The Vancouver NPA Caucus announced today that they are embarking on a city-wide program of neighbourhood policy forums to seek input from Vancouver residents and businesses. This new program of community engagement will provide an opportunity for Vancouver residents to have a real say in city hall decision-making.
The forums will be issue-based and will take place at various locations across the city over the next twelve months. The issues will include: safety in the city, small business and the economy, parks in the city, seniors in the city, LGBT, and many others.
Following the full round of neighbourhood forums, representatives of community groups and others will be invited to take part in a special all-day session at the Wosk Center for Dialogue in the Asia Pacific Hall. Our goal is simple – to listen to everyone’s concerns. In turn, these concerns and ideas will guide our policies and shape our platform.
The first policy forum will be at Kits Park on Monday, December 11 at 6:30 P.M. at the Joyce Walley Learning Center.
NPA City Councillor, Elizabeth Ball: “Trust is a big issue and we want to restore trust. I can tell you as a Caucus we have been listening and we will continue to listen to all of the concerns of the people of Vancouver.”
NPA City Councillor, George Affleck: “When the city government won’t listen to the city’s residents, and when community groups are forced to take legal action against their own city government – it’s time to change. Vision Vancouver has stopped listening and the mayor remains silent. The Vancouver NPA has been listening, and what we are hearing tells us the system is broken, and communities have lost trust in the city’s government.”
NPA Park Board Commissioner, Melissa De Genova: “Vision Vancouver refuses to listen and has divided the community centres, which are the heart of our neighbourhoods. The result is unfortunate, as we now have extreme tension between volunteer boards at community centres and the Vision-dominated Park Board. Vision Vancouver isn’t listening to the 27,000 seniors in East Vancouver either. These seniors have been promised a centre for more than a decade, but instead of starting construction Vision prefers to focus on excuses and placing blame on other levels of government. Vision Vancouver prefers to make their decisions in the backroom, instead of the boardroom and they resist public consultation at all costs. Their arrogance is noticed by the public and will likely cost them the election.”
NPA Park Board Commissioner, John Coupar: “As a Vancouver NPA Park Board Commissioner, I have witnessed firsthand Vision Vancouver’s unwillingness to listen, which has recently been highlighted by the controversy over the Kits Beach Park paving plan. Listening to citizens is essential for a city to function properly. Clearly, Vision Vancouver has stopped listening.”