Vancouver election voting options? Consider this slate by Elizabeth Murphy, housing policy commentator

Advance Poll Voting City HallElizabeth Murphy is a long-time watcher and commentator on Vancouver civic affairs. For people wondering about options for the 2018 civic election, below is her recommended slate for the civic election on October 20.

Related, here is her current article in Common Ground: “2018 Vancouver civic election: to change or not to change“:
https://commonground.ca/2018-vancouver-civic-election-to-change-or-not-to-change/

The big question is who will also work for a change in direction. There are many options, perhaps too many. And although many are good people, will any get elected in such a split broad field? When the public are confused, they tend to go with familiar names

Vancouver Civic Election 2018 Slate from Murphy.

“This is a critical election. There is finally an opportunity for a big change at city hall with most incumbents not running again. We need a new direction from Vision’s failed decade in power. The challenge is that there are too many people and parties running for office. Many have good intentions, but will not likely be elected and are only splitting the vote…”

MAYOR: SIM, Ken (NPA)

COUNCIL (10):

  • CARR, Adriane (Green)
  • FRY, Pete (Green)
  • WIEBE, Michael (Green)
  • WONG, David (Green)
  • HARDWICK, Colleen (NPA)
  • NOBLE, Penny (Independent)

PARK BOARD (7):

  • MACKINNON, Stuart (Green)
  • DEMERS, Dave (Green)
  • DUMONT, Camil (Green)

SCHOOL BOARD (9):

  • FRASER, Janet (Green)
  • GONZALEZ, Estrellita (Green)
  • CHAN-PEDLEY, Lois (Green)

Excerpt of “rationale”:

Current city councillor Adriane Carr (Green) has been an early and consistent supporter of character house retention. Greens recognize that the greenest policies are those that allow for adaptive reuse of existing character buildings, including for more affordable suites, strata and infill. Because of this record, we support the whole Green slate.

The Vision dominated council has had a decade to stop the demolitions, but instead has just made it much worse. And recent rezonings without any community consultations show this would continue. The two “independent ” mayoral candidates, Kennedy Stewart and Shauna Sylvester, are both related to Vision and their policies reflect more of the same, so not viable options. One City is also the same.

Visit www.elizabethmurphy.ca to see her full rationale.

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Elizabeth Murphy is a private sector project manager and was formerly a property development officer for the City of Vancouver’s housing and properties department and for B.C. Housing. Murphy writes op-eds for the Vancouver Sun, Common Ground Magazine, Georgia Straight and otherswww.elizabethmurphy.ca

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