on Thursday,

NPA announces Gregory Baker, Ken Low, Rob McDowell, Suzanne Scott as City Council candidates

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Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe welcomes diverse group of candidates to Council race

Thursday, July 24, 2014, Vancouver BC - Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe today unveiled four candidates seeking election to Vancouver City Council:

  • Gregory Baker;
  • Ken Low;
  • Rob McDowell; and
  • Suzanne Scott.

They join incumbent Council candidates George Affleck and Elizabeth Ball, current Park Board Commissioner Melissa De Genova and former Park Board Chair Ian Robertson on the NPA Council slate.

“I’m privileged the NPA can offer Vancouver voters candidates of the calibre of Greg, Ken, Rob, and Suzanne,” said LaPointe. “With their diverse backgrounds in business, academia, cultural communities and public service, Vancouverites will be ensured real representation at City Hall. We are lucky to have their talent and breadth of experience.”

Baker is an entrepreneur who founded computer firm PC Galore, among other businesses. Low, a retired civil engineer for the City of Vancouver, is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Chinese Associations. McDowell is a former diplomat who served in China and has worked with the BC Centre for Disease Control setting up HIV/STI clinics in Vietnam. Scott has served as Executive Co-ordinator to the Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Education, worked with UNICEF-Bangladesh and fundraised for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC.

The candidates say they look forward to an issues-focused election under LaPointe’s leadership, with an emphasis on openness and accountability at City Hall.

Kirk LaPointe will introduce the candidates today at 12.30 p.m. at Yaletown Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Davie & Pacific, Vancouver. You are welcome to attend.

Visit here for more on the candidates.

Contact: Ann Gibbon; info@anngibboncommunications.com

on Monday,

NPA announces former Park Board Commissioner Ian Robertson as City Council candidate

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Monday, July 21, 2014, Vancouver BC - Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe has announced the candidacy of former Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Ian Robertson for City Council.

“I am thrilled that Ian has decided to run for City Council,” says LaPointe. “As a dedicated public servant with deep roots in Vancouver, his knowledge of its issues and his ideas for improving the city will be invaluable.”

Robertson served on the Vancouver Park Board from 2005 to 2011, and chaired the Board during its Stanley Park windstorms restoration efforts in 2006. 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. Continue reading

on Friday,

NPA announces incumbents seeking re-election in November civic race

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Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe welcomes the depth of municipal experience of those running for office again  

Friday, July 18, 2014, Vancouver BC - Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe today unveiled the party’s incumbent candidates who are running for re-election in Vancouver‘s November 15 election.

They are:

  • George Affleck for Council;
  • Elizabeth Ball for Council;
  • Melissa De Genova for Council;
  • John Coupar for Park Board; and
  • Fraser Ballantyne for School Board.

“The civic experience and talent these incumbents bring to the election as candidates is impressive, and I am grateful for their wish to continue their public service to our great city,” said NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe, who announced his own candidacy earlier this week. Continue reading

on Sunday,

Veteran journalist Kirk LaPointe to run as NPA candidate for Mayor of Vancouver

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Former newsroom executive pledges to make City Hall the most open government in Canada

Monday, July 14, 2014, Vancouver BC - Kirk LaPointe, who has held some of Canadian journalism’s most senior positions, is running as the Non-Partisan Association’s mayoral candidate in Vancouver’s November 15 election.

“I am entering this campaign to focus on constructive ideas that will make our great city greater, and to cast aside the harmful politics of division,” LaPointe says. He adds he is running with the NPA team because the party is driven not by ideology, but rather by a desire to seek solutions to challenges facing the city.

LaPointe says his media career has given him the experience and ability to initiate and deliver change. “And there is a strong desire among Vancouverites for change.”

LaPointe is one of Canada’s top journalists and newsroom executives. He has served as Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun, CBC Ombudsman, head of CTV News, founding Executive Editor of the National Post, and host of CBC Newsworld, among other senior positions. He has led newsrooms to numerous journalism awards. He is an Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches ethics and leadership.

LaPointe says that during his media career, he worked hard for greater access to information. As mayor, he will continue in that spirit to make City Hall the most open government in the country. “As a journalist, I fought to get the answers people wanted. As mayor, I will fight to create the solutions Vancouverites want.”

LaPointe, an avid runner, cyclist, blogger and new-music fan, is married with three children. He has been a volunteer coach for girls’ softball for seven years and is past president of the Vancouver Minor Softball Association.

He has stepped down from his role as Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen to run in the campaign.

He will blog about the campaign at thevancouveriwant.ca.  Learn more about Kirk LaPointe at npavancouver2014.ca.

Contact: media@npavancouver2014.ca