Vancouver, B.C., June 26, 2016 – NPA City Councillors George Affleck and Melissa De Genova, joined by Councillor Elizabeth Ball, attended a rally today in support of Vancouver residents who gathered at Kits Beach to protest Vision Vancouver’s lack of consultation and wasteful infrastructure spending. In particular, speakers spoke out against the wasteful use of taxpayers’ dollars to further upgrade Point Grey Road, as well as the $3.5 million to be spent on fencing for the Burrard Bridge; a plan rammed through by the Vision majority on City Council without any consultation whatsoever with the community.
After more than a decade of discussion and delays, NPA City Councillor Melissa De Genova says she and the entire NPA team are delighted to see the long-awaited Killarney Seniors Centre finally moving forward to the construction phase and shovels in the ground.
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.
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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December 14, 2015, Vancouver, B.C. – NPA Park Board Commissioner Sarah Kirby-Yung was elected as the new Chair of the Vancouver Park Board at tonight’s Park Board meeting. Vancouver’s Park Board commissioners elect a new Chair – to serve for the upcoming year – at their final meeting in December each year.
The Park Board commissioners also elected NPA Park Board Commissioner Erin Shum to serve as Park Board Vice-Chair, NPA Commissioner Casey Crawford to serve as Chair of the Park Board Committee, and NPA Commissioner John Coupar to serve as Vice-Chair of the Committee.
Kirby-Yung says she is honoured to serve as Chair and is looking forward to building on the work of the past year.
“This Board has set a renewed, positive tone and focused on improving maintenance in our parks,” said Kirby-Yung. “Moving forward, our priorities include strengthening relationships with community centres and increased community engagement. We’re also passionate about bringing fun to Vancouver’s parks and recreation services, prioritizing service delivery and resource management, and being strong advocates for green space for all Vancouverites.”
NPA School Trustee Stacy Robertson has a timely Op-Ed in today’s Vancouver Sun regarding the Vancouver School District’s seismic upgrade program: Risk should determine upgrade priority
Robertson was also on the Simi Sara Show on CKNW this morning. The full clip is below:
Dear NPA Members and Friends:
Last year’s cliffhanger election established a new chapter in civic politics in Vancouver. With your help, we elected three NPA Councillors, four NPA School Board Trustees and a new NPA majority Park Board. We are humbled by the increased support and we will continue to work hard to engage Vancouver citizens by presenting a balanced and pragmatic approach to civic governance.
Our thanks and appreciation to our donors for making the ongoing activities and effectiveness of the NPA possible. With your continued support, we can strengthen relationships and build an even more effective organization; in the present and leading up to the next municipal election.
– B.C. Lee, NPA President
CAUCUS UPDATE – Engaging with Communities and Citizens; Putting Election Promises into Practice
The past several months have seen our eleven-member NPA Caucus actively connecting with Vancouver’s communities and citizens and putting NPA election promises into practice. There has been a shift in the power balance in our city as our Caucus works to restore trust in civic government. Below are some recent Caucus highlights and accomplishments:
PARK BOARD – New Priorities and a More Respectful, Collaborative Tone
The NPA majority on the Park Board, Commissioners John Coupar (Chair), Casey Crawford, Sarah Kirby-Yung (Vice Chair) and Erin Shum, has successfully fostered a more respectful, collaborative working tone at the Park Board. The Board’s priorities have also shifted under the leadership of the NPA majority; notably to the proper maintenance of our city’s parks and boulevards and rebuilding the Board’s relationship with the Community Centre Associations.
SCHOOL BOARD – Improving Relationships and Getting the VSB Back on Track
Under the guidance of Chair Christopher Richardson, our NPA School Trustees, Fraser Ballantyne, Penny Noble, and Stacy Robertson are endeavoring to establish a new tone at the Vancouver School Board; one that strives to be civil, constructive and collaborative. In particular, our NPA School Trustees have been working to improve the VSB’s relationship with the Ministry and Minister of Education; a relationship that was strained under the previous board.
COUNCIL – A Strong Voice for Responsible, Accountable Government
Our NPA City Councillors, George Affleck, Elizabeth Ball, and Melissa De Genova, continue to be a strong voice for responsible, accountable government. Over the past few months, they have successfully brought forward several motions in the public interest.
In the coming days, our Caucus members will be reaching out to you, our members and supporters, to keep you up to date on their activities.
If you would like to support their continued work, click here to donate today.
NPA BOARD UPDATE – A Renewed Strength and Commitment
The 2014 civic election spurred the NPA to make an even stronger commitment to being a full-time presence as a political party between elections. To that end, the NPA Board has established several working committees focused on fundraising, outreach, policy development and communications with the aim to strengthen our relationships in the city and build an even more effective organization.
NPA WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Congratulations to our new NPA President, former NPA City Councillor, BC Lee, and to our Vice President, Erin Chutter. Congratulations, as well, to Tanveer Siddiqui who will continue as the NPA Secretary and to NPA Treasurer Jason King. The appointment of a new NPA Executive follows our recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Italian Cultural Centre on February 26, 2015. We would like to congratulate all of our newly-elected Directors: Gregory Baker, Johnny Cheung, Erin Chutter, Carling Dick, Jay Jagpal, Jason King, Kirk LaPointe, BC Lee, Ken Low, Rob McDowell, Suzanne Scott, Tanveer Siddiqui with Laura Campbell elected as Under40 Chair and Paul Tolnai as Under40 Vice Chair. They are joined by Board appointees Mark Angus, Cameron Mackenzie, and Terry Yung.