North Vancouver medical marijuana activist says he will open a cannabis dispensary in Deep Cove this weekend despite efforts by the municipality to quash his plans.
But district Coun. Roger Bassam said the municipality had to step in because of the impact the dispensary would have on the surrounding neighbourhood. A staff report issued to council ahead of last week's meeting raised the spectre of increased noise, traffic, loitering, crime and drug trafficking in the event the shop was allowed to open.
The district has received more than 175 emails from residents opposed to the dispensary -- versus just two voicing support -- since the News article ran, said Bassam.
"People just aren't comfortable with that sort of a business opening up in what is essentially a residential community," he said. "If there were a bona fide need for medical marijuana in the District of North Vancouver . . . I would think Vancouver Coastal Health would be on it."
VIDEO: 2011 BC Midget C Girls' Fastpitch Tournament Opening Ceremonies
North Shore News
On Friday July 8th North Vancouver’s McCartney Park was the setting for the 2011 BC Provincial Girls Midget C Fastpitch tournament opening ceremonies. MLA Jane Thornthwaite and acting North Vancouver District Mayor Roger Bassam threw out the ceremonial first pitches.
District of North Vancouver supports Metro plan if . . .
North Shore News - October 06, 2010
...This is one of those classic examples of higher government creating a crisis financially for municipalities," Coun. Roger Bassam said. "The senior government needs to be at the table right now."
DNV staff want parks closed after 10pm
North Shore News - November 12, 2010
...support the closure of public property," said Coun. Roger Bassam. "It's a complete violation of individual rights...minor vandalism." Coun. Mike Little agreed with Bassam, stating that a wide sweeping closure bylaw would fail...