Candidates for Councillor

City Council is elected at large, meaning each Councillor represents the entire city.

Together, the Mayor and 10 Councillors are responsible for city services such as bylaws, taxes, streets, sidewalks, and water.

The views expressed in these profiles are the views of the candidates and they are not endorsed by the City of Vancouver. The profiles are reproduced verbatim as submitted by the candidates and the content has not been altered in any way by the City.

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NPA

Candidate statement

George Affleck

George Affleck is a husband, father, and business owner. He lives and works in downtown Vancouver and enjoys giving back to the city he’s called home for 25 years— in the West End, Commercial Drive, and now Yaletown.

George is committed to working with non-profit and arts groups. He has chaired the False Creek Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee, the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, and the Cooperative Auto Network (Modo). George is a director of the Vancouver Children’s Festival.

George’s marketing company, Curve Communications, works with a variety of businesses and non-profits in the arts and environmental sectors.

George has worked as a journalist, both at the CBC and newspapers across BC. George’s work as a reporter has provided him with a healthy respect for government accountability and a desire to listen before taking action - convictions which he intends to bring to City Hall.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: george.affleck@npavancouver.ca

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Candidate statement

Alm Kelly


This is my second attempt to become an independent voice on council. Save a vote for me this time!

I was born in Vancouver and graduated from U.B.C. in Urban Land Economics with an award in finance. After a decade of real estate service I know current city hall red tape and zoning issues.

Advocating the East Approach, Waterfront Connector and Third Crossing; Vancouver’s transportation future can be protected.

I am a helping kind of guy. Helping the homeless groups protect the Woodwards building. Helping stop the proposed vehicle levy. Helping save the Conservatory at Q.E. Park. I have even received a VPD Certificate of Merit.

No matter which party you favour, you can count on me as your independent voice. As a creative idea man and futurist planner, I will provide leadership for a lower cost of living and better run city. Elect me for independent oversight.

Contact

Phone: 604-732-5867

Email: alm@kellyalm.ca

Website: www.kellyalm.ca 

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Cope

Candidate statement

AQUINO, RJ
RJ Aquino is the Co-Founder of Tulayan, an organization that builds bridges between the Filipino community here and abroad with other communities in Vancouver. 
Aquino also serves on the Board of Vancouver’s Asian Heritage Month. Originally from San Francisco, he moved to Vancouver while in high school. 

Spending his formative years here made him interested in community building and activism. With a strong small business background, 
RJ believes the key to Vancouver’s future is to tackle the affordability crisis. “We need a city that is affordable at every level,” says Aquino. 
“From new immigrants who want to bring their ideas and skills to our city, to our seniors who have spent their lives contributing to the city we all enjoy today. 
That’s how we can build a Vancouver for everyone.” A proud father, Aquino lives with his new daughter and wife in East Vancouver’s Collingwood. 
Learn more online at: cope.bc.ca/aqunio

Contact

Phone: 604-255-0400

Email: rj.aquino@cope.bc.ca

Website: cope.bc.ca 

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NPA

Candidate statement

BALL, Elizabeth


Elizabeth is a tireless cultural advocate and founder of the Carousel Theatre Company and School. As City Councillor from 2005 to 2008, Elizabeth brings a wealth of experience in culture, heritage and business to City Hall.

Elizabeth championed economic and cultural programs, including:

  • “Vancouver 125” celebration of City’s anniversary (2011)
  • Vancouver’s first Cultural Tourism Strategy
  • Mayor’s Film Industry Task Force
  • Vancouver’s successful bid for 2009 Juno Awards
  • Redevelopment of Vancouver Civic Theatres
  • Elizabeth’s appointments have included: the Board of the Vancouver Public Library, The Board of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Metro Vancouver’s Regional Cultural and Parks Committee and the Minerva Foundation for BC Women.

Elizabeth received the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame ‘Star’ on Granville Street and was twice nominated as a YWCA Woman of Distinction. She is a committed volunteer who works passionately to improve the lives of youth and seniors in Vancouver.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

Email: elizabeth.ball@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca​

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Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver (NSV)​

BENSON, Nicole

Candidate statement

Nicole Benson was born and raised in Vancouver, received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Western Ontario, and recently completed a Masters of Arts in Education at UBC. She is the founder of Esperanza Education, a small business dedicated to language training for intercultural communication and cooperation.

Her experiences traveling and living abroad have provided her with unique insights into different cultures and forms of community organization.

She believes in transparency and accountability at all levels of government and advocates for greater citizen participation in the political process.

Ball’s appointments in office included:

  • Vancouver Public Library Board
  • Mayor’s Task force on Children and Childcare 
  • City of Vancouver Creative Task Force
  • Metro Labour Relations Bureau
  • Metro Parks Committee

She has received numerous community honours, including the Granville Island Outstanding Contribution Award, YWCA Woman of Distinction Nominations, and the Vancouver Theatre Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ball works tirelessly to improve the quality of life in Vancouver.

Contact

Website: nsvancouver.ca​

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NPA​

Candidate statement

BICKERTON, Sean

Sean Bickerton is a passionate advocate for arts, culture and heritage in Vancouver.  Sean  has worked for or served on the boards of Vancouver Recital Society, Borealis String Quartet, Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver 2050: Creative City, Langley Community Music School, UBC Music Department & Victoria Symphony.

An active community leader, Bickerton was a founding member of the Vancouver Not Vegas! Coalition. He served as Director of False Creek Residents Association, co-Chair of Keefer Community Group and Chair of Paris Place Strata.

Bickerton spent two decades in New York City as a Vice President with Columbia Artists and is co-founder of ArtistManager.Net: The Leading Arts & Entertainment Website Solution.

A Vancouver native, Sean lives with his spouse Tom in their home in Tinseltown, where he is an enthusiastic container gardener. He ran for City Council with the NPA in 2008 and served as Board Vice President from 2009 - 2010

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: sean.bickerton@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca

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NPA​

Candidate statement

CARANGI, Joe

There’s a saying that “All politics are local,” and it’s true! A local representative doesn’t work at 12th and Cambie—at least a good one doesn’t. I believe that government can never be too transparent and there is no such thing as “overly honest” or “too much integrity.”

For the last eight years, I’ve been your neighbour in Vancouver, and now I’m seeking your help and support to become that voice—your voice—at 12th and Cambie. As a former teacher and a current lawyer, it is my career ambition to help people succeed in life. Vancouver deserves better from City Hall than the promotion of gimmicky green initiatives. Our city needs real solutions to real problems. As such, I’m passionate about speaking up for those who can’t always speak up for themselves. Vote for Joe. Vote for real change! Many thanks, Joe Carangi

Contact

Phone: 604-325-1791

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-688-4382

E-mail: jcarangi@hotmail.com

E-mail: joe.carangi@npavancouver.ca

Website: joecarangi.org 

Website: npavancouver.ca

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Green Party of Vancouver​

Candidate Statement

CARR, Adriane

Born in Vancouver, now living in the West End, I’ve spent most of my life here: teaching at Langara College and growing the Green Party and Gastown-based Wilderness Committee from their beginnings in the early 80s in our Kitsilano home.

Many know me as the BC Green Party leader in televised leaders’ debates. My UBC Master’s thesis in Urban Geography was on the role of community groups in stopping over-development in Kitsilano. It’s still relevant today.

Vancouver is at a crossroads – just like 40 years ago when citizens stopped freeways into downtown.  Lack of affordable housing, traffic congestion, and highrise development in areas not zoned for them are creating tension. We must do better.

I will champion the livability of our city, affordable rental housing, ways to reduce traffic conflicts and development that respects current zoning and neighbourhood character. I will listen to people. My goal is make Vancouver better.

Contact

Phone: 778-886-4560 (cell)

Phone:  604-689-9233 (campaign office)

E-mail: abettervancouver@gmail.com

Website: bettervancouver.ca

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NPA

Candidate statement

CHARKO, KenKen Charko owns the Dunbar Theatre and has invested over $200 000 in it over the past two years. For 12 years, the independent Theatres in the province have elected Ken to represent them on the Board of the Motion Picture Theatre Association of BC.
 
A strong supporter of the arts, small business owners, and community development, Ken brings 20 years experience as a successful entrepreneur and business manager to City Hall. Ken has also won the Trijan Diversity Award for workplace diversity and is a three-time winner of the Consumers Choice for Business Excellence award, which was acknowledged by the Federal, Provincial and City governments.
 
Ken is also a co-founder of the Crosstown Residents Association. He believes in and invests in Vancouver’s future. His fiscally conservative and responsible approach means keeping property taxes low, being tough on crime and encouraging top employers to locate in Vancouver.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: ken.charko@npavancouver.ca

Website:  kencharko.ca 

Website: npavancouver.ca

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Cedar Party

Candidate statement

Born & raised in vancouver bc. as a long time resident of this city, I have grown dismayed at the fact that our city has been held captive to the ideological whims of one party or another and that the interests of the party in power, trumps that of the interests of the tax paying public.
I aim to change that by running as an independant. I will provide a set of ears to listen to the concerns of the public & to give the public a voice in the arena they pay for.
I want to ask the questions that need to be asked & demand the answers that the public is entitled to.
As this is my first foray into politics, i am not expecting to work miracles, I may not be able to change anything, but i may be able to change everything.

Contact

Phone: 604-999-5932

E-mail: bfdms2rx@msn.com

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

DEAL, Heather

Heather Deal has served as a Vancouver City Councillor since 2005, and was a Park Board Commissioner from 2002 to 2005. Heather is a professional biologist and an environmental educator and activist, and sings with the Vancouver Bach Choir. She was born in England, raised in Michigan, moved to Vancouver in 1984.

Heather has brought her passion for our urban ecosystems, arts and culture and accessibility to City Hall. She is a director of Metro Vancouver, sits on the Metro Waste Committee and is the liaison to the city's Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

Heather has been council’s point person on bringing fun and festive events to all corners of Vancouver, from introducing new street food carts to our streets, to championing live-work spaces and the reduction of red tape for new performance spaces, to promoting and encouraging large-scale arts celebrations like the Cultural Olympiad and Summer Live.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: heather.deal@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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Candidate statement

DHARNI, Michael SinghI ask for your vote to become Vancouver’s first Independent Councillor in 25 years. Running as an Independent enables me to base my choices on what is best for Vancouverites, and not make decisions based on the agendas of political parties.
As the cost of living continues to rise for residents of this city, it has never before been more important for City Hall to stop needlessly gouging those very residents.  

Under the incumbent regime, the City of Vancouver reached an operation surplus yet residents continue to pay $6 an hour to park a vehicle on the streets of downtown Vancouver, until 10pm no-less.

Contact

Phone: 604-897-8281

E-mail: mdharni@gmail.com

 

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Candidate statement

FOX, Amy “Evil Genius”

Hello Vancouver.

Most candidate profiles are just resumés and vague promises.

But I? As finance director of Sublime Conception and as a Supervillain, I offer you a Bold New Vancouver with shocking changes like 1. affordable housing, 2. accessible transportation and… 3. livability!

Let’s end the NPA/Vision housing bubble! Squatters will occupy idle buildings! Taxes on non-resident owners and property flippers will finance mixed income housing! Let’s smash one third of streets and, upon their ruins, build houses… and parks!

We’ll catch bike thieves with “bait bikes!” Cars that plow through crowded crosswalks will be sold for parts! How about a city-wide “safewalk” program? Traffic-calming circles!? Curb-cuts!? Roofed…bus-stops!?
Motor vehicles will have proper mufflers! Ban car alarms and booming subwoofers! Replace helicopter flyovers with nice, quiet zepplins!
And rename streets after people who weren’t rich English landowners.

Curious?

You’ve got ten votes.

Join me.

Contact

Phone: 778-706-2367

E-mail: amy@trickyvixen.com

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Candidate statement

Grant is a candidate with nothing to offer. That is to say that he is an independent candidate in an election governed by a principle that so vastly inhibits the voice of any successful bid for office that typically these independent voices are rendered completely meaningless.

He has strong opinions regarding the failings of our political structures and several novel approaches to important issues, but that’s hardly worth discussing when we can easily set our sights on more of the same standard of political dysfunction. Remember, it’s free to vote and you get you pay for.

Contact

Phone: 778-828-9649

E-mail: excess@shaw.ca

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Candidate statement

GAROSSINO, Sandy

Finding the best solutions to difficult issues requires respectful and open discussion and debate.  It also needs the informed participation of neighbourhoods and communities.

As a former Crown prosecutor as well as a business owner with a history of controlling operations of over 250 employees, I have learned the value of listening closely to all perspectives.  Advocating for charities and the arts in the casino fight underscored the importance of deep values and principles embedded in our social and economic fabric. 

Among those values is a respect for the personal labour that each and every tax dollar represents, and the responsibility to allocate them with wisdom, foresight, and humanity.

My primary issues are for effective public consultation with neighbourhoods and communities, for the ability of City Council to work effectively as a team, and for the city to seriously address the affordability crisis that has seriously damaged our future prospects.

Contact

Phone: 604-219-5168 (cell)

Fax: 604-736-5677

E-mail: sgarossino@gmail.com

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Candidate statement

GILL, Lauren R.I.C.H.

The last three years, have been witness to an economic and political watershed around the world. Never before have the inequities of our economic system been clearer. Increasingly regular people are asked to pay for the mistakes and excesses of the rich, in a world where profit trumps human need. From the daily violence visited upon the women of Vancouver by a system structured to oppress, to the ongoing struggles against greed and corporate excess, Vancouver has been at the centre of a world of backwards priorities.

In the face of myopic resistance from the current council, Lauren humbly asks for your vote to provide a strong voice on Vancouver City Council. A voice to stop the gentrifying forces that destroy neighborhoods and leave people destitute, a voice to combat systemic racism and violence against women, a voice for the regular working people of Vancouver.

Vision something different!

Contact

E-mail: lauregill@gmail.com

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De-Growth Vancouver​

Candidate statement

GREGSON, IanIan Gregson is a community activist, musician, writer and cyclist.
Originally born in Wigan, England, Ian has lived in Vancouver for 30 years. Ian ran for the Green Party of BC in 2001 and 2005 and ran civically for the Work Less Party in 2008. As a community activist Ian was the original inspiration for Adanac Park Community Gardens; Ian was a vocal opponent of the 2010 Olympics and a strong supporter of increased cycling infrastructure.

Ian believes de-growth is not the total rejection of consumerism, but the adaptation of consumerism to de-grow economies and societies in order they be indefinitely sustainable. At the civic level we must create solutions to address infinite growth on a finite planet. Living without a car for over six years as a “downshifter” Ian believes there are 1000’s of Vancouver voters looking for a voice not yet recognized by mainstream political parties.

Contact

Phone: 604-565-6364

E-mail: iangregson62@gmail.com

Website: de-growth.com 

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Candidate Pete Fry

Dr Kerry Jang was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008 and is a Professor of Psychiatry at UBC.

In 2006, Kerry was named “Academic of the Year” for his work developing an effective homeless program for his local neighbourhood, and has also been honoured with the BC Community Achievement Award for work strengthening communities across Vancouver.

Kerry has been a strong advocate on city council for developing new homeless shelters and building low-income housing. Over the past three years, he spearheaded the development of the City’s first-ever mental health and addictions plan, a strategy for helping survival sex-trade workers, and the use of modular affordable housing to help people who are homeless. His academic experience in the field of mental health and addictions has helped ensure better coordination and collaboration for city programs that help vulnerable people.

Kerry and his wife Vicki live in Collingwood with their two children.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: kerry.jang@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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NSV

Candidate statement

KERCHUM, Marie

Marie Kerchum and her family have been residents of Vancouver for more than 40 years. She attended UBC and holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration.

She served in an executive capacity as Registrar and Deputy Registrar for the BC College of Teachers for more than 17 years. Since the College is the regulatory body for the teaching profession,this experience provided her with a thorough understanding of good governance in the public interest. As Registrar, she assisted a 20 member board with the processes of strategic planning, policy development and bylaw formulation. She was also responsible forensuring all College operations remained within a defined budget.

Marie is particularly interested in bringing her experience and knowledge about good governance in the public interest to City Council. Her goal is to ensure that the decision making process at City Hall is community-based and free from special interest groups.

Contact

Website: nsvancouver.ca

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NPA​

Candidate statement

KLASSEN, Mike

Mike Klassen is; a lifelong Vancouverite, husband, father,  Eastside community advocate, entrepreneur  and president of Thinking Cap Inc., a communications consultancy.

Media commentator, columnist, and co-founder of CityCaucus.com, the popular political and urban affairs blog
A community leader and active, involved supporter of his local public school
Vice Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, 2007-2008, where he helped create policies for our city’s long-term urban growth
Champion of innovative city-making, walkability, rapid transit, and appealing public spaces
Has campaigned against urban sprawl, and in support of vital, distinctive neighbourhoods
Mike used his communication skills to support Vancouver’s Olympics and Paralympics in a most effective way:  he created Where to be for Free, an online events guide that was widely credited with attracting thousands of visitors to Metro Vancouver, and turning the 2010 Games into a high-fiving community celebration.

Contact

Phone: 604-377-5499

Phone: 604-633-9992
Fax:  604-633-9360

E-mail: mike@klassenforvancouver.com

E-mail: mike.klassen@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca

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NPA​

Candidate statement

LAMARCHE, Jason

Renter, Small Business Banker, West End Resident, Dog Lover.
Jason Lamarche loves Vancouver and is a long-time renter. He lives with his adopted black Labrador dog named Cletus.
Recently Jason Lamarche made national headlines for proposing a ban on the retail sale of dogs. This policy will promote the adoption of shelter animals and it will combat puppy mills.

Jason Lamarche will ensure City Hall conducts effective public consultation on our community projects and development. Jason wants community plans to form the foundation for how our neighbourhoods are grown.
Jason Lamarche also signed the Taxpayers Pledge and promises fair taxation, spending restraint, and increased transparency.
Jason Lamarche will use his experience as a small business banker to drive our local economy forward by supporting our local independent businesses.
Jason Lamarche is a former sponsored skateboarder and he is passionate about engaging youth, promoting physical activity and supporting Arts & Culture.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: jason@jasonlamarche.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca 

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Vision vancouver

Candidate statement

LOUIE, Raymond P.

First elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, Raymond has worked tirelessly to support new affordable housing and keep taxes low in Vancouver. Over the past three years, Raymond has served as the Chair of the City’s Services and Budget Committee, providing a steady hand to the City budget during the worst recession since the great depression.

His leadership helped ensure that vital programs like affordable housing, the environment, and public safety maintained strong funding despite facing a record budget shortfall. In 2011, Vancouver had the lowest tax rate of any municipality in Metro Vancouver.

Raymond’s vision is to create a Vancouver where new opportunities to learn, succeed and thrive are available to all. As a champion of communities he is working to ensure that this vision becomes a reality.

Raymond was born and raised in east Vancouver, where he lives with his wife Tonya and their three children.   

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: raymond.louie@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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COPE​

Candidate statement

LOUIS, TimTim Louis has been a practicing lawyer in Vancouver since 1984, and a former Vancouver City Councillor from 1999-2005. 
He also served on the Vancouver Park Board from 1990-1996. Louis is also the co-founder of HandyDart, the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Center. Louis has an almost legendary history of fighting for Vancouver’s most marginalized through his years of public service and advocacy work. 


For him, it’s what being a Vancouver City Councillor is all about. “Local government is in a lot of ways the most important level of government,” says Louis. “It’s what impacts us everyday. 
From transit and roads, to affordable housing and poverty. Everything is local, and we need strong voices on Council that get that. It’s the only way we can build a Vancouver for everyone.”Tim lives in Kitsilano with his partner Penny.

Contact

Phone: 604-255-0400

E-mail: tim.louis@cope.bc.ca

Website: cope.bc.ca 

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NSV

Candidate statement

MARTIN, Terry

Terry Martin is a former Chair of the Vancouver Board of Variance. He has been the owner of several small businesses in Vancouver and a renovation contractor for 20 years. Terry also worked in the mental health field for 9 years.

Terry's diverse background and experience gives him an in depth knowledge of many issues and the ability to be an effective and knowledgeable advocate for all of the people and neighbourhoods of Vancouver. This knowledge includes many issues of small businesses; neighbourhood development; the ghettoization of mental patients resulting in a dramatic increase in homelessness; the need for a Board of Variance that is independent ,accessible , and effective; and the need to re-instate third party appeals that were lost to Vancouverites.

Terry was born in Vancouver and lives with Deborah  , his wife of 32 years  in Kitsilano.

Contact

Website: nsvancouver.ca

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De-Growth Vancouver

Candidate statement

MASSON, Chris

I write on the eve of Occupy Vancouver where British Columbians will join in the steadfast global uproar of 99% dissatisfaction. The wonderful thing about the De-growth movement is its philosophy points to solution thats are already finding their way into our lives. We compost and garden; we join car share programs; we prioritize locally produced food. Not only do these choices bring us joy, but as endless growth is impossible it benefits everyone to make them. De-growth seeks to facilitate these transitional actions on a community level, channeling the uproar into harmonious response.”

Chris Masson is a poet, performer, playwright, journalist, photographer, educator, entrepreneur, gardener and natural health advocate. He has worked on organic farms and for telecom giants and knows the difference between personal and financial fulfillment.

Contact

E-mail: massonchristopher@yahoo.ca

Website: de-growth.com 

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Candidate statement

MAXWELL N BUR, R HI believe transportation is vital to Vancouver’s growth: the various proposed skytrain lines need to be completed. Improvements to public transit service should be made, while creating a more economical and affordable system. 
My background is in accounting: I am committed to creating a more efficient city council with a balanced budget and less frivolous spending to help prevent tax increases for the average person.

At the same time I believe we can take care of our vulnerable populations by building social housing modeled after successful social housing in Europe and Asia. This intern will benefit the city as a whole by taking people off the streets and giving 
them a head start. By working together on these issues we can make Vancouver not only a great place to visit, but also a great place to live, work + play.

 

Contact

Phone: 604-684-5098

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NPA​

Candidate statement

McCREERY, Bill


Believing Vancouver is at a crossroads, Bill McCreery has again become active in civic affairs after having served as a Park Board Commissioner in 1973/1974. Working with many community groups has reminded him of Vancouverites’ passion for their neighbourhoods.

Bill believes Vancouver needs elected people with integrity to take charge of spending our tax dollars, people who understand how the City can grow efficiently and effectively.

Once elected, Bill will:

Improve private and public infrastructures to fulfill the increasing needs of seniors who wish to “age in place.”
Strengthen Vancouver’s neighbourhood planning, giving certainty to all stakeholders.
Improve Vancouver’s transportation systems.
Make the planning process open to residents and businesses.
For 38 years Bill has had a successful architecture/planning career. He will be a thoughtful, level-headed Councillor, who will apply his experience to City financial, business and planning issues.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: bill.mccreery@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca 

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

MEGGS, Geoff

Geoff Meggs, an award-winning journalist and communications specialist, was elected with Gregor Robertson's Vision team in 2008 and quickly became the point person on council for transportation issues.

He was front and centre in the successful effort to win a single U-Pass for all post-secondary students, a strong advocate for the city's separated bike lanes and continues to push for more investments in buses and rapid transit.

Geoff also championed a planning review of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts, unanimously approved by council, to open up new opportunities for public space and parks on the north side of False Creek.

Geoff is one of Vancouver's directors at Metro Vancouver, where he serves on the water committee, the housing committee and the labour relations bureau. A strong supporter of the arts, Geoff and his family live in False Creek and relax by cycling, hiking and bird-watching.                             

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: geoff.meggs@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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NSV

Candidate statement

Murphy Elizabeth

Elizabeth Murphy was born and raised in Vancouver. As a businesswoman who has a professional background in both the private and public sector, she would bring a balanced approach to City Hall governance.

In the 1980's she was a consultant to the Ministry of Transportation and the BC Buildings Corporation. In the 1990's she worked for the City of Vancouver Housing and Properties Department, and for BC Housing as a Senior Projects Development Officer. Since 1996 she has been an independent businesswoman.

Elizabeth was given a 2007 City of Vancouver Heritage Award for a heritage restoration project she owned and managed. As a heritage advocate she was on the Board of Directors for Heritage Vancouver and on a subcommittee for the Vancouver Heritage Commission. She also is a proponent for neighbourhood-based planning processes and has been involved with the CityPlan Community Visions program and community groups.

Contact

Website: nsvancouver.ca

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Candidate statement

NGUYEN, Bang

To the voters of Vancouver,

My name is Bang Nguyen and I am running for Vancouver City Councilor.

I believe that my determination and drive for success is going to help me achieve my dream to be a city councilor.  I will always admit fault, if I made the wrong decision.  I have been working in retail industry for the past twenty years.  My experience as a service specialist has taught me a great deal.  It’s taught me that you cannot make every single person happy.  Every action has its own outcome. 

If elected, I will have every decision and action that I do, made public. I want to make Vancouver, a safe and affordable place to live.  I will not remove the bike lanes but will not add to them as well.  
It would cost the city too much money to remove them. 

Contact

Phone: 604-374-5807
E-mail: voteforbangnguyen@gmail.com

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Candidate statement

NGUYEN, Marc Tan

Dear Vancouverites

Let me raise your voices to the City of Vancouver. Please help me to achieve our goals by representing all the Canadians who want to better build life in this beautiful city. We all have the same rights to contribute to this wonderful country. Let’s do this together, whether you are Canadian born or new citizens.

We came from all different parts of the world and reunited in this promise land to seek for freedom and democracy. Multiculturalism is melting pot from all Vision of races. We have paved the beauty of our lives more colourful, and its reflection brought us closer than ever.

This time on Nov 19th, 2011, you and I will send a strong message to draw the city’s attention with our votes May I get your acceptance by representing each and every one of you at the Vancouver City Council office.

Contact

Phone: 604-726-0148

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Candidate statement

ORSER, Rick

An independent voice is required on Vancouver City Council, one not tied to any particular party, ideology, or special interests.  Someone with new and innovative ideas that can not only improve your city, but also - improve your life. 

Tax Reduction
- Instead of tax increases - for a change.
Accountability & Transparency
- So you know where your tax dollars are going.
Health & Wellnes
- Green is good, but - Wellness is better. 
- To build a better city you need to start with building better people, mind, body - & soul.
New Social Contract
- That enables everyone to create wealth along with values worth more than money.
Simon Fraser University Communication Major, BA'86.  Varied career, mostly in marketing and consulting, mostly for local technology firms.  Born and raised in Metro-Vancouver. 

Contact

Phone: 604-325-0725

E-mail: rick@rickorser.ca

Website: rickorser.ca

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

REIMER, Andrea

Andrea was first elected in 2002 as a School Board member with the Green Party.  Inspired by Gregor Robertson’s leadership, she joined Vision Vancouver and was elected to City Council in 2008.

Andrea serves as Chair of the City’s Planning and Environment Committee and a member of the Greenest City Action Team, overseeing Vancouver’s efforts to become a global leader in environmental action. Andrea is the liaison to the Joint Childcare Council, a coordinating body for civic agencies providing childcare that was reinstated in 2009 and has increased childcare spaces by 6% over the past two years.

Andrea has also been an advocate for open government, bringing in a world-leading Open Data program to make city information open and accessible.

Andrea and her partner Andy live near Trout Lake with their daughter. When not working you’ll likely find her gardening or on the soccer pitch where she plays goalie.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: andrea.reimer@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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De-Growth Vancouver

Candidate statement

SHAW, ChrisThe notion that endless “sustainable” or “green” growth is possible is a myth that keeps our society locked in a cycle of consumption.  
In turn, the nature of a consumer society inevitably leads to an ever increasing ecological footprint. Degrowth Vancouver (successor to the civic Work Less Party)  will use the municipal campaign to debunk the “green growth” myth and offer instead proposals to make Vancouver a truly sustainable city. Our key principles: grassroots democracy and “transition”, both designed to bring Vancouver with its diverse communities into total self-sustainability.

We are the only party willing to tell Vancouverites the truth about the choices they face in the coming years. 
These choices will dictate the type of city and region our children and grandchildren inhabit.  Council candidate Chris Shaw was a key watchdog of the 2010 Olympics and told Vancouverites the truth about how the Games 
would negatively impact our city.

Contact

Phone: 604-875-4111 (68373)

Phone: 604-710-8291

Fax: 604-875-4376

E-mail: cashawlab@gmail.com

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Candidate statement

SPIRES, Aaaron R.I.C.H.

The last three years, have been witness to an economic watershed. Never before have the inequities of our economic system been clearer. Increasingly regular people are asked to pay for the mistakes and excesses of the rich. We live in a city where corporate profit trumps human need. From the speculative fiasco of the 2010 winter Olympics and the Olympic Village, to the illegal eviction of hundreds from Little Mountain, to the drastic icrease of gentrification and the poverty and violence it unleashes, Vancouver is caught in the centre of inter-related crises.

Slumlords receive tax-breaks for lending community garden space. Businesses receive ten-year tax exemptions for gentrifying neighbourhoods. Homelessness increases, marginalized communities are aggressively targeted by the police for trying to survive, and working people stuggle daily to make ends meet.

This is shameful, and it has to stop now.

Once elected, Elena plans to:

  • Ensure residents are involved in key decision making regarding their neighbourhoods
  • Increase vital services such as firemen and police officers
  • Open Council meetings

Contact

Phone: 778-239-4997

E-mail: aaronspires.vancouver2011@gmail.com

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

STEVENSON, Tim

Tim was first elected to Council in 2002. He was re-elected in 2005 and in 2008 and has spent his career pursuing the values of equality and justice.  

His commitment to public service has spanned through a range of front line work including volunteering at the Downtown East Side's First United Church, becoming Canada's first openly gay Minister, monitoring human rights overseas, and serving in public office as a BC Cabinet Minister.

Tim has been an advocate of renters’ rights and protecting low-income housing. He has championed the City deploying legal injunctions on single-room occupancy hotels in the Downtown Eastside – the first time such a step has been used in Vancouver’s history. These legal injunctions force negligent landlords to fix their buildings and maintain safety for residents.

Tim is a resident of the West End, and has lived there for over 30 years with his partner Gary.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: tim.stevenson@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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Vision vancouver

Candidate statement

TANG, TonyTony Tang is a long-time Vancouver resident, devoted to community service for over 20 years.  A professional engineer with a Master’s degree from UBC, he also studied art through the Alberta College of Art, and has over 22 years experience working in the home building and construction industry.

Tony has a vast experience and knowledge when it comes to city issues, particularly on the issue of housing. Twice appointed to the Vancouver Board of Variance, Tony has served as Chair for the past two years. He has also volunteered for consultation groups including the Quilchena Park upgrade and the rezoning of RS-5 and RS-6 in Vancouver.

A compassionate civic volunteer with a keen interest in fairness and balanced approaches, Tony wants to make Vancouver more affordable for all families.

Tony lives with his wife and their rambunctious dog in the Quilchena neighbourhood, where he has lived for over 18 years.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

E-mail: tony.tang@votevision.ca

Website: votevision.ca

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Candidate statement

WENDYTHIRTEEN-    I AM YOUR PROTEST VOTE.
-    I’M RUNNING A D.I.Y. CAMPAIGN.
-    I’M PART OF THE 99%.
-    I’M HERE TO STIR THE POT!
-    I WORK BRINGING LIVE MUSIC TO VANCOUVER IN THE D.T.E.S.
-    I ACCEPT NO DONATIONS JUST VOLUNTEERS.
-    I WOULD WORK HARD TO ADDRESS THE CITY’S ISSUES.

Contact

Phone: 604-764-7865 (604-764-PUNK)

E-mail: wendythirteen@telus.net

Website: wendythirteen.com

Website: hellhole.ca

Website: thecobalt.net

 

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NPA

Candidate statement

WONG, Francis

Francis Wong is a small business owner and Vice-President of the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society (VCBIA). As an active community volunteer, he offers his time and expertise to numerous community non-profit organizations, such as Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens, where he served as Director from 2005 to 2007. He also served as Director of the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee (2007 to 2010) and Founder and Director of the the Chinatown New Century Lions Club (2008 and 2009).

Since 2005, Francis has chaired the Vancouver Chinatown Festival, an exciting family event that attracts more than 50,000 people annually. Francis believes Vancouver requires a vibrant City Council that can meet its complex needs. With a special focus on affordability for youth and young adults, he's committed to helping businesses flourish in safe and healthy communities.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: francis.wong@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca

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COPE

Candidate statement

WOODSWORTH, EllenEllen Woodsworth is running for her third term on City Council. Described by many as one of the hardest working Councillors Vancouver has ever known, Woodsworth has served as Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee and representative to the Union of BC Municipalities and the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee.

Woodsworth has shown strong leadership on key issues like housing, climate change, electoral reform, gender issues and protecting civil liberties. “I believe in safe, strong, diverse, multicultural neighbourhoods and support for local businesses,” says Woodsworth. “But we can’t have any of those things unless we deal with the affordability crisis in Vancouver. Until young people, seniors,immigrants and aboriginal peoples can all fully participate in our city, we can’t realize our goal of building a Vancouver for everyone.” Woodsworth is a long time resident of Grandview Woodlands where she lives with her partner.

Contact

Phone: 604-255-0400

E-mail: ellen.woodsworth@cope.bc.ca

Website: cope.bc.ca

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NPA

Candidate statement

Yuen Bill

Bill Yuen is a professional engineer, who specializes in process optimization and performance improvement. He is passionate about giving back to Vancouver. For more than 20 years he has volunteered in local community centres, neighbourhood houses, crime prevention centres, parent advisory committees and a variety of foundations throughout the city.

Twice elected as a Vancouver School Board Trustee (1996 and 1999), Bill has served on several VSB committees including; Planning & Facilities, Personnel & Staff Services,  Education & Student Services. Bill’s other public service experience includes Chairing  the Employment Insurance Appeal Board (Province of BC) and  Returning Officer with Elections Canada.

Bill believes public services should be for all  Vancouverites, not just some. Under an NPA council, property taxes will be controlled, meaningful neighbourhood consultation will be on track, and fiscally responsible government and public safety will be back in order.

Contact

Phone: 604-633-9992

Fax: 604-633-9360

E-mail: bill.yuen@npavancouver.ca

Website: npavancouver.ca

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