on Friday,

NPA expresses best wishes and deepest thanks to Chief Constable Jim Chu on his retirement

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Vancouver, B.C., January 23, 2015 – The NPA extends its best wishes and deepest thanks to Chief Constable Jim Chu for his 36-years of selfless service to the citizens of Vancouver. Chief Constable Chu’s leadership of the police force over the past 7-1/2 years has been exemplary and noteworthy for a reduction in serious crime in the city.

The NPA would also like to acknowledge the instrumental role Chief Constable Chu has played in the success of the Vancouver Police Foundation and the innovative policing programs that have been made possible by the foundation’s success; programs that reduce crime and increase awareness of the everyday heroic actions of the women and men of the Vancouver Police Department.

on Thursday,

NPA’s Councillor Elizabeth Ball calls for new Vancouver Outdoor Lighting Ordinance for safe and energy efficient outdoor lighting

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Vancouver, B.C. (January 22, 2015) – NPA City Councillor Elizabeth Ball will introduce a motion at the February 3, 2015 Council meeting directing staff to develop recommendations for a Vancouver Outdoor Lighting Ordinance. Councillor Ball recommends that the City develop and enact a bylaw for healthy, safe and energy efficient outdoor lighting in order to reduce harm, set standards, and provide for the designation of “dark-sky preserves within the city.”

A new bylaw will protect human health, sensitive wildlife and save taxpayers money, while offering economic opportunities for communities and businesses. New regulations are necessary in order to reduce excess ambient light without inhibiting the positive and needed services that outdoor fixtures provide. By directing light into a focused beam, rather than allowing it to disperse, fully shielded lighting fixtures reduce light trespass and dangerous glare. Continue reading

on Wednesday,

NPA’s George Affleck calls for review of the 2014 City of Vancouver Civic Election

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Vancouver, B.C., January 14, 2015 – NPA City Councillor George Affleck is bringing forward a motion calling for a review of the 2014 City of Vancouver Civic Election. His motion directs staff to report back to Council with any official list of public enquiries submitted to the City of Vancouver regarding the 2014 civic election while also clarifying the processes and procedures during the election and the role of Elections BC.

Affleck notes that there were several media reports of confusion and irregularities at polling stations during the election, including but not limited to, insufficient ballots, inconsistent checking of identification and other technical issues, as well as reports of inconsistent information on the role of Elections BC in the civic election process. Continue reading

on Monday,

NPA stands by Caucus decision to expel Denike and Woo and will vigorously defend against defamation lawsuit

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Vancouver BC, December 22, 2014 – The Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA) stands by the Caucus decision to expel former school trustees Ken Denike and Sophia Woo from the NPA Caucus and will vigorously defend the NPA and Caucus Chair Elizabeth Ball against a defamation lawsuit filed by the pair last Friday, December 19, 2014.

Denike and Woo were formally expelled from the NPA caucus last June following numerous instances of disregard for the NPA’s caucus code of conduct; a code of conduct previously agreed to and signed by all members of the Caucus. Notably, Denike and Woo had chosen to follow their own course in a variety of matters, without consulting the other members of the caucus, including matters related to the LGBTQ+ community and the updating of the Vancouver school board Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities policy.

On June 13, 2014, Denike and Woo held a news conference at the Flamingo House Chinese Restaurant to announce that Vancouver realtors had expressed concerns to them that the Vancouver school district’s “revised policy on sexual orientation and gender identities could negatively impact enrolment of international students” which would in turn increase the school district’s budget deficits. The NPA Caucus had no foreknowledge of the news conference and only learned of it through the media shortly before it took place. The Caucus expelled Denike and Woo later that day.

On June 17, 2014, the NPA board of directors voted unanimously to support the expulsion of Denike and Woo from the NPA Caucus and announced that the pair would not receive the NPA’s endorsement as candidates in the November 2014 municipal election.