Introduction by Michael Alexander
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Welcome. Today we are going to talk about politics in planning.

What is the relationship between Council and the City’s Planning Director? We are going to get a new Planning Director as our present one is retiring.

So what’s the relationship? Who makes what decisions? Who provides what advice? What do planners learn from Council? What do Councillors learn from planners?

We have two former Councillors, Marguerite Ford and Peter Ladner, to comment, and also Frances Bula, in my view the premier journalist in BC.

Marguerite, you are going to start.

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