Is Andrea Reimer The Coolest Public Servant We’ve Ever Had?

It’s a tough question. Councillor Heather Deal is pretty rad, too, but did she go see Bad Brains and The Ramones in 1993? Probably not. Former Vancouver school board trustee Andrea Reimer was elected to City Council in 2008. Aside from being a member of the Greenest City Action Team, she is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, Director of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and the Executive Director of the Wilderness Committee. She’s also an all-round cool lady who digs toiling in the garden in front of her Cedar Cottage home, playing soccer with the Vancouver Vixens and listening to old school punk rock. Check out her full bio here.

Scout Q&A

Town you were born in? Saskatoon.

Three things about the Cedar Cottage neighbourhood that makes you want to live there? Trout Lake! The people that live in the neighbourhood. Cornucopia of transportation options (skytrain, access to many bike paths, walking is safe and easy).

Describe your favourite photograph.
My daughter at six years old standing on a hill in a long red dress with the wind in her hair, irises waving on the hillside, holding a stick and looking like the most wild and oldest soul in the world.

Default drink? Red wine.

Drink you’ll never have again?
A tie between (a) vodka and Sprite (it’s a long story) and (b) Guinness (another long story involving cleaning the pipes in Scotland).

When you can’t sleep?
I rarely have a problem sleeping. It’s the second best thing about being so busy.

Favourite Vancouver bridge?
Commercial Drive bridge.

Best Vancouver patio? The one on our house!

One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver? More affordable housing, especially for families.

Favourite place to see a band? Railway Club or almost anywhere outside.

Cheap place for dinner?
Peaceful Restaurant.

Book you’re reading? Snow by Orhan Pamuk.

Last place travelled? For work, Victoria. For fun, took the train to San Francisco. Read more

BREAKING: City Council Removes Foot And Balks The 50/50 Rule

November 2, 2009 

Good news and bad news. The good news is that in a stunning volte face, the spectacularly retarded decision by Vancouver city council to institute a dreaded 50/50 rule* has been tossed. The recently passed and nearly enforced (phew) rule would have seen Vancouver food primary licensees compelled to ensure that booze would never account for more than 50% of sales. I know, wicked stupid. Such a law would have taken Vancouver from one of the top food cities in the world to one of the worst, and with a knife in its back.

The bad news is that all of the By-Law No. 4450 amendments have also been dumped, including the extension of restaurant hours. So essentially we’re back to square one. No fun city.

Awesome job.

PS. Many thanks to the people who quickly stood up and said no to what went down as one of the dumbest, most ill-conceived by-laws on the city’s books (and that’s saying something).

Rejoice! VanCity Council Votes To Extend Liquor Service Hours

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I don’t like eating my words, but tonight it’s sort of a no brainer. Last week, while opining on a Georgia Straight piece about a possible relaxation of the city’s pitifully Draconian liquor laws (in particular an extension of service hours), I wrote this little tastes-like-chicken nugget:

Whether we want to admit it or not, City Hall is still a place where good ideas that combat Vancouver’s international reputation as a yawn-accelerating glass house are put to death and ineloquently eulogized. Why? Because those of the chamber invariably consider the opinions of people who wouldn’t know a good time if it sat directly on top of their faces. Seriously, come hither, dear comet. I really think we’re ready.

Well, I just got off the phone with Mark Brand, co-proprietor of Boneta and The Diamond, and I have some good, if not surprising news. After listening to 27 speakers tonight, Council actually voted unanimously to allow restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages until 1am Sunday through Thursday and until 2am on Saturday and Sunday. Read more