Thursday, July 16, 2009

Simply the best

In a Maclean's-Institute for Market Studies survey of the best and worst run cities in Canada, Burnaby was number one.

The survey rated the cities on a variety of factors - governance and finance, taxation, safety and protection, transportation, environmental health, economic development and recreation and culutre. Burnaby also ranked number one in recreation and culture.

39 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh great.

Corrigan is going take credit for everything, and those sad sods in Team Burnaby will start finding fault because they missed out being the civic party of government when this survey came out.

Doesn't matter, just so the garbage is picked up and the streets are swept and the pools are topped up with water and the
roads are patched.

7/16/2009 8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting to note that the city was ranked dead last (out of 30) in Effectiveness under "Governance & Finance" and Overall in the category was ranked 24.

7/17/2009 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corrigan SHOULD get credit for this. After all, Burnaby is a well-oiled machine thanks to the Corrigan dynasty.

And those poor marks for "Effectiveness" under "Governance & Finance" don't really say much. I would interpret them as follows. Residents are so satisfied with Corrigan that they don't even bother to show up to vote because they know he'll win, and, likewise, nobody believes they can mount a serious challenge to him so nobody runs against him.

7/17/2009 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Governance and Finance. ...
That has something to do with the SAP story, doesn't it?

But at least we dont have garbage piling up in the parks.

BTW - Surrey and Vancouver were also in the top four, so ... this has more to do with good government in the Lower Mainland overall rather than any one particular brand of civic government.

7/17/2009 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also consider the ultimate assessement:

People were not mad enough to toss Corrigan and Company out of office

As for garbage piling up in the parks, there's no real excuse for that.

Dump the garbage in front of the public union office instead where it belongs.

In fact someone in Toronto should get a big Cat wheel loader and drive a big bucket of garbage to the city worker's union office and dump the garbage there.

7/17/2009 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who dumps their garbage on the streets as a protest - whether in front of city hall or the union office - is a stupid goof who deserves to pay 100 per cent tax on income and property for a year.

Sheesh.

7/19/2009 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has to go somewhere.

It's gets too stinky to keep in the yard next to the pool or BBQ.

7/19/2009 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides, consider:

If the garbage workers in Toronto see the private companies picking up all that garbage and taking it to the municipal landfill, they'll get all worked up because they figure the private company is "taking away their jobs".

So, it would be better for the garbage workers, if the citizens took the garbage to their union offices and said "here, you take this, you do the job, right?"

7/20/2009 7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone in Burnaby is so happy. A city strike would never happen here, eh?

http://cupe.ca/communications/Burnaby_civic_strike

7/20/2009 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was in 2007. Don't recall there was a long disruption in garbage service in Burnaby.

But if there was a disruption in garbage service, the garbage drop off location would be at CUPE headquarters.

No sense in messing up our parks, and CUPE would scream and holler if private garbage collection companies came to pick up the garbage at parks.

So, it makes sense to dump it off at CUPE headquarters and let the union boys use their SUV's and 1 ton pickup trucks to thae the garbage to the dump, this would
save their jobs from those evil private companies.

7/20/2009 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw a picture of Corrigan on the front page of the News Leader. I assume he will take credit for keeping the city lean and trim.

Too bad he didn't do anything about thinning out his beer gut. Yikes!!

7/21/2009 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I thought Burnaby put most of its garbage on this website!

7/21/2009 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Burnaby's garbage dump.

A landfill of political waste.

A cesspool of political thought.

7/21/2009 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, if you read the article more closely, the rankings were based on stats prior to 2007 so the garbage strike, oil spill, recent gangland killings and computer scandal may not have been taken into consideration when the ranking was decided.

I see Homes at OMA 1 & 2 in North Burnaby unable to sell after the Red Scorpion Co-Leader being gunned down there.

I see gangs knife fighting in front of the Pho Vietnamese Restaurant @ Kingsway & Macpherson @ 1am in the morning.

I see panhandlers harassing customers trying to have a quiet meal outside tables of Saphron's on Kingsway.

Before we start throwing accolades to Mayor Corrigan lets factor in the stats for 08 & 09 first and the average 26% turnout rate for Burnaby Municipal elections.

The politics of the Municipality of Burnaby is like politics of Iran. Its all a sham. Corrigan is like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

As long as he can subvert the Burnaby electorate in getting only 26% turnout for the election and making sure the majority of the 26% support him. He will remain President of Burnaby.

7/22/2009 12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, if you read the article more closely, the rankings were based on stats prior to 2007 so the garbage strike, oil spill, recent gangland killings and computer scandal may not have been taken into consideration when the ranking was decided.


They weren't. In the orverall scheme of things those didn't matter to the ordinary taxpayer.

I see Homes at OMA 1 & 2 in North Burnaby unable to sell after the Red Scorpion Co-Leader being gunned down there.

They will, it's just a matter of time before market forces override anything related to that idiotic
group's co-leader.

I see gangs knife fighting in front of the Pho Vietnamese Restaurant @ Kingsway & Macpherson @ 1am in the morning.

Most of us are sleeping and don't care about losers stabbing themselves at 1 am in the morning.

I see panhandlers harassing customers trying to have a quiet meal outside tables of Saphron's on Kingsway.

If I had one of those harassing me, I'd kick his ass (I've told one to go into the store and ask for a job because the store was obviously short staffed. Doesn't take a B.Comm to attend the front counter.

Before we start throwing accolades to Mayor Corrigan lets factor in the stats for 08 & 09 first and the average 26% turnout rate for Burnaby Municipal elections.

Sure. More whining.

The politics of the Municipality of Burnaby is like politics of Iran. Its all a sham. Corrigan is like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A bit of a long stretch there. So where does that place Lee Rankin who was the controller of Team Burnaby?


As long as he can subvert the Burnaby electorate in getting only 26% turnout for the election and making sure the majority of the 26% support him. He will remain President of Burnaby.

He didn't "subvert" anything. Team Burnaby was so busy with their own self-destruction and totalitarian
rule by Lee Rankin's associates, plus the idiotic management by Raymond Leung they couldn't bother to try and do a proper job of getting the task done.

and it's Mayor, not President.

7/22/2009 10:37 AM  
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7/22/2009 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..."and it's Mayor, not President"

Oh its President as in President Derek "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad" Corrigan.

In the last three municipal elections the average voter turnout has been 27% or 30,500 total and in the last two provincial elections the average turnout was 58% or 73,000 total votes in Burnaby.

So it doesn't matter who leads Team Burnaby whether its Lee Rankin, Raigni Rankin or the late Harry Rankin, Mr. Corrigan is set for life. He can be the Great Leader for life in the Mayor's/President's Chair of Burnaby until he wants to leave.

Long Live President Corrigan!

7/22/2009 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Municipal Elections should be tied to Provincial Elections to improve the turnout and result in a more accurate reflection of voter's opinion.

Right now the civic election is a pain in the butt and a rumour for most voters which results in the low voter turnout. Guys like Corrigan thrive on this.

7/23/2009 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Oh its President as in President Derek "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad" Corrigan."

Only in your idiotic mind. On the other side, look at Team Burnaby. A self-centered, totalitariam regime controlled by Lee Rankin and his minions.

"In the last three municipal elections the average voter turnout has been 27% or 30,500 total and in the last two provincial elections the average turnout was 58% or 73,000 total votes in Burnaby."

Voter turnout has always been alot lower in civic elections than in provincial ones. The average is about 30% to 32% for civic elections

"So it doesn't matter who leads Team Burnaby whether its Lee Rankin, Raigni Rankin or the late Harry Rankin, Mr. Corrigan is set for life. He can be the Great Leader for life in the Mayor's/President's Chair of Burnaby until he wants to leave."

Not exactly Sunshine. The voters decide that through democratic elections.

Quite different than what happens in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Again it comes down to Team Burnaby not coming up with something that would sell to the public, and provide a Mayor candidadte that would actually do something.

Long Live President Corrigan!

Sure. While Team Burnaby continues to try and find itself a real group of candidates, and a real
Mayor candidate that can be successfully sold to the public.

7/23/2009 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Municipal Elections should be tied to Provincial Elections to improve the turnout and result in a more accurate reflection of voter's opinion."

Would be too confusing.There would be two ballots and there would no doubt be a "cross over" from the provincial parties (NDP and Liberal) to civic elections.

It would also diminish the resources available to the provincial parties when it comes to volunteers. Volunteers - not the political opportunist kind, but the kind that knows how to do things properly - are in very short supply.


"Right now the civic election is a pain in the butt and a rumour for most voters which results in the low voter turnout. Guys like Corrigan thrive on this"

Probbalt because guys like Raymond Leung and Lee Rankin can't figure out how to build a civic electoral party that can win an election with a majority properly.

7/23/2009 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets not focus on your infatuation with Team Burnaby, Burnaby Voters Association, Independent Voters or whoever will be the opposition to BCA. Its all in the past.

The Burnaby Citizens Association has been in power for 21 years, probably making it the longest-serving government in BC. history.

Why is this, is it because people like you play arm chair quarterback and lower your intelligence by trash talking on this blog?

So do something about! Instead of bashing other people on this blog. I'm reading this garbage and it just makes my eyes role.

If you are so smart start bringing some credible opposition together to challenge BCA. In 21 years I haven't seen it because they keep back stabbing each other in the back from Gurdev Dhillon to Lee Rankin to Gary Begin. And I don't see anything changing in the next 21 years.

If this is democracy then I feel sorry for the poltical process. Every one loses, you and me included who live in Burnaby.

BCA and Mayor Corrigan will forever kick the area of the opposition where the sun doesn't shine.

7/23/2009 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Lets not focus on your infatuation with Team Burnaby, Burnaby Voters Association, Independent Voters or whoever will be the opposition to BCA. Its all in the past."

Some people on this blog won't let go of that. But the BCA's longevity is attributed to the fact that the supporters of Team Burnaby couldn't get their collective asses together.

"The Burnaby Citizens Association has been in power for 21 years, probably making it the longest-serving government in BC. history. "

And the reason for that is the fact once again Team Burnaby and its supporters can't get their collective asses together.


"Why is this, is it because people like you play arm chair quarterback and lower your intelligence by trash talking on this blog?"

The only intelligence that has been lowered is the writer of the previous contribution in this cesspool of a blog.


So do something about! Instead of bashing other people on this blog. I'm reading this garbage and it just makes my eyes role. "

Your eyes taking the role of what?

"If you are so smart start bringing some credible opposition together to challenge BCA. "

No thanks. I'd rather you do it.

In 21 years I haven't seen it because they keep back stabbing each other in the back from Gurdev Dhillon to Lee Rankin to Gary Begin. And I don't see anything changing in the next 21 years."

Be around when it happens.

"If this is democracy then I feel sorry for the poltical process. Every one loses, you and me included who live in Burnaby. "

Haven't lost a thing living here in Burnaby, except maybe a cheap Canadian Tire hubcap when I hit a pothole on one of Burnaby's streets a little too fast

BCA and Mayor Corrigan will forever kick the area of the opposition where the sun doesn't shine.

Team Burnaby seems to be doing that themselves quite often without Corrigan's help.

7/23/2009 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have crappy crusties on your underwear or something?

Grow up you guys - let's start a new association/party NOW and prepare for the next civic election!

How would we go about doing so?

I'm in !!!

7/23/2009 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCK OFF!

7/23/2009 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm that's an interesting way to get the voters and high quality candidates interested.

Two persons obviously supporters of the beleaguered Team Burnaby one getting to disgusting descriptions of underwear and the
other describing copulation at a Grade 8 level.

Well good luck in getting a new group organised that is something the citizens would want to get involved with and worthy candidates would want to be a part of.

No wonder the BCA keeps winning all the time.

You see folks that's the reason why things never change in civic government in Burnaby.

The supporters of Team Burnaby are getting down to underwear and sexual functions.

7/23/2009 6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, they sound like beleaguered Grade 11 supporters of Team Burnaby who can only afford hubcaps at Canadian Tire.

Lets move on and forget about Team Burnaby because the party name is owned by Lee Rankin. And he will never relinquish the party. So its a waste of time talking about him and the past. Unless, you are like a fan of the Winnipeg Jets and thinking that the Coyotes will return back to Winnipeg.

Like the previous blogger said if we have idiot bloggers who just whine,complain and talk idiot smack about Team Burnaby and others while sitting on their collective asses and sucking back on a long neck brew then be prepared to having another 21 years of BCA. And with the idiots on this blog, I agree with the last blogger, that I can't see any changes at city hall anytime soon.

7/23/2009 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there's any response from the Team Burnaby supporters, let's hope it's kept clean and brief.

In regards to that other reponder's description, keep it in the bedroom or on the kitchen table where it belongs.

7/23/2009 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's clean briefs you want, try doing your own laundry.

And any person who thinks its healthy to have a one-party monopoly on city council and school board is delusional!

7/25/2009 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well never said that a one party
monopoly wa a good thing.

and as far as Team Burnaby goes, they should stop crying like a spoiled child and take responsibility for the loss that they caused themselves and for those who would have otherwise supported them in their goal towards a majority on Council, plus Mayor.

Who would want to support a totalitarian regime led by Lee Rankin in the first place.

You have two years to complete a civic party that volunteers will want to join, be given thanks for their time and effort (and not brushed off in favour of a few privileged people), and for respectable candidates who would present goals and attributions for the city as a whole, and not to fit any one core group's chosen agenda.

Get movin' and kwitcherbeefin'.

7/25/2009 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might be a good idea.

Probably would be good to dump Lee Rankin's influences, and also those of Bruce Friesen and other hasbeens and start with brand new people and a new Board of Directors who are not attributed to nor have any connections with the Team Burnaby of the past.

In other words, dump Lee Rankin, his minions forget about trying to get assistance from the local BC Liberals (there isn't much in the riding associations to get anyway) and just start something brand new that would cater to all persons who wouldn't vote BCA, no matter if they are white, yellow, chocolate or whatever.

Also would be a good idea to come up with a series of goals that the voters want, not what a group of people who don't look at the big picture want.

If you're going to be successful in getting your product shre of the street, you have to sell it to those who would buy it.

7/25/2009 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah yeah, yeah. Dump the two Rankins. No one should ever think Lee can tie his shoelaces without his wife - or that she would let him. Then dump the other two councillors who caused so much trouble. Neither can be trusted anyway. Then of course Barb has to go because nobody can take the tears or the wailing anymore. Then dump all the helpers. They have to go. Let's not forget that the campaign team screwed up so they have to go as well.

So just who is on your list to help you build a new organization?

Face it bud, the BCA are here to stay. They have just been chosen for doing the best job of running a city in Canada.

Do you really think anyone would take your list of newcomers seriously?

7/27/2009 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yeah yeah, yeah. Dump the two Rankins. No one should ever think Lee can tie his shoelaces without his wife - or that she would let him. Then dump the other two councillors who caused so much trouble. Neither can be trusted anyway. Then of course Barb has to go because nobody can take the tears or the wailing anymore. Then dump all the helpers. They have to go. Let's not forget that the campaign team screwed up so they have to go as well.

So just who is on your list to help you build a new organization?"

New people who actually care about Burnaby rather than themselves. How's that for a start?

"Face it bud, the BCA are here to stay. They have just been chosen for doing the best job of running a city in Canada."

Well they'll end up losing an election eventually, and be replaced with people who actually care about Burnaby as a city and not be beholden to the NDP.

"Do you really think anyone would take your list of newcomers seriously?"

Do you think the voters would take Lee Rankin seriously? Gary? Garth?
Raymond Leung? Freisen?

Get real and get movin' if you want to change civic government next time around.

7/27/2009 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Do you think the voters would take Lee Rankin seriously? Gary? Garth?
Raymond Leung? Freisen?"


Individually each one of those you mentioned wanted to make a difference in Burnaby. Individually each one had something to offer.

But as a group they were an avalanche of selfishness, incompetence and competing egos sweeping away whatever money and credibility they had - not realizing that the movement they were experiencing was Down rather than up.


"Get real and get movin' if you want to change civic government next time around.

7/27/2009 10:20 PM"

You are partly right here, but a new group will take at least ten years to develope. There is certainly no rush to get movin' any time soon.

7/28/2009 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Do you think the voters would take Lee Rankin seriously? Gary? Garth?
Raymond Leung? Freisen?"


Individually each one of those you mentioned wanted to make a difference in Burnaby. Individually each one had something to offer."

They did have something to offer.

Several different kinds of disasters. It was incredible.

"But as a group they were an avalanche of selfishness, incompetence and competing egos sweeping away whatever money and credibility they had - not realizing that the movement they were experiencing was Down rather than up. "

True.


"Get real and get movin' if you want to change civic government next time around.

7/27/2009 10:20 PM"

"You are partly right here, but a new group will take at least ten years to develope. There is certainly no rush to get movin' any time soon."

No it won't. Do it right and you'll have a foundation of a new group poured by April of next year.

Then it's just a year after that to get your structure in place, set the basics of directional policy to be used as a guide for the candidates, and then by April 2012, you'll be set for the nominations by the membership.

7/28/2009 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is obviously an ndp dominated blog.

And non-ndpers are NOT gonna be taking any of their marching orders from here.

get real yerselfish!

7/28/2009 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I for one am not NDP.

Non NDPers never learned how to do things right anyway. They just keep doing the power plays. More power plays amongst Team Burnaby than you'd ever see from Team Canada at a Men's Final hockey game.

and kwitcherbeefin' and get goin'.

7/28/2009 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No it won't. Do it right and you'll have a foundation of a new group poured by April of next year.

Then it's just a year after that to get your structure in place,"

You are absolutely right. I'm sure many people are waiting for your leadership. You definitely are someone the voters of Burnaby would want to lead them.

We are waiting for you to get this thing started.

7/28/2009 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I'll start.

I'm delegating it to you.

Shift into gear and get movin'.

7/28/2009 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

goofs

7/29/2009 11:34 AM  

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