on Wednesday,

Vancouver students being denied opportunity to attend home catchment schools in Sept 2014


Vancouver, B.C. (April 23, 2014) – Vancouver Non-Partisan Association School Trustee Fraser Ballantyne says the Vision-controlled Vancouver Board of Education is once again playing “smoke and mirrors” with the issue of cross-boundary enrolment.

At last night’s school board meeting, Ballantyne brought forward a motion calling on trustees to support senior staff and immediately allow school administrators to review cross-boundary students in their schools, and if space is needed for students residing within the school’s catchment, to advise cross-boundary parents that their son or daughter may need to be enrolled in their home school catchment for September as per board policy. Continue reading

on Wednesday,

New data shows Vision is failing to solve homelessness


Vancouver, B.C. (April 16, 2014) – An emergency update this morning on homeless and low-income housing by Vancouver City Manager Penny Ballem shows conclusively that Vision Vancouver is failing on its promise to end homelessness.

Ballem told Council that the City could lose ground on the recently conducted 2014 homeless count hinting that the numbers are not positive.

NPA Councillor George Affleck says the news shows you shouldn’t make promises you can’t keep just to get elected. Continue reading

on Monday,

Vancouver school board not providing trustees with cross-boundary enrolment information: Fraser Ballantyne


Vancouver, B.C. (March 31, 2014) – Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA) School Trustee Fraser Ballantyne says the Vision-controlled Board of Education is placing the controversial issue of cross-boundary enrolment to a closed meeting rather than having a full and open discussion at a public “Committee 2″ meeting.

Ballantyne says he has received a number of calls and emails from unhappy parents who can’t get their children enrolled for Kindergarten in schools right across the street from where they live. He wants to know where other enrolment “hotspots” are and how bad the situation is across the whole city. Continue reading

on Thursday,

Vancouver NPA actively reviewing new Local Elections legislation


The Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA) is actively reviewing new legislation introduced yesterday by B.C.’s Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes.

The two new bills are the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, which would bring changes to local government campaign finance rules, and the Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act.

The Vancouver NPA supports election rules that accord with the principles of transparency, accountability, certainty, and fairness. Continue reading