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:
- George Affleck’s motion calling for a review of the 2014 civic election, given numerous reports of confusion and irregularities at polling stations (including insufficient ballots and inconsistent identification checking), carried unanimously. So did his motion calling for City staff to report on the establishment of an Independent Office of the Ombudsperson in the City of Vancouver to resolve citizen disputes with the City; a key NPA election promise.
- Elizabeth Ball’s motion calling for an outdoor lighting bylaw garnered unanimous support at Council. The intent of her motion is to reduce harmful outdoor lighting and promote healthy, safe, energy efficient lighting. Ball’s motion complements work carried out by the City’s Task Force on Atmospheric Change in the 1980’s under NPA Councillor Gordon Price. The Task Force’s 1990 report, entitled “Clouds of Change”, was pivotal in establishing the City’s leading environmental agenda and continues to shape policy. Councillor Ball also continues to be a knowledgeable advocate for the Vancouver Art Gallery and the many valuable arts organizations in Vancouver.
- Melissa De Genova, our newest NPA Councillor, is working hard on behalf of seniors and those with disabilities and she continues to be an outspoken advocate for the construction of a Killarney Seniors Centre in Southeast Vancouver. De Genova is also a tireless advocate for housing in all of its forms; from social housing to affordable market housing, especially for young adults and young families.