on Thursday,

NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe vows no Vancouver child will go hungry under his leadership

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LaPointe calls it “shameful” that thousands of kids are going to school on an empty stomach

Vancouver BC, September 17, 2014 - Kirk LaPointe says as mayor, he will develop nutrition programs in partnership with other organizations to ensure no Vancouver child goes to school hungry.

“From the day I announced my candidacy in July, I vowed to tackle this problem, which is nothing short of shameful in a city as wealthy as Vancouver,” says LaPointe. In a video released today, he says, “I grew up in poverty in a single-parent flat. My mother worked in a factory. Many mornings I went to school hungry.”

LaPointe says, “To this day, I can still remember the sharp sting of profound hunger. I can still feel my mother’s stress around that struggle to survive.”

LaPointe says it is unconscionable that Gregor Robertson has been mayor for six years, yet there are still thousands of struggling children who start their school days on an empty stomach. “How is this happening in 2014?”

“Gregor Robertson and Vision had ample time to tackle this serious social issue. A compassionate city government invests in its kids. I don’t see the current Vision team doing that.”

LaPointe says it’s great to talk about green jobs but there are priorities, and feeding a city’s kids is the top one for him.

He said he would partner with private-sector and non-profit organizations to develop breakfast programs that the City could co-ordinate. “That way, each child would attend school properly nourished, with the potential to learn, develop and flourish. That is the city I envision. That is the Vancouver I want.”

Link to Kirk LaPointe video release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZXP5nf0R7c

Mr. LaPointe is available for media interviews today.

Contact: Ann Gibbon, media@npavancouver2014.ca

on Monday,

Vision Vancouver administration fails City’s struggling Punjabi Market neighbourhood

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NPA government would help revitalize shuttered stretch of Main Street that has declined under Gregor Robertson

September 8, 2014, Vancouver BC – The once-flourishing Punjabi Market in South Vancouver has become a ghost town of shuttered businesses, yet the City’s mayor has done nothing to help support the community as it faces hardships, Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe says in a video released today.

“The Vision Vancouver machine has failed this area,” says LaPointe.

Jay Jagpal, NPA Park Board Commissioner candidate, lives in the Punjabi Market area. His family’s South Vancouver roots extend to 1971.

Speaking in Punjabi in a video release, Jagpal says “this neighbourhood needs a government that is directly connected to it and cares about it, and that’s the change the NPA is offering.”

The stretch of Main Street between 48th and 51st Avenue once boasted a variety of retail outlets, restaurants and other South Asian cultural offerings. It is now a strip of empty stores, their windows papered over and displaying “Closed” signs.

An example of the City’s neglect of the struggling community is the India Gate that was to be finished for the 2010 Olympics. The City supported the construction of the project. It was never built.

Mayor Robertson has done nothing to develop plans that would market the area and help restore it to its former vibrancy, says LaPointe.

“When neighbourhoods face tough times, their civic government must step in, build a new plan to support them and help resolve the issue,” says LaPointe. “Mayor Robertson has not done this. But I will.”

Contact: Ann Gibbon, media@npavancouver2014.ca
Interviews in Punjabi are available. Links to a Punjabi translation of this release are below.

on Monday,

Kirk LaPointe and NPA would end game-playing around the Southeast Vancouver Seniors Centre and get long-awaited facility built

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An NPA government would restore the City’s full $3.7 million funding commitment to the centre

September 8, 2014, Vancouver BC – A city administration led by Kirk LaPointe and the Non-Partisan Association would stop the game-playing around the Southeast Vancouver Seniors Centre and move forward promptly to make the much-needed facility a reality.

Vision Vancouver recently reneged on a substantial portion of the City’s $3.7 million funding commitment and clawed back $1.2 million.

LaPointe says an NPA government would end the politicking, restore the City’s full $3.7 million funding commitment, and make the centre a reality for the 27,000 Southeast Vancouver senior citizens who have contributed so much to the community throughout the years.

“Our seniors have a right to expect us to help them meet their needs,” says LaPointe, the NPA’s mayoral candidate. “It is shameful for Vision to back away from this commitment.”

With the City’s funding commitment restored to the promised $3.7 million under an NPA government – along with existing funding commitments from the federal and provincial governments – a total of $8.7 million would be available for construction of a long-awaited, 10,000-square-foot seniors centre facility to serve the 27,000 seniors in Southeast Vancouver – a third of all seniors living in the City of Vancouver.

Contact:  Ann Gibbon, media@npavancouver2014.ca

on Monday,

Elect Kirk LaPointe For Mayor of Vancouver and the NPA Team

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Now, more than ever, Vancouver needs a mayor with strong leadership skills, dedication and integrity to make this great city even greater. Kirk LaPointe is that individual. His personal background, career achievements and values make him the right person to lead Vancouver.

Kirk’s ability to rise above a challenging childhood built character and compassion and instilled in him a principled work ethic, commitment to community and constant sense of service. The son of a single mother, he and his family didn’t have a lot of resources, but his circumstances served to create the quality of perseverance and the motivation to excel.

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