Mayors aim to tie new bridge to tolls, referendum

Surrey North Delta Leader

Some Metro Vancouver mayors say a new bridge announced by the premier to replace the Massey Tunnel should be subjected to a referendum like one the province promises to give voters a say on new TransLink taxes…

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Recycling, campaign-spending limits hot topics at municipal conference

The Globe and Mail

The city’s past election saw campaign spending soar to a high-altitude mark of $6-million, an amount that both local politicians and residents think is outrageous and bad for democracy. So those politicians are going to this week’s annual gathering of B.C. councillors and mayors to urge them to support a motion asking the province to put limits on campaign financing just for Vancouver…

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BC municipalities balk at recycling costs as deadline to sign contract

Victoria Times Colonist

Mayor Malcolm Brodie of Richmond said his city won’t sign the “draconian” contract, which doesn’t offer a partnership approach. Brodie said that as far as he’s aware, only Coquitlam has signed the deal with Multi-Materials BC while other cities in the Lower Mainland have shunned it…

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MMBC gives cities more time to decide recycling role

Mobile Edition – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

The new agency in charge of a producer-pay recycling system coming for all packaging and printed paper is now promising to give cities more time to decide how they’ll participate. Multi Material BC had come under fire from civic leaders who are protesting what they call unreasonable terms for their cities to act as curbside recycling collectors when the new system launches next spring. Much criticism centred on a Sept. 16 deadline for cities to either commit to a collection contract with MMBC, let the agency contract out blue box pickup to other collectors or else keep running recycling services without compensation from MMBC…

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Richmond launches social blueprint

Richmond News

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said the city needs to be sure it’s addressing social issues faced by the community if it wants to achieve its goal of being a sustainable city…

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