Vancouver city council fires Ray Tomlin from the board of variance
Vancouver city council fired Ray Tomlin from the Vancouver board of variance on the same day that his serious concerns about the board were published in the Georgia Straight.
On September 24, the Straight's real-estate column was devoted to Tomlin's allegations that the board was holding private meetings in violation of the Vancouver Charter.
The five-member, council-appointed board has the authority to overrule decisions by the planning department concerning development permits, zoning, signage, and trees.
City manager Penny Ballem and the board's chair, Tony Tang, declined to return calls from the Straight to respond to Tomlin's claims.
Tomlin, a mental-health worker, informed the Straight that he received notification this morning (September 26) that he was fired two days earlier. He said he will issue a statement later today about his dismissal.
Tomlin served on a previous board of variance that was fired by the NPA-controlled council. He was appointed to the board again earlier this year by the Vision Vancouver-controlled council.
He is a former arts and entertainment writer, housing researcher, and Statistics Canada employee.