Friday, 20 October 2017

It's time to start this blog up again!

The primary focus of this blog is to remove the spin from the world of North Van City politics. Let's unspin the campaigns of Bill and Dorothy Bell's quest to be the City of North Van's first married couple on Council.

Bill and Dorothy Bell published Bell's News and Photography as campaign material for their first run in 2014  based on the political theory that posting lots of pictures of North Van would attract the attention of those who didn't remember Bill Bell from his time of being a Council member almost two decades ago would remember his name on voting day and his wife Dorothy Bell. A very superficial strategy but voters can vote somewhat superficially in a municipal campaign. Perhaps many remembered his betrayal of the NDP when he ran for the Federal Liberals in the 2000 election.

Bill had a North Van record of both success and failure being elected to Council but failing to win the Mayor's chair in 2002, perhaps his failure was telegraphed by where his campaign office was in the Rusty Gull. 

They doomed their campaign by endorsing Kerry Morris for Mayor. Kerry,  with no record of being elected or serving the people such as Mayor Mussatto being a paramedic and a Council prior to being elected to Council, the unemployable Kerry took a large stack of inherited money and tried to buy the Mayor's Chair.  He ran an ego campaign fueled with the brash loudness of someone who thought he knew everything but didn't know or have any experience with anything useful.

Bill Bell had no deep principle, only a deep seated hatred of Mussatto due to his loss for the Mayors' Chair in 2002 and his failure to become the Member of Parliament in 2000 as the Liberal candidate, and a deep financial need to suck more money out of the City as they had retired in Mexico at 50ish and have run out of money to continue their retirement for the next 20 years that they should live, according to demographics and Stats Canada. So at least one of them had to win to keep a roof over their heads.

As Socialists, they found what Lenin called "useful idiots" the North Vancouver "Voices Collective" filled that role. The Bell plan and failed as they made the classic mistake of rookie people on Survivor, they joined the second place group and joined the electoral bottom of their lineup. As well, Dorothy took on the role of a neo-Marxist radical feminist, harassing Iani Makris  and finished well down the list only 1 ahead of Iani. 

The Bell propaganda machine was joined by  the after the 2014 election but the site had not been paid for and lasted a couple of years.

Morris' ego made him run for Mayor when had he run and won a Councillor's seat role and planned a Mayor's run in 2018, he might of at least had some credibility to run for Mayor. Of course, Kerry the rage filled alcoholic homophobe that enough voters learned about to deny him the Mayor's chair would have emerged during his hypothetical term and doomed his run for Mayor in 2018.

As part of a not legally recognized electoral organization (municipal political party) with Morris as their Master, Bill, Dorothy, Amanda Nichol and Councillors Bookham and Clark formed what I have named Kerry Morris Voices, since they have failed to officially and legally register as a Party and try to pretend they are independents.

Bill and Dorothy will probably run again although Bill will quality for his government retirement pensions so can retire a second time, funded this time. Perhaps Bill will get in since likely Don Bell and Pam Bookham will announce their retirement and leave an easier run to get the fifth and sixth seats.  As well Linda Buchanan will be running for Mayor leaving so only incumbents Craig Keating, Rod Clark and Holly Back will be in the race leaving 3 spots open for new Councillors. I'll do a post on the likely candidates later.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Election 2014 has officially started.

The election period has just started and my Mayoral campaign will officially register at 0930, the first one out of the starting gates.

The NV Council Watch blog will not write articles on the Mayoral race but only on the Councillor's race except to say now, "I think I have it wrapped up!"

Monday, 29 September 2014

Union Donation History

Many times, candidates run heavily subsidized by the unions while running to be the boss of those employees.  In some cases, candidates hide that fact from the voters until after the election when by provincial law they have to disclose.

The disclosures are on the CNV website for the last two elections and the following is a list of the donations.

Mussatto, Darrel (2011)     $13,850
Schechter, Sam (2008)      $6,450
Trentadue, Mary (2008)    $6,200
Mussato, Darrel (2008)     $5,450
Keating, Craig    (2008)     $5,200
Amanda Nichol  (2011)  $4,600
Linda Buchanan (2011)      $4,450
Cheryl Leia (2008)              $3,900
Craig Keating (2011)           $3,200
Cheryl Leia (2011)               $2,650
Rod Clark (2008)              $1,950
Juliana Buitenhuis (2011)  $1,650

Thursday, 11 September 2014

More candidates start appearing

Maybe my gut feeling that we would have 30 candidates run for Councillor may turn out to be true.  Let's look at a list of ones that I'm pretty sure about with 19 days to go until the opening of nominations.  Unofficially declared in bold.

Morris, Kerry (
Mussatto, Darrel (
Pringle, George (

Back, Holly (
Bell, Bill  (
Bell, Don
Bell, Dorothy (
Bookham, Pam
Buchanan, Linda
Clark, Matt (
Clark, Rod (
Fodor, Elizabeth
Heilman, Joe
Keating, Craig
Leia, Cheryl
Markis, Iani    (
McGrenera, Kathryn
Nichol, Amanda (no website submitted)
Nichols, Chris
Polly, Ron
Sostad, Ron (no website submitted)
Valente, Tony (

If any with website is not listed let me know.  I will be putting up a list on the front page of this blog since the City won't be putting up the candidates platforms and contacts until the 14th of October. If you know of anyone else, let me know.  If a person is not running for certain, contact me personally.  

Phil Marsh is out due to injury and David Janis is in.  

UPDATE 2 Candidates who have registered are bolded.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

It's almost time to act legally

20 days from now Kerry Morris will have to revamp all his campaign material to include an "authorized by Joe Blow Financial Agent for the Morris Nation" or some other legal statement missing from his material which floods the City with now.  At least within a few blocks of his fancy expensive campaign office.

But there is no law that can make him only make statements that conform with the facts or truth.