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 is an incumbent Vancouver City Council seeking re-election to continue his commitment to stand up for the interests of Vancouver residents, taxpayers, and businesses. In his first term in Council, Affleck pushed for budget transparency and fiscal restraint at City Hall. He successfully introduced numerous motions, including:

  • The expansion of craft beer tasting rooms
  • Highlighting the undue risks the city was taking investing in private-sector, publicly traded companies
  • Securing the precarious future of leasehold property on South False Creek
  • The creation of a permanent home for the city’s Dragon Boats

Before entering civic politics, Affleck chaired the False Creek Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee, the Vancouver International Comedy Festival and the Cooperative Auto Network and served as a director of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. A local entrepreneur, Affleck founded and remains President of Vancouver-based marketing firm Curve Communications. He is a published author and former CBC journalist.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: george.affleck@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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Independent

Candidate statement

This is my third time running as an Independent and I thank you for your vote. I really want the job and you can be sure I will do a good job. All of my work projects and revenue ideas are listed on my website: kellyalm.ca.  It's time for change and as an Independent, I will bring balance back to City Council. Thank you for your support and your vote.

Contact

Phone: 604-732-5867

Email: alm@kellyalm.ca

Website: www.kellyalm.ca 

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Independent

Candidate statement

I’ve lived in Vancouver since the late 70’s, and I’ve seen the progression this city’s suffered. Over the years I’ve had many roles in the community for management and support. In the past several years, as coordinator of a Community Center, I was able to help the great number of Vancouver residence who have needed the help of the center. I’ve recently resigned from my position, to run for city councilor, in response to the incredible encouragement from the community, as well as my passion to improve social conditions.

I believe that it is time for Vancouver to have the type of responsible leadership it deserves. If elected, I’ll be the honest voice on council, intent on demanding responsible and logical decisions from those who you’ve entrusted with your governance. As a city councilor, I’ll be dedicated to reviewing decisions, and reflect a necessary common sense, ensuring equality for everyone.

Contact

Phone: 604-499-8045

Email: DavidRAngus@gmail.com

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OneCity Vancouver

Candidate statement

RJ Aquino is a proud Filipino-Canadian, parent and community activist who works in the local high-tech sector. RJ co-founded the Tulayan Filipino Diaspora Society, is on the board of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and is a former member of the City Planning Commission. He is the first candidate to represent OneCity Vancouver, a grassroots, independent organization bringing young people, seniors, immigrants and working people together to share their stories and work toward a city that is affordable, sustainable and liveable.

RJ and the OneCity team have put forward innovative solutions for housing and child care; giving communities a say in decision making at City Hall; transit and climate justice; and job creation and the local economy. OneCity and RJ Aquino have pledged to work on City Council and with City Council to make sure the many voices of Vancouver are heard as we build a city for everyone.

Contact

Phone: 604-558-0536

Email: info@onecityvancouver.ca

Website: http://www.onecityvancouver.ca/

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NPA

Candidate statement

Gregory Baker has been a leader in Vancouver’s entrepreneurial scene since the early 1990s. In 1994, Baker opened PC Galore in Kitsilano, Canada’s first computer recycling business, which earned him a place on Business in Vancouver’s Forty under 40 list. Baker’s latest venture is No Pirates Allowed, a boutique neighbourhood toy store in Kitsilano. He is an active supporter of the Kitsilano community and member of the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce. Once elected, Baker will:

  • Work to address the needs of communities by removing uncertainty from city zoning and planning
  • Improve traffic congestion in the city, allowing vehicles to move quickly and efficiently and decrease greenhouse gas emissions
  • Fight for accountability and transparency in city hall, and advocate for a tax freeze until efficiency can be found to enable lowering them

An enthusiastic violinist and hockey player, Baker lives in Kerrisdale with his wife and three children.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: gregory.baker@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

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NPA

Candidate statement

Two-time City Councillor Elizabeth Ball is known as an effective public servant and passionate advocate of arts, culture and heritage in Vancouver.

She founded and was Managing Director of Carousel Theatre for three decades. She co-founded and built Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre. She serves on the advisory committees for Vancouver Civic Theatres and Metro Vancouver’s Cultural Committee and has worked with the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Vancouver Heritage Board and Minerva Foundation for BC Women.

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

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: elizabeth.ball@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

Lisa brings to Council many years of experience in local and regional government. Serving two terms as mayor and nine years at GVRD Metro-Van board and committees including Labour Relations, Parks, Environment and Transportation she’s well aware of the serious issues facing Vancouver today such as housing, affordability, inclusiveness, transportation, environmental restoration and local economy. 

Lisa also served 6 years as Director at Vancity Credit Union and chaired the Community Investment and Risk Committees. She brings a solid understanding of finance and prioritizing for optimum allocation of resources in the City budget. She’s a strong advocate for participatory budgeting processes where citizens are truly empowered to make those budgeting decisions about issues that will affect them most. As a life-long learner, Lisa studied politics, economics, commerce, journalism, art curation, conflict resolution and law. A former gallery owner (who learned first hand how small businesses struggle), she now practices civil mediation.

Contact

Phone: 604-558-1838

Email: lbarrett@vcn.bc.ca

Website: http://www.votecope.ca/council/#lisabarrett

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Independent

Candidate statement

Candidate Marc Boyer

We guarantee to legalize our BC cannabis industry thru an Elections Act tax loophole

- Under this tax loophole, the Marijuana Party can offer the City our 10% PST AND uncivil City Officials simply refuse to take millions of dollars of legal taxes So we're making a political issue about this: Frankly even those who oppose cannabis will like the revenue, and by remitting this PST, means none of our Private Co-op Clubs can be shut down by Death Canada or those new NAFTA /FEDERAL COURT rules and regulations that will be duly enforced this winter/spring

SINCE 2004, THIS CITY IS OPERATING A CRIMINAL RACKET

- Read this 2-page article: www.scribd.com/doc/241938548/On-Charges-of-High-Treason We can't explain our platform in 150-words; BUT get informed by going to www.scribd.com for articles [and/or] Facebook @ Marc Boyer Vancouver. If we want a real chance to fix corruption then vote; we can't do it without you. 

Contact

Phone: 778-707-7461

Email: increationwetrust@gmail.com

Website: www.scribd.com/MarcBoyer-Vancouver

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Green

Candidate statement

Candidate Cleta BrownVancouver deserves diverse,inspiring leadership that values citizens' voices and promotes truly collaborative decision making. I am running to champion Vancouverites' right to determine how our city grows and develops and to be fully included in the way Vancouver is governed. I will fight for effective initiatives to tackle the social inequalities challenging our city. An approachable, transparent, accountable & respectful Council are minimum Green Party goals.

I was born and raised in Vancouver. A commitment to public service has always motivated my life choices. I have Bachelors and Masters degrees in law. My work included General Counsel for the Ombudsman of BC,Crown Counsel and BC Review Board. I have always volunteered in the community and have served on the boards of the YWCA, MOSAIC, LEAF, BC Kidney Foundation, University Women's Club. I love Vancouver and want to offer my skills, experience, commitment and energy to making a better Vancouver, together.

Contact

Phone: 604-790-6490

Email: cleta4council@gmail.com

Website: www.votecletabrown.ca

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Green

Candidate statement

Candidate Adriane CarrI promised when elected in 2011 as Vancouver’s first Green City Councillor that I’d listen to people, work collaboratively, and focus on creating a more affordable, livable city. I’ve stayed true to my promise: stood up for real affordable housing, more public amenities, lower taxes for small business, planning that puts residents in the driver’s seat, and protecting the character of the neighbourhoods we love.

But things have gotten worse in Vancouver. It will take a balanced City Council to make it better; a diverse, collaborative Council instead of majority rule.

I love Vancouver. Born here, I live in the West End; wrote my UBC Master’s thesis on community groups shaping development in Kitsilano. I’m seeking re-election with a strong Green team to champion the public good and find solutions to big issues like affordability and homelessness, congestion and out-of-control development. I want to make Vancouver better, together.

Contact

Phone: 604-689-9200

Email: adriane.carr@vangreens.ca

Website: http://vote.vangreens.ca/

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Cedar Party

Candidate statement

Glen Chernen was born and raised in Vancouver. He is a brother, father, husband, little league coach, financial analyst and homeowner. He will protect Vancouver from self serving backroom deals, with fully transparent and open government. Glen founded the “non developer funded”, Cedar Party for residents to be heard and help transfer power from special interests to the community.

Glen will use his ability as an analyst, to prevent Vancouver from being short changed. He will ensure Parkland obligations are lived up to by developers without delay. Glen will keep fighting for new measures such as a Lobbyist Registry and fully open information disclosure to ensure residents are protected. Glen seeks to strengthen community centres with an agreement that gives final say back to the community. He will represent businesses and residents equally with fair minded judgement while encouraging robust debate. Glen believes political parties should impose funding limits.

Contact

Phone: 604-440-6593

Email: glenchernen@cedarparty.ca

Website: cedarparty.ca

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Cedar Party

Candidate statement

Candidate Nicholas        ChernenNicholas Chernen, a born and raised Vancouverite, is a city council candidate with the Cedar Party. He became involved in politics 2 years ago after discovering the City Hall plan to increase density across the entire city and alter neighborhood plans with a shocking lack of public consultation or engagement. This led him to join with his brother in creating a new political party – the Cedar Party.

A proud single father to two teenaged sons, Nicholas has realized that if he wants his kids to choose Vancouver as their adult home, he has to contribute to making sure his home town stays affordable, accessible, livable and inclusive.

Nicholas is committed to work across party lines to find the best solutions for Vancouver from a community perspective, not a party perspective and this is why he supports the idea of a non-majority council.

Nicholas believes this election is about community.

Contact

Phone: 778-837-2140

Email: nchernen67@gmail.com

Website: http://cedarparty.ca/about/cedar-candidates/nicholas-chernen/

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

Candidate Sid Chow TanDescended from Gold Mountain pioneers, COPE city council candidate Sid CHOW TAN was born in Hoy Ping, China. A baby immigrant, his papers indicated he was his paternal grandmother’s son – a “paper son.” The two joined Sid’s grandfather under family unification in Battleford, Saskatchewan. Later a “paper brother” arrived.

Graduating from the University of Calgary, Sid moved to Vancouver nearly 40-years ago. Best known for his decades work for redress of the Chinese head tax/exclusion, since 1994 he has volunteer produced a weekly community television program currently named ACCESS Community Television.

A freelance community organizer/media producer, Sid helped found and build organisations to fill personal and community needs. He has served as National Chairperson of the Chinese Canadian National Council and his current service includes founding director of Head Tax Families Society of Canada and The Sacred Circle Society.

Sid has a son and daughter and is a grandfather.

Contact

Phone: 604-441-2928

Email: sid@cope.bc.ca

Website: http://cope.bc.ca/sid/

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Independent

Candidate statement

Candidate        cord ted copelandHello fellow Vancouverites, tired of VISION? I am, I was born and raised in Vancouver and have lived here for 53 years. Our city has been hijacked by developers that dont care about VANCOUVER, led by VISION, I have seen a great city lose its identity, its warmth and its livibility for the common working man/woman, unaffordable, unfriendly and filthy dirty.This needs to stop now! This is OUR CITY its time they learned that, listen to us, understand us and do what we ask, not what you want. I will listen, I will fight for us, I will ensure every voice gets heard, dissenting or approving, we all matter. We can be heard and I want to be your voice, I am one of you and we matter. I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE ANTHING, BUT I MAY BE ABLE TO CHANGE EVERYTHING. VANCOUVER RULES!

Contact

Phone: 604-999-5932

Email: bfdms2rx@msn.com

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NPA

Candidate statement

Melissa De Genova has been a Park Board Commissioner since 2011, working to improve the city’s parks and recreation services for its residents. She is running for City Council in the November municipal election.

As Park Board Commissioner, De Genova worked with the Killarney neighbourhood to secure funding for a seniors centre in Southeast Vancouver and has advocated for community centres and associations. 

De Genova is the Director of Development for the Vancouver Resource Society, where she works to acquire and secure accessible housing for persons with disabilities.

She is a Board Member and Fundraising Chair for Honour House, a refuge for Canadian Forces and emergency personnel and their families to stay for free while they receive medical care in Metro Vancouver.

De Genova is the daughter of five-term Park Board Commissioner Allan De Genova. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband. 

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: melissa.degenova@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Heather Deal was elected as a Park Board Commissioner in 2002 and has served as a Vancouver City Councillor since 2005. She has lived in Vancouver since 1984 and is a long-time resident of Kits.

Heather brings passion for our urban ecosystems, arts and culture, and accessibility to City Hall.

She serves as liaison to the Active Transportation, Arts and Culture, Food Policy and Heritage advisory councils and as a Vancouver Public Library Trustee.

Heather also sits on the board of Metro Vancouver, as Chair of their Environment and Parks Committee. At the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, she sits on the social policy, environmental, and women in politics committees.

Heather is Council’s point person on bringing fun and festive events to Vancouver, including new food carts, championing live-work spaces, reducing red tape for new performance spaces, encouraging large-scale arts celebrations and extending patio hours.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/heather_deal

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Independent

Candidate statement

My name is Abraham Deocera. I am a Registered Nurse of British Columbia since 2000. I worked with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority as a staff nurse and I am currently working as an educator at Gateway College and a community nurse under Folkstone Adult Family Care Homes.

I am running as an independent nominee for the position of councillor. If elected, I will find solutions on how to increase space for childcare, find real solution for homelessness problem in Vancouver, become an advocate for pet owners in Vancouver, initiate solutions for care of the elderly and lastly, develop solutions and training for skilled workers migrating from different countries.

Contact

Phone: 604-618-0907

Fax: 604-875-1699

Email: adeocera@hotmail.com

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Independent

Candidate statement

Candidate Grant FraserI aim to raise awareness for the necessity to improve the electoral process. This includes a locally unique proposal for campaign finance reform but more importantly focuses on vote counting.

Many support a ward system, but without significant differences to the counting process the results can be a disappointing illusion. In my opinion the only method worse than wards is the current at large system.

I have spent most of my adult life as a non-voter until becoming involved in a fight to throw out the provincial ward system in favor of STV, a form of proportional representation. My personal research during that fight led me to discover several alternatives to current standard voting systems. I believe an obvious starting point for vote counting is the little known Condorcet method. I propose developing a Condorcet/proportional representation hybrid method.

Only issues surrounding social justice are more important.

Contact

Phone: 778-828-9649

Email: excess@shaw.ca

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Green

Candidate statement

Candidate Pete FryA community activist, entrepreneur and creative professional immersed in politics and volunteerism, Pete Fry was born in Ireland and brought up in Vancouver. With a background in arts and business, he has been self-employed as a graphic and web designer for 20-plus years, working with hundreds of small businesses, artists, cultural groups and non-profits.

A longtime East End resident, Fry led community actions surrounding housing, land use, heritage, traffic management, viaduct removal and was instrumental in organizing a city-wide coalition of neighbourhoods promoting Vancouver as community not commodity. Fry recently served as chair of the Strathcona Residents’ Association and on the City’s DTES Local Area Planning Committee. His biggest concerns for Vancouver are affordability, and empowering people and communities as meaningful participants in planning our City as an inclusive, livable environment where everybody can thrive.

Pete and his wife live in Strathcona. He likes dogs, bikes, entertaining and illustrating.

Contact

Phone: 604-662-3255

Email: pete@petefry.ca

Website: http://petefry.ca

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Vancouver 1st

Candidate statement

Federico Fuoco was born and raised in Vancouver and still resides in East Vancouver. A graduate of Britannia Secondary, he earned a B.A. in political science and teaching certificate from U.B.C.

He remained true to his roots, and 16 years ago established Federico's Supper Club restaurant on The Drive. He's been a director of the Commercial Drive BIA for more than 10 years.

Federico has decided to run for council because he is dismayed with the direction the City has taken. When elected, Federico Fuoco will work for:

  • genuine accountability, consultation, and transparency in government
  • being good stewards of the taxpayer's money
  • common sense transportation plan that alleviates traffic congestion, not exacerbates it
  • lowering taxes, and lowering parking meter and permit rates
  • preservation of neighborhoods

Federico Fuoco's motto is: " The City needs to work for the taxpayer, not the other way around! "

Contact

Phone: 604-216-7788

Email: federico@vancouver1st.com

Website: www.vancouver1st.com

 

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

Gayle Gavin is a lifelong Vancouverite, prominent trial lawyer, community activist, mother and grandmother. In her legal career she won many precedent-setting cases that helped cement the rights of women, same-sex couples, workers and victims of crime. Community planning has been the focus of her activist work, where she has helped residents stand up to City Hall’s developer-driven agenda.

As a Vancouver City Councilor, Gayle will make it her mission to give neighbourhoods a real voice and halt City Hall’s imposition of inappropriate development in single family residential neighbourhoods. Philip Rankin, Immigration lawyer and former School Trustee said, “Gayle is a tireless worker, determined a fair-minded. She understands the issues that challenge ordinary people. I endorse her as a person who champions human rights issues and has the skills to bring matters to a successful outcome.” Gayle is proud to represent COPE in this election. Visit her website at GayleGavin.com.

Contact

Phone: 604-240-0218

Email: gaylegavin@gmail.com

Website: www.gaylegavin.com

 

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Independent

Candidate statement

Candidate Anthony Guitar

I live in the Downtown Eastside, where I presently attend CDI College, studying Social Service Worker Recovery Specialist.

I am forty-five years young, originally from Saint John, New Brunswick.

I live a Clean and Sober Life Style, Volunteer where I can.

School, Outreach, I an Cop Watch Coordinator, and most resently the Homeless Tent City in Oppenhiemer Park.

I want to use my voice to draw attention to the growing inequalities in Vancouver.

I want to work at changing Vancouver as we know it, and to build a City where Basic Needs, and Humanity come before Corporate Profit and Corporate Politics.

Please consider me for City Councillor, as it is time for a positive change.

Contact

Email: anthonyguitar361@gmail.com

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Cedar Party

Candidate statement

I was born and raised in Vancouver. I spent several years in Edmonton where I studied Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Alberta. I currently work in Health Administration and would like to bring my individuality, intelligence, and compassion to City Hall. I feel strongly about being genuine and listening to and addressing the concerns of people in the Vancouver community.

The rapid changes in my Marpole neighbourhood without honest and true consultation has inspired and compelled me to get involved in the municipal process. I will be a strong and compassionate ally in City Hall for not only residents in South Vancouver but also for all disenfranchised Vancouver residents. I want to focus on more long-term goals for Vancouver. I believe in transparency and keeping the public up-to-date with what is happening with City Hall, giving citizens an opportunity for feedback and placing power back into their hands.

Contact

Phone: 604-440-6593

Email: charlene@cedarparty.ca

Website: www.cedarparty.ca

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Cedar Party

Candidate statement

Candidate Jeremy GustafsonI grew up on Vancouver Island, moved to Vancouver in 1994 and became a home owner in Mount Pleasant in 2000. I became politically active last year when I was so disgusted with the options in the 2013 BC election I ran alone as an independent candidate to prove our political system is still accessible to working class people. It was through that campaign that the Cedar Party found me.

The main thing I offer voters is a candidate who is completely free from outside influence. I have no campaign donations from developer, mining, or oil companies, I am not obliged to vote with Cedar if I disagree with them on an issue, and I'm only thinking as far ahead as this election so I'm not afraid to burn any political bridges on the provincial or federal level if that's what it takes to meet the needs of my constituents.

Contact

Phone: 604-564-2001

Email: apathyhasavoice@gmail.com

Website: apathyhasavoice.com/

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

Keith Higgins is an artist, business owner, and veteran manager of artist-run organizations in Vancouver. A former business consultant with clients in financial services, marketing, public opinion research, and advertising, he spearheaded the successful revival of the venerable Helen Pitt Gallery as UNIT/PITT Projects in 2011.

With his wife Kathy Slade, he operates Publication Studio Vancouver, an internationally-recognized publisher of artists' books and editions. 

Keith knows that Vancouverites need real transparency and fairness at city hall, and want real action on housing affordability.

He is running for Councillor with the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE). A COPE council would introduce measures to protect industrial land and jobs, implement a plan for protecting cultural spaces, and most importantly take decisive steps to deal with Vancouver's housing emergency. 

Keith Higgins is a resident of the West End, and works in Chinatown.

Contact

Phone: 604-558-1838

Email: keith@keithhiggins.ca

Website: http://www.keithhiggins.ca

 

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Dr. Kerry Jang was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008 and is a Professor of Psychiatry at UBC.   In 2006, Kerry was named “Academic of the Year” by BC Universities for developing a simple and effective homelessness program for his neighbourhood. He’s also been honoured with the BC’s Community Achievement Award for his work strengthening communities. 

Kerry served on the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Mental Health and Law Advisory Committee to assist municipalities on issues like policing, corrections, and housing standards for the mentally ill and addicted.  He spearheaded Vancouver’s first-ever mental health and addictions plan, a strategy to help survival sex-trade workers, modular affordable housing for Vancouver’s homeless, and our first-ever Healthy City Strategy.

His background in mental health and addictions has facilitated better coordination and collaboration for programs that help vulnerable people. 

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

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/kerry_jang

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Vancouver 1st

Candidate statement

We are a grassroots party who are not funded by the big money of the social elite like the NPA or the big money of special interest groups like Vision

The only party whose candidates are from every corner of the city, we have three community centre presidents and two Olympians running with us

We are pro-business and pro-development, but believe that both of these should happen in a reasonable and responsible way with open and transparent consultation

Our fundamental core values are simple and are the same as the majority of Vancouverites, that is, we believe in getting back to basics, community centres, police, fire, schools, parks and a city plan

Finally, Vancouver 1st will do what no other party in Vancouver has done… and that is put you first, Vancouver 1st

On November 15th please vote Vancouver 1st and bring city hall to the people

Contact

Phone: 604-216-7788

Email: jesse@vancouver1st.com

Website: http://www.vancouver1st.com/

 

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Vancouver 1st

Candidate statement

Milan believes that Vancouver 1st is the only logical choice for the people of Vancouver in the upcoming election.  Milan believes that the Vancouver 1st core values can provide a solid platform for good government at city hall.  Milan believes that council should be accountable and transparent to the people of Vancouver and with a grassroots movement voting, Vancouver 1st could bring a new era of good government to the people of Vancouver.

Milan is running for Vancouver 1st for city council as he strongly feels the importance of the accountability of elected bodies to the public and stakeholders on matters of policy that is needed at city hall.  On November 15, vote for Milan Kljajic and the Vancouver 1st team to bring back accountability, consultation and transparency to city hall.  Vote for a strong voice for your community.

Contact

Phone: 604-437-0724

Email: milankljajic@gmail.com

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Independent

Candidate statement

Candidate Lena LingI am a first generation Canadian with over 14 years experience as an educator, teaching both overseas and in the BC public school system; I currently work as the service delivery manager at Special Education Technology British Columbia.

Born to immigrant parents, who came to Canada with little more than the clothes on their backs, I learned through my upbringing the importance of hard work, perseverance, and honesty.

I believe that Vancouver needs an Independent voice to represent the needs of hard working, middle-class families trying to make ends meet. I believe in a fiscally responsible City Council and in making the city affordable for those who live, work, and raise families here. As a resident of Vancouver for over a decade, who is married with two children, I am committed to making Vancouver an inclusive and prosperous city to live in.

Contact

Phone: 604-738-1818

Email: mslenaling@gmail.com

Website: http://mslenaling.wordpress.com

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

First elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, Raymond has worked tirelessly at City Hall to support new affordable housing and keep taxes low.

Over the past six years, Raymond served as the Chair of the Services and Budget Committee, providing a steady hand to the City budget during the worst recession since the great depression. His leadership helped ensure vital programs like affordable housing, environment, and public safety maintained strong funding despite facing record budget shortfalls.

As Vancouver’s economic position strengthened, he ensured all residents benefited from growth, overseeing record new investments in childcare and grants to support mental health and addictions treatment. 

Nationally, Councillor Louie serves as the 2nd Vice-President on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and chairs the Green Municipal Fund Council.

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

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/raymond_louie

 

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

I'm Tim Louis.  I'm running for City Council with COPE.  It's time we put City Hall back in the hands of citizens - out of the pockets of developers.  This commitment, Take Back City Hall for Us All, is central to COPE's platform, e.g. COPE will tax vacant properties and use this money to build social housing.  I have a longstanding record of community activism e.g. co-founder, HandiDart and HandiDart Riders Alliance; co-founder Public Interest Advocacy Centre; co-founder Access Housing Co-op.

I served on City Council, 1999-2005, where I: spearheaded the creation of the City's Ethical Purchasing Policy and its Food Policy Council; chaired the Finance Committee, keeping finance balanced with social justice.  I am committed to results, not empty promises.  I know City Hall - how it works.  It works best when it listens to its citizens.  Vote Mayor -Meena Wong, Council -Tim Louis and the full COPE slate.

Contact

Phone: 604-732-7678

Email: timlouis@timlouislaw.com

Website: http://www.timlouis.ca/

 

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NPA

Candidate statement

Ken Low has been involved in community services in the Greater Vancouver area for more than four decades. Born in Hong Kong, he worked as an engineer for the City of White Rock and City of Vancouver. Low worked on high-profile projects including the Chinatown Millennium Gate and Gastown Lighting Upgrade.  

A prominent member of Vancouver’s Chinese community, Low is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Chinese Associations, and the former Director of the Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association.  Once elected, Low will fight for government transparency, the development of an effective and sensible transportation plan, and community safety. 

Low is an influential figure in martial arts in Canada. He founded the Western Canadian Chinese Martial Arts Association and Wushu BC, and is the current President of the Canada International Health Qigong Association and the Canada Sport Sanshou Federation.   Low lives in Vancouver with his wife and has two children. 

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: ken.low@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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NPA

Candidate statement

A former diplomat and passionate arts and culture supporter, Rob McDowell is running for election to Vancouver City Council in the November municipal election.  McDowell has worked abroad as a trade officer and Canadian Consul in Vietnam and China before his return to Vancouver in 2000. Since his return, he has worked with the BC Centre for Disease Control setting up HIV/STI clinics in Vietnam and as the Deputy Regional Director for the Canada South East Asia Regional HIV Program. 

McDowell has volunteered on numerous non-profit boards, including the ScotiaBank Dance Centre, the Comedy Festival and the Radical System Arts Society.  As Strata President for his 300-unit complex, he has been involved in neighbourhood issues and development in Yaletown over the past 14 years.  Once elected, McDowell hopes to return power to Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and redefine the city’s relationship with developers.  McDowell resides with his partner in Yaletown.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: rob.mcdowell@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

An award-winning journalist and communications specialist, Geoff Meggs was first elected to City Council in 2008, quickly becoming the point person for transportation issues.   Geoff has championed the City’s efforts to build a Broadway Subway as Vancouver’s top transportation priority, understanding the economic and social value of a strong public transit system.

As a member of the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force and a passionate advocate for housing, he has championed new and more affordable homes for Vancouverites. He also served as co-chair of the Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration to make Vancouver a more inclusive city for all.  Geoff is one of Vancouver's directors at Metro Vancouver, where he serves on the water and housing committees 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

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/geoff_meggs

 

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

Wilson Munoz came to Canada as a refugee from El Salvador during the civil war in the 1980's.

He has been a financial and property administrator, community organizer, and social and environmental justice activist for the past 25 years. Soon after coming to Canada, Munoz became involved in supporting BC labour movements and organizing with the BCTF and UTAC (Unemployed Teachers' Action Centre).

Munoz has also had an active role in designing and implementing programs to support Latin American refugees and immigrants in his capacity as Vice-President of the Canadian Hispanic Congress, BC Chapter.

Munoz hosts a weekly radio program on mining issues in the Americas and continues to be involved in migrant justice movements.

He is committed to working to make Vancouver a Sanctuary City to ensure access without fear for all residents. Munoz plans to strengthen participatory democracy, implement election campaign finance reform, and build an affordable Vancouver.

Contact

Phone: 604-558-1838

Email: cope@cope.bc.ca

Website: http://www.votecope.ca/council/#wilsonmunoz

 

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Vancouver 1st

Candidate statement

A Vancouver resident since 1988, Elena has experience both in the private and non-profit sectors. Most recently as the Regional Director – British Columbia/Yukon for the Canadian Liver Foundation, she established and built strong relationships within the community.

Community service is important to Elena. Her volunteerism has included: Kiwanis, Vancouver Board of Trade and Health Partners. Active locally for the University of Western Ontario Alumni Branch being its’ President from 2003-2009; she now sits on the university’s Alumni Board of Directors.

Elena is running because she is concerned that decisions made at City Hall have not been in the best interest of the residents. She feels accountability, consultation and transparency need to be brought back; the fundamental keys to good and respective government.

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: 604-618-4573

Email: ermurgoci@gmail.com

Website: www.vancouver1st.com

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

Jennifer O’Keeffe is a graduate of Capilano University and an advocate for educational rights and social-justice.

As a COPE candidate for city council, she demands transparency and accountability from public officials, and has no patience for representatives who fail to abide by democratic principles or even the rule of law itself.

She fought vigorously against program closures at Capilano University, meeting with Christy Clark and other elected officials during the 2013 provincial election, pursuing government intervention in efforts to preserve programs. Her diligence revealed numerous financial ‘irregularities’ in Capilano’s budget, and she collaborated with MLA David Eby in his investigations into the overpayment of administrative personnel at various post-secondary institutions.

She is a strong and vocal advocate for COPE’s plans for a Vancouver Housing Authority, a $15 minimum wage, affordable housing, the return of autonomy to Vancouver’s Community Centres, and for dialogue - not litigation - with Vancouver’s Resident Associations.

Contact

Phone: 604-588-1838

Email: cope@cope.bc.ca

Website: http://www.votecope.ca

 

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IDEA

Candidate statement

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

Tax Value - Accountability - Transparency - Efficiency

So you know where your tax dollars are going and if you are receiving good value

Consultative Problem Solving

Collaborative innovation that does not pit one group against another

Health & Wellness - Social Good - through the - "Wellness-Way"

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. Career in marketing and consulting, mostly for local technology firms. Born and raised in Metro-Vancouver.

Contact

Phone: 604-325-0725

Email: rick@rickorser.ca

Website: http://ideavancouver.wordpress.com/

 

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Independent

Candidate statement

Hello! My name is Rajiv Pandey. I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and after College I moved to Vancouver. As I specialize in Real Estate throughout the lower Mainland, I would like to implement transparency in the way the City of Vancouver handles the public property sales.

  • I ran for the provincial election under the BC Conservative party in 2013. As an independent Candidate I will work hard to reduce taxes.
  • Provide more daycare for families, affordable housing, a safe city, and easy solution for construction industry and reduce permit cost.
  • More productive work place, budget cut, works on parking and bike lane issue, work with transportation system to easy the traffic in down town core.
  • I am honest and hardworking and I am looking forward to serve our community with new ideas and looking for your support to have a place in council.

Contact

Phone: 604-603-0170

Email: rajiv20_2003@yahoo.ca

 

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Hotel Workers United – Local 40

Candidate statement

I am one of Vancouver's 10,000 hotel workers who make our city prosper. I am an electrician and have worked at the Hyatt for 17 years. My wife and I emigrated from the Philippines, worked hard, and sent our kids to college.

Hotel workers should have a voice on the Vancouver City Council. Hotel Workers United Local 40 has endorsed me. My Union, UNITE HERE Local 40, was the first to win humane workloads and better health insurance in the hotel industry. We are working hard to become Vancouver's new middle class.

On the City Council, I will be a leading voice for tourism workers and making tourism a greener industry. If visitors paid $1.00 for their carbon emissions, those funds could be used to provide discounted transit passes for tourism workers. That is good for workers and good for the environment. Together, we will make Vancouver a better place.

Contact

Phone: 778-985-3244

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Andrea was first elected to school board in 2002 with the Green Party. Inspired by Gregor Robertson’s leadership, she joined Vision Vancouver and was elected to Council in 2008. 

Andrea has a solid record of environmental leadership that began in the non-profit sector before she was elected and continues now in her role as a city councillor.

She chairs the Planning and Environment Committee and works to make Vancouver a global environmental leader with the Greenest City Action Team, implementing the ambitious strategies of the Greenest City Action Plan.

She also serves as the Council liaison to the Joint Childcare Council, coordinating with the Park and School Boards.

Andrea and her partner Andy live near Trout Lake with their child. When not working, you’ll find her gardening or on the soccer pitch playing goalie.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/andrea_reimer

 

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NPA

Candidate statement

A former Vancouver Park Board Commissioner, Ian Robertson is a tireless public servant and campaigner for Vancouver’s parks and tourism operators. He is the current Executive Director of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia and serves on the Board of Governors for the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. 

First elected to Park Board in 2005, Robertson served as its Chair in 2006 and led the Board through the most challenging time in its 100-year history – the windstorms that destroyed Stanley Park. He became known as an accessible and innovative Commissioner during his successful restoration efforts.   He has been recognized for his work in Vancouver with numerous honours, including the BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service to the Community and the BC Little League Honour Roll for Service to Little League in BC.  Robertson resides in the Dunbar area with his wife.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: ian.robertson@npavancouver2014.ca

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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NPA

Candidate statement

Dr. Suzanne Scott brings senior experience in the private sector, government and post-secondary institutions to her candidacy for City Council. She has worked for TD Bank in Electronic Banking and Corporate Communications, as a communications consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency and for UNICEF-Bangladesh. Most recently, she was Executive Co-ordinator to the Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Education.  Scott was drawn to politics following a frightening home invasion.

Waking up to the needs of her community, she resolved to advocate for crime prevention and safety in Vancouver. Once elected, she hopes to develop prevention programs with local neighbourhoods to ensure the safety of the city’s most vulnerable residents.  She has held volunteer leadership roles with the Britannia Community Services Centre and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC, where she acted as Auction Chair for the 2014 Heart of Gold Gala.  Scott and her husband have three children.

Contact

Phone: 604-559-1146

Email: suzanne.scott@npavancouver2014.ca 

Website: http://www.npavancouver2014.ca/

 

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Niki serves on Park Board with the Vision Vancouver team. She completed degrees in environmental biology and law, now focusing on aboriginal law, as she defends residential school survivors and works for Band Councils. She also serves on the board of directors of the Battered Women Support Services.

As a Commissioner, she served as park board chair in 2013. She has worked to develop an Urban Forest Strategy and an environmental stewardship plan. Niki has also advocated for the Park Board to voice their opposition to oil tanker expansion in Burrard Inlet and acted as co-chair of the Local Food Task Force.

Niki and her husband welcomed a baby girl, Mira, to their family in 2013. As a new mother, Niki is in awe of her daughter, and more motivated than ever to build a city for her to inherit.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/niki_sharma

 

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Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)

Candidate statement

Audrey Siegl (ancestral name sχɬemtəna:t) was raised in East Vancouver by a single father of East Indian and British heritage, and by her mother’s Musqueam family. In recent years she has moved back to the Musqueam Indian Reserve, located south of Marine Drive where she worked in the Musqueam Language and Culture Department to revitalize hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language.

Audrey has been an active in the Idle No More movement. In 2012, she was involved in organizing the protection of c̓əsnaʔəm (Marpole Midden), and more recently has been active at the homeless Tent City in Oppenheimer Park.

Audrey is running with COPE on a platform of Indigenous sovereignty, housing justice, and an end to violence against women, especially First Nation women. Audrey wants to radically change Vancouver and to build a city where basic needs and humanity come before corporate profit and corporate politics.

Contact

Phone: 604-255-0400

Email: cope@cope.bc.ca

Website: www.cope.bc.ca/audrey 

 

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Independent

Candidate statement

Candidate        Ludvik SkalickyCandidate statement not provided.

Contact

Phone: 604-722-4453

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Tim was first elected to Council in 2002, and was successfully re-elected in 2005 and 2008. He has spent his career pursuing the values of equality and justice. Tim’s commitment to public service includes volunteering at First United Church, becoming Canada's first openly gay Minister, monitoring human rights overseas, and serving in provincial public office as a cabinet minister and MLA. 

Tim has been a strong advocate on city council for renters’ rights and protecting low-income housing. Tim gained international attention representing Vancouver at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, where he spoke out against Russia’s anti-gay laws and promoted protection of LGBTQ rights.  He also spearheaded the City granting civic event status to the Pride Parade, Lunar New Year, and Vaisakhi, increasing support for Vancouver’s largest cultural events.  Tim is a proud resident of the West End, and has lived there for over 20 years with his partner Gary.

Contact

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/tim_stevenson

  

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Vision Vancouver

Candidate statement

Tony Tang was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2011. He came to Canada in 1968 and has been devoted to community service for over 20 years.   Prior to being elected to City Council, Tony was twice appointed to the Vancouver Board of Variance and served as Chair.  He has an array of working experience in the homebuilding industry and extensive insight into small business. A professional engineer, Tony has a Master’s degree in engineering from UBC.

As Councillor, he serves as a liaison to the Vancouver Seniors Advisory Committee, Vancouver City Planning Commission, Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee, and Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee.  He is proud to be the driving force behind the Age-Friendly Action Plan, the city’s first comprehensive plan for Vancouver’s growing population of seniors.

Tony has lived with his wife and their chocolate lab in Quilchena for over 21 years.

Contact 

Phone: 604-568-6913

Email: info@votevision.ca

Website: http://www.votevision.ca/tony_tang

 

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Vancouver 1st

Candidate statement

I have learned that being a successful businessperson is much more than helping clients. It’s about being actively involved in my community. One of the ways I have achieved this has been by serving as a director of G & F Financial Group, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Certified Commercial Investment Member, Yaletown Business Improvement Association, Vancouver Society of Children's Centre. 

Currently, President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Fraserview, Strata Council Chair Balsam West, Member of the Advisory Committee Eastside Division, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Building Committee Member Vancouver Native Health Society, Director of Aboriginal Mother Centre, Volunteer Tzu Chi Foundation and Kitsilano Showboat.  My knowledge and experience have helped to ensure the organizations I serve continue to remain vital to our community. I believe I have a great deal to offer, having extensive knowledge in government, for profit and non-profit organizations. 

Contact

Phone: 604-808-2571

Email: mercedeswongvancouver1st@gmail.com

 

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