on Sunday,

NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova calls for Moratorium on Medical Marijuana-Related Business Development Permit Applications

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“… Council has said no to ride-sharing services such as Uber, claiming that the Provincial government doesn’t have any regulations in place yet, but Council is willing to say yes to marijuana businesses even though the Federal government doesn’t have new regulations in place yet…”
– Melissa De Genova –

Vancouver, B.C., January 31, 2016: NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova is calling for a moratorium on Medical Marijuana-Related Business Development Permit Applications until such time as the Government of Canada enacts legislation to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana and implements a new regulatory framework and system for marijuana sales and distribution. A motion brought forward by De Genova is on the Vancouver City Council meeting agenda for this coming Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Continue reading

on Saturday,

NPA School Trustee Stacy Robertson discusses VSB Long Range Facilities Plan with CKNW’s Jon McComb

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STACY ROBERTSON - NPA SCHOOL TRUSTEEIn case you missed it yesterday, NPA School Trustee Stacy Robertson was on the Jon McComb Show on CKNW  discussing the Vancouver School Board’s Long Range Facilities Plan.

The safety of students and staff is of the utmost importance to everyone in Vancouver, and the Long Range Facilities plan is intended to be a framework that looks at how to achieve that goal through seismic upgrading of schools,

The Long Range Facilities plan is also intended to ensure that Vancouver schools are located where they are needed to meet future demand.

The report was discussed by trustees and stakeholders at the VSB’s Planning and Facilities Committee last Wednesday, January 20, 2016, and is being presented to the Board for consideration at a public Board meeting this coming Monday, January 25, 2016. The plan will then be submitted to the Ministry of Education by January 31, 2016.

Here’s a link to the podcast from the Jon McComb Show.

 

on Wednesday,

NPA and Green Party City Councillors will continue to freely represent all residents of Vancouver

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Councillors from both parties plan to boycott
Vision’s process to list preferred neighbourhoods

January 20, 2016, Vancouver, B.C. — NPA City Councillors George Affleck, Elizabeth Ball, and Melissa De Genova, along with Green Party City Councillor Adriane Carr, say they will continue to freely represent, and be accessible to, all residents of Vancouver and will boycott Vision’s process to list their preferred neighbourhoods for liaison positions.

The contentious plan, which runs counter to the spirit of Section 138 of Vancouver Charter, and attempts to skirt the Charter’s intent and wording, was pushed through by the Vision majority on Council late this afternoon; without any specific public consultation on the issue.

Section 138 of the Vancouver Charter states that Councillors are to be elected at large to represent all citizens of the city, and any transition to a system of “neighbourhood constituencies” or “wards” requires Council to pass a by-law that must also be approved by the Province’s Lieutenant Governor.

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on Tuesday,

Motion to recognize Dal Richards’ Life and Legacy carries unanimously at Vancouver City Council

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January 19, 2016, Vancouver, B.C. — A motion brought forward by NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova, to recognize the life and legacy of Dal Richards, has carried unanimously at Vancouver City Council. De Genova says she is very pleased that Council came together to recognize Richards.

“I was a fan of Dal Richards and he was also a dear family friend, I have very special memories of Dal as a person, and also as a musician, including his performance at my wedding. He was a special person and his legacy will live on for future generations through his music,” said De Genova. “I’m looking forward to hearing back from staff on the options they will identify, and working with the family and stakeholders to find a street or place where Vancouver will be reminded of Dal’s contributions to our city.” Continue reading