Category: NPA News

on Wednesday,

NPA rounds out campaign slate with announcement of Park, School Board candidates


Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe welcomes accomplished group to NPA ahead of November municipal election

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Vancouver BC - Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe today unveiled four new candidates for Park Board Commissioner and four new candidates for School Board Trustee.

They are:

  • Casey Crawford;
  • Jay Jagpal;
  • Sarah Kirby-Yung; and
  • Erin Shum for Park Board Commissioner, and
  • Penny Noble;
  • Christopher Richardson;
  • Stacy Robertson; and
  • Sandy Sharma for School Board Trustee.

These candidates join City Council candidates George Affleck, Greg Baker, Elizabeth Ball, Melissa De Genova, Ken Low, Rob McDowell, Ian Robertson, and Suzanne Scott, as well as incumbent Park Board Commissioner John Coupar and School Board Trustee Fraser Ballantye and represent the NPA’s slate of candidates for the November election.

“This slate offers voters an impressive, diverse group of people dedicated to giving back to their community,” said LaPointe. “Like me, they look forward to representing the city of Vancouver and I am excited to work with them in the coming months.”

The candidates say they look forward to an issues-focused election under Mr. LaPointe’s leadership, focused on openness and accountability of Vancouver’s civic government.

Kirk LaPointe will introduce the candidates today at 12:30 pm at Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main St, Vancouver (access parking lot off 53rd). You are welcome to attend. This is an outdoor event behind the community centre.

Note: A podium will be provided for media microphones. There will not be a direct AV or media feed.

For candidate bios, visit

on Monday,

NPA announces former Park Board Commissioner Ian Robertson as City Council candidate


Monday, July 21, 2014, Vancouver BC - Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe has announced the candidacy of former Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Ian Robertson for City Council.

“I am thrilled that Ian has decided to run for City Council,” says LaPointe. “As a dedicated public servant with deep roots in Vancouver, his knowledge of its issues and his ideas for improving the city will be invaluable.”

Robertson served on the Vancouver Park Board from 2005 to 2011, and chaired the Board during its Stanley Park windstorms restoration efforts in 2006. He is the current Executive Director of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia and serves on the Board of Governors for the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Continue reading

on Friday,

NPA announces incumbents seeking re-election in November civic race


Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe welcomes the depth of municipal experience of those running for office again  

Friday, July 18, 2014, Vancouver BC - Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe today unveiled the party’s incumbent candidates who are running for re-election in Vancouver‘s November 15 election.

They are:

  • George Affleck for Council;
  • Elizabeth Ball for Council;
  • Melissa De Genova for Council;
  • John Coupar for Park Board; and
  • Fraser Ballantyne for School Board.

“The civic experience and talent these incumbents bring to the election as candidates is impressive, and I am grateful for their wish to continue their public service to our great city,” said NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe, who announced his own candidacy earlier this week. Continue reading

on Sunday,

Veteran journalist Kirk LaPointe to run as NPA candidate for Mayor of Vancouver


Former newsroom executive pledges to make City Hall the most open government in Canada

Monday, July 14, 2014, Vancouver BC - Kirk LaPointe, who has held some of Canadian journalism’s most senior positions, is running as the Non-Partisan Association’s mayoral candidate in Vancouver’s November 15 election.

“I am entering this campaign to focus on constructive ideas that will make our great city greater, and to cast aside the harmful politics of division,” LaPointe says. He adds he is running with the NPA team because the party is driven not by ideology, but rather by a desire to seek solutions to challenges facing the city.

LaPointe says his media career has given him the experience and ability to initiate and deliver change. “And there is a strong desire among Vancouverites for change.”

LaPointe is one of Canada’s top journalists and newsroom executives. He has served as Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun, CBC Ombudsman, head of CTV News, founding Executive Editor of the National Post, and host of CBC Newsworld, among other senior positions. He has led newsrooms to numerous journalism awards. He is an Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches ethics and leadership.

LaPointe says that during his media career, he worked hard for greater access to information. As mayor, he will continue in that spirit to make City Hall the most open government in the country. “As a journalist, I fought to get the answers people wanted. As mayor, I will fight to create the solutions Vancouverites want.”

LaPointe, an avid runner, cyclist, blogger and new-music fan, is married with three children. He has been a volunteer coach for girls’ softball for seven years and is past president of the Vancouver Minor Softball Association.

He has stepped down from his role as Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen to run in the campaign.

He will blog about the campaign at  Learn more about Kirk LaPointe at