Category: NPA News

on Monday,

NPA stands by Caucus decision to expel Denike and Woo and will vigorously defend against defamation lawsuit

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Vancouver BC, December 22, 2014 – The Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA) stands by the Caucus decision to expel former school trustees Ken Denike and Sophia Woo from the NPA Caucus and will vigorously defend the NPA and Caucus Chair Elizabeth Ball against a defamation lawsuit filed by the pair last Friday, December 19, 2014.

Denike and Woo were formally expelled from the NPA caucus last June following numerous instances of disregard for the NPA’s caucus code of conduct; a code of conduct previously agreed to and signed by all members of the Caucus. Notably, Denike and Woo had chosen to follow their own course in a variety of matters, without consulting the other members of the caucus, including matters related to the LGBTQ+ community and the updating of the Vancouver school board Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities policy.

On June 13, 2014, Denike and Woo held a news conference at the Flamingo House Chinese Restaurant to announce that Vancouver realtors had expressed concerns to them that the Vancouver school district’s “revised policy on sexual orientation and gender identities could negatively impact enrolment of international students” which would in turn increase the school district’s budget deficits. The NPA Caucus had no foreknowledge of the news conference and only learned of it through the media shortly before it took place. The Caucus expelled Denike and Woo later that day.

On June 17, 2014, the NPA board of directors voted unanimously to support the expulsion of Denike and Woo from the NPA Caucus and announced that the pair would not receive the NPA’s endorsement as candidates in the November 2014 municipal election.

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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on Wednesday,

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

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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. Continue reading