Category: NPA News

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



on Thursday,

Notes on the NPA Candidate Recruitment and Candidate Selection Process


The Non-Partisan Association was founded over seventy-five years ago with the mandate to identify, endorse and support the most suitable candidates for civic office in Vancouver; based not on the constraints of partisan politics, ideology or narrow political platforms but rather on the qualities of those most suitable individuals, their ideas, and their aspirations for the overall progress of our city.

Based on this non-partisan mandate, and in anticipation of the upcoming municipal election, the NPA Board embarked on an intensive process to identify and recruit the very best candidates.

The NPA Board’s candidate recruitment process was based on the belief that to attract the best candidates for civic office, potential candidates should feel confident that their reputation would be handled with the utmost respect and that their interest in potentially seeking civic office would remain confidential. Continue reading