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March 19, 2015, 6:46 p.m.
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The Decline of Vancouver.

Local municipalities love the rise in home values - more money is brought in on property taxes. They won't make any changes to purchase rules and give that up. Province and feds don't have to give as much money to the municipalities, so they aren't going to change any rules.

So ignore the mill rate? Cuts both ways, right? Or do you really not understand property tax vs assessed value?

March 19, 2015, 5:08 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-transport-minister-rules-out-translink-reform/article23514009/?service=mobile

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March 19, 2015, 1:07 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

So to recap: Surrey wants LRT but doesn't want to pay for it.

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March 19, 2015, 11:20 a.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

So if the vote results show majority in Surrey said 'No', whilst Vancouver majority said 'Yes', can we stop arguing about which rapid transit project is more needed and prioritize Broadway skytrain?

March 18, 2015, 6:28 p.m.
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29er 1x10 question

Still aluminum (aka fast wearing) and still heavy. Only reason to go 40 or 42 is because you're stuck with 4 bolts cranks. DM rings allow for cheap cassettes, shorter chains and less weight. Now that Turbine Cinch is out and there is still X9, you don't need carbon price to go direct mount ring.

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March 18, 2015, 5:21 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

"“I wondered if in the comments to the story, Sun readers would be indicting TI Corp and the provincial government for their incompetence and mismanagement, calling for accountability, if not resignations. Imagine my complete lack of surprise to find nothing of the sort; that’s reserved for transit agencies. TI Corp will likely go on to finance the Massey bridge.”
Story here:
http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/story.html?id=10755997

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March 17, 2015, 1:14 p.m.
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29er 1x10 question

i got spooked by a comment drewm made about the 40/42 tooth rings wearing super fast, and as a result i end up using mine as little as possible.

I had a similar thought but fixed the issue by going 26t ring up front [HTML_REMOVED] a return to 11-36 on the back. Everything is lighter - shorter chain, no 100g+ extra on my cassette, lighter ring and the climbing is fine for 95% of what I do. For Windy Pass and the like, I may put the 40t back on, but otherwise my Surface will stay with the 11-36 gearing via Cinch NW 26t ring.

March 17, 2015, 1:05 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

Seems like the counter argument in this thread to the number 1 obstacle NO voters have to this new tax (namely: Translink can't be trusted with additional funds) is "you guys are stupid".

LOL - excellent salesmanship guys.

The polls show the voters south of the Fraser are much more likely to vote "No". So I ask you this: is Translink any more trustworthy to voters North of the Fraser, or is there something more to the thinking of the No voters? Perhaps we can caste aside the red herring that is Compass etc. and call BS on the No for being anything but selfish. They're thinking of their pocketbook, not pricing in congestion cause it doesn't come on their bank statement and can't see further than that despite the numerous studies that say how this will affect us all.

March 14, 2015, 9:26 a.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/2015/03/13/the-psychology-of-no-vancouver-residents-poised-to-make-a-decision-that-will-corrode-their-happiness

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March 12, 2015, 5:07 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

"My generally pleasant encounters with Vancouver’s transit system was at the conclusion of a 10-city trip in Canada and the U.S. with highly variable levels of transit service from dismal to fairly good. But Vancouver’s system was easily the best – something that Vancouverites really should treat as a source of pride, not acrimony.

Probably the most striking thing for me was the lack of appreciation, even disdain, for the service that TransLink provides. I suspect that this is a case of “you’re used to what you’re used to” taking the status quo as a baseline and judging the system as a whole by instances of less-than-perfect performance. This is an example of perception driving reality." http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/03/transit-referendum-kiwi-perspective/

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March 11, 2015, 3:33 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

Some interesting reading on the Translink budget shortfalls. A lot of it is tied to decline gas sales. The forecasting error in spotting the fuel consumption decline has caught many transportation authorities off guard. In BC's case, the forecast was made harder by Victoria's decision to add fuel tax at different point in supply chain. Hard to pin this kind of goal post moving on Translink. For CraigH: many of the stats on regional bridge usage seem to come from Translink reports…

March 11, 2015, 1:06 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

It's the province 's projections (notSightline's) used to justify the debt. Tell Jordan Bateman you don't believe the projection and feel duped as he was part of the group rallying behind Port Mann project.

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March 10, 2015, 10:53 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5RIVj4tM4dU[HTML_REMOVED]feature=youtu.be

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March 10, 2015, 10:35 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

You neocons are pennywise and pound foolish to be prideful about that bridge that costs us so much, and then point to translink salaries as wasteful.

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March 9, 2015, 10:37 p.m.
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Translink & 0.5% vote (merged)

On the cost of voting 'no': http://www.bcbusiness.ca/manufacturing-transport/if-the-no-side-wins-itll-cost-vancouver-billions-cd-howe

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