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What do you think of "Metro Vancouver", the new name for the GVRD (Greater Vancouver Regional District)?

What do you think of "Metro Vancouver", the new name for the GVRD (Greater Vancouver Regional District)?

By Richard Eriksson on August 4, 2007 - 12:09am

I for one welcome our new Metro Vancouver overlords, and can't wait until the municipalities amalgamate
39% (90 votes)
I've been telling outsiders that I'm from Vancouver when I live in the suburbs, so this means I can tell them the truth now
17% (39 votes)
Bring back the GVRD and to its full glory!
19% (44 votes)
Oh great, this means we're going to amalgamate all the municipalities. Count me out!
25% (58 votes)
Total votes: 231
Submitted by Richard Eriksson on August 4, 2007 - 12:10am.

The CBC has a story on the rebranding, mostly quotes from Johnny Carline, the chief administrative officer of the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

Submitted by Ray on August 4, 2007 - 8:24am.

Translation:-
"Greater Vancouver Regressive Debaters"

Submitted by Ray on August 4, 2007 - 9:19am.

Three-Day-Old Cow Pies !
Whatever happened to George Puil anyway?
Did he ever get rid of that load of "fertilizer" on the lawn?
Has he gone to the Big Council Meeting In The Sky yet?
Do any of us really give a damn ?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on September 5, 2007 - 5:53pm.

Dude,

George Puil?? He hasn't been the Chair of the GVRD for over half a decade!... That almost as long as the total time he was chair... Wake Up and start paying attention! There are questions at the end of this!

Submitted by budd campbell (not verified) on August 16, 2007 - 11:13am.

We will never get the freeways and heavy rail we need without full amalgamation. And neither will we rid the Surrey School board of it's irresponsible flakes without a corresponding amalgamation of school districts.

In a rationally run province, the leaky condo crisis alone would have been seen as more than sufficient grounds for amalgamating all the Metro Vancouver municipalities, since they had plainly failed completely in one of their core duties. Their response? Make sure that they retain their complete immunity from lawsuits over shoddy construction their inpsectors have approved, ... over the phone!

I am no fan of former Ontario Premier Mike Harris, most of the time. But he did the right thing when he amalgated Toronto, and B.C. needs a non-metro Premier with the guts to do the same thing here, and in the Capital Region too! I hope that Premier is Carole James.

Submitted by Ray on August 18, 2007 - 7:08am.

Why should the rest of us pay for Greater Vancouver's mistakes?
What's everybody's is nobody's...and Carole James for Premier? Forget it. We still remember Glen Clark
and going back to the Stone Age. If bigger is better, why are so many women complaining about their implants?
How much bureaucracy is too much? Haven't we got enough already? What's in that for me & you?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2007 - 12:03pm.

Vancouver does NOT need freeways. What it needs is better mass transit. The amalgamation of the GVRD means the loss of community. Once essentail services like Fire, Police, etc. are amalgamated in to one, community pride goes down the drain.

Submitted by NetChick on September 4, 2007 - 11:59am.

I, for one, welcome the change. GVRD sounds very unfriendly.

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Submitted by George Parker (not verified) on October 26, 2007 - 8:55pm.

I live in the Corporation of Delta. My dad, with whom I live, works in the City of New Westminster, most of my friends are from the City of Surrey, where I work, but I go to school in the City of Burnaby. My girlfriend is from the the City of Vancouver.

Of course, I'm effected by the issues of all of these municiplities. In fact, during my daily commute I travel through no less than 5 municipalities! I take the damn skytrain every single day and it's 10 minutes away but it doesn't pass through my municipality.

It's time we faced the facts: We all live in the same city and are affected by the same issues. People from Richmond are Vancouverites. People from Coquitlam are Vancouverites. People from Delta are Vancouverites.

I'm a Vancouverite and you're a Vancouverite and it's Vancouver from the Peace Arch to Grouse Mountain, no matter how many mayors we have.

Perhaps changing the GVRD's name to Metro Vancouver is the first step towards wholesale amalgamation of our ridiculously shattered municipalities. I, for one, welcome said amalgamation with open arms and with a resounding "It's about time!"

It's about time Vancouver got the recognition it deserves. And I mean the real Vancouver; suburbs and all.

Submitted by TaxedOutTaxpayer (not verified) on December 4, 2007 - 9:31am.

The Lower Mainland criminals are better organized than 21 disjointed city police forces.
Metro Vancouver/GVRD is an unaccountable, unelected, undemocratic, waste of money.
Enough dollars wasted, taxpayers need one city, one police force, one plan.

Submitted by artboomer on December 5, 2007 - 3:27pm.

It's time we faced the REAL facts: We all DO NOT live in the same city and are NOT NECESSARILY affected by the same issues. People from Richmond are NOT Vancouverites. People from Coquitlam are NOT Vancouverites. People from Delta are NOT Vancouverites. Anyone I know from these communities/cities enjoy their identity and usually have a big hate-on for all consuming Vancouver. Just ask some of my fellow North Vancouver comrades.

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