A litigious researcher of City of Vancouver land deals appears to be ready to make a run for council.
Coalition Vancouver mayoral candidate Wai Young has told the Vancouver Sun that Glen Chernen will be a candidate with her new party.
This came after party volunteer Gary C. Bizzo revealed the news on his Twitter feed on Saturday (August 18).
In June, Chernen came third in the race for an NPA mayoral nomination, and he ran with the Cedar Party in the 2014 election.
Chernen is the latest NPA member to migrate to Coalition Vancouver, which shares his hostility to new separated bike lanes behind Vancouver General Hospital on West 10th Avenue.
Earlier this month, the Straight's Carlito Pablo reported that ex-NPAers Lianne Rood, Peter Labrie, David Jones, and Mike Lount had joined Coalition Vancouver.
Labrie is the new party's president.
“We’re talking to a lot of people, and if Glen [Chernen] were interested in joining us, we would be certainly interested in talking with Glen,” Labrie said at the time.
Young is a former Conservative MP for Vancouver South. When Chernen was seeking the NPA mayoral nomination, he was backed by some federal Conservatives.
Chernen has maintained that corruption between developers and people at Vancouver City Hall is creating unwanted and unnecessary densification. He's also accused the ruling Vision Vancouver of blowing taxpayers' money on pet projects.
In the past, he's been involved in unsuccessful legal actions against Mayor Gregor Robertson. In one case that was dismissed in B.C. Supreme Court, Chernen alleged that the mayor was in a conflict of interest after accepting swag from Hootsuite when the tech company had an option to buy a city building.
Chernen has also taken aim at the redevelopment of Oakridge and an exchange of sites on Richards Street between Brenhill Developments and the city, which led to a new city-owned building for low-income residents of Jubilee House.
Chernen's criticism of this transaction was later echoed by David Eby, then the Opposition housing critic and now the NDP attorney general.
Vision Vancouver members of council approved the complicated rezoning in 2013. However, two Vision councillors, Geoff Meggs and Tim Stevenson, were ineligible to vote on the matter, according to the council minutes.
Meggs is now chief of staff to Eby's boss, Premier John Horgan.