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THE VOICE OF VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOODS Whatthe Dickens? 31 MIDWEEK EDITION WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21, 2012 Vol. 103 No. 93 • Established 1908 OPINION: Liberal ad nauseam 10 COMMUNITY CORRESPONDENT: Downtown’s Zoe Li 15 Direct to our website Constance Barnesburner PARK BOARD COMMISSIONER LOSES NDP NOMINATION BID TO TECH COMPANY OWNER SANDRA THOMAS Staff writer C ON TRIAL FOR BURGER photo Dan Toulgoet Luke’s Corner Bar chef Megan Martin goes big for the city-wide Best Burger Challenge. SEE PAGE 32. AD onstance Barnes had mixed emotions two days after losing her bid to run for the provincial NDP in the Vancouver-False Creek riding at a nomination meeting Saturday. With one breath, the Vision Vancouver park board commissioner described her disappointment at her defeat, while with the next she insisted as part of the NDP she will work to ensure a win in the May 2013 provincial election. Beating Barnes by six votes was Matt Toner, a video game designer who in 2006 launched Zeros 2 Heroes Media at Cambie and Hastings, which employs more than 30 workers. “It was unexpected,” Barnes told the Courier Monday. “But I have to stay positive. I’m proud that I stayed true to myself and I’m humbled by the amount of support I’ve received through it all.” Barnes is the second high-profile Vancouver civic politician in less than a month to fail to make the jump to provincial politics. Vision Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs was unsuccessful in his bid to win the NDP nomination for Vancouver-Fairview after losing Oct. 21 to union leader and environmentalist George Heyman. Barnes said supporters of early childhood learning and the Kitsilano Coast Guard station, which is scheduled to close, told her they were also disappointed by her loss. “So now they’re telling me I should run federally so I can take their voice to Ottawa,” said Barnes. “I’ve also been asked to run in other ridings.” The second-term park board commissioner is considering both options. “But I consider myself a team player first and I’m going to do what I can to support Matt Toner,” said Barnes. “My goal is to see the NDP in government, it just looks like the universe has another plan for me.” See CIVIC on page 4

Vancouver Courier November 21 2012

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