on Monday,

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


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.

“When I left politics three years ago, I never ruled out a return, because I have been most fulfilled in my career providing public service,” says Robertson. “Kirk and I have similar aspirations for the city and an open, accessible government is key among them.”

Robertson is a former Parent Advisory Committee chair at Vancouver’s Southlands Elementary School and former President of Dunbar Little League, and has been recognized for his public service to Vancouver with numerous honors, including the BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service to the Community.

The long-time Dunbar resident and his wife have two sons.

Robertson joins George Affleck, Elizabeth Ball and Melissa De Genova as NPA Council candidates. The NPA will announce more candidates in the coming days.

Kirk LaPointe will introduce Ian Robertson today at 9 a.m. at Enigma Restaurant, 4397 West 10th Avenue at Trimble. You are welcome to attend.

For Robertson’s bio and downloadable photo, visit npavancouver2014.ca.

Contact: Ann Gibbon

on Friday,

NPA announces incumbents seeking re-election in November civic race


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.

Ball will seek another term as Councillor as will Affleck, who first won in 2011. De Genova, who seeks a seat on City Council this time around, was first elected to Park Board in 2011. John Coupar and Fraser Ballantyne will seek a second term as Park Board Commissioner and School Board Trustee, respectively.

The candidates say they welcome being part of a reinvigorated NPA under Mr. LaPointe’s leadership, and look forward to an election focused on constructive ideas rather than ideology, and on openness and accessibility of Vancouver’s government.

Kirk LaPointe will introduce the incumbents today at 9 am outside of Queen Elizabeth Park’s Bloedel Conservatory. You are welcome to attend.

For candidate bios and downloadable photos, visit npavancouver2014.ca.

Contact: Ann Gibbon

on Sunday,

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


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


on Saturday,

NPA’s Elizabeth Ball calls on City to Host All-Electric Formula E Championship race


Vancouver, B.C. (July 12, 2014) – NPA Councillor Elizabeth Ball is bringing forward a motion that will direct City Staff to explore the opportunity for Vancouver to become a future host city for a Formula E Championship race – a one-day race featuring quiet Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy.

Ball says bringing a Formula E race to Vancouver would be an exciting opportunity for the city, one that would provide the city with economic and social benefits and once again turn the eyes of the world toward our great city.

“Vancouverites love their events,” said Ball, “and the Formula E opportunity to get out in the open air together, to cheer for a favourite, and yet do so while respecting the environment is a real winner.” Continue reading